Danika and Troy are the sort of couple who brighten up a room when they enter it. They radiate charisma and charm, and when you meet them, you instantly want them to be your friend. Or, at least, that's how I felt when I met these two amazing people for the first time last Fall at Rossland's Alpine Grind Cafe.
We did their engagement session this past February, and had a great time wading through the (nearly) waist deep snow. They brought sleds and their adorable rescue dog Cinder along because that's the sort of people they are; fun loving, gregarious, and quick to laugh.
I had such a blast with them at their engagement session, and immediately started looking forward to their wedding, which they described as going to be "silly, fun, interactive, and heartfelt with many non-traditional elements".
Silly, fun, and interactive it was! The Ram's Head Inn played host to both the ceremony and reception. After their short-but-sweet ceremony, guests were invite to participate in lawn games, basketball, tables set up with various card games, and even laser tag in the forest! All this while nibbling on never ending plates piled high with gorgeous fruits, vegetables, and cheese, and sipping beer, cider, and huckleberry mojitos (yes, I said huckleberry mojitos!)
The bride, groom, and their gorgeous wedding party opted to do portraits before the ceremony, so that nothing would pull them away from enjoying their party. I love when couples aren't afraid to break with tradition and do this because, the truth is, weddings are expensive and nobody deserves to indulge in the merriment quite as much as the couple themselves. It's so great to see a couple be able to roll straight from their ceremony and into a big party with their nearest-and-dearest without having to be taken away for an hour or two for portraits. When Danika announced, rather casually, they they had an inflatable t-rex costume that they'd like to incorporate into a few photos I almost fell over. Could this couple get any cooler?!
For dinner, guests were treated to a mediterranean inspired feast provided by the amazing crew at Premier Chef Services. Afterwards the family matriarchs sliced up and served a mouth-watering array of pies provided by local chocolate visionaries, Mountain Nugget Chocolate Company.
Big shout out to Danika, Troy, and their amazing crew of family and friends who made myself and my second shooter, Jesse, feel so welcome. You all are one in a million!
"We're not having a typical wedding. It'll be about 20 people total and we're taking a helicopter up to the top of a mountain".
That was the part of the email that I received from Gabrielle last summer, and by the time I finished reading the words "top of a mountain", I knew that I needed to book this wedding!
Guests met at Nelson's High Terrain Helicopters, where they were shuttled up to the top of near-by Mount Peters, in groups of 3 or 4. I was on one of the first flights up, and as I stepped out of the helicopter and took my first look around, it took everything I had not to lose my footing entirely-- the setting was gorgeous. Jaw-dropping-knee-bucklingly gorgeous. It was the sort of setting that takes the words right out of your mouth, and replaces them with tears in your eyes.
At the top of Mount Peters on that sunny, clear day, we felt on top of the world. The Selkirk Mountains rolled on seemingly endlessly beneath us, fat bumble bees buzzed busily in the wildflowers, and a soft summer wind blew delicately through our hair. Nearby the flutist was warming up, playing a sweet rendition of "What a Wonderful World", and we all stood there, dumbfounded & speechless.
The beautiful bride, Gabrielle, was the last to arrive. As her helicopter landed guests took their positions. She existed the helicopter, with her gorgeous blue hair & lace gown billowing dramatically around her. Taking her father's arm, she waited to join her handsome groom who was eagerly waiting just 30 feet away.
Their ceremony was short and sweet, with the couple exchanging their own personalized vows. As they embraced for their very first kiss as husband-and-wife their guests erupted into applause and cheers, which I am sure could be heard for miles.
I was with Gabrielle & Eric for just their ceremony, and an hour of portraits following the ceremony that went much to quickly. We did not need to venture far from the ceremony site to find the most perfect mountain top photo-ops. This wedding will certainly go down as one of the most memorable that I have ever shot. I want to thank Gabrielle and Eric from the bottom of my heart for inviting me along, and for trusting me with us a once-in-a-life-time event. I hope I did your magical day, and incredible venue justice.
When Rachel first contacted me about shooting her Kelowna Harvest Golf Club wedding, I was struck immediately by her warmth. I remember getting off the phone with her that evening and thinking to myself, "Well, she was just lovely!"
My first impression was certainly not wrong! Despite living 700km away from me, I was still able to meet with Rachel and David in early May for an engagement/family session. As with all my wedding clients, whenever possible I try to set up a complimentary engagement session so that we can get to know each other before the big day. Rachel, David, and their young son were a pleasure to work with and I found myself walking away from their engagement session, counting down the days until the main event!
We met in downtown Kelowna where I snapped a few 'getting ready' photos of the couple at their hotel. We all then moved onto the gorgeous Harvest Golf Club for the ceremony & reception. Rachel was absolutely radiant in her lace gown, and I am still amazed that she didn't let being 8 months pregnant slow her down for a second! She is truly an inspiring woman.
Guests were treated to an amazing open bar, and some of the most varied and delicious food that I have ever had the pleasure of stuffing my face with... Errr, I mean, photographing. Rachel and David know how to treat their guests! It was a fantastic day celebrating the love of an even more fantastic, growing family, and I am honoured to have been a part of it.
I met with Charlotte & her lovely family in Castlegar's Millennium Park on a perfect early June evening. Charlotte, like me, is a local photographer and she and I agreed to meet up and do a 'photoswap' of each other's families. She shot mine, I shot hers. It was the perfect arrangement! Not only did she take some absolutely gorgeous photos of my little family, but I got to work with hers as well... and I think we can all agree that these 3 human beings are absolutely lovely! What a treat to do a mini session with them in this gorgeous field of wild lupines.
Tegan and Blair are getting married this summer on Tegan's parent's amazing property on the outskirts of Creston, BC. Tegan thought (and rightly so!) that doing their Engagement Session on the property as well would be wise as it would give me a chance to get familiarized with the land and see how things are laid out.
The weather was absolutely perfect for their laid-back, picnic engagement session. We walked the parameter of the property together, taking photos and getting to know each other. I don't think I have ever laughed as much in one session as I did during my hour with these two! Despite claiming to be novices and feel awkward in front of the camera, these two were full of such genuine happiness and ease with each other that it was almost impossible for me to take a bad photo. And if all of that wasn't a treat enough-- Tegan's lovely Mom cooked us all dinner after we were done. I have the best clients!
These two have completely stolen my heart. I am so looking forward to their August wedding!
Rachel & David were referred to me by a fabulous mutual friend. They are getting married this summer in Kelowna, and needed a photographer to capture the day. I include free engagement sessions for all of my wedding couples, but the trouble was, they live in White Rock, BC, and I live in The Kootenays-- about 750km apart. Fortunately, we were able to make it work! I make a trip back to my hometown of Vancouver about twice a year & I was able to squeeze in a session with these beautiful people during one such visit. I'm so glad that our circles were able to overlap and we got this done! Working with wedding clients at least once before their big day is advantageous for everyone.
Rachel and David aren't just celebrating their upcoming wedding. They're also celebrating the addition of Baby #1. How fun to include their older son, & Rachel's growing bump into this Engagement-turned-family-turned-maternity session on White Rock Beach. I am so looking forward to their big day this summer!
You know what I love? Couples who aren't afraid to be a little bit silly and have some FUN! Troy & Danika are just that couple. When we met a few months ago to chat about their wedding they mentioned several times how important it was to them that their big day, above all else, be relaxed & fun. So it was only natural that their engagement session (held at snowy, off-season, RedStone Golf Resort, in Rossland BC) be much of the same!
They brought along their fabulous dog Cinder, a couple sleds, and a willingness to get their pants & boots absolutely full of snow. Fun we most certainly had! A hilarious, botched sledding attempt turned into a snowball fight while Cinder bounced joyfully around us. The laughter and smiles came naturally and easily for everyone.
Thanks Danika and Troy (and Cinder!) for being so wonderful and being willing to step outside the box a bit and make this session your own. I absolutely cannot wait until your big day in August!
Newly engaged Tara and Taylor came to me in mid December inquiring about wedding coverage and an engagement session. This fabulous Albertan couple fell in love with the Kootenays while visiting a friend in Nelson and it was love at first sight. They are now not only scoping it out as the location for their 2017 wedding, but also as a potential future place to call home.
It is easy to take where you live for granted, but in meeting & chatting with Tara and Taylor I was reminded of how fortunate I am to call this beautiful corner of of the planet Home. Our hot, relaxing summers give way to colourful, crisp falls. Our falls turn into snowy, pristine winters, which melt seamlessly into lush, green springs. Each of the four seasons here in the Kootenays is absolutely stunning. How lucky we are!
Tara and Taylor are still in the beginning stages of wedding planning and have a long way to go before their big day starts to materialize, but I so hope that Wanderlust Photography is a part of the plans. They were such a blast to work with-- nothing but genuine smiles and laughter. I have no doubts that their wedding will be an event to remember.
Congratulations, you two!
October is, by far, my busiest month for Family Portraits-- and for good reason!! The colours are beautiful, the weather (as long as it's not raining) is cool and comfortable, and Moms get to wear their favourite boots and scarves. Oh, and the photos go pretty darn well in the annual family Christmas cards, too!
The G* Family and I met up in Trail's beautiful Gyro Park for a little adventuring. When shooting little ones in the 12-24 month range, you never quite know what you are going to get. As a photographer I have to be willing and able to go with the flow and think on my toes. The G* family's adorable little girl certainly made me work for my shots, but that only makes the ones that turned out well all the sweeter! I also have to say that I am suffering from some serious toddler wardrobe envy, and want to know where I can find those boots and that coat in my size-- just precious!
How adorable is this little family? The K* family contacted me after seeing my work on Facebook. When discussing locations for their shoot, I had mentioned Castlegar's Kinnaird Park, and as it turns out, that is the very spot where Mom & Dad got married! It's always ideal for a location to hold some sentimental and emotional significance, so Kinnaird Park it was!
These guys were such troopers following me all around the park-- in and out of soggy under growth, and pretending to ignore the growing cold. As it tends to happen in the Fall months, our session required a reschedule before we were able to meet up and make the magic happen. However, that doesn't mean the weather was sunny and warm! We had a nice, crisp fall afternoon after several days of rain, & the ground was anything but dry. These three did not let it phase them though! I am so thankful to have clients who trust my vision and aren't afraid to get their boots a bit dirty. I am also very thankful for charismatic little girls who keep us grown ups laughing and on our toes the whole session. Always a treat!
32-years-young, Tamara Boden is a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer out of 'The Kootenays' region of south-eastern British Columbia. She loves being right, going on adventures, snuggling her dogs & husband, roadtrips, indie/off-beat weddings, chubby babies and making people laugh. When not behind the camera or at her computer, you will find Tamara planning her next big trip, seeking out the perfect cup of coffee, and counting all of her infinite blessings. Thanks for stopping by!