Winnipeg Fall Wedding at Ashgrove Acres

Friendship, prayer, and emotional are the three words that come to mind when I think of Emily and Stan’s wedding. It was boho, rustic, and modern all at the same time. Both Emily + Stan were able to get ready in their childhood homes which was so special to them. They wanted all their bestest friends to stand by their side as they said “I do.” They shared their appreciation to them by giving the most thoughtful gifts ever! Emily + Stan truly care about each other, they care about their friends, and they care about their family.

Their entire day was centered around prayer. All they want to do in their marriage is honour God and that was so evident. All the girls prayed for Emily before she walked down the isle. During the ceremony their pastor called up their entire wedding party to lay hands on them and bless their marriage. What a great way to start a marriage. Although they had a larger wedding, they both loved the idea of sharing their vows intimately . They chose to write and share personal vows with each other in private after the ceremony. They poured out their hearts to one another and had me in tears behind my camera.

Emily + Stan’s love story is a pretty crazy one! Both their families are Russian, and they actually knew each other in Russia. Both families ended up moving to Winnipeg at different times. They met when they were only 4 + 6, but didn’t start connecting until junior high. They dated for 4 years, were engaged for 7 months, and now have the rest of their lives together.

What Emily & Stan have to say:

“Our experience with Liv was AMAZING!!! She helped us to get comfortable in front of the camera (we’re usually not) and capture candid and authentic pictures of us. It was so fun that she had us moving and not just standing like statues. We also really appreciated how she asked us what kind of pictures we wanted to do and tailored them to what we were comfortable with. Liv made the whole day fun and captured all the little moments that I just LOVE looking back on. She captured all the heartfelt moments and made sure to capture the details that I didn’t know I wanted like the ceremony site and all the little signs I made. Liv went above and beyond to make our day memorable in such a tangible way. Everyone (family, bridal party, us) just absolutely loved working with her and appreciate how comfortable she made us all feel.”

Emily + Stan
Wedding detail photos, invite with engagement ring
lace wedding dress hanging, wedding photographer
bridesmaid gifts with their names
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bridesmaids getting makeup done
bride getting ready on wedding day in Manitoba, getting her makeup done
bride getting ready on morning of wedding
bridesmaids drinking mimosas while getting ready for wedding
bride and bridesmaids getting ready on morning of wedding wearing matching purple robes
groomsmen getting ready and being goofy
groom getting ready on morning of wedding, doing up his tie
best man helping groom get ready on morning of wedding
love is patient, Colossians 13 diy wedding sign
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welcome to our beginning diy wedding sign decoration
bridesmaids see bride for the first time
bride talking to flower girl while getting ready
bridesmaids praying for bride while getting ready before wedding
guests arriving at wedding
groom hugging his mom at the end of the aisle
flower girl and flower boy walking down aisle at Ashgrove Acres
groom sees bride walking down the aisle
groom hugging bride's parents after they give her away
bridesmaid singing worship songs at wedding
bride and groom exchange rings during wedding ceremony in Winnipeg
ring exchange during wedding ceremony at Ashgrove Acres
bride and groom first kiss during wedding ceremony
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bride and groom just married and walking down the aisle
fall wedding in Winnipeg at Ashgrove Acres
bride and groom with all their little cousins
wedding party photography
bridesmaids portraits
bridesmaids serious photo posing in trees
bridesmaids with arms around each other in trees in matching pink and purple dresses
bridesmaids dancing outdoors
groomsmen in v pose
groomsmen portraits, posing ideas
groomsmen throwing groom in air
wedding party portraits all walking together
wedding party portraits in Winnipeg at Ashgrove Acres
groomsmen throwing bride in air
bride and groom sitting in barn, farm wedding
bride and groom sitting in barn doors during farm wedding in Manitoba
Bride and groom walking out of barn
bride in lace wedding dress and long veil
beautiful bridal portraits, wedding dress, long veil, bouquet, and hair and makeup
bridal makeup artist
bride and groom read intimate vows to each other after ceremony
bride and groom privately read vows to one another
intimate vow reading for bride and groom at Ashgrove Acres
Groom portraits in burgundy suit
groom portraits in burgundy suit and new watch
bride and groom under veil
bride and groom hugging with long veil
bride and groom portraits with Liv Hettinga, Winnipeg wedding and elopement photographer
Bride and groom portraits during winnipeg fall wedding
groom hugging bride from behind during fall wedding in Winnipeg
bride hugging groom from behind and giving him a kiss on the back
bride and groom portraits by Liv Hettinga Photography, Manitoba wedding and elopement photographer
bride and groom swinging hands and walking, posing ideas
groom holding barefoot bride
bride not wearing shoes for wedding
groom kissing bride on neck
wedding detail photos, ring in bouquet
winnipeg wedding, parents give bread as a russian tradition
kids answer questions at reception for funny results
wedding reception decorations
bride and groom playing the shoe game at wedding reception in tent
bride and groom first dance, blurred photo
bride and groom first dance at wedding reception, blurred photo
bridesmaids dancing at wedding reception in mix matched purple and tan dresses
bride dancing at wedding reception
bride leading wedding party in dance at wedding reception
bride and wedding photographer pose at the end of the night

Photographer: Liv Hettinga Photography // Dress Shop: Chantal’s Bridal // Hair + Makeup: Be You Tee Bar // Venue: Ashgrove Acres // Rings: Charm + Michael Hill // Florist: Timeless Florals // Caterer: Anna’s All Occasions

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I’m your elopement hype girl and a photographer for the goofball lovers + those who want to make their wedding day an adventure. I’m also the owner of a converted camper van and love exploring the outdoors. You’ll find my heart on this blog. Whether it’s documenting my real life couples or giving my brides + grooms the tips + tricks they need to plan their best elopement, I’ve poured my heart out for you here. 

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Winnipeg Fall Wedding at Ashgrove Acres

  1. Dawn says:

    Wow what a crazy world that the families ended up close to each other on another continent! Love the barn the photos! So fun!

  2. Erica Fuchs says:

    Absolutely gorgeous images. I love your edits. The greens are SO beautiful in the outside shots!

  3. Andrea says:

    How awesome is their story?! That’s so heartwarming! This seems like it was such a wonderful wedding- and your photos are beautiful!

  4. Julie says:

    Aww did one of the bridesmaids sing during the ceremony!?

  5. Laura says:

    I absolutely love when couples share their vows separately. It is super intimate and more intentional I think! Beautiful photos!

  6. Nadia says:

    Love their love story! When it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be! The shots of their first look and reading letters are gorgeous. This is beautiful!

  7. Carissa says:

    OMG I absolutely love your editing! I love how true to color and dreamy the greens are, along with the warm skin tones! Those bridesmaid photos are to die for.

  8. Katie says:

    Dang these are absolutely gorgeous! I love your editing so so much!! 🙂

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