Welcome Eli! {Castlegar Kootenays Newborn Photographer}

Welcoming a new baby, whether it’s #1 or #4 is always special… But there is really something extra special about getting to see older siblings welcome a new baby into their clan. The G* Family had me over to mark the occasion of baby Elliott’s grand arrival when he was just 7 days-new, and I could not be happier for them.

Elliott will grow up with two fabulous older brothers, and one doting older sister to turn to for advice, help, encouragement and fun! Not to mention, two thrilled (but, perhaps, slightly overwhelmed at the moment!) parents.  What a lucky little guy, and what a wonderful family!

Congratulations G* Family, and Welcome Little Eli!

Stacey & Dan {Vancouver Wedding Photographer}

When I first met Stacey & Dan at their consultation, we bonded almost instantly over the lures of small-town living & the plight of teachers in this country. The conversation came effortlessly and smoothly, and as one drink lend to a second, and one hour turned into two, I found myself thinking, “Man, I really LIKE these guys!” It was a fabulous first meeting and it set the tone for the rest of my interactions with this amazing couple.

They said ‘I do’ on the lawn of ‘Barclay Manor’ in Vancouver’s historic ‘West End’ neighbourhood. Guests stood in the early afternoon sunshine, gently wiping tears from their eyes, surrounding the couple as they held hands and exchanged some of the sweetest, most carefully crafted vows I’d ever heard. I don’t think there was a dry eye present when Stacey read the vows that she’d written separately for Dan’s two children from his first marriage (the flower girl & ring bearer). It was moving to see her include them in such a forthright way. This wasn’t just a marriage between two people; it was a ceremony uniting 4 people together as one family. Just lovely.

After the ceremony, the wedding party and I moved onto the Stanley Park to take a few portraits and have a few laughs. And laugh we did! I am not sure I’ve encountered such a hilarious, fun loving wedding party before. Perhaps it’s because almost half of the group was under the age of 12… or perhaps we were just all feeling a bit giddy. Whatever the case, we had a total blast.

I wish this brand new little family a lifetime of adventure and laughter; I somehow doubt they’ll ever be in short supply of either.

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Lisa and Vik {Vancouver Wedding Photographer}

When I think back to Lisa & Vik’s wedding, one word comes to the forefront of my mind every time… GORGEOUS.

Gorgeous colours. Gorgeous couple. Gorgeous venue. Gorgeous details. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.

Lisa & Vik had a traditional Hindu Ceremony, followed by a more Western/North American reception at the one & only Fairmont Hotel Vancouver; arguably one of the most stunning venues in the city. The bride was decked out in gold from head to toe, and radiated opulence & glamour. As drop-dead gorgeous (there’s that word again!) as Lisa was in her wedding attire, her laid back & sweet demeanour always shone through. She’s endlessly charming and sweet even when she looks a little bit like royalty!

This was only my second ever Hindu Ceremony so I spent hours prior to the big day researching the traditions and preparing myself with as much working knowledge as possible. Hindu ceremonies are steeped in symbolic ritual and I didn’t want to miss anything at all! From the Baraat, to the Milni, to all the more subtle rituals that take place until the Mandap— I can only hope that I did the day’s event’s some justice.

When the ceremony concluded, guests were invited to mingle, drink, and nibble in the reception area, before moving into to Pacific Ballroom for the formal reception. What a stunning event!

Thanks to all the incredible vendors who came together to make this event something so very special. And also thanks to my photographer friend & partner Shauna who ended up assisting me on Lisa & Vik’s day & also taking some lovely images while she was at it– I am not sure i could have done it all without her!

Brian and Dorritta {New Westminster, BC Wedding Photographer}

Brian and Dorritta tied the knot in what can only be described as a sweet & romantic ceremony in New Westminster’s lovely Queen’s Park. Surrounded by friends, family, and roses in every shape and colour, the couple said ‘I Do’ with their beloved dog, Cole, at their side.  After the ceremony, guests were invited over to the park’s ‘Centennial Lodge’ for a drinks, a fabulous meal, and dancing into the night.

It was wonderful to see how Brian and Dorritta incorporated Dorritta’s Chinese heritage into their big day. From the wonderful pops of red & gold in all of their decor, to Dorritta’s three dress changes (each dress more lovely than the last!) their wedding truly had an ‘east meets west’ feel.

All throughout the night my second shooter and I couldn’t help but marvel at just how IN LOVE these two clearly are. Their amazing genuine smiles, spontaneous laughter, and just the way that they looked at each other left us both with our hearts a little bit a-flutter. It’s impossible to be in the presence of this incredible couple and not feel lighter in your step and in your heart– it’s contagious!

Wishing them a lifetime of that very-same happiness! Thank you, Brian & Dorritta, for allowing my team & I to be part of your day.

The M* Family {Burnaby Family Portrait Photographer}

I first met the M* Family just over a year ago when their sweet little girl was born & we did a newborn session in their lovely Burnaby home. So it was with great pleasure that I found myself there again, 18 months later, this time getting to shoot in their absolutely amazing backyard. (I use the word ‘backyard’ loosely. It would probably be better described as a secret garden or, better yet; an idyllic oasis.)

Their sweet little girl has grown up to be a just-as-sweet spit-fire of a toddler. Clever, crafty, quick to laugh and extremely jovial…. We had such fun together!

Here’s hoping that I get to see them again in a year or two!

Lisa and Vik. Vancouver Engagement.

Lisa and Vik came to me as a “word of mouth” recommendation from one of my fabulous 2013 brides. I met with this Doctor/Nurse pair on a grey, drizzly, February day at one of my favourite cafes in Vancouver. We chatted about their wedding, their vision, and my approach to wedding photography. I was immediately taken by a few things about them::

1.) How STUNNING this couple is. I mean, look at them!

2.) How rad their ‘East Meets West’ wedding is bound to be– Hindu ceremony with western reception. Awesome!

3.) How down to earth the pair of them are.

They came to me, they said, because their friend assured them that their photos would be relaxed, pain-free, with no cheese or gimmicks— they had come to the right place! I don’t do cheese, and I most certainly don’t do gimmicks.

Their engagement session was a few months later. We chose Queen Elizabeth Park for it’s cherry blossoms & green space– though, admittedly we seemed to miss the cherry blossoms at that particular place by about a week or two. Ah well! We easily made due!  We laughed through basically their entire session, and generally had a fabulous time together. It was wonderful getting to spend a little bit of time with this busy couple before their big day. I am so looking forward to their August I-Do’s!

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