Deb and Dan's wedding day in the Glen at Crossmount. They had to make the call in the morning on whether or not this planned outdoor wedding was going to be moved inside. As they got ready the rain started. Many things about this wedding changed last minute but I think how Dan and Deb handled those changes reflect well on what life will look like for them and their character. I love how they chose joy and peace in the midst of it all. A lesson I needed to learn on this day as well. The feel overall was one of romance, with blush tones and grays. Wispy cascading florals and live jazz music to dance the night away.
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 //
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.
Photography: Mela Photography www.mela.photography
Models: Amanda and Matt McBrkich
bouquet+ flowers : Quince Fine Florals http://www.quincefineflorals.com
Dress: Truvelle Bridal - http://truvelle.com
Hair + MUA : Denise Elliott and team http://deniseelliott.ca
Calligrapher : Maurelle Calligraphy http://www.hellomaurelle.com
FB : https://www.facebook.com/hellomaurelle/?fref=ts
Ribbon : Stella Wolfe http://www.stellawolfe.com
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
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