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

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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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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

Laceigh + Chris Engaged

Up till this day, I had not met Laceigh + Chris in person. We had only communicated via email, so I was very excited to get to meet them both. And if I could imagine meeting them and having the conversations we had WITHOUT seeing them, this is what I would take away from it:

I would think Laceigh to be a woman who goes through life with a positive, beautiful spirit radiating through. Her passionate, yet demure spirit was such a beautiful energy to be around. There was so much laughter and warmth between her and Chris, it was easy to feel the love and respect they have for each other.

Chris had such a calm, encouraging energy which allowed both of them to ‘be themselves’ and laugh together. He was Laceigh’s support through the session, and it’s easy to see why she picked him as her partner in life.

And I think the photos below are proof of the love they share. Simple, strong, and passionate.

Laceigh, you are such a beauty inside and out. I think you have chosen so well, and are lucky to have found such a love in Chris.

I cannot wait for your wedding day this summer, as I know it will be a day filled with so much beauty and love.

xo

 

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Lauren + Adam Engaged

He was a pilot looking for a change in his career path. She was a girl living in her hometown, loving life, but still looking for ‘something’.

And then they met.

Exactly 1 year later, Adam proposed to Lauren. She said yes! And now,  here they are, in the midst of planning their Okanagan wedding. Completely in love, enjoying each other, and spending their Friday evening hatching new plans for their future over a fabulous glass of wine. Together.

We started off with coffee, though! Thanks Third Space Culture for letting us take over a corner of your coffee shop. And for adding a little ‘love’ into our coffees.

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Hair and make-up by the amazing: Melissa Craven

Leah + Brian Engaged

As she slowly made her way through the grassy field, Brian was holding her hand tightly, protectively, lovingly.

I can’t say I’m surprised by Leah’s positive attitude during our engagement session. Being a traithlete, she is obviously a natural when it comes to persevering through a few bumps and bruises.

Just so you know what I am talking about, this gorgeous woman who is smiling and being AMAZING during her engagement photos, was just a couple weeks out of getting knee surgery. Aka, she really couldn’t walk. Her finance, Brian, had his focus entirely on her and making sure she was okay throughout the evening. He held her tightly and took it slow.

On top of all that, Brian was recovering from the ever-so-infamous cold/flu bug that likes to fly around this time of year. Together, they were quite the team! Sniffly and a little slow, but I really enjoyed our evening and they were a complete joy to photograph. Plus, it always helps when there is an adorable pup to keep us entertained! Their amazing little dog joined the party for a few photos, and completely stole my heart.

I am so excited for their wedding day next year, which I know is going to be a beautiful day filled with all sorts of love! xo

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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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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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They danced their way out of the park. Such a fun-loving couple!Grenda-16

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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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