When Brynne and Matt told me about their idea to incorporate Matt's motorcycle into their engagement session, I was all over it! I knew Pitt Lake would be the perfect spot for the photos because of the long stretches of road, tones, and gorgeous views of the mountains in the background. Brynne and I had talked before the shoot about having an editorial feel. I totally think we were able to incorporate her vision into the session and I'm so happy with the final result! I can't wait to photograph Brynne and Matt's wedding at Cecil Green next month and see what they have planned!
Im so excited to finally be sharing this wedding that is very near and dear to my heart! Having been friends with Elle for many years, I was so happy to see her and Sarah together as they are very well suited for each other and balance each other perfectly. Being asked to shoot their wedding was such a huge honour, and it was a wonderful, heartfelt day that I was so glad to be a part of.
I knew that they were going to have a stylish celebration but these two blew me away with their attention to even the smallest of details. Every touch was so personal to Elle and Sarah that it made for a wedding that truly reflected who they are as individuals and as a couple. The decor was full of vintage charm, with books, pennies (for good luck!) and rose quartz adorning the tables. One of my favourite elements was the old photographs of loved ones who were not there that the brides had placed throughout the room.
Some words from Elle and Sarah: The most important thing was creating a feeling of beauty, love and warmth. We wanted every detail to be personal and engaging. To reflect not only the old world romance that we feel – but also to reflect the love and support that we feel for those that showed up for us as a couple. It was imperative that everyone who showed up for us felt welcome and loved!
Beyond just the glamorous decor though, the day was full of so many meaningful moments that made it so so special. From the beautiful first look in Stanley Park to the teary vow exchange in front of their loved ones, the day was all emotions and love and capped off with a mean dance party. Click on the image below to see the full gallery.
Last year I did a very special in-home session with two amazing women, Lorenza and Ilenia. These two are from Italy but moved to Canada to live in a place more accepting of LGBTQ couples. I actually met Lorenza on Instagram and asked her if they would want to shoot with me sometime and we set up a session in their new apartment. These two were so natural in front of the camera, so obviously in love, that it made the session flow so smoothly. We’ve become friends since the shoot, in fact, they had my husband and I over for dinner and cooked us authentic Italian pasta and risotto!
I had them write a little bit about their relationship and their move to Canada and this is some of what they said: "Our story has been accompanied then by the decision that we made together to not hide our relationship. The visibility, the sincerity and simplicity have always been essential to us. It wasn’t always easy to stay true to our principles especially in a state like Italy where LGBT rights aren’t guaranteed and public opinion is still very closed-minded.
Our dreams aren’t so different from many young couples in love. We dream of finding a job that we like, to marry and grow old together and have one, two or even three children. All this in a state where our love and our family is protected and where homophobia is only a bad thing that once existed.
In order to follow our dreams, we decided to move to Canada in March 2017. Even if we tried our best, we felt Italy too much tight to us. Now we live in Vancouver and we’re happy as never before. We always hold hands when we walk together, we kiss no matter who can see us and we go on adventures together on our days off. We found our personal Garden of Eden. And this is all I wish to all. Find your personal path and follow it. No matter how hard it is, just follow your heart and everything will be fine."
You can read the rest of their story on Dancing With Her.
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!
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!
It's been a while since I last blogged as wedding season is now in full swing! I shot Yvonne and Dan's Gastown engagement session a few months ago and I thought it turned out beautifully so I have been waiting for an opportunity to share it. The session may have started off with some awkward jokes but these two quickly became comfortable and settled into just being in love. They picked Gastown at the setting for their pictures because their wedding was to be at Nita Lake and we thought it would be a very different-vibe than the more natural surroundings of their lake wedding. Luckily it was a gorgeous Vancouver evening and I got to use a newly scouted parkade (yes, I'm obsessed with parkades) downtown to do some golden hour shots of the pair. It was a total coincidence that Yvonne's jacket matched the background so perfectly and we ended up with some gorgeous minimalist shots that I adore! Click on the image below to enjoy!