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Brenna and Dave had what I like to describe as a laid-back West Coast wedding at Church and State Wines. These two met when studying geology at UVic, and have spent the last several years in Calgary. Both were happy to celebrate their marriage in Victoria! They decided to have a ‘bride reveal’ on the shoreline near Brenna’s parents’ house. Dave waited at a great little spot we scouted out beforehand. What a beautiful moment to witness, these two so emotional!  Here’s a little look at their first look:

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After some photos with the wedding party, we headed to Brenna’s parents’ house for a quick bite to eat before the ceremony. We did a little re-creation of a couple of photos of Brenna’s parents’ wedding: of her mom in front of the mirror, and with the family black lab at the time (we photographed Brenna with her parents’ current black lab, Sadie). How neat! These peeps are dog lovers, especially black labs, so it was a must. Brenna and Dave even brought along their own black lab Stetson from Calgary, just to be with them! The whole crew, dogs and people alike, were wonderful to work with and a treat to photograph. Congratulations Brenna and Dave!

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From the bride and groom:
“We absolutely loved the photographs you took for our wedding! We could not stop smiling when we first saw them!….Our biggest fear with working with a photographer was being uncomfortable/awkward because a wedding is a very special day and full of intimate moments. You put us at ease right from the first time we met you for coffee. We were all joking and having fun by the end of that first meeting. I think that was so important for us to feel comfortable with you on the big day. You managed to capture all of the intimate moments without us feeling like an outsider was intruding. We had multiple people in the wedding party and family say to us how sweet you were and how well you fit in with the whole vibe of the wedding. Honestly, we cannot say enough good things about you and our experience with you!”
~Brenna and Dave

 

Hair: Megan Stretch, Headstart Salon
Makeup: Alexa Rae, Artistry by Alexa
Marriage Commissioner: Bill Smith
Bride’s dress: Nicole Miller dress from Frocks (Calgary)
Groom’s outfit: J Crew
Bridesmaids dresses: Assorted stores
Rings: Gold Craft Jewellery Ltd (Calgary)
Bride’s shoes: a store in Spain on Brenna’s travels!

 

Planning a wedding in Victoria? Do my images resonate with you? Contact me to see if I’m available for your wedding date.

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Saskatooners Sarah & Spencer had an intimate wedding at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Just 20 of their closest family and friends attended, so I felt very privileged to be included in the entire day with them. You may remember this lovely couple from their engagement session. Such an amazing story of how these two met- you can read about it here. I joined up with Sarah and her gals in the gorgeous penthouse suite while they got ready for the ceremony. Anticipation was building but Sarah kept her relaxed demeanour all the while. I love the seafoam theme she chose for the accents- even found an exact match for her toe polish.
After the ceremony we went to the beach for some wedding party photos, as well as some fun bamboo shots. When we ventured to Songhees the fog really rolled in which made for a neat ethereal effect on the train tracks.

A really nice part of the evening was their wish lantern release: all the guests wrote a wish for the couple on big paper lanterns and they released them on the beach. It was quite a sight, all of them floating up into the sky! ….don’t worry, they are biodegradable and cause no damage to the ocean! After that we headed back to the hotel for a beautiful meal, some heartwarming speeches and good laughs. Congrats Sarah and Spencer.

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Venue: Oak Bay Beach Hotel – Victoria
Hair & Makeup: Erin May Fasken – Wiink2 For Hair & Body
Florist: Petals Plus Florist
Marriage Commissioner: Sharon Russell
Bride’s dress: Exquisite Fashions & Bridal – Saskatoon
Groom’s suit: Tip Top Tailors – Saskatoon
Bridesmaids dresses: Bryan’s Fashions – Saskatoon
Rings: GMG Jewellers – Saskatoon
Shoes: Sam Edelman – Swank Shoe Lounge – Saskatoon

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I had the pleasure of photographing the Dixon family as they patiently awaited the arrival of their second little one. We chose an open field in Beacon Hill Park for their session (always a fan of tall grasses!) and it was nice that soon-to-be-big-sister Ayla could run around and explore. The shoot couldn’t have gone better! Mom and Dad were very laid back and we just hung out and watched Ayla burn calories  😉 . She reminded me of a female version of my son Reid! They’re both the same age, both have a bit of a wild side, and both are full of beans!

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If you haven’t been to the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific (formerly Glendale Gardens) in Saanich it is truly worth a visit! This enchanted setting is so lush and gorgeous and was the perfect backdrop for this couple’s wedding, seeing as Lara and Brian have green thumbs themselves. What a great day filled with lots of love and laughter. Here are a few images from their day. Check out the gorgeous cake created by Lara’s parents! I remember my first encounter with Lara and Brian and deciding on a place to meet- Lara said, “It doesn’t matter where, as long as they have tea.” ….so it made sense that these tea enthusiasts would give tea as their wedding favors! I just adored capturing Lara and Brian’s uninhibited day. Thanks so much and congratulations you two!

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Special thanks to Emily Nicole for second shooting with me – she captured the great image of the tea bags above.

Venue: Horticultural Centre of the Pacific (Glendale Gardens)
Marriage Commissioner: Michael Denton
Florist: Brown’s
Makeup: Christina Dhesi
Hair: Lindsay Price of All About Hue
Bride’s Dress: Ella
Groom’s Tux: Black & Lee
Cake: Lara’s parents
Favors: made by bride and groom with David’s Tea
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