HAILEY + IAN - PENTICTON, BC

I have known Hailey and Ian for a few years now. When Hailey called me one random day, I thought she just wanted to chat on the phone. It turned out she asked me to photograph her wedding day and trust me when I say I didn't know what to reply because I was so excited when I heard that!

I was even more thrilled when Hailey and Ian told me about their wedding plans, which all took place in Penticton, British Columbia:
1st night - Celebration dinner, 2nd day - wine tour, 3rd day - WEDDING DAY, 4th morning - brunch; all with their close families and friends. 
I mean who can say no to a wine tour to begin with?


Do I feel loved? I felt more like a part of their family.

I travelled down with some of their friends Sarah & Anita who I also know, but due to unforeseen circumstances on the roads, we couldn't attend the pre and after wedding hangouts. The wine tour was amazing and it was a great chance to meet their families and friends before the wedding day! At the same time sharing amazing wine with everyone!

Here were the wineries we went to:
Monster Vineyards

Ruby Blues
Bench 1775

Persues

The next day, Ian was hanging out with his buddies and family while Hailey was over at her parents' place where she had friends over to spend the morning with. Ian then came over to Hailey's parents' where they both got ready and then headed to the ceremony location. A lot of things in the wedding were made by Hailey, her friends and dad, all which I was so amazed by. Hailey being a jewelry designer made her earrings and her dad handmade the insanely beautiful wooden backdrop! The entire wedding was a celebration with all the close and important people in their lives which I'm thankful to be a part of.
Well, enjoy the photos below! 

 

Hailey & Ian...

Hailey's dress - Rituals Of Love

Wedding cake and Hailey's belt - Melissa Campbell Cake

Florals - Megan Brown

Bridal hair & makeup - Andrea Salazar M

Venue & catering - 1912 Venue & Flambe Catering

PAT + J.T - VANCOUVER, BC

Pat & J.T approached me at church one day asking me to take their wedding photos, and I was more than just excited to be their photographer. Both of them met where J.T was living in Seattle, Washington then, but have now moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. 

The day started out on a high note where everyone was just really excited and happy for both Pat & J.T. It started raining as soon as we left the bride's house all the way before the reception started. That did not dampen everyone's mood in the wedding party, where they braved and endured the cold and rain outside while getting photos taken. Everyone got a little wet from the rain but were all still in high spirits. 

We headed to the church where Pat has been attending since young for their ceremony which held a lot of value and meaning to get married at. It started raining heavier and time was limited before the reception had to begin. I wanted to do more photos and I suggested to squeeze in whatever time there was to do so. Pat & J.T didn't mind the rain one bit at all and it was pouring even harder even umbrellas did not keep them dry fully. Again, I was really appreciative that both of them did not mind getting their dress and suits dirtied and wet. It is your wedding day, you only do it once; might as well go all out for it. 

Everything else after this at the reception was just filled with laughter and more dancing.

 

Pat & J.T...

LISA + KURT - FORT LANGLEY, BC

I remembered the very lively and cheerful person Lisa was when I saw her again at the wedding venue, 5 months after we did their engagement session. I was greeted with so much hospitality from everyone in the wedding party throughout the day, with whatever help I needed and constant reminders to hydrate myself.

British Columbia being typically rainy, it was forecasted that it was to rain the entire day. It did quite a bit in the beginning, but started to clear up with sunshine passing through the grey clouds and followed by a bright sky. The kind of perfect mood which I like the photos to turn out.

Something special for me about this wedding which I'm sure is also special to both Lisa & Kurt is having both Kurt's children be a part of the wedding party who Lisa treats them as her own kids. Marriage wins.

 

Lisa & Kurt...

SYDNEY + PHIL - HARRISON MILLS, BC

I met Phil at a cafe I work at about a year and a half ago. He was a regular customer and we became friends ever since. Both Phil and Sydney were nice to approach me to second shoot their wedding along side with Michelle Karst

Their wedding took place out in the interiors of British Columbia facing Harrison River and it was the perfect day for a wedding with the sun shining out. This wedding was really fun to me because Phil, Sydney and I had a few friends in common who attended their big day. Prior to the wedding I bumped into Phil and his groomsmen, where they were celebrating Phil's bachelor's party during a weekend getaway up in Whistler. It was nice to meet everyone on the guy's side for a brief moment before the wedding which makes it so much more comfortable during the day of.

An appearance from local popsicle vendor, Johnny's Pops also served everyone popsicles on that very hot day. It was definitely a pleasant surprise for everyone who has heard about Johnny when they saw him and his cart full of ice cold popsicles at the wedding venue. 

 

Sydney & Phil...

PAT + J.T ENGAGEMENT - ANMORE, BC

Morning call on the day of this engagement session was really early to catch the sunrise. The morning ended up being overcast but we proceeded on with the session. I'm really appreciative and thankful for couples or people who are willing to break away form their comfort zone, especially to wake up really early to achieve something which I envision; in this case the summer sunrise. 

LISA + KURT ENGAGEMENT - COQUITLAM, BC

Lisa and Kurt initially wanted to do their engagement photos at an abandoned mental hospital, but we found out that photography wasn't allowed and surveillances were in the building for security reasons. We ended up driving to a park close to where they lived, which held memories for the both of them to be photographed at. 

At one point throughout the session we were just talking about food in South East Asia and different country cultures, which was very meaningful in my opinion. Naturally, all of us were really excited when it came to the topic of food. It's fun getting to know the couple well ahead of their wedding day.

KAITLIN X SARAH MULDER JEWELRY

I met and photographed with Kaitlin about 2 years ago, which was also around the same time I met Sarah Mulder who makes jewelry in person and became friends with... 
2 years later, all 3 of us finally had the opportunity to work on something together.

AMY

Amy and I have been good friends after I approached her to help bake for the cafe I work at. Very well known to most people for having mostly dresses and hats in her closet and wearing dresses almost everyday, we always share photo inspirations and have our inside jokes about them. We were just hanging out on this day and we both thought the walk to this bridge was going to be quick. Turned out the other way around and it felt like forever walking onto it on a windy evening. Good times for sure...

LAUREL

Met Laurel for the first time after communicating over Instagram for a period of time. We both knew that the shoot was going to be good from the hugs we gave instead of a handshake, and for putting Drake on . Everything else after was just "magic".

DOROTHY

Dorothy and I photographed together before and we decided to work on something again. This time inside the swimming pool in my apartment compound. Through my 2 years of walking pass the pool in the compound of my apartment, I never utilize it until this day; just for the shoot. Still have not use it ever since this shoot.