Bree + Nathan Married

As the final touches of the ceremony site were put together, the girls were inside, preparing for the day ahead. The house was in full swing with details, snacks, dresses and everything else wedding. Guests were beginning to arrive outside and gather under the wedding  barn.

Soon Bree was walking down the aisle towards Nathan, they said ‘I do’, and they kissed for the first time as husband and wife.

Their story began so many years ago, as their families had been friends since Nathan + Bree were just little. The sparks didn’t fly until much later into highschool. But eventually their paths crossed enough, the door opened, and a whole lot of love came in.

They celebrated throughout the afternoon in the company of their brothers, sisters and best friends. We then joined up with the rest of their guests over good food, good conversation and a lot of fun.

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The lovely vendors that made up the day:

Ceremony Site: Private Residence

Reception and Catering: Rockridge Canyon

Hair: Josie Kranabetter and Eikonic Hair Salon: Kayley and Jenni

Make-up: Tia Tolmie + Abigail Hiebert

Florals: Creations by Mom & Me

Cake: Alycia + Ruth Chan

Robes: Etsy Shop Gentle Sateen

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

Make-up: the bride

Commissioner: Stu Pike

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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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

 

 

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

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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.

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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

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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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

Heather + blair married

Heather + Blair made the trip down from Prince George to get married at the gorgeous Ponderosa Point, in Kaleden, BC. With Heather’s hometown of Kelowna not far away away, I think it was easy to say she felt at home getting married on the shores of Skaha Lake.

With just a slight chill in the air, it turned out to be a perfect day for this outdoor wedding. It made the snuggles and the cuddles a little more real, as Blair had to keep his bride warm!

H+B opted to do a first look, which was such a beautiful moment. Blair was completely blown away by Heather, and I loved being witness to that moment. His hands shot up in the air and he even made sure to take a few steps back to take her all in. Love.

It was such a great afternoon listening to the antics of their hilarious bridal party. Obviously a very tight-knit group, which made it a really fantastic afternoon.

And then they were married on The Point, overlooking the lake. The setting was perfection for H+B as they said ‘I do’. The evening continued and rolled into an outdoor tented reception with cocktail hour, lawn games, laughter between friends, and good food.

Thank you so much for the perfect end to my 2015 wedding season. It was a joy being a part of your day, and I wish you all the love in the world for your marriage.
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Heather’s adorable ‘prep’ outfit was the perfect fit for this ‘cabin’ wedding. Loved the wooly socks!TRAXLER-4TRAXLER-6 Traxler-8 Traxler-9 Traxler-10My assistant photographer, Ceiligh’s view of Blair’s face as he saw Heather for the first time… so good!

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Ceiligh’s shot of Blair as Heather’s parents walk her down the aisle.

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Who doesn’t love a bride who can rock out a jean jacket during her reception?! Love this girl!Traxler-91The lovely vendors who made up the day:

Ceremony and reception location: Ponderosa Point

Caterer: Flambe Catering

Florist: Lisa’s Flowers

Make-up Artistry: Nicole Sweezey

Hair styling: Jana from Nogginz Hair Studio

Cupcakes: The Cupcake Lady

Tent rental: Okanagan Event Rental

Assistant photographer: Ceiligh Tummon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missy + BJ married

He said, “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness and call it love,  true love.” – Robert Fulghum.

This was the quote of Missy and BJ’s reception at their beautiful park wedding in Oyama, BC.  It is easy to see that Missy + BJ share the kind of love that is honest, respectful, loving and obviously a lot of fun. Their day was filled with so much laughter and joy, between each other as well as all their family and friends. Their guests joined them in a beautiful park full of willow trees and sunshine, copped a squat on a blanket and watched as they said their I do’s. I had so much fun stealing them away for a short time to do their portraits. Missy is a complete joy of a person and BJ loves her to pieces… their connection is amazing and I am just so thankful that I was there to witness this day.

I have actually known BJ for most of my life. As kids, my big brother was one of BJ’s good friends, and BJ’s little sister was one of my best friends. I spent many a moon over at the Grenda’s house. His mom was my fabulous soccer coach and his father was this amazing man who was my school councillor (aka – the teacher I knew I could always turn to for help at school, no matter the situation). To say this family is special to me is putting it lightly. So, thank you two for asking me to be a part of your wedding. I hope that you feel these photos reflect how beautiful your day was, and they will always help bring back the memories for the rest of your lives.


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They danced their way out of the park. Such a fun-loving couple!Grenda-16

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I absolutely loved the energy between Missy+BJ. They were always laughing and loving on each other. So good!

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Talk about heart-breaker!

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