Brad and Amanda: Pitt Lake, BC Engagement

Brad and Amanda are planning a winter wedding at Swaneset Resort and Country Club for this December, so it seemed MORE than fitting that we do their engagement photos in the Summer down at Pitt Lake, and ending at Swaneset!

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I have known Brad since my first year of college! He’s close friends with one of my best friends Carrolyn from UFV Volleyball. That first year of college we met a few times at parties, at the Christmas play every year at Carrolyn’s church, trips to Sunpeaks skiing, 70 Mile quadding and camping and an amazingly fun trip at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival! Brad was always one of my favourites, he always made sure me and Carrolyn were ok…he took on the protective big brother role everytime we went anywhere. At the music festival he made us carry around a baseball bat whenever we went anywhere without a male “body guard”. The first year of college when I broke up with my highschool boyfriend, I remember him having the most comforting things to say, and he helped Carrolyn help me pack for a Sunpeaks ski trip that is still one of my favourite memories!

Earlier this year, I heard from Carrolyn that Brad had gotten engaged and I was SOOO excited to meet Amanda!! I had heard nothing but the most amazing things, and every single one was true! She is amazingly gorgeous and Brad’s match in every single way!! The way Brad looks at her is enough to tell anyone that he’s met his one.

Amanda is funny, laid back, and cool. Cool is the first word that came to mind actually haha. One of those girls that everyone would have wanted to know in highschool. The kind of girl that you just want to have as your friend!

I just adore the two of them together, and I am so beyond excited for their wedding in December! It’s going to be SO MUCH FUN celebrating with them and their family and friends!! :)

 

Des and Jessica – Shushwap Lake Wedding

I blogged! haha it’s been so quiet on here, but INSANELY busy behind the scenes! So many sessions and weddings waiting in the lineup I can’t WAIT to share with you!! Up first is a Canadian Navy themed wedding at the Quaaout Lodge Hotel at Talking Rock Resort that was absolutely perfect!

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Jessica kinda married a pirate. Des is in the navy so he gets to carry a sword, and he’s a lawyer so he can argue his way out of any situation. EXACTLY like a pirate! He also goes out of his way to make people laugh. Everyone around him all day was always smiling from ear to ear, and his creative photo ideas had us all cracking up!

Jessica herself is a bit of a superhero too! She’s an ER nurse and one of the sweetest, most thoughtful women I have ever met! Her entire day was focused on bringing their family and friends together and celebrating each other. She is soft spoke, but has a quiet strength that just draws people in! When she smiles at Des, her entire face lights up and it’s so obvious she’s met her match!

With Des being in the navy, they decided to base their entire theme around it and it was PERFECT! The small anchors here and there, the navy blue with gold accents, it was the perfect colour combination for their stormy wedding day at the Quaaot Lodge Resort on the North Shore of Little Shushwap Lake! They had the MOST adorable flowergirls who I just fell head over heels in love with as well! They spent a good chunk of time at the candy bar “making sure everyone was ok”, and wanted to see every photo of themselves to see how pretty they looked! They were so free spirited and running around and at one point exclaiming, “why does everyone keep taking so many photos of us?!?!”We finished their photos literally moments before the skies opened and the rain POURED! Harder than it has in SUCH a long time!! It made the reception feel extra cozy and romantic!

A HUGE thank you to Taliah for second shooting, and acting as road trip, car singing/dancing and Starbucks partner! It was so fun! :)

Des and Jessica! It was SO amazing getting to spend the day with you two! It was a magical day that fit who you two are so amazingly! Thank you SO much for including me :)

 

 

 

Tyler and Michelle: Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta Engagement Photographer

One of the benefits of specializing and working only with couples who are a good fit is that blogpost writing comes SO easily!! We always have so much in common and it feels like we’ve been friends for years.  Whenever I do photos for someone who has ACTUALLY been one of my close friends for years though, writers block sets in! Not because I have nothing to say, but because there are SO many memories, so many amazing things I could say that I don’t actually know where to start and nothing I say ever seems to do them justice. These two are an example of that!

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I first met Michelle through UFV Volleyball! We never actually played on the team at the same time, but UFV volleyball is a small and VERY close knit group of friends  family so we quickly became friends! She hosted many many parties at her house that included cooking late night mini bagel pizzas, flexibility contests in the living room and everyone crowding into the kitchen for pictures!

Michelle is one of the most CARING and thoughtful people I have EVER met. She is sentimental (we could talk about our favourite volleyball memories for hours!) and she always goes out of her way to make you feel special and makes sure you know how much she cares about you. She is ALWAYS smiling, and is SO passionate about everything she takes on.

When she moved to Calgary to finish her Physiotherapy schooling, we all saw photos of this Tyler guy popping up on Facebook. He was very handsome! Michelle seemed super happy!! I finally got to meet him last year and I LOVED him! He is totally Michelle’s match! He’s always making Michelle laugh, he’s adventurous and always planning things for them to do, and he ADORES Michelle! He is always making sure she’s okay and happy!

While staying in Calgary, I got to stay with them for the week and I had the best time! It was so great to get to see Michelle and get to know Tyler even better! These two are just some of the best people to be able to call friends!! They cooked me the most amazing food all week and pretty much spoiled me like crazy!! They took me to their favourite restaurants in Banff and Canmore, and showed me around Calgary!

Oh gosh Michelle and Tyler! THANK YOU a thousand times over for such an amazing week!!! THANK YOU for suggesting Banff and Moraine for your engagement photos. They are some of my most favourite photos I have ever taken, and they mean so much to me that it’s you guys in them!! I seriously am counting down the days until your wedding!!!

LOVE YOU!!

 

Derek and Chantel: Canmore Alberta Engagement Photographer

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Derek and Chantel had one of my favourite engagement sessions to date!  They spent the night showing me around Canmore, Alberta including the spot Derek proposed!! I love that so many of my couples are up for anything. They want to go exploring together. They want to take me to gorgeous places I’ve never been before so I can experience it with them. I love getting to sit in the car on the way there and get to know you guys (or for us Chantel catch up!!) in a way I wouldn’t have if we had just met somewhere for the session! I LOVE that dinner over beer or wine almost always follows!!  It means SO much to me that you guys wanted to take me to a spot that meant so much to you both!

I have known Chantel since highschool. I graduated a year ahead of her, so we lost touch a bit afterwards, but she would send me facebook messages every so often and vice versa to see how the other was doing. Chantel always would add in a line about how much she couldn’t WAIT to be engaged so I could do her photos for her one day! I was THRILLED when I saw on facebook that Derek had proposed and had my fingers crossed she was still hoping for me to do the photos!

The timing worked out PERFECTLY! We had originally planned to do their photos in Kelowna one weekend while they were visiting, but when I realized I would be in Calgary, we decided to be super sentimental (shocking of me right?!) and go back to the spot Derek proposed!

We spent the entire drive out to Canmore from Calgary chatting way about our lives and catching up. I loved getting to finally meet Derek and get to know him better!! I was BLOWN away and SO beyond impressed with how prepared Chantel was! She came with outfits, and ideas and a few props! Not only that, but she hiked up this ridiculously steep trail in HUGE wedge heels!! There is nothing I love more than a girl who appreciates getting all dressed up and looking her best, but has no problem hiking up a hill in her heels and not caring how dirty she gets! :) Chantel you’re the best!!

I could go ON and ON about these two! How hard they laughed together, how sweet they are, how they’re always holding hands whenever they can, or whenever either of them are talking they can’t help but touch each other gently on the arm or the shoulder, or how much Chantel reminds me of Charlotte from Sex and the City and Derek is Daniel Craig all the way! I felt like I was photographing celebrities (and James Bond!) but I will let the photos show you how incredible these two are together! :)

Thank you so so so so much for an AMAZING night!! I had such an amazing time and it meant so much to me that you showed me your favourite spots in Canmore!! :) Can’t wait to see you both in September!!

xoxo

 

Exploring Banff, Moraine Lake Alberta Photographer

I get sentimental about mountains. They take my breath away and give me goosebumps and sometimes even make me cry. I get this exhilarating urge to get the perfect viewing spot so I can stand there and just take them all in. It really is true when they say “the mountains are calling and I must go….”

Banff and Moraine Lake has always been on my bucket list of places to go to. In fact, they were #1. I have crept instagram accounts and made lists of all the places I wanted to see in Banff along. Moraine was #1. When I found out our Volleyball Nationals were in Calgary, I quickly and somewhat impulsively decided to stay the week after to explore Banff. When two of my brides found out I would be there, they excitedly signed on to help me explore Banff and do their engagement photos at the same time. (Check out Instagram for their sneak peeks!)

I am learning lately, and through a conversation with Laura (My roadtrip through Banff buddy!) that there is a reason for how our life is timed. There’s a reason behind why we are delayed, why some things happen sooner than we want or expect, why some things get put off until later, and why some things come out of nowhere and take us by surprise. There is a reason. We just need to trust it.

So many little things along this trip confirmed this. Laura was in Calgary at the exact same time I was, so we got to explore Banff together. There literally wasn’t anyone better to do this with!! I am a sensitive person. I get giddy excited over mountains, I need moments of quiet to take it all in, followed by bursts of vibrant conversation. There will be singing. There will be dancing. There will be more moments of silence…sometimes long ones, where I just need to take it all in and absorb every single detail so I never ever forget this moment. Laura strives to live fearlessly. She believes that’s when life’s golden moments happen….when we allow ourselves to be fearless. Our mutual favourite book is Daring Greatly….so we let each other lean in and fully experience this day to it’s fullest. We didn’t rush. We didn’t have set plans, we just got in the car and figured it out as we went. It was one of the best days I’ve ever had and I am so grateful I got to spend it with you Laura!!

Banff was everything I imagined it would be and MUCH MUCH more! The pictures don’t do this place justice at all! The overwhelming height of the mountains is more than can ever be explained! The fact that there’s mountains literally EVERYWHERE you look was amazing! I was in heaven!!! If you don’t follow me on instagram already, snoop away and check out the video I posted of the drive down to Moraine. I couldn’t stop laughing I was so excited to finally be there!! I can’t WAIT to be back in August!!! (hint hint for those wanting Banff or Moraine engagement or couples photos!!)

Thank you Thank you Thank you Laura for driving, for being a stellar car dance partner, for understanding I may tear up, for sharing in my enthusiasm over the endless mountains, for allowing me to be sentimental, for engaging in those wonderfully deep conversations we always end up having, and for being all around an amazing person! :)

…and now I leave you with a whack load of epic mountain photos.

Grassi Lakes

Three Sisters Peaks…I had to take this photo!! I have two sisters :)

Seriously?! This is how close the mountains were!!!

Lake Minnewanka! We couldn’t believe people get to go here on a regular basis for picnics!

AHHHHH!  Turned the corner and these were literally feet from our car!!

Two Jack Lake. Seriously. Just wanna grab a canoe and head out! But those mountains. seriously.

We decided to splurge on lunch and enjoy the patio at the Banff Springs Hotel. It was DELICIOUS! and the view did NOT disappoint!

We found the most perfect ballroom for a wedding! Please book it and bring me!!!! ;)

Laura tested the lighting for me ;)

From there we took the long scenic route along the Bow River Parkway to Moraine. SO WORTH IT. Around the first corner we saw 8 elk!! One was literally just a few feet away!

I had seen Castle Mountain on Instagram SO many times and always wondered where in Banff it was. Turned the corner and BOOM, there it was! :) I was so pumped! It’s a big ass mountain!

Lake LOUISE!!!!! I loved the colour of the water, but was too excited for Moraine to stay very long!

After a 5 minute look around, we hopped back in the car and headed to Moraine. We wanted as much time there as possible!!

This corner took my breath away! The way the light hit the dust spots on the window, and the staggering height of the first mountain gave me goosebumps!! It was weird, it almost prepped me for the magic of Moraine…almost. It gave me a little preview of how blown away I would be!

I wanted to take it in as much as I could and barely take any photos at first. It was so hard. We just stood in awe of it.

When you explore Banff with another photographer, sunset photos are a must. There’s no way we can sit still when that golden lighting hits.

We kept looking for something to give us a reference so the photos would somehow show a little bit of how immensely high these mountains were. We spotted this guy a few minutes later!!! Thank you size reference man :)

I took a photo of this to remember the heights….cause I’m a geek like that….and I knew my Dad would care.

Moraine is 1.8km above sea level. The tallest mountain in the valley is 3.4km above sea level. That means that when we were sitting at the edge of the lake, we were looking up ONE POINT SIX km INTO THE AIR. That’s really freakin tall!!!

Banff. I fell in love with you way harder than I thought. See you in August! :)

 

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