Dave and Cathie September 8th 2018 {Bonnyville Wedding Photographer}

I haven’t known Dave and Cathie for a long time at all, but what I do know of them is that they are two very good, strong people with the biggest hearts I have ever met.

Cathie has the best smile, and laugh, and so much sass and attitude. “Mama bear is a cute way of saying I’ll tear you apart if you hurt my kids “was written for her.

Dave is a lovingly known as Big Dave, but while he is a tall man, I am 100% sure that is meant to describe his enormous heart.

They are the most loving and fun parents.

They have the best and most twisted sense of humour.

They are the kind of people whose family extends so far beyond blood, and when you’re in, you’re in. They invite you to family supper on sundays, they include you in their ups and downs, They bring you into their heart.

They are the kind of people who honour those who are in Heaven in their wedding ceremony by carrying their photos down the aisle, and then taking a shot at the end of it.

Beautiful Sarah was an honorary flower girl walked down the aisle by two of Cathie and Dave’s closest friends.

(Yes, Kylie and Zac are walking my sweet Sawyer down the aisle as the honorary ring bearer. Yes, I cried. I am amazed I was able to hold my camera still. I am amazed I had the chance to see him included in such a beautiful event.)

They are no frills, no bells and whistles, no small talk- get to the meat of it REAL kind of people.

They are no strangers to tragedy. I met Cathie and Dave this last May, when their beautiful girl Emma was diagnosed with DIPG. I reached out to them to do a family session/unicorn session for their sweet princess, and we connected and became fast friends.

(To support Emma and her family click this link. https://www.gofundme.com/fightingforprincessemma?fbclid=IwAR3YAV7BpjA2_4m3Nz96kTDmnR4dl1n1wJHgysUAh95IFavrSSdDp3umu8w )

I cried when Dave went to get Emma. Because every daddy should get to walk his daughter down the aisle. I’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

I am so glad to know this soul mama, her husband, and their beautiful daughters, and count them among my friends. I was so honoured when they asked me to capture their beautiful day.

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Congratulations again you wonderful people <3 <3 <3

ashley hempel