Industrial Warehouse Wedding

An industrial former bakery currently being renovated created the perfect space for Laura and Damen's day. A flare of vintage with baroque framed oil paintings, gold brass candlestick holders, and lace gave this style an early 19th century feel mixed with a modern edge. I'm always a fan of bespoke tailored suits. The groom's army green suit was by YXE suit guy who is  one of my highly recommended vendors to work with. The best part of the day was seeing how deeply Laura and Damen love eachother. Their handwritten vows they exchanged during their ceremony had quite of few of us shedding tears. These two ended the day with a candle lit motorcycle send off, how amazing is that!? 

A huge thank you to my second shooter Shaeline of Shaeline Faith Photography. This was definitely a special wedding to have you work with me on as it was our last before you moved across Canada. Her images are featured in this blog post marked with an S on the bottom right corner. 

Inspirational Seaside Session

  Inky watercolours, rust-toned elements, and a coastal serenity that embodies the best of Canada's West Coast scenery, this shoot from the Forage & Fern workshop on Galiano Island brings dark and light together with fluidity and a wealth of texture.  One of my favourite aspects of this shoot and the style it evokes is that it's clearly inspired by the surroundings.  From the local flora and fauna, to the salty sea air and rocky shores, to the weather, skies, and surf, the location has informed the design, style, and look of the shoot.  This is what I love so much about Canadian geography -- its vastness and unending beauty is a never-ending mine filled with treasures to inspire creatives in their work and offer couples limitless possibilities when planning their weddings. If you are planning a wedding, consider returning to nature for your inspiration and your motivation.  Nature speaks to us, centres us, and inspires us -- it is the ultimate muse

 

Photography - Mela Photography / Workshop - Forage + Fern / Creative Direction - Magnolia Rouge / Photography Tutor - Brumley & Wells / Styling + Paper Goods - The Wells Makery / Floral Design - Ponderosa & Thyme / Silk Runner + Ribbons - Seidenband / Silverware - Something Borrowed / Hair + Makeup - Jess Wilcox / Gown - Leanne Marshall / Jewelry - Ryegrass Studio / Model - Heather Hockley / Sponsor + Film Lab - The FIND Lab / Venue - Bodega Ridge, Galiano Island, British Columbia //

Marilynne & Henri's Downtown Engagement Dinner

Often times the beauty of celebrating the engagement can be overlooked. I loved how Marilynne and Henri put together an intimate dinner for their friends and family with little details that spoke to the care they have for their closest and dearest. Every element lent to creating a warm atmosphere to enjoy good conversation over a delicious meal. Here is some inspiration for you, if you are planning to mark your engagement season with a commemorative evening. 
 

 I would love to photograph your unique engagement dinner- feel free to send me a note about your event! 

Vendors: Amanda watson workshop | Amanda Watson Workshops | Venue: Savor Gastropub | Design: Lindsey Zamora | Florals: Poppy Lane Design | Paper Details & Calligraphy | Fig & Flourish | Tabletop: Posh Couture Rentals | Bride’s attire: BHLDN | Groom’s attire: The Black Tux | Hair & MU | Beauty & The Blush | Bride’s Ring | Amulette Jewelry | Film Lab: Photovision

Snowy Winter Engagement | David + Rebekah

   If you are anything like me right now you are currently taking this Sunday afternoon easy. Curled up in a blanket, eating freshly baked biscuits with a cup of red raspberry leaf tea (okay that one might just be for the prenatal mamas). I'ts been a slower paced winter as I prepare for my babe to enter this world. He or she could be here potentially in just over a week from now! Or in three weeks.. If baby really wants to wait until the due date. Which gives me just enough time to send out the last of my sessions.

    This snowy engagement was full joy which has been a theme of my life lately.  Seeking out the joy, choosing to focus on the good when life doesn't seem to be offering it freely. It was deceivingly cold outside with the wind chill, but these two beautiful souls couldn't be bothered by the cold. Their love overflows, their kindness radiates and I have a feeling this encounter happens with everyone they meet. David and Rebekah's wedding will be one of the first I will photograph this spring. I feel honoured to be able to witness their day so close and personally. Here are a few of my favourites from their collection.

Whytecliff West Vancouver Elopement

I've always dreamed of photographing an elopement. There is something so powerful about the minimalism. Putting aside a big party to curate a day for just two people in love vowing to be together forever. I was so blessed to be able to work with some of the finest vendors in Vancouver for this shoot- Maurelle Calligraphy penned in gold the most gorgeous vows on handmade paper, she was so lovely to meet in person with the warmest personality. Amanda wore a gown from Truvelle bridal- a local store where everything is designed in house for beautiful quality dresses. Quince fine florals put together a naturally loose garden style bouquet bound with raw silk ribbon from Stella Wolfe. Denise Elliott + team gave Amanda's hair loose textured waves and enhanced her gorgeous features with subtle fresh make-up. 

I met Amanda and Matt in the city while everyone was preparing for a typhoon storm. It had been forecasting torrential downpour all day but I was confident that the weather would hold until our session was over. We went out to Whytecliff and talked about adventures they had been on together and Matt's love for exploring the outdoors. Amanda and Matt find joy together in what seems to be anything; they are quick to smile and laugh together. When we packed up ready to drive back, the rain came. I was so grateful for the timing of it all. 

The stone steps of the cliffside were my favourite part about the location Matt had chosen. With an old world charm it was comforting to be standing in view of our Canadian coast. The giant swaying trees creaked cordially. The sound of waves lapping the rocks and the wind filled with mists of salty water are things I crave when I got back to my prairie home. 

If you are planning a beautiful intimate get-away for your wedding please ask me for my elopement session packages! I'm so excited to be incorporating more of these sessions into my work as they speak dearly to my heart. 

Sunrise Session

Well we have one more day left to pray for the snow to come before Christmas. In the meantime I feel it is still fitting to share this beautiful fall sunrise session from October. Our lovely Model Maja looked so graceful in one of the most amazing Leanne Marshall gowns. The colour perfectly complemented the fall scenery and the warm sun as is flooded light over the horizon. Everything came to completion with one of Ponderosa and Thymes brilliant floral creations using vibrant tones juxtaposed with dried foraged neutrals. 

Shot on Pentax645nii with Portra 400 film

Creative direction | Magnolia Rouge www.magnoliarouge.com Shoot led by | Brumley & Wells www.brumleyandwells.com Styling | The Wells Makery www.thewellsmakery.com Florals | Ponderosa & Thyme www.ponderosaandthyme.com Hair & make-up | Jess Wilcox www.jesswilcox.com Wedding gowns | Leanne Marshall www.leannemarshall.com  Model | Maja Rohling www.instagram.com/elderoak_and_thor... Sponsor | The Find Lab www.thefindlab.com Venue | Bodega Ridge www.bodegaridge.com

 

Magnolia Rouge Workshop | Forage and Fern


This past October I had the pleasure of attending the Magnolia Rouge photography workshop -Forage and Fern. It was such a wonderful get away for me nearing the end of my busiest season. A place of refreshment where I could meet other photographers and live in community with like-minded creatives while practicing and growing in my craft. Placed on Galiano Island at a hearty retreat center, Bodega Ridge hosted us with grace and kindness. We were served 5 star cuisine three times a day while learning from the greats of our industry and soaking up the last of the fall season.

Kate Holland put together a start line up of talented vendors Jacob Brooks from Brumley and Wells, Annie Brooks from The Wells Makery, Katie Davis from Ponderosa and Thyme, Jess Wilcox, Jonathan Canlas, Belinda Olsen, Chris of LOV media, Charla Storey- These individuals were skilled in transcending their talent into a teaching platform with practical and relateable content. I left Forage and Fern having grown in my photography skills as well as feeling soulfully inspired. 

To Kick things off for my Forage and Fern image collections here are two of my favourite people I met on Galiano- Maja and Alex.  



Island Lifestyle Session

Shoot led by Jacob Brooks of www.brumleyandwells.com | Creative direction Kate Holland of www.magnoliarouge.com | Styling by Annie Brooks www.thewellsmakery.com | H&MUA by Jess Wilcox www.jesswilcox.com | Alex www.instagram.com/alextical and Maja www.instagram.com/elderoak_and_thor… | Jewellery Rye Grass Studios www.ryegrassstudio.com | Fire built by Mark Davis with Katie Davis of www.ponderosaandthyme.com | Sponsered by The Find Lab/ Belinda Olsen www.thefindlab.com | Assistant Charla Storey www.charlastorey.com