Alberta Wedding Photographer // Celestine + Alex Kananaskis Elopement

There's nothing more flattering than being asked to shoot the wedding of a fellow wedding photographer.  Having been a fan of Celestine's work I was beyond happy (and just a little intimidated) to be asked to shoot her mountain elopement.  I love my home in BC but visiting the turquoise lakes and gorgeous fall colours of the Rockies was so special.

We canoed out to a little Island at Upper Kananaskis Lake to do the ceremony, officiated by another amazing Alberta photographer, Erik McRitchie.  Celestine and Alex read their personal vows to each other, and their were a few tears and lots of laughter.  We started heading back towards their home making many stops along the way for portraits.  My favourite spot was this amazing field of red, orange and yellow with the mountains in the background, it was breathtaking.

Once we got back, Celestine and Alex's families had prepared an amazing meal and set up a table in the backyard with a stunning view of the sunset.  They kindly asked me to stay for dinner and we talked and laughed until the stars came out.  Being in an area where you can actually see the stars is pretty amazing, we thought we might get a glimpse of the Northern Lights but sadly they didn't make an appearance that night.  Because, it was so dark on their property, we had to drive the car onto the lawn to get some light for Celestine and Alex to have their first dance.  You can find the full story by clicking on the image below. 

Spending time in the mountains for this elopement has me even more excited to travel back to Alberta later this year!  

Sweden Wedding Photographer // Marta + Robin in Stjarnsund

I had the amazing opportunity to travel back to Sweden last year to photograph Marta and Robin's countryside wedding in Dalarna.  My first time shooting a wedding not conducted in English, I was a bit nervous, but the obvious love between this couple and their friends and family made it easy to pick up on all the non verbal cues and emotion.

My husband, Jaimie (who second shot his first wedding with me - yay babe!) has family from Sweden so we were a bit prepared for the Swedish customs that took place but there were some that we didn't know about beforehand.  One super fun tradition is when the bride or groom stands up to go to leave the room and the other one is left sitting by themselves, everyone of the opposite sex gets up and kisses the person who is sitting down.

The last time we were in Sweden it was pouring buckets but we were so lucky to have a beautiful Summer's day for the wedding with a great sunset.  We took advantage by sneaking out for a few minutes during dinner and taking some photograph's in a feild nearby.

When I sent Marta and Robin their finished photos I got this message back: "Wow. You are such a talent - I can't wrap my head around the fact that you were actually there with us!  Your pictures are magical, it's like someone rewound the tape and pressed play again.  I sent the link to some friends and they all said - it's amazing how she captured the emotions and aura of the day.  I couldn't agree more. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"  Thank YOU, Marta and Robin, for trusting me to capture your special day. Grattis på bröllopsdagen!

Click on the image below to see the rest of this Swedish celebration!

Vancouver Wedding Photographer // Courtney + Steven at The Permanent

I'm finally getting around to updating all the content on my website and have a bunch of wedding from last Summer that I can't wait to share with you.  First up is Courtney and Steven's wedding at The Permanent in Gastown.  I had the opportunity to shoot at this lovely restored heritage venue twice this past year and I love it for all it's character and vintage charm. 

Courtney and Steven were so much fun to work with, they were up for anything and completely trusted my vision to shoot their portraits in an urban setting.  They wanted artistic and fun wedding party photos and I think we totally achieved that.  Some of my favourite wedding party photos to date came out of this wedding (it helped that their friends are an amazing and super fun group of people!)

Getting to know these two over the course of the year, I could immediately tell how much they love each other.  They seem perfectly matched in so many ways and it was so easy for me to capture this aspect of their relationship.  Click the image link below to see their full gallery.  

Congrats again Court and Steven!

xo

International Wedding Photographer // Cory + Carolina Copenhagen Couples Session

I love meeting other photographers, especially when I travel.  I always make a point of connecting with photogs around the globe on social media and when I visit their cities I try and arrange a meet or a shoot.  It's a really cool community that I'm part of!  Carolina is a super talented Wedding Photographer who is based out of Copenhagen (one of my favourite cities!). I've admired her work for a long time so when she said yes to a shoot with her partner, Cory, I was beyond thrilled but also a bit intimidated.  These two were so much fun to work with though and had great chemistry which made it very easy to photograph them.  They also took me out for wine and cheese before the shoot which was the best!  I got to know them both and found out that they are truly wonderful and genuine people.  I hope our paths cross again soon!

2016 - Year in Review

Whoa. What a feat it was putting together this 'Year in Review' blog post.  I have witnessed and been a part of too many beautiful, joyous and heartfelt moments to narrow it down to just a few.  So, sorry not sorry.  This post is going to be mammoth, so you might want to grab a cup of tea and maybe take a bathroom break before settling into this one.  Oh yeah, and grab some kleenex because there are many tear inducing images coming your way.

So many exciting things have happened in the past year, and it's been the biggest and best for my business so far!  I finally went full time in May and had a killer 2016 wedding season, doubling my bookings from last year.  I travelled a lot as well, visiting Kauai, Portland, New Orleans, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and road-tripping through California.  I have seen one of the most beautiful sunsets of my life (Yosemite), stood at the base of one of the most awe-inspiring waterfalls (Iceland), photographed my first wedding that wasn't in English (Sweden), captured a Secondline parade at a New Orleans wedding, and connected with and met so many inspiring and talented photographers both online and at some incredible workshops and conferences like Possible Portland and ARC.  

Thank you to everyone who has been following along and supporting me in my journey, especially to my amazing clients who put their total trust in me to capture their special days.  It has been awesome to not only document these memories but also to come out of it with new friends :)  Also, a huge thank you to my husband for always supporting my crazy dreams and being there ready with sandwich in hand for those hangry moments.

I'm so excited for things to come in 2017, I already have many unique and amazing sounding celebrations on the books and a few creative and personal projects that I'm going to try and pursue.  Oh yes, there will also be travel (obvs) next year we are heading to Mexico and Newfoundland as well as doing some local BC exploring.  Can't wait!

See you in 2017!

Whistler Wedding Photographer // Yvonne + Dan at Nita Lake Lodge

It has been a busy wedding season so far and there is so much more to come!  I needed to take a break from editing to blog this sweet, intimate Whistler elopement though because it is one of my favourites to date.  Yvonne and Dan had a very small wedding on the dock at Nita Lake Lodge with their immediate families present.  It was a beautiful and heartfelt event, you could really feel the love, not only from the couple but also from their families who were obviously thrilled about their marriage.

I love elopements because it gives me time to really focus on the couple.  We had an amazing portrait session later in the day (give me that golden light anytime!) and hit up a bunch of great spots around the Whistler area as well as taking a little ride in a red canoe.  The pair was totally relaxed and so into each other that my job was made so easy!

Click on the image below to see more!