Category Archives: Weddings
When I first sat down to chat with Autumn about her wedding day plans, I was immediately taken by her warmth and her candid, open nature. After just a few minutes together, it felt like we had known each other forever. Love having that connection with my couples!
She knew she wanted to have a relaxed, lighthearted wedding, surrounded by the people who meant the most to her & Shannon. The ceremony would be very intimate, and would take place outside at the beautiful Saxe Point Park in Esquimalt. After making it official, they would join their guests at the Fireside Grill for a casual meal & celebration. Simple, full of love, and fuss-free.
Autumn had a clear vision for their photos and I was all over it! The couple preferred a more documentary approach, that captured the feel of the day… candid moments, real emotions, and authentic captures only. Definitely nothing posed or contrived. It was as if they could read my mind!
On the day of their wedding, the clouds rolled in with a good wind, but the chill didn’t dampen spirits at all. There were many tears of joy as Autumn & Shannon exchanged their heartfelt vows and blended their two families into one. It was an absolute pleasure to document this special day… congrats again to this sweet couple! xo
Photography: Tegan McMartin Photography
Florals: Rook & Rose Floral Design Boutique
Bride’s Hair: Jay Hibbert, Aveda | Bride’s makeup: DIY
Ceremony officiant: Linda Nelson, Island Ceremonies
As a photographer, one of the greatest joys of taking part in a couple’s wedding day is seeing how they infuse their own backgrounds and style into their celebration. I love how this makes each wedding so unique and personal. And when the couple happens to have a completely romantic story and the most amazing style, you know that wedding is going to be phenomenal!
I first met Patricia and Andy back at Alex & Josh’s wedding in France (you might be able to spot them throwing back a few fresh oysters there!). Immediately I was taken by their warmth & friendliness, and their eagerness to take on any adventure that happened to come their way. We kept in touch in Vancouver through the years, and when they announced their engagement last year, I couldn’t have been more thrilled for them. What a sweet compliment to be asked to document their engagement session and wedding day!
Patricia & Andy chose the beautiful Fraser River Lodge for their wedding, being drawn to the wide open fields, mountain vistas, and First Nations artwork at this gorgeous venue. After their intimate First Look at nearby Harrison Lake, we made our way to the Lodge for the celebrations. I loved how the bride’s First Nations heritage was honoured in their personalized ceremony, with a special blessing from a family member to welcome the couple & their guests. There were many tears of joy as Patricia & Andy exchanged their vows, and the emotions just kept on rolling through to the reception with incredibly touching speeches from loved ones!
In addition to being completely moving & emotional, this wedding had major style, thanks to Patricia’s vision and the help of a few fabulous vendors. Everything was perfectly executed by Paige & her team at Spotlight Events, not to mention beautifully decorated by Champagne Dreams. The bride sourced most of the vintage pieces herself over the course of a year, from the furniture to the whisky lounge & antique gold vases. The icing on the cake was definitely the gorgeous florals from Floral Design by Lili. These and the rest of the vendors listed below truly made for the ultimate dream team!
Ceremony & reception venue: Fraser River Lodge
Wedding coordinator: Spotlight Events
Florist: Floral Design by Lili
Decor: Champagne Dreams
Hair & makeup: Jasmine Hoffman
Officiant: Bobbi, Young Hip & Married
Harpist: Janelle Nadeau
DJ: Tracey Draper
Catering: Fraser River Lodge | Cake: Family friend
With Mother’s Day coming up THIS SUNDAY(!), I thought I’d take a trip through the old archives and dig up some Mom gold :)
From what I’ve seen after nearly a decade of photographing weddings, it turns out wedding days are about more than just the love between a bride & a groom. They serve as a milestone for parents too… they’re a time to celebrate their kids and support them in a new chosen family dynamic.
Moms are such an integral part of weddings, and it’s always such a pleasure to document their involvement on the most emotional of days. Below are a few photos of my personal favourite “mom moments” at weddings throughout the years. Here’s to the Moms and all the ways they love us. xo
Can I just start by saying that I absolutely LOVE Jewish weddings?! I love the symbolism of the chuppah, and the ceremonial smashing of the glass at the ceremony. And who doesn’t love the crazy hora “chair dance”?! So much fun!
The best though, is how the families and community come together to celebrate the newly married couple. This wedding had more hugging and laughing and congratulatory handshakes than I’ve ever seen. It was so evident how much the bride & groom are loved and cherished by their family & friends.
Kelly & Zach chose to have their wedding at the gorgeous Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort in Osoyoos, BC… such a stunning venue surrounded by rolling vineyards and overlooking Osoyoos Lake. The ceremony took place on the rooftop of the resort, so guests could truly soak in the beauty of the environment. I love that they opted for a First Look & portraits beforehand, as this allowed them to maximize their time with their guests and linger over drinks during the courtyard cocktail hour.
I’m very grateful to Kelly & Zach for welcoming me like family on their big day… such a special celebration to have been a part of. Wishing these two nothing but love & happiness as they embark on another fabulous life adventure! ;) Mazel tov!
Venue: Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort
Day-of Coordination, florals, & decor: Diamonds and Champagne Wedding Coordinators
DJ: Russ Treit, Affordable Music
Officiant: Ted Allen
2015, you were completely amazing.
2015 marked a huge time for me on a personal level… in addition to moving back to my hometown of Victoria this past summer, we also welcomed our sweet little man almost exactly a year ago. That beautiful experience, as well as every day that has passed with him since then, continues to colour the way I see the world. The simplest way I can explain this new motherhood outlook is that there’s more love now… it seeps into tiny daily interactions; it connects and unites. It’s empathy & understanding.
Time has also taken on a different feel… moments are simultaneously fleeting and yet carry so much weight. I am even more grateful for the ability to preserve these moments in photographs, to freeze them and hold them close. I’ve always wanted to do that for my clients, to show them how beautiful their own fleeting moments are and help to hold on to them. I feel I accomplished this in 2015 and I am so happy to have had that chance.
So thank you. Thank you for getting in front of my camera and allowing me to preserve your moments. Be they pivotal life moments- like your wedding, a pregnancy, a new baby; or quieter moments- a morning with your kids at the park, a swim with your love in the ocean; they are all beautiful and precious. It has been my pleasure to capture them for you.
Below is a little collection of highlights from the year… some have appeared here before, some have not. The process of going through a year’s worth of work is slow and sweet… I love revisiting these faces and feelings. I hope you will too. xo