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I count myself pretty lucky to get to work in an industry that is filled with so much joy…joy for engagements, for marriage, for sweet little babies. Jordan and Monica are expecting their first, a boy! He is due to arrive on Valentine’s Day, but these parents-to-be can’t wait to hold him in their arms (and I can’t wait to meet him and document the three of them!).

We met up on the last snowy, sunny day before the rain returned and melted away the snow, and enjoyed the crisp, cold air and time spent documenting an exciting season of anticipation…

I don’t think I’ll ever get over this wedding! Cayden and Jolene were married on New Year’s Eve and celebrated under a sky of falling snowflakes, in her parents’ barn hayloft. It had been transformed into a gorgeous sight, decked with greenery and countless candles. 2.5 years earlier, I photographed his brother and her sister as they were married in this same barn, and I’ve been so blessed to have worked with these two families both times, documenting such beautiful I do’s.

On Cayden and Jolene’s wedding day, the snow began to fall just as we began their portraits at a Christmas tree farm…it was, in a word, magical. It continued to fall as we left for some quick wedding party portraits as the daylight faded, and didn’t stop all night. As guests entered the barn for the reception, there was an extra festive feel…perhaps it was the snow, perhaps it was because it was New Year’s Eve, but most definitely it had to do with the marriage of Cayden and Jolene. Two wonderful people who are so clearly loved and celebrated.

To Cayden and Jolene, many, many thanks to you and to your families. It was such a joy to document your wedding day!


The girls kicked off their day and stayed hydrated with The HABIT Project’s Citrine drink. The gorgeous packaging totally sold me! It tasted great, too :)


Venue: Private Property (sorry, not for rent)
Hair: Montana’s Bridal Hair
Makeup: Darcie Cromarty
Flowers: Vanessa Oddy
Caterer: Simply Savory
Portrait Location: Pine Meadows Tree Farm

What’s more festive than fresh snow at a Christmas tree farm? Maybe a warm fur blanket, wrapped up and cozy with those you love…

We don’t get much snow where we live and if we do, it lasts for hours, not days. But not this time! It sure added a bit of magic to this session with my oldest and dearest friend Nicole and her sweet family last weekend. Seeing the joy in these photos, in this family, makes me so grateful for the happiness that she has found.

Like I said in my Instagram sneak peek of these wonderful people, Nicole never complains about a thing, always shows concern for the well-being of others, and has a smile on her face at all times. Even though she’s had to work so hard to get to where she is today. Today, she’s married to an amazing guy, they have two sweet children, and they just bought a fitness studio! Knowing what a dedicated, positive person Nicole is, I know the studio will be a huge success for them. If you’re in the Abbotsford area, be sure to check it out – T&N Fitness.

Much love to the Habbas family!


  • Nicole - December 19, 2016 - 10:21 pm

    Sooooo precious! LOVE that you captured our familia in the ❄️Such cute pics of us having so much fun. You have an incredibly amazing talent, from your creativity to your attention to detail – WOW – we thank you for that. For as long as I can remember, you have always been my best friend, sort of like a sister, by my side, willing to listen and to give sound, wholesome advice when asked – I thank you for our friendship as well my dear!ReplyCancel