Abby + Cory — Mountain backdrop wedding preview

This past weekend the sun was blazing down on the celebration for Abby & Cory's wedding in Pitt Meadows. The mountains and lake were a beautiful backdrop for portraits and I can't wait to share the rest of their wedding in coming weeks. For now, here are a few frames from their wedding day. 


Heather + Mike — Vancouver Engagement

You are my greatest adventure. From Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson.

Heather and Mike are two adventurers getting married this September in the wild forests of Squamish, BC. For their engagement session, they wanted to explore someplace closer to home—Vancouver's Strathcona/Chinatown neighbourhood. Through their gentle ease and frequent laughter, it was clear that these two share a love rooted in a deep understanding of each other. 

Early summer weather in Vancouver isn't always co-operative, but the evening sun broke through the clouds at just the right time, highlighting some of my favourite moments from our portraits together. I can't wait for their wedding celebration this fall!


Amy + Nick — Chilliwack, BC Farm Wedding

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other — Audrey 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.  


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. 


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