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Kim and Scott :: Terrace BC Wedding

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I always welcome the opportunity to shoot weddings in a new location, especially if it’s in BC. So when Kim told me their wedding was going to be a lakeside backyard affair on Lakelse Lake, I was really excited. When we lived in Smithers, we would often go to Terrace for shopping at some bigger stores, as a place to stop for coffee on the way for a Prince Rupert weekend getaway or camping and/or canoeing in the area. Which is STUNNING by the way. I have always said the most beautiful drive in BC is the Sea to Sky – well, the one from Terrace to Prince Rupert easily rivals that. And it was with this northern backdrop of mountains, rivers and forest that Kim and Scott had their wedding.

Hair and makeup began in the morning at Studio 3: Salon and Spa. It was right to work for the stylist, Samantha; curling, clipping, pinning. Phyllis and Amy, the bridesmaids, were already there, getting their hair and makeup done at the same time. I then headed off to a beautiful home where the boys were getting ready. After some shenanigans with bear cartoons and tights and whatnot, Scott and the boys got down to the business of getting those ties sorted out. If you think girls take a long time getting dressed, think again. Those ties were a real doozy and in the end, one of Scott’s groomsmen, Kevin, put it together for him. Voila! Instant groom ready to get married =)

The ladies were getting ready just around the corner and after some dressing details, Kim was ready to get buttoned into her dress, which was a fanciful tulle number. Kim’s Mom helped her get ready and I just really loved this – some very sweet moments between mother and daughter.

It wasn’t far to go to our next stop – the Heritage Museum Park – where we would do the First Look and start with photos there. I really enjoy it when couples opt for the First Look, on so many different levels. And this particular one between Kim and Scott was so intimate and heart-felt, it was really hard to hold it together. She had given him the journal she had kept from the time they met to the day before they got married and it was such a beautiful and special gift.

We spent some time at the museum, which had a lot of really wonderful spots and then to the Skeena River, which is kind of an iconic spot in Terrace, overlooking the Old Bridge.

The ceremony was located at a private cabin on the southwest side of Lakelse Lake and the drive out there was incredible. Even though the weather was threatening all afternoon and the wind had picked up, whatever rainclouds surrounding us were thankfully kept at bay. With the lake as their backdrop, a family friend officiated the ceremony and then it was time to mingle and have some eats. Two Sisters Catering from Smithers took care of the appies-only meal of pulled pork, beef or rosemary chicken kebabs (expertly grilled by the way!), goat cheese stuffed mushrooms, veggie platters and fresh summer salads. People noshed while they visited and when the sun started to go down, it was time for some roasts, er, I mean toasts. Scott’s groosmen, Kevin and Zoel, gave a hilarious rendition of Louis C.K’s “Of Course….But Maybe” that had everyone rolling on the floor laughing (thanks Scott for being a good sport about it all!). Great execution there, guys.

By the time it was getting dark and chilly, the first dances had been done, it was my time to go back into town. Thanks so much Kim and Scott for bringing me up to Terrace for your beautiful wedding – I really enjoyed myself and I know that from the photos, your families and friends did as well. Enjoy the images and don’t forget to press play for the music above!

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DETAILS

Hair and Makeup: Studio 3 Salon and Spa (Samantha Nyce)   //    Gown: The Bridal Gallery    //     Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew   //    Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Peter Parvez      //       Florist: Grace Fell Florist  //     Officiant: Garr Roth (Family friend)     //     Ceremony & Reception Venue: Lakelse Lake (Private Residence)     //     DJ: Steve Little

Madeleine and Chris :: Britannia Shipyard Engagement Session

Madeleine and Chris are getting married at the UBC Rose Garden/Sage Bistro really, really soon! We first met at the Britannia Shipyard and then went to Garry Point Park to catch the sunset. It was such a gorgeous evening – I could not get over how stunning the sunset was!

Looking forward to your September affair you two!

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Yolanda Lavorata / Weddings by Yolanda - Beautiful photos Rose! We are becoming quite the team :)
I am looking forward to working with you again at M & C’s wedding next Saturday.

Heather & Justin :: Westwood Plateau Wedding

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Heather and Justin have been in front of my camera a number of times now – the first being my 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Giveaway. They got engaged that fall and I was thrilled when Heather sent me the news. Fast forward to their summer wedding day that was hot and full of fun. We started off with the getting ready in Port Moody and then going a short distance towards the inlet for the First Look. After Justin realized he could turn around when Heather was tapping him on the shoulder, they had a few sweet moments to themselves before we jaunted off to the Shoreline Trail, which has some really neat elevated boardwalks over the mud flats. We did our best to stay in the shade – it was super hot out and really exposed in the park outside of the trails.

We went to our second photo location, which was en route to the Westwood Plateau for the ceremony and reception. Here, we had a bit more time to relax in the shade and the boys treated us all with Freezies! So, of course we had to use those as props for a few fun candid shots. And then there was the leaf pile. There were a few guys who were  doing some clean-up work in the courtyard and we had asked if Heather could jump in the pile for a few fun “fall” photos since she really wanted a fall wedding. They obliged and Heather tossed handfuls of crunchy leaves into the air. Even though it was sweltering, I almost feel like it’s a nice fall day looking at those images!

The ceremony was a lovely outdoor affair and the reception was upstairs in the ballroom. We managed to get a few photos of the couple on the fairway (being a Friday, it was quiet golf-wise) before being taken back to the reception in time for the formal wedding party entrance. You might all be wondering about the wedding favour – a can of soup? Well, it’s Justin’s last name and it was a cute and humorous addition to the table decor. There were dances, speeches, games, and cake cutting along with many smiles and much laughter. As the sun set over Mt. Baker, which the Westwood affords a stunning view of, my second shooter Sherry Lu and I said our good-bye’s and left the happy group to party well into the night.

A big congratulations to Heather and Justin and also a thank you for having me come and photograph your beautiful wedding. It’s been an honor to know you both for a while now and I hope you enjoy viewing a small sampling of your photographs!

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DETAILS

Second Photographer: Sherry Lu     //     Hair and Makeup: Refresh Spa and Salon   //    Gown: Bello Wedding World    //     Bridesmaids Dresses: Tiffany New York   //    Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein  //    Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein   //    Florist: Groom’s Aunt  //     Officiant: Tracy Sheppard     //     Ceremony & Reception Venue: Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club      //     Cake Decorator: Delectable Events     //     Reception Decor: Absolute Event Rentals     //     DJ: Creative DJ

Kevin - Amazing!! Photos are perfectly taken with the right timing and right angles! Good job!

Love in the Mountains :: Smithers Engagement Photographer

While I was in Smithers in July, I took the opportunity to meet with a couple getting married in October. I like to meet my brides and grooms prior to their wedding day however sometimes, it’s hard to do so when we live many miles apart. But every once in a while, the stars align and we get a chance to meet. This was such a time.

I met them in their beautiful new home that J lovingly decorated with green accent pieces. A girl after my own heart! Maybe just add a bit of pink and then we’re set =)

Behind their home are some wonderful trails, so we didn’t need to go far for some beautiful vistas of the mountains. Earlier in the day, it had rained so I was thankful we were able to take it outside for a even just a little bit. Their wedding is coming up in October (my favourite season!!) and I am so looking forward to coming back to Smithers for it.

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It's love magazine - In color or black and white, pictures are just fascinating.
Everybody is stunning.

Good job!

jim cawsey - Jo shared the fact you had posted these with family. As her father I offer you captured her ‘essence’ and brought a tear or two to my eyes.

I look forward to meeting you in October.

Thank you,

jim