Susie & Jon
Slave Lake Camp Wedding
Susie and Jon are one of those couples you just want to become best friends with after meeting them. Their wedding was in every way a celebration. Family and friends came together to hand make every detail with love.
They were married on the shores of Slave Lake at Jon’s family cabin. Located five hours from Edmonton, seemingly separated from humanity, nestled on a point on the far reaches of the lake. I first met Susie and Jon the night before their wedding as they played horseshoes with their guests prior to taking cover from a torrential downpour that swept in from the prairies. That was the start to such an amazing weekend.
As the girls prepared in the morning they took the time to share how much they meant to each other. Tears began flowing and exclamations of “Why do you cry when your so happy?” were said. Susie gifted each of her bridesmaids, mother and sisters, a handkerchief, each hand embroider, and a letter. Throughout the day more love and gratefulness was shared. It makes my heart so happy.
The absolute delight when Susie and Jon saw each other for the first time ready to walk down the aisle was so memorable. They read letters to each other, drank some champagne, and spent some time alone. Family photos were an absolute ball – particularly when their niece exclaimed ‘dog poop!’ rather than the typical ‘cheese’, the ring bearer acted the absolute charmer to the bridesmaid, and Jon’s family dog seemed not so impressed from the amount of attention.
In Alberta a beach wedding is definitely a rarity. Bare feet the wedding party came down the aisle. Under the hot summer sun they laughed and cried, told each other why they were the most special person to them, and promised to love each other.
Shortly after we were whisked away in Jon’s family helicopter by his brother and sister-in-law for a few quick photos in a canola field. I will declare that is an experience I will probably bring up more often then people will like, because it brings such a smile to my face. As it started to rain we found a leak – directly over Susie, moments later the other door popped open mid-flight, which Jon expertly shut. There is something so surreal to be flying above a landscape hardly touched.
Later that evening Susie and Jon wished to release paper lanterns – likely another experience I am bound to bring up more often than I should. The instructions indicated that the lanterns should pull away from the bearers hands shortly after being lit, so we waited, and waited. Nothing. As the pressure wavered one lantern caught fire and was quickly extinguished. The second lantern began to lift away until it started floating directly horizontal towards a stand of trees – by this time a small group of onlookers had accumulated. Never before have a seen a couple stamping out the remains of a fiery lantern.
Susie and Jon. Thank you so much for allowing me to document your wedding day. You are truly a special couple.