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this long weekend up at panorama mountain resort i had the absolute pleasure of photographing the very moment when crawford surprised his girlfriend lisa with an engagement ring. he had been carefully planning it for quite a while and was hoping to catch his beautiful soon to be fiancé completely off guard. it was a complete success.

it was the first proposal i have had the honour to photograph and it was so much fun planning the shoot with crawford in the weeks before their trip to panorama resort.

i could tell by the way he shared his ideas and how important it was that it be the perfect surprise that crawford is a really sweet and thoughtful guy. he was so dedicated to making the experience special for lisa… it was something i wanted to be a part of from our very first conversation. it was easy to tell that lisa is not only an amazing person but someone who deserves this kind of epic wedding proposal.

crawford had plans to surprise lisa with a beautiful ring, a secret photographer and a helicopter ride to the summit of the mountain where they would enjoy a fondue. after discussing a few options, crawford and i decided that proposing on the valley trail along the toby creek would be a quiet and romantic place where they could celebrate. it was so exciting waiting with my assistant terri for the two of them to come walking down the pathway and into view. i pretended that i was photographing terri as they walked past caught a quick shot just before crawford paused on the pathway (in our previously determined perfect spot), turned and gave the love of his life a kiss.

like a fairy tail he dropped to one knee and pulled out the ring. just out of ear shot, it was a lovely way for crawford to share the precious moment with lisa as he asked her to be his wife. i didn’t need to hear what he was saying to know that it was everything lisa had hoped and dreamed of. i just kept thinking… ‘it’s happening!!!’

the finest little snowflakes were drifting through the trees as lisa said yes and crawford slipped the ring onto her finger. with the help of his sister in the design process, it was exactly what lisa had wanted and had been kept a secret.

the rest of the day was as perfect as these two… we took some photos along the trail and then headed up to the rk heliski where crawford surprised lisa again by telling her we were taking a helicopter to the summit. it was so fun to watch them call various family members to share the big news.

it was a fun ride up (a first for all of us) and my boyfriend chris was there to greet and unload us at the top (yes it’s part of his job). our pilot steve was awesome and summit hut owner ray served these two a fabulous fondue meal. i can’t think of a better way to spend a friday afternoon and this surprise photo session was everything we had hoped it would be.

crawford and lisa, i am so happy for you both and thank you again for the honour of not only capturing but witnessing this moment in your lives. it will always be a treasured highlight for me.

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  • Elspeth and Geoffrey - Congratulations Crawford and Lisa!! The photos are wonderful! XxelspethReplyCancel

  • Glenda Cross - Congratulations🍾🍷
    Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness!
    All the best
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derek and claire are getting married this summer at eagle ranch resort in invermere, bc. a destination wedding for the couple who will be traveling with friends and family from their home in alberta.

after a romantic proposal in turks and caicos, claire and derek have been excitedly planning their wedding and looking forward to spending the rest of their lives side by side.

for their engagement session, we wanted to enjoy some of the things that derek and claire love. derek is an avid fisherman (i had no idea a man could have so many lures) and they brought along two rods for some sweet photos at the end of the dock. we picked lake lillian for it’s quiet romantic atmosphere, beautiful glassy water and fall colours. a busy spot in the summer, i always love visiting the area late in the year when nobody else is around.

these two also love nature… we meandered through the trees and watched the sun go down over the lake. it was a nice compliment to derek and claire’s upcoming ‘enchanted forest’ themed wedding. they both love hiking, being on the water and exploring the outdoors. we wanted to keep things simple, beautiful and unique for their engagement photos.

derek and claire love to laugh together and have lots of fun living life to the fullest. they found each other pretty early on and after ten years together they’ve decided they are ready to celebrate by saying ‘i do.’ i am delighted to be a part of their big day and i look forward to helping them create memories that will forever tell the beautiful story of their love.

 

  • Claire - Love them Kyla! Thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

stef and niki were married at copper point resort on a gorgeous fall day this past september. it was a destination wedding for them… they live out on the coast in vancouver and traveled to the columbia valley for a number of reasons… it was close for everyone attending the wedding and just seemed to be the perfect location for their most amazing celebration.

over the course of the year leading up to this big day, niki and i chatted a number of times on the phone. i was always touched by how thoughtful and curious she was… often wanting to hear about my life and how things were going for chris and i. we talked about our cats and about my niece everley grace. she is one of the most kind and thoughtful people i have ever met. the engagement session was so much fun and i really enjoyed getting to know both niki and stef a little more before the big day.

on the wedding day i arrived to find niki and her ladies enjoying the morning in beautiful robes and niki was wearing fluffy slippers. a vision of beauty, she was ready to go and busy arranging gifts for her bridesmaids, her mom, her cousins and nieces and yes, for me and my assistant terri as well. it was a pleasure to watch everyone open the beautiful handmade jewelry that she had made for them and see the delight in their eyes as they read the letters that she and stef had written from the heart.

niki’s sister, cousin and mom helped get her ready for the ceremony and i loved capturing it all as the day unfolded like a graceful flower. i had been fortunate enough to spend a little time with both niki’s cousin sara and her new husband as well as stef’s parents blaine and trudy a couple of nights prior as stef and niki had gifted them each portrait sessions with me as thanks for all of their love and support with the wedding. i also get to capture stef’s parents next summer on a trip back to the valley!

when i headed down the hall to visit stef, he was looking quite handsome in his suit… i hear people say a person has ‘a million dollar smile’ and in all sincerity… i think that grin on stef is exactly that. he has charm and presence and i can see why these two are so deeply in love and so sweetly enchanted with one another. niki told me that they have big intentions in life and i believe her. this couple will most definitely have an impact on the world.

it was fun to be a part of this day and even more than that… it was moving and inspiring to be around this couple. although i had many more conversations with niki leading up to the wedding, i got to know stef a little better over the course of the day and he is just as much of a wonderful and thoughtful person as his wife. these two are the real thing… just listening to the speeches i was in tears. their parents were brimming with pride at who they have both become. i loved hearing how much stef cherishes niki… it was confirmed by the way he was just watching her with this look of devotion as people spoke about her. these two really seem to leave a lasting impression on everyone they meet.

the day was absolute perfection. stef’s grandfather brought a gorgeous classic car that they rode off in as guests enveloped them in bubbles and we found an amazing location for some photos with the car under a beautiful canopy of trees. the night was filled with dancing and music as stef and his groomsmen entertained the guests with some live tunes. stef’s dad blaine even got up for a couple of songs… quite the talented family!

congratulations stef and niki… thank you for inviting me to capture your wedding day and to share in the vibrant light that is your love. i am so delighted to know you both and can hardly wait to see all that you continue to do!

greg and jessica decided that eagle ranch resort in invermere was the perfect location for the two of them to tie the knot. their destination wedding was on a beautiful fall day in the columbia valley. it was a fall celebration and despite it being a little brisk… we had gorgeous soft light for their outdoor ceremony overlooking the valley.

our engagement session this past spring had been a lot of fun and i was eager to capture their love at the wedding. greg and jessica are easy to photograph and so very much in love… all i need to do is ask them to wander around the forest and snuggle up together to showcase their connection.

jessica is completely stunning. she has this classic beauty about her that i knew would be a dream to capture on camera. the striking contrast between her dark hair and red lips were once again perfection and i just loved the combination of colours for the day. the bridesmaids dresses were lovely with the outdoor setting and every little touch was well planned and executed. (love that little book for the rings from etsy!)

the girls room at copper point resort was busy with lace and sea foam fabric twirling in every direction like something out of a fairy tale. jessica’s matron of honour was kim, an awesome, hilarious and beautiful bride who’s wedding to james i had photographed two seasons prior where jessica was her maid of honour. these two are cousins and extremely close. they grew up together and from what i can tell, they have a lot of fun. the bridal party consisted of many more close friends and important people in both greg and jessica’s lives. it’s always a pleasure to see a couple surrounded and supported by those people that know them best and to hear the stories that tell the tale of lessons learned and the inevitable growth that comes with years and often decades of friendship.

greg and his groomsmen were also having fun getting ready. it was more of a deep chuckling with knowing nods and glances. each one of the guys received a beautiful box with their names engraved on the top and treasures inside. one of my favourite images of the day was a single frame i managed to snap just as greg and his dad were walking down the hall. a quiet and precious moment between father and son.

after the ceremony we headed off with the bridal party for some photos overlooking the wetlands. the wind was a little fierce on this fall day and the girls packed blankets to wrap around themselves between shots. james came along for chivalrous support and comic relief, another little ‘thanks’ and swapping of places as greg had been the driver for the bridal party at kim and james’ wedding.

we captured some lovely moments with greg and jessica out on the edge of the bluff before heading back for a warm up and the reception. eagle ranch was decorated beautifully… these two had put a lot of time and attention into the tiny details of the reception and we wanted to be sure to capture it all. there was beer from the local arrowhead brewing company and wooden centrepieces with animals engraved into them by crossroads collective. there were even custom drinks for the bride and groom, a little play on their story with her’s being ‘the boss’ daughter’ and his begin ‘the naughty manager’…

the speeches were great. i always love it when the couple is brought to tears from their laughter and everyone’s eyes start to sparkle with the sheer joy of celebrating such a momentous day. jessica’s dad decided to surprise her with his own tattoo, a matching sleeve that he sported proudly for the night.

greg and jess… i wish you a wonderful life full of amazing stories and adventures… a life filled to the brim with that same love and devotion i saw in your eyes on your wedding day. congratulations!

 

after pulling some touching moments from the rest of my 2014 season yesterday, i decided today to share 100 images from the portrait sessions i captured in 2015…

there is something really magical about grabbing an image here and there from one session and another and putting them all together. it makes me realize how beautiful this opportunity is for me as a photographer… to share in each one of these moments as it was unfolding… to witness connection and love between families and friends… and to see the thread of life that runs through each of us.

thank you to those on the other side of the lens and to everything in their lives that inspires them to glow. i love creating these memories with you.