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Each year I like to send my brides and grooms a tangible something as a small way of saying thank you. It’s important to me to express my whole hearted gratitude for entrusting their wedding photography to me because without them, I couldn’t continue to do what I love to do.

When I set my eyes on Sugar Paper’s gorgeous letterpress ‘Cheers’ coasters, I thought it would be fun to send them along with a bottle of bubbly; a way of saying “cheers to your love.” In went another sweet treat and favourite of mine, a creamy milk chocolate bar made locally in Vancouver at Beta 5. I pulled it all together with a hand written note, a few personal, branded touches, and nestled in the shipping boxes, popped them in the mail.

I wish I could raise a glass of champagne to all my wonderful couples, but I’ll have to settle with a glass of ginger ale for now ;) Cheers and thank you, once again! xo

ClientThankYouGifts-1ClientThankYouGifts-2ClientThankYouGifts-3ClientThankYouGifts-4ClientThankYouGifts-5Chocolate: Beta 5 in Vancouver
Letterpress Cheers Coasters: Sugar Paper
Packaging materials: Thatch & ThistleCute TapeStaples

  • angela - January 30, 2014 - 10:35 pm

    cheers!! so sweet to doReplyCancel

  • Janelle C - February 2, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Oh goodness! Please tell me where did you find the miniature champagne? I have been looking for these everywhere!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - April 10, 2014 - 1:08 pm

    Totally random – but where did you get the white boxes for shipping? I’m looking for boxes that size to ship packages and can’t seem to find any like that – white and shoebox-ish sized?
    Thanks so much for the help – your gift is adorable!ReplyCancel

    • Mikaela - April 11, 2014 - 11:19 am

      Hi Tiffany! I ordered the boxes from Avenue Supply. Unfortunately I didn’t have the best of experiences working with them, but you may very well have better luck :)ReplyCancel

It was midnight, signalling their anniversary, and they were hand in hand on the beach in the Dominican. It was a place she had always wanted to visit, and he had kept his promise that he would bring her there. The stars shone, the waves broke on the shore, and taking her by surprise, Fayzal got down on one knee and proposed to Alysha.

Now they’re planning their wedding for this Spring in – you guessed it – the Domincan! And I was fortunate enough to photograph their engagement photos this past Monday. Fayzal and Alysha were so much fun in front of the camera and really were up for anything…including capping off the shoot with a snowball fight!

Fayzal and Alysha, thank you so much for allowing me to photograph such an exciting time in your lives :)


  • Antonia Chick - January 29, 2014 - 10:43 am

    Aghh…so envious of your snow…you live in such a beautiful place!!ReplyCancel

  • Corinna - January 29, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    Love the ones inside the log. Alysha looks great in that red color, and her ring is beautiful.ReplyCancel

We’re so very thrilled to announce the sweetest news: we’re expecting! Our little one is due early August and our hearts are oh so grateful for this baby.


The arrival of a baby in the midst of wedding season isn’t what we initially tried for, but our journey to becoming pregnant was a longer and therefore harder one than we thought. There were times of worry (mostly on my part – Shane with his patience and optimism was my shoulder to lean on), we kept trusting in God and his timing for our family.

Now, we’re researching strollers, getting as much sleep as possible and eating a lot. We’re dreaming about this little one and trying to grasp the reality of him or her, imagining what they will look like (I’m hoping for Shane’s hair!) and what life will look like with them. We’re planning and we’re preparing (but really, how much can first time parents really plan on?). And we’re praying for God’s protection for our sweet babe, whom we can’t wait to meet!

As for work, I’ll be shooting my last wedding before baby in July, and then taking a break to welcome our little one and devote my full attention to him or her (oh and we won’t be finding out the gender – we think the surprise is worth the wait!). I’ll be back at shooting come early September, though, for I have a few weddings lined up that I’m excited to get to document.

There. I’m so glad to finally be able to share this happy news with everyone! Thank you for still visiting this blog even if it’s been a little quiet as of late. I promise it’s been for the best of reasons :)


  • Emily - January 22, 2014 - 10:22 am

    Congratulations to you both! This is such great news. I hope you are feeling okay.
    And seriously, your baby is going to be SO cute! I love that you are waiting to find out the gender, way more exciting and it will help you get through labour!!! All the best.ReplyCancel

  • Lesa - January 22, 2014 - 10:22 am

    Congratulations! We are due on August 3rd with our long-awaited first baby!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Crall - January 22, 2014 - 10:23 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! What exciting and wonderful news! It will be so fun to follow your journey, especially given the due date timing for a wedding photographer. :) Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • jaclyn - January 22, 2014 - 10:25 am

    We called! my sister and I guessed you’d have a baby or be pregnant for her wedding ! so excited for you. my little one is 7 weeks and I can promise you it is the most amazing thing ever! & yes, I loved the gender surprise !ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - January 22, 2014 - 10:28 am

    Congratulations!! That’s such amazing news! You’ll be amazing parents :) I’m a first time mommy as well, just had our baby boy 11 days ago and I can tell you, it’s the best thing in the world! It’s the hardest/most rewarding time in my life and I am so in love with this little man..just you wait!! You will love it too!!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - January 22, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Congratulations Mikaela!! My youngest was born end of July, and we also hadn’t planned on a mid summer baby, but God’s timing is the best timing and I wouldn’t have it any other way!!! Hope you’re feeling ok and all the best as you anticipate your precious babe’s arrival! :)ReplyCancel

    • Mikaela - January 22, 2014 - 10:47 am

      Vanessa, I couldn’t agree with you more! :) Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Miller - January 22, 2014 - 10:31 am

    HUGE congratulations!!! Get ready for this new amazing adventure! Mommyhood is a doozy, but so worth it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Regan Carter - January 22, 2014 - 10:41 am

    Eeeeek!! Congratulations!! SO exciting!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Micala McClain - January 22, 2014 - 11:01 am

    Big congratulations to you and Shane!! So exciting!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kindrel - January 22, 2014 - 11:23 am

    That’s so awesome!!! Congratulations guys!ReplyCancel

  • Lesley Stefanski - January 22, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    How exciting!!! Waiting to find out is so much fun and totally worth it. I think you’re a bit smaller than me, but I just went through my maternity clothes and was sad I didn’t know anyone who I could pass them along to. Let me know if you’re interested!ReplyCancel

  • joc - January 22, 2014 - 1:04 pm

    congratulations- parenthood is definitely life changing. for the better, but i would get as many naps in now as possible. as for strollers… if you plan on them close together- get the city select. pricy but oh so worth it. Our kids are 19months apart- planned.. yup we’re crazy. but its fantastic. enjoy this journey. it’s the best one you’ll ever go onReplyCancel

  • Kristen - January 22, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    This is fantastic news! Congratulations!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela Dyck - January 22, 2014 - 3:40 pm

    Congrats Bradleys! You’ll be great parents in this crazy journey!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dani - January 22, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    Congrats, chica!! That is awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - January 22, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    Congratulations!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Coward - January 22, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    Congratulations you two! My daughter just had her 2nd baby on the 17th…. And they truly are a blessing from God! Your Mom is probably so excited, and I’m sure you two will be awesome parents! Enjoy every minute! Gods blessings are showering down on you! ReplyCancel

  • Sonja - January 22, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    Congratulations! That is so exciting. And also kudos for not finding out the gender! We didn’t find out with with either of our children, and it was so so fun to be surprised!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya Lewis - January 23, 2014 - 8:35 am

    Congratulations to you both! It’s the greatest gift and blessing, wishing you all the best!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - January 23, 2014 - 9:19 am

    First of all CONGRATULATIONS!!! I know you don’t know me, but I’m a fellow photographer in Canada who’s been following you for some time now. I had my baby in June and shot a wedding 2 days before I gave birth then again a week later. If you need any advice about working and having a baby, shoot me an email anytime! This is such a beautiful experience, enjoy every moment you possibly can :)ReplyCancel

  • Katie - January 23, 2014 - 11:05 am

    Congratulations!! How exciting! :)ReplyCancel

  • Falcon - January 23, 2014 - 6:56 pm

    Oh my gosh, how exciting!! What a beautiful gift for 2014, congratulations to you and Shane! xReplyCancel

  • the whyte house - January 24, 2014 - 5:29 am

    So thrilled for you guys, the aunts and uncles to be, and the GRANDPARENTS!! Oh, those grandparents must be so giddy. :) I’ve been waiting for this announcement since you started the house building. Congrats you two!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - January 25, 2014 - 6:49 am

    Congratulations! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Astami - February 4, 2014 - 11:08 am

    Congrats to you both!!!! So very excited! Sending you hugs, health, and more hugs from NYC. <3 (because emoticons express me best)ReplyCancel

  • Kim Spears - February 15, 2014 - 10:38 pm

    Oh Mikaela I am just thrilled for you and Shane !!!! HUGE CONGRATS :) xoReplyCancel