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I am loving hearing from my clients about their wedding day. Today on the blog is Jocelyn and Luke’s Athabasca Wedding day! Travelling to different parts of Alberta to photograph weddings is such a great way to see parts of the province I wouldn’t normally get the chance to see. Being an Athabasca wedding photographer for the weekend was awesome! Thank you guys for welcoming me with open arms. It was pleasure to be able to capture your family connections. 

Tell me how you met, your love story leading up to today We met in 2012 on Easter weekend. I was in Athabasca visiting family and had gone out with my sister and cousins. We didn’t expect much out of the night, but when I saw Luke I was pleasantly surprised. We hit it off right away. We started texting all day everyday and travelling to see each other about every second weekend. That September I moved to Athabasca from Grande Prairie.

How did the proposal happen? The proposal happened on June 4, 2016. We were going camping with friends and family to Lawrence Lake for the weekend. It was a beautiful day, we were kayaking, playing yard games and hanging out. Just before sunset Luke told me he wanted to take me out on his dads boat for a bit. It honestly didn’t even cross my mind that he would be proposing. We went out a ways and stopped to take in the beauty of the sunset. He said to me “you should take a picture of it Joss it’s so beautiful” so I turned around to take a picture and when I turned back around he was on his knee with the ring. I instantly started crying happy tears, it was the sweetest proposal ever. We took the boat back in and called everyone over to share the news. It was one crazy celebration to follow!

What was your wedding date? August 19, 2017

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How important was photography to you, how did you make your way to Ampersand Grey? At first I wasn’t too concerned with photography. It was my mom and sister who kept saying you will regret not hiring a good photographer. So I did some asking around and got a referral to three photographers, one of which was Ampersand Grey. Luke and I looked through them and it was no question we wanted Michel. When we got the “available” response back we were so excited. We started watching the Instagram page and loved all the posts. Hiring Ampersand Grey was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. There were pictures of us where we don’t even remember seeing Michel anywhere around us. She was such a great addition to come along with our wedding party. Michel came with experience even aside from photography, when my MOH couldn’t bustle my dress, she was there to help do the job. There is nothing better than looking back and reliving the day through all the moments capture

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Where was your wedding and your reception? Why did you choose those venues? Our ceremony and reception were at the same location. We wanted to have an outdoor ceremony, and we didn’t want to inconvenience guests with a location change. We chose Grosmont Community Club because it’s very close to our farm, it has a back field that allowed guests to camp right there, there was a seperate site to have the ceremony tucked into the trees, and the hall was the perfect size for the wedding we wanted to plan. It was also the same hall my (Jocelyn) parents had their wedding reception at, which made it even more special for me.

did you have an “OMG” … dress moment? How did you choose your dress? We took a girls trip to New York to shop at Kleinfeld. It was myself, my mother, my sister/maid of honour, my gran, my auntie, my mother-in-law, and my sister-in-law/bridesmaid. So we had quite the group going in. I tried on about 15 dresses, some I liked, some not so much. I found one I loved, I thought it could be the one. My sister suggested taking another look around to make sure. She picked a couple out for me to try. When I put on my dress I was in awe, it was the perfect mixture of lace and sparkle, it was exactly what I wanted. I came out and before I even got there I heard my sister say “I’m having my bridal moment”. Everyone had tears in their eyes, it was in that moment I knew it was the one. We all got together for a group hug and I said yes to the dress!

Brides favourite moment: My favorite moment was when we were announced as husband and wife. The feeling was incredible.

Grooms favourite moment: My favorite moment was when Jocelyn came out from behind the limo and I watched her walk down the aisle to be married to me.

If you could pass advice to the peeps that walk behind you, what would you tell them about wedding planning? Enjoy it. We loved everything about wedding planning. This is supposed to be one of the biggest/happiest days of your life. It’s not meant to be stressful. Accept help and suggestions. Include your family in things leading up to the wedding, this is just as exciting for them. If you can, hire someone to help set up and take down. This was a big one for us. There is already so much to do, setting up and decorating a hall is a big job.

Anything I’ve missed that you’d like to mention? spill the beans! Aside from the formalities and traditional plans, some of the most fun memories from the wedding were thoses that we’re unexpected: Rose petals being showered at us as we walked back down the aisle after we shared our first kiss as Mr. & Mrs. Chernish. Getting back to the hall for the grand entrance, thinking we had time for a bathroom break and then hearing our song mid-groom pee, making our entrance running in halfway through the song. Finding a Smirnoff Ice in our napkins at the head table – and beating Luke doing it! Having a bottle of Fireball going around with a GoPro attached to it, getting everyone, including Lukes 95yr old grandpa. It doesn’t matter the moment, big or small, planned or unexpected, you look back on the day and can’t help but smile at it all.

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Special rentals and decor: Special Event Rentals
Makeup: Beauty Kissed by Kelly Gilligan
Wedding dress: Kleinfeld Bridal

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Such a cute small town wedding! So much emotion!

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