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.

xo

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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.

xo

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It is never more present in my mind as to how lucky I am to have this man, as when we get home from a trip/weekend/group event/datenight and we have to go back to ‘work’. Every single time it solidifies how much I love being around him. How much comfort I feel with him near. How he is the person that I feel most connected to and most honestly, truly ‘me’. When I am without, I can’t help but await for the next time I am with.

Happiest of birthdays to my husband. You are the absolute love of my life, and the most incredible dad to our little babe. She adores you more than you know. I adore you more than I can ever say.

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Sara + Blair Engaged

It never hurts to warm up with a little bit of fabulous vino before heading into your engagement session, especially a ‘winter’ engagement session! Keeps the cockles of the heart (and toes) just a little bit warmer!

It was such a treat to meet Sara + Blair at Perseus Winery for their photo shoot. We started off within the warm walls of the winery and enjoyed one more glass of Pinto Gris.  Eventually we bundled up and headed into the beauty of the Okanagan. Even in winter, I have so much love for this valley. The stunning surroundings that we call home always takes my breath away.

As we walked along the clay cliffs of Penticton, S+B were amazing!  There is no hiding their comfort with each other. You could see they relied on each other within the moments to keep it real. Keep it honest. Keep it fun! There was a lot of laughter. There were beautiful, quiet moments that fluttered my heart. Made for a perfect session as we prepare for the big day!

Thank you two for entrusting me to be your photographer! I will be so excited and honoured to see you on wedding day. xo

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Carolily sparkles

There’s no lying that I have a bit of a soft spot for all things sparkly, so when Danielle of Carolily Finery contacted me to do a photoshoot using some of their jewellery, I was very excited!

Carolily is a mother/daughter duo made up of Danielle and her lovely mother, Donna. We met up in downtown Kelowna and did a little stroll, showing off some of their beautiful necklaces.

We were lucky enough to have three amazing women from our business community help with the modelling. Lisa from The 10 Spot,  Laura from Wink-i-Wear (which you’ll see her gorgeous frames in many of the photos from the shoot), and Sara, a mortgage broker in Kelowna. They were all so fun and easy to work with.

Here is a little taste of just a few of the photos. To see more, make sure you follow Carolily on Instagram or Facebook!

This is Laura of Wink-i-Wear with some killer frames and beauty necklace!

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Sara wearing a gorgeous vintage brooch necklace. One of my personal faves from the day.

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The beautiful mother/daughter team of Carolily!

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Special thanks to Okanagan Spirits, Alchemy and Mosaic Books for letting us use your beautiful spaces as a backdrop for our shoot!

Loving on each other

Valentines was just two days ago, and I can easily say that it is a favorite of mine. Admittedly, it can be a bit cliche maybe, and retail companies exploit it to the nines. BUT, at its root, is just trying celebrate ‘love’. And I love love. Love it. It’s my thing. So, how can I not be excited about a day dedicated to love!

I absolutely think that the energy we put into expressing our love on February 14th needs to carry through to every other day of the year, but why not have a day that’s kinda like ‘love on steroids’.

Ari and I spent the morning decorating cookies and putting the finishing touches on our v-day cards. Then we got dressed in our pinks, and we headed out on our cupid-adventure! We hand delivered a few special Valentines, and had just the best day doing it. Grandma’s and grandpa’s, daddy-at-work, cousins and little friends…

Since becoming a momma, the day has changed just a wee bit. Once upon a time, Ryan and I just swooned over each other and reminisced about ‘us’. The duo.

Now, it’s about our family. About our little one and the love we all have for each other. Three hearts.

Here’s to many more days of just loving on each other and sinking deeper into the wonderfulness that is 3.

Here’s a little throwback to some photos that I’ve been crushing on lately… that fleeting time where were were still two and already three at the same moment. Forever thankful to Jessica Balfour for creating these irreplaceable photographs. xo

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Make-up by the amazing Jenny McKinney