The story of how I got to shoot Stacie and Mark’s intimate Okanagan Gatzke Orchard Wedding began with my own love story with Stacie. Yes, you read that right. For those of you who don’t know, Stacie is a hair wizard, a guru when it comes to that oh so effortless wave, and basically a cool chick all around. She’s also the first person who told me about Nasty Gal. But that’s beside the point. Through the years of me sitting in her chair, her and I have had countless conversations – some lighthearted, some super deep. What never changes though is every hair appointment felt like a visit with an old girlfriend. I just loved her.
You can imagine my excitement when that one time I showed up for my appointment Stacie casually dropped the bomb that Mark had proposed. Secretly I was already thinking who ever gets to shoot her wedding is one lucky photographer. And when I found out I was THE lucky photographer? Oh you bet I looked up at my ceiling, shut my eyes, put my palms together like I’m about to namaste, and legit thanked the universe so so hard.
The wedding day finally arrived. And it blew my mind. Stacie and Mark looked beyond stunning. Her two piece crop top wedding dress and his mismatched suit oozed personality and style. The Gatzke Farm was such a beautiful orchard with so much charm and just enough character. Mint Julep executed Stacie and Mark’s wedding vision flawlessly, the day was organized yet chill, the decor was effortless yet thoughtful, legit not a single detail was overlooked. Stacie and Mark had their first dance outside under strings of cafe lights surrounded by their closest friends and family. It was perfect. Till this day, every time I hear their first dance song, I have all the feels again. A huge dance party followed under the moon, it shone bright and high all that night for them.
Stacie and Mark, I appreciate you so. Thank you for taking such good care of me, and for treating me like one of your own. Your wedding was definitely a career highlight for me. I am so grateful for this opportunity, but even more grateful to call you friends.