November 15th, 2013 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
i have a deep affection for this sweet family…they’re the kind of people who are generous and kind and have a (semi) open door policy, which is good for someone like me who tends to be a “drop-in at a moment’s notice” kind of person. so when they moved into the city an hour away, i was admittedly bummed. thankfully, that hasn’t squelched our friendship and we manage to get in to visit them for the occasional sunday afternoon football (as a family) or quick coffee between client meetings (just me).
i kind of feel like i’m not cool enough to be around their hockey playing, skateboarding, really artistic kids (because they’re super rad) so i often find myself trying to impress their 5 year old. could be worse, i suppose
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November 7th, 2013 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »
ashley put a ton of thought into each little detail of the day, including meaningful tokens such as wearing her great grandmother’s engagement ring, notes brad was given by each bridesmaid before he saw her and personalized necklaces for each of the girls.
i have to tell you what a delight it was to spend the day with them. it was amazing to hang out with all morning in a room with a group of incredible women who were all genuinely excited for their sweet friend to get married. their joy was contagious and i loved watching them support ashley so selflessly. and the guys were a bunch of goofballs, but it was so cool to hear how connected brad was to each of them and to learn of their lifelong friendships.
the fabulous vendors… Venue: Kirkland House | Caterer: Country Catering | Bridal gown: Agape Bridal | Cake: Eden Elizabeth | Bridesmaid necklaces: Jess Phillips | Decor: DIY by bride and Classic Party Rentals | Flower: Umbertos Flowers (Angelo) | Hair: Crystal Barichello | DJ: Brett Alexander | Slide Show: Paul Kane | Second shooter: Jenn Foik | Wedding Coordinator (extraordinaire): Abby Penner / True Devotion Wedding Planning
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October 24th, 2013 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »
i don’t even know where to start with these two. you know when you’re around people and you’re like, “goodness gracious, i’m glad you were brought into my life through some random set of circumstances because i sure would be sad not to know you”…you know that feeling? keith and laura are so those people. on our hour drive into the wilderness, we talked about donuts, forts, youngest children, living in a trailer, weird things kids say, good restaurants, cheesecake, small towns…i was kind of sad when we arrived because it meant the conversation had to end. thankfully, i will be documenting their march wedding in all of its glory.
before we get to the pictures, i’d like to add a word about laura’s hair: it’s amazing. that is all.
October 16th, 2013 by sharaleep | 6 Comments »
alyssa & mat. mat & alyssa. no matter how you say it, it just fits. these two are a couple of joy filled beings who have found one another in the midst of their busy lives and are choosing to pause. to commit. to love. to walk the rest of their days together. it’s a pretty precious thing, if you ask me.
ceremony, reception & caterer: Eighteen Pastures | gown & sash: Mori Lee 1862 from Champagne & Lace | veil: Cassandra Silvestro | bride’s and groom’s shoes: Aldo | bride’s Necklace: Ben Moss | bride’s hair and makeup: Crystal Adrian Hair & Makeup Artist | bridesmaids’ dresses: various stores | groom & groomsmen suits: Le Chateau | pastor: Andy Steiger | cheesecake & tarts: beth lortie | Mr & Mrs Forks: Lorelei Vella | cupcakes: Ann Scanlan | cookies: Katherine Fehr (bride’s grandma) | Favours: DIY hand stamped bags for the candy buffet | reception decor coordination: Crystal Adrian & Jacqueline Quiring (and bridesmaids/family for setup) | wooden signs: Ruby Fehr (bride’s aunt) | rustic decor items: Save-on-Crafts.com | vintage rental items: Burlap & Lace Vintage Rentals | flowers: Blooms & Beyond | invite design & wedding stationery (placecards, signs): Gabri Joy Studios | second shooter: Thomas Sanz
October 11th, 2013 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »
some of the important life lessons i learned during my time with ryan & brittin: 1. cookie butter. eat it. 2. don’t insult ryan’s taste in women’s style or else the session will end abruptly and awkwardly. 3. where to buy the most effective and powerful green, NOT red, laser pointer you have ever laid eyes upon. 4. all people worth knowing have the fresh prince theme song memorized. i think that’s about it…i basically feel set for life now.
at brittin’s suggestion, i met them at ryan’s house and the property where they will be married next year. they made pancakes (as ryan hadn’t yet eaten his first or second breakfast) and chatted about life and marriage before heading out into the crisp fall air to explore the farm.
October 4th, 2013 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »
i know jenn has been itching to see these. thanks for waiting so patiently – here are a few to whet your appetite!
September 29th, 2013 by sharaleep | 5 Comments »
9 years to the day. which is why they got married on a thursday.
i went back to our original correspondence, as it took place nearly a year ago, to remind myself what they had shared. amanda spoke about being private and soft-spoken and the desire to create a celebration that would really reflect them and their personalities. they wanted to plan it for their anniversary and include family and a few close friends so that it could be an informal time of eating good food and having a fun time. when we met, there was an instant connection and as we talked, these things were reiterated and i started to get more and more excited to be a part of this beautiful moment in amanda & sarad’s journey. now having witnessed their day, i can honestly say i believe they achieved what they set out to.
i love that they spent the morning together, everyone at sarad’s house, getting ready, eating food, sharing laughter. it was such a sweet glimpse into the uniting not only of two hearts, but of two families.
the lovely vendors:
ceremony venue: van dusen gardens / reception: tea house in stanley park / wedding coordinator: ainsley’s affairs / flowers: delovely creative / music: van django / place cards: rifle paper co / custom made cookies: anna elizabeth cakes / dress: thanh nguyen / bride’s hair & make-up: gem’s hair & make-up / second shooter: thomas sanz
September 26th, 2013 by sharaleep | No Comments »
sam & adriana.
adriana is warm. do you know what i mean? the impression she leaves on people is one of genuine care and interest. sam can be a bit hard for me to read at times as he knows how to work the cheeky grin…but at the same time, when he laughs, like really laughs, it’s hearty and you think to yourself “man. i must be really funny”. and then you walk away with a cheeky grin.
i’ve had the privilege of documenting some really special times in this sweet couples’ life, so i was excited when they called on me again to take some portraits for their first anniversary. i love the idea of celebrating these milestones with pictures and it was so fun to be invited on a trip to the garden centre as well as into their lovely home.
September 17th, 2013 by sharaleep | 8 Comments »
i’m not an authority on max & whitney. i have only met them on three occasions, one being their wedding day and one being the night before their wedding day. but for just a moment, i’m going to speak like i know them. because the thing about them, is that i have not only what they have revealed to me to go on, but also the words of family, the actions of friends and just a general feel for not only who they are but who they hope to be.
and both of those are amazing.
this is a couple who loves wholly, who sees the best in others and reflects that goodness back to them. these are individuals who have built their lives around serving and plan to continue in that vein as a married couple. they are a couple who though on a budget, looked for ways they could bless their guests through hosting a party that honored their friendships and made people want to be there. i have never been to a wedding with that many people that felt so intimate. during the ceremony, you could have heard a pin drop (or a phone ring…ahem) because everyone was so fully engaged. i can’t wait to see how you two change the world. because i know you will.
i’ve prepared a little slideshow which i would love for you to watch, but if you’d rather “scroll”, i’ve included a few images below as well (but please watch the video!).
for the millions of brides/planners/parents who are wondering where/what this venue is: high country tree farm in sorrento, bc. and yes, i will drive the 4 hours there for your weddings!!
September 9th, 2013 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »
the conversation went something like this:
“we decided to save our first kiss until our engagement”
“wow! that’s a big deal”
“well…we only dated for 7 weeks, so we didn’t have to wait that long”
um…say wha??? how awesome is this! while his pastor would like to take credit for setting them up, mat had been working behind the scenes to make sure their paths crossed after he heard about how great (and cute) this girl was. and obviously his work paid off as the time between when they met and will say their vows comes in under 6 months. theirs is a whirlwind love story which i am so excited to document.