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The wind and the rain and the power outage couldn’t stop Jessica and Nigel from celebrating their love and their marriage to the fullest last Saturday. After getting to know them at their engagement session (which I adored!), it hardly surprised me. They are the kind of couple who embrace life and adventure and each other, taking none of it for granted, so of course they would treat their wedding day, and all that it held, in the same manner.

They’re calling it the BC storm of the year, with winds that knocked down trees and knocked out power across the lower mainland. But still, Jessica and Nigel’s wedding day unfolded beautifully, even if a few adjustments had to be made. They were wed at Rowena’s Inn on the River, and I’m just so grateful we had a small break in the storm so we could take advantage of the property for bride and groom photos. The day itself was a labor of diy love, from the girls’ floral crowns, to the bride’s shoes, and all the pretty reception details, with countless gorgeous dahlias to top it all off.

To Nigel and Jessica, thank you so much for sharing your day with me…crazy weather and all! You two are wonderful and I’m thankful I could be there to document your first day as husband and wife. Enjoy a sneak peek of your wedding photos…


I couldn’t get over these gorgeous florals, arranaged by Posie Floral Creations


Venue: Rowena’s Inn on the River
Florals: Posie Floral Creations
Bride’s Shoes: Toms
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Makeup: Makeup by Kyla
Hair: Vicki Hall

  • Julie - September 2, 2015 - 6:12 pm

    I love seeing how you can photograph a wedding at the same location, and you manage to make them all individually unique each and everytime! Nigel and Jessica look ravishing, you did an amazing job, Mikaela!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - September 3, 2015 - 9:17 pm

    I love how these photos seem to really show their personalities. They look like such a fun couple. Beautiful captures.ReplyCancel

Vacation during the summer – aka wedding season – is hard to come by. But, fortunately we were able to sneak away with my family for an extended weekend to a pretty little place called Sandy Point, here in Washington. We rented a cottage on the water and enjoyed the fresh, salty air and time away together immensely. It was our first vacation since having Isaiah, and with Luka in the mix now, too, it wasn’t quite as quiet as the vacations we had been used to…and some may not have gotten the same amount of sleep they are used to…but I’m fairly certain we’d all agree, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Our days were filled with bicycle rides, ocean kayaking, morning walks, baby snuggles, toddler chases, and dreaming of owning a place like this one day…


We also visited the Northwest Washington Fair, something I had been so excited to share with Zaya…


My parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in August so we took the opportunity to celebrate as a family and take some pictures, too…




After spending time with Noah and Elise at their engagement shoot in June, I was giddy at the thought of photographing their wedding. And after spending time with them throughout their wedding day, I walked away with a full and happy heart. Noah (who is also a photographer!) and Elise are some of the kindest, warmest, most genuine people you’ll meet, who make their faith and appreciation for others known. Judging by their wedding day and those who celebrated alongside them, you can tell they attract the same kind…which altogether, made their day all the more beautiful and a joy to document.


The day began beautifully at Elise’s aunt and uncle’s home near UBC with the prettiest details…


Maria of Niche Event Stylists arranged the florals and they were stunning…


Make up was done by Min-jee Mowat. She did an impeccable job making the already beautiful Elise extra glam…


Meanwhile, my lovely second shooter, Julie, hung out with the guys at Kevin Clark Studios while they got ready…


Noah and Elise surprised each other with new iPhone 6’s!


Their first look was pretty sweet…and it set the tone for some gorgeous photos of the two of them…


And then it was off to the Brock House to become Mr & Mrs!


Soon after the ceremony, we snuck down to the beach for sunset photos…


Niche Event Stylists did an amazing job on the decor!


To the new Mr and Mrs Asanias, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your day with me. I count it as such a privilege
to have gotten to know the two of you and photograph your first day as husband and wife!

Venue: Brock House
Decorator/Florals: Niche Event Stylists
Hair: Sabrina from Supernova Salon
Makeup: Min-jee Mowat
Videographer: Life Studios
Cake: Aeyra Cakes
DJ: Man About Town

  • Risa (Mom) - August 18, 2015 - 9:10 am

    WOW!!! These ARE beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Roger - August 18, 2015 - 9:30 pm