Gosh. How much can I love one family?
Kate & Tyler had one of my favourite weddings of the season last year... and then went on to have one of my favourite in-home family sessions of my lifetime this year. They're on a roll!
Sadly, Kate and I were not able to get together for a Maternity Session this year thanks to a certain world-wide pandemic. We were also not able to do newborn photos for her wee-est babe thanks to that very same pandemic. However, restrictions eased up a bit just in time to allow us to do a sweet family session when Baby A* was about 1 month old. We still physically-distanced, washed hands, and I wore a mask... But I was happy to do whatever was needed to capture these priceless memories for this very special family.
When I arrived at their home I was welcomed warmly by big-brother M*, who was very proud to show off his baby brother (and who might have completely stole the show the whole session!) It goes without saying that I was blown away by their gorgeous home, which was remodelled entirely by Dad, Tyler. His handiwork and craftsmanship blew me out of the water. And that stained glass window?! C'mon!
I am already counting down the days until the next time I am able to work with these wonderful human beings.
COVID19 may have forced Stephanie and Logan to reschedule their dream Kootenay wedding, but these two would not let their marriage be postponed. This spring, when our province announced that large gatherings were forbidden, countless couples saw their wedding plans crumble away before their eyes. Countless hours of hard work & money down the toilet.
After much soul searching, Stephanie and Logan decided that the big party with all of their incredible friends and family could wait, but getting married and officially uniting their beautiful, blended family could not. So they said 'I Do', social-distance-style, in their woodsy backyard, surrounded by just their children & very closest family.
I was touched by Stephanie's insistence that we not 'make a big deal' out of this small elopement, because she felt strongly that she did not want the friends and family who could not be there to feel as if they 'missed out' on anything. Even after everything she and Logan had been through, Stephanie was still only thinking of others. That's just the sort of person that she is.
This beautiful, emotive, tender hearted, and extremely devoted couple is planning a 1 year vow-renewal/wedding celebration for the coming year, and I absolutely cannot wait to be there with them (and all their loved ones!) to toast their love, and the amazing life they are building together properly.
Until then, they have their backyard elopement.
Which (& don't tell Stephanie I said this!) really was pretty freaking special, and utterly perfect in it's own way.
flowers by the incredible Olea Floral in Rossland, BC
Jill, Doug, & I originally had an engagement session planned for early April. Sadly, we had to postpone that original session because it fell smack-dab in the midst of the COVID19 crisis of 2020. In the weeks to come, Jill & Doug debated what they should do with their original wedding date-- to postpone, or not to postpone?
Many, many (90%) of my 2020 couples have made the difficult decision to postpone their weddings into 2021. I can't blame them. The thought of getting married without all of your friends and family present, not being able to hug all your guests, or share a busy dance floor, can feel devastating. But a few of my couples have bravely decided to push ahead! To embrace the social distancing limitations and forge forward.
Jill and Doug are one of those couples! They have cut their guest list down from 320 (!!) to less than 50, have changed venues, and basically everything else about their wedding... But the date will not change. Their love will not change. Their marriage will not change.
While I understand completely why any couple would want to postpone (and have made every accommodation possible for my couples who have made this decision) I can't help but tip my hat at the few who have decided that COVID19 will not rob them of their wedding plans. That takes serious guts.
With their wedding date quickly approaching, we decided that it was time to reschedule that engagement session. And what a perfect evening for it! Just the right amount of clouds and overcast set the atmosphere, and gave the session a touch of mood and grit that I so love.