September 15th, 2016 by sharaleep | No Comments »
there is something so personal about getting to celebrate a really important day in your life by holding a party in your own backyard. it is SO much work, but so rewarding to be able to gather all of your people in a place that is so comfortable and familiar. on top of that, it really reflect the intense value the couple places on family, which has never been as true as in the case of ian & catherine. they are young, but have had long term friendships with most of those they have surrounded themselves with. their wedding party was made up of people who knew them so well and were incredibly excited to see them make this commitment. and speaking of commitments, when i asked ian about the beginnings of their relationship, he told me he knew it was her from the start. can i also say that i love that the girls were up getting ready at the crack of dawn and the guys spent the morning shooting and eating farmer sausage?
venue: family farm | wedding coordination: the bright lights events | flowers: confetti floral | hair: taija martin | make up: hannah mckie | catering: simply savoury | tent: phoenix tents | vintage rentals: past pieces | second shooter: alanna govenlock
September 1st, 2016 by sharaleep | No Comments »
the weather took a drastic turn for fall this week and a few of us weren’t ready to let go of summer, so we headed up to the lake and forced our kids into its frigid waters. they thanked us later, i swear.
check out my friends’ stories of childhood unplugged here!
August 19th, 2016 by sharaleep | No Comments »
ryan & vankie. these two were bursting at the seams…it was hard not to smile just looking at them. he had to pass a few bridesmaid administered tests in order to gain her hand, but once he did, you would have been hard pressed to get him to let go. so excited for you two and your future together!
July 11th, 2016 by sharaleep | No Comments »
the way hannah described their relationship was “comfortable” and that was certainly reflected in their wedding day. married barefoot under a willow tree followed by a family style dinner at long tables, kids running wild, adults drinking cider and everyone dancing into the night. it was the kind of day you didn’t want to end.
July 1st, 2016 by sharaleep | No Comments »
if you ever see a massive plastic beach ball in the store and you think to yourself “why would I want a massive plastic beach ball?”, just buy it. hours upon hours of entertainment…followed by a few moments of intense fighting and pain. it’s all worth it, just ask my kids (during the entertainment part). more childhood unplugged stories can be found here!
June 8th, 2016 by sharaleep | 4 Comments »
becoming a family of four can be a real challenge, especially when you have a toddler with a strong personality, but these lovelies are taking it all in stride. it doesn’t hurt when the newest addition is as adorable as otis is, either. i got to spend an early morning hanging out with them in their beautiful home and it was so sweet to see how they all care for one another, especially how the “little mama” looked out for her brother.
June 1st, 2016 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »
i have a confession to make. i have serious “little red hen” syndrome and if you don’t know what that is, i suggest you track down a copy of the book and give it a quick read. not sure where it came from, maybe it’s because i’m a middle child and slightly obsessed with fairness (insert sheepish grin). all that to say, when the kids say they want something in particular to eat, i’m usually pretty quick to say yes…as long as they help me make it. this time it was strawberry lemonade, so off the the fields we went, in search of “big, dark beauties” (as they like to call them).
this is part of a series called childhood unplugged – lots of other great stories can be found here!
May 29th, 2016 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
they sat in my kitchen while i stood at the stove making grape juice. they told me about the past and predicted the future, highlighting some of the struggles they have already faced and looking forward to the adventures to come. levi talked a lot about his pursuit of janelle and she would smile and nod and blush and then in her own thoughtful way inject her perspective on their courtship. their wedding, they hoped, would be a sweet union of tradition and fun all set in the place they met and eventually fell in love. they wanted to honour their families and celebrate with the friends who had watched as their relationship had grown and cheered them on when they got engaged. and they wanted everyone to relax and enjoy themselves in the beauty of God’s creation, from little cousins to grandmas and everyone in between. as i walk through the images of this day, i feel it all. all those hopes and wishes and plans…they were all wrapped up in this beautiful package called levi & janelle’s wedding day.
if you are interested in talking about having me join you at your wedding, send me an email and let’s chat!
May 18th, 2016 by sharaleep | No Comments »
“despite knowing each other for half of our lives, we find new ways to fall in love all the time.” kim
May 16th, 2016 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »
the email that came through was much like many others, “i’m getting married, are you available? etc. etc” which is great, but it’s always nice to hear a bit more from my couples to make sure we will be a good fit. so i prodded a little and she responded with a very thorough description of how they met (a high school theatre group), their first date (boston pizza) and the sweetest synopsis of their current relationship (“we spend our days working like dogs, eating gluten and corn free stir fry (he has crazy allergies), playing video games, laughing like the children we are at heart, and watching british television. i’m sure that if he never met me he would have exploded from not laughing ever. we balance each other out because he makes me want to do things like go to college and get a job and I bring out his silly side that just makes life more fun”). it was right then and there that i knew we would not just be a good fit, but a perfect one.
aidan & lorianne:
venue: burnett fellowship church & south bonson community centre | caterer: watershed arts cafe | second shooter: zaac pick