Mind is blown. Sandy & Nathan are seriously some of the sweetest people you will EVER meet!! And their families and their friends are a total hoot as well. There were so many highlights to their wedding day, I don’t even know where to start! Well, perhaps I could start with their absolutely AMAZING venue, La Perla Ballroom, or maybe with Sandy’s stunning ivory gown covered in lace, and her sky high Badgley Mischka heels, or Nathan’s permanent smile, or their hilarious wedding party – I mean, that limo bus will NEVER be the same… Let’s be real. It was fantastic. Every single second. And it was wonderful to spend the whole day with the super sweet Jennifer of Jenni Marie Photography at my side, getting shots that perfectly yinned to my yang! And also the spunky Sarah from Sugar of Sharai Photography who put so much effort into making the day run smoothly for us! I’m talking a full-on sprint to catch the limo as we spotted it leaving the parking lot right as we came around the corner… πŸ˜€

The girls started the day getting ready at the Inn at the Quay with makeup by Sarah Saunders, and hair by Trina Smisko. They were all in great spirits and full of excitement!
These guys. I have so many hilarious photos, but need to keep the blog post short, so for now, it’s just the normal stuff πŸ˜‰
The guys arrived at La Perla, and anxiously waited for the ceremony to begin and the girls to show up! The ceremony was so beautiful. So raw, so real and emotional.
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SO HAPPY!! And Nathan’s sister made it very apparent that these nuptials were LONG awaited, so I think she’s pretty happy too πŸ˜‰
Oh, and funny story about the location… I’m from Chilliwack, and haven’t shot a wedding in New West before, so wanted to make sure I was totally organized before the big day. So a week before the wedding I made the 1 hour drive into the city to scope some locations, texted some photos to Sandy and talked about what kind of photos she loved, and came up with a game plan for the formals. Well. After the ceremony, we all hopped in the limo to head to our first location only to have the limo driver tell us that most of the roads were closed downtown for the Hyack Festival!! So he was pretty adamant that we not attempt ANY of our three pre-determined locations! EGAD. That is not good news for a photographer. But he suggested Queen Elizabeth Park, and it was a gem. So beautiful, and so many different backdrops for photos. PHEW!!
Kinda all good looking hey? I’m pretty sure they might have been chosen as bridal party only on the basis of their looks. Which is pretty shallow actually. But I’m glad it happened. It makes my photos look great! πŸ˜€ Totally kidding of course…
Good grief girl, you are STUNNING!! And Nathan, you’re such a stud πŸ˜‰
GAH!! one of my FAVES!!

Glad that the park had a bridge! Β our first location had a bridge, and Sandy didn’t wanna give it up πŸ˜‰



My “leaning over a cliff with no thought to my personal safety shot” Β  Kinda worth it in my very humble opinion πŸ˜‰


SERIOUSLY??! Β La Perla is like a fairytale!!




Swoooony-swoon. Β First dances always get me. Β And this is why a good 2nd shooter is so important!! Β Her shot on the left, mine on the right!


Super sweet thank you speech from the happy couple





There are a lot of different reasons why manual is best. Sometimes auto does a pretty fine job, but in certain lighting situations, manual is the only way to go. I just recently got back from a vacay to Florida, and while landscape photography is definitely NOT my strength, I got this pretty awesome photo on a beach in Key West.
ISO 2000, f/4.0, 13 second shutter (it was super windy, which is why the clouds and palm trees are moving)
This is what auto mode came up with when I turned the flash off:
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And this is what auto mode came up with the flash on. (that shadow is from my very wide angle lens)
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  • did i miss reason #8,903,307,771? jk!! this is a great comparison! hope you had a great trip, post your trip photos!ReplyCancel

  • Nice comparison for the new photographerReplyCancel

  • WOWZERS. Nice visual πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Lena Odie

    Love that photo…one of my fav’s to shoot is landscape, I just need to master it a bit more!ReplyCancel

  • You are so right! Manual is where it’s at! I looked back at some of my auto photos when I got my first dslr and OMG!!! lol. Glad I learned to shoot manually!ReplyCancel

  • LOVE this comparison – and that photo is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • […] by Jete’s tutorial over on Urban Fig, I tried my own swaying-palm-trees photo.Β  Unfortunately, I didn’t stretch to full capacity […]ReplyCancel

Part 2 – Vintage Bike. Β And I swoon. If you haven’t seen Part 1 yet, I highly recommend you do so…


I’m leaving soon for a highly anticipated holiday with the love of my life to Florida, but wanted to get this blog post up for poor Esther who has been DYING to see her images!! Hopefully this will tide her over until my return πŸ˜‰ Although she and Garold are living it up in Jamaica, so her wedding images should be the last thing on her mind!! Well, maybe not the last thing… But close to it!! I mean, all those decisions you have to be making every day is stressful enough! What suntan lotion to wear, what sandals to put on, what beach to visit, what drink to mix… it’s a rough life!

I loved shooting this wedding. Esther said she was a bit nervous when I got there in the morning, but honestly, she didn’t look nervous. She looked happy. so happy. We had experienced torrential downpour the day before and while the wedding day dawned pretty dark and overcast, by noon we had gorgeous sunny weather! And she was marrying her best friend. Who just happens to be one of the sweetest, most genuine guys I’ve ever met! The wedding party was a blast, the decor was perfect, and the people were great. Really really great. And i got to hang out with Charlene again which is always the highlight of my week πŸ˜‰ Oh, and in case you missed it, we did some photos of the couple in a rowboat. Those got their very own blog post due to their epicness. You don’t want to not see them.

Anyways, without further ado, I present to you Mr & Mrs Broekhuis!! Congrats you two!
Stunning makeup by Fraser Valley Makeup
this ring!!
I absolutely love it when the groom sends a note or a card to his bride while she is getting ready. Although when it arrives during makeup, that can present a problem… waterproof mascara is a must!
And Charlene hung out with the guys while they got ready!
This is such an adorable shot of the flower girl dreaming about her wedding day!! And dad seeing his baby girl for the first time… ahhhh.
Love this shot of Esther being walked down the aisle by her dad.
And then off we went for a full afternoon of photos! It’s so awesome to have a ton of time – we can go to a few different locations, and have no pressure of time constraints! This is one of my favorite locations ever.
Love having an amazing 2nd shooter. She got this shot,
while I got this one a couple seconds later!
ugh, freaking adorable!
And Esther really wanted some shots by and old barn, so we pulled up with our 400′ limo, and knocked on the door! This lovely couple had no problem allowing us to take a few shots, and said that the barn had actually been used in a Kodak commercial quite a few years ago!
And THEN. We went to this amazing location for the highlight of my day – rowboat photos! Don’t forget to check them all out here!
Esther did an amazing job on the reception decor, and while I would love to share more images, I’m trying to keep my posts a little shorter these days πŸ˜‰ Let’s just say I got to eat Cadbury mini eggs all night πŸ˜‰
Thank you so much Esther and Garold, for having me and Charlene spend the day with you! We had an amazing day, and I think you guys did too. Enjoy Jamaica!!

Vendor Love:
Hair: Montana Bullied
Makeup: Fraser Valley Makeup
Florist: Quik Farm
Wedding Cake: Karma Cake Couture
Ceremony Venue: Canadian Reformed Church
Reception Venue: NRC Chilliwack

  • Wow, beautiful wedding! I love that cake design!! You did an awesome job capturing their special day!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome job! I love the ring shot! They look like so in love and you captured it wonderfully.ReplyCancel

  • great shots! especially love the one with the flowergirl looking up at the dress =)ReplyCancel

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