Heather + Steve Married

Another very special post for me today.  My little cousin, Steven, is all grown up now as a husband, and I couldn’t be happier for him. He found himself a gorgeous, funny, thoughtful young woman who loves him to the moon and back. Steven and Heather have been together for many years already. They met in high school and have been sweethearts ever since. They have had so many amazing moments in their lives together, as well as some very challenging, heart wrenching moments, but they have stuck it out together, and are such a beautiful couple because of it. You can see the strength they share together, and it makes my heart warm knowing they will take care of each other for this lifetime.

They invited me out to Blairmore, Alberta for the  big day, and I was so excited! I absolutely love the chance to photograph somewhere new, and this was definitely out of the ordinary for me. An old mining town with so much history and beauty in its rocky hillsides and open farm fields. We hit a little bit of a bump when Mother Nature turned on the rain (and snow), so even though we ventured out for a few minutes, we mainly had to stick to indoors. Fortunately, S+H chose the beautiful Springbreak Flower Farm as their venue, so we all cozied up between the grapevines and the flowers, and had a fantastic time celebrating their ‘I do’s’.

Thank you two for asking me to photograph this day for you. I love you both, and can’t wait to see what comes next in your adventure. xo

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This is what happens when you have 4 sisters…

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Lots of hilarious moments, as well as some very sentimental ones. LAZESKI-101 LAZESKI-102LAZESKI-14LAZESKI-15LAZESKI-96LAZESKI-98 LAZESKI-105

A special first dance for Steven and Heather, as well as a lovely moment between a bride and her dad. LAZESKI-107

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Venue: Springbreak Flower Farm

Florist: The Rose Peddler

Caterer: Country Encounters

Stationary: Paperclip Creative

Cake: Caked! by Ashley

Make-up and Hair: bridesmaids, Cierra Ross and Ellen Decock

DJ: Hiway Productions

Big thank you to Debbie Greenwood (bride’s auntie) for creating much of the beautiful details surrounding this day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lauren + rob engaged

Engaged and almost married! Lauren and Rob’s wedding is tomorrow, and I was so excited to fit in this last minute engagement session with them before the big day. As we drove out to our location of choice, it looked like we were driving into the ‘belly of the beast’! The storm clouds were on the horizon, and the closer we got to our spot, the darker the clouds became… BUT, it held out for us, and we took advantage of the gorgeous colors of the sky against the open fields.

Thank you two for inviting me to be a part of your wedding, and I can’t wait for tomorrow!

xo

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danielle + mike married

The few days leading up to the wedding, the weather had us worried. But on the day of, the sun was shining and the rain held off. Danielle + Mike said their vows on the beaches of Lake Okanagan Resort, and it couldn’t have been a more beautiful day. With an intimate group of family and friends, D+M enjoyed the day to its fullest.

Mike and Danielle met four years ago, and when Mike asked D to marry him on Christmas Day in front of their family, she of course said yes! These two compliment each other so well, and I truly loved spending time getting to know this pair. They are Albertans, they love their family, they are ridiculous and thoughtful and I feel lucky to have been a small part of this wedding.

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To see more, please watch the slideshow below:

Danielle + Mike from Janelle Morcombe on Vimeo.

Kaitlyn and her team from Lake Okanagan Resort, you did an amazing job on making the day run smoothly. I know the bride and groom could not say enough lovely things about the experience…

Vendors:

Location  –  Lake Okanagan Resort
Commissioner  –  James Harnden
Make-up  –  Sublime Makeup Artistry
Hair Stylist  –  Odette Ryder
Wedding Cake – Cupcasions
DJ – John Byrne

terence + jen married

They were married on a beautiful sunny March afternoon in their hometown of Princeton, BC, and the day could not have been more perfect. As the bride finished off her final preparations, she was nervous and excited to see her groom.

I could tell by the smile that was permanently etched on Terence’s face, how happy he was. How lucky he felt to have the love of his life, his highschool sweetheart, marrying him today.

Jen + Terence, I wish you all the love in the world as you begin your marriage together. Thank you for having me be a part of your day,

To see more, watch the slideshow video below…

Raw Beauty

Beautiful. Unique.

More often than not, women struggle to believe that we are beautiful and unique. We are trained to want to look like the models in the magazine. We are trained to buy things to help us look like the models in the magazine. We beat ourselves up because in reality, we will never look like the models in the magazine.

Most important, is we need to realize this is a good thing! Each and every person in this entire world is different. So why do we try so hard to be the same? And don’t get me wrong, I am a lover of fashion and clothing and make-up and hairstyles. I love to flip through a good magazine and see what is new in the world of fashion. I am a girl, no doubt. But as time has passed, I’ve stopped just ‘copying’ to try to fit in, but I pick what I truly love and what I feel really fits ME. What is going to express exactly who I am. The beautiful-ness and unique-ness that is me.

These sessions; these Raw Beauty sessions are designed to be just that. Not a time to be someone else. Not a time to put on a mask, but let go of our masks. Let go of our hiding spots, and find the most beautiful side of ourselves. And have some fun while we’re at it!

I am offering my very first day of sessions on Saturday, November 3rd! With just 2 spots left, if you are interested, send me a message and we’ll start planning your session.

janelle@paperclipcollective.com

xo

gabi + james married

As Gabi walked down the aisle with her mom and dad at her side, it was written on James’ face how happy he truly was. As James read his vows to Gabi, the tears that welled up in her eyes told us the story of her love for him. It was a beautiful ceremony, followed by a kickin’ reception on the shores of Okanagan Lake. With a canoe filled with beer, a 4 piece band, beautiful details and the love of friends and family, I knew they were in for a great night.

The wedding was held at Gabi’s parents home in Kelowna. They incorporated local wines from the surrounding wineries, Cabana catering used local ingredients for a fresh, locally inspired meal, and Gabi’s earrings were designed by a jeweller at the farmer’s market. I admire their passion for the environment, their love for mother nature and the way they put those details into their day was very special. And to top it off, Gabi snuck James’ tie before their wedding day and hand-stitched her own label of love on the back. Congratulations you two, and we thank you for having us along on your day.

Loved the Toms shoes that Gabi wore throughout the day. Comfy and cute!  We made our way to St. Hubertus winery for a little wine tasting and a final few photos of J+G.Probably one of my faves from the day, simply because it was so funny. The dress was not cooperating, but Gabi is such a trooper, she made it happen!Beautiful details of fresh flowers and lavendar with wood and stone accents.To see more, watch the slideshow below.

 

noelle + caprice

A couple weeks ago, a whole lot of photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists and some fabulous supportive clients all came out to raise money for Breast Cancer. The event was called ‘Rock the Dress’, and that is exactly what we did.

Hosted at The Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, the talented Melissa Dacre styled everyone’s hair for the day, and Sheleah Joy Curtain did the make-up artistry for these two ladies.

Noelle + Caprice are a mom and daughter duo who totally stole my heart! Caprice is an absolute natural in front of the camera, and her gorgeous mom made my job very, very easy.

Thank you two for being a part of this event, and I hope you enjoy your photos.

Noelle, you may be in trouble with this little one! A.d.o.r.a.b.l.e!

A wooded bridal portrait

What could be more beautiful than a gorgeous couple in a naturally stunning location. Amidst the Okanagan trees, just before the bloom, I had the opportunity to photograph a bridal shoot with Sophie and Connor.

S+ C have been married for a few years now, and were the perfect couple to model for the shoot. I was hoping to create some images that focused on the natural surroundings of the woods, but adding in a few details that could be easy to incorporate into any wedding shoot. Having a simple bottle of frizzante to enjoy a celebration drink, a blanket and a few throw pillows to snuggle on the forest floor, some beautiful fresh cut tulips, and some simple details picked up from Home Sense.

To top off Sophie’s wedding dress, she wore a beautiful Sweet Lollie hair piece and some vintage pearls around her neck. Connor had a classic black suit with vest by Urban Outfitters and a skinny black tie.

Here is the final result of this project, and I couldn’t be more excited. Hope you enjoy!

 

very special to me.

This is a very special post for me. You will see why below…

The first night Ry and I arrived, we were having such an awesome time eating dinner, laughing and getting caught up. We were the last to arrive to Hawaii. Mark, my big brother and his girlfriend Janelle (yep, same name!) had already been there for a few days. So, he’s chatting and starts to tell a story about this hike they found along the coastline. As he’s telling us about the gorgeous cliffs, yada-yada-yada, he non-chalantly says, ‘and that’s where Janelle and I decided to get married.”

At first, this story sounded like a nice little story about a hike. So even though I was listening, I was also totally enthralled in the amazing prawns we were having for dinner. So, when that last sentence came out of Mark’s mouth, I think I sort of sat there stun-gunned for a second. Aaand then it registered.

Ummm… pardon? I thought we were talking about a hike? What?! What?!!!! OH MY GOSH! I am sooooooooo excited!!!! And, of course, I began to cry! Apparently, the rest of my family already knew the night before, and they had made bets on whether I could cry or not. OF COURSE I would cry!

Janelle is this amazing girl. She’s funny and really goofy with Marko. She super cute and stylish. And her and Mark truly love each other.

We made a point of going back out to the spot where they got engaged and took a few photos. We only had maybe 10 minutes, but it didn’t take long to get some sweet shots of these two.

Congratulations you guys. I love you both so much, and we are so excited for you. xo