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Rowena’s Inn On The River Wedding: Leighton + Carlin

I love a wedding infused with creativity and personality, and I love a wedding that has an infectious joy and love about it…

This was the wedding of Leighton and Carlin.

Rain fell the day before and the morning of, but as the guests began to arrive for the twelve noon ceremony, the skies let up. And as the garden reception got under way, the warm sun shone on the afternoon’s activities of bocci and croquet and appetizers and speeches that had everyone (everyone) laughing and crying.

Rowena’s Inn On The River was the absolute perfect place for the wedding Carlin had planned! I was in awe of the character of the old manor and ornate details around every corner, let alone the gorgeous grounds with the tall trees, surrounding mountains and view of the river. The perfect setting for a fun and relaxed afternoon…guests spilled out onto the grass, picnic-style, while others took in lawn games. A place like this hardly needs decor but Kim and her team from Wedding Design Studio did such a beautiful job tying everything together and making the place look extra lovely – lots of soft florals, birdcages, even the sand aisle Carlin walked down to become Leighton’s wife.

Oh you two…thank you so much for the fun privilege of being your wedding photographer! I can’t get over how beautiful you are, inside and out. And your wedding was truly reflective of this.


Carlin’s gorgeous gown by Sottero and Midgley


I just can’t help but post lots of photos of Carlin…look how gorgeous!!


Loved the fresh look of the guys’ light suits…


Many thanks to my friend and second shooter for the day, Alanna Nicole, for getting great shots like this one above.


The girls’ pretty dresses were found at Aritzia. Not your typical bridesmaids dresses…just another detail in this wedding to LOVE!



Some of my favourites from the day…


Wedding Design Studio also created all the pretty bouquets for the girls including Carlin’s, overflowing with big white roses…


Homemade jams and sachets of lavender for their guests


More photos from Leighton + Carlin’s wedding can been seen in a slideshow HERE!

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  • Alanna - May 31, 2011 - 9:01 am

    gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous wedding!! thank you so much for letting me capture it with you! it was the perfect day :) congrats to Carlin and LeightonReplyCancel

  • Andie - May 31, 2011 - 9:19 am

    Beautiful pictures Mikaela! Looks like a gorgeous wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - May 31, 2011 - 10:10 am

    Holy gorgeousness!!!! Love it all! her dress is amazing! It all looks so good! Awesome job, Mikaela!ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - May 31, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Beautiful photos!!! Love the location and you two did such an awesome job of capturing the story of the day! :)ReplyCancel

  • Carlee - May 31, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    Such a fun + beautiful wedding and your photos are gorgeous!! Who designed her dress?! Its ahhmazing!!ReplyCancel

  • amy - May 31, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    love love love these!!ReplyCancel

  • Justine - May 31, 2011 - 12:43 pm

    WOW Mikaela!!!! These photos are beyond gorgous!! I so love Rowena’s Inn! Such a gorgeous spot! :)ReplyCancel

  • lyndsay london - May 31, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    Gorgeous wedding and wonderful shots Mikaela. Love her dress!!ReplyCancel

  • jonda spurbeck - May 31, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    wowza! awesome job mikaela! totally yummy goodness!ReplyCancel

  • Shanna - May 31, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    How cow. AMAZING. Every single shot is perfection!ReplyCancel

  • wendy nergaard - May 31, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    Awesome pic, Carlin you look absolutely stunning,pictures are stupendous,extremely happy for the both of you, Leighton you look awesome tooReplyCancel

  • Jessica MacDonald - May 31, 2011 - 10:56 pm

    These are absolutely stunning. What a beautiful looking day and a gorgeous couple. That dress is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • TGA - June 1, 2011 - 4:53 pm

    you did a really great job! your work is really amazing! pure eye candy~_^ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia Flaming - June 3, 2011 - 3:21 pm

    WOW! Love love love this wedding, the bride is gorgeous! (her dress and shoes are beautiful!) Fantastic job on all the photosReplyCancel

  • Stacey - August 9, 2011 - 5:59 pm

    I am getting married at Rowena’s this fall and stumbled upon your site when I googled for review. Everything looks so beautiful and the pictures are incredible.

    My question is for the Bride and might be impossible to get an answer. I am hoping to learn who did her hair as it is incredibly gorgeous? If she doesn’t mind sharing the stylists name I’d be most appreciative.

    All the best,

  • Carlin - August 29, 2011 - 11:45 am

    Hey stacey,
    My hair was done by Kaleesha Roux who works at Euphoria Hair Design in Langley just off 216th. She is an amazing stylist and is super fun too! Best of luck with your wedding!ReplyCancel

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