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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Our Love Story
After breakfast with friends & family, a morning of prepping wedding flowers for the bridal bouquet & the dinner centerpieces (all found in the Part 1 blog post from last week) Laurell & Trevor were ready to say, “I do.” The wedding ceremony took place at the back of the property, behind the gorgeous bed & breakfast on God’s Mountain Estate. Laurell, who chose to enjoy the day with all her girlfriends by her side but without “bridesmaids,” got ready in the penthouse suite of the estate. She was a bundle of joy. Excited. Made me excited to see her excited. She was amazingly relaxed as well, doing her own make-up because, “I just can’t trust anybody else to do it the way I want it.” Cute. ;) It looked AMAZING and she definitely knew what she was doing. Laurell had two dresses for the day, the first a strapless, mermaid-style dress by Barbara Allin, an acclaimed Canadian designer. The second, a dancing dress for the evening by Melissa Sweet.
En route to God’s Mountain Estate from the Penticton airport, we drove through the desert hills, the sun shining down in all it’s glory. The air was warm and the scenery breathtaking. As the van turned the corner onto Bunker Rd., I saw an uphill climb in front and the beautiful Skaha Lake on our left. Absolutely incredible. I felt like I was much more than a couple hours drive from the city of Vancouver. We passed Laurell‘s tour bus sitting at the entrance (brought up from Vancouver loaded with wedding stuff!), piles of firewood on our right, a rickety wooden fence on our left, in the distance on hilly pastures, I saw grape row upon grape row. Finally, the estate came into view—what I imagine Greece to look like. White stucco walls, hints of bright colour in yellow and blue doors, green vines covering the sides. Down below the house, a white horse roamed the hills. God’s Mountain Estate is too beautiful to be real.
I knew Andrea & Scott’s wedding would be such a beautiful day from the moment I met them for our first meeting in Starbucks. They are just the coolest couple. It’s true. I love their style, their music taste, their love for the Lord; I’m thankful that I’ve gotten to know them over the past six months. Their gastown engagement session was one of my favourites–and I couldn’t wait to see what they had planned for their day. My second shooter Shauneille started the day off with the boys (you can see some of her images in the slideshow) and I started with Andrea & the girls. The first thing I saw when I came into Andrea’s bedroom was this note from her mom: “Good morning little girlie! Today is the day we have prayed for. Enjoy!!! Love, Mom.” I smiled. Big. It must be incredible as a parent to pray for your child’s future spouse and then to all of a sudden, be watching your daughter get married. I’m not married (newsflash! hah!) & I don’t have kids but imagining that just makes me want to cry. I love answered prayers. I love the faithfulness of the Lord.
Here’s a little known fact about me: shooting an engagement session of a fun, smiley, happy, laid-back couple is like enjoying a perfectly poured americano. Not only do I enjoy every minute but I leave with more energy than I came with. It’s not logical (well, the americano part is with the caffeine and all… and this is where my analogy breaks down! hahah!) that work would give me more energy. But it does. This kind of work. Katrien & Steve were waiting for me near a restaurant on Granville Island at 7:30PM on Thursday night. Vancouver has been having crazy weird weather… overcast and temperatures reminiscent of October. Despite the lack of summer weather, we tried to create some summery images. The skies lightened up for us and it was beautiful!