June 18th, 2015 by sharaleep | No Comments »
josh & meggie make sense. have you ever spent time around a couple that just seem to “fit”? not that they are exactly alike (far from it, for that matter), but that they are at ease around one another. i just think it’s pretty incredible that two people from across the country, coming from different backgrounds with different families and different history can be so comfortable together. it’s pretty magical, actually.
June 1st, 2015 by sharaleep | 5 Comments »
i know i say this all the time, but i learn a lot from a couple through the speeches made at the reception. i could tell you what i knew about them before: super warm indian dude who works at a cedar mill meets calm and kind art director at lululemon, they fall in love, get engaged in thailand and marry, beautifully celebrating each other, their individual families and cultures and their love for the city they call home.
but truth is, i’ve only known them for less than a year. and while i pride myself in connecting with my clients in a way that is authentic, those making the toasts…they are the ones who have invested in gavy and marie for their whole lives. they are the ones who have raised, cried over, prayed for, made trouble with, listened to and loved this couple. so when they speak, i listen and what i hear is a father not only celebrating what a kind hearted daughter he has, but in the same breath praising her mother for how she raised their children. what i hear are three women who trust and love their friend, knowing that she will always be there for them. what i hear is an honorary brother, grieving over a time when his dear friend made some poor choices and revelling in the fact that they were standing together today as he made one of the best choices of his life. what i hear are stories of a father who loved his little boy so immensely and would be so proud of the man he’s become. so i feel like i can say i know you two now and my suspicions have been confirmed: you’re pretty amazing.
the brilliant vendors:
wedding planner: always and forever weddings | bride & groom’s wedding clothes: frontier cloth house | bride’s ceremony hair & make-up: sim kailey | reception gown: bhldn | groom’s reception suit: black & lee | bridal party outfits: indian wedding spree | reception jewelry: the borrowed co | reception venue: villa amato | reception hair: aisle hair | reception make-up: katie elwood | second shooter: jayme anne photography
July 7th, 2015 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
daryl & retty. it was only fitting that they were married on a mountaintop…this day was the culmination of a long journey that lead the two of them together. they wanted to remember the past and celebrate the future with their friends and family, in the presence of their creator, surrounded by the most stunning natural backdrop you can imagine. this day was full of much laughter and a few joyful tears – just how it should be.
the staff at the sea to sky gondola were amazing and so accommodating, i would highly recommend this venue! special thanks as well to my second shooter, justine boulin.
July 1st, 2015 by sharaleep | No Comments »
let’s just say that you have friends over to camp out in your backyard and you start talking about science around the campfire. and let’s just say talk turns to dissection and i start recounting my teenage fascination with the subject. and let’s just say i take it a little too far and suggest to one of the kids that we go hunting for a frog in the backyard (never having any intention of cutting it open, let alone actually catching one!). and let’s just say frogs are easier to catch than i thought and within a few minutes of searching, we had already bagged a huge one.
don’t worry, y’all…we released him back into the wild (only after he scared the crap out of us several times). it was a fun adventure, to say the least! check out the other family adventures at childhood unplugged this month!
June 15th, 2015 by sharaleep | No Comments »
cam & britney. this union has been in the works for a long time…high school sweethearts who have had their eye on each other for years. i’m so excited to document their celebration in kelowna this summer!
June 1st, 2015 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
on days off, it’s tempting to stay at home and do nothing, but i know it serves us all well to get out for some fresh air and a little adventure.
May 19th, 2015 by sharaleep | No Comments »
i first met chelsea when she was fresh out of high school, about to embark on a life changing trip to brazil. she was warm and gentle and full of joy. while she still possesses all of those qualities, she has also gained a quiet confidence, which is so evident as she stands beside this man who she has chosen as her life partner. together, i have a feeling they will conquer the world, one chocolate shop at a time.
May 1st, 2015 by sharaleep | No Comments »
sometimes all you need to do is give your child a shovel and an hour. yes, you may end up with a gigantic hole in your yard, but think of the possibilities: a swimming pool, a garbage dump, a future burial plot, potentially? and check it out…they spent an hour, outside, working together to accomplish a goal. childhood unplugged at its finest.
April 29th, 2015 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
this family. i don’t know them well, but here is what i do know:
1. they are kind and generous* 2. they like to laugh, which is good because they have a two year old in the house and lord knows sometimes all you can do is laugh (so you don’t cry) 3. aforementioned 2 year old is awesome and likes to say yes to everything unless you ask him if he wants to go to bed 4. they have an amazing yellow plum tree in the backyard that yielded snacks for days for our family and jam that we are still working through from last year (*refer back to generous). you three are incredible and i’m so excited to see what the future holds for your family.
April 27th, 2015 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
the goal: a family-style meal featuring a delicious seasonal menu and local wine. an opportunity to sit around a table together, put away our phones and enjoy great conversation and good food with friends, old and new.
the outcome: everything described above and more. this room was filled with an incredible group of generous and fun people who weren’t afraid to laugh and share. duft and co created a locally sourced four course meal(which turned into 7 or 8 if you count the bread, palate cleansers and petit fours) that no one could stop talking about. jack coffee brought the caffeine that perfectly complimented the desserts and warmed our bellies to send us off into the crisp spring evening. the atmosphere (courtesy of the women of spruce collective) was inviting and beautiful and everyone left with some little gifts to enjoy at the end of the evening. a huge success…you won’t want to miss the next one.