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Secret Garden Wedding: Rob & Lindsay

Rob and Lindsay’s wedding day was more than the beginning of their marriage. It was more than making their love and commitment to one another official. It was the uniting of families, of growth of a new one and putting down roots, as signified by the planting of a tree during their ceremony by Lindsay, Rob, and his two adorably handsome sons. It was the coming together and celebration of their friends who gave their support whole heartedly. It was witnessing two genuine, thoughtful, and generous people become husband and wife, two people who love each other with everything they have, and who share that love with those around them.

To Rob and Lindsay, thank you so much for sharing your day and your love with my camera. It was a true joy to document your wedding and I’m so excited for what your future holds as husband and wife!

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The day began with some details in the country and stunning florals by Deborah Lee Designs…

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With Fall just around the corner, the late afternoon sunlight was especially lovely and made photographing Rob and Lindsay all the more wonderful…

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The reception was held at The Secret Garden, a greenhouse-turned-wedding venue, and I loved the chance to photograph somewhere new & unique…

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DJ Jacqueline of Almost Famous Entertainment seriously played the best music and made sure everyone had a great time on the dance floor…

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  • Micah - September 18, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Absolutely beautiful, Mikaela!!! Their portraits on the field/road were absolutely BREATHTAKING!!ReplyCancel

  • jenn of hello inspira - September 20, 2013 - 1:46 pm

    mikaela, as always: beautiful! lindsay looks like nicole kidman in some of the photos! i was scrolling down the post and a few times she caught me of guard: hey, that’s nic… oh no, she is just as gorgeous as her! ;)ReplyCancel

Stanley Park Engagement: Tim & Stacy

Tim and Stacy attended neighbouring high schools and saw each other here and there, but nothing ever came of it. Until 10 years later, when out for a drink with her mom, Stacy spied Tim across the room. His eyes had kept drifting her way, too. She worked up the courage to walk over and say hello, and that was all it took…that and a line from Tim that made Stacy burst into laughter. And so began their relationship. A relationship that would have Tim on bended knee three years later, popping the question and a bottle of bubbly on the beach.

I joined Tim and Stacy back where they got engaged, Third Beach at Stanley Park, where they often go for bike rides and picnics. These two were too fun to have in front of my camera…I was smitten, really. There was a natural ease and chemistry that they shared by just being together. And Tim still had Stacy laughing.

With a quick outfit change and a bottle of champagne, we headed to the beach…

Tim managed to completely surprise Stacy when he proposed. The romantic gesture of planning a champagne picnic on the beach didn’t even give it away…
because, according to his adoring fiancĂ©, that’s just the kind of thing Tim does.

Thank you, Tim and Stacy…for trusting me to be your wedding photographer, and reminding me again why I love my job. I can’t wait for your wedding next September!

  • Cristina Elena - September 11, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    Such a cute couple! Great light and creative shots :)ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - September 11, 2013 - 3:06 pm

    Wow! These are the most amazing photos, Thank you so so much. We love these so much!ReplyCancel

  • Micah - September 12, 2013 - 9:37 am

    So beautiful, Mikaela!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Sledge - September 12, 2013 - 4:58 pm

    That location in the trees!! Ah!! Love! And she is absolutely stunning!! So photogenic!ReplyCancel

Whidbey Island ’13

It’s the same every year…we leave behind the comforts of home for…the comforts of glamping ;) The same Whidbey Island, the same Deception Pass State Park with its towering trees, the same beach with its scattered driftwood logs. The same blissfully free days of no work, laptops or phones. Time with family around the campfire, bicycling to the beach, watching sunsets over the water, and indulging in a lot of food.

This year, however, our familiar routine was shaken up by that which you dread when sleeping in a tent: rain. And plenty of it. Constant downpours of it. Thankfully the sun still managed to peek through each day, and our tarps managed to keep us dry (for the most part). We had our umbrellas and we had our books and wellies. We got to make new memories that included hours of rolling thunder and lightening. We would sit around the campfire in the darkened woods and watch as the entire sky was lit up, silhouetting the trees.

And, same as every year, the time we spent away was just what I needed. After an August with six weddings and a handful of shoots, the break was a breath of fresh air and provided the rest I needed to head into another busy month feeling refreshed.

But just because we were enjoying a mini holiday, certainly didn’t mean I put down my camera…

Grateful my sister Whitney knows a thing or two about using my camera for times like these…

…and for a husband who doesn’t always take himself too seriously…

Our camping trip conveniently fell over Shane’s birthday…and we love nothing more than a reason to celebrate…

It also fell over the first weekend of another NFL season (to think we almost stayed home as a result!)

It’s no secret that one of my favourite parts of camping is all the reading I get to do…finished one book and dove into this one and so far? SO GOOD!

Until next year!

  • Hayley Rae - September 9, 2013 - 4:18 pm

    You girls have the cutest camping outfits ever!!ReplyCancel

  • stefani - September 9, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    you guys are the best dressed campers I have ever seen!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Sledge - September 10, 2013 - 9:19 am

    You go to the coolest places! This is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • jamie - September 11, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    love this. i think we were at the same state park, just a few days before you. my first time there! so beautiful!!ReplyCancel