cowichan bay wedding: erika+malcolm

oh boy. oh boy. oh boy… that’s the only way i know how to start this post. every now and then i meet a couple that inspires me so much with their style & their love. erika & malcolm are those type of people. malcolm proposed to erika on new year’s eve and erika emailed me on january second—without a wedding date or a wedding venue and before she had even told all of her friends. forty-eight hour turn-around. i like it. ;) erika was pretty excited to say the least. being self-proclaimed “urban cowboys” erika & malcolm knew exactly where they wanted to have their wedding: on the farm. we’re not talking just any farm–but the very farm on which erika & malcolm met six summers ago. bird’s eye cove farm, a sprawling three-hundred acre property on vancouver island, is owned by erika’s close family friends and also erika’s maid of honour, sara. erika spent her summers growing up visiting sara at the farm. this place is absolutely incredible. sara’s family has a huge barn at the back of the property in which they host dances annually.

it had been a few summers since erika had been to the farm but she returned to celebrate sara’s college graduation. malcolm, a long-time friend of sara, walks into the barn and erika felt something. yep. she wanted to get to know this man and that she did! during the speeches at the reception, sarah joked that malcolm stayed on the farm every minute for the rest of the weekend that erika was around, right up until she was dropped off at the airport. she knew he was smitten. at this point in time, erika lived in manitoba and malcolm on vancouver island. quite a distance apart. they kept in touch and it wasn’t until erika moved to vancouver island a whole year later that they began dating. i was SO excited to be there for their day and i wasn’t disappointed. the love these two share for each other and for their saviour Jesus is so beautiful. i absolutely love it. (if you missed their engagement session a few months ago, check it out here. favourite.)

i have much too much (that makes sense, right?) to blog; so you will be getting this wedding in two parts over the next week. i simply couldn’t get over all of the rustic details. so amazing as you’ll see a taste of in the photos below! erika & malcolm chose to do a “first look” around noon on the wedding day and it was wonderful, as always. erika was smiling and giggling halfway through the portrait time as she looked at her soon-to-be-husband malcolm, “the first look is the only way to do a wedding day. i’m so happy i’m WITH you right now! on our wedding day! this is perfect.” i had to agree. we literally had hours to shoot all around the gorgeous property and i was completely taken with the beauty of the place.

florals: polka dot door
hairpiece: dovetree on etsy
bridesmaids dresses: j.crew
graphic design: emily kelly of unsceneic
caterer: just jakes
groomsmen’s suits: black & lee

stay tuned for part two… and a slideshow when part two comes!

stay tuned for part two.

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  1. Jackie says:

    OMG….I adore these. This is what I envisioned my wedding pics to look like….totally not what I got….boo hoo! I love everything….reminds me of our home.~love~

  2. donya says:

    Wow! That’s all I can say! Can’t wait for part two.

  3. Monique says:

    Incredible.. love these images.. the setting is original and unique.. amazing work :)

  4. Carmen says:

    Wow! What a fun wedding! Beautiful shots Jamie! LOVE the venue, makes me wish I could get married all over again! Just beautiful!

  5. Absolutely breathtaking!! And I love the bridesmaids dresses!!

  6. Hannah says:

    Oh, gosh. SO dang beautiful. <3

  7. Rachel Clarke says:

    ::love:: So much. The light coming through the cracks in the barn looks so sparkly and starry and makes me feel all happy inside. Amazing Jamie!! (and the couple is beautiful too!)

  8. fran chelico says:

    What a GREAT location!! Nice job on this wedding!!

  9. Jacilyn M says:

    Ah, where to start… um GORGEOUS! Love the lighting! The venue yep to die for. Photos with chickens, awesome! The bridesmaids dresses, lurrrvvveee! And that last photo of the boys, so unique. You never seize to amaze me, Ms. Jamie!

  10. kirsten says:

    LOVE it! soooo beautiful – these photos are overflowing with love and happiness. can’t wait for part 2!

  11. Tasha says:

    I love love LOVE the shots inside the barn with the light streaming through the wood behind them! Gorgeous! All of them are just spectacular! Way to go!

  12. Betsy Jo says:

    Eeep! Oh boy. Oh boy. Oh boy INDEED. Wow, This is the best wedding set ever. Ever ever ever. The swing! The lights! The schoolboy happiness on the groom’s face! That shot of the bride, so relaxed, leaning on her arm with the love of the ages on her face! Jaime Delaine, you are a photographer. And then some!

  13. Jessica Fike says:

    Great pictures, Jamie! What a beautiful bride and groom! LOVE the barn shots!

  14. Trish says:

    I am speechless!! Erika you were stunning!! Amazing photos!!

  15. Laura says:

    Speechless. Just gorgeous. I love all the details. The bride is so beautiful! What a lovely lovely couple! Fantastic job Jamie!

  16. Kim Harder says:

    I love that the girls all had different dresses but same color and material. im doing that for my wedding. Jamie, your pics are so beautiful. i always get excited when i see that you have new ones posted on facebook

  17. Carmelle says:

    Unbelievably Awesome!

  18. Michelle says:

    Jamie… you gave me chills right from the intro right thru all the pics.. You photos have captured exactly what they are meant to.. Erika and Malcolm, their style and their love.. you couldn’t have done a more perfect photo shoot. Your talent is unquestionable and anyone who sees these photos will be jelous and calling you up to make them look this good! WELL DONE!! ** it was nice to actually tell you in person too!! amazingly beautiful.. :)

  19. Carolina says:

    Jamie, absolutely gorgeous! You rock!

  20. larissa says:

    wow jamie! I loovvvveee these they are so amazing! I seem to be a broken record on your blog though. I just love the setting of this gorgeous wedding!

  21. LOL love the shots with the chickens. And seeing your post, it reconfirms that I’m glad I’m doing all different style bridesmaids dresses for my wedding like your bride did! :-)

  22. Natalie says:

    In my opinion, this is one of the coolest weddings that I have ever seen! Gorgeous scenery – you rocked it!

  23. Becky says:

    Jamie! So FAB!! Ahhhh, you did such an amazing job capturing the love and fun between E M. Can’t wait for part 2!! I’ll try not to refresh every 5 seconds for that one ;)So glad I got to meet you at the wedding…was a pleasure to be in front of your camera!

  24. Jackie says:

    If I ever get married, I am calling you! You truly know how to capture the essence of the people and the scenery you’re photographing. These are beautiful! And they look like they are having fun! I love these!! You’ve a great eye!!!

  25. Geoff Heith says:

    Wow…this is by far my favorite wedding that you’ve done this year…!!

  26. Holy cow!! My favorite wedding ever from you!! Oh my word. THe swing??!! Gah. I would have died.

  27. s h e r r y says:

    These photos are beautiful!!! The portraits in the barn are AAAAMAZING.

  28. Love that work in the barn!

  29. janine sept says:

    Honestly some of your best work Jamie! LOVE THEM ALL!

  30. Gorgeous Jamie!Funny I posed my bridal party a few weekends ago, against a huge area of piled wood!

  31. Gina says:

    Erika! You are gorgeous! Amazing pictures.

  32. Kate Hawkins says:

    Shut UP! These pictures make me miss living on a farm. I love the chickens and I love LOVE the colors and the light streaming through the barn boards and basically every other thing about these pictures!

  33. LOVE! Just llove it!! and I can totally tell that you did too!!! :) fab job friend!

  34. Kim says:

    Gorgeous!!!! These pictures are amazing. I love so many. Erika you look beautiful!! Congrats!

  35. Lyles says:

    Okay best EVER! These shots are amazing! Epic! I can’t stand it! Love her hair, her dress! Love the shot of her on the swing, the one of her with the paper lanterns, love them with the chickens, in front of the shed, o my. Every shot – amazing! You are my hero! :o)

  36. Chris Radtke says:

    Jamie |These are absolutely fantastic. I am a bit biased only do to the fact the Becky is in the pictures and she is my wife. She looks stunning! She couldn’t stop talking about the pics when she got home :).Great work!

  37. Melissa says:

    Jamie, these are wonderful pictures!!! I can’t even say that I don’t like one of them. If I lived in B.C and was getting married I’d hire you.I really enjoyed the pictures you had on a slide show at the wedding. I was disappointed when you had to go because you took your laptop

  38. Shirley Preusentanz says:

    You are a gifted photographer Jamie! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! You have truly given Erika and Malcolm a treasure!

  39. kaysie says:

    Hi Jamie! I LOVE this wedding site…. just engaged and looking for this kind of place on vancouver island… any chance you can share the venue’s name?! thanks!

  40. Debbie Craw says:

    Absolutely AMAZING shots !!! From the venue, to the couple to the wedding party…..simple, suggestive,sensual and tasteful….all at once…..
    WELL DONE!!!! Congratulations to all involved.

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