Rich & Devina // Wedding

I have known Devina since we were just wee babes.  In so many ways, we grew up together.  Our families went camping together, took us for swimming lessons together, went fishing together… we did a lot together growing up.  So, seeing her grow into the beautiful and independent woman she is today and meeting the man of her dreams is incredibly special.

Devina is one of those individuals who knows what she wants, she’s straightforward, humble, and true.  You always know that when Devina says something she means it.  There’s no beating around the bush.  That is something that I’ve always loved about her.  So, when she asked me to photograph her wedding day, I knew that she meant it and would not take no for an answer.  As if I’d say no.  But, just knowing who she is… and having her ask me, meant a lot.  She is someone who has gone through so much in her young life, but has always fought through it and stayed strong.  What’s more, she’s never wavered in who she is. She has always stayed true to herself.  That is a rare and incredibly beautiful quality.   And then there’s Rich.  I haven’t known him for long… but I know that he is unlike anyone else.  He’s compassionate, caring, hilarious, welcoming, and one of the kindest people I have ever met.  He has a heart of gold and is always up for anything.  Together, the two of them live life to the fullest, and always put what’s most important first… each other.

When they met, I am certain that they just knew.  It’s so obvious to everyone around them, that I am sure that there were no questions with either of them.  With Rich, you see another version of Devina.  She’s still herself, but she’s softer.  He is her rock.  He steadies her.  He balances her.  They make each other crack up and laugh like nothing I have ever seen before.  They put the most goofy, adorable smiles on each others faces.  You know, the kind that kind of make you want to throw up in your mouth a little bit (in a good way).  They are just so incredibly sweet together.  Hands down, they are one of the most adorable couples I have ever known.

Their day was much like the two of them.  Sweet, romantic, and true.  Exchanging vows in the backyard of a family friends, decorated by Devina’s incredibly talented Aunt Karen with Wired 4 Weddings (helped by her fabulous Aunts Linda and Marg), they exchanged vows under a chandeliered gazebo as their friends and family looked on from the square baled pews.  I couldn’t think up a more perfect setting for this couple if I tried.  Both raised in the country… they have farming in their blood and their hearts.  The only bond stronger than their love for the land and beautiful countryside, is the love they have for each other.

I know that these two will enjoy so many years of adventure and love together in this new chapter of their lives.  I am so very happy for the both of them, and I look forward to seeing what the future brings them!  Congratulations Rich and Devina… you two are absolutely magnificent together.  I know that the magic that you two have will only continue to grow.

Honorable mentions to those who helped make Rich and Devina’s day as magical as it was:

  • Venue:  Backyard of family friends, & Nanton Community Hall
  • Decorator:  Wired 4 Weddings – Event Designs(Karen Agar Sanderson)
  • Cake decorator:  Anne Behrman
  • Florist:  Pretty Petals Floral Design – High River, AB
  • Music:  Sounds Unlimited – Calgary, AB
  • Hair:  Mindy’s Hair Studio and Janay Delaney-Payant – Lethbridge, AB
  • Makeup:  Tenille Harris

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