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Dawn & Ryan - Married

Holy trouts, she was a hot one that day - a balmy 36 degrees if I remember correctly.  It was a good thing Trout lake was ice cold, it was often the only relief from the mountainous heat wave. (scroll down and see for yourself).  I've never been to a wedding where there is a 2-3 hour period in between the photos and festivities to just cool off and rest. It was very much needed.

Dawn & Ryan's Trout Lake wedding was probably one of the most memorable experiences of my wedding season last year.  Not only were they so easy and relaxed to work with, but there was a very laid back approach to the whole event which made things very comfortable for everyone, especially myself where I knew next to no one there. There is nothing quite like a destination wedding though, especially one out in the middle of nowhere.  There was no cell service for 2 days, I was completely unplugged, (that in itself felt absolutely liberating), I got to camp right on the edge of the lake, I got to be part of the party, and most importantly of all, I got to do what I do best - document it all. 

The question still stands to you Dawn & Ryan - How about an anniversary party on the lake so we can do it all over again this year?

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Paige - Grad

The one thing I can truly say about this session is that it embodies the definition of grace and elegance.  

Grad sessions are usually so casual, but Paige wanted anything but that.  I wanted to help her achieve her vision so I spent lots of time putting this session together.  With a little help from some locals, (who had a truly storybook property), and Paige's little sister to assist me, I was able to capture some of the most elegant and artful images I think I've ever taken.  But I was really inspired by Paige and her situation, and that really helped me tap into another level of inspiration for my own work as a result. 

We all face challenges in our life that seem impassable, and sometimes but not always, we find a ways to defeat them and move onto the next stage of our lives...  making us stronger, smarter, and more beautiful than ever before.  Paige is no different.  She wanted to showcase her incredible transformation in this moment in a way that would never let her forget just how important that was to her.

Once we were done and she saw the final images, I could sense that she felt strong, empowered, and beautiful again.  My hope for Paige and for all the rest of the graduates of this year and the next is that you always continue to find yourself in ways you never thought possible, and never, EVER give up on yourself. 

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Kait & Ash - Married

2015 seemed to be the year where I worked with alot of fire-fighters. Engagements, newborn announcements, and weddings - all across the board.  This here, is Ashton, and he is about to take his bride, Kaitlin's, hand in marriage on a beautiful late summer afternoon at the Quaaout Lodge in Little Shuswap, BC.

Ash & Kait were so much fun to work with because their sense of humor was alot like mine.  They were goofy, they were happy, they were tearful, and even a bit tipsy at one point or another.  The most important thing was that they were in love and this day was all about capturing those moments between them as they celebrated it.

My special thanks to my second shooter, Selina for capturing those extra moments I couldn't split myself in half for.  Your help is always appreciated and you are breath of fresh air to the craziness of a photographer's task on days like these :)

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Shawn & Scott - Engaged

For a guy who is a volunteer fire-fighter, Scott sure isn't putting any fires out in these images with his fiancée - if anything they are starting one fire after another everywhere they stand, (or sit), in this photo set.  They're hot!!!  I can only imagine how hot they're gonna be, (or for that matter how hot it will be outside) for their mid-summer wedding.  Good thing there will be other Firefighters there just in case.

Just another fall day in paradise, at the beach.  Please enjoy these.  My thanks to the happy couple for letting me share these moments with you.
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Jori & Ryan's farm wedding

Jori and Ryan are a perfect example of how true love never dies, it only gets stronger with time.  When I first visited Jori & Ryan out on their farm, it was clear to me that they not only lived in paradise way out where they are, but being with each other WAS paradise.  

I learned so much from these two.  I learned that hard work and true love bear the fruits of an incredible future and legacy that they will one day leave behind for their own children.  I learned that their love for their land and their animals knows no bounds and benefits so many of us who use the products as a result of their laborious  work.  I learned that simple living can be incredibly rewarding.  The very fact that these two have so many lessons to teach me as well as others just by being who they are makes Jori & Ryan two people I will surely not forget for a long time to come.

Oh, and the passion between these two.... Yowzas!  It shows through just in the way they look  at each other, reminding us all what TRUE love really looks Like.  Congratulations to both of your burning hearts!

{Special thanks to Stephanie for all her help iin teaming up with me for this wedding.  Her added talents were a great addition to this collection and considering the distances we covered that day, I'm not sure what I would have done without you :) }

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