“The gift is to the giver, and comes back to him…” – Walt Whitman
In this case, it was a ‘her’. Amber.
15 months before Amber’s wedding, she met us in Vancouver at a coffee shop on a rainy day. She made the six hour drive to Vancouver from her hometown of Ashcroft to run some errands, meeting us being one of them. We sat back and listened to what Amber had in mind for her wedding, and for about an hour, she had us envisioning what this wedding of hers would be like. The instinct to create isn’t something everyone has, but this country girl showed a never ending supply of it.
What she was planning sounded incredible. And we were honoured that she wanted us to be there for it. She liked what she had seen with another western wedding we did in Cache Creek in 2010, and the deal was sealed before we even met. She knew what she wanted, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
We first met Bryan when we did their Document You session in October of 2011. A lot of magical things happened that day, and we realized then what was in store for Amber and Bryan’s wedding.
Which brings us to their wedding day at Hat Creek Ranch in Cache Creek, about a six-hour drive from Vancouver.
Amber poured herself into this wedding entirely on her own. Those fun signs with words on them laying around the wedding venue? They were all her. The inspiring floral arrangement around the ceremony? All Amber. Her dress? Found, chosen and hemmed by herself. The cowboy hat and boots given to Bryan as a gift for the wedding day? Amber. The bridesmaids’ leather belts? Amber. We could go on, and on.
Amber’s gift to each guest was the personal experience they had at the wedding. And no doubt her fulfilment overwhelmed the gift giving.