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Whitney and Manolo’s wedding last month was beautiful and long awaited. But it technically wasn’t their first…

Last March, in the midst of planning a September 2013 wedding, Manolo received word that his work permit wouldn’t be renewed and was to leave the country for Mexico immediately. Through disappointed tears we heard the news, and then Whitney and Manolo announced that their lawyer had advised they get married. As soon as possible. To say good bye to their wedding plans, say some rushed I do’s, and then say good bye to each other for an unknown length of time. They would apply for Manolo’s permanent residency through spousal sponsorship and pray he’d back in a few months.

Ideas were brainstormed for this turn of events. Not wanting to cheapen their wedding or rush their marriage, they decided to have a quiet ceremony with a few family members and close friends, sign the papers, but still live as though engaged. They would be married in the eyes of Canada but once Manolo returned, they would resume their wedding plans – their real wedding plans.

In a matter of days, we pulled together a sweet and simple “wedding”, wanting to make it special but not too special ;) That was to be saved for the real deal. There was sadness surrounding the situation but on this day, the presence of God was there in full force and replaced the sadness with joy and beauty. For some reason, Whitney and Manolo’s relationship has never quite gone according to their plan, but knowing God’s hands are upon it is really all that matters.

This wedding was announced at last month’s wedding so I’m excited I get to now share these photos…have a look and then take a peek at their full wedding photos, taken by Joe and Patience, here!


Whitney’s childhood best friend flew in last minute to be there for her…and it was her parents who opened up their gorgeous home for the wedding. It was perfect!


  • Ashley - November 18, 2014 - 9:37 am

    These are stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine Star - November 18, 2014 - 9:40 am

    I love this so so so SOOOO much!!! Incredibly happy for your family! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Kendra - November 18, 2014 - 9:55 am

    These are beautiful!!! And now I’m a puddle of tears!! So happy for your sister and Manolo!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - November 18, 2014 - 10:22 am

    These are so special! And beautiful – made me teary eyed :DReplyCancel

It was her wedding day and the rain was pouring, yet all day long Lori Ann kept saying how much fun she was having. How wonderful everything was. Even while walking through the rain! Whereas many brides would be discouraged, she wasn’t one bit. Isaac and Lori Ann celebrated all the same, fully embracing the day they became husband and wife.

This was my second wedding with this family, as last June I had a the honor of photographing Cassandra’s wedding to Tyler, Lori Ann’s sister and brother-in-law. Back then, Lori Ann was a bridesmaid and hadn’t even met Isaac yet! I loved getting to work with everyone, so it was a true privilege to be so warmly welcomed once again by such a great family.

Isaac and Lori Ann, thank you for sharing your love, for happily posing in the rain and for being so wonderful. I hope the sun shone brightly and warmly for you on your honeymoon and your first days of married life! Many thank you’s for having me as your wedding photographer.


Hair and makeup were perfected by Ashley of Wedded Bliss.


We took photos in Chilliwack along the river, at the property of Lori Ann’s parents. The same place we took their engagement photos, as well as wedding photos of Cassandra and Tyler, the place that holds many memories for these girls growing up. The perfect backdrop.


I was so impressed with these gorgeous girls, smiling through the cold rain and walking through the wet ground so their sweet friend could get the wedding photos she had always hoped for…



The day was capped off with a reception at Fraser River Lodge


  • Dani - November 4, 2014 - 11:12 am

    Totally obsessed with all of those umbrella shots. Especially with the guys throwing them! So awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - November 5, 2014 - 10:39 am

    Just lovely, Mikaela. You’re pictures are always wonderful and your brides always stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa Schroeder - November 12, 2014 - 10:54 am

    Such beautiful photography of a rainy wedding day! The locations are stunning and I love LOVE the groomsmen umbrella shot up in the air and the matching bridesmaid umbrellas.ReplyCancel

Jeff and Paula were married at the Fraser River Lodge tucked away against the stunning views of the mountains. It was a celebration of commitment and love and family and friends, and it was so much fun to document. Where Paula is feisty and outgoing, Jeff is strong and steady. Paula loves handbags and shoes, Jeff loves fishing and hunting. Together, they’re dynamic and fun loving and Jeff has even replaced some of the “city” in Paula with the great outdoors, making this venue the perfect backdrop in which for them to say I do.

To the newly married Mr and Mrs Flett, many thanks for the honor of being your wedding photographer!


Venue: Fraser River Lodge
Furniture Rentals: Spruce Vintage Rentals
Design & Decor: Deborah Mansell Designs
Hair: Salon Picasso
Florals: Floralista

  • jamie delaine - October 30, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    WOW! What a set up! Love the sweetheart table soooo much! Ahh. Good memories. :)ReplyCancel