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Holly & Matthew definitely pulled out all the stops for their gorgeous wedding at the Victoria Golf Club and Oak Bay Beach Hotel.

Together with their friends & family, they travelled all the way from Calgary to be married in one of the most beautiful places on the planet (ok, so I might be somewhat biased about my hometown). Holly & Matt wanted to give their families & guests an amazing celebration to remember. Every detail was lovingly taken care of, from monogrammed champagne glasses, blush Converse for the bridesmaids to change into, slick shades for the groomsmen, custom embroidered shirt sleeves & jacket lining on Matt, and even a surprise live band at the reception. Seriously top-notch!

During our chats & general planning, Holly made it clear that she really had only one MUST for her photos. And that was to create the money shot portrait on the rocks at the ocean’s edge – apparently that’s tricky to do back in Calgary ;) I think we managed to nail her request!

Big congratulations to these two, and props to all the fabulous vendors (listed below) who helped bring this day together beautifully. Xo

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Photography: Tegan McMartin Photography | Second photographer: Eva Cherneff

Venues: Victoria Golf Club – ceremony | Oak Bay Beach Hotel – getting ready & reception

Planner: Anouk Fitzner, Persimmon Tree Events

Florals: Platinum Floral Designs

Hair: Jenna Frajman | Makeup: Michelle Jeanpierre

Dress: Tara Keely | Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Groom’s suit: custom Samuelsohn by Harry Rosen

Officiant: Sherry Lynne Easthom

Drone videography: Island Photo Drone

Band: The Bright Side

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Photographing this wedding at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club last summer was a bit of a gift.

Christa & Tomas had originally booked another fabulous local photographer, who unexpectedly found she could no longer be there for them on their wedding day. Instead, she contacted me to fill her place and document this laid-back beachy wedding. After I met with Christa & Tomas, everything was confirmed and all parties were excited for the new arrangement!

Besides their love for each other, what I especially liked about this couple was their connection to the ocean & the outdoors. Christa had grown up sailing with her family, and her & Tomas spent as much time adventuring outside as possible. They really wanted their wedding photos to reflect this, and I was thrilled to make that happen! We chose the most amazing rocky shoreline for their portraits, and finished off the day with a little sail around Cadboro Bay on Christa’s family sailboat. What an absolute dream to create wedding portraits on a sailboat!! This involved a private shuttle zodiac ride for myself, as well as a transfer onto their yacht to join them under sail. With cameras & equipment dangling, and a 4.5 month pregnant belly, I scrambled aboard to capture the action!

Thank you so much to this amazing couple for welcoming me into their family for such a special day. Congratulations! And if you happen to know of anyone who needs some sailing wedding portraits, I’m your gal ;)

PS. I was also honoured to be a finalist in the 2016 Vancouver Island Wedding Awards for this wedding… Let me know if you recognize the photo that placed in the comments below!

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Venue: Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Florals: Thrifty Foods, arranged by family friend
Bride & bridesmaids’ dresses: Shades of White
Groom & groomsmen’s attire: Moores
Bridal accessories: DIY and family heirlooms
Hair & Makeup: Belle Amour

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A couple of days ago I posted a few wedding highlights of 2016… now it’s time to feature the best of 2016’s portrait sessions!

I love the one-on-one, intimate nature of a portrait – with no typical wedding day time constraints or expectations, we are free to relax & focus on drawing out those authentic moments & emotions between you and your loved ones.  No pressure.  No rush.

2016 brought so many beautiful faces and moments my way, and as always, I was honoured to capture these special times in my clients’ lives.  The variety of last year’s portrait sessions ranged from a 1st birthday party, to maternity, newborn, and family portraits, boudoir portraits, to even a few professional headshots… and I loved the challenge of documenting each one as honestly as possible.

To all my portrait clients from last year, thank you for being so open in front of my camera and for allowing me to create these photos for you!  Such a pleasure to work with you all.

And just for fun, I’ve rounded out this post with a self-portrait… to document my own little life milestone before we become a family of 4.  Very soon!  Xo

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With 2016 all wrapped up, I wanted to take a look back at a few of my highlights of the year, starting with all the gorgeous weddings I was lucky to be a part of :)  Some of these weddings have appeared on my blog before, while some are just making their first appearance here!

After moving back to the Island in 2015, 2016 marked my first full year of life & work back in Victoria.  Still so happy we made the move over from Vancouver, and thrilled that the wedding industry here has been so warm and welcoming.  It’s never easy relocating your business, and I am very grateful to everyone in Victoria who helped make the transition a smooth one – clients & industry peers alike!

Last year I had the chance to work with some fabulous Island couples, as well as a few equally awesome Vancouver couples at their mainland weddings.  From wineries to churches, golf courses to beaches, there were definitely some beautiful venues and moments to be documented in 2016.  It was a pleasure getting to know all my 2016 wedding clients, and I am looking forward to working with 2017’s ones too!

So without further adieu, here are a few favourites from last year’s weddings :)

Finally, a big thank you to all the vendors I had the pleasure of working with at these weddings! And a special shout out to my awesome second shooters of 2016. Cheers to all of you! Xo

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During a family portrait session, my aim is always to capture the true spirit of the people who mean the most to you… especially the kids.  This often means taking a more documentary approach to capturing the connections & relationships between each family member.  These are the authentic moments that can mean so much down the road!

I totally get it when parents come to a session saying, “there’s no way my kids are going to sit still for photos… how are we ever going to get a good portrait of them?!?!”  My philosophy is that sometimes it’s best to just let the kids do their thing.  Let their little personalities shine rather than restricting and limiting them.  Let them play, explore their environment, and show you their discoveries.  Rather than impatient, forced smiles, the moments we can capture are instead full of joy, connectedness, and love.

This particular family wanted to document their youngest’s 1st birthday with just such a photo session.  While the birthday girl was of course the star of the day, it was important to show her relationship with her older sister and parents, too!  I love the resulting mix of both quiet & fun moments that we created together.  Here are few favourites from this natural documentary session. Xo

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