We just had one of those weekends that we didn’t want to end. Good thing it was an extra long one! Aaron’s birthday is this week – actually on thursday!!! – and his most favourite place to be is outside in nature. If we don’t get out in the trees on a regular basis he gets a bit restless. He also LOVES camping and at the beginning of camping season he is so ready to go – even if the weather would make most curl up with a good book and be thankful they aren’t outside. So every Easter since we have been together we go camping for Aaron’s birthday and this year was no exception. We headed out to French beach, which is right on the Ocean, and invited whomever was brave enough to come out with us. Our fabulous friends Shawna and Chris toughed out the wind, rain, and very smokey campfire to spend two great nights out with us. On Friday a whole bunch of our good friends came out for the afternoon. It was cold, wet, and so windy that we are lucky a tree didn’t land on us, but we didn’t care – Aaron’s larger-than-you-can-imagine blue tarp kept us dry (doesn’t hurt to marry a boy scout!) and good friends kept us happy. After a soggy two days we weren’t tired of Chris and Shawna yet, so we headed out with them for another incredible day. It started with us scoring a gorgeous huge antique art frame at an antique show, then we scoured a beach for glass and ceramic treasures that wash out of the bank with each tide, and then – oh yes we weren’t done yet – we went to Chris’ family’s sheep farm to see the new lambs!! We were there a few weeks ago to do a little shoot with them but there were only two little lambs. This time there were cute fuzzy lambs everywhere!!! Sheep are hilarious!! They scare easily – look at one the wrong way and it is a fleece stampede. We had to be stealthy when out in the field so that they wouldn’t run away from us. Don’t worry – no lambs were harmed in the making of these images We took cues from the mama to see how close we could get. The wee ones in the barn weren’t shy at all and one, as you will see, was really curious about the camera. We took so many pics we couldn’t just pick a few so we have included lots to share all the lamb love with you. Thanks so much to Chris and Shawna for being amazing friends and for bringing us to this special place!
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We love that living here on the West Coast means that there are some people who have the courage to plan outdoor weddings year round! For those locals reading this you know that this November has been windy, wet, and cold!! Admittedly we were feeling a bit nervous about the weather for Tamara and Adrian’s outdoor ceremony at the beautiful Sooke Harbour House. The morning of the shoot we were checking out our planned locations and the wind nearly blew Emmy over! There were dramatic clouds, swirling winds, and white caps on the water – all the makings for some beautiful images. Luckily Sooke Harbour house is tucked in a little wind free nook and seeking shelter from the wind led us to explore the less travelled areas of the property – like the wood pile! Tamara and Adrian are both very sweet and warm people and that warmth really comes through in the images. The day was filled with so much love. Their intimate wedding with just a few family and friends had such a close and connected feeling about it. There were two young show stealers running about creating sweet scrabble messages and pretending to be the bride’s bodyguards! The evening ended with a very moving piano performance by one of the youngest guests, the family all gathered together around one table with the fire warming the room, and Tamara and Adrian were married! There were many special moments that we were so honoured to witness and here are a few we wanted to share. Congratulations to a very lovely couple!