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Tsawwassen Wedding // Sarah & Paul

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I first met Sarah at a church I was attending many years ago when I was in my early 20’s. She was fun and adventurous – we hit it off and soon became friends. It was exciting news when we she got engaged and we started to talk about photography for her wedding – I was so happy that her and Paul decided to have me attend their special day in Tsawwassen this fall.

From the start of the day at her family home to the reception held at St. David’s Anglican church, the day was punctuated with funny faces, silly dance moves and a whole lot of love between Sarah and Paul. What a wonderful match these two are together. And I just loved the way Paul couldn’t take his eyes off of Sarah when she arrived down the aisle in the church. It’s so beautiful when a couple truly adores one another so much.

Thank you so much for having me share in your Tsawwassen wedding! I know there are a few people anxiously waiting for these, so without further ado, here they are!

This is also my last wedding for 2014! It’s always a bittersweet moment to post the last wedding of the season because now that means it’s time to do some serious business stuff. And also some fun personal work. However if you are getting married or know of someone who is, I am currently booking for 2015! I would love to chat with you about your wedding day! Please do send me an email at rose@simply-rose.com.

Enjoy!

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DETAILS

Hair: Ingrid’s on Twelth
Makeup: Sarah’s Mom
Gown: Maggie Sottero (The Bridal Gallery)
Groom’s Suit: Debonair Formal Wear
Florist: The Flower Box (bouquet) and Belinda Kishimoto (ceremony and decorative flowers)
Officiant: Rev. Paul Woehrle and Pastor Don Schueling
Ceremony and Reception: St. David’s Anglican Church
Decor Rentals: Surdel Party Rentals
Cake: Sarah’s Aunt

Catherine Davis - These photos are gorgeous! I love everything about them! I especially love the floral and fauna, the colours are exquisite

Smithers, BC Wedding // J & B

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As I flew in the day before J & B’s wedding, I remarked at how beautiful the Bulkey Valley looked at that time of year. It was a bit of a grey day, but it made the fall colours stand out all the more prominently. There are not really any fall reds in northern BC (at least not many that I have seen), but what you do get are the most amazing yellows, burnt umbers and everything in between. I was somewhat glued to the little airplane window as we circled around town for the right entry onto the tarmac. So much beauty.

The day of the wedding, the weather could not have been more perfect. The sky was one big softbox and the light was so soft and pretty that day. I arrived at the couple’s lovely home in a new subdivision in town and was somewhat giddy with all the windows and gorgeous light to work with. And not to mention so many wonderful little places to put things. The first order of the day were J’s dressing details, which I had a lot of fun with. Her Seychelles shoes were such a fun fall colour and I *may* have taken a few too many of the shoes alone. Oooops. J’s fall bouquet designed by Appreciations Flowers was just the right amount of colour and her Allure Romance bridal gown was such a classic look. J had some special jewelry, including a vintage bracelet that has been passed down through her mother’s paternal side. The series of J putting the bracelet on are some of my favourite images from that morning. B’s Banana Republic suit was so dapper and the finishing touch was a gold nugget tie pin from his grandfather who owned over a hundred suits. What a great little detail with so such a story behind it.

J & B did a First Look, but this was a bit different. They really love their house and being at home so we had J’s big reveal on the stairs into the foyer where B was waiting for her. I really loved this! It was such a sweet moment. They then did their own personal ring exchange in the living room before we headed out for some portraits of the two of them. There was no wedding party so we were able to take some time to go to two different locations, both equally amazing. I have perhaps a bit of an unhealthy obsession with white-barked trees – aspens, poplar, birch – anything like that is A OK by me. So when I found an open aspen forest while scouting the day before, I knew we just had to use it. I’m so glad we braved the cow pies to do so (did I mention that I have the best brides EVER?).

The ceremony was at Round Lake Hall and they walked in together. The reception decor had so many personal little touches and most things were made by J & B’s army of support, right down to the coffee filter garlands that draped across the windows. Two Sisters Catering made the delicious meal which everyone greatly enjoyed. Then it was time for the party!

Thanks so much to J & B for having me at their beautiful fall Smithers, BC wedding – the whole day was just so marvelous, right down to the smallest details (am I allowed to mention the shoes again?). I oh so wish fall could last all year long as it’s my favourite season, but perhaps that’s one reason we can appreciate it so much – it only comes around once a year and lasts for so little a time. I hope you enjoy looking at these as we enter into a new season…..winter!

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DETAILS

Hair: Tangles (Naomi Lynch)
Makeup: Kim de Hoog
Gown: Allure Romance (Shades of White)
Earrings: Sabrina Corraini (Etsy)
Hairpiece: WeddingGlam (Etsy)
Bracelet: Bride’s own heirloom piece
Shoes: Seychelles Footwear
Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic
Florist: Appreciations Flowers
Officiant: Bob Haslett
Ceremony & Reception: Round Lake Hall, Telkwa, BC
Catering: Two Sisters Catering
Cake: Family Friend
DJ: Request the Best (Paul Affleck)
Invitation Designer: Harlowe and Thistle (Etsy)

Christine - My favorite picture is the one of the baby with the soother stuck in her mouth – so adorable!
They’re all beautiful shots Rose – as usual you manage to capture so much through your lens.

Mini Sessions 2014

This is the first time that I am offering something like this and I am super excited! A Mini Session is a shorter session for you and your family to update your family photos or to get a little something for your annual Christmas cards. And it’s not actually just limited to families with kids either – couples are more than welcome as well! While you are at it, bring along your favourite furry friend, too.

Details for the session are below but if you have any further questions, please send an email to me at rose@simply-rose.com.

I hope to see you at Mini Sessions 2014 this November!

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Halloween

These two.

They have been best friends since they were 2 when we met at the local playgym at the community center. Now they are 4 and 5 and still going strong. Spike is in kindergarten now so we don’t see the family as much as we used to (also due to busy fall schedules and colds) , which made our evening all the sweeter yesterday. Spike is so lovable – the sort of kid that doles out hugs just because he feels like it and wears his heart on his sleeve. Mine is a bit more reserved and quiet. But watching these two greet each other yesterday was really quite special and it put the big squeeze on my heart.

Hope everyone that participated had a safe and fun Halloween yesterday. Til next year!

Best Friends

Visiting Friends in Campbell River I Personal

I’m feeling beachy today. Thought I’d take a break from the regular wedding fare and explore some personal work from earlier this year when Fin and I visited our friends in Campbell River on Vancouver Island. This was back in May, so it was still a bit chilly and drizzly and the trip was almost cancelled due to a last minute bout of some strange stomach bug, but Fin was well enough in the end to do it. We took the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo and then took the Greyhound up north on the Island. I would have liked to have taken a few more on the ferry, but my hands were quite full with all our luggage and a 4 year old in tow. But Fin and I have had other ferry adventures that you can see here. It was quite the adventure and Fin was really enjoying the trip….until an hour into the bus ride. It’s a long day of travel on public transportation for a little kid. And for Mom carrying so many things! But soon enough, the day’s events thus far and the movement of the bus lulled him into a short nap.

We spent a few days with Nycky-Jay, Oliver and fairly brand new baby Alistair. I’ve known NJ for a little while now, who is also a very talented photographer. We connected through the Our Littles Collected project and came to realize that we were both in similar situations in dealing with ill mothers. The details were different but the feelings surrounding everything were quite similar and we would often chat online about things that were going on in our lives or how we were feeling about what we were going through. And we have remained good friends ever since. She is always there to listen to me vent or have a good laugh over something silly. I am very thankful for her introducing herself to me many years ago and I was so glad we could make the trip a reality. It’s funny, but it never really occurred to me to meet in person until earlier this year! Online friendships can be funny like that. Our boys are only one year apart in age and we thought that their mutual love of Lego would instantly bond them. After a bit of warming up, it did.

NJ took us to a fabulous beach for an afternoon where the boys got to play in the sand, run around on logs and check out some furry bugs. Fin was still dealing with the last lingerings of the stomach bug but he was a trooper and obliged me with putting my camera in his face for a little bit (he’s slowly coming around to having his picture taken!). The beach was so lovely, however and the fresh ocean air put Alistair right to sleep. After the beach, it was time for a serious Lego session and a bit of a movie before dinner. The boys got along so incredibly well, but we knew that they would! Fin was smitten with the baby and would sneak opportunities to hold his hand.

I’ve been following Alistair’s growth online through the beautiful photos she takes of her children together. I am already starting to think of when we can visit again next! You know your kid had a wonderful time when for days after, he keeps asking about “Oliver and baby Alistair.” And also the Lego man that was gifted in exchange for a lost one.

Play date soon, NJ?

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