Wendy & Jon: Abbotsford Backyard Wedding

Oh how I just adore a good backyard wedding tucked away in the woods atop a mountain. Though I’m pretty sure by British Columbia’s standards, Sumas Mountain is classified as a hill, right? It was wonderful to see Wendy and Jon’s same contagious smiles and laughter as I last saw during their fall engagement session. Jon works at Lens & Shutter (best local camera store around) and having an interest in photography themselves, they planned everything with an amazing location and great natural light in mind (hello gorgeous, golden, back-lit, reception light). I quite enjoyed wandering the property and a private back trail for their portraits. Of course, they were up for a few quick photos as the sun dipped behind the trees after dinner.

I loved all their personal touches, from the aisle music Wendy’s father wrote, the custom cake topper Wendy and Jon designed, the coordinating flowers their friends planted a year ahead, to the father-daughter dance music that played which was Wendy and her father singing a song they wrote together. Most of all, it was inspiring to see how tightly-knit their families and friends were, alongside all the joy encompassed in the day. I also have to say, S’mores by a bonfire is one of the best wedding ideas ever.

Funny story below here. Wendy’s Grandma was chatting to Ben, the best man, and didn’t notice her shawl had caught a tea light and started smoking. It was quickly said, “Grandma is so hot, she just caught on fire!”

Ceremony & Reception: Friend’s Homestead, Sumas Mountain, Abbotsford // Hair Stylist: Cherri-Anne Williams // Makeup Artist: Trudi Prigge // Florist: Vaandrager Nurseries // Centerpieces: Gayla Boersma // Cake: Brenna Newland // Catering: Loren & Rosie // DJ: Kyle Snyder


loving every frame of this photo shoot. Great work!

What a beautiful work with the photos you’ve done. Amazing wedding!

I really enjoy going through your blog posts and see those amazing photographs you captured.

Nothing better than a nice backyard wedding. Beautiful photos. Congrats to the couple.

Stunning photos and coloring.

They look amazing. Great photos. Its always amazing to see a couple in love.

Amazing photographs. Great job. The couple looks lovely.

Hey Alyssa! Its so cool that your new site is up and running. I think it looks great! Hope business is going strong! I LOVE tea and coffee!!!

loved the light in your photos and the cake photos are amazing! and yay s’mores!

Oh my god, these are amazing. Love these so much, Alyssa. You do incredible work.

Sooo much beauty and joy in these photos! I felt like I was there while looking at them! I love the black and white of the two of them in the sun <3

What a sweet day, and gorgeous light! I especially love the shots of her looking at him during the ceremony :)

What a stunner. Beautiful story, beautifully told.

they had smores?!?!? im just jealous now. what a gorgeous wedding, i LOVE that last portrait of them, absolutely beautiful light

Looks like a completely sweet and beautiful day. I wish there were backyard weddings in Finland… ;)

Rachel Workman

Alyssa, I will be forever grateful that you captured so many beautiful moments from this wonderful day! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of looking at these photos and reliving the wonderful memories! You are very talented, and you did an excellent job with these wedding photos!

Such beautiful work! I love the colors. This wedding looked so sweet.

beautiful work! love the clean, crisp look of your photos.

I was just thinking the same thing as the others – great, clean, vibrant colour on these lovely shots. Great job! :)

Love the color on these. Great work.

Your color is so clean and lovely!

What a gorgeous and intimate wedding! Love all the emotions in these photographs.

beautiful wedding. beautiful photography. and SMORES! such a lovely post.