January 28, 2016 In life

Forge: A Love Story [Part Thirteen]

Forge - A Love Story

The introduction of Forge can be found here and Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found herePart Three can be found herePart Four can be found herePart Five can be found here.  Part Six can be found herePart Seven can be found herePart Eight can be found herePart Nine can be found herePart Ten can be found here. Part Eleven can be found here. Part Twelve can be found here. This is Part Thirteen!

I couldn’t stop thinking about those three little words: I and Love and You. As much as I tried to ignore them, they happened – it’s out there. Randy loves me. I was conflicted and confused. I broke down under the pressure one evening to my Mom. “Why can’t relationships be simple? They always involved so many tears and so much thinking. It hurts. Won’t the right ‘one’ be simple? Is Randy right for me? Maybe this means he isn’t.” She hugged me tight. “Relationships have never been simple for thinkers.

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January 5, 2016 In photography, weddings

“Best Of” Weddings 2015

Vancouver Wedding Photographer

My very first wedding season began in May of 2008… almost eight years ago now! I remember that first season so clearly. I photographed 11 weddings between May and September, right after graduating high school. Honestly, it felt so “normal” and natural at the time! Looking back, I can’t believe I jumped into 11 weddings in 5 months, figuring it all out as I went. ;)

Nearly 200 weddings later, here we are, at the conclusion of my 8th wedding season! 2015 held so many wonderful weddings for Jamie Delaine Photography (22 to be exact!) and I’ve done my best to include some of the highlights from every day below. Enjoy this 2015 “Best Of” weddings post!


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December 22, 2015 In engagements, photography

Horseshoe Bay Engagement Photos

I have been so incredibly excited to photograph Maria and Tim since Maria emailed about her “someday” wedding almost one year ago. Maria and Tim had started dating three months before… and she knew this was the real deal. When I searched through my inbox for the specific details to write this story, I had to laugh. I’m definitely guilty of texting my dream videographers three months into dating (not engaged!) and asking about availability. It’s sooo fun and wonderful that Maria has been reading my blog for years and years! It was like meeting an old friend when I met up with them on the weekend.

Let’s get into the story about how a girl from a tiny island off the coast of British Columbia met a small town Saskatchewan boy… Online, of course! (Well, they weren’t going to just “bump into each other!”) When Maria saw Tim’s profile, she was intrigued! This is exactly the kind of guy she was looking for! The more she read, the more she liked. When she started looking for a location and read “Saskatchewan…” she groaned a little inside. She grew up on Gabriola Island, surrounded by the ocean, and Saskatchewan? It was so far from B.C. and everything Maria knew!

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December 18, 2015 In life

December in Nashville

Ohhh, this week away in Nashville together was such a gift. Nashville is a pretty special city to me. During my “single years” (between the ages of 18 and 22, hahah!) my career allowed me the freedom to travel a lot. I was constantly on the go (not we live that slowly now! ;)) and there were two cities in particular I returned to many years in a row: Nashville and Montreal. (My urban taste is diverse, apparently.) During the winter–my photography off-season–it was in both these cities I visited friends while also spending time alone, reading, dreaming, journalling, wondering about what the future would hold. 

Since Randy and I started dating, we’ve talked about visiting Nashville together. He went for the first time a few years back but I wasn’t able to come along… and then he went again this summer without me! ;) Finally, this December we were able to plan a week away to visit the city we both love so much together. It was the perfect balance of time spent with friends for five nights in the suburbs coupled with two nights at a gorgeous AirBnB in the 12th South neighbourhood of Nashville. (If you want to book the same one, you should! Tell Emily that Jamie Delaine sent you! ;)) 

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