Bellingham & Vancouver Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Mikaela Ruth »

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Their story spans 16 years, going back to when Carley was just 14 years old. They dated and, like most relationships when you’re young, it didn’t last forever. Chayse and Carley went their separate ways, yet remained friends. Years went by until their paths crossed again, on a little thing called Facebook. The timing was now right, and their past relationship rekindled. Now, two daughters and five+ years later, their older, wiser, and deeper relationship will take on the forever title when Chayse makes Carley his wife this August.

We met up in Fort Langley this past weekend, where Chayse proposed to Carley when they were expecting their first child. Their two adorable girls, Makayla and Adrianna, joined us for a few family photos to begin our session…


Many thanks, Carley and Chayse, for a wonderful afternoon and for allowing me to document your love. Can’t wait for your wedding this summer!

Home has always been where my boys are and as of last week, that officially became our new house in Washington! I received my immigrant visa, got the stamp, and now am a U.S. resident. Which also means I can accept work down here; oh so grateful and excited for new opportunities! A long and, at times, trying journey has ended and a new chapter is already beginning. We owe a heart felt thank you to my parents for letting us call their place (our second) home during the in between time. It was actually pretty sweet to be able to share that time with them and watch Zaya’s bond with Grandma and Grandpa grow. But now that we’re home full time, we’re hoping everyone will get a little more rest throughout the night!

I had been talking for months about having family photos taken around our place, and this past weekend seemed the perfect time…Thanks to my sister for taking these of us. I’ll often set up the camera settings and the shot, but after all the experience she’s had doing this with us, Whitney, maybe there’s potential for a career shift? ;)


  • Austyn Elizabeth - May 12, 2015 - 5:42 pm

    Congrats Mikaela!!! And welcome! So excited for you to be able to shoot more beautiful people here in the states!ReplyCancel

  • Jermaine Naidoo - May 29, 2015 - 2:26 am

    Amazing pictures! Mikaela you are truly talented.ReplyCancel

With Style Me Pretty’s feature of Dave and Stefani’s elegant Edwardian wedding today, I’m thrilled to finally be able to share their wedding as well!

Their day was beautiful perfection. Each and every detail was lovingly and creatively crafted by the bride and her maid of honor sister, Jaclyn, owner of 6 Pence Event Planning and Design. Stefani’s vision for the day was an elegant, southern feel, and guests were treated to nothing but the best as they celebrated Dave and Stefani’s I do’s.

Their vows were said under the late summer sun in the garden of the Kirkland House. Following the ceremony were lawn games and cocktails, while we took advantage of the stunning property for photos – something truly valued by Dave and Stefani, making them my kind of couple! The real party kicked off in the Harris Barn, also on the property, lit by strings of cafe lights and adorned by the prettiest florals you ever did see, by Floralista.

I could go on about the beauty of Dave and Stefani’s wedding day, but I’ll let the photos do the talking…I’ll just say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the newly married Mr and Mrs Holmes. It was such an honor to be your wedding photographer!


Something old, something new…and a six pence in her shoe…


Loved working with these ladies!


While the girls got ready in the house, the guys got cleaned up in the barn’s loft…


A special request was made for a formal wedding party portrait and I happily obliged…


This couple, in this setting, with this light…I could have photographed them all day long. I mean, look at her!

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Event Planning & Design: 6Pence
Venue: Kirkland House and Harris Barn
Floral Design: Floralista
Stationery: JP Stationery
Makeup and Hair: Carla Hawksworth
Bride’s Dress: Madison by The Richman Group
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Earrings: Earrings Nation
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Angelina Faccenda by Mori Lee
Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Stella & Dot
Rentals: Bespoke Decor
Caterer: Sammy J’s Grill & Bar
Dessert: Kien and Sweet
Linens: Chair Decor, Etc.
DJ: Absolute DJs