Claire and Mark's Red Mountain Resort Wedding was entirely too much fun!
The day started out with the ladies getting ready at Claire's family home in Rossland, and the fellas getting ready at one of Red Mountain Resort's spacious luxury cabins. The two groups met up mid-day for a sweet 'First Look' in the bride's parent's backyard. I set up their processional song (Tenerife Sea, by the incredible Ed Sheeran) to play on my iPhone while Claire nervously approached Mark from behind. The look on Mark's face when he turned around and saw his gorgeous bride-to-be in her gown for the first time was so, so, so special. I love First Looks!
Breaking with tradition, Claire and Mark opted to do their portraits *before* the ceremony, so after their 'First Look' we headed to the Rossland Resevoir for some photographs (and much needed shade! It was HOT that day!)
Wrapping up portraits, the wedding party climbed about their Shuttle and we all departed for Red Mountain Resort, where everything was set up and ready.
Claire and Mark said 'I Do' at the feet of Rossland's gorgeous Red Mountain and the setting could not have been more perfect! I never tire of the amazing backdrops that accompany so many of my Kootenay Weddings!
With portraits already done, the couple was free to mingle and enjoy their cocktail hour. Guests nibbled on some of the most delicious bruschetta that I have ever tasted, sipped on beverages from Red Mountain Resort's well stocked bar, and enjoyed the absolutely perfect summer afternoon. All too soon it was time to move in for dinner, which marked the end of my day with this beautiful couple and their wonderful friends and family.
Special thanks to my fabulous Second Shooter, Jesse, for his continued help this season. I love watching Jesse's skills and confidence blossom as the season progresses and am always excited to see what sort of golden nuggets he'll have for me on his memory card at the end of the evening. Thanks for being awesome, Jesse!
Hair: Andrea Bedin
Makeup: Emily Kjelshus
Flowers: By the bride's family.
Venue & Catering: Red Mountain Resort
I received an email from Jennifer in JANUARY of this year regarding her upcoming family trip to Nelson, BC. Ever the planner, she wanted to book a lake-side family photo session while in my beautiful corner of the country.
It is certainly a bit unusual to receive a Family Session booking six months in advance, but I was stoked to work with them and eagerly wrote 'July 2nd. Jennifer Fam Session. Nelson.' into my calendar.
As July 2nd approached, I exchanged a few phone calls and emails with Jennifer as plans for their session evolved and took shape. By the time I finally met her & her family in the day-use parking lot at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, I felt like I was meeting a familiar friend.
This session was such a joy! Jennifer and Christie are so in love, and make such a wonderful team. Their lovely boys were bright, engaging, and oh-so-sweet. I fell in love with the 4 of them immediately and did not want this session to end.
This session was actually a 2 parter. We did the first half at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, and then returned to their incredible Loft Air B&B for an 'in home' style session afterwards. I am sharing just the Kokanee Creek portion of the shoot now. You'll have to stay tuned for the 2nd half.
Tipping in today's day in age is a hotly debated subject. Many who are navigating the uncharted waters of wedding planning ask themselves which vendors they should be tipping, and how much. Do you do a percentage of the cost of the service? Do you do just a flat $$ amount? Should you even tip at all?
I am here to help you answer the question of whether or not, and how much, you should consider tipping your wedding day photographer(s).
I've had the distinct pleasure of knowing these two grown up human beings for about 5 years now. We met a lifetime ago before our precious babies entered our lives and turned our worlds upside down.
We've shared countless glasses of wine, laughs, long talks, and even the occasional disagreement. They are the sort of people you can call on when you need someone to come over to help you put down your new hardwood floor, and the sort of people who text you randomly with the titles of songs that they think you would like.
Sadly, they are also the sort of people who are moving 800+km away in just a few short weeks.
I am both incredibly excited for this new chapter of their lives, and extremely bummed that they will no longer live just up the road. Saying 'so long' to good friends is never fun, but I find that it only gets more difficult as you get older and more rooted. Every depature feels like losing a little piece of your own self, and every goodbye feels more permanent.
May they find greener pastures and a sense of community in their new home. We will miss them terribly, but are determined to go to Vancouver Island for an epic roadtrip adventure & visit them soon. I hope that these photos remind them of their time here in the Kootenays and put a smile on their face for many, many years to come.
Friends, you are loved and you will be dearly missed.
Every photographer has a client in their mind who they would describe as their 'Dream Client'.
The "Dream Client" varies depending on what type of photography you do, and what sort of art you create. Dream Clients don't just match a certain aesthetic that a photographer is looking for, they also 'get you'. They are comfortable in front of your camera & you click on a personal level. It also doesn't hurt if they are well connected socially and eager to sing your praises to anyone who will listen, thus drumming up incredible business for you via positive word-of-mouth. Dream Clients are diamonds in the rough. They don't come around often, but when you find one you KNOW, and you go out of your way to keep those people in your life.
Sara and Bergen are Dream Clients.
I shot their wedding a few summers ago and have been desperately, hopelessly in love with these two ever since. We have kept in touch over facebook ever since. When they annouced that they were pregnant this past winter, I was over come with joy for them (so over-come that I literally had a near-arrest experience... but that is another story for another time).
I quickly emailed to ask Sara if she'd like to do an in-home newborn session once the baby arrived (and when I say 'ask' I mean BEG). In true Dream Client fashion she was keen, and promised to send me a note once the little one made it's big debut.
A few months later I found myself at Sara & Bergen's Castlegar home, with their brand new baby Lola and red-headed big sister Dimer. As most big sisters do, Dimer worked relentlessly to steal the show while I was there, and I'd say she darn near succeeded.... However, Lola's amazingly perfect head of standy-uppy blonde fuzz-hair kept the focus right where it should be; on the babe.
I am so in love with Lola, and so in love with Sara and Bergen (and Dimer!) and could not be more thrilled for this growing family. My heart grew 4 sizes the day I found out that Lola was entering the world, and another 6 sizes the first time I laid eyes on her. If you're doing the math, that means that my heart is now 10 sizes bigger than it was before, and I'm not sure how much more of this I can take!
So much love. So, so, so much love.
I would be lying if I said that I didn't love a little bit of rain on a wedding day. Sure, it makes the ground spongey and hair frizzy, but it creates such a wonderful ambiance. For highschool sweethearts, Tara and Mark, the rain held off during their ceremony at Birchbank Picnic Grounds, but started up maybe 5 minutes after we finished the family-portraits. You never know what sort of weather you're going to get on your wedding day here in the Kootenays! They were such good sports about it though, and they didn't let a bit of rain spoil a second of their very special day.
After a sweet ceremony at Birchbank, guests were invited to Castlegar for a backyard reception (under tents) Guests mingled, nibbled on appies, helped themselves to cold beverages from two rustic wheelbarrows which were filled to the brim with every canned beverage you could ever want. This was a wedding where I wish I had my own designated driver because it was very tempting to stay after-hours to partake in the celebrations myself! But alas, I am a responsible driver and ever the professional.
Wishing Tara, Mark, and their two beautiful daughters a lifetime of happiness. May a bit of rain never spoil your fun!
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35-years-young, Tamara Boden is a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer out of the 'Kootenay' region of south-eastern British Columbia. She loves being right, going on adventures, snuggling her dogs, husband, & baby boy, 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!