I love hearing the stories of how my couples meet. Sometimes they’re so random, and it seems crazy that from one serendipitous interaction, a lifetime of happiness can be built! These two met at a concert in Vancouver. Allan is a good friend of Mikayla’s brother, and he started hanging out with him a wholllle lot more after he met his sister! The rest is history <3 This wedding was so laid back! I began the day shooting at Mikayla's parents where the girls were all getting ready. Once the guys were all decked out and ready to go, they made their way over in the limo, and Allan & Mikayla had their first look in the bride's beautiful back yard. They were so happy to see eachother!! After they took a moment to talk about their excitement and feelings about the day, Mikayla led Allan inside where she gave him a piano solo. These kind of moments are what I live for. You could tell how much this meant to both of them, and the emotions ran high. Sometimes it's hard not to feel that you are not welcome during a moment. That you are interfering. But on the other hand, I know that the images I'm creating are going to be ones they will cherish forever! From there they all piled into the limo for a ride to Yarrow, where we hung out for the rest of the afternoon doing photos at Browne Creek Wetlands, and along the river! After a couple of really really hot hours of shooting, we made a pit stop for ice cream, before meeting both families at Gwynne Vaughn Park for family photos. Allan & Mikayla, thank you so much for having me and Kerensa along for your day! Can't wait for you to see your canvas and album!!Vanderwaal blog 2Vanderwaal blog 3Vanderwaal blog 4Vanderwaal blog 4aVanderwaal blog 4bVanderwaal blog 5Vanderwaal blog 6Vanderwaal blog 7Vanderwaal blog 8Vanderwaal blog 8aVanderwaal blog 9Vanderwaal blog 10Vanderwaal blog 11Vanderwaal blog 13Vanderwaal blog 14Vanderwaal blog 15Vanderwaal blog 16Vanderwaal blog 17Vanderwaal blog 17a
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With all the freakishly hot weather we had this summer, we figured a beautifully sunny, outdoor Trethewey House wedding near the end of July would be a given! Beth & Joel had dreams of a garden wedding; twinkle lights, white wooden chairs, lots of greenery for a earthy feel, and just loving on friends and family under a sky full of stars. It all came true, and then some, in my opinion, with the exception of the sky full of stars. The sky exploded on them with a vengeance!! It was one of the heaviest rains all summer. BUT! It held off until we were nicely protected under the white tents of the reception. It drizzled during the ceremony, didn’t rain at all during portraits, and then unleashed during the evening. But this results in 2 things. An AMAZING rainy day wedding portrait, and a ton of memories 😀 Beth & Joel, you’re wedding day was so perfect. And if it’s true that you can tell a person’s character by the people that surround you, then man oh man, is God doing amazing things through you two. I loved spending the day with you both, and your wonderful friends and family. Much love, and best wishes for your future together!!
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Full list of vendors involved in Beth & Joel’s day:
2nd photographer: Charlene Stam
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Trethewey House
MUA for the bride: Organic Makeup Artistry by Stef
MUA for the bridesmaids: Jacalyn Stewart, friend of the bride
Hair: Sarah Van Roekel
Catering: provided by the bride’s church
Florist: Danielle Weber, friend of the bride
Planner: Cindy Rowell

Kelsey and Mike are two of the sweetest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Kelsey is this gloriously effervescent personality, full of giggles and hilarity. Mike is quiet, thoughtful, a total gentleman. With an equally great sense of humor. So you can imagine how much fun we had 😉
Their outdoor ceremony at the The Secret Garden was outrageously hot, but beautiful. There were tears, laughs, and a dog with a bowtie. After the ceremony we headed off to Browne Creek Wetlands for portraits. Kelsey even walked out into the middle of a log overhanging the creek (she used to dance, y’know) to get “that” shot. LOVE HER!!
Then back to the Secret Garden for their reception! So many laughs, some tears, and a whole lot of dancing. It was such an awesome day, and I was so happy to be able to spend the day with them!

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Full list of vendors involved in Mike & Kelsey’s day:
2nd photographer: Rebecca Lynn Photography
Hair & MUA: Fraser Valley Makeup
Catering: Restaurant 62
Florist: Flowers by Renee
Cake & Cupcakes: Christine’s Creative Cakes
DJ: Music Maestro DJ

GAHHH! I freaking loved hanging out with these two for their engagement session, and can’t wait until their wedding! They had me in stitches the whole evening! Besides the mosquitoes, this session was gold. The couple, the location, the conversation, and the LIGHT. oh, that light. Swoon.
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I love this ring style. This is what I would choose if I had to pick again!
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