Jenna and Andrew got married last year at Burrowing Owl Winery and had miserable weather among other surprises for their wedding day. So they decided to come back a year later for their one year anniversary! Little did Andrew know that Jenna had prepared a very thoughtful surprise for him to celebrate! She called up their marriage commissioner James Harnden to renew their vows and phoned me to come and capture it and take some portraits afterward! It was quite fun to be in on the surprise and I was so happy that Jenna and Andrew got perfect weather this time around for their vows!! These two are so in love. The really romantic storybook kind of love. I can still see them doing things like this for each other when they’re 70 years old. : ) Jenna is cute as well as funny. She cracked me up at one point during our session when she said, “Who knew off-roading in Badgley Mischka‘s was going to be so much fun!” Andrew is really friendly as well as a complete gentleman (he picked like 30 poky burrs off my socks that were digging into me- what a nice guy!).
I adore Burrowing Owl Winery (you really feel like you’re in Italy when you’re there) and was excited to take photos there!! I love taking day trips through the Okanagan and down to Burrowing Owl Winery in Oliver. I even did a blog post on a nice little day trip I did there last summer. : )
Andrew had a surprise of his own for Jenna and got her a beautiful diamond band from Tiffany’s.
Bri and Shayne got married in BC this summer and it was such a busy day that they didn’t get a chance to get many shots of just the two of them with their photographer. So they called me up and hired me to do a shoot with them in their wedding attire so they could capture that! I thought it was a wonderful idea as I know how fast people always say their wedding day goes and this was a chance for them to slow down and be in the moment together to get some special shots.
I took them to one of my favourite locations that I have only used once before (if I didn’t feel the need to mix it up, I could probably go back here for every shoot I love it so much haha).
Bri is a total glow-bug and has such a good heart! Shayne and Bri clearly adore each other! : ) I wish them so much happiness in their future! I got to do a boudoir session with her as well this summer and we had a lot of fun together. I love when clients I love come back for more shoots! : )
Alva and Ashley did everything about their wedding to their own tune and that’s a part of why I like them so much! It was so fun to see a couple really make their wedding more personalized and without the usual structure most weddings have. We did their portraits first, just the two of them, and then we went to The Harvest Golf Club and the couple greeted everyone and they played some ice breakers. Then, right before the sun went down, everyone went outside for their ceremony. A fire had been lit and there were two sets of vintage his-and-her chairs for the grandparents while the rest of the guests huddled around. Ashley’s grandmother was the flower girl (so sweet). Alva and Ashley legally got married a week prior to the wedding so they could do their own kind of ceremony, just the two of them. It was so sincere and beautiful. They spoke their vows and did a few meaningful spiritual acts and finished by walking around the fire separately and then together.
We all then went inside to the whimsically Avatar-inspired reception decorated so beautifully by Stage Right Etc. My favourite part of the night was when Alva and Ashley sang a duet with each other. They chose the song “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and you could just feel the room swell with joy and love. Once again, they had my waterworks going! I couldn’t help myself – there was so much love going around. : ) One other highlight was Ashley’s cute grandpa singing me a song in German. I took out my rusty high school German and thanked him for the spontaneous gift (well that’s what I wanted to say but all I could really get out in my bad German was good ole “Danke Schön”and “wonderschön”).