To say that I’d been looking forward to Anne and Tim’s engagement session at Whytecliff Park would be a total understatement. I’ve been excited to hang out with these two again after we initially met in November to chat about their amazing forest wedding at Zajac Ranch. They’re both so kind and genuine, it was such a pleasure chatting and getting to know them a little better. I was thrilled they chose Whytecliff Park for their engagement photos as it’s quickly become one of my favorite places, I simply cannot get enough of the beautiful coastline and spectacular views!

Despite all our planning, the weather on the day of our session was some of the craziest I’ve experienced. Rain, hail, thunder, lightning…you name it, it happened that day. Despite the frightening weather we decided to go ahead as planned with the shoot and somehow, through sheer luck, we were rewarded with the only patch of sun in the entire Lower Mainland and a completely deserted beach. Anne and Tim brought along their adorable puppy Allie and their dear friend Sylvie who was so kind to keep Allie occupied while not in front of the camera. We had such a great evening together, these two are so adventurous and happy to do anything I suggested, even offering to scale a rock face and stand on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean, to get the perfect photos. These two couldn’t be more beautiful in front of the camera, their smiles are infectious and their love is easy to see. I’m beyond excited to photograph their beautiful wedding this September at Zajac Ranch planned by my dear and incredibly talented friend Stephanie, of Sweetheart Events!

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A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of joining some good friends for a weekend in the Okanagan to photograph a beautiful winery wedding. Destination weddings are always special but there was something extra special about this one; spending the day at a stunning winery with sweeping views of Lake Okanagan has it’s perks but working and spending the weekend with some of my favourite people in the wedding industry was definitely the highlight! I was honoured to once again shoot alongside my friend Kim of Kim James Photography and document a stunning wedding that was perfectly planned by my dear friend Stephanie of Sweetheart Events and her assistant Shawna and intern Kathlene. We kicked off the weekend with a lovely dinner at Hillside Winery in Naramata organized by the always fabulous Jasmine Hoffman; the food and wine were topped only by the stunning grounds and sweeping lake views from the winery tower. After many glasses of wine, we all pledged to return again soon.

Following a hot scorching day photographing at Poplar Grove Winery we spent the final day of our Okanagan trip touring a couple of our group’s favourite wineries. A stop at Painted Rock Estate Winery with it’s panoramic views of Skaha Lake did not disappoint; wandering the grounds I couldn’t help but imagine how beautiful of a wedding venue it would be. A short drive along the lake’s edge led us to God’s Mountain Estate, sitting a top a long windy road it’s easily my favourite wedding venue in the entire Okanagan. Nestled amongst grape vines and fruit trees, it’s truly an escape like no other. Incredible lake views, beautiful gardens and quiet serenity; meandering the property I felt as though I’d been transported to another place and time. Stephanie and I  simply couldn’t get enough of the estate and when we finally did leave I couldn’t stop dreaming of spending the night gazing at the stars from their roofless room. Dirty Laundry Vineyard in Summerland, a favourite of the Sweetheart Events girls, was our final stop and it did not disappoint. The vineyard views from the patio were so beautiful and the wine was definitely some of my favourite! All in all it was a special weekend, one that’s filled with great memories I won’t soon forget.

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Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver is quite possibly the most stunning location for engagement photos. Ever. With incredible ocean views, rugged coastline and arbutus trees, a personal favourite, it was easy to see why Carolina and Scott chose it as the setting for their engagement photos. Scott and Carolina are sweet but their engagement story is even sweeter. After 10 years of dating Scott proposed on a trip to Montreal, all bundled up in parkas to keep warm from the chilly winter weather he thought he would take her by surprise and pop the question. Little did he know she was on to him and had an idea of his plan all along. We shared many laughs throughout the session as these two have the best stories.

The weather was perfect and although we battled the rapidly approaching high tide, they were willing to wade through the chilly water for some beautiful photos with Whyte Islet as the backdrop. After toasting to their engagement with a lovely bottle of champagne, we were rewarded with what can only be described as one of the prettiest sunsets we’d ever seen. I couldn’t be more excited to photograph Carolina and Scott’s upcoming wedding this summer at Riverway Golf Club!

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