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Smithers Fall Fair

Some would call it the highlight of the year. I call it tons of fun crammed into one weekend full of animals, food, crafts, rides and rodeo. This year was a little different, however, we got to tag along our 1 1/2 year old. It was some of the nicest weather for the fall fair that I can remember the past few years (minus last year since we weren’t around) and it was pretty neat to see our son checking everything out, some things for the first time, like chickens. Let’s just say he didn’t like the chickens. Or horses. Just really big animals in general. So, there’s an awful lot of pictures of my kid in this posting, I mean like, lots – but that’s OK. He’s my kid, I think he’s cute and that’s all there is to it.

We also bumped into our neighbor with his little guy, all done up as a tiger. We all took a break in the sun, drinking yummy fresh-squeezed lemonade. Then it was off to check out the tractors, which I think Fin could have played on forever. My little techie – loves knobs, buttons, and all things mechanical. He was plumb tuckered by the end of the afternoon, as were we and I was very proud of dinner. It didn’t take long to make and was a nearly 100% local meal of market potatoes, beets from our garden and locally made sausage – a hearty finish to the day!

James and Melicia // Smithers Wedding Photographer

What a lovely wedding and what a lovely couple. It’s such a privilege to have strangers invite you into their lives for such an important milestone in their relationship ~ so much a privilege that in fact I often end up with new friends along the way and James and Melicia are no exception to that.

The whole day was a casual and carefree affair at Jadar Farms, where the couple lives. It was a small wedding with just family and close friends coming to celebrate, which is totally fine by me ~ I really, really love small, intimate affairs. Melicia rode into the ceremony area on her beautiful black Hanoverian and this was a first for me. I was looking forward to including a horse in the wedding day and Ferrari was certainly a good-looking model.

After a few tears during the ceremony and some family pictures, the three of us went off to sample the many outdoor locations the Farm had to offer, starting with a neighbors field. Ferrari seemed to really like it and proceeded to take up ginormous mouthfuls of the grain.

Being a riding center, Jadar Farms had a number of really great indoor spots too, like the riding stable with the amazing light. The directional light in here blew my mind! So we utilized an empty stall with a great whitewash backdrop and the open hayloft for some uber-cool silhouettes. The moment I saw those doors open up, I knew exactly what I had to do.

To top the day off, we took the ATV (all 3 of us piled on) and drove up an old dirt road to one of the prettiest open fields I have ever seen. It was up here that James proposed to Melicia and it seemed incredibly fitting to end up there ~ tall grass, barnboard fence line, Indian Paintbrush, mountain vistas and all. And not only that but we found some wild blueberries (well, at first we thought they were blueberries but then James said they tasted more like soap) and teeny tiny wild strawberries. We sat amongst the soft, tall grass under a canopy of sky that threatened rain all day but not a drop showed up. And when we had decided it was time to retreat, we hopped back on the ATV and drove back to the riding arena where the reception would be for an evening of food, drink and dancing.

I have to say, I truly love brides that can whittle sticks for little boys, run through fields with reckless abandon, ride on the front of ATV’s, go wild blueberry picking and still at the end of the day look absolutely fabulous. And I love a groom that just grins and loves her all the more for it. James and Melicia, thank you so much for everything ~ you are amazing people and I feel so fortunate to have met you two! Congratulations and I wish you many years of happiness to come!

Dress: Bliss Consignment Shop

Bride’s Shoes: Miz Mooz Boutique

Makeup: Cloud Nine Esthetics

Hair: LOKKS Salon

Catering: Family/Friends along with Susie Hooper and Kim Hodgson

Cupcakes: Andrea Dupuis

Ceremony/Reception: Jadar Farms

Flowers: Bob Chapman, North Country Gardens

Guestbook: Christi Mulder, Smokescreen Graphics

Melicia - These are magical, we are so in love with them all:)

Carla Cleveland - Wow absolutely stunning photos! So glad I could be there to share the day with you! Luv Carla X

alanna - “every little thing she does is magic..” – stunning images Rose!

alanna - “every little thing she does is magic..” – stunning images Rose!

alanna - “every little thing she does is magic..” – stunning images Rose!

loretta - simply lovely simply rose

Denise - Rose, You have a beautiful way of capturing all the details of the day! Absolutely amazing pictures!

lyndsay london - Love that cat, the horse, the bride and groom and details. Nice work Rose!

Alain and Anna // Smithers Wedding Preview

Where do I even begin with this one?

All I know is that this wedding is going to be a two parter for sure.

Thank you so much, Anna, for giving me so much beauty to work with.

More to come……

Kate Schat - Love these photos. Our Grandma said “They are such lovely photos, but in one of them the heads won’t load!” We had a little laugh about that. Can’t wait to see the rest!

Sandy Harkema - Absolutely wonderful photos, of beautiful people, on a most special day! Congratulations to Anna and Alain!

Karen Mouat - Thank you Rose for your attention to detail and capturing beautiful moments.
You were a treat to have around.


We will be moving to Vancouver at the end of September which is fantastic! Not so fantastic is all the packing, boxes, chaos, resettling, cost, and  the two day drive down with a 16-month-old with a mission to run. We’ll only have been back in Smithers for 6 months but this move is such a relief for us for a number of personal reasons including health and family. With wedding season slowly winding down (I only have two more left), I’ll be honest and say I’m feeling really tapped out with everything going on in my household. My husband has an illness we have been trying to determine for the past three years and has gotten worse since we moved back up here, my son is a busy boy and I am working two full-time jobs which consumes most of my time. It hasn’t been easy. But I also know that this is just for a season, I don’t know for how long, but I know that it will calm down and sort itself out some day. Don’t forget that I do weddings all over, so don’t be shy, send me that email with your details and we’ll go from there.

On a completely separate note, my workstation is in the lab again because the fan died on me again and now they are having troubles actually getting the hard drive to work. Looks like my new Mac workstation might be closer than we imagined. This is just getting ridiculous. So if there is problems with it and you are waiting for pictures, please hang tight! (And that means for my sessions coming up in the next 3 weeks as well.) Hopefully it’s not serious, I’m just waiting for a call to find out after they run some sort of diagnostics on it.

And on a final note, here is a fun little series of my son and his oatmeal that I took before him and Josh went to Ontario on Monday. It sure is quiet around here, which is kind of nice, but at the same time, I sort of miss all the chaos that makes this family what it is. I certainly don’t miss the mess though! It’s wonderful to come home and find everything the way it was when I left it in the morning and not having to do dishes four times a day.

Well, I’m off to prep for tomorrow’s fabulous wedding. Stay cool interwebs!

marina dykstrra - we’re so glad to have him (and Josh) here Rose. Now that I have seen him for a few days I see how wonderfully you have captured him in these pics. He is sweetheart! Love you, enjoy the peace and quiet. Mom

Dan and Amanda // Smithers Wedding Photographer

It couldn’t have been more perfect. A sunny, warm summer day with a gentle breeze. Family and friends gathering before a panorama of mountain peaks framed against a true blue sky. A beautiful couple celebrating their love amidst it all.

Dan and Amanda were easy-going and up for anything right from their Engagement Session, so I knew that their wedding was going to be an amazing event. The ceremony started off at Driftwood Lodge just outside of Smithers and the lawn was decorated with simple white chairs, hanging white lanterns and cylindrical vases full of white orchids. The ladies at Larkspur Floral Design did a great job with the bouquets and boutonnieres that were brimming with roses, black calla lillies, green button mums and a variety of other beautiful blooms. And since you all know what a sucker I am for flowers, I made sure that they were photographed well!

From there, we didn’t have to go far for the rest of the wedding party photos and the Bride and Groom portraits. The ladies were lovely in strapless pewter dresses and the gentlemen suave in their suits ~ everyone rocked it out! And of course, the best treat of all were two restored vintage cars that belonged to Amanda’s dad. My personal fave was the blue Pontiac Laurentian ~ how could you not love the colour of that? Dan and Amanda spent some time cuddling up in the backseat and I also made sure to take plenty portraits of Amanda in her lovely dress from Anna’s Couture in Prince Rupert.

The reception at Hudson Bay Lodge was a blast and full of fun and laughter. There were shot toasts, heartfelt speeches, a wonderful meal, cake cutting, dancing….need I go on? There was definitely one good party going on.

Thanks so much to my second shooter, Kristie Larsen, for coming out and helping me with the day!

Congratulations Dan and Amanda! Wishing you all the best in your new lives as Mr. and Mrs.!


Ceremony Location: Driftwood Lodge

Officiant: Sarah Deagle

Flowers: Larkspur Floral Design

Hair: LOKKS Salon

Makeup: Cloud Nine Esthetics

Reception and catering: Hudson Bay Lodge

Wedding Cake: Paul’s Bakery

DJ: Darren Fuerst


Sylvia Buikema - Hi – I have loved looking at your pictures. My daughter is getting married in June 2012 in Smithers – she has booked you for their photographer and are very excited!
They are hoping to having an outdoor wedding and after seeing Dan & Amanda’s wedding pictures, I was wondering where they got the white chairs for their ceremony. Do you know of anyway I could find out?


momma - they are all great. I got tears again!

Jen - Beautiful! Congrats Dan and Amanda!