Wednesday
Feb182015

Amy + Nick — Chilliwack, BC Farm Wedding

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other — Audry Hepburn

Amy + Nick's wedding was set at her family's farm in Chilliwack, BC — a Fraser Valley farm that's been in the family for three generations. The home Amy and her bridesmaids got ready in was the farmhouse she gre up in, built by her great grandparents, setting the tone for a day with layers of personal history and full of antique windows, rustic mason jars and long-retired farm equipment. Amy + Nick wanted to get married at the farm but also have something unique to their wedding, so Amy's dad (with help from others!) planted a corn field with sunflower lined pathways leading to a centre field where the wedding reception and dancing took guest late into the warm August evening. 

There were no shortage of gorgeous locations around the farm for portraits, plenty of grazing cows, fields, weathered barns, even a 200+ year old fallen giant cedar. Just before we returned for the reception, we slipped away to a nearby mountain top for a couple of intimate portraits against the backdrop of the Fraser River. It was such a joy to be included in a wedding that gave us glimpses into the decades of family history that was so linked to this land and location.  

Tuesday
Feb032015

Erin + Brian — A Coastal Camping Engagement

Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the things that I love about living in Vancouver is that an hours drive will take you into the wilderness. So spontaneous camping trips, even for one night near the ocean are possible. For Erin + Brian's engagement photos we wanted to do something that was truly them — and camping with their Westfalia, cooking over the fire seemed like an ideal fit. This was one of our favorite engagement shoots ever, since when else do you get to eat eggs and bacon cooked over a fire with coffee and bread from Matchstick? Special thanks to the wonderful Natalie Bjordal for her styling on this shoot. 

Wednesday
Jan212015

Andrea + Kenton — East Vancouver Wedding


You have traversed tributaries and trials, you have surveyed and found, that now you are ready to discover what you are more or less certain of is already there, you are ready for the country of marriage. — from 'The Country of Marriage' by Lance Odegard

Andrea and Kenton share so many loves in life, but it took them a little while to realize that they also were loves for life. They are both incredibly talented musicians (I've actually known Kenton for several years through overlapping music circles) and Andrea teaches music and is also a music therapist. They share a love for East Van, for good food, for soul-giving conversations and as you'll see in these images, they share a love for so very many dear people. Their wedding was unconventional — a weekend of festivities starting with the reception at East Van mainstay, the Wise Hall on Friday night before the ceremony on Saturday. Andrea is clearly a dear friend to so many, that she included a large collection of them as her 'ladies in waiting' along with her sisters for bridesmaids. I loved their floral crowns, flowing dresses and bohemian spirits and finding ways to tell their stories throughout the two days of celebration. Those of you in music in Vancouver might recognize a few familiar faces in the crowd. You might also catch the family connections, the prairie roots and the memory of a dear father who was remembered in spirit. It was a privilege to celebrate and document their wedding days with such a warm community of friends and family. 

Special thanks to Jessica Brodeur, my photography assistant all weekend.

The previous evening...

Wedding Reception: The Wise Hall (East Vancouver)

Bride's dress: custom made

Groom and Groomman bowties: Bellvedere 

Tuesday
Jan132015

Braden + Jayme — Vancouver Engagement Portraits

One can have a dream, baby / Two can make that dream so real / One can talk about bein' in love / Two can say how it really feels / One can wish upon a star / Two can make that wish come true, yeah / One can stand alone in the dark / Two can make the light shine through Marvin Gaye (continue through post to understand the Marvin Gaye reference).

Sometimes you find love when you are least expecting it. Braden and Jayme meet through mutual friends, and with a little time realized there was love in friendship. She works in theatre costuming and he in music, so we spent a sunny fall afternoon walking through Gastown, exploring a record store and finding a few gems on vinyl before heading to the shoreline with the city of Vancouver as our backdrop. I can't wait to see how their personalities and interests will be reflected in their wedding celebration with many of their dear friends in Vancouver next month.

Special thanks to Vinyl Records on Hastings Street. 

Tuesday
Jan062015

Cousins - Family Portraits

Carly and her cousins wanted to give her grandmother a unique and personal gift for Christmas last month—a series of portraits of the four of them together! For our session last month, we met up for some beach exploring on a misty morning (December in Vancouver is pretty tame by Canadian standards), and the sun came out at just the right moments to keep everyone's faces warm. I love being able to make photographing families fun, discovering new places together, while documenting the adventure and making classic portraits that parents (and grandparents!) will love.