When planning a late-November Matsqui Community Hall wedding, there are two potentially prominent questions: “how cold will it be?” and “how much will it rain?” Not will it rain and not will it be cold, but how much and how cold. What I loved about Allen and Alanna, though, is how little they cared about such trivial details like weather. Instead, their focus and joy remained centered on the exuberant reality: “we’re getting married!!” Between their effusive delight, their exuberant love, and their unflappable joy, this Matsqui Community Hall wedding was one of the most laughter-filled, joy-full days I have ever experienced.
(And JUST WAIT until you see the reception games their emcees planned. Ohmygoodness, so brilliant. Keep scrolling!)
The above photo is one of my favorites from the day; taken by my fabulous assistant, I love seeing how both father and daughter lived in gleeful expectation prior to the ceremony.
And did I mention the exuberant joy? Check out the happy!
When we drove away from the Eden Mennonite Church wedding ceremony on our way to the planned outdoor portraits, the first raindrops of the day started to hit my windshield BUT it really only rained for maaaybe ten minutes (AND I had rain plan option 1, 2, and 3 at the ready!) so not only did we get to embrace the rain but we also go to enjoy most of the photos without battling to stay dry!
If you’re going to get married in the fall, wearing a knitted shawl is definitely the best possible accessory plan!
How ridiculously fantastic is Alanna’s dress? Such a gem from Lisa’s Bridal! And fantastically swishable!
I especially loved how Allen and Alanna wanted to prioritize time with their guests, so we sped through portrait time and they made it back to their guests with plenty of time to mingle before dinner. Dinner was obnoxiously delicious, but the real party started with the kissing game. A viking doing the splits while kissing his gal?! Uh huh. You would’ve laughed, too.
And here’s a challenge for you: would you be able to (blindfolded!) correctly identify your groom based on his calf muscles and leg hair?! For the record: I don’t know if I could. . . but Alanna nailed it. =D (And if you’re interested in more wedding reception games, I’ve compiled my favourites over here.)