Leah + Brian Married

Whether it was the rain, the sun, the wind, or all of the above, nothing was going to stop this amazing celebration. Leah + Brian were married this past Saturday on the bluffs overlooking the beautiful summer-town of Penticton.

Even though the sky was threatening all day, we ended up with a gorgeous day being a mixture of everything. Yes, there were a few sprinkles just as the appetizers began to arrive, but everyone snuggled a little closer under the rooftops for a few minutes, and then the rainbow appeared, setting the stage for an incredibly special evening.

The intimate celebration was held on the gorgeous lawn of Leah’s parents’ home, overlooking Okanagan Lake. Leah looked stunning with a delicate floral crown and amazing Truvelle gown. She and Brian said yes, while surrounded by their closest family and friends.

With fabulous food, good drinks, tasty doughnuts, laughter, and a few tears created the perfect recipe for a night to remember.

Thank you two for inviting me to be a part of such a special day, and I wish so much love to you as husband and wife. xo

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A little ‘fuzzy peach’ energy to get the day started right!

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Catering: Flambe Catering
Ceremony _+ Reception: Private Residence
Hair + Make-up: BeYoutiful Beauty Artists
Florals: Betwitched Floral Design
Bridal crown: Lisa’s Flowers
Dress Designer: Truvelle
DJ: Classic Mobile Music – DJ Alpha
Officiant: Evelyn Blaine
Rentals: All Occasions Rentals (barn wood tables & chairs)
Singer: Nikita Afonso
Videographer: Lindsay Gee
Assistant Photographer: Mandy Glinsbockel

Brianna + Nathan Engaged

From high school sweethearts, to fiance, and soon-to-be husband and wife. Brianna and Nathan are one of the sweetest, loveliest couples I’ve had the pleasure to photograph. There was a lot of giggling throughout the entire session (which you can definitely see throughout the photos…lots and lots and lots of laughter), along with so much love and beauty. Bree is this stunning young woman who has found a man who adores every bit about her. And Bree is clearly head over heels for Nathan. With so much of life ahead of them, I can’t wait to see where they carve out their path together. Step one, wedding in September! xo

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Laceigh + Chris Married

As the girls floated around the hotel room, preparing for Laceigh’s day, the anticipation and excitement was growing. Guests began to arrive in the gardens at The Cove. The men were having a final ‘cheers’ before they headed down to greet family and friends. Laceigh’s mother helped her into her beautiful Vera Wang wedding dress and the final touches that made her a bride.

The time had come for Laceigh and Chris to say their ‘I do’s’. With the trees around and sun above, a beautiful handmade banner as their backdrop, L+C tied the knot and made it official! It was time to celebrate…

Their day was so much fun, as their bridal party truly was there to support and love these two. There was a lot of laughter, a few drinks to keep everyone cool, and so much camaraderie between them all. I stole L+C for a few final minutes, and this is what always makes my heart sing. Those little moments of laughter. The quiet moments. The simpleness of love.

And then the party began! The reception room was draped in gorgeousness. The food was fabulous. The desserts were incredible. The music was getting everyone moving. Such a fun night of celebration for a beautiful kind of love.

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Thanks to Mandy, my assistant photographer for some of these great shots of the gents getting ready.ZingleBlog-3

Gorgeous details with her Badgley Mischka shoes and amazing jewels.ZingleBlog-6 ZingleBlog-8

Laceigh being an amazing hair stylist and make-up artist, did her own make-up that day. She even took time to help with final touches to her family and friends. Love this girl…ZingleBlog-10 ZingleBlog-11 ZingleBlog-13 ZingleBlog-14

The beautiful banner was handmade by Laceigh and her mother.ZingleBlog-15 ZingleBlog-17

The girls held stunning birdcage florals instead of the usual bouquet. So unique and perfect for the day. ZingleBlog-18 ZingleBlog-19 ZingleBlog-20 ZingleBlog-21 ZingleBlog-22ZingleBlog-27 ZingleBlog-30

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The cutest ‘selfie-booth’ handmade by the bride and her mom.ZingleBlog-71

The tastiest treats by Whisk! Yes, I did a taste test…
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Ceremony and Reception location: The Cove

Catering: The Cove

Officiant: Darlene Samin

Day-of Wedding Planner: A Natural Touch Event Planning

Wedding planning and design: Bride and Mother of Bride

Chiavari Chair Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals

Drapery: Stage Right

Florals: Creations by Mom and Me

Make-up: The bride!

Hair Stylist: Kayla Johnston

Dress Designer: Vera Wang

Shoulder piece: Etsy

DJ: John Byrne and Jared

Dessert: Whisk Cakes

Assistant Photographer: Mandy Glinsbockel

 

 

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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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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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