The weather in the Okanagan has been all over the place, from -30c to +4. Today, it was a little closer to 3º, with the heaviest snowfall I’ve seen in a long time. And that’s where we begin our story, in west Vancouver, on a frigid and special day.

We begin with our ring shots. Fortunately, we had a lot of freshly fallen snow to work with.

Upstairs, the family had set up a whole room as a bridal chapel, complete with wood benches and so many flowers. I was told, originally it was meant to be a tent outside, but it seemed better to have it inside.

It was nearly time for a first look. Upstairs, our groom put together his outfit with the most care.

And of course, our bride was doing the same.

Outside, no surprise to us, it was still snowing. I think it made the first look a bit more exciting.

We made our way to a nearby forest. Did I mention it was snowy?

I’ve seen people try to create fake snow, but nothing beats the real thing. If you zoom into the above photo, you can really see how thick it was.

We weren’t even that cold, at 3º, it was as warm of a snow as snow could be. We did get rather soaked though.

Back at the house, it was nearly ceremony time. We took a bit to warm up and dry out, while the family made sure the arch was as beautiful as you can imagine.

It was a beautiful ceremony. Close, small, and full of heart. Not a dry eye in the house after the handwritten vows.

It was an absolutely gorgeous ceremony. Me being me, I had to take a few more photos outside. I could sense the evening coming on, and I wanted to take advantage of our last sliver of light.

And then, all too soon, the sun set behind the mountains and it was dark.

This is where I’ll have to leave you today. There’s a beautiful story that I can’t wait to tell, but I’ll be ready to show you in two weeks. If you’d like to be notified when the album is ready and proofed, click here to put your name and email on the invite list.

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Thank you for reading this far, and I hope you enjoyed this rather large 55 image sampler!