Sunday, May 29th, 2016
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!
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Friday, August 14th, 2015
it takes a village.
it all started with a little girl named amaya. she and her dad, morgan, needed a village to support them as he worked full-time to provide for their family. this is where the small town childcare centre stepped in, where morgan’s sister worked with a lovely young lady, jessica. morgan’s sister watched love start to grow in jessica’s heart for this little girl and she couldn’t help but take matters into her own hands to try to connect jessica with morgan.
and the rest is history. the village that walked with them as individuals and brought them together as a couple threw them an incredible party to celebrate their union and set the foundation for their family.
Friday, May 16th, 2014
my “work” is so much more than a job to me. i feel what i do…i can’t help it. whether it’s witnessing a dad seeing his daughter as a bride for the first time or hearing personal vows recited or creating an image that the grandkids will one day look back on…i feel it all.
sarah is someone we have had the privilege of watching grow up and i more recently got to know brad’s family when i shot his sister’s wedding a few years back. to be a part of a day that was so faith filled of a couple who deeply respect not only each other but also their heritage was an honor. while all eyes were on these two during this beautiful ceremony, if you caught a glimpse of me on the sidelines, you may have seen a tear or two stream down my cheek as well. i was feeling it.
a glimpse into a lovely day (music by sara bareilles and jordan klassen).
Thursday, August 15th, 2013
i loved this wedding. i knew i was going to. was it the gorgeous weather? the perfect details? the super fun bridal party? the most genuine and sweet bride? the handsome groom who knows how to make his lady laugh? or the fact that i shot the entire ceremony (i repeat entire. ceremony.) with the back of my dress half unzipped?
all of the above.
special thanks to harvest store and cafe for letting us pop in! do yourself a favour…go eat a cinnamon bun there. you won’t regret it.
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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
i don’t know if i’ve ever been to a wedding that had SO many elements which reflected the character of the bride and groom and was so truly unique to them. from the peruvian embroidery to highlight derek’s childhood to the traditional german bee sting cake from melissa’s heritage, they did their best to incorporate things that were meaningful to them and reflected their history as individuals and as a couple.
they both love the outdoors, so it was a no-brainer that the wedding would be outside and a member of derek’s family so generously opened their property for us to enjoy. it felt like the sound of music up there…gotta remember to wear my twirly blue dress next time (i may or may not have busted out a little “hills are alive” for old times sake). melissa arrived at the ceremony escorted by her dad in a row boat and she and derek planted a tree together to signify the roots they were establishing and the new life they were creating together. and while melissa’s brother made lattes and we munched on prosciutto wrapped asparagus, people told stories, sang songs, wept, laughed and danced while the sun went down.
Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
i love darla and dave. i love how they love each other. i love how they love their friends and their family. i love their creativity and how they celebrate life. i loved so much about their wedding day.
oh yeah. and did i mention phoenix? i love how dave and darla love him.
isn’t darla’s dress amazing? the story of the red fabric is so sweet…dave brought it back from india several years ago and asked his mom to keep it for the girl he would marry, having never even met darla. years later, they knocked on his parents’ door in the wee hours of the morning to announce their engagement and his mom brought it out for her. she had it sewn into a dress that she bought off the rack and it became the theme color for their wedding day.
the other thing that was so wonderful about this day was that their guests were just lovely. i felt a bit like a stalker taking pictures of them from afar, but i couldn’t help it.
and the rest will be reserved for another day! stay tuned for their beautiful “do it yourself” backyard party (and a detailed vendor list).
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