I've heard it said in my industry that you shouldn't ever photograph a family member's wedding and may I politely interject that, in my experience, you should jump on said opportunity because it may be the most beautiful, intimate thing you've ever experienced. Willow is my second cousin and I was beyond honored when she and Andrew asked me to photograph their wedding. Guys - this wedding was a dream! One of my favorite things that a couple can do is forego all the nonsense that you're "supposed" to do at your wedding and do WHATEVER YOU WANT! They told me their friends were just as crucial as their attendants - the love and support from the people who desired to stand by them on this day and the rest of days was invaluable. They had a first look, had some time for formal photos with their friends, then met with a small group of close family and friends to sign their marriage documents. Andrew's father, a pastor in Sherwood Park, married them. They had their ceremony at the Yellowhead Brewery with a wider group of loved ones AFTER they had already been legally wed. They loved to laugh and obviously loved to love. Willow made her own bouquets and boutonnieres using flowers exactly suited to her taste. The girls didn't match but wore the most beautiful outfits with intricate textures and details. Their words to each other were intricate, poetic and kick-you-in-the-gut heartfelt. You could feel this one, guys. It was palpable. And I loved it oh so much.
Have a look at more of the weddings I've done for my family here (Lisa and Brad) and here (Ken and Angela). Then message me to see if I might be the right fit for your wedding (even if you're not family ;)) - firstname.lastname@example.org :)