ubc heritage house wedding

September 14th, 2011 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »

it was so sweet hearing this couple’s vision for their wedding day.  obviously it was a celebration of their own love, but they really wanted it to be a celebration of their friends and family…a party for the people who are most important to them.  so they pulled out all the stops.  they were so cute as they described every little detail and how they would all be surprises for their guests.

this bride is a grandmother (i’m sure you’re as shocked by that as i am…you can pick yourself up off the floor now) and we had her adorably rambunctious grandsons with us while she was getting ready.

what’s so special about the guy in shorts, you may ask? i was in the hotel earlier that afternoon when the bride received the call that her stepdad who had come in from out of town had forgotten to pack his pants. when her driver showed up to drive her to the ceremony, she looked at him and asked “what size are you?”.  you see where i’m going with this.  so what’s so special about the guy in shorts?  he probably just got the biggest tip of his life.

some of the big surprises the couple had planned included an espresso stand, a gelato cart, an elaborate choreographed dance, live music from an outstanding jazz band…and the list goes on.  it was quite the affair.

drumroll for the people who pulled it all together:

The band: Musical Occasions

The venue: Cecil Green Park House

Caterer: Wescadia Catering

Wedding Cake: Cakes by Meg

Gelato Cart: Bella Gelateria

Espresso Cart: Coffee Vango

Wedding Planner: Brandi from Lisa Gregory Special Events

Hair & Make-up: The OC Spa & Maryam Collahi

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toews family

September 8th, 2011 by sharaleep | No Comments »

this session had been bought as a christmas gift last year so it was nice to finally get to meet everyone!  i did baby pictures for ben & carly’s little man when he was brand new…it’s hard to believe that was over a year ago already.

when margaret and i were trying to decide if we should meet at a park or something she suggested their farm and i’m so glad she did!  what a beautiful spot and everyone was so comfortable there.

what’s better than a fun uncle?  not much, i tell ya.

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mandy & trevor: married part 2

September 8th, 2011 by sharaleep | 1 Comment »

once again, we had to take advantage of this beautiful church, so though the sun was shining, we went back inside!

mandy has been meticulously planning all of the details of her wedding for years.  it was fun to see it all realized and so sweet to watch her delight in all of the things she had dreamt up and created.  she made all of the cookie favors as well as the meringues on the candy table (which were to die for) herself!

here’s to many more years together!

thanks to the ramada conference centre and st. thomas anglican church for hosting this lovely affair!

the cake was by christine’s creative cakes & mandy’s dress was from champagne & lace.

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mandy & trevor: married

September 5th, 2011 by sharaleep | 5 Comments »

well, i know mandy has been desperate to see these, so i thought i would try to ease her pain with at least one instalment on this lovely long weekend.

trevor left a gift and a note for mandy to open the morning of the wedding.  surefire way to get some emotion flowing…as if there wasn’t enough already!

normally i don’t include very many ceremony pictures, but this couple was so in love with this beautiful church and wanted every detail documented…you can see why.

i hope that gives you a little glimpse into the day.  no worries, mandy & trevor.  there are more glimpses to be had.

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laura & dwayne: the reception

August 30th, 2011 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »

details galore.  laura worked so hard to put this day together that i just had to share them all!

the best dressed man, in my opinion (besides dwayne of course) was laura’s grandpa.  he should definitely be in the movies.

i was so delighted that you chose me to capture your day, laura and dwayne.  thank you for including me!

saar bank farm: reception site

lori’s catering: the food (highly recommended by the couple)

laura & friends: photo booth, centrepieces, wedding favors (personalized bookmarks) and more…

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laura & dwayne: married

August 29th, 2011 by sharaleep | 3 Comments »

i gotta tell you – i was praying for sun.  if i ever really really prayed for sun, it was for these two.  they got engaged in the rain.  we did their engagement pictures in the (pouring) rain.  and that morning of the wedding, it sure looked like rain again. but clearly i wasn’t the only one praying because the rain never came!  it was a perfectly warm, overcast day..ideal for afternoon pictures and even better for guys in long-sleeved shirts.

so i know i say this about all different parts of the wedding day, but i love hanging out with the girls while they’re getting ready.  something about a house full of all that estrogen brings me back to my youth growing up with all girls.  add a white dress and you have the recipe for such delightful chaos 🙂

laura is a graphic designer and a budding photographer.  she used all of her skills and unique ideas to make the wedding fit her and dwayne to a tee.  starting with the invitations:

now i know it always seems like on these “first look” pictures the bride and groom are somewhere wonderfully secluded having this lovely moment, just the two of them.  and sometimes that’s the case, but as in this circumstance, they were anything but alone.  at least the girls kept their distance…and their giggling to a minimum 🙂

i worked with the lovely jacqueline for the first time and her shots complimented mine perfectly, from some of the fine details to those sweet ones of laura peeking out of the barn window to see her groom 🙂

shout outs to:

saar bank farm: hosted ceremony & reception

san patrick from bryan’s bride: laura’s dress

granny & grumpa’s antiques: they loaned laura several of the “props” for the wedding

rw & co: bridesmaids dresses

laura who dreamt up the vision and her friends and family who helped her execute it (including her mom who put together all of the beautiful flowers).

more of the details and reception to come!

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alison & duncan: still married.

August 25th, 2011 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »

the reason this is my favorite part of the wedding day is because it’s usually the most chill/emotionally intense moment for the couple. especially if the pictures were done ahead of time.  now they’re really married.  and the stress of the ceremony and standing up in front of all of those people is over.  and they’re on the verge of the biggest party they’ve ever hosted and all the work is done (or at least now someone else is doing it!).  mostly, though, it’s the love.  the love is thick.  and i get to be the luckiest person on earth for just a moment because i get to witness it.

you were all so lovely and gracious…thanks for inviting me into your day!

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alison & duncan: married part 2

August 24th, 2011 by sharaleep | 5 Comments »

if you didn’t see the first post from this lovely day, be sure to skip back.  it’s too cute to miss.

one of the delightful bonuses of having a second shooter is that while i was taking the picture of alison below, chad was capturing duncan’s expression from another angle.

this wedding party was so so fun.  i’ve been a part of some strange conversations in my lifetime, but some of the sound bites from these guys were pretty hysterical.  i wish i could share, but alas, i’ve been sworn to secrecy.  and this is a family show 🙂

duncan is into words. you should check out his blog.  alison decided to play a little trick on him by manipulating him into saying a word that he hates.  i had never seen duncan embarrassed before.  but now i have.  good one, mrs. priebe.

the ceremony was sweet and simple and beautifully lit as the sun set behind the couple through the walls of the greenhouse.

stay tuned for my most favorite part of the wedding day!

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alison & duncan: married

August 23rd, 2011 by sharaleep | 6 Comments »

ok.  where to start.  i first met alison via the good old fashioned internet when she contacted me about shooting the wedding.  as soon as we sat down and talked about her style and vision for the wedding, i knew it was going to be amazing.  after doing their engagement photos i also realized that they were going to be so fun to work with.  the day arrived and my expectations were met in the best way possible.

alison poured so much of herself into this day.  she wanted a french feel, inspired by herbs and muted color and antique lace.  she also wanted it to be different.  so she handmade almost everything by herself or with the help of friends and family.  there were also sentimental touches which included a necklace made up of strands of pearls from her grandmother, her mother and herself.

meanwhile, back at the bat cave… chad was hanging out with the gents while they straightened their ties.

and then it was time.



and if you think that was it for the beauty, never fear.  there are more to come…we haven’t even made it to the ceremony yet!

shout outs to:

chad doerksen: second shooter (a stand-up guy)

blue heron nature reserve: shoot location (they were awesome and the place is clearly beautiful)

jan martens : flowers (speak for themselves!!)

treat bridal consignment : alison’s dress (the owner is so sweet to work with)

minter and richter designs:  duncan’s ring (so so amazing and the service was excellent)

emily siebert: official bang cutter/ribbon tie-er (sister/maid of honor extraordinaire)

alison priebe: anything else that looked amazing, including the girls’ clutches (she sewed them), her veil (she made it), the boutonnieres (she arranged them), her headpiece (she assembled it)…you get the picture.

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chambers family: celebration

August 10th, 2011 by sharaleep | 2 Comments »

as i mentioned in my last post, marriage is on my mind. so what better time to highlight this lovely family who are all together celebrating lionel & lucille’s 50th anniversary.  curious as to what 50 years looks like?

pretty darn cute, if i do say so myself.

so cute, in fact, lucille just couldn’t seem to get enough 🙂

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