Niki + Chase Engaged

Niki + Chase are getting married this August, and I couldn’t be more excited to be their photographer.

I have known both of them since we were littles. And to see them now, getting married, raising a beautiful little boy, it made for a really lovely evening. Niki is such a sweet, gorgeous woman who has such a strong love for her little man, and such a strong love for her man-man. Chase’s gentle nature towards Kamdyn and Niki shone through the evening, and it warmed my heart to see them as a happy, beautiful family.

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Caldwell Heritage Farm

I was honored this past weekend to be invited to help celebrate the grand opening of Caldwell Heritage Farm in Kelowna. Kristi and James Caldwell, along with their adorable two littles, hosted a very special soiree to commemorate the opening of their farm. A place where you can soak in the beauty of the serene surroundings, you can enjoy viewing the amazing heritage collection of farm equipment and so much more. If you like things vintage, you will be in awe of this place. Kristi’s dad was the curator, and did such an amazing job of creating something very unique, which K+J have organized and beautified, so they can share it with all their visitors.

And before you leave the farm, you can take advantage of the U-Pick Fresh Farm Eggs! So fun to get in there with the chickens and pick your own eggs. Yes, they have boots. :) You can also U-Pick their herbs and garden goodies as well.

And then I can’t not mention the thing that I am most excited about (being a wedding photographer – of course!). They are going to be hosting ceremonies for weddings in their gorgeous gardens. And you can do this as of tomorrow! Today! It starts right now. And know that this place is amazing. So serene. So beautiful. A photographers’ and brides’ dream.

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Thanks so Mint Julep for the incredible cocktails during the evening. Ryan and I enjoyed ours fully (along with the adorable drink tickets, designed by Dandelion Willow) and the beauty bar florals by Lavender and LaceIMG_7199

The owners, Kristi and James saying a few lovely words of thanks to those who have helped them make this dream come true. And then a little close-up of James’ still – brandname on the equipment is Hillbilly Stills. hehe. Love that. Can’t wait to taste the goods that come out of his craft distillery…

And then the food. Joy Road catered this evening for Caldwell Farms and, as always, was oh so wonderful. DSC_1736

I know, a bit pose-y. hehe. But the light was INCREDible, and Ry wouldn’t let me take a photo of him, so he took one of me. And then we turned around and looked back at the house… So beautiful.DSC_1747

The eggs… and the ladies! So good!DSC_1755 And just to reminisce on one of my fave shoots to date, our beautiful styled shoot last year with Be Marry Events (when the baby chicks had just arrived!). Check out the full blog post HERE. This farm is something of a dream for me. I have had the opportunity to shoot there 4 times now, and still feel so inspired and haven’t had to shoot the same spot twice. Thank you Kristi and James for inviting me onto your beautiful property and letting me share in it with you. I know you are going to do amazing things and I am so excited to be here, able to watch  your farm flourish and grow.
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Marisa + Travis Married

As they floated through the garden, you could see the joy and happiness that exuded from Travis + Marisa. The day was perfection. The sun shone down on us, coming through the beautiful trees of Linden Gardens. The ambience that Marisa had created for their day left everyone in awe of all the amazing little details. The drinks were heaven-sent on this warm summer-like day, the food incredible, and above all else, the love between M+T as well as between all their family and friends was emotional and very, very special.

There were so many smiles and so much laughter. There were stories, there were tears, and there were memories re-lived and created that will never be forgotten.

Marisa looked absolutely beautiful in her wedding dress with Travis beside her, looking dapper in his suit and bowtie.

M+T are an absolutely gorgeous couple, but what truly made them shine this day was what amazing people they are. I feel so blessed to have been a part of this day and to have met these two. They both have hearts of gold, they have so much love and respect for their families, so much appreciation for their friends and those around them.

Thank you two for inviting me to be a part of this day with you, and I hope these photos help to conserve all those beautiful memories that were made.

xo

Janelle

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Thank you to my lovely assistant, Mandy, for these great shots of the boys as they prepared.Thompsonblog-9 Thompsonblog-12 Thompsonblog-14 Thompsonblog-15 Thompsonblog-17 Thompsonblog-18

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The tent was gorgeous with beautiful drapery, peonies on the tables and a light dusting of gold throughout the details.Thompsonblog-56 Thompsonblog-57 Thompsonblog-60 Thompsonblog-61 Thompsonblog-66

The little ring-bearers were the cutest little boys I have ever seen… seriously. Those smiles? Those eyes?! Thompsonblog-67

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The wonderful vendors that made up the day:

Venue: Linden Gardens

Ceremony: St Anne’s Catholic Church

Caterer: Catering Done Right

Make-up Artistry: Nicole Pacheco

Hair Styling: Hair by Alana Lyla

Bridal head piece: Olivia Headpieces

Dress Designer: Hayley Paige, at Blush Bridal Vancouver

Tent Rental: Westminster Party Rentals

Couch Rental: River Road Rentals

Cake: Katelynn Savaia

Cupcakes: The Bloom Bakery

Local beer: Firehall Brewery

Girls’ preparation location: Barefoot Beach Resort

Assistant photographer: Mandy Glinsbockel