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As I sit and try to write here at my desk, baby kicks and give me little nudges. I can’t help but stop and watch and feel. Before baby started moving, I was not prepared for how active it would be! But it really is the best. Those nudges, when I can lay my fingers on a tiny body part (elbow? knee?) and feel a response, it feels like a little hello and it melts my heart.

We’re now at 28 weeks, the start of the third and final trimester. How did that happen?? I’m beginning to see how impatient one could get to meet their new son or daughter. But, at the same time, so much needs to happen before our due date, that I wouldn’t mind if time slowed down just a bit.

While we’re so ready to be done building, there are still some big items that need to be checked off for the new house (Flooring! Cabinets installed! Exterior painting! Basement suite! A backyard with grass, pretty please!) and we are hoping our move-in date doesn’t get pushed past mid June. Still, I won’t be allowed to officially move in until I get my Green Card/permanent residency, which we’re also very hopeful about. We’re waiting to hear about the final step in the process, which is an interview in Montreal. Praying this is scheduled for while I can still fly! (Side note: anyone in Montreal interested in a shoot?!)

Then there is the selling of our condo. And packing, moving, and preparing for baby! Trusting that God has it all worked out for us, but it’s difficult not to feel some anxiety at times.  We joke that by the time baby arrives, life will have slowed down a little (and Shane will be on parental leave from WestJet!) and things won’t seem as hectic…even with a newborn ;)


I never did commit to doing a weekly bump photo, but here are the few from the past while. Clockwise from top left: 20 weeks, 22 weeks, 25 weeks, 28 weeks.


And the latest from our house! Standing in the living room, looking towards the kitchen. I’m so very excited about the white walls and all the natural light.


One of my favourite rooms in the house is our new office…we’ll finally have room for both of our desks and so much more.

To be continued…

Happy weekend!

  • Alyssa Schroeder - May 9, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    You look so beautiful! I love how bright your house is. We just moved a couple months ago and I so enjoy now having an office room :)ReplyCancel

Oh it was good to photograph a wedding again. This being my first full wedding of the 2014 season, my off-season was seven months long. And I was oh so very grateful to have documented Levi and Karen’s first day of husband and wife.

It was a day of friends and family from across the continent, from Florida and Alberta to BC, gathering together to witness and really celebrate the marriage of Levi and Karen. It was a day of well-planned and well-crafted gorgeous details that helped illustrate the beauty and importance of this day. Karen’s mom, from Florida, had rented a place locally so her and Karen could devote their efforts to making the day truly special and personal. These ladies, along with the bridal party, were so lovely to work with!

Levi and Karen, wishing you two all the best as you begin your life as Mr & Mrs in Hawaii! Enjoy this sneak peek from your beautiful day…


One of the sweetest moments of the day…Levi and Karen saved their first ever kiss for once pronounced man and wife!


Their reception was held at the scenic Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion where we made time for lots of photos…


  • Lauren - May 6, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    Absolutely beautiful photos! Would love to know how you process them!!!ReplyCancel

  • Haley Richelle - May 6, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    Lovely photos Mikaela!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - May 6, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! So glad I could be there!! Great photos! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Jasik - May 7, 2014 - 3:36 am

    Oh….stunning! Thank you for capturing my daughters beautiful, perfect wedding day! The pictures are beautiful, so many details that I missed or didn’t see clearly! Thank you for a wonderful job Mikaela, you were wonderful to work with!ReplyCancel

  • Resi - May 9, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    WOW! The bride’s hair looks amazing – and so do all her bridesmaids with such pretty hair! So much LONG hair in one place, quite unbelievable! The rest of the wedding looks so pretty too :)ReplyCancel

Alan and Mandy became husband and wife in the sunny Mayan Riviera last week, and kept the celebrations going once they got home. Held at the lovely Ft Langley Community Hall, friends and family gathered for a night of dining, toasting, dancing and congratulating the beautiful bride and groom. And seriously, isn’t she gorgeous? We made sure to make time for a few photos of Mandy and Alan before the party started, and I’m so glad we did…

Thank you so much, Alan and Mandy, for the chance to document the celebration of your marriage!


Have a peek at more of the fun and celebrating at!