On a perfectly sunny day at a private home near Elk Lake Danielle and Brett got married! Kind family friends let them use their gorgeous property overlooking the lake which made for a beautiful summer evening. Danielle and her mom worked really hard on all the details of this day with apple candle holders, buckets of dahlias, handmade luggage tags, and a garden seating chart. The very sweet traditional cake was made by Danielle’s Grandma. There were a lot of kids at this wedding which is always fun but these little guys nearly stole the show from the super sweet flower girl to the mini beat boys on the dance floor. Thanks so much to Danielle and Brett for sharing your beautiful day with us!
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I don’t even know where to begin with this wedding! We are being seriously spoiled with fantastic weddings this summer, such a treat! (get ready there are a lot of exclamation marks coming up ) We knew that these two were our kind of people from the very first email. Jess wrote that she and Rob were getting married “under a LONE TREE IN A FIELD!!!” If any of you have read the E/A Who? page on our main site you will know that I, Emmy, have a thing for making photographs of lone trees in fields, bit of an obession really. Anyway Jess and Rob really do live a dream life. Jess is a lover of horses and what better life than to run Foxstone Stables at Glenora Farm and also live right above the stable with 300 acres of Cowichan Valley paradise including your own natural spring swimming pond, meadows with lone trees, and gorgeousness everywhere you look! There is so much beauty here that we are going to head back up there in the fall for a day of photo making because we felt like kids in a candy store with not quite enough time to fill our pockets. This dreamy day was a hip-nouveau-country-handle-bar-moustache-ray-ban-sunglasses-with-a-dash-of-vintage perfection! There were so many personal touches and such wonderful details that the result is that I have a lot of images to share!! To start with Jess’ dress is stunning and so perfect for a vintage country wedding. Her rings, carried in little leather pouches, were Rob’s Grandmother’s and her vintage bracelet has been worn by the other women in Rob’s family on their wedding day. All through their home are old family photos and antique treasures that I couldn’t help but photograph. These old photos were inspiring so the tintype looking shot at the end is a shout out to American Gothic and old family images. The ceremony seats were bales of hay with Jess’ baby quilts made by her mom, the bridal party entered through the field with Jess’ first man in her life, her old pup Jackson, looking so so proud in his bow-tie, the flowers with daisies and sunflowers and red gingham table clothes were so perfect and the weather was hot and sunny! Many of the guests set up camp in a nearby field with vans and tents to make a weekend of the event. In honour of Rob’s ‘stache many of his friends grew their own and the groomsmen bought stick ons that you could shape in different styles. The sun set really low on the horizon leaving the reception drenched in buttery late daylight. Instead of a wedding cake these two ordered a table full of pies!!!!!! Best idea ever! It was really hard to photograph them and not sneak a taste. After the ceremony we headed up the hill to the old red barn for some shelter from the heat. You have heard the famous saying don’t work with kids or animals – well we usually love working with both and the kids were fantastic it was the darn goats that couldn’t take the hint that it wasn’t their day! One really wanted his picture taken, after he tasted a bridesmaid’s bouquet of course. At first it was funny until I had to push him out of the way by his bottom, goats are stubborn. We left the barn via tractor and at dusk the music started, the lanterns came on and man could these folks dance! I have never seen grannies with such moves, so so much fun. Jess and Rob are so in love and their wedding day was perfect from beginning to end. We know we will see them and Jackson, and probably the goat many more times in the future. At the end of the day we were still hot, a little sweaty, and so so grateful to our new friends Jess and Rob for sharing their sweet day with us!
Location: Glenora Farm, Duncan BC. Dress: Priscilla of Boston. Flowers: Leaf and Petal
A little while ago on one of our first warm summer evenings we met up with James and his Grandma Helga in the park for a mini session. Helga also brought her very sweet pup named Sophie to join in with us. Knowing that we would be shooting a Grandma and Grandson it got us thinking about grandparents. My Grandpa was a pilot when he was young and is in love with airplanes. There are photographs of him as a child with his balsa gliders and when I was a child there are photographs of him and I, at the little airstrip near their summer home in Beachburg Ont., with his remote control airplanes and balsa gliders. Aaron has taken to these little gliders and at one point I had to reclaim the china cabinet, to make room for actual china, as he had turned it into a hanger for balsa gliders, bi-planes, elastic wind-up prop planes and more. Sitting to have your photograph taken may not be the thrill of a second grader’s evening so we thought we would make it more fun by bringing along a little memory of mine and a new hobby of Aaron’s. Helga and James have a special little bond that you can just feel when you are around them. Helga moved out here when James was wee to be able to be a bigger part of his life. Along with her came James’ little sidekick Sophie. We followed them around the grassy oak meadow as they tossed the glider, played in the grass, and laughed with each other. Their little ways of being together were so sweet to watch and we had such a great time chasing around behind them with our cameras. Thank you so much James and Helga for sharing your sunny afternoon of new memories with us.
It all started this first day of kindergarten. My mom will tell you that until I was older I really could have cared less whether my clothes were clean, let alone matching, my hair was done, or if I had peanut butter on my face. Up until the first day I kindergarten I hadn’t really thought much about what I put on my feet and then everything changed when I met a pair of little red canvas slip-ons and their lucky owner Natasha. I come from a really small town and I grew up a good distance from that town, one could say it was in the bush. Those shoes did not come from town where all we had was a Fields and a Sears catalogue delivery office. My sinlge most vivid memory of that first year of school is those little red shoes. Natasha topped off my shoe envy by moving to a town named Summerland – seriously!!! She had perfect shoes and she got to live in place that was always summer – not fair! Well I survived that first experience of shoe envy only to become plagued by it. I have bad, narrow, flat, skinny, boney, hurt-in-anything-cute feet. To my dismay, sturdy, practical, stiff soled mary jane’s with orthodics are was make my feet happiest. But in my heart when I close my eyes I am really wearing a pair of super-cute-stop-you-in-your-tracks works of art. Soooo when I decided to start highlighting local style hot spots for brides and grooms it was a no brainer that I would start with shoes. I love it when brides and grooms really strut their style with a hot pair of shoes and I love photographing them! In some dresses you can’t always see the hot shoes – but you know they are there when they peek out while you are walking, sitting, or showing them off. In shorter dresses the shoes complete the look. On our wedding day I wore a pair of cherry red patent leather Steve Madden heels with an ivory strap – they are the only comfy heels I have ever found and I adore them! Why have plain white when really you can do whatever you want and have a fantastic pair of shoes to show off later. In Victoria’s Trounce Alley their is a little piece of shoe lover heaven found at Shelagh Macartney’s shop She She Shoes. A couple of weeks ago I headed down to She She with an old luggage trunk – that I have been waiting for years to use in just the right shoot, and our old milk crate to spend some time with the other love of my life – beautiful shoes. There are so many gorgeous pairs of shoes in this shop it was hard to pick which ones to photograph!! The shop manager Agnes was so helpful and is a sweetheart – if you don’t have a girlfriend to help you pick out the perfect pair Agnes is your gal! There were a few brides in there while I was shooting trying on Nina’s Elga (see below). And for all you gals having outdoor weddings and afraid you’ll sink in the grass with those stilettos – check out Clean Heels. Jen had them at her wedding and they were fantastic. I hope you enjoy these lovelies as much as I do and thank you so much to the ladies of She She shoes for letting me indulge my fantasy of having all these fabulous shoes to myself – if only for a couple of hours. We will have more of these style segments in the future so if you know of an amazing accessory, location, or decor theme let us know so we can share it!
xo ~ Em
One week a go a handful of people got together in a beautiful back yard on the Gorge waterway for Brenna and Matt’s wedding. With just their closest family and friends around them these two said their “I Do’s” under a grey sky with a little bit of rain and a lot of love. After the ceremony we headed right across the water for a little session among the wild roses, historic buildings, and a field of buttercups at Craigflower Manor. Once they were Mr and Mrs the rain didn’t seem to matter anymore. In our experience rainy wedding days are good luck so they are off to a good start!
Jennifer and Aiden were born on The Rock of the east coast, met on a sunny vacation, and got married on The Rock of the west coast last Saturday! We have been looking forward to this Metchosin wedding ever since we spent a fun afternoon with Jennifer and Aiden last fall on their engagement shoot. The ceremony and reception were held at The Lodge at Weir’s Beach and ended with a surprise for Aiden from Jennifer when a jazz band appeared playing The Beatles’ All You Need is Love. They had their first dance on the lawn overlooking the water to my new favourite song “Nothing Like You and I” by The Perishers. There were a few tears on many faces, even Jennifers’ Dad which was very sweet. The chilly weather was a good intro to the west coast for all of the out of town guests but no one seemed to mind. We had such a great time getting to know their families from Newfoundland and hanging out with Jennifer and Aiden as they laughed and cried their way through the day. Thanks to Jennifer and Aiden for including us in your day!!
So for the past couple of weeks we knew a secret, a big secret, and we are so excited to now be able to share it!! Sarah + Travis made a run for the border, well flew actually as they came by float plane, from Seattle to Victoria to elope!! They met at a wedding and both knew instantly that it was something special and years later here they are. This is our first elopement so we were so very excited for it and then when we arrived at Abigail’s Hotel and met Sarah and Travis – who were so excited and beaming and teary and cute – we were a little beside ourselves with happiness for them. It felt very special to be some of only a few people to be with them on this day. It was a little rainy and pretty chilly but nothing was taking the megawatt grins off of these two! Days and couples like this are the reason that we photograph weddings. You could just feel the love between them and they were so happy to be promising forever. Their little ceremony was held at the hotel in a little nook of the garden and was complete with a chocolate cake and bottle of champagne. The bubbly made the trip with us for the perfect toast in a field of lupins and poppies. We are amazed that in the middle of the city there is a hill exploding like fireworks in purple, orange, pink and red – all the colours that fit this occasion perfectly. Whenever we walk by that hill I know that we will remember the little champagne picnic and Sarah and Travis so in love. We had such a wonderful time trekking through the field and over the tracks talking about old movies, how they met and how we met, and what they love in life. To our new friends Sarah + Travis thank you so much for spending your special secret day with us and we know that you have many years of love ahead. xo emmy + aaron
Erin and Nic got married!!! And we got to be there for the whole day! When we woke up on Sunday morning we were a little worried about the big dark clouds looming in the distance and by early afternoon Nic and Lindsay (Annabelle Lee Events and bridesmaid) were busy checking the weather reports and fretting about the rain drops that were starting to fall. But by go time Sophie was in her wagon and the grey skies that started the ceremony opened up to end the ceremony with full sun. This little family is so sweet and when Sophie was pulled down the aisle in her little rose covered wagon everyone (including me!) got a little teary. Nic and Erin had their first dance on the patio at the Inn at Laurel Point at sunset and it was one of the most beautiful first dances ever! You could definitely feel the love in the room for these three! We had a lot of fun with the whole party shooting at different locations, busting out the long boards, and sharing Sophie’s first Harbour Ferry and limo rides. It was also great to meet some other wedding industry folks as Melanie Baird did the makeup for Erin and some of the other ladies and the reception guests got a lot of giggles out of the photobooth from Island Photobooth Happy married life to our new friends Nic and Erin!! Here is a preview of some images from their big day!!
Nic and Erin are getting married this May and we recently went out to shoot their engagement session with them and their daughter Sophie. We met Nic and Erin through Lindsay of Annabelle Lee Events. We spent a beautiful late afternoon with these three in the park and at the beach, along with their super nice friends who came to entertain Sophie while we worked with Nic and Erin. Sophie is a lively, sweet, funny little peanut who I am sure will be a show stealer at their wedding! Nic and Erin were tons of fun – Nic had some pretty funny stuff to say to make Erin and Sophie laugh. They are such a sweet little family and we are so excited for their wedding that is coming so soon. Here are some images from our session with them. We can’t wait to be a part of their big day!!
This is the week of Ted and Crystal!! Their engagement session was held only a few days before their wedding so we have back to back posts on this fantastic couple. Crystal was told by Ted that the weather is much nicer on the west coast in the late fall than in Ontario. So they headed out here for their intimate wedding at The Westin at Bear Mountain to one of the most rainy and windy Novembers in years!! I have to admit I was really nervous about the weather for this shoot as sometimes we like shooting in the rain but sub-zero temps, heavy downpour and wind warnings are just not fun for anyone. Indoors is always an option but nothing can replace outdoor settings. Thankfully we were blessed with a brief reprieve just long enough to complete the ceremony and do an outdoor shoot – and then the rain came back! We were also super lucky to have a local historical site nearby that was an amazing shelter form the storm (yes that is my plug to Bob Dylan for the day) with underground bunkers, old stone and brick work, beautiful forest, and the odd heated indoor heritage building! Not only that but we were the only ones there which was a huge plus for Crystal! Aaron was really excited to shoot here as he has many memories of running around there as a kid so it was a new place for a shoot but a familiar one too. This couple was so great as the cold and wind didn’t seem to bother them a bit they were just so happy to be married and spending the day with all their closest people. The more we do small intimate weddings the more I love the closeness that is present – you can feel it. Ted and Crystal had told us that they like moody images with shadows and contrasting light. I looked to reflections to find some of that for them. After doing the Red Leaf Workshop in September I have been looking for reflections everywhere and have come to love the old glass in windows. We had a great time with thee two and loved all their original touches – first bride I have seen in red knee high Doc Martin’s and striped tights! So here is a peak at a few of our shots of their Big Day!! Congrats Ted and Crystal!