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.
“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
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
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.
"Liv is extremely talented and great to work with! She gave us enough direction in our shoots to know what to do but still left tons of room for candid, genuine moments. Nothing beats seeing real smiles and laughter in your photos! She was more than willing to collaborate and go for some sillier ideas, and was always super encouraging. She's an incredibly sweet person and we felt very comfortable to be ourselves around her. Liv's talent is beyond just the technical knowledge, she really has an artist eye for beautiful photos. Her editing style is perfect, not too dark or light but still brings personality with the warm tones she adds. I HIGHLY recommend working with Liv!!"