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.