middle of summer,
Sun shining bright and high in the sky
and the ocean breeze at our backs (and our fronts - We're in Port Renfrew, it's everywhere :)
Among the driftwood dinosaurs
and blackberry blankets
Cam and Shanti said their vows.
After the oceanside ceremony we took off for the trees,
and spent some time in the ancient giants of Avatar Grove,
arriving back on the beach just in time for sunset
as the fog rolled in,
and the music went up,
and the party really started.
Here is the story of Shanti & Cam.
lost in an enveloping coastal forest,
down a steep and sinuous path,
there is place where the heavens meet the pacific
and wild waves crash the dramatic rocky shoreline,
as far as the eye can see.
in a private cove,
at the edge of the earth,
michelle & andrew said their vows.
an intimate ceremony in the trees, followed by dinner on the beach,
and dancing under the stars -
Mother nature providing her bounty as the backdrop once again,
to such a magnificent
here is the story of michelle and andrew.
a september wedding in the apple orchard,
on a farm,
by the sea.
Here is the story of Blair and Matty.
Dress: Vintage, from Esty (altered by Bridget Savard Designs)
Suit: Flawless from Outlooks
Bride's shoes: Steve Madden
Makeup: Andrea Campbell from MAC
Hair(Women): Leah Orton of Bardot
Hair (Men): Victory Barber and Brand
Venue: Sea Cider
Flower crowns: Olann Handmade
All flowers done by bride.
All wedding planning and decor done by the bride & groom.
I finally got the chance to photograph my gorgeous friend Kali -
Here's some favourites from our afternoon together.
All clothing, jewelery & accessories are Kali's. You can follow this thrifting-mama-megababe on instagram @kreatureofthenight
chelsea and brett eloped last may,
on a mountain top, as the sun went down.
and as far as photographer's dreams go,
this was as good as it gets.
i had met chelsea years before, at a summer job we both hated,
and we connected on a level that kept our friendship ignited throughout the years,
long after those summer days of bussing tables and running food.
after getting new jobs, moving to new cities, and starting our own companies,
we remained in contact,
and when she wrote to tell me she was eloping with
THE MAN OF HER DREAMS, and she wanted me to be there to capture it,
my heart did a swan dive into a luscious pool of
with just a handful of people by their side,
we spent the day
exploring the seaside and surrounding forrest
stopping for cheeseburgers and golden graham milkshakes,
and then driving, top down, to the top of Mt Douglas
And with the setting sun at their witness,
they took each other,
as man an wife.
these two are truer blue than dallas road spring sky.
here is the story of chelsea & brett.
thea & greg's wedding took place on the 1st of october,
an ethereal, grey morning mist
and dewdrops as far as the eye could see.
it was the meeting place,
where summer met fall,
such an electricity in the air,
one season melting into the other.
it was cool, but not cold.
the skies swelled, but held back the rain.
after the i do's in the garden,
we took off for tacos and the seascapes just as the skies began to part
so the sun could say goodnight,
and the summer could say goodbye.
Second Shooter: Meaghan Konopaki
Ceremony: Villa Marco Polo
Reception: Fireside Grill
Wedding Coordinator: Kira Star with Details
Dress: White Peony, made by Truvelle
Groom's suit: Outlooks, made by Strellson
Bridesmaid Dresses: Blush Bridal, made by Lela Rose
Flowers: Rook & Rose
Cake: Ruth and Dean
Hair: Amanda Adamec of Studio 2 Hair Design
Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Trish
Limo: Alpine Limousines
DJ: Capitol City DJ
We packed the cooler with hummus and berries,
and headed to the coast.
Photographed over two days exploring the island while Chloe came to visit.
Always a pleasure and an adventure with this old soul.
Until next time, dear friend. XO.
I remember the day that Anna told me she was going to marry Tyler. It was looonnng before he actually asked her....
Anna and I hadn't seen each other in awhile, and it was the first time I had heard about him - not long after they had first met.
"I'm going to marry this man" she said. I remember it.
Here we are, many moons later, and not only have I been lucky enough to know these two beautiful people throughout their relationship,
I've been delighted to photograph her pregnancy, and their engagement.....and now, the big fat cherry on that delicious, metaphorical cake - their New Year's Eve, Gatsby-themed wedding.
Anna has been a muse of mine for years. Aside from her drop-dead, stunning beauty (which seems almost redundant to mention),
She has an inner light,
That ANYBODY who has known this woman - for a minute, for a year, for a lifetime - knows.
That electric laugh and ferocious, contagious smile...
(AND an uncanny ability to conjure, design and organize an extremely creative and elegant wedding AND give birth to her first child ALL within a year...)
The biggest, warmest, wholest and brightest congratulations to these two -
I truly believe you two are soul mates and am so excited to see your new family grow.
Listen and Look!
A collection of favourites from a November wedding in the garden.
This beautiful west coast of ours comes through again,
with sunshine and winter greens,
Providing a stunning backdrop to Tanjeem and Andreas's beautiful union.
Jeannine and Reinardt.
What an enchanting love to photograph.
It was heavy but weightless at the same time;
fierce but intimate;
exciting but comfortable.
They would look into each others eyes and it seemed as if the entire world disappeared -
And these images are so beautiful because you can see that love.
As the light dances from shadow to sun,
wraping the skin with a soft glow
or sneaks a peek at blushing smile,
These two, relaxed and confident in each others arms,
draw you in like a moth to a flame.
Jeannine's striking, effortless beauty,
and Reinardt's infectious, infatuating smile,
only sing back-up to something
You can see these two get lost in each other.
It was magical to experience first hand, that kind of love,
and I'm so thankful I'm able to share that magic with you through photography,
something I myself hold so dear to my heart.
Married beneath a mid-summer's lush canopy of maples leaves,
paper cranes swaying in the wind,
Amie and Russ tied the knot after 11 years (!!!) together,
in the backyard of her father's house in the Cowichan Valley.
I came to tour the location the week before and was greeted by Amie,
sleeves rolled up, brow sweaty,
pushing a lawn-mower up and over roots and slopes and weedy patches,
in preparation for the big day.
Over the last year, with the unconditional help of family and close friends, there had been countless hours spent rototilling and weeding and hacking and building and digging the newly bought property so it could play it's role as main stage for their fairy-tale wedding.
The transformation was not only impressive, it was inspiring. There was a forested area filled with white-barked birch trees and hanging lights, cozy outdoor "living rooms" made of vintage furniture, and countless handmade paper cranes hanging from lilac bushes. The ceremony took place on top of a carpet of clover and in the shade provided by a circle of surrounding towering trees.
Lace and laterns and wildflowers - Everything about this wedding was gorgeous. A lush, private setting that proved to be picture perfect all the way until the end of the night when Amie and Russ shared their first dance in the birch forest at twilight, surrounded by twinkle lights threaded through the branches.
I remember leaving this wedding and vowing that I would find a way to become apart of this family. They were just that lovely. And hilarious.
I wanted in.
I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I loved taking them.
Thanks again to Amie and Russ - I wish you unbound adventure and eternal happiness.
Last week I had the pleasure of shooting Paradise Boutique’s 10th Anniversary Fashion Show, held at Lacey Lou’s Tapas bar, one of my new favorite hangouts (CHEAP local beer and FABULOUS guilt free food).
The event showcased Paradise’ s gorgeous new spring and summer pieces - feminine, flowery and delicate -
being badass, bold and honestly downright empowering.
(Something about a woman in cherry red lipstick donning and pin-up esqe luscious green swimsuit and towering high heels that does it for me)
Rosebud and Dani, the sisters that own and run and inspire Paradise, put on a fabulous party – calling out luxurious door prizes throughout the evening, as guests sipped on crisp grapefruit summer cocktails and dined on passed canapés (the bacon wrapped dates made me weak in the knees. GUH)
Here’s a collection of favorites from the night.
Special thanks to Lacey Lou’s and their vibrant and playful staff, for hosting the event. If you haven’t been yet, go check them out.
And try the Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Prawns.
Another big thanks to everyone who contributed to the evening:
Hair: Shampoo Hair Bar http://shampoohairbar.com/
Make-up: Erin Bradley http://www.erinbradley.ca/ , Melodie Reynolds http://mantracosmetic.com/, Trish Sidhu
Music: AJ & Sam from TechCows https://www.facebook.com/TechCows
Check out the clothes here ---->
(click each image to see the next.....)
Last weekend, while enjoying some pretty-insanely-beautiful weather,
Liz, James and I took to the oceans edge to snap a few engagement shots.
Here is a collection of some favorites
Melissa and Dylan got married this past December in a far off, magical land -
A place where mermaids swim and magic is abundant,
where the azure sky melts into the horizon, turning the water into a chameleon of brightly coloured greens and blues.
Where the music is always playing,
while the dancers find love under the warm moon and starry skies,
and the palm trees sway to the slow rhythm of the easy, care-free lifestyle.
I was asked to be apart of this wedding about a year and a half ago, and had been counting down the days in excitement ever since. I had known the groom, Dylan, since my high school days and was thrilled not only to get to know Melissa better too - but to shoot her stunning beauty under that fabulous Mexican sun.
They were married on the beach in the low afternoon light,
backs to the wind and the ocean and the clouds,
surrounded by a small group of close family and friends
on a white sand beach that stretched for miles - as far as the eye could see.
After the ceremony, we snuck off for some photos in the sunset.
After the photos, the party started.
And Mexicans, if you didn't already know,
know how to throw a party.
The dancing started and it didn't stop. The staff kept the drinks pouring the food coming (The dinner was plated and 5 courses) and even jumped in to boogie-down once or twice. The dance floor lit-up in different coloured squares. AND there were fireworks.
Here is the story of Melissa and Dylan.
On a stormy Saturday in September,
sheets of rain and swollen ocean,
soaring evergreens and electric moss...
Jackie and Kyle tied the knot at the doorstep of our wild west coast,
in Ucluelet, BC.
On a sunny end-of-September Saturday,
tucked beneath the pines and maple trees
that leaked the late-summer sun through their canopy
onto the shores of eastern Vancouver Island,
Jen and Karl got married.
in all honesty with every fibre of my being;
one of the most fun I have ever had with a camera in hand.
I had never actually met Jen or Karl before the date of the wedding, and within seconds I was laughing with them as if we had known each other for years.
Both confident, happy and welcoming people - who just wanted to have fun. Jen was possibly the most laid back bride I have ever met - she cruised into town that morning and picked out her wedding ring and her flowers (which I'm pretty sure was done by knocking on a strangers door of whom she happened to like the garden of and asking "Hey, I'm getting married today, can I buy a couple bouquets off you?" )
They were married on the beach in the late afternoon with the ocean breeze at their backs and in the company of close family friends. It was beautiful and intimate and at many times throughout the day, awesomely hilarious.
We were late coming back to dinner because we just couldn't stop taking photos. "Just one more! Over here, in that bush! Just one more!". They were playful and in love and oozing with rockin' energy. The were game for whatever I threw at them and pulled it all off looking absolutely GORGEOUS.
Here is the story of Jen and Karl.