amie & russ

These two. 

Married beneath a mid-summer's lush canopy of maples leaves,
paper cranes swaying in the wind,
Amie and Russ tied the knot after 11 years (!!!) together,
in the backyard of her father's house in the Cowichan Valley. 

I came to tour the location the week before and was greeted by Amie,
sleeves rolled up, brow sweaty, 
pushing a lawn-mower up and over roots and slopes and weedy patches, 
in preparation for the big day. 
Over the last year, with the unconditional help of family and close friends, there had been countless hours spent rototilling and weeding and hacking and building and digging the newly bought property so it could play it's role as main stage for their fairy-tale wedding. 
The transformation was not only impressive, it was inspiring. There was a forested area filled with white-barked birch trees and hanging lights, cozy outdoor "living rooms" made of vintage furniture, and countless handmade paper cranes hanging from lilac bushes. The ceremony took place on top of a carpet of clover and in the shade provided by a circle of surrounding towering trees. 
Lace and laterns and wildflowers - Everything about this wedding was gorgeous. A lush, private setting that proved to be picture perfect all the way until the end of the night when Amie and Russ shared their first dance in the birch forest at twilight, surrounded by twinkle lights threaded through the branches. 
I remember leaving this wedding and vowing that I would find a way to become apart of this family. They were just that lovely. And hilarious. 
I wanted in. 

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I loved taking them.
Thanks again to Amie and Russ - I wish you unbound adventure and eternal happiness.