Bellingham & Vancouver Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Mikaela Ruth »

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Sharing a love for travel, Jessica and Nigel were in Europe last Spring, and made an early stop in the city of Paris. There lies this bridge, the one where lovers attach locks with their names inscribed, and toss away the key into the river below, to signify their unending love. Jessica had made sure to pack along a personalized lock to carry on this romantic tradition. Standing with Nigel on the bridge, she reached into the backpack to grab the lock. However, her hands found a different one, one that held a certain message…”will you marry me?” Tears were cried, she said yes, and her parents got it on film!

Now, the words “We’ll always have Paris” are tattooed on her arm and Nigel and Jessica are getting married this August.

Jessica wanted a natural, bohemian style engagement shoot. They recounted their love story, their travels, and I fell more in love with what I get to do, documenting the two of them together. Can’t wait for their wedding!


No one would have guessed that nine months after my sister and brother-in-law were married, they would be welcoming a sweet, little babe into their lives! Actually, I take that back. I guessed. The day before they told us the unexpected and exciting news, I guessed they would have a baby before too long, before they planned to, because that’s just the way their relationship has gone. It’s never unfolded according to their plan. Knowing God has his hand on their lives, though, is what matters. Immigration, student visas, work visas, long distance, postponed wedding…challenge after challenge, and while getting pregnant in their first year of marriage made for one more, it also may be the easiest thing they ever did. And besides meeting and getting married, the best.

I am giddy with excitement for the arrival of Whitney and Manolo’s baby, and to share the ups and downs of mama-hood with my sister. And for Zaya to have a cousin! Seriously, with my baby turing one next month, I’m ready for more newborn cuddles.


We took their photos on our side of the border, at the Nooksack river in Everson, Washington, and at our place. Not unlike the Vancouver area, the Pacific Northwest provides all kinds of beautiful light and perfect backdrops…


Such a gorgeous mama! See you soon, little one! xo

  • Mattanja - June 12, 2015 - 12:12 pm

    I guess looking gorgeous while pregnant runs in your family!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - June 12, 2015 - 1:17 pm

    stunningly beautiful!! your work just gets better and better! so talented! do you mind sharing which specific vsco preset you customized for these? loving the colors so much.ReplyCancel

    • Mikaela - June 12, 2015 - 3:11 pm

      Thank you, Anna, that means so much! I answer that question in this faq post on post processing. I use the same preset for all my images. It came in the first film pack, but I can’t remember which one specifically!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - June 13, 2015 - 2:15 pm

    These are the prettiest maternity photos I have ever seen! Wow! Great job. That is going to be one cute baby… all the bestReplyCancel

In all my years of knowing her (twenty-plus) I’ve never seen her as happy or confident as I see her with him. When you’re close friends with someone for that long, you see each other through many ups and downs, highs and lows. This September, I can’t wait to see her marry her best friend, dream come true, the man that she waited for, and stand beside her as her maid of honor.

I won’t be photographing their wedding, so we took the opportunity to document their enagement together at the beach at Semiahmoo. It was a perfect evening and so much fun!

Nicole and Tony, so excited for you two. xo!