Michael & Lindsay… Harrison Hot Springs wedding

Michael & Lindsay were married at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa on the May long weekend of 2016. The historic hotel was built was built in 1926 and has had several renos and additions over the years. It is a great place for a destination wedding or a nice get-away and since it is  a 90 minute drive from Poco, Peter and I booked a room too. 🙂

The day started out with cool weather as I captured Lindsay getting ready, and as it was an outdoor ceremony I said a little prayer that the rain would hold off. Peter hung out with the Michael and his friends capturing his last few moments of bachelorhood.

The grounds of the Resort were gorgeous with the gardens in full bloom. After the ceremony and family photos on the on the beautiful lawn, the couple preferred to have a bit of alone time. That gave Peter and I a chance to get our bags to our room and refresh a bit for the second part of our work day.

Later in the afternoon we met the group for some photos in the hotel and by the lake. The ladies were beautiful and their dresses complimented by the stunning bouquets from Floral Design by Lili. The men were dashing in their tuxes and pocket watches. The weather cooperated for us and just started to rain as we were finishing up.

The English garden theme was evident for the reception, the ballroom was beautifully decorated with flowers and Lindsay chose the prettiest wedding cake ever. Michael & Lindsay, along with their family and friends, enjoyed a great evening of delicious food and speeches with laughs and sentimental tears. After the romantic and touching first dance, the dance floor opened to the eager crowd and continued into the night. Since we did not have to commute home, Peter and I ended the night in the hot springs… heavenly!

Michael & Lindsay, we wish you the best. I hope you will have a beautiful life together!














Michael & Michelle… Burnaby Mountain Golf Course wedding

On a beautiful day last spring, Michael and Michelle could not have been more excited to get married at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course. Peter and I met Michelle a few years back when she was a bridesmaid at a wedding we were photographing, and as it turned out I used to work with Michael’s sister before I became a full time photographer. It is such a small world and we just love to receive recommendations from past brides!

Michael and Michelle had their engagement photos at Deer Lake Park and loved the gardens so much they decided that it would be the perfect place for their wedding photos as well.  After the couple had their first look, the bridal party joined us for photos in the beautiful garden. We then went to the Burnaby Mountain Golf Course for the marriage celebration. The outdoor patio was a gorgeous backdrop for the couple’s vows.

The reception was a fun evening with friends and family. The food looked delicious, and the wedding cake was so simple yet pretty. The evening’s entertainment had lots of laughs with the shoe game and the groom’s serenade to the bride was very sweet. We took the bride and groom outside to give them a quiet moment and of course get a couple of evening portraits. The party continued on with everyone was up on the dance floor until the time we had to leave. I’m sure the good times continued all night long!



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Richie & Mandy… lifestyle family shoot

I love these relaxed family lifestyle shoots! I just arrive (with a camera or two) to see what is happening during the day of a new little family. I like to capture what life looked like for them at this in the moment in time. It is a great alternative to carting the whole family of to Sears portrait studio as we did in the days when I had littles.

The family today was Richie, Mandy, baby Ethan and Max (the firstborn). I used to work with Mandy before I took the leap of being a full time photographer and it was so nice to see her again and meet her adorable baby boy. Days go by so fast and soon little ones are not so little anymore, documenting life and times and tiny fingers is so, so important. Thanks Richie & Mandy for having me in your lovely home, I really do think the first shot could be in the IKEA showroom or the very least in the catalogue (it is an IKEA sofa, I’m sure of that). 🙂











 

Chasing the Sunset… Part One of our Hawaiian Adventure

My first travel blog is on sunsets, I am crazy about them! It doesn’t matter to me whether they are spectacular or subtle, I love them all.

I was so excited to have so may sunsets at my shutter finger tip on our 30 day adventure on the Big Island! At first I paced myself and enjoyed leisurely sunsets at our condo, where there was a nightly get-together with the residents and guests to celebrate the end of the sunshine with happy hour.

On our travels, I always had some sort of camera with me, so I would always get a few sunset shots in, even if it was just out the car window as we were driving home. We had a few planned outings where I took a tripod for me to take some long exposure shots… and a couple of beer for Peter to keep him occupied!

As our stay was nearing the end, I would start to get that itchy trigger finger when the sun started to dip towards the horizon. At one point after Peter was yet again waiting for me to get my shots, he said with exasperation “How many sunset shots do you need?” Hmmm, 42,004 sounds like a good number to me. 🙂







Beautiful backyard wedding… Paul & Karen

Paul & Karen got married on warm July afternoon in the beautifully landscaped backyard of their new home together. It was a last minute booking… they were short a photographer and lucky thing, it happened to be our only un-booked Saturday in July.

Karen and friends did an amazing job with the decor and flowers, it was a treat to photograph such gorgeous details! They created a perfect little venue, set up for the couple’s family and closest friends to join them as they celebrated their love for one another. If Peter and I ever decide to marry again (each other, of course!), this is exactly how I would want it. Paul & Karen it was so nice to meet you both, thank you for treating us like friends! All the best to you both in your future together *heart emoji*

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Raymond & Mary… St. Augustine Church wedding

Raymond and Mary were married on a pleasantly sunny day in May of 2016.  A few months earlier, Peter and I had shot their Chinese tea ceremony as they chose to have us cover that rather than an engagement shoot. We did steal the couple away for a few pictures at the park across the street from the family home. See the couple in their beautiful Chinese outfits here .

At the Sandman Signature Hotel in Richmond, an adorably nervous Raymond saw the radiantly beautiful Mary for the first time on their wedding day. A few tears were shed from both! After a capturing the tender moment, we headed to the ceremony at the elegant St. Augustine’s Church in Vancouver.

Once the rings were exchanged, and the couple had their first kiss as husband and wife, the plans changed a little (as they do) and it was decided to stay at the church property to take photos. I am so glad we did! The church buildings surround a pretty little garden, it was an honour to be able to shoot there.

We then headed to Riverside Banquet Hall for the reception… and what a party! I knew we were in for a good night when the group started the evening with a choreographed number that brought down the house. I think the family and friends of Raymond and Mary had one of the best nights of their lives celebrating with this lovely couple!

Raymond and Mary, your wedding was amazing, thank you for trusting us to capture your special day. Peter and I wish you the best and know a long and happy life together is in store!

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Brock House wedding… David & Michelle

David and Michelle were married on a mild spring day in April day at the Brock House Restaurant in Vancouver. I love old heritage buildings and it was a pleasure to shoot in this elegant mansion on Jericho Beach.

The weather was iffy so the ceremony was held under a tent, but we still had a lovely view of English Bay. Once the reception started, so did the April showers, but since the party took place in the solarium, all was well.

David and Michelle took dancing lessons for their first dance and they surprised everyone with their moves, gliding around the dance floor to Frank Sinatra’s ‘Fly me to the moon’. They truly wowed the crowd!

David and Michelle, I hope the two of you keep dancing all the years of your marriage. All the best!

‘Dance with your heart and your feet will follow’ Unknown.

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Swan-e-set wedding… Pat & Anne

Pat & Anne’s February wedding was our the first of the 2016 season and we were happy to be shooting at Swaneset Bay Resort & Country Club. We knew no matter the weather we would have a lovely back drop in which to shoot, indoors or out. The day was tremendously organised by Anne and and everything ran like clock work. Her thoughtful DIY touches were very artistic and full of colour.

As luck would have it, the late winter day was lovely and almost spring like! After having the first look and portraits earlier in the day, the couple tied the knot as the sun lowered in the sky. A nice thing about winter weddings is you get to do a sunset shoot before the reception even starts. 🙂

All the very best to you Pat & Anne!

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Michael & Lindsay… Granville Island engagement shoot

Peter and I are looking forward to Michael & Lindsay’s wedding in Harrison on this holiday weekend! I met them for their engagement shoot on a very chilly and wet December day. We roamed around under the cover of the Granville Street bridge, where they happily snuggled into each other to keep warm or maybe just because they are absolutely smitten with one another!

After our unseasonably warm spring, the weather has taken a turn as of late. No worries for this lovely couple, a dip in the Hot Springs after a night of dancing and celebrating will be just what the doctor ordered! Looking forward to capturing your memories for you both!

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Raymond & Mary… spring engagement shoot

Peter and I met Raymond and Mary last year for a coffee and had an instant connection with this young couple. We couldn’t be more excited to be shooting their upcoming wedding!

Whatever the weather holds for their big day, Raymond and Mary will take it in stride just as they did when we met them on a drizzly March morning before their tea ceremony. Here are a few of my favorite photos from a short time we spent outside in a park near their home. These two are naturals!

Raymond and Mary, we are looking forward to your wedding day, it is going to be amazing!

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