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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Jessica and Dusty love music, tattoos, their pup, and each other! Surrounded by all the people who love them the most they got married on the beach under a driftwood arch that Dusty built. It was a perfect breezy sunny love filled day and we were so excited to be there to witness it. We knew that this wedding would have style when we first met Jessie and Dusty with their tattoos of trees, roses, and gypsy wagons. Their ceremony was held at a family friend’s property in Deep Cove and the cocktail reception was at the fabulous the Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse in Saanichton. We didn’t do a prep session with these two and Aaron was up at the road waiting for Jess to arrive so the first time I saw her was as she came down the aisle and I think everyone gasped with me at how gorgeous she was. Her Martina Liana dress is stunning and so perfect for a breezy day. Her gorgeous flowers, that are so stunning and filled with daisies, poppy heads, and luscious greenery were done by friend Claudia Logan who really should sharing her gift with everyone! Their something blue was a cool vintage ride in a Plymouth GTX. The very sweet Mr. McKay of Deep Cove let us use his gorgeous Garry Oak meadow which held a most perfect lone tree that was just waiting for us. We then headed to a beach to catch the late day calm of the inlet before the tide came in. I was in my wellies focusing on not getting too low on the water with the camera when I heard Aaron running and scuffling behind me as he rescued my floating dress shoe and our reflector from a trip on the sea! The night ended with views over the Sea Cidery’s orchard, cigars on the patio, delicious appies, chilled cider cocktails, and the best dessert bar ever created by the lovely ladies of Jam Tarts. I think Aaron is still daydreaming about the oreo truffles! These two had the most unique and personal guestbook – a painted tree filled with the fingerprints of their guests turned into art. Jess and Dusty were so happy on this day and we could just feel it in the way they looked at each other. We also saw why these two are so loved by their friends and family – all the best to such a sweet couple!
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
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
This is our second instalment from our amazing time spent with Raj and Pia. The day started really early, earlier than imaginable for these two and a wee bit earlier than normal for us. With our tea and coffee in tow we headed out the parents homes for the bride and groom preparations. Getting ready for this wedding is no small task. At one point I looked at Pia and she was doing the triathlon of wedding prep – Sharon Rai, her makeup and wardrobe assistant, was sorting out her many layers, her sister Nidhi was adding some bling to her Mehndi, and her Auntie was feeding her cereal – all at the same time!! Aaron was impressed with the skill of Raj’s cousin as he wrapped his turban and excited by the horse, which until this season we have not seen in a wedding. As Rajan is Sikh and Pia is Hindu they decided to have both ceremonies which made for a very full day with lots of activities and much fun for us! The Sikh ceremony was held first at the Sikh Temple, Gurdwara in Victoria and the Hindu ceremony was held outside at the Bear Mountain Westin Resort just outside of town. For the Hindu ceremony Pia included her school friends and cousin as Bridesmaids and Rajan’s brother and cousins stood as his groomsmen. It was a gorgeous, colourful, love filled day and we were so amazed at everything we were able to be a part of and witness. After the ceremony we hopped on a bus sized van and headed out to the 18th hole. There is a great view there but of course in typical Emmy and Aaron style the following happened on the drive: Emmy from the back of the bus: Hey Aaron see that on the right? Aaron from front of bus: Yup let’s do it! - Stop the bus! There it was – a beautiful shaded rock wall. We have been eyeing up quarries for a while and this was exactly what we were wanting. We had a few minutes so we hopped out and grabbed a few shots before having to head back. So we leave this post with a few images from that wall. It was very hard to pick images for this post as there are so many that we love but here are a few to give you a peak into Raj and Pia’s incredible two ceremony day. The more we work on their images the more we are missing all of the great people that we met and became friends with, we hope we get to see many of them again soon. If you can believe it there are more images to come as the “just us and them” shoot and the reception was held the following day! Bye for now – E&A
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!
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!
Kas and Jen are from Toronto Ontario but came out to our beautiful home town of Victoria British Columbia for their wedding. When we met them for coffee the day before the big day to go over the shoot we had so much fun chatting we felt like we were hanging out with good friends. These two are definitely a Rock ‘n Roll couple. Kas if half of the electronic music duo Tetris Hold’em. He uses software to play music on gameboys – how cool is that! Jen designs handbags inspired by retro images, photo belt buckle, chic aprons, and much more under the name Bennie and Olive. She named her business after her Grandparents as they were the ones who taught her the skills she now uses as a designer. Jen’s gorgeous dress and coat were made by her friends and fellow Toronto designers Comrags. Her shoes are Ceylon by John Fluvog and were named after tea because the heels look like teapot spouts. Jen crocheted the guys’ bow ties which I have to say are the best bowties I have ever seen and it was so cute because Kas was so proud to be wearing it. The shot of her brother was nabbed as we left the shoot – her dad was unable to make it to the wedding but he sent his cowboy boots and hat for her brother to wear in his absence.
The garden photos and ceremony was held at Abkhazi Gardens which is now a protected property as it was originally the home and gardens of Prince and Princess Abkhazi descendants of Russian Royalty and is now a protected property managed by The Land Conservancy
These two have the best story as they both grew up on the prairies and later found themselves living in Toronto. They were flying home and Kas spotted Jen in the airport while waiting for his flight and was more than happy to find that not only was Jen on the same flight but that his seat was next to her when they boarded the plane. By the end of the flight Jen said she arrived home beaming and quite smitten. Jen told us she had never thought she would be the marrying kind until she met Kas. They are such genuine, sweet, and creative people and we are looking forward to hanging out with them when we head to Toronto this week. These two have so much love and they really brought it to the shoot which made our job so easy!! Congrats to Kas and Jen!!
Also this shoot has been featured on Rock ‘n Roll Bride!!! For more images you can visit at http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2009/10/escape/
While we were in Kelowna we had the great pleasure of doing a photoshoot with our little friend Ayla at the Gellatly Nut Farm. We hadn’t seen her since her first shoot with us last September and wow has she grown up into a precious little character. If interviewed we are pretty sure her favourite things are her stuffies – especially Sock Monkey, painting her face with flower pollen, rockin’ out in her mini pink converse allstars, and based on facebook some hardcore dress-up sessions. She comes by the tutu and theatrics honestly as her mama runs the Lake Country School of Dance in Lake County, BC. We just let her run around doing her thing as we tried to keep up! Thank-you to Ayla for a very fun session and we can’t wait to see you again!!
We are in Kelowna for a week of photo work. We were super excited for Dennis and Jen’s wedding shoot at the Ornamental Gardens in Summerland, BC. The property has so many options, heritage buildings, old sheds, tall grass… and a Kettle Vallery Railway trestle!!! I actually jumped up and down like a kid with a present when we scouted the location. It was hot and sunny but these two were so fun and were great about letting us be creative in an old shed and the trestle. Here is a preview of Dennis and Jen’s photos. Congrats