Maria & Carson’s Wedding at the Crown Isle Resort

This wedding could’t have been more perfect. I met Maria & Carson through a friend of mine. We actually all attended the same University but never really crossed paths until several years later. They are a super fun couple with amazing friends, so after photographing their engagement in Nanaimo, I just knew their wedding would be a blast!

In the Courtenay & Comox Valley region of Vancouver Island, there is this wonderful sense of being one with nature. The beaches, the forests, the mountains, they all seem to be at your fingertips. The wedding took place at the Crown Isle Resort, which really feels like the centre of it all. After a heartfelt first look, Maria and Carson exchanged vows surrounded by loving friends and family. Afterwards, I took the wedding party on a short drive down to the Filberg Heritage Park in Comox. It was the perfect location for some creative shots. The reception was full of laughter and tears as many of their friends and family delivered the most heartfelt speeches about these two lovebirds. Luckily, I was able to whisk them away after the dancing had begun to get some late-night creatives around the resort.

In the end, it was a perfect and memorable night for everyone! I am so happy to have been a part of this special day, and to capture these special moments…

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Doug & Janier’s Wedding at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

I’ve had the immense pleasure of knowing Doug for many years. When I met his partner Janier, I knew they were the most perfect match. They compliment each other so well and they support each other through every high and low. They truly are perfection.

We had a blast during their engagement shoot! It pretty much took place all over Metro Vancouver, and we spent the majority of our time at  the oceanfront Whytecliff Park. It was probably one of the most fun days of my life, so definitely take a peek at their engagement shoot.

The wedding day came so quickly (maybe because I have never been so excited for a wedding before), and it was the most perfect day. Doug & Janier chose the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden for the ceremony, where Doug had worked one summer in university. The pictures really speak for themselves as to how incredibly beautiful this location was for their wedding.

As the beautifully fascinating people they are, they incorporated many cultural aspects to their day. One of my favourite parts was the tradition of “tying the knot” – the real knot! Janier’s mother had woven together the colours of Janier’s home country of Columbia in the strand the commissioner wrapped around their hands. There was barely a dry eye in the garden!

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Engaged ~ Doug & Janier

Hey everyone! I have such a beautiful Saturday morning post to share with y’all… get ready!

I headed over to Vancouver on August long weekend to photograph the engagement of Doug & Janier. Doug has been a friend of mine for years – we lived together in the final year of our degree at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. After VIU, Doug met Janier. They have lived together in Yellowknife, Fort St. John, Montreal, and are now in Vancouver with their adorable dog, Hermoso… needless to say, these two have been through a lot together and it shows. Their love is so true and strong and beautiful.

The day was full of laughter, chats about the past and future, and stories of love and loss. It was the first time I’d met Janier and also the first time I’d seen Doug in many years. By the middle of the day, the three of us were singing Natalie Imbrugia’s ‘Torn’ at the top of our lungs. By the end of the day, I was crying happy tears (literally sobbing) in their car as Janier so eloquently described his love for my wonderful and deserving friend. I am beyond happy that these two found each other! I can only hope that these photos show you their connection the way they feel it and the way I felt it in their presence.

Their wedding is one week from today. Holy smokes, I’m excited! They have special plans up their sleeves that they aren’t even telling me, but I am so ready to photograph each and every moment. Here’s to their bright and beautiful future…

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And one more to share with you…
Near the end of the day, we went to East Hastings, an area that is close to Janier’s heart. As we walked the streets, we chatted about his work in the area, and he stopped to talk to a young woman who he saw crying on the street. Doug quickly whispered, “Get this picture; this one will be important to him”. I whipped around and snapped a few shots of the moment.

Janier rejoined us to explain that he wanted her to know that he saw her crying and that she will be okay. In his words, “… this moment was an experience that went beyond who I am. I am presented with the reality of the greed in the world. What we don’t realize is that anyone of us could be in that place in one way or another. She is a rainbow of beauty waiting to be noticed”. 

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Married! ~ Tanya & Derek

I spent sunny Saturday at Tanya & Derek’s beachfront wedding in Parksville. Tanya was one of the most beautiful Brides in the history of all weddings! Her style was simple, classic, and timeless. What I love about this couple is how they truly bring out the best in each other. They proved this on the dance floor of all places, where they performed an amazing choreographed routine that brought me to happy-tears! Here are a few teasers from their wedding day…

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