Bellingham & Vancouver Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Mikaela Ruth »

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Meet sweet Emmy Claire. She was born into a family we are so grateful to call our friends, Dave and Alanna and their two boys Jackson and Silas. Two boys, and now a girl! You can imagine the excitement, the sweetness, the hair bows and the proud and protective older brothers. Everyone is just so smitten with this little girl and rightfully so! I had the best time documenting Emmy’s newborn goodness all snuggled up with her loving family at home…this stage is so fleeting, and beautiful and deserves to be photographed, so all those tiny features so perfect and new will always be remembered…

Congratulations, Peters family! xo

Hair bow: Arrow and Lace
Flowers: Confetti Floral
Emmy’s sweater: Zara
Swaddle blanket: Little Unicorn
Knit blanket: handmade with love by Emmy’s mama

They met online and struck up a relationship over three months of conversation. She was living in Campbell River on Vancouver Island at the time, and he in the Lower Mainland. On New Year’s Day one year ago, Julie took a chance and took the ferry over to Horseshoe Bay where she met Omar for their first date. They wandered the cute village and continued that conversation, finally in person.

I was more than happy to meet them both there last weekend, as they celebrated their one year together, as well as Julie’s birthday, by recounting and reminiscing. This time, Julie came down on a Greyhound from her home in Kamloops. You could say they also celebrated the fact that she made it safe and sound, after her bus got stuck on the snowy highway over night! Julie, I hope you feel that the adventure was worth it…I had such a great time with you two, and I’m so grateful I could document your love and laughter. Enjoy this sneak peek from our time together!

We happened upon the cutest bake shop, Butter Lane, and couldn’t resist popping in for hot tea and macarons…

I felt the warmth of the sun on my shoulders, powder sand beneath my feet, heard the soft lap of the waves and squeals of delight from my kids. Palm trees lined the beach and in the distance was the iconic view of Diamond Head. In that moment, I nearly melted in a pool of happiness.

It was our first vacation as a family of four, and introducing our two favorite people to our favorite vacation spot, Oahu, was so fun. We booked the trip last minute as an opportunity came up that we couldn’t pass by, and soon we were getting settled in our Honolulu condo and getting acquainted with its roof top pool(!) and nearby beaches. There were plenty of “is this real life?” moments, and then other days came with their reality checks of course. There are still dishes and laundry to be done, as well as sleepless nights and tantrums, in Hawaii – who would’ve thought ;) But the joy Zaya had as he splashed in the water, 0r the wonder Ava experienced as she sifted sand through her fingers, was beautiful. It’s my hope that these memories will be some of the first that Zaya will always recall.

It’s also my hope that we’ll get to return here, again and again (and again! ha), and continue to make more vacation memories as a family. It’s quite something to get to escape the everyday for a place so idyllic, and then return home happy and rested and find yourself grateful for all the little things you often take for granted. It’s something I’m oh so thankful to get to experience.

Ala Moana beach park was just a few minutes down the road from our condo, and was perfect for Ava and Zaya…

Play hard, nap hard

I’m not sure he’s ever had so much fun! Zaya was definitely in his element, and it was so fun to see and be a part of…

Lanikai Beach…I was so glad to return here…

Our one family shot! It’s not perfect but we’re all in there, and happy :)

Like Zaya would say, one-two babies!

Until next time…xo