If this pandemic is teaching me anything, it's that wedding don't need to be big in order to be utterly perfect. I'm pretty sure I knew that before, but all of the COVID-friendly nuptials that I've had the pleasure of shooting this summer have only gone to drive this point home.
Sydney and Mike were originally planning a very large, 200 guest, wedding here in the Kootenays. When the pandemic hit, there were forced to scrap all of their hard work and everything they'd planned and began to explore the possibility of a destination wedding in 2021.
However, their plans for a destination wedding were eventually also put aside due to a fear that a second (or third) wave of the pandemic would hit and force them to cancel-- resulting in a major loss of money put forth by their guests on travel arrangements.
And so came the plan for a more local, south Okanagan, 49-person, desert-boho-vibes event.
When Sydney originally told me about the plans for this wedding in June, she asked me if I thought se was crazy for attempting to put together and entire wedding on such short notice. I told her that after planning 2 other weddings already, if anyone could do a 3rd it would be her.
Let's just say, she did not disappoint.
Venue: The Lookout Osoyoos
When I acquired this beautiful vintage peacock chair, I knew that I needed to do something special with it. My heart is forever with maternity clients, so it felt natural that I would organize a boho maternity styled session. I knew that the chair was wonderful, but incredible florals is what would make this session extraordinary, so I reached out to Olea Floral in Rossland, BC about a collaboration. Liv, with Olea, eagerly agreed to get on board, and with that I was off to the races!
My gorgeous expecting-mama model is Megan, a 2019 bride of mine. By some miracle she didn't run away screaming when I reached out to her out of the blue and asked her to let me take semi-nude photos of her. Amazing.
And then Jasmine Alyse of Luca Hair and Esthetics got on board to create a seriously beautiful boho down-do.
With this amazing team of people, my dream of a boho inspired, moody, slightly-sexy maternity session came together better than I could have imagined. It was also an excellent opportunity for me to try out some of my newest Client Closet pieces, and all of them were total winners. Absolutely everything that Megan is wearing here can be borrow, at no additional charge, by my clients for their sessions.
I can't thank this team of talented individuals enough for lending their time and skills. And of course, I am wishing beautiful Megan nothing but the best with the final weeks of her pregnancy. I sure can't wait to see that baby girl's face!
The last time I saw Kylie, she was wearing her beautiful wedding dress and dancing it up on the dance floor at Red Mountain Resort on her wedding day. And now, here she is just a month or two before looking into the eyes of her first child.
I remember so vividly when my husband and I were pregnant with our first, and how special that time felt-- heavy with expectation, excitement, and wonderment. It was such a joy to capture this time in Kylie and David's life. There is something so special about the first born.