April 22nd, 2014 by sharaleep | No Comments »
there was a sweet conversation that took place as cherri-anne was getting ready the morning of her wedding. i told her i was entering her contact into my phone with her new last name and all the girls had a giggle over how weird it was that she was now going to have a husband. a second later, though, they all agreed that it wasn’t weird at all. they have always been “nick & cherri”. it had been so long since anyone had said one name without the other. first love, high school sweethearts…they fit right from the start. so it only made sense that they make it official…and after seeing cherri anne at so many weddings on the other side of the coin (she’s a talented hair stylist and owns her own salon), it was fun for me to capture her being pampered for once. it was her turn! cherri-anne has such a sweet relationship with her dad. i learned that she is one of two girls born to their family in five generations, so she is a treasured woman. its’ nice knowing that the kielstras will take good care of her…after doing three of their son’s weddings, they’ve welcomed me like family and i love them to pieces.
April 17th, 2014 by sharaleep | No Comments »
oh man, if there’s one thing i know, it’s that i will be doing a whole lot of laughing at this adorable couple’s august wedding. christy has the brightest smile and marc can’t sit still, so they make for a pretty fun combo. thanks for literally traipsing through fields with me, you guys…and keep working on your model poses for me, marc. can’t wait to see what you cook up for the wedding.
April 14th, 2014 by sharaleep | No Comments »
these two are a funny pair, bonded together by a love of brown shoes and inappropriate jokes, they are clearly meant to be together. their engagement was short, their wedding small, but their love is big. a glimpse into their delightful day…
April 4th, 2014 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »
10 years ago, they were hanging out as friends (and only friends) at a local coffee shop. 5 1/2 years ago, they were watching an episode of dexter and dustin stunned jean by asking her out. last sunday, they stood in front of the four of us and exchanged rings.
can we talk about the way dustin looks at his bride for a second? oh my word. so sweet.
April 2nd, 2014 by sharaleep | 4 Comments »
spring break: bringing shrieks of joy…or pain across the nation. i love my kids. i really really do. and i like the idea of spring break. the reality of spring break, though, can be less than ideal, especially with young kids. the ideal: let them stay up late for popcorn and a movie as a treat so that they will sleep in the next morning. the reality: they stay up late and whine when they have to go to bed, even when it’s an hour past their regular bedtime. the next morning they are up even earlier than usual, are grumpy, fight with each other nonstop and shoot you death glares when you suggest an afternoon “quiet time”.
so even though we didn’t have big plans to go away this year, we threw together a last minute one night “staycation”. i googled hotels within a 2 hour drive that had a waterslide. squamish, here.we.come.
another family showed up after we had been there a few minutes, so i put my camera away so that i didn’t look like a creepazoid. but i could have shot inside there all day.on our way home, following google maps, i looked for the road that cut closest to the water and we ended up here. thanks google! this post is a part of april’s edition of childhood unplugged…head over here to check out the other amazing women who are a part of this fun project!
March 28th, 2014 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
“more city, less vintage country” is how they describe themselves, so it’s only fitting they will be wed in vancouver next month in a modern building with a garden backdrop. the irony comes in the fact they don’t really live anywhere near a city and have chosen to set up their home in a fairly rural lakeside community. it seemed only right, then, that we take some time to document their life in the country during their engagement session, if only to give their friends and family a glimpse of the place they call home (and to show they may just have a little country in their bones after all).
stay tuned for images from their van dusen garden wedding in a few weeks!
March 25th, 2014 by sharaleep | No Comments »
lots of people ask: what do we do if it’s raining the day of our session. why, we go to the beach, of course. SO much laughter with these two…which helped brighten our spirits because it was REALLY wet! their fall wedding is up at howe sound brewing company in squamish and after a recent trip to scout it out, i know it’s going to be magical!
March 19th, 2014 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »
keith & laura. brilliant, beautiful souls. after being present and hearing all of the stories at their wedding, i feel like i got even more insight into who they are…and that is a generous, kind, warm and genuine couple. pretty sure they were made for each other. they also know how to throw a fabulous party. oh and keith has been known to wear women’s jeans. but that’s besides the point.
March 6th, 2014 by sharaleep | No Comments »
March 4th, 2014 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
brody was cautious, which i really respect. while he admired her intelligence and was drawn to her beautiful smile, she was inspired by his strong character. they took their time getting to know each other before committing seriously (which at the time was kind of annoying for amanda as she sure felt ready ;).
now here they are on the brink of being married and there’s no mistaking…it’s love. the roads were slightly treacherous coming down and we found ourselves stuck behind someone who had no clue how to drive in snow (it would have been comical if it wasn’t so terribly dangerous), so we ended up on a detour right past this rock face. thank you, bad driver and lady who insisted on trying to push the passenger’s side of the truck to try and get it off the shoulder (like i said, comical). so looking forward to their wedding at the ubc boathouse this summer!