And then magic happens

I’ve just gotten off the phone with a lovely wife-to-be, and I’m feeling humbled and very happy that they’ve decided to hire me as their photographer. Every time this moment happens, my mind quickly goes over everything that I want to ensure I give and complete for this couple…

Most basic:

  1. I want to give a set of beautiful images that fully encompass the big moments of the day, all the beautiful moments in-between, as well as photographs that simply exude their unique kind of love.
  2. A personal presence that is calming, at ease and warm.
  3. A confidence for my clients in knowing I will do my job fully.

And within those, there are so many little details that allow me to accomplish this for people.

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It starts with how many weddings that I allow myself to do each year. I have realized for me and who I am, I work best and give my best when I am not overworked OR underworked. Taking a set amount of weddings each year has helped me to give my clients an experience that I can feel proud of.

I have also had to focus in on what I feel I do best, which is wedding photography. I am a bit of a hopeless romantic and if two people are lucky enough to find love, I am so happy to be there to put those memories and that love into photographs.

I know that each photographer has their own unique style, and each couple has a unique kind of love. The challenge of having the right couples find me and choose me to be their photographer, is one of my favorite parts! Even though this part can also be challenging and difficult at times, it is well worth it.

Because when I know I’ve been paired up with the right couple, magic happens.

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It’s about time!

Paris anyone?

It’s been awhile since I’ve dreamt of Paris. Actually, that isn’t true. I am always dreaming of Paris, but it’s been awhile since I’ve thought about it in any possible, tangible way.

What feels like forever ago, I took 3 days and soaked in as much of that city as possible. I was in awe. In love. Infatuated with ‘Paris’.

The 3 days ended, and I moved on. But ever since that first date with Paris, I have been yearning to go back, but the next time hand in hand with the love of my life.

The time has finally come to go back, and wouldn’t you know it, but I get to take the TWO loves of my life with me.

I know, I know. It’s just a city. I am a firm believer that the most valuable and loved parts of my life are the people who surround me, so why get all wrapped up in the idea of streets and buildings? Well, all I can say to that is… that’s why I’m taking them with me! Rain or shine, we are going to spend a week together eating crepes and tiny desserts, drinking good coffee and even better wine.

And then I get to kick off my wedding season with a countryside wedding between the rolling hills of England. Ummm, yes, that’s right. My lovely cousin and his beautiful fiance and getting hitched and I get to capture the memories for them (here the link to their Canadian engagement session!)! I could not be more humbled and excited for this wedding. And I’ve wrangled the amazing Amy Faith, who is an incredible photographer located in England to help me out, so that I can also relax with my family and enjoy the celebration as well!

And then we get to come back home to summer in the Okanagan. I’ve got a lineup of amazing weddings that I can’t wait to be a part of. I’ve got time set aside for making my own memories with my little family. And most importantly, I am going to do my best to be ever-present in each moment, whether that be ‘work’ or ‘life’.

My goal this year is to be more streamlined. More organized. More effective. Which will hopefully allow me to truly enjoy every minute I get to focus on my work, and then fully enjoy every second I have with my family. I want to work effectively, play a lot and get the perfect amount of beauty sleep (ya right). Everyone has to dream, right?!

Here’s to another trip around the sun!

Below is my sort of my ‘signature’ Paris photo that always brings me right back to standing on the corner in Montmarte…

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We owned the beach

I believe the best way to move forward, is to appreciate and acknowledge where you’ve come from, and know where you want to go. It’s felt important to reflect on what happened this past year, and even more exciting to see where it has led me to. There were some pretty tough personal moments, some amazing personal moments, many wonderful, beautiful photography moments, some sad world moments, and happy world moments.

May as well start with the tough stuff, and then we get to finish with the icing on the cake!

The beginning of last year, our little bub was diagnosed with a Juvenile from of Arthritis (JIA). Shocked and heartbroken, this took us some time to digest what this really meant. Thankfully, we’ve had some incredible doctors who have helped us understand what it all means.

I haven’t yet shared this outside of my one-on-one conversations with people, as I really just needed time to soak in what this will mean for my little girl as she grows up. But I also want to say that I feel sharing this information and putting it out to my community, will inevitably open conversations that I’m sure will help us to deal with this new challenge in our family.

I hadn’t ever heard of Juvenile Arthritis before. I absolutely thought it was something you get when your older. Not when your 2 years old. But as I’ve now learnt, there are many, many forms of arthritis at all levels of severity, and at all ages.

Thankfully, Ari has been doing so well with her treatment and is a normal little monkey again at the playground. Yes, we have a bit of a hill to climb and I’m sure there will be some hard days ahead, but she has been such a trooper though all the doctor visits, the medications, the poking and prodding.

I also lost my grandfather at the start of 2016. He lived a beautiful, full life all the way to 95 years. It was a celebration of life, for sure, but nonetheless, hard on my heart to actually see him go. But I feel so lucky that Ari and I were able to spend time with him before he left. She will still see a photo of him, and say, ‘Hey! There’s Great-Grandpa!’. It warms my heart that she has those little memories and the photos to keep his spirit alive.

With a few other challenges though the spring, we did absolutely manage to come out the other side still motivated to keep pushing and moving forward.

The summer was amazing. We took Ari camping and she connected so much to Mother Nature! She loved every minute of it, surrounded by her grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

We owned the beach this year. We literally took a picnic dinner to Skaha at least 4 times a week after work. There is no other place I’d rather be when the sun is out in the Okanagan. We even did a mini-staycation this past summer and LOVED it. We are so blessed to live here, and I promise to never take for granted that we live in a summer-paradise!

Every wedding and engagement that I photographed this year, I truly felt so connected to my clients. I am so lucky to find such wonderful people to work for, and it makes me want to do a 150% job for them. I so appreciate each and every one of the bride and grooms who entrust me to capture those memories for them.

I finished up my shooting season at the end of September this year, and had an amazing fall, focused on my own little family. Ari became obsessed with ‘ghosts’, therefore had to be a ghost for Halloween. Cutest little ghost I ever did see!

Wrapped up all the edits and albums for clients by mid-November, and then was able to focus on Christmas with a toddler! So. Much. Fun.

And now it’s a new year, and I can’t wait for it! We already have so many amazing things planned, that I can hardly contain my excitement. The next blog post I’ll share a bit about what is coming up.

Let me leave you with just a few of my faves from this past season…

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Amanda + Derrek Engaged

“I have so, so much love for him, and he is seriously the most important thing in my life…” Admittedly, Amanda was referring to her beautiful pup Titan at the time, but trust me when I say, she’s got all sorts of love for both her boys, Titan AND Derrek.

It was such a special treat for me to do these photos for Amanda and Derrek’s engagement. Amanda and I went to school together once upon a time. And to see her now, looking so gorgeous, so full of joy, and getting married to a guy who is a perfect fit for her.

We walked around downtown Kelowna, and enjoyed talking and catching up with each other. And of course, taking a few photos here and there! Titan joined us for the first few minutes, and then waited patiently as I did a few more of just A+D at the waterfront, taking advantage of that gorgeous Okanagan light at the end of the day.

Thank you two for inviting me to be a part of this ‘getting married’ journey, and I hope you love these photos and they become a beautiful reminder of this special time in your lives…

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Amanda’s beautiful hair done by: Courtney Scott at The Beauty and Shave Parlor

Amanda’s beautiful make-up done by: Jenny McKinney

 

Sheryl + Steve Engaged

One of my favourite parts of an engagement session, is the moment when I feel like I have finally ‘seen’ the couple. It always takes a few minutes of photography before the walls come down, but it is always my goal to make sure that before I leave, I have gotten photographs that truly represent who they are. How they love. What they look like together in those simple moments.

For Sheryl and Steve, I would say I had a bit of a leg up. We started out the session in their home. In their every day. In a home that they had designed together to be their sanctuary. And it was so fun to be invited into their space… I felt like it really allowed me to connect with them in a space they already knew. Their home.

And then, of course, we ventured out into Mother Nature. Sheryl, having some country roots, had her eye on a gorgeous little barn. One of the oldest barns in Calgary, which was a perfect backdrop for a few photos of S+S. And to finish off, we found a little creek – a beautiful corner to find those last few quiet moments of the day.

Thank you two for asking me to be a part of this journey. I absolutely loved meeting you both, and can’t wait to be there to help celebrate and capture the moments of this very exciting year to come!

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Niki + Chase Married

They stood overlooking Okanagan Lake, promising to spend the rest of their years together. It felt just about perfect watching Niki + Chase say ‘I do’, surrounded by the beauty of their hometown, supported by the love of their family and friends.

The day could not have been any sweeter. As we left the open field of their ceremony, we headed to Intrigue Winery to celebrate with a bottle of bubbly and a few photos overlooking the valley and the vines. And to finally kick the celebration into high gear, we made our way to Lone Pine Ranch. The barn doors were opened, the cowboy boots came out from underneath the tables, and the party went into the wee hours of the night.

The beautiful details, the funny, sweet speeches, the first dance under the lights of the chandelier, and the love and joy of their family made for one fabulous celebration.

Thank you two for entrusting me to document this day for you. It was my honour to be there, and I wish you so much love for what I know will be a beautiful life.

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The amazing vendors that made up the day,

Reception venue: Lone Pine Ranch Event Centre

Catering: Country Manor Catering and food services

Florals: Adrienne Klettke

Hair: Mod Salon

Make-up: Krista Kemp-Allan

Dress and Bridal Hairpiece: Bliss Bridal

Cake: Country Bakery

Winery: Intrigue

Ceremony musician: Joshua Smith

 

 

 

Candacy + Trevor Married

My heart always leaps in my chest when the moment comes, and the groom sees his bride for the first time. For Trevor, he looked  so proud to have Candacy walking towards him. His love was overflowing, and it was one of the most joyful, happy ceremonies I have had the pleasure of witnessing.

This wedding was very special for me. The maid-of-honer/sister of the groom is not only a good friend of mine, but also my second photographer this summer. She had asked me a few months prior if I could come and photograph the ceremony and portraits for her brother’s wedding, as she would obviously be otherwise ‘engaged’ during those times of the day. I was honoured to be asked to come and be a part of this day with her family. It was such a special treat for me to see so many familiar faces from my childhood, as Mandy and I have been friends for forever.

With just a handful of their closest family all sitting at the edge of Okanagan Lake in front of their family cabin, Candacy and Trevor said their ‘I do’s’. With their little guy sitting front row and centre, it was the perfect setting to solidify the bond between this beautiful family of 3.

Here are just a few of the photos from their ceremony and wedding day…

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Beautiful florals and floral crown by: Enterprise Flower Studio

Bridal Hair: Chatters Hair Salon – West Kelowna

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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

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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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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