Category: Wedding

When I first talked on the phone with Craig about his wedding, he had me crushing on photographing...

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5Nov '18

Craig & Caroline, my kind of love - Qualicum Wedding Photographer

When I first talked on the phone with Craig about his wedding, he had me crushing on photographing their wedding within no time. It was the way he talked about Caroline, and how they wanted to celebrate their good fortune of finding each other with close friends and family. When I finally met...

When Mike and Lindsay asked me to be their wedding photographer I was thrilled. See, Mike and...

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17Oct '18

Lindsay & Mike and Their Wild Wet Island Wedding

When Mike and Lindsay asked me to be their wedding photographer I was thrilled. See, Mike and Lindsay are just the type of people that you like; yes, they are just likeable. Of course, they are more than that, but they have that energy that is just easy to be around. Add funny, down-to-earth, wise...

Taking care of his health came with big rewards for Alex because it was while hanging out at the...

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15Oct '18

Stephanie & Alex wandering in the rain - Comox Valley Wedding Photographer

Taking care of his health came with big rewards for Alex because it was while hanging out at the gym with his cousin, a friend of Stephanie's, that he asked his wife on their first date. After that first date, they quickly found themselves building a life together. That was seven years ago. Since...

It's commonplace to hear people talk about high-school math and wonder,  what is the point? Where...

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9Oct '18

Tanner & Kailey - high school sweetheart wedding, Parksville Wedding Photographer

It's commonplace to hear people talk about high-school math and wonder,  what is the point? Where will all the time sitting in those math classes lead you?  Will it impact your future? For Kailey and Tanner, the answer is a definitive yes.  In grade 10 as they shared a math class, rather than...

They took quite the epic journey to find each other, (well that's actually an understatement) but...

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1Oct '18

Jenna & Brendan beyond their wildest dream - Parksville wedding photographer

They took quite the epic journey to find each other, (well that's actually an understatement) but when they did, well it was all there, it was bigger than the love they had always dreamed of. It had attraction, similar values, friendship, respect, acceptance, encouragement, and understanding. With...

Nothing took away the focus these two had on each other throughout the day. Not the looming and...

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26Sep '18

Ellen & Wyatt tenderness & then triumph on the dance floor - courtenay wedding photographer

Nothing took away the focus these two had on each other throughout the day. Not the looming and then torrential rain, not the foghorn that sounded on the top of the chairlift telling us we had to go down the mountain right away due to lighting. It didn't matter. They were married and everything...

I first met Danielle to talk about her wedding at one of my favorite coffee shops. I remember the...

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18Sep '18

Danielle and Curtis married on the mountain - Courtenay wedding photographer

I first met Danielle to talk about her wedding at one of my favorite coffee shops. I remember the day well, it was a relaxed calm type of day - until we started talking that is. Danielle exudes enthusiasm, and her excitement about marrying Curtis was exhilarating.  Where Danielle is full of...

It is a funny thing being a wedding photographer. Wonderfully in love people come into my life, and...

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29Aug '18

Romantic joyfull Beach House wedding - Victoria Wedding photographer

It is a funny thing being a wedding photographer. Wonderfully in love people come into my life, and invite me into their world. I get to witness their nerves, their connection, their hopes and what is in their heart. I feel their excitement and some of their vulnerability. They let me meet their...

In their first year as science students at the University of British Columbia, these two became...

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1Aug '18

Jacob & Ksenia Quadra Island wedding with epic scenery

In their first year as science students at the University of British Columbia, these two became study buddies and good friends and through that friendship, it is clear they developed a strong acceptance of each other, that allows them to work together as such a balanced team and to cheer each...

Stephanie and Ryan met at a pub, both there with friends, the night quickly became about getting to...

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1Aug '18

Stephanie and Ryan - Filberg Park wedding and a dance floor that celebrates

Stephanie and Ryan met at a pub, both there with friends, the night quickly became about getting to know each other. He asked her on a date and the rest is history. She loves the way he takes care of him, his social grace, and silliness. He loves her positivity, unconditional love and oh that...

It's the end of the day and I have so much I "should do" as I wrap up my office work week. We are...

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12Apr '18
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Jenna & Brendan Vancouver Island Engagement

It's the end of the day and I have so much I "should do" as I wrap up my office work week. We are just getting set to deliver these images and I was moved to share them. I don't blog as much as I used to, (thanks and no-thanks social media.) I miss blogging. It is fulfilling, and also...

Wow - this wedding was phenomenal. Imagine a wedding where there was no stress, only laughter, some...

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29Jan '18

Fog, snow + whisky - the first wedding of the year

Wow - this wedding was phenomenal. Imagine a wedding where there was no stress, only laughter, some happy tears and dancing feet. Erin and Gil-Philippe dropped into the island from their home in Montreal to celebrate their wedding in her home town of Courtenay. Gil-Phillipe's family came along from...

It was a day as smooth as one could dream of. Amid a week of wet weather, the skies dried up and...

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5Oct '17

Sarah and Steven

It was a day as smooth as one could dream of. Amid a week of wet weather, the skies dried up and the sun provided warmth. The mood was just as you would want it - calm, peaceful -  just beautiful really. In a stunning dress Sarah walked down the aisle to a beaming Steven and at the moment, the...

I fell in love immediately. Over a coffee at Starbucks, Caitlin brought me into her warm...

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28Sep '17

Caitlin and Cody in their backyard - Nanaimo Wedding Photgrapher

I fell in love immediately. Over a coffee at Starbucks, Caitlin brought me into her warm personality with stories of her and Cody's full life. Cody runs an excavation and trucking company and Caitlin is commuting 2 hours some days to school where she is completing her nursing education. Meanwhile...

Carmen is a force to be reckoned with. Now, you all probably know that I mean that as a significant...

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20Sep '17

Carmen and Colin hit the floor- Parksville Wedding

Carmen is a force to be reckoned with. Now, you all probably know that I mean that as a significant compliment. Another way to put it is, Carmen, well, when she does something she is all in! In kindness, in energy, and in love. I got to know Carmen through her work at Pantuso Dance, where I took...

Anita and Aaron are the dream team. Anita described Aaron as "the sweetest, nicest guy you'll ever...

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12Sep '17

Anita and Aaron - Parksville Wedding Photographer

Anita and Aaron are the dream team. Anita described Aaron as "the sweetest, nicest guy you'll ever meet" and Aaron gushed that Anita was "Beautiful, in so many ways, and kind,"  I would agree with both these sentiments for both of them. These two have a softness and a sweetness that makes them so...

Imagine a day that starts with a kitchen full of all your friends and family pulling together...

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5Sep '17

Megan and Steven Married at the Lake

Imagine a day that starts with a kitchen full of all your friends and family pulling together making bouquets, laughing and helping you pull off the perfect celebration. As their friends put the final touches on the day, Steven and Megan and I headed out around their neighbourhood for some...

So, here's the thing. Chelsea and Kris are adorable. While I had enjoyed Chelsea in her role as a...

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27Aug '17

Chelsea and Kris homegrown romantic and hilarious wedding

So, here's the thing. Chelsea and Kris are adorable. While I had enjoyed Chelsea in her role as a bridesmaid in a past wedding I had photographed, I had no idea about her relationship.However, that changed quickly after her and Kris booked me for their wedding. My clients' all fill out a small...

When Chelsea first called me about photography she instantly won the award for most excited bride!...

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26Aug '17

Chelsea and Andrew oceanfront wedding

When Chelsea first called me about photography she instantly won the award for most excited bride! Her energy, ideas and enthusiasm were flowing and I was so thrilled to be part of the creation of this day. Even when these two made a big life move mid-planning it didn't slow them down. When I...

There was a calmness. At first I thought it was the weather that was creating the mood, but...

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11Aug '17

Erin and Brandon wedding - among the flowers and peaks

There was a calmness. At first I thought it was the weather that was creating the mood, but reflecting back I realize it was  Erin and Brandon themselves. Now the calmness didn't negate a mood of celebration, that was definitely strong, but there was also this harmonious stress free atmosphere...

It is always a joy to pull up to one of my favourite island wedding locations, Dolphins Resort,...

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8Aug '17

Amy and Graeme - Ferns & Ocean Wedding

It is always a joy to pull up to one of my favourite island wedding locations, Dolphins Resort, especially when I am there to capture the day of a couple I have grown to care about as if we have been friends for years. Such was the case with Amy and Graeme. From a convenient first meeting, to our...

Every now and then I hit one of those wedding days where I worry a little - where we don't have too...

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7Aug '17

Julie and Darrel - stunning Mount Doug wedding

Every now and then I hit one of those wedding days where I worry a little - where we don't have too much time for photos, where the sun is hot and the light is harsh.  Generally I work with my clients beforehand to make sure the schedule is one that isn't going to put us in a challenging spot, but...

Who doesn't love a story about a second chance? Karla and Russ were each other's first serious...

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29Jul '17

Karla and Russ get Married - a second chance

Who doesn't love a story about a second chance? Karla and Russ were each other's first serious boyfriend and girlfriend and 30 years later they found each other again. Two dates later, a little dinner and dancing and they were in love all over again. After two years of a long distance relationship...

The weather is a hot topic of conversation these days-  well, hot is likely not the right word. It...

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16May '17

Victoria Wedding Photographer- It actually was spring

The weather is a hot topic of conversation these days-  well, hot is likely not the right word. It is the the worst season I can remember for the yo-yo of weather indecision. On my way to this session in Victoria I went through hail, rain that brought me to a 30 km highway driving speed and...

Dear Lucy and Geoff It's hard to believe you are married. We have all been looking forward to...

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2Jan '17

Lucy & Geoff - Comox Valley Photographer

Dear Lucy and Geoff It's hard to believe you are married. We have all been looking forward to this night for so long. Dates, timing, decor, signature drink (you nailed it!)  - there was a lot to put in rows, and other factors to  push aside to get here. It was worth it though, because it was...

I am so excited to share this wedding with you. It was the last wedding of my season and can't...

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29Oct '16

Comox Beach wedding - McKinnon Photography

I am so excited to share this wedding with you. It was the last wedding of my season and can't think of a better way to bookmark summer 2016. It was a dream wedding, my favourite kind. A wedding that had it's focus on the things that matter the most to the bride and groom - family, friends, making...

Sometimes it is hard to find the words for what I want to convey and I fear that I can't justly...

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23Oct '16

Cumberland Forest Elopement - McKinnon Photography

Sometimes it is hard to find the words for what I want to convey and I fear that I can't justly express what I am feeling about this wedding, and these two.  I will tell you though, as I write, backspace, erase and write again, that my eyes are wet with joy. I am grateful for these two friends...

 Jon and Alyse, along with a phenomenal group of friends and family,  travelled mostly from...

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15Oct '16

Tofino Wedding Photographer - Jon and Alyse

 Jon and Alyse, along with a phenomenal group of friends and family,  travelled mostly from Alberta to celebrate at the always stunning and impeccable Long Beach Lodge. After a sunny ceremony,they kept the mood casual and festive as they enjoyed an incredible meal and finished the evening...

There was no engagement ring, and instead the groom proposed with cowboy boots. Their horse had a...

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4Oct '16

Nanaimo Wedding Photographer - Tammy & Keir

There was no engagement ring, and instead the groom proposed with cowboy boots. Their horse had a starring role. The bridesmaids all met through horse culture. They said "I do" on a ranch and it was all a beautiful reflection of who they are. I first met Tammy when she was in front of my camera...

I felt something at this wedding that I haven't exactly felt before - it was like being at a...

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27Sep '16

Comox Valley Wedding

I felt something at this wedding that I haven't exactly felt before - it was like being at a private party where everyone knew each other Yes, weddings are private parties, yes, people often know each other at a wedding - but this was different, it had the energy of being invited to an event in...

Originally Ming and Chau had just hired me to pop into their wedding for an hour of photographs,...

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14Sep '16

Crown Isle Wedding - Ming and Chau

Originally Ming and Chau had just hired me to pop into their wedding for an hour of photographs, so, I didn't get to know them beforehand during the planning stages the way I usually do with my couples. Last minute though, they decided to have me stay longer and I am so glad they did. From the...

When I first talk with my wedding clients on the phone I make messy notes. Of course I record...

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9Sep '16

Crown Isle Wedding - Juho and Sam

When I first talk with my wedding clients on the phone I make messy notes. Of course I record details like wedding time and location, but I know these elements will be flushed out and we will come back to them later when I write my itinerary for the day. I am interested in these details, but at...

Truth: they were drawn together by their mutual love for Wayne's World. It's a pretty fabulous way...

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1Sep '16

Crown Isle Wedding - Rachael and Jason

Truth: they were drawn together by their mutual love for Wayne's World. It's a pretty fabulous way to start. Next, they shared the extravagant meals that Jason would cook, and attacked each other in Settlers in Catan, until the realization that they were meant for other was sealed with their move...

When I first spoke with Diane she started, not with information about her wedding day, but with...

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28Aug '16

Arbutus Ridge Wedding - Diane & David

When I first spoke with Diane she started, not with information about her wedding day, but with exuberance about how she had to wait longer than expected but that she had found the "one" and he was more than worth the wait.  Quickly after meeting, these two knew that they had a future. Diane fell...

Gone are the days of a wedding following a formula. They are about creating a memory, a marker in...

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14Aug '16

Gowlland Harbour wedding - Justin and Jamie

Gone are the days of a wedding following a formula. They are about creating a memory, a marker in time, with your chosen, in a way that reflects who you are, surrounded by the people that matter. I feel so fortunate that my clients embrace this attitude. I relish that I am photographing them being...

Like many great love stories, theirs began in a bar, but then it took a route that isn't quite as...

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14Aug '16

Painters Lodge Wedding - Emily and Cole

Like many great love stories, theirs began in a bar, but then it took a route that isn't quite as common. From the very beginning of catching each other's eye, they built a successful long distance relationship, making the five-hour trek from their respective homes, to be together and invest in...

To me, and the dictionary, a goddess is described as a woman of great beauty or grace. Angela is...

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10Aug '16

Vancouver Island Photographer - Goddess photograph

To me, and the dictionary, a goddess is described as a woman of great beauty or grace. Angela is just that. Her beauty shines in her relationship with the ocean and nature, and in her role of a herbalist and expert on seaweed. Her grace is in her honestly and  genuine caring for others. These...

Typically I connect with the bride before the groom, and it always interests to me to see how the...

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2Aug '16

Courtenay Wedding Photographer - Nicole & Craig

Typically I connect with the bride before the groom, and it always interests to me to see how the bride "sells" her groom. Nicole was bang-on, when the first words she used to describe her hubby-to-be Craig, included, "he is hilarious."  What she didn't mention though, is how adorable she is when...

It took 3 years of passing each other in the university halls to properly say hello. I suppose they...

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27Jul '16

Zack & Dex - Filberg Park wedding

It took 3 years of passing each other in the university halls to properly say hello. I suppose they just had to wait until they were ready. Because within two weeks of that first greeting they were on an inseparable journey, leading to this day, five years later. I first met Zack when he...

I was heading down Forbidden Plateau, after a great date night snowshoeing for my first time, when...

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11Jul '16

Victoria Engagement Portrait - Vancouver Island Photographer

I was heading down Forbidden Plateau, after a great date night snowshoeing for my first time, when I stopped to chat with these two lovely women, one of who I casually knew. With her, was Amy, who mentioned she was recently engaged. Honestly, I never know, in this situation if I should whip out my...

Kory and Anna exchanged vows at a family condo in Crown Isle surrounded by their closest family and...

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31May '16

Crown Isle Wedding - Kory and Anna

Kory and Anna exchanged vows at a family condo in Crown Isle surrounded by their closest family and friends. The sun was shining, the feeling of love was strong and the food was delicious (to be expected considering Kory runs a fabulous restaurant,) - what else could you ask for? After years...

Social media is a funny thing, (well, I guess that is a sweeping, broad comment) for wedding...

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19Jan '16

New Year's Eve Wedding - Courtenay Photographer

Social media is a funny thing, (well, I guess that is a sweeping, broad comment) for wedding photographers in small towns. I occasionally see that someone I know and admire is getting married, and I want to jump up and down and say "pick-me, pick-me," but I sit quietly and hope they will reach out...

Caleb and Michaela knew what they were looking for in a photography style and I am so thankful that...

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17Jan '16

Winter Black Creek Wedding - Courtenay, BC Photographer

Caleb and Michaela knew what they were looking for in a photography style and I am so thankful that I was the right fit for them. I have known some of their family and always thought so highly of them, so I was naturally curious and excited to meet with them. At our first meeting, well, and our...

It likely isn't surprising to you that when I received a call about meeting to discuss a...

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2Dec '15

Halloween Wedding - Courtenay, BC

It likely isn't surprising to you that when I received a call about meeting to discuss a halloween wedding that I turned into a giddy child. The type of person who chooses this day, it is fair to assume, is going to be super fun and open minded, plus, lets get real, it gets me out of standing...

Exams were done and the Christie headed out with some friends for a night of dancing, somewhere...

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7Nov '15

Mount Washington Wedding - storms and rainbows

Exams were done and the Christie headed out with some friends for a night of dancing, somewhere on the dance floor a boy caught her eye. Little did she know that he was actively looking for a date for upcoming event, it was a bit of a joke amongst him and his friends. Well, I think he kind of...

It went like this: A very thoughtful TJ called my office and booked me as his wedding photographer...

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15Oct '15

Comox Valley Wedding-Chantal and TJ

It went like this: A very thoughtful TJ called my office and booked me as his wedding photographer and swore me to secrecy that I would not tell his fiancée . He knew that she had always imagined me being her photographer, and planned to surprise her. Here was the problem. I knew his fiancée, and...

  Today is Thanksgiving, and although I live a life plush with daily gratitude, I...

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12Oct '15

Qualicum Wedding Photographer - Chris and Meghan

  Today is Thanksgiving, and although I live a life plush with daily gratitude, I welcome this day to amp it up a bit.  I was planning on creating this blog post tomorow, and just reading my book tdaoy, but as I thought about the list of thing bringing me joy right now, I ran off to my...

It happens in a small town, you hear that someone you know, someone fabulous, is getting married...

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7Oct '15

Hornby Island Wedding

It happens in a small town, you hear that someone you know, someone fabulous, is getting married and you cross your fingers. Will they call you? Well Sammy and Mike did, but I wasn't available - I was so disappointed, especially when I found out that they were getting married at a spot very close...

    It is always a reason to high five when a family member of a past bride or...

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5Oct '15

Vancouver Island Photographer, Parksville Wedding

    It is always a reason to high five when a family member of a past bride or groom calls you to book their wedding. I had the pleasure of photographing Erin and James' wedding, who I first met and enjoyed on Hornby Island, as we gathered for Erin's brother's wedding on Hornby...

When a couple comes from the prairies to celebrate their wedding Tigh-Na-Mara style, you can't help...

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28Sep '15

Tigh-Na-Mara Wedding Kayley and Heather

When a couple comes from the prairies to celebrate their wedding Tigh-Na-Mara style, you can't help but be thrilled when the sun, mixed with a soft breeze, sets the tone for the day. These two have an incredible love story. They connected just days before Kayley was set to move. After a month of...

It is an interesting time in the life of those close to me. It seems transitions are everywhere,...

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14Sep '15

Comox Valley Wedding

It is an interesting time in the life of those close to me. It seems transitions are everywhere, inner shifts and big life steps. Beautiful ones. My friend Pagan brought great joy when she announced that her and Pete were ready to seal their love with marriage. Despite living in different...

It was an instant connection when Ian and Deborah met, after just one date, they knew their...

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5Sep '15

Qualicum Wedding Photographer - Horne Lake

It was an instant connection when Ian and Deborah met, after just one date, they knew their togetherness was something that was to be nurtured. This magic was celebrated, with their friends and family with a heartfelt wedding at their cabin on Horne Lake, near Qualicum. The day kicked off with...

After a meeting in a coffee shop turned into a full day date these two quickly realized their...

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29Aug '15

Wickaninnish Inn Wedding - Tofino, BC

After a meeting in a coffee shop turned into a full day date these two quickly realized their shared values, lifestyle and love for each other, which they celebrated at The Wickaninish Inn in Tofino with some of their closest friends and family. The wedding  festivities kicked off with a stunning...

What can I say about these two and this day?  Honestly, I just want to write.. that.. "they kick...

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26Aug '15

Coastal Black Wedding - Courtenay Photographer

What can I say about these two and this day?  Honestly, I just want to write.. that.. "they kick ass." However, I have been sitting here trying to find a different way to say it, because the word "ass" doesn't seem like proper blog content. I could use the word "awesome", but it so overused and...

There seems to be a theme this year of clients who are fellow musical theatre lovers. Matt and...

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13Aug '15

Mount Washington Wedding- Matt and Emma

There seems to be a theme this year of clients who are fellow musical theatre lovers. Matt and Emma, actually met when Matt auditioned for a community production of Grease, and Emma was the choreographer, and as Matt had never danced, Emma took him under her wing. His funny, kind, and handsome...

It really has been an incredible summer of photographing weddings with personal connections. Tamara...

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11Aug '15

Vancouver Island Wedding, A private Island

It really has been an incredible summer of photographing weddings with personal connections. Tamara was one of my students when I taught at photography college, and as I told her, she left an impression as a woman comfortable in her vulnerability, thus brave, and as an interesting, kind and loving...

It had been a beautiful few weeks with the sun shining hard on our little island, and then the...

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10Aug '15

Courtenay Photographer - Rainy Day Bliss

It had been a beautiful few weeks with the sun shining hard on our little island, and then the skies opened up. On the morning of July 11th, we all looked out our door to terential rain. However, seeing how we were in the middle of a serious drought, no one could complain, not even the bride and...

Earlier this year, in exploration of my creative process, I wondered what it would it be like to...

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7Jul '15

Courtenay Medieval Theme Wedding

Earlier this year, in exploration of my creative process, I wondered what it would it be like to shoot a wedding in which I had total freedom. No input from my couple of what images I needed to take, no set start time, and no set finish time. Just me, no assistant. So against the advice of many...

I always love engagement sessions, we have romance, time and it seems to take the the wedding...

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22Jun '15

Tofino Photo session

I always love engagement sessions, we have romance, time and it seems to take the the wedding excitement up a notch. Tofino is a very special place to me, and when Amanda and Shane asked me if would meet them there I jumped at the chance. It was their first time on the West Coast, so we headed out...

It was such a pleasure to photograph Alan and Lisa's wedding at Dolphin's Resort in Campbell River....

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9Jun '15

Campbell River Wedding Photographer

It was such a pleasure to photograph Alan and Lisa's wedding at Dolphin's Resort in Campbell River. After first meeting with them last year I was looking forward to watching their day unfold. The day couldn't have gone smoother, with beautiful weather, a helicopter ride to the top of Mt. Adrian...

Tannis and Francois invited me to her childhood home in Oak Bay to photograph their engagement...

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17Mar '15

Tannis and Francois - Victoria Engagement Session

Tannis and Francois invited me to her childhood home in Oak Bay to photograph their engagement session. Postcard perfect vistas, stately architecture - the home is stunning. But what really took my breath away was the sentiment in this choice to photograph here. The home is now for sale, and as we...

Heather and Jason were married early this fall in a classic Comox Valley Wedding. The forecast...

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2Nov '14

Jason + Heather Comox Valley Wedding

Heather and Jason were married early this fall in a classic Comox Valley Wedding. The forecast called for rain, but somehow, it held back and beautiful light and warmth shone down on them as we photographed amongst trees and in fields and as they exchanged vows with the ocean below them. Heather...

John and Teresa met when they didn't expect it. There was no elaborate set-up, no internet search,...

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29Oct '14

Teresa + John, Merridale Cidery Wedding

John and Teresa met when they didn't expect it. There was no elaborate set-up, no internet search, no music in the background. There they were at work, in the cafeteria having chicken fingers and cold fries. Over a year, a friendship grew into more - he was drawn in by her beauty, brains and sense...

It isn't uncommon for me to photograph a Filberg Park & Crown Isle Wedding as they are both...

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3Oct '14

Lee and Elisa - Filberg Park & Crown Isle Wedding

It isn't uncommon for me to photograph a Filberg Park & Crown Isle Wedding as they are both such ideal locations for a celebration, but typically we don't throw a hospital visit en route from the park to Crown Isle. The day stated out beautifully, the warmth beaming from Elisa's connection to...

Timing can be everything  but for Stacey and Sam it eventually tipped in their  favour,...

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20Sep '14

Stacey and Sam

Timing can be everything  but for Stacey and Sam it eventually tipped in their  favour, culminating in a beautiful April Point Wedding.  Sam was smitten from the start, meeting at friends birthday party, they sensed a connection, but she was in a relationship with someone else. Exactly one...

I have included tons of portraits of Rianna and Cory's Hornby Island wedding because I just...

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14Sep '14

Rianna + Cory Hornby Island wedding

I have included tons of portraits of Rianna and Cory's Hornby Island wedding because I just couldn't decide. The photos take me back to this beautiful day, the ocean, the trees and Rianna and Cory's unique and very sweet story. Their time together dates back to when they were children and their...

It wasn't about the napkins, the flowers, the invitations. Nor was it about where she was going to...

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9Sep '14

Chris and Kendra, Comox Valley Wedding

It wasn't about the napkins, the flowers, the invitations. Nor was it about where she was going to get ready or if he was going to wear a boutonniere.   It honestly was one of the most stress-free Comox Valley Weddings that I have photographed, not because it was so finely planned and scheduled -...

Here is another snippet of my Filberg Park Wedding photo shoot that I posted a few weeks...

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8Sep '14

Filberg Park Wedding Creative

Here is another snippet of my Filberg Park Wedding photo shoot that I posted a few weeks ago .This was a coming together of many passionate  Comox Valley creatives. You can see more of their work on the other blog post as well. o. This was all put together by the amazing Maria of Sublime...

It's her smile. It brings you in. When I first met Carmen, I felt it. When Randy and her had their...

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27Aug '14

Carmen + Randy Campbell River Wedding

It's her smile. It brings you in. When I first met Carmen, I felt it. When Randy and her had their first walk together, four years ago, he couldn't deny her warmth. On August 2nd, with friends and family (and a bushel of adorable grandchildren) this meeting was celebrated with a heartfelt Campbell...

A comox valley love story whose seeds were planted in elementary school led to a comox valley...

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16Aug '14

Ian + Laura - Comox Valley Wedding

A comox valley love story whose seeds were planted in elementary school led to a comox valley wedding. Simple. Beautiful. Laura remembers meeting Ian at their church Catechism class when they were kids. He winked at her, and she,"thought it was strange." Little did she know then, that in  in...

This Filberg Park Wedding photo shoot was a coming together of so many Comox Valley creatives. I...

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14Aug '14

Sublime Filberg Park Wedding

This Filberg Park Wedding photo shoot was a coming together of so many Comox Valley creatives. I feel so blessed to have the honor of documenting the work of peers who share my same level of passion for what they do. Look at the list of talent. Beautiful work. But what you can't see is the heart....

When Megan first called me and told me that her and her long-time beau Josh were planning a...

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7Aug '14

Megan and Josh Cathedral Grove Wedding

When Megan first called me and told me that her and her long-time beau Josh were planning a Cathedral Grove wedding I swooned. Cathedral Grove is a place like no other; magical, grounding and beyond beautiful. As our conversation flowed, I learned about their children, their recent choice to move...

Delanie and Jason came from Victoria, BC to the always stunning Kingfisher Resort for their wedding...

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7Aug '14

Delaine + Jason Kingfisher Elopement

Delanie and Jason came from Victoria, BC to the always stunning Kingfisher Resort for their wedding day. I feel a bit like it I should keep it as a dirty little secret, but here it is - I love elopements. I admire those that chose to just make it about the two of them, no pressure, no stressing...

Dolphins Resort Weddings - always amazing! She approached their first date with trepidation. A...

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7Aug '14

Camille + Andrew Dolphins Resort Wedding

Dolphins Resort Weddings - always amazing! She approached their first date with trepidation. A little unsure and nervous. But, after making it through what turned out to be a lovely dinner date, these two knew there was something between them of substance. She was drawn to his energy, he is funny...

This story goes back to grade 10. She remembers the very first time she saw him, in his football...

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28Jul '14

Candice and Michael Comox Valley Wedding

This story goes back to grade 10. She remembers the very first time she saw him, in his football jersey walking the school halls. He was new to the school. She was interested. They ended up dating, but she eventually called it off because "he was too interested." However, she continued to have a...

Sometimes when a potential bride contacts me, I feel like I am holding my breath as I open up my...

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2Jul '14

Cindy and Kevin say I do at Tigh-na-mara Resort

Sometimes when a potential bride contacts me, I feel like I am holding my breath as I open up my calendar to check my availability. Not every time, but it happens that someone sends me the sweetest inquiry, they know my work, and seem to already "get" me, which means, I will "get" them and that...

Candice and Michael are getting married this coming Saturday and they just swooped into town to...

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1Jul '14

Candice and Michael Engaged

Candice and Michael are getting married this coming Saturday and they just swooped into town to enjoy family and do the final planning. Lucky for me, they decided to squeeze in an engagement session back where it all began. Candice first laid on eyes on Michael in the halls of Isfeld Secondary and...

This was one of those evenings where we were on the fence as to if those rich story-telling clouds...

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27Jun '14

Ian and Laura - Engaged

This was one of those evenings where we were on the fence as to if those rich story-telling clouds were going to open up and release copious amounts of rain. I am always so happy when we decide that we will take whatever mother nature gives us and work with it. We met Ian and Laura at Comox Lake,...

Choosing what to share for this wedding was no easy task . I have so many favourite images, and...

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21Jun '14

A deep breath with Sarai and Glenn at their Long Beach Lodge wedding

Choosing what to share for this wedding was no easy task . I have so many favourite images, and moments. Pulling into Tofino always feels familiar, there is a comforting deep breath I take as we enter that last stretch of wavy road, and heading there to do what I love, and join the celebration of...

It was set in motion with a meeting in Holland, a friendship grew during a chance connection in...

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10Jun '14

Sheena + Stephen married on Forbidden Plateau

It was set in motion with a meeting in Holland, a friendship grew during a chance connection in Fort McMurray, and their love was celebrated at their beautiful new home on Forbidden Plateau on May 17. Sheena and Stephen invited their friends and family to join them in their sweet  oasis, as they...

Like many these days, Laura and Scott met online. She was living in Tofino, him in Courtenay, but...

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21May '14

Laura and Scott - Kingfisher Wedding

Like many these days, Laura and Scott met online. She was living in Tofino, him in Courtenay, but knowing she would would move back eventually, she took a chance on connecting with him. After their first date - she knew.. like Scott says, "it just took off." Laura is one of those people that are...

I had a feeling the  day would run smooth as can be, and  I would cry - both came true. The ...

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6May '14

Erin and Ian - Crown Isle Wedding

I had a feeling the  day would run smooth as can be, and  I would cry - both came true. The  boys started the day digging into a vivacious game of poker - with high fives, and shared laughs that come when you have been friends for years. The girls, paced, laughed and cried as they enjoyed the...

There are buckets of reasons I love photographing weddings , high on that list though is engagement...

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17Apr '14

Sarai and Glenn Engaged

There are buckets of reasons I love photographing weddings , high on that list though is engagement sessions.  I tell my clients these sessions are like a date night, with me as their third wheel. It is a time for us to get to know each other, for them to get comfortable in front of the camera,...

  A meeting in Church,  led to a favor, which led to a thank you dinner, bringing us to...

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13Mar '14

Ruth and Carl's winter wedding

  A meeting in Church,  led to a favor, which led to a thank you dinner, bringing us to this glorious day at Shelter Point Distillery. He was drawn in by he, loyalty and fun demeanor, she loved his deep heart and how genuine he is. They said they wanted a wedding that was classy,...

It started as a meeting through mutual friends. It needed the right timing which eventually came...

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10Mar '14

Heather and Jason

It started as a meeting through mutual friends. It needed the right timing which eventually came and led to nights of watching Games of Thrones, and Jason romancing Heather with his cheesecake. Now   these two are looking forward to their fall 2014 Comox Valley wedding. From riding on their...

In a house full of close friends and multi-generations of women Rachael buzzed about, relaxed,...

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23Feb '14

Rachael and Nick say I Do

In a house full of close friends and multi-generations of women Rachael buzzed about, relaxed, and excited, yes, about the wedding but really about the marriage. A while later, as he graciously welcomed guest to his marriage ceremony I overheard a guest telling Nick how exciting it was that it...

One would think when you get asked to go to Mexico to photograph a wedding you obviously say yes!...

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7Feb '14

Leanne and Mike - Cabo San Lucas Wedding

One would think when you get asked to go to Mexico to photograph a wedding you obviously say yes! However, shooting destination weddings comes with its own set of challenges and hoops to jump through. So anytime I have been asked to travel outside of BC  I have to weigh it out and give it some...

  It really was a grand affair. There is no other way to describe it. From the stunning...

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22Jan '14

Crystal and Gloria say I do at The Empress

  It really was a grand affair. There is no other way to describe it. From the stunning embossed invitation promising "merriment and mischief" to the decor - the Fairmont Empress ballroom was full of personal items, antiques, photos and other vinatage curiosities complimenting the stunning...

  Erika and Emili met while doing their undergrad in Pennsylvania and after years in school...

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5Jan '14

A love story finally sealed, Emili and Erika say I do

  Erika and Emili met while doing their undergrad in Pennsylvania and after years in school together, it was a close friendship, and nothing more until, as Erika says " I went to the nearby Renaissance Faire, and saw Emili striding across the park in her pirate garb full of corsety goodness...

They were (torrentially)  rained out twice, had a flat tire on the way to the session.. but it...

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31Dec '13

Erin and Ian Engaged

They were (torrentially)  rained out twice, had a flat tire on the way to the session.. but it happened! Erin and Ian and were at the same place at the same time, with dry skies and a good sense of humour. She caught his eye right away, being gorgeous, super friendly and really approachable...

  I have known Derek for a few years and always really liked him,  he was just a fabulous...

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30Oct '13

Della and Derek say I do in Stanley Park

  I have known Derek for a few years and always really liked him,  he was just a fabulous genuine, passionate guy who is funny and loves good food - what isn't to adore? . When I saw on social media that he proposed to his girlfriend (in front of a HUGE audience at an annual work...

Eric and Ryan wanted to keep the day simple, they didn't want to worry about napkin colors or...

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17Oct '13

Eric and Ryan, say I do at Dolphins Resort, Campbell River

Eric and Ryan wanted to keep the day simple, they didn't want to worry about napkin colors or matching bridesmaid outfit, it was all about the two of them becoming husband and wife  surrounded by those they love most. The day, though was far from simple. There were emotions flying - quiet tears...

She was drawn in by his easygoing manner and openness, it comes across in his mannerism and his...

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9Oct '13

Lisa and Rick say I do

She was drawn in by his easygoing manner and openness, it comes across in his mannerism and his kind eyes. He loves her smile, laugh and clever ways. Together they are creating a life full of learning, music and laughter. Surrounded by family and close friends, as the late afternoon approached,...

  A true canadian love story. It started over a coffee at Tim Hortons. She was drawn in by...

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6Oct '13

Lindsay and Steve a wedding with joy

  A true canadian love story. It started over a coffee at Tim Hortons. She was drawn in by the smile of this warm man who worked at the train yard, he,  by her obvious way of being so caring and her  love of hockey Many coffees later, and a mutual love for all things family and  friends...

Although they knew each other casually their story starts with ... "a guy walked into a bar."...

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27Sep '13

Kata and Scott say I do with family

Although they knew each other casually their story starts with ... "a guy walked into a bar." That guy was Scott, and after Kata gave him a run for his money at a game of pool, it has been happily ever after.  Together they have already built a full life. With two kids, one with demanding...

Smart, athletic and adventurous are three words easily used to described these two. Their first...

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23Sep '13

Kirsten and Mike say I do with class

Smart, athletic and adventurous are three words easily used to described these two. Their first date was on the ski hill, which was a great place to start and then other then the obvious shared interest they found a strength in common values which were evident to me as I captured  their wedding...

She didn't hold back when she met him. That, isn't Christian's style. Upon first meeting Simon...

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13Sep '13

Christian and Simon say I do their way

She didn't hold back when she met him. That, isn't Christian's style. Upon first meeting Simon through a friend, she let her flirty self catch his eye, which drew him in and well, led to this very special day. Whether rock-climbing, cooking together, hanging with their pooch or going through the...

Some damp weather and nerves couldn't mask the high spirits flowing from Martina and Heath as they...

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8Sep '13

Martina and Heath say I do with effervescence

Some damp weather and nerves couldn't mask the high spirits flowing from Martina and Heath as they exchanged their vows against the beautiful oceanfront backdrop of the Kingfisher Resort and Spa. Martina and Heath met in their hometown of Inuvik through mutual friends. When he found out she had...

  Bubbling, laughing, floating, present. Those are the words I would  use to describe...

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6Sep '13

Sabrina and Kyle say I do with laughter

  Bubbling, laughing, floating, present. Those are the words I would  use to describe Sabrina and Kyle's beautiful wedding day. When I first saw Kyle he was grinning ear to ear. Then Sabrina drove up and bounced out of the car, looking stunning in her ivory gown, then she giggled her way...

  Under a beautiful canopy, created by family, at the Comox Valley home of her in-laws,...

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25Aug '13

Jada and Blair - say I do with style

  Under a beautiful canopy, created by family, at the Comox Valley home of her in-laws, Jada beamed and laughed as she exchanged her heartfelt vows to the smitten Blair. Together these two shared a ceremony that captivated their friends of family. The environment was warm, vintage inspired,...

  When Asia and Josh first contacted me to document their wedding to say I was thrilled was...

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10Aug '13

Asia and Josh say I do with beauty and style

  When Asia and Josh first contacted me to document their wedding to say I was thrilled was an understatement. I first got to know them in Hawaii where I photographed Josh's sisters wedding and I loved the energy they had between each other. Their wedding, at the stately Hatley Castle at...

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1Aug '13

Melissa and Will say I do with tenderness

[vimeo video_id="71467009" width="853" height="480" title="Yes" byline="Yes" portrait="Yes" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="ff9933"]   When you mention Melissa and Will, their friends and family, tilt their heads and say "awwww" with their expression. If you know them, you are probably doing...

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8Jul '13

Jessie and Oliver say I do with grace

  [vimeo video_id="69447559" width="853" height="480" title="Yes" byline="Yes" portrait="Yes" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="ff9933"]   It started on a regular day that turned unforgettable. Jessie was looking out the window from her work, and noticed some very handsome firefighters...

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3Jul '13

Sara and Scott say "I Do" with Casual Elegance

[vimeo video_id="69448993" width="853" height="480" title="No" byline="No" portrait="No" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="ff9933"]   It was  long overdue sunny day as Sara and Scott fluttered around the grounds of Hastings House on Saltspring Island, anticipating declaring their commitment to...

I met Mike and Kirsten on a quiet Sunday morning to capture the first part of their wedding story....

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29Jun '13

Kirsten and Mike Engaged

I met Mike and Kirsten on a quiet Sunday morning to capture the first part of their wedding story. I often feel like the engagement session is one of the key moments in the journey towards I do. My time with them got me super excited for their wedding. We shared stories of travel, education, dating...

After being introduced by a common friend , in the mountain town of Banff, Carlie and Phil, began...

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26Jun '13

Carlie and Phil, say I do with the love of friends

After being introduced by a common friend , in the mountain town of Banff, Carlie and Phil, began a journey that brought them to saying I do surrounded by the  love and enthusiasm of friends and family on June 15,2013.   Carlie, looking stunning and a bit nervous walked down the aisle towards...

I'll say it. "I LOVE these photos." Because I love these two.   I don't know Will that well,...

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6Jun '13

Melissa and Will Tying-The-Knot

I'll say it. "I LOVE these photos." Because I love these two.   I don't know Will that well, yet, but Melissa and I have intertwined since we met at her brother wedding many years ago. Since then, we have had some great laughs, and shed some tears together, we also have the pleasure of sharing...

These two just make me smile. They have such an easy going way about them that I was first able to...

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6May '13

Ryan and Eric Engaged

These two just make me smile. They have such an easy going way about them that I was first able to pick up on when Ryan initially called me about her wedding.  During that first conversation, when I asked her about her wedding, she talked about family - that's just the kind of people they are. We...

Ohhh.. it is such sweetness that it is engagement season, it is like a tasty appetizer before...

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5May '13

Jada and Blair Engaged

Ohhh.. it is such sweetness that it is engagement season, it is like a tasty appetizer before wedding season. Jada and Blair helped me kick it off with a romantic feeling session in the Cumberland area.  Between their obvious chemistry, ease with each other, and radiating warmth (although it was a...

I first photographed Keltie and Phil five years ago and it was a session full of spirit, joy and...

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28Apr '13

Keltie and Phil, after five years

I first photographed Keltie and Phil five years ago and it was a session full of spirit, joy and connection. Since then I feel blessed to have become friends with them. Keltie (pretty sure we are shopping soul mates) and she even makes the occasional guest appearance helping us out a McKinnon...

When I was growing up my dad and I would go to Granville Island Market every Saturday. My mom would...

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14Mar '13

Christian & Simon Granville Island Engagement Session

When I was growing up my dad and I would go to Granville Island Market every Saturday. My mom would take me to school late in high school so I we could go to the market and have oatmeal and fancy coffee. It now, remains a place very dear to my heart. It feels like home. Now, when my daughter...

This past Saturday two very connected souls said I do. They met in Guatemala, and re-connected...

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28Feb '13

Shannon and Dan say "I Do" with radiance

This past Saturday two very connected souls said I do. They met in Guatemala, and re-connected during Dan's travels, now they make their life in Australia. When they were looking at the right place to get married, they came across Crown Isle Resort and fell in love.  Being huge lovers of the...

  Oh Tina and Ty - you are so good at getting married! My day started with Tina getting...

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22Nov '12

Tina & Ty say "I Do" in a winter west coast wedding

  Oh Tina and Ty - you are so good at getting married! My day started with Tina getting ready in a room overlooking some big dramatic waves. Their energy matched the emotion in the room where Tina was getting ready, waves of joy and sentiment came rolling in. I knew it was going to be a...

This was the type of session that had me driving home thinking.. wow.. do I ever have the BEST...

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17Sep '12

Carlie + Phil = Engaged

This was the type of session that had me driving home thinking.. wow.. do I ever have the BEST clients. I met Carlie and Phil at the family cabin that Carlie grew up and as the warm light bathed down on us and thenn dropped behind the mountains we captured their engagement session. These two lack...

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13Sep '12

Shannon + Kevin say I do = Fun

[vimeo video_id="49310945" width="850" height="478" title="No" byline="No" portrait="No" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="00adef"]   You walk into calculus class and you know what to expect. Right? You typically don't get excited about it and definitely don't think that is where you will find...

The sun shone as guests travelled on the water taxi to the romantic, vintage style location of...

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11Sep '12

Crystal + Daniel Married = Beauty

The sun shone as guests travelled on the water taxi to the romantic, vintage style location of Newcastle Island Provincial Park near Nanaimo, BC. The bride beamed, even before she modelled her first wedding dress, (yes, she had a ceremony and reception gown,) and once she put it on, jaws...

They have known each other forever. He was her brother's best friend. Dave. He kept popping up and...

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1Sep '12

Jennie + Dave say I do = Forever

They have known each other forever. He was her brother's best friend. Dave. He kept popping up and became like family. Now he is. Under a blanket of beautiful summer storytelling clouds, holding back tears, expressing laughter, with their stunning and caring wedding party next to them Jennie and...

There were nerves. You could see it. Haley was maybe  shaking a bit. Helen was running around...

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20Aug '12

Haley and Helen say I do = blended

There were nerves. You could see it. Haley was maybe  shaking a bit. Helen was running around  ensuring everything was just right. How couldn't it be? When these two met, and realized they had soul-mate status, it all changed. Inside. That feeling you have when you know you are home filled...

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6Aug '12

Tasha + John say I do = strong hearts

[vimeo video_id="47021295" width="850" height="478" title="No" byline="Yes" portrait="No" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="00adef"]   I knew there was something special about Tasha and John when I first met them. They are the full package, Adventurous, athletic, intelligent, driven, yet with a...

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3Aug '12

Ashley + Aaron say I do = pure sweetness

[vimeo video_id="46887405" width="850" height="478" title="Yes" byline="No" portrait="No" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="00adef"]   The definition of sweet is "pleasing to the senses, agreeable, pleasing to the mind or feeling, gratifying, lovable." Pure sweetness. There is no clearer way...

I haven't really been one to enter contests, for me, the accolades and postive feedback I receive...

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3Aug '12

A win with the Professional Wedding Photographers of Canada

I haven't really been one to enter contests, for me, the accolades and postive feedback I receive from my clients is enough.. but.. for a variety of reasons I have challenged myself to throw my hat in the ring now and then.  My family, my work, getting off the computer is still a priority, so it...

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31Jul '12

Jeany + Wayne say I do = sunshine

[vimeo video_id="46693562" width="850" height="478" title="No" byline="No" portrait="No" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="00adef"]     When the clouds cleared mid ceremony and the sun came out  I don't think anyone was surprised. That is just how Jeany and Wayne do things. They work...

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26Jul '12

Lauren + Brandan say I do = a teen dream

[vimeo video_id="46406705" width="850" height="478" title="No" byline="No" portrait="No" autoplay="No" loop="No" color="00adef"]   When I asked them to tell me their vision for their wedding day they used the words, "fun, special,full of laughter and love." What they neglected to tell me was...

    Recently I have given myself the task of doing a minimum of one self-assigment a...

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19Jul '12

For the love of creating

    Recently I have given myself the task of doing a minimum of one self-assigment a month, around the office we call these "creatives." They generally fit one of two agendas. The first is just to push myself, I recently shot one where whenever something seemed "easy" I wasn't allowed...

Twelve years ago Joel looked across a room and noticed a gal in the cutest pigtails and toque,...

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17Jul '12

Megan and Joel say I do = pure happiness

Twelve years ago Joel looked across a room and noticed a gal in the cutest pigtails and toque, numbers were exchanged, a date happened the next day. It has been happily ever after since that day and on July 7th, Megan and Joel gathered at Crown Isle Resort to mark the next chapter in their...

The engagement session, for me gives  the chance to get to know you as a couple. Where as the...

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30Jun '12

Crystal & Daniel Engaged

The engagement session, for me gives  the chance to get to know you as a couple. Where as the wedding day photos can blur by, the engagement session is a slow pace of photographing and chatting. It helps me see how you interact and helps me see the best way to photograph you. It helps my clients...

It's a classic Vancouver Island love story. It starts at the Victoria pub, the Sticky Wicket, a...

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23Jun '12

Teresa and Mitchell say I do with class and style

It's a classic Vancouver Island love story. It starts at the Victoria pub, the Sticky Wicket, a regular night out with friends becomes a defining evening when it is the night you meet your future spouse.  After setting their eyes on each other Teresa and Mitchell began building a beautiful life...

  Jay and Steph have something I have always romanticized, they have history. Trust...

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3Jun '12

Jay and Steph - best friends engaged

  Jay and Steph have something I have always romanticized, they have history. Trust me...... I am happy that I didn't chose to settle down with any of my high school sweethearts, but when I meet a couple that has, I do feel some envy for the way that they know each other, their shared...

I am thinking they probably hear it all the time... adorable - but it is right there in your...

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30May '12

Ashley and Aaron engaged (and adorable!)

I am thinking they probably hear it all the time... adorable - but it is right there in your face. Sweet, sweet smiles - both of them. When they cuddle and beam at each other, you can feel it - the love, the trust, the friendship. If I felt this much at their engagement session, I can hardly...

It was about them, of course, it was there wedding, but you wouldn't know it. They thought so much...

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25May '12

Kim and Thom April Point Wedding - small in size and big in heart

It was about them, of course, it was there wedding, but you wouldn't know it. They thought so much about their family, from making sure they were comftorable, to ensuring their was time to enjoy them to scheduling time for family photos before the wedding. That's just who Kim and Thom are. Their...

I feel so fortunate to be the photographer for Josh and Asia's 2013 Victoria, BC Wedding. Last...

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24May '12

Josh and Asia - Engaged

I feel so fortunate to be the photographer for Josh and Asia's 2013 Victoria, BC Wedding. Last year I captured Josh's sister's  Maui Wedding and during that time was able to get a peak into how fabulously fun these two are. Josh and Asia.... just thinking about them makes me smile... ok, and...

What an amazing week of sessions it has been, including this super fun engagement session with...

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21May '12

Teresa and Mitchell - Engaged!

What an amazing week of sessions it has been, including this super fun engagement session with Teresa and Mitchell. Their wedding story began when Mitchell proposed  outside the Sidney Opera House in Australia. In every relationship I have found that there is one half that has the more romantic...

When I was a photography student I remember the energy that would whirl around us as we concocted...

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2May '12

We all came together just for the love of it

When I was a photography student I remember the energy that would whirl around us as we concocted photo sessions just because.. of course we had piles of assignments to produce, but still a Friday night usually meant it was time to goof off - with our cameras. There was a freedom about these...

  He was smitten when he first met her, but it involved a bit of work to get her attention....

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8Apr '12

Jesse and Rebecca deep love and commitment

  He was smitten when he first met her, but it involved a bit of work to get her attention. Jesse didn't give up though, because that is the kind of guy he is - commited, loyal and in love with Rebecca, a woman known to be a great friend, an honest and giving person, who is strong and kind....

The sun was shining and out of the truck hoped a handsome red head with a big smile watching the...

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1Apr '12

Nadine and Jesse - a 20 something power couple?

The sun was shining and out of the truck hoped a handsome red head with a big smile watching the love of his life, dressed in an adorable summer dress, bounce out of the truck, doing more than smiling - giggling. What a way to start a session! Can you be in your early 20's and be a power couple I...

I have been wanting to write a post about backing up your personal photos for some time. I can't...

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30Mar '12

How to back up personal photos - a timely post in honor of a good friend

I have been wanting to write a post about backing up your personal photos for some time. I can't hold it off any longer. One of my best friends lost everything in a fire yesterday, yes everything. Thankfully her family and pets were not in the houes. Shortly after I heard I ran to my files pulled...

Just a quick share this morning. What a weekend! Friday the sun actually shone - for more than five...

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20Mar '12

Engaged! Megan and Joel

Just a quick share this morning. What a weekend! Friday the sun actually shone - for more than five minutes. For the whole time I was photographing Megan and Joel's engagement session. I know all of us were excited and not meaning to one up everyone, but could you have been as thrilled as a...

In grade three Mike asked if he could sit next to Josie - she looked over at him, with a dirty...

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18Mar '12

Josie and Mike - Crown Isle Wedding

In grade three Mike asked if he could sit next to Josie - she looked over at him, with a dirty look. Apparently it wasn't his time. They grew up, and teenage life hit, he was there when he was needed, and she started noticing him... a bit. Although the path was set in the early elementary years it...

This week I have been meeting with many of my 2012 bride and groom's to talk through the plan...

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14Mar '12

So what if it rains on your wedding day?

This week I have been meeting with many of my 2012 bride and groom's to talk through the plan and feeling for the day. Of course, with the wind and rain that we are experiencing right now the weather is on the top of most couples mind. Here are few tips and thoughts to consider, from someone who...

So, you might or might know that I recently headed to the heat of Hawaii. I probably don't need to...

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25Oct '11

Mikhaila and Greg's Maui wedding

So, you might or might know that I recently headed to the heat of Hawaii. I probably don't need to tell you the obvious ...... it was heavenly. I was blessed to be there for the wedding of Mikhaila and Greg, two people who I adore. When Mikhaila and Greg first decided to get married in Hawaii,...

Rebecca, Jesse and I had been going back and forth about what date to book for their engagement...

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22Oct '11

Jesse & Rebecca Engaged

Rebecca, Jesse and I had been going back and forth about what date to book for their engagement session. They were coming from out of town, and somehow our schedules seemed to be completely opposite - plus we were hitting some bad weather. When we talked about postponing this session, as the...

Ohhh... I am in love - I am in love with wedding photography, and the best part of wedding...

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1Oct '11

Tasha + John - Victoria Engagement Session

Ohhh... I am in love - I am in love with wedding photography, and the best part of wedding photography, my wedding clients. I am so excited for the 2012 season - and in my top ten of reasons why is Tasha and John. My first meeting with them had me super excited for their wedding, they are...

Years ago, Britt and Darryl met one fateful late evening - truly, their connection was fate. They...

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7Sep '11

Britt & Darryl - A Merville Wedding

Years ago, Britt and Darryl met one fateful late evening - truly, their connection was fate. They crossed paths, he was in need of a friend and she was there. The impression was set. However, it wasn't until years later, and another chance meeting, that they realized they were meant for something...

Danielle had always dreamed of having wedding photos taken at the beach, yet seeing how their...

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26Aug '11

Danielle + Justin, part two on the beach

Danielle had always dreamed of having wedding photos taken at the beach, yet seeing how their wedding was on Mount Washington it wasn't able to happen... until last week that is! A few weeks after their wedding we picked an evening to head to the beach. What a fabulous idea!!!We weren't bound...

Yes, they were surrounded by loving friends and family, many who dropped a tear during their...

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26Aug '11

Lauren and Juan Carlos say I do under blue skies

Yes, they were surrounded by loving friends and family, many who dropped a tear during their ceremony, which was in front of a clear blue ocean view. However, he looked at her and she looked at him, and it was easily as if they were the only ones there. When holding hands, hugging or just standing...

She wasn't sure when she first met him, he actually bothered her, but just two weeks later, she was...

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19Aug '11

Lindsey & Tony's Vancouver Wedding

She wasn't sure when she first met him, he actually bothered her, but just two weeks later, she was telling a friend that Tony was the one she would marry. Tony has some mad charm, but it is more than that, he is honest and funny, and the kind of person you can be yourself around and laugh at...

 It truly was the first sunny saturday Vancouver Island had seen this summer, fitting, as...

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11Aug '11

Katie and Nathan say "I do" on Saltspring

 It truly was the first sunny saturday Vancouver Island had seen this summer, fitting, as "sunny" is exactly how I would describe Katie's dispostion while she, surrounded by her best friends, prepared for her the day. Katie and the girls got ready at the stunning Saltspring Island Winery and...

A few years ago I began limiting the amount of wedding commissions I take, it was a tough decision,...

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4Aug '11

Brendan+Lauren's harbour engagement session

A few years ago I began limiting the amount of wedding commissions I take, it was a tough decision, business wise and personally, as I love photographing weddins. However, my vision has always been to truly be able to form a connection with wedding clients - like I always tell them, "I will be at...

It was as real as a wedding can be, it was't about how the napkins were folded, or a strict...

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2Aug '11

Tara and Gary Say I Do - Courtenay, BC

It was as real as a wedding can be, it was't about how the napkins were folded, or a strict itinerary, it wasn't fussy - it was just warm. It was about friendship and partnership. Tara and Gary new exactly how their wedding would be. When Gary, a dedicated bachelor, met Tara, he immediately knew...

It's hard to write about this wedding, because it really is just a feeling. I first felt it when...

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19Jul '11

Danielle + Justin say "I Do" on Mt. Washington

It's hard to write about this wedding, because it really is just a feeling. I first felt it when Danielle came into my studio to talk about her wedding, but really she just talked about Justin and her love for him. I felt it during our engagement session, when they stayed embraced in each others...

Oh, engagement sessions - how I love you.  Let me count the ways.- it's romantic- you get to...

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4Jul '11

Lindsey and Tony Engaged

Oh, engagement sessions - how I love you.  Let me count the ways.- it's romantic- you get to put on adorable outfits and cuddle- you find your mojo in front of the camera, I know you have it, together, we make it shine Engagement session with Lindsey and Tony? Let me count the ways I...

When friends book portrait session I get a bit nervous - excited, yes, but also nervous. So, when...

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1Jul '11

Twyla and Booker - TENder

When friends book portrait session I get a bit nervous - excited, yes, but also nervous. So, when Booker and Twyla, who are new friends of mine booked their session I had a million ideas swirling through my head. We needed to capture their edgy side, their natural side, their love of each other,...

Carrie and Denny celebrated their relationship with a TENder Session. We met in a field and then...

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1Jul '11

Carrie and Denny - Tender

Carrie and Denny celebrated their relationship with a TENder Session. We met in a field and then headed out to enjoy the evening.  Within the first three frames it was easy to capture their nature as a couple - it is obviously one of trust, adoration and friendship. There were so many...

I first met Mackenzie and Kevin when Christine recommended them for my house mortgage and I was a...

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28Jun '11

Mackenzie + Kevin say "I do" at the Old House

I first met Mackenzie and Kevin when Christine recommended them for my house mortgage and I was a convert. Ask anyone who uses their services and they will tell you they have never been taken better care of my anyone in the financial services area.  It was the type of experience that makes you...

It was the night before their first day of medical school, and their lives were heading in a...

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24Jun '11

Justine and Phil say "I-Do" at Strathcona Park Lodge

It was the night before their first day of medical school, and their lives were heading in a different direction, more so then they anticipated. Phil walked into the med school social, and noticed a girl with a beautiful smile. He thought she would be out of his league, but he gave it a go, and was...

They hopped out of the car,excited and already blushing and I knew it was going to be a good one....

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20Jun '11

Kelly and Dean - engaged and adorable

They hopped out of the car,excited and already blushing and I knew it was going to be a good one. We played until the sun went down, and myself and my assistant Jen were drawn into  their "in love" energy - we even shared some of most embarrassing "on the job" stories. Kelly and Dean...

They left their two little boys at home and came out to celebrate how it all started... with the...

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15Jun '11

Tammy + James - Tender Session

They left their two little boys at home and came out to celebrate how it all started... with the two of them. When Tammy and James met 12 years ago while working in the same restaurant, she initially wrote him off, but once he wrangled a date with her, she was quickly won over. It's easy to...

It was a very good day, blue sky, not to hot, warm hearts and a two women who haven't gone a day...

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14Jun '11

Glenice + Donna Say I Do

It was a very good day, blue sky, not to hot, warm hearts and a two women who haven't gone a day without talking since their very first meeting. On a Comox Valley beach,Glenice and Donna said I do surrounded by their closest friends and family, many who travelled from afar to be there. Despite the...

When I asked Danielle to tell me about her wedding, she didn't miss a beat.  But she didn't...

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20Apr '11

Danielle + Justin = Engaged

When I asked Danielle to tell me about her wedding, she didn't miss a beat.  But she didn't tell me about the guest list, the flowers, the dress - she told me about her wedding, and why it mattered - she told me about her fincee Justin and why he mattered and why she loved him. Honestly,...

Glenice and Donna brought the word tenderness to their session. They probably don't know it, and...

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18Apr '11

Glenice + Donna = Engaged

Glenice and Donna brought the word tenderness to their session. They probably don't know it, and didn't even expect it - they ride motorbikes, say what is on their mind, play roller-derby laugh often, so tender might not be what one would be expecting. We started our session on the beach and they...

It's time to get your tickets if you haven't yet. Yes, you can get them at the door for $10 each,...

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23Feb '11

Love Affair Time

It's time to get your tickets if you haven't yet. Yes, you can get them at the door for $10 each, but if you pre-purchase it is $8 or 5 for $30. This includes your gourmet Tria Culinary Studio Crepe, a Blue Moon winery cocktail, the chance to win a Dreamy Wedding Package valued at more than $300...

Last week I was interviewed by The Daily show about the Comox Valley Love Affair and wedding...

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2Feb '11

tv star style - Me, Mackenzie & Kevin

Last week I was interviewed by The Daily show about the Comox Valley Love Affair and wedding photography in general. It is on Channel 4 rotation right now. I think I "ummmm-ed" a few times and failed to make eye-contact - but, hopefully you will forgive me.  It is so funny to watch yourself. I...

I am selective about weddings that I photograph during the holidays, it's a time set aside...

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9Jan '11

Victoria + Adam, a pirate wedding

I am selective about weddings that I photograph during the holidays, it's a time set aside typically for family. When Victoria and Adam called regarding their New Year's Eve wedding I fell back on the truism that there is an "exception to every rule." Their enthusiasm for photography, creativity...

I am a creat-a-holic. Events, plans, projects and more projects. I like to create (I even have a...

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6Jan '11

Collaboration and Creation- REEL STORIES

I am a creat-a-holic. Events, plans, projects and more projects. I like to create (I even have a baking problem, does that count?) If the opportunity to create and collaborate crosses my path, I'm done for, sign me up. My family teases me, that I can't pass up a good collaboration - and they are...

This, right here, was my last session of the year. Fitting, as it is a sign of what 2011 will bring...

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22Dec '10

The last one of the year - Justine and Phillip engaged

This, right here, was my last session of the year. Fitting, as it is a sign of what 2011 will bring - F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S-N-E-S-SJanuary is pretty much booked with fabulous family sessions, newborns and maternity and the summer wedding season is incredible. I mean, really incredible, with great variety...

The men were chilling in the hot tub, the woman were giddy, and the scene was being set for Tara...

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28Sep '10

Tara and Craig's romantic beach wedding

The men were chilling in the hot tub, the woman were giddy, and the scene was being set for Tara and Craig's beach wedding at Dolphin's Resort in Campbell River. I love photographing the bride getting ready in their quaint and romantic rooms, and Tara's exquisite dress fit the ambiance perfectly....

She could have been wearing her oldest pair of pajamas, or a tattered pair of jeans, it wouldn't...

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24Sep '10

Danielle and Lonny - the next chapter

She could have been wearing her oldest pair of pajamas, or a tattered pair of jeans, it wouldn't have mattered because Danielle would have looked beautiful. Despite the stunning dress, and perfectly done hair and makeup, it was Danielle's smile that gave me goosebumps. I have seen her smile before,...

The last shot from my 2010 summer wedding season......More to come in the next while of Tara and...

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22Sep '10

A wee bit of magic

The last shot from my 2010 summer wedding season......More to come in the next while of Tara and Craig's fabulous wedding! ...

This truly was one of the funnest weddings I have shot. So, let's break it down. Take two amazing,...

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15Sep '10

Anatomy of an A+ Wedding - Justine + Ian

This truly was one of the funnest weddings I have shot. So, let's break it down. Take two amazing, gorgeous people, let them run wild creating a day that reflects their style, love of each other and appreciation of their friends and family. Add incribly supportive parents, (with great senses of...

When Mikhaila (who is stunning to photograph by the way!)  first told me about Greg, I am sure...

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11Sep '10

Mikhaila & Greg Engaged- everyone say "Awwww"

When Mikhaila (who is stunning to photograph by the way!)  first told me about Greg, I am sure I said "awwwww." he sound so sweet. Then, went she went on about how fabulous he was I am sure I said "awwww"So when I finally met him I had big expectations. He is everything she said he was. Solid,...

Jessica started her day a little frazzled, but that didn't keep her from lighting up the room with...

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8Sep '10

Jessica and Loren's Island Wedding

Jessica started her day a little frazzled, but that didn't keep her from lighting up the room with her smile and making everyone laugh. Her stress faded away when she saw Loren, standing at the far end of a field overlooking the ocean waiting to say the words they had been preparing for. Under a...

I have the best crew working with me. Ya'll know about how my office manager Christine brings the...

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6Sep '10

Speaking of Labour Day, should I be concerned?

I have the best crew working with me. Ya'll know about how my office manager Christine brings the fabulousness, but do you know about Jen and Michael?Jen is  my work wife. We came to each other when I photographed her and Kevin's wedding five years ago, then her maternity session, her...

YESTERDAYTODAY  Ok, I am the worst at lying. So, I have to admit the above photos is more of a...

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5Sep '10

Oh YA!

YESTERDAYTODAY  Ok, I am the worst at lying. So, I have to admit the above photos is more of a fantasy than a reality, but maybe, just maybe, it might happen....

Echo walked down the aisle at Painter's Lodge to a man who really couldn't be smiling any harder....

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3Sep '10

Echo & Collen say I do

Echo walked down the aisle at Painter's Lodge to a man who really couldn't be smiling any harder. Collen, the look on your face brought goosebumps and tears to those who watched - I can still feel it. After a meaningful ceremony which included a beautiful song  by bridesmaid and...

First let me set the scene. The ceremony and reception was held in a location dear to the couple's...

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29Aug '10

Jeenet+Mike say I do in a day full of beauty

First let me set the scene. The ceremony and reception was held in a location dear to the couple's heart, the home of Jeenet's godmother and the childhood home of one of her best friends. The gals hair was done by Jeenet's sister Courtenay, a stylist at Scorpio's in Comox, the salon her mother...

Stefanie and David are some of the most down to earth, honest to goodness nice people a gal could...

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24Aug '10

Stefanie and David say I do

Stefanie and David are some of the most down to earth, honest to goodness nice people a gal could ever photograph. It was such a treat to be at their wedding.  People came from all over the world to celebrate with them. It was an intimate affair, in that you felt  that you were at a...

When Amy called me to book her wedding she knew two things - she would be marrying the man of her...

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22Aug '10

Amy & Brad say I do among the surf

When Amy called me to book her wedding she knew two things - she would be marrying the man of her dreams, and the ocean would be nearby. She accomplished both perfectly. Surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends, with the sun pouring golden warmth, she said I do on the beach in the...

Jen and John called to book their wedding a while back, but I was scheduled to be on a holiday,...

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7Aug '10

Jen + John = Married

Jen and John called to book their wedding a while back, but I was scheduled to be on a holiday, they seemed so fabulous and I was disappointed . Jen told me to give her a call if my plans changed, as they weren't planning on hiring anyone else (blush;)). So when I realized I wouldn't be away I...

Ryan and Trish, if you know them, that's really all I have to write. Because they are kind of...

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4Aug '10

Trish + Ryan = Married

Ryan and Trish, if you know them, that's really all I have to write. Because they are kind of indescribable. I'll give it a try. They are mellow but ambitious, funny but serious, graceful but bold, fun but serious. They are, and have, so much. These two are so loved and have so much to offer to...

This year I seem to attract clients who have a joie de vie, a special spark, a zest, a little extra...

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1Aug '10

Echo & Colin Engaged

This year I seem to attract clients who have a joie de vie, a special spark, a zest, a little extra electricity. When I first met Colin and Echo I sensed it immediately. The way she sat at the edge of her seat as she told me about them, their wedding, their photography. Colin, although definitely...

When I walked into the Old House Village Suites where Kelsey was getting ready, my jaw hit the...

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30Jul '10

Kelsey and Mike Say I do

When I walked into the Old House Village Suites where Kelsey was getting ready, my jaw hit the floor. Kelsey looked stunning and was beyond well styled, from hair, to accessories and of course dress and makeup her look came together flawlessly. Add to that her giggly smile and stunning blue eyes...

The day was perfection for Angela and Allen. They were drawn to a Vancouver Island Wedding and the...

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25Jul '10

Angela & Allen Say I do

The day was perfection for Angela and Allen. They were drawn to a Vancouver Island Wedding and the weather couldn't have been more "Island Style." There were blue skies, then some puffy clouds and of course some West Coast wind, which was a beautiful backdrop for their "I Do's" at Miner Gardens....

I was just downloading from today's wedding and this image jumped out. What a fabulous day!...

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24Jul '10

Impatience - today's bride

I was just downloading from today's wedding and this image jumped out. What a fabulous day! Congratulations Trish and Ryan! (I have tons of weddings to blog.. come back soon!)...

The light, really was glowing, it truly was this warm. Fitting. I first met Bailey almost two years...

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19Jul '10

Bailey and Reed - Engaged and Glowing

The light, really was glowing, it truly was this warm. Fitting. I first met Bailey almost two years ago when I travelled out to Franny Bay to photograph her and the fam. Bailey told me it was a little place on the water. I pictures a small cabin. I was wrong. Their family has a beautiful sprawling...

Amy and Brad are beautiful people. They are funny, they are sincere and they are madly in love. As...

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8Jul '10

Amy & Brad = Engaged (Comox Photographer)

Amy and Brad are beautiful people. They are funny, they are sincere and they are madly in love. As seems to be the theme with my clients this month, they are embarking on a new stage in their life as yes, they are getting married, but  ..... afterwards they are selling their house and...

It was the first wedding of the summer season. I had high hopes. Thoughts of a day that focused on...

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1Jul '10

Lindsay & Kyle say I do

It was the first wedding of the summer season. I had high hopes. Thoughts of a day that focused on the the reason we are were there - friends, family, celebration and commitment. It was, perfect. The weather, despite a dismal week, was lovely. The location, Olympic View Golf Course, was beautiful...

I just received this note in my in-box this morning.  Hi Karen, Crystal & Christine,Zeke...

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27Jun '10

Angela & Zeke Say "I do"

I just received this note in my in-box this morning.  Hi Karen, Crystal & Christine,Zeke and I had a wonderful wedding, it was better then we expected!We want to thank you for being so wonderful during our day and helping capture every moment of the wedding. From the moment we contacted...

Tara and Warren said their "i do's" in Jamaica late last year, and followed it up with a May...

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27May '10

Tara & Warren Say "I do"

Tara and Warren said their "i do's" in Jamaica late last year, and followed it up with a May reception in Campbell River. The rain had been coming down for days, that is, until the evening before Tara & Warren's wedding.We met at a beautiful spot, that celebrated so much of what the island...

She shows up in yellow, the sunshine pouring out of her is just as infections as the yellow glow...

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23May '10

Kelsey and Mike Engagment Session

She shows up in yellow, the sunshine pouring out of her is just as infections as the yellow glow from the sky. She looks at him, and they laugh... and so it went on and on for our engagement session. They beamed, the cuddled, they giggled. Yes, giggled, it's true Mike, when she is in your arms, you...

Probably somewhere in a book about blogging, it advises against late night blogging, However, there...

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7May '10

Ines + Rene are Married

Probably somewhere in a book about blogging, it advises against late night blogging, However, there is an international audience waiting to see these and I like to please. After discovered the Comox Valley on past trips they were drawn back to mark this significant occasion on a west coast...

Engagement sessions are awesome! Like, really deliciously awesome! They have this laid back vibe,...

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17Mar '10

Zeke and Angela Getting Married

Engagement sessions are awesome! Like, really deliciously awesome! They have this laid back vibe, quite a bit of sillyness and lots of beauty. I highly encourage my wedding clients to have one done, so much so that they are complimentary in all our Wedding Collections. Why? They are a great...

I was living on my own raising my two year old daughter, I had recently become a single mom and...

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18Feb '10

Liz + Jamie tie the knot

I was living on my own raising my two year old daughter, I had recently become a single mom and there was many daunting aspects to my new life. Emotionally, I was in the right place, but sometimes the logistics overwhelmed me. Like the time my daughter got the stomach flu in the car, and in the...

Sarah and Tom are really special. If you know them, you understand - they are not the type to fade...

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30Nov '09

Sarah + Tom (and Elvis) Courtenay Wedding Photographer

Sarah and Tom are really special. If you know them, you understand - they are not the type to fade into the background, to miss an opportunity for fun, or to express themselves. They live boldly and honestly. Throughout the wedding it was clear why people are drawn to them, you  walk away from...

They wanted a fall look, and although the weather forecast wasn't optimistic, in came the sun. We...

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1Nov '09

Brittany + Daryl Vancouver Island Wedding Photographer

They wanted a fall look, and although the weather forecast wasn't optimistic, in came the sun. We played in the fall beauty, although Britt admits to being the one who usually trips as me, I was the one who slid in mud, we talked about deep things like parenthood and not so deep things like Wii -...

I believe that life is in the details, the little things, they add up, and they build towers of...

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2Oct '09

Steph & Jessea

I believe that life is in the details, the little things, they add up, and they build towers of strong memories, they leave our hearts so full - those little moments of beauty have so much power. Steph and Jessea's wedding was a thing of beauty, made of many special details. Their location choice...

Tia and Shaun were a last minute addition to our summer schedule, a welcome addition. A week before...

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21Sep '09

Tia and Shaun Comox Valley Wedding

Tia and Shaun were a last minute addition to our summer schedule, a welcome addition. A week before their wedding they found themselves without a photographer. Tia's maid-of-honor  Darragh, put a 911 call in to me on the Monday before the Sunday wedding - saying no just wasn't an option,...

Christine and Richard chose Sarah McLachlan's song Ordinary Miracle as their wedding song. John and...

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17Sep '09

Christine and Richard Parksville Wedding

Christine and Richard chose Sarah McLachlan's song Ordinary Miracle as their wedding song. John and I were just listening to it and realized it is a perfect wedding song. I am actually quite surprised I haven't heard it before at a wedding - I like that it isn't your typical wedding song, as it...

A little gift came our way this week in the form of Lisa and Dru. For over a year Theresa and I...

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12Sep '09

Lisa and Dru Comox Valley Wedding

A little gift came our way this week in the form of Lisa and Dru. For over a year Theresa and I have been having phone chats about their Miracle Beach elopement and her bubbly fun-loving personality and excitement for the day was contagious. As Christine and I headed out to meet them I was telling...

I love my job! I could list the reasons, or you could just hop down to the photos of the...

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9Sep '09

Tara + Daryl Vancouver Island Wedding

I love my job! I could list the reasons, or you could just hop down to the photos of the beauty that is Tara + Daryl and you will know why. But first, let me digress. My blog serves many purposes. In my opinion, when choosing a wedding photographer there are three many things...

August 29th was going to be part of my holiday time, so I did not take any wedding commissions, but...

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4Sep '09

Jane + Patrick Comox Valley Wedding

August 29th was going to be part of my holiday time, so I did not take any wedding commissions, but then Jane called. Jane, who seduced me with her passion for photography, great style and sense of humour, was marrying Patrick at the Kingfisher and I just knew this was a wedding I didn't want to...