Just Us…

They followed each other across the country, and now they have decided to follow each other through the entirety of this life…

Katelyn and Jay were married overlooking the beautiful Okanagan valley, with a gentle breeze in the air and the delicate warmth of the sun on the skin. We walked through the fields of Sanctuary Gardens to breathe in the day, and to capture a few special images to remember the little moments.

K+J had chosen to elope, with just the commissioner and 2 witnesses there to make it official. Both of them having such gentle spirits, I really felt they did this day perfectly. They peeled away all the distractions that can often come with a wedding, and they focused on what was most important. Each other. Focusing on the quiet yet strong bond that connects them together, and focused on the love that will take them through this lifetime.

Thank you two so much for asking me to be a part of this beautiful day…


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Commissioner: Alison Moore

8 years ago

Today is Thursday. A workday. A weekday. Another regular day. I woke up with my 3 year old rolling over my head asking for toast. To the smell of breakfast and coffee floating from the kitchen as my husband gets ready for work. I roll out of bed, give morning kisses to my family on my way to fill my coffee cup. And we sit, as we do every morning, around the table and wake up together.

It’s not always full of words. Sometimes we just sit and sip. Sometimes we listen to the radio news. Sometimes we glance through the newspaper or house listings. But whether we are laughing at Ari’s morning dance routine, chatting about the upcoming day, or whatever it is that morning brings. We always do it together.

As it happens today is also our anniversary. 8 years ago, I woke up and said ‘yes’. And since then, we have been cultivating our life. Together.

At this stage in life, we have a beautiful 3 year old daughter. We live in a beautiful town, where summers are filled with beach afternoons and family time. We sit in our beautiful light-filled home. We are chasing our goals and dreams when it comes to work and life.

And even though our life can be crazy and there are days that are total fails, this life is something that I hold dear to my heart. Something that I feel so unbelievably lucky to have, and something that I cherish with every fibre of my body.

My husband is my rock. The person who I can be most vulnerable with, and most strong. Happy 8th (and 13th) anniversary to the love of my life.


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Photo Credit: Stobbe Photography


And now…


Photo Credit – Olga Litmanova


Here’s to many more adventures to come. xoxo

Sheryl + Steve Married

The resort was alive with preparations for Sheryl and Steve’s wedding day. Guests were finishing up their morning coffees on the veranda, staff was preparing the venue, their wedding planner, Jenny, was setting out the beautiful florals. Together they were creating a gorgeous setting for what would be the most perfect day to celebrate S+S.

Sheryl finished off her final details with her sisters and nieces by her side. Steve waited for her on a quiet path, just down from the resort. Sheryl had really wanted to make the time to see Steve before the ceremony. She knew he was the only one who could bring her the calmness she was needing before the most special day of her life began.

When they found each other, she laid her hands in his, and took that quiet moment together…

Without too much time to spare, they headed off to their ceremony overlooking the incredible view at Predator Ridge. They said their ‘I do’s’, and followed it up with a champagne toast with all their family and friends.

Celebrations lasted well into the evening, and ended with a magical sparkler send-off for the newlyweds.

Thank you two so much for inviting me to be a part of your day. I loved every moment, and I think it’s easy to see within these photos how much love you share. I wish you all the joy in the world as you begin this new chapter as husband and wife. xo

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Sheryl made sure to take a quiet moment to open her gift from her groom. The words Steve chose to write to Sheryl brought tears to her eyes and a warmth in her heart that overflowed… It was the perfect final moment as she left to meet him for their first look together.

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The lovely vendors that made up the day:

Venue and catering: Predator Ridge

Wedding coordination: Jenny McAlpine Weddings

DJ: B Mack

Hair and Make-up: Jenna Jones

Dress: Tara Keely by Lazaro

Commissioner: Barb Samuel

Chair Rentals: Perspective Event Rental

Florals: Stage Right

Videographer: Full Circle Productions

Limo: Okanagan Limo

Assistant Photographer: Mandy Glinsbockel

Sara + Blair Married

Laughter rang through the house as Sara and her best friends finished getting ready for the day. Sara sat in Jenny’s chair, getting the final touches on her make-up. The girls all took a moment together to remind each other how much they all mean to each other. The love  and appreciation I felt between this beautiful group of women was such a special moment. There is no better way I can think of starting one of the best days of Sara’s life.

The dress hung in the window, and when she was ready, the girls helped her into her gorgeous gown, and sent her to see her soon-to-be-husband.

Blair was waiting for Sara outside, as they wanted to have a quiet moment together before the festivities and celebration began. As Blair turned around, his face filled with emotion and love.

And those feelings lasted throughout this perfect day. The ceremony took place on the edge of Okanagan Lake with the sun overhead. After they shared the most beautiful (and oh so funny) vows, they kissed, they signed, they cheered, kissed again, and were ready to break out the bubbly.

It was a backyard bbq like no other. Fantastic food, great drinks, very entertaining speeches, crazy games and tasty cupcakes! Doesn’t really get much better than that.

Thank you Sara + Blair for asking me to be your photographer. It was such  an honor, and I hope these photos bring back all the beautiful memories of your day.


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The amazing vendors that made up the day

Wedding Coordinator – Jenny McAlpine Weddings

Venue – Private Residence

Caterer – Flambe Catering

Wine – Perseus Winery

Florist – Lisa’s Fresh Cut Flowers

Make-up Artist – Jenny McKinney

Hair Stylist – Sabrina Nunes

DJ – Travis Turner

Tent Rental – Westminster Rentals

Dessert – Kaleena Cakes

Bride’s Dress – Sophia Tolli

Bride’s jewellery – Leah Alexandria

Assistant Photographer – Mandy Glinsbockel


Kim + Bryan Married

The Naramata Inn was buzzing with energy this past Saturday. Kim and Bryan were preparing to get married, and their guests awaited their time to join in and help these two celebrate!

Kim prepared in the Champagne Suite with her most closest of ladies. The details were taken care of, all of her support was here, and all that had to be done was to put on her beautiful wedding dress and find her groom.

Bryan waited for Kim underneath the trees, and when she arrived, his face lit up with pride, with gratitude, and with so much love. Their first look was such a special, quiet moment that would prepare them for one of the best days of their lives.

They were married at Legend Distillery, looking over the beautiful Okanagan Lake. The sun shone overhead with a slight breeze in the air. It was the perfect day to celebrate K+B.

After a few signature cocktails, we strolled through the most beautiful lavender farm, with the soft scent of the flowers surrounding us. It seemed like a dream to have this most gorgeous bride and her doting (and quite handsome too) husband by her side. But like all dreams, it had to end, but thankfully the day took us right back to The Inn to celebrate over amazing food, good drink and in wonderful company.

Thank you two so much for inviting me to be a part of your day. I hope these photos bring back many of the beautiful moments that made up your wedding day.

Without further ado, Let the story begin…
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First time seeing each other that day…

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The view at Legend Distillery…

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The amazing vendors that made up the day

Ceremony Location: Legend Distilling

Reception Location: Naramata Heritage Inn

Wedding Planner: Vines and Vows Event Planning

Bouquet and table florals: Lisa’s Fresh Cut Flowers

Vintage Decor Rentals: Vintage Origami

Rentals: Westminster Party & Tent Rentals

Donut Wall and Cake: Whisk Cake Company

Catering: Ambrosia By Chef Bongo

Dress and Veil: Made with Love Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Show me your Mumu

Invitations: Minted

Make-up: B.Jollieartistry

Hair: Beyoutiful Beauty Artists

Videography: Fresh Finish Media

DJ: Wes Please of Brightside Wedding Djs

Assistant Photographer: Mandy Glinsbockel

Greenery: Carl’s Flowers

Van Rentals: Top Cat Tours


amanda + derrek married

The details had been taken care of. The day had arrived. It was time for Amanda to marry Derrek.

As their guests awaited the start of the ceremony, the clouds opened up just a hint to let in a beautiful soft glow over the field at Powers Creek Retreat. Amanda walked towards Derrek and they were married under the open sky… becoming officially husband and wife.

We quickly slipped away to Quail’s Gate for a little wine tasting and to enjoy the beautiful view over Okanagan Lake. Getting back to the resort, A+D had planned a lovely tent reception in the field, with good food, good wine and fabulous company.

With the lights twinkling overhead, we heard stories about A+D, making everyone laugh and cry. We enjoyed homemade pie and delicious cupcakes, and then the music turned up and the party began!

It was clear to me, with the love of their family, the love of their friends, and the love between each other, this is a relationship built to last a lifetime. Here’s to many years to come, filled with all sorts of love, of joy, being the shoulder to cry on, arms to lift each other up, of great adventures, and beautiful victories.

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The wonderful vendors that made up the day:

Location – Powers Creek Retreat

Caterer – Foodlums Catering

Bouquet – Passionate Blooms

DJ – John Berg

Mobile Bar Service – Mint Julep

Cupcakes – A little piece of Heaven

Make-up – Saara MUA

Hair – Beauty and Shave Parlor

Dress – Kathryn Bass Bridal

Second photographer – Jessica Balfour

Our own Paris session

It’s been 6 weeks since we arrived back home after our trip to Europe. I figure it’s probably time to share a few of the amazing things we experienced during our 2 weeks away from home.

This was Ari’s first major trip. First plane ride, needless to say I was a little anxious about how it was going to go. There is only so much one can pre-plan and prepare, but I tried my best to get as much organized before we left as possible.

As it turns out, Ari is an amazing little traveller. She rocked that plane like nobody’s business. We brought a few key items to get us through…namely tasty snacks, enough fluids, and a few entertaining bits and bobs (skinny, easy to pack books, a fun kids movie, and a few fun stickers and pens).

Our first location was… ahhhh, Paris. I had been here once before in my early twenties. And I had been dying to get back since the moment I left. Paris is definitely one of my favourite cities I’ve visited so far in my lifetime. And this time round did not disappoint.

We got an amazing Airbnb place close to Luxembourg Park, and the weather was fabulous. We must have walked that park every day, pushing the stroller and soaking in something new and beautiful each time we walked through the pathways.

Our first day in Paris, we had to make our way to the Eiffel Tower. It wasn’t officially in the plans for the day, but our ‘walk around the neighbourhood’ turned into a curious wander in the direction of the tower. And eventually we just couldn’t help ourselves but to see if we could get there! And we did. It was so exciting to see the tip of the Eiffel Tower peeking through the buildings, and finally having it come fully into view. We made our way to it, and had a little lay-down underneath as we just took in the upwards view.

Even though these photos weren’t taken till a few days later, these are such special memories of the Tower. One of my ‘preparations’ for Paris, was to book a family photo session while we were there. And it just had to include the Eiffel Tower. So, we met up with a wonderful local photographer, Olga Litmanova, at sunrise. If you can make it happen, it is a special way to experience the view, as it is such a quiet, peaceful time of day in a place that is normally full of tourists.

And since we are usually up with Arianna at 6AM on any given day, a 7AM photo session didn’t seem too impossible to make happen! It was worth it, as these photos are going to be mine to cherish forever… and that is exactly what I plan to do.

Thank you Olga for these precious memories…  you can check out Olga’s website HERE

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Hannah + Neil Married

Some people think travelling brings out our true selves, and can be an amazing test to see if two people are truly compatible with each other. If this is true, I would say that Neil + Hannah passed with flying colours!

These two have traveled the world together. They have worked all sorts of random jobs throughout their adventures. They literally lived out of the back of thier SUV while traveling Australia. They’ve held each others hand through life’s toughest moments, and they’ve experienced some of the most awe-inspiring moments side-by-side.

When they announced their engagement (which happened under water while travelling to Fiji – super cool), I couldn’t wait for the wedding! But they did make us wait… almost 3 years! But here we are, already looking ‘back’ at the wedding pictures that now hold all these precious memories.

The wedding day couldn’t have gone more perfect. A soft layer of clouds coated the sky. The Ashes wedding venue was lush with colour, and the stone buildings deep with character. The absolute perfect spot to celebrate Hannah and Neil’s wedding.

It was soon time for Hannah to walk down the aisle. Neil stood up at the front with his best man, his brother, by his side. As he turned around to see his bride for the first time, everything else just melted away. For that second in time, I don’t think anything else mattered or could matter. For that second, it was just ‘him’ and ‘her’.

And then they got hitched, with all of their family and closest friends around them. And then they celebrated late into the night, ate amazing food, drank good drink. Had so much great conversation and did a whole lot of dancing!

Neil, you are my family. I adore you so very much. Hannah, you are now officially my family, and I couldn’t be any happier. You are both such incredible people, and I’m thankful you found each other. Such a beautiful day it was, and I can’t wait to see where life takes you next. Canada, perhaps?!

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A huge thank you to the amazing Amy Faith for coming and photographing the reception for Neil + Hannah. She did an incredible job of capturing those special moments at the end of the night, and it allowed me to sit back and enjoy the beautiful moments with my family. xo

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And then this happened. Amy, you are incredible. Thank you for your talent and your time.

N+H, you are beautiful and have a special kind of love. Here’s to it lasting a lifetime…

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Venue – The Ashes Wedding Barn

Caterer – Jenkinsons Catering

Videography – Papertwin Weddings

Reception Photographer – Amy Faith Photography

Flowers – Topiary Tree Florist

Cake – Lucy Birks (friend of B+G)

Band – New Power Soul Club

Make-up + Hair – Dollface Make-up Studio

Dress – Maggie Sottero from Bridal Path

Bridesmaid Dresses – ASOS

Suits – Moss Bros.

Amanda + joel Engaged

They met while working at a restaurant once upon a time. They were friends. Thought each other were pretty cool, but for now… that was it. Just friends.

It wasn’t till a couple years later when they ran into each other again, where something seemed a little… different. So, they hung out. Maybe a date? Sure! That date quickly turned into something more. Something definitely ‘different’. Something special.

I have to admit, I have an inside scoop on this amazing couple, with this being my little brother! Which means I even remember the first time Joel brought Amanda home to meet our crazy family. I think I can speak for all of us when I say we loved her right from the start.

Amanda is this incredible woman. Not only is she a sweet soul, she is hilarious, she’s passionate and did I mention a true beauty. I was very excited for Joel right from that first day, because what I could see, seemed like a perfect fit for him.

She immediately became a part of our family, and I have considered her my ‘sister’ for a long time now. I am excited that it will finally be official, with her and Joel having just got engaged in Paris. Of all the places… Paris.

As it happened, my entire family were all on European vacations this past month because of a wedding we were all going to (which you’ll hear about next week!), but it meant that I was in Paris at the same time as these two. So of course we stole an hour to do a few photos while walking near the Eiffel Tower!

Joel, you are my little brother who I think the world of. I know you have always looked out for me, you have been someone I know I can always turn to. You have been a rock within our family, and I know you are going to be that for Amanda as well. You are both incredible and both deserve the world when it comes to love, and I believe you’ve found just that. Congratulations on making that love a bit more ‘official’ half-way across the world, and I can’t wait to see where it takes you next.


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mothers day

It is so difficult to know how to put my thoughts about motherhood into words. Becoming a mother has changed how I view absolutely everything in life. If I can be real for a quick minute;

I have never loved someone this way. I have never felt this type of love/responsibility for someone. What happens to her, is because of me (and her dad too, of course). That is pretty intense. To be THAT responsible for something. I have never experienced anything remotely close to that before, and even though it’s crazy-stupid-scary if you really think about it, but it’s also just what it is to be a mom. So somehow it’s ok. I can somehow handle it. And truly,  I feel like this is the only thing I can imagine doing with my life right now. She is my world, and will be the best part of it from now till forever.

And then it just always makes me think of my own mom. And what she has done for me and my three siblings. It is humbling to think of what she has had to do for us, and what she continues to do for us. She is always there for me. Always. I think she can almost read my mind sometimes.

She just knows when to show up. When to hug. When to laugh. When to cry. And also when to be my strength and not cry. Be my rock. She blows me away with her un-ending love for her children, and all I can do is to try to be that for Ari as she goes through her life.

So, here’s to my mom who is halfway across the world right now backpacking Europe with my dad. I love you. I appreciate you. Forever.

And to my own little bug… words can’t describe how important and valuable you are to me and your dad. We will do all we can to protect you, but also show you all this world has to offer, because I know you will have so many amazing things to offer back.



photo cred: Olga Litmanova