When we first talked to Sandra & Carl about their wedding, we were really excited to hear that they were planning on having it out in the Crawford Bay / Nelson area. The West Kootenays is absolutely beautiful country, and both Kevan and I have wanted to shoot a wedding out there for a while now!

Sandra & Carl like to do things a little different, and Carl certainly seems to have a “Go Big or Go Home” personality! If you follow our blog regularly, you’ll recall their engagement session, where we spent some time with them capturing some awesome images while dodging massive crowds of people, playing games, and going on rides at the Calgary Stampede! That’s a pretty tough act to follow, but if any couple was up to the task, it would be these two!

They decided to have their wedding at their cabin, which is situated on the shores of a mountain lake near Crawford Bay – somewhat limited in its access! Add to the mix that the bridal preparation was in Nelson, across Kootenay Lake, and requires a ferry-ride, and you have the potential for one logistical nightmare! Not to worry though – they had Lisa from We Connect Wedding Planning to help them out and keep the day running smoothly!





A quick relaxed portrait of Sandra outside the salon prior to meeting up with Carl for their first look.

A quick story involving the Land Cruiser in the image below. As mentioned earlier, they did their preparations and some pictures in Nelson, which required a ferry crossing.  In the morning we had to shuttle a car across to Crawford Bay, and the plan was that I would meet the guys at the cabin and hitch a ride back to the ferry / Nelson. Somewhere along the way the lines of communication were crossed, and it was only by chance that the guys actually were at the cabin when I arrived.  Their cabin is located at the top of a mountain near Crawford Bay, and the road access is primitive – it should really only be driven by 4wd vehicles like the one below. Carl was a little concerned about the time and making sure we caught the ferry, and as a result, he showed the groomsmen and I how to style a mountain logging road.  It was singularly the most awesome and scary ride I’ve ever had in a vehicle, involving a few four-wheel drifts through corners and a couple times where the Land Cruiser completely left the ground!








When going to our locations, I’m amazed at how many times we hear, “Are you guys taking us in there to kill us?”  The location we used for the next few pictures was one of those spots – an opening into the bush that we happened across by chance while scouting the day before.  They thought we were a little crazy when we first started in there (rightly so – it looked like someone had been camping out in there recently), but by the end they were loving it!









Logistics seem to be the theme of this post!  It’s pretty stressful trying to plan portraits around a ferry schedule, especially during peak season in the summer!  A couple days prior to the wedding, Carl gave us a call and let us know that he was a little concerned about the timeline, so he arranged to have everyone flown from Nelson to their cabin (hence why I had to get our car there earlier in the day).  The guys managed to find out in the morning, but the bridesmaids had no idea, and thought we were at the airport for pictures!  I love their reactions when they found out we were going to be taking off soon!

…before we flew away we had a bit of time for a couple more portraits though!



They have a pretty sweet property outside of Crawford Bay – complete with a vineyard to make wine to enjoy on the deck after a long day of waterskiing on their own lake.





Not a terrible way to show up to your wedding!  This was one of those “Go Big or Go Home” moments!







…and finally, it seemed fitting to get a few more portraits of Sandra and Carl before dinner around their property!






Congratulations Sandra & Carl!  Thank you for a great experience and having us along on such a fun day!