Just after baby #3 was born and I was a milk making zombie, everything hurt, and I was overwhelmed. One day I had a surprise guest...and she came bearing homemade cookies.
She something like: "Hi, I have seen you at church with your boys and I wanted to say congratulations and bring you some of these Swiss cookies I make." I was beyond touched, and Kelly became a regular guest at our home. She helped with my boys, she was my friend, she taught piano, she played piano when I sang at Ry's dedication, she even attended a viking funeral I hosted for my oldest son's pet rat Sniffles when the Whistler snow was knee deep and a burial was out of the question for a beloved pet. It was dark and snowy, I slid in dog poo and fell, the viking inspired funeral pyre raft on the lake tipped and the lid came off showing poor Sniffles in flames and then my mourning child fell off off the dock into the dark icy lake waters and together we later laughed(read Goodbye to Sniffles for the full story and images) Ya, I burned a rat...it sounds awful now but it seemed romantic at the time.
Kelly was there when I decided to invite over more than fifty people for a holiday brunch and skating party in our teeny, tiny house and chatted with me into the wee hours the night before cursing when I baked piles of sausages and bacon to be ready for the morning.
She has always been a reliable, fun, trust worthy and lovely friend so when she asked me to capture her wedding day I was honored. It was small and exactly how they wanted it, it was their day and perfectly Kelly. It was also the first time I got to meet Dave after facebook stalking their romance for several years and he was amazing for her.
Because Kelly isn't a showy kinda gal I am just going to share a few images from the day from moments that touched me from behind the camera.
Both these images above I could see printed on a canvas as a simple reminder and I edited more than normal with that in mind.
And this was the only mandatory shot on Kelly's shot list...an image of everyone there together. Luckily it worked that I could use a ladder to take it in the gazebo where the wedding took place.
Her niece was a very close part of her family and she flew in as a surprise for Kelly's parents and I loved their expressions in this moment. Her parents came all the way from New Brunswick.
Kelly and Dave truly had fun on their day...they were relaxed and present and that is what a wedding should be like. No bridezillas here, just laughs and genuine happiness.
So proud of my no-nonsense friend for waiting patiently for "the one" and I know Dave will be a wonderful life partner. Hoping one day I can be there to bring her cookies and give back some of the simple gifts of friendship she gave me in my blur of years with three little boys in Whistler.
Congratulations Kelly & Dave.