January 29th, 2023
I know that I am not supposed to have favourite clients…. And I truly do love every single one of the folks who trust me to capture their big, most important days… But I have to be honest. There is just something special about Shyelle and Jordan. These two wiggled their way deep into the darkest, coldest, most locked-down corners of my dead little heart and lit it on fire. I am deeply and shamelessly in love with these two human beings.
They said ‘I Do’ at one of the most beautiful wedding venues here in the Kootenays— Blaylock’s Manor, in beautiful Nelson, BC. This stunning 1930’s mansion is set on a sprawling, immaculately manicured estate with several terraced lawns and stunning views of Kootenay Lake and the surrounding mountains. You truly cannot take a bad photo at this place.
The couple went all out on florals by Olea Floral, Desserts by Starbird Bakehouse, Dinner by Rossland’s Premier Chef Services.. and Wild Smile Events was on site to pull it all together and make everything look (and run!) absolutely & utterly flawlessly. It was the perfect day from start to finish. I wish I could hop into a time machine and relive this wedding over and over again. But alas, all we have left of it are the photographs.
I hope you enjoy!
Special thanks to my assistant shooters for this event... Nadine for Second Shooting, and Amy for her Assisting/Third Shooting. You ladies knocked it out of the park!
Sarah and Colin’s wedding was my first time attending a wedding at Slocan Valley’s beautiful ‘Hummingbird Farm’, and what a treat it was!
This working flower farm, nestled on the banks of the Slocan River, grows all their own organic florals. The intimate wedding ceremony was held on the lawn, with the warm mid-summer sun. Immediately afterwards guests joined the brand new Mr & Mrs for a refreshing champagne toast. Portraits were done right there on the property amongst the most beautiful fields of blooms.
Nelson’s fantastic Hume Hotel served up tasty bites, while guests laughed, cried happy tears, danced, and celebrated well into the evening.
I can’t wait to return to this lovely venue!
Second Shooter- Nadine
Hair- Kali DeVito
Makeup- Jen Hagel
Flowers- Hummingbird Farm
Catering- The Hume Hotel
Desserts- Starbird Bakery
Bridal Attire- Anaise Annette
Groom’s Attore- Baker Street Men’s Wear
Live Music- Grace Clark Band
DJ- Sheldon Button
Shaelyn and Bryan
Holy Cannoli, I can’t believe how off track I have gotten with blogging. Suffice it to say, 2022 was one hell of a year. In many ways I feel like I am still finding my footing after it. If I am being realistic, I don’t think I could possibly get ‘caught up’ with blogging, but I do hope to share at least a handful of weddings and portrait sessions from 2022 before the 2023 wedding season starts with a bang in May!
On that note, I bring you Shaelyn and Bryan! These two got married on one hell of a hot day last July at Birchbank Picnic Grounds in Trail, BC. Birchbank is one of those venues that doesn’t look like much on the average day, but it cleans up *so* beautifully with some twinkle lights, florals, and maybe some drapery. It also comfortably accommodates events with 150-250 guests, making it a no brainer for those Kootenay wedding couples with enormous Italian &/or Russian families.
Something I will never forget about Shaelyn and Bryan’s wedding is how important it was to Shaelyn to include both of her Dads in key moments. Shae is fortunate to have two amazing Fathers— her biological Dad and her Step-Dad— who have jointly played huge roles in her life. As much, Shae felt it was important to include them both in ‘Father of the Bride’ roles.
We planned separate ‘First Looks’ with her and each of her Dads (and with Bryan, the Groom, too!) and she even had both of her Dads accompany her down the aisle to ‘give her away’. It was truly such a touching, and special moment!
Second Shooter— https://www.instagram.com/jovita.photography.weddings/
Catering— Julie Eyers
Bridal Attire— https://www.instagram.com/cande.bridal/
Groom’s Attire— https://www.instagram.com/jjsfashions/