I'm a wedding and portrait photographer living in Vancouver, BC with my husband Randy.  I photographed my first wedding when I was only 17 years old - and I've photographed over 200 weddings since! I am an avid bookworm, lover of green tea, pretty nail polish & my Labradoodle Harley. Thanks for visiting!

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english bay engagement session: tess+adam

October 18, 2010


oh look. tim hortons! that’s where we met. tess smiled, her right hand pressed into adam’s left as we walked down denman street during their engagement session. well, not that one, specifically. a different one… but still a tim hortons. tess and adam played for the same volleyball club during high school but that’s not exactly how they met. tess admits to seeing adam at volleyball tournaments and occasionally facebook stalking the boy. officially, they met, one evening after youth church in a group of friends at tim hortons. they started chatting about their schools: tess went to the same christian high school as i, adam attended another christian school in the area. both in their graduating year, tess and adam soon discovered a shared hatred of geography 12 and chatted the rest of the evening. turns out that class was good for something, after all! they became friends and started dating quite a few months later. their relationship was “built on a very solid friendship.” i like that.

tess & i also live [let me just count in my head here] six houses apart. i think. i’m sure we’ve passed each other on neighbourhood jogs over the past few years; she was always a familiar face. i was so excited when the cute couple i had facebook stalked [of course. i stalk cute couples. it’s a wedding photographer thing.] got engaged and tess emailed me. mmm, actually tess emailed me two months before their engagement, now that i remember. it’s the most amazing thing when a couple chooses their wedding date around my availability; tess & adam did exactly that. i’m crazy excited for their july 17, 2011 wedding! but wait, i’m not done writing about them yet.

we all drove together into vancouver last week for the session. it was awesome to spend so much time with tess & adam, in the car and on the shoot. tess and adam are very different people: city girl meets country boy. in tess’s words, we are polar opposites. our personalities are quite different but we also come from extremely different families. i am half-asian and raised upper-middle class & he is from an all mennonite family that lives in the country on a farm. one thing these two have in common, the Lord. i loved that after hanging out with tess & adam, i know God has such an incredible place in their hearts— and that place is in the centre. in our little client questionnaire, tess mentioned one of their favourite things to do is going the beach to spend some time talking, reflecting and re-focusing our lives back on God. nothing is more refreshing then reading God’s Word on a rock with the waves crashing at your feet! & this is why i love them. it’s also why we did the first part of their engagement session on the beach! i’ve talked enough—i can babble on more about them next july in their wedding blog post. ;) enjoy!

to see more of tess + adam’s english bay vancouver engagement session CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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