Inspiration

I was going through the images from an amazing shoot I did this past spring, and I realized that I never shared some of my very favourite images with you! I am fairly in love with all things ‘baby’, and the photos of these baby chicks just melted my heart…

We were lucky enough to have this shoot featured on the 100 Layer Cake blog a few months ago, but the baby chicks didn’t make the cut. So here I am, wanting to post MY personal favourite shots from this gorgeous elopement in the woods.

When something starts off with flowers this pretty, it has to be good…

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And the most beautifully in-love couple celebrating their 1 year anniversary… so sweet.
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The magical moments that make up love is something that will never cease to take my breath away. And this was one of those moments…JPhotography-133

Venue: Caldwell Heritage Farms, Kelowna, BC

Styling: Be Marry Events

Make-up Artistry: Jenny McKinney

Hair Styling: Sabrina Nunes

Dress: Bliss Bridal

Florals: Crocus Floral Design

Cake: Sugar Sweet Cake Company

Heather + blair married

Heather + Blair made the trip down from Prince George to get married at the gorgeous Ponderosa Point, in Kaleden, BC. With Heather’s hometown of Kelowna not far away away, I think it was easy to say she felt at home getting married on the shores of Skaha Lake.

With just a slight chill in the air, it turned out to be a perfect day for this outdoor wedding. It made the snuggles and the cuddles a little more real, as Blair had to keep his bride warm!

H+B opted to do a first look, which was such a beautiful moment. Blair was completely blown away by Heather, and I loved being witness to that moment. His hands shot up in the air and he even made sure to take a few steps back to take her all in. Love.

It was such a great afternoon listening to the antics of their hilarious bridal party. Obviously a very tight-knit group, which made it a really fantastic afternoon.

And then they were married on The Point, overlooking the lake. The setting was perfection for H+B as they said ‘I do’. The evening continued and rolled into an outdoor tented reception with cocktail hour, lawn games, laughter between friends, and good food.

Thank you so much for the perfect end to my 2015 wedding season. It was a joy being a part of your day, and I wish you all the love in the world for your marriage.
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Heather’s adorable ‘prep’ outfit was the perfect fit for this ‘cabin’ wedding. Loved the wooly socks!TRAXLER-4TRAXLER-6 Traxler-8 Traxler-9 Traxler-10My assistant photographer, Ceiligh’s view of Blair’s face as he saw Heather for the first time… so good!

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Ceiligh’s shot of Blair as Heather’s parents walk her down the aisle.

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Who doesn’t love a bride who can rock out a jean jacket during her reception?! Love this girl!Traxler-91The lovely vendors who made up the day:

Ceremony and reception location: Ponderosa Point

Caterer: Flambe Catering

Florist: Lisa’s Flowers

Make-up Artistry: Nicole Sweezey

Hair styling: Jana from Nogginz Hair Studio

Cupcakes: The Cupcake Lady

Tent rental: Okanagan Event Rental

Assistant photographer: Ceiligh Tummon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missy + BJ married

He said, “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness and call it love,  true love.” – Robert Fulghum.

This was the quote of Missy and BJ’s reception at their beautiful park wedding in Oyama, BC.  It is easy to see that Missy + BJ share the kind of love that is honest, respectful, loving and obviously a lot of fun. Their day was filled with so much laughter and joy, between each other as well as all their family and friends. Their guests joined them in a beautiful park full of willow trees and sunshine, copped a squat on a blanket and watched as they said their I do’s. I had so much fun stealing them away for a short time to do their portraits. Missy is a complete joy of a person and BJ loves her to pieces… their connection is amazing and I am just so thankful that I was there to witness this day.

I have actually known BJ for most of my life. As kids, my big brother was one of BJ’s good friends, and BJ’s little sister was one of my best friends. I spent many a moon over at the Grenda’s house. His mom was my fabulous soccer coach and his father was this amazing man who was my school councillor (aka – the teacher I knew I could always turn to for help at school, no matter the situation). To say this family is special to me is putting it lightly. So, thank you two for asking me to be a part of your wedding. I hope that you feel these photos reflect how beautiful your day was, and they will always help bring back the memories for the rest of your lives.


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Last minute man-time prior to the bride arriving at the ceremony.Grenda-6They had some of the cutest weddings guests I have ever seen!
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They danced their way out of the park. Such a fun-loving couple!Grenda-16

The groom and his beautiful little flower-girl nieces.Grenda-19 Grenda-22 Grenda-25 Grenda-27 Grenda-28 Grenda-29 Grenda-30 Grenda-31 Grenda-32 Grenda-34 Grenda-35 Grenda-37 Grenda-38 Grenda-40

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I absolutely loved the energy between Missy+BJ. They were always laughing and loving on each other. So good!

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Talk about heart-breaker!

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Marisa + Travis engaged

It started with a gorgeous sunlit hillside, a tire swing and the most lovely of couples. Marisa + Travis are getting married in June, and I am so excited to be on this journey with them. I had met Marisa once before, and I instantly felt such a connection with her. She is this extremely thoughtful, loving, caring person that I am so glad that I now know.

So when I met up with her and Travis, it was so great to see her other half. They are such a beautiful fit, and I can’t wait for the wedding day!

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Mid-session, we switched locations, and with that, new lighting. The sun had just set, and we had this incredible summer glow coming off the lake. It was breathtaking. I usually end my sessions once the sun has disappeared over the horizon, but this has now become a new favourite time for me to photograph!
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Heather + Steve Married

Another very special post for me today.  My little cousin, Steven, is all grown up now as a husband, and I couldn’t be happier for him. He found himself a gorgeous, funny, thoughtful young woman who loves him to the moon and back. Steven and Heather have been together for many years already. They met in high school and have been sweethearts ever since. They have had so many amazing moments in their lives together, as well as some very challenging, heart wrenching moments, but they have stuck it out together, and are such a beautiful couple because of it. You can see the strength they share together, and it makes my heart warm knowing they will take care of each other for this lifetime.

They invited me out to Blairmore, Alberta for the  big day, and I was so excited! I absolutely love the chance to photograph somewhere new, and this was definitely out of the ordinary for me. An old mining town with so much history and beauty in its rocky hillsides and open farm fields. We hit a little bit of a bump when Mother Nature turned on the rain (and snow), so even though we ventured out for a few minutes, we mainly had to stick to indoors. Fortunately, S+H chose the beautiful Springbreak Flower Farm as their venue, so we all cozied up between the grapevines and the flowers, and had a fantastic time celebrating their ‘I do’s’.

Thank you two for asking me to photograph this day for you. I love you both, and can’t wait to see what comes next in your adventure. xo

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A very special necklace that was worn by Heather’s grandmother on her wedding day, as well as a special newspaper snippet from that day.LAZESKI-23 LAZESKI-25 LAZESKI-28 LAZESKI-30 LAZESKI-31LAZESKI-39LAZESKI-37
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This is what happens when you have 4 sisters…

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Lots of hilarious moments, as well as some very sentimental ones. LAZESKI-101 LAZESKI-102LAZESKI-14LAZESKI-15LAZESKI-96LAZESKI-98 LAZESKI-105

A special first dance for Steven and Heather, as well as a lovely moment between a bride and her dad. LAZESKI-107

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Venue: Springbreak Flower Farm

Florist: The Rose Peddler

Caterer: Country Encounters

Stationary: Paperclip Creative

Cake: Caked! by Ashley

Make-up and Hair: bridesmaids, Cierra Ross and Ellen Decock

DJ: Hiway Productions

Big thank you to Debbie Greenwood (bride’s auntie) for creating much of the beautiful details surrounding this day.