Wedding, Family and Elopement Stories

Read through the latest stories of my clients or dig into some helpful wedding industry insight. See a set of images from any session. Get to know the different photography services I offer, and how obsessed with Vancouver Island and YOU I am ;) ♥

  • Kierra in Parksville Cherry Blossoms
    Parksville Cherry Blossoms at Rathtrevor Beach Parksville cherry blossoms are BLOOMING! It’s that time of year again, when Spring is showing signs of sunshine and warmth. The indicator? Cherry blossoms! They are one of the first very evident blooms in the central and southern Vancouver Island communities. And we adore them! These cherry blossoms are a serene and peaceful sight that only happens for about 2-3 weeks out of the […]
  • Courtney and Joaquin’s Pender Island Wedding ~ Wildflowers, Sunshine and Sailboats
    Courtney and Joaquin’s Sunny Pender Island Wedding July 8th, 2023 would turn out to be a beautiful sun shining day for Courtney and Joaquin’s Pender Island wedding. Their theme was wildflowers, which happened naturally with the incredible glow that day and blossoming florals throughout the island. Completely saturated in sunshine and absolutely glowing with happy people, I had a very hard time narrowing down which photos to share in this […]
  • Ciara and Erwin’s Cozy Black Brook Lodge Wedding
    Ciara and Erwin’s Black Brook Lodge wedding took place in mid-February on a mild Vancouver Island winter day. Held at the Black Brook Lodge in Deep Bay, this spacious venue was able to accommodate their intimate group of about 25 guests. The living room wedding ceremony just oozed coziness. Guests were seated on both comfy couches and regular chairs, near and close to the couple as they exchanged vows. Both […]
  • Terra and Ben’s Tigh Na Mara Wedding
    A Vibrant and Floral Tigh Na Mara Wedding Terra and Ben’s Tigh Na Mara wedding was yet another unforgettable celebration of love. Held at the reputable resort in Parksville in late June, not only was the day beautiful and romantic, but also easy! Having everything in one place makes things logistically simpler, and the staff put on a truly seamless wedding experience every time. From ensuring that the bridal party […]
  • Alicia & Michael’s Bangin’ Errington Hall Wedding
    Alicia and Michaels Errington Hall wedding was a day I will forever cherish. I met Alicia way back in grade 1, and reconnected with her shortly after high school. Infiltrating her circle of friends, I am grateful to call her a bestie and all my other gals too. ♥ It started with my wild ask to road-trip across Canada in my 1991 Honda Civic. I invited my coworker Willow, who […]
  • Brooklyn & Travis’s Stormy Nanoose Bay Elopement
    A Stormy Nanoose Bay Elopement in July Brooklyn and Travis set the date, July 24th, 2023 for their Nanoose Bay elopement. Typically, late July is sunny and hot on central Vancouver Island. Not this day! This particular day would turn out to be incredibly windy, sprinkled with showers and sunshine, with a chill in the air. The air was moist and smelled incredible, with the earth saturated in rain after […]
  • Whimsical Lakeside Elopement with Wild and Cozy
    Wild and Cozy’s Whimsical Lakeside Elopement Ashley and Braeden are both the hosts and models for this Wild and Cozy whimsical lakeside elopement. This content creation day was hosted by the real-life lovers and business owners of Wild and Cozy. February 10th, 2024 would turn out to be a cloudy, moody day with a sprinkling of rain and a mild 7 degrees or so. Absolutely perfect weather for a flock […]
  • Laura & Brad’s Spontaneous January Wedding at Rathtrevor Beach
    Rathtrevor Beach Wedding in January with Five Sons and Great Grandpa in Attendance! I received an email on January 1st asking if I was available on January 6th to photograph a small wedding taking place at Rathtrevor Beach. I was! In less than one week, Laura and Brad planned their intimate beach wedding among close family. Laura’s five adult sons were in attendance, as well as her grandpa who is […]
  • Cindy and Andrew’s Volkswagen Lovin’ Seaside Wedding in Sooke
    Cindy and Andrew’s Prestige Oceanside Resort Wedding  Cindy and Andrew- a pair of adventurous sunrise lovers who live in the moment and don’t take life too seriously. Their Sooke wedding was thoughtfully infused with their vivacity for life- colorful, joyful, playful, and very deeply in love. You’ll notice a recurring passion in these images; Volkswagens. They had five classic VW’s in attendance that day. Westfalias were set up at the […]
  • Laura and Ryan’s Crown Mansion Wedding
    A Fabulous Crown Mansion Wedding for Laura and Ryan Laura and Ryan enjoyed a fabulous Crown Mansion wedding in September with their closest family and friends. The Crown Mansion is a historic house in Qualicum Beach which has been maintained over the years to retain it’s 1914 aesthetics. Inside, you’ll find ornate wooden walls, crystal chandeliers, rooms with clawfoot bathtubs, a lounge room with record player and an old phone, […]
  • Scenic Nanoose Bay Family Photos
    Vacationing on Vancouver Island and Enjoying the Views with a Nanoose Bay Family Photoshoot Tanya, James, their two kids, and two dogs were on their annual summer visit to Parksville and decided to have family photos taken. They asked me for suggestions on a beach with forest setting that they hadn’t yet seen during their travels. This Nanoose Bay beach has become one of my favorite places to take clients, […]
  • A Moorecroft Park Wedding for Sofia and Ross
    Sofia and Ross’s Moorecroft Park Wedding ~ Eloping with their Dog and Closest People! Sofia and Ross eloped in Nanoose Bay’s beautiful Moorecroft Park in July, with a record low-tide and brilliant warm sunshine. Sofia’s parents travelled from Germany, and local family and friends joined in as well. They brought their fur baby too, as Moorecroft Park is a dog-friendly Nanoose park! Sofia’s dad surprised the couple with two saxophone […]
  • Melody & Wim’s Sexy Beach Shoot
    Rathtrevor Beach Sunset Photos Melody and Wim travelled from Vancouver specifically to have a sunset photoshoot at Rathtrevor Beach with me. I was so honored! It is extremely flattering to be chosen for my art, to document the intimacy of relationships. Melody had seen one of my most popular photos of a father and young daughter sitting in the water at sunset, and wanted to have a similar experience. Well, […]
  • Justine & Matthew’s Qualicum Beach Airbnb Wedding
    An Intimate Wedding on their 10 Year Anniversary Justine and Matthew married on their 10 year anniversary with an intimate backyard celebration. Recently moved to Vancouver from Ontario, these two loved the idea of a vacation destination wedding. Vancouver Island it is! They rented a beautiful acreage Airbnb in Qualicum Beach which had multiple dwellings and a beautiful pond. Their parents, siblings, and closest friends joined them at the property, […]
  • Caitlyn and Ken’s Milner Garden Wedding
    A Beautiful Milner Garden Wedding in July Caitlyn and Ken chose to have their Milner Garden wedding in June for their marriage celebration. This venue is incredibly beautiful year-round, but especially in Spring and early Summer. With 70 acres of forest, ocean views, and an impressive variety of flowers, the nature and flora here are breathtaking. In April, May, June and sometimes July you will find flowers in bloom. The […]
  • What Happens if it Rains on my Wedding Day at Tigh Na Mara?
    What Happens if it Rains on my Wedding Day at Tigh Na Mara? If it rains on your wedding day at Tigh Na Mara, rest assured your day is going to remain the best day ever. The reputable Parksville resort is equipped to shift for weather, and has a variety of backup ceremony and photo locations. I have photographed many weddings here over the years, in a variety of weather […]
  • Parksville and Area Wedding Vendors
    Wedding Vendors Serving the Parksville Area I’ve decided to compile a list of wedding vendors which service the Parksville area. This is intended to be a resource for couples looking to hire local vendors to make their dream wedding day come true. This list will be updated regularly, however checking in with each vendor to ensure up to date pricing and availability is essential. Happy planning! Makeup Artists and Hair […]
  • Bringing Your Dog to Your Photoshoot
    Bringing Your Fur-Babies to Your Family or Engagement Photoshoot We LOVE our pets so much! Bringing your dog to your family or engagement photoshoot is something you might consider. I always ask my clients if they have any pets and if they want to include them in their session. I have found that it is totally possible to do so! Every dog parent will know their fur-baby best. Are they […]
  • Parksville Photoshoot Locations
    Photoshoot Locations in Parksville and Surrounding Communities Where to Take Family, Wedding, or Engagement Photos in Parksville Have you hired a photographer in the Parksville area and are wondering what location to choose? There are a ton of options! I have been living in Parksville nearly my entire life and have come to know the area well. Since becoming a photographer 7+years ago, I now see the places I visit […]
  • Smooth and Efficient Wedding Day Formal Photos
    Formal Photos on the Wedding Day, Everything You Need to Know Formal photographs on the wedding day can be messy and unorganized. Uncle Bill already took off to the bar, your third cousin is just itching to give you a hug and chat you up for a solid 20 minutes, and your grandparents are patiently sitting in their seats waiting for what’s next. I have seen formal photos structured in […]
  • How Many Hours of Photography Do I Need for my Wedding?
    How Many Hours of Photography Coverage Do I Actually Need for my Wedding? You’re about to book your wedding photographer, and you’re wondering how many hours of photography coverage do you actually need? Booking a wedding photographer is a large expense and an important vendor for your event. You probably don’t want to book someone for too many hours, and definitely not too few! But how many hours of photography […]
  • What to Wear to Your Photoshoot
    What to Wear to Your Photoshoot Do you have an upcoming photoshoot and want to look your best, wondering what to wear? You are reading the right article! First off, dress for the weather and have appropriate footwear. Patterns, plaid, textured sweaters, jean jackets, scarves, pops of color, and similar color tones- all look GREAT in camera! Neutral colors are wonderful. Long skirts and dresses catch in the wind magically, […]
  • How to Dress for a Vancouver Island Helicopter Elopement
    How to Dress for a Vancouver Island Helicopter Elopement for both the Beach and Mountain The popular “Peak to Beach” all-inclusive helicopter elopement package with West Coast Helicopters takes clients to the summit of a 1600m mountain for their ceremony before flying down to sea-level to enjoy a charcuterie board at the beach. Depending on the time of year, the temperatures can be quite cold on the mountaintop, and possibly […]
  • Tofino Elopement Location ~Virgin Falls~ | Tofino Elopement Photography
    Virgin Falls, an Adventurous Tofino Elopement Location ~ Tofino Elopement Photography Virgin Falls is a beautiful Tofino elopement location for the more adventurous souls. The stunning waterfall, bubbling creek and West Coast forest make an amazing setting for your Tofino elopement. It is accessed by 110km of logging roads (round trip) and is best suited for AWD vehicles with high-clearance. Once you’re parked, the trail leading to the waterfall is […]

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