Bellingham & Vancouver Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Mikaela Ruth »

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I arrived at the bridal suite at Fraser River Lodge where Sam was applying her own makeup, relaxed and surrounded by her best girls, including her mom and sisters. The rain had been pouring all day without much hope of letting up, but you couldn’t tell by the happy atmosphere in that room. Gifts were given and opened, flower crowns adorned, glasses of rosé poured, and a toast to the bride was made. Nearby, Andrew got ready with his groomsmen and the rain continued…

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Hair was styled by the ladies at Hello, Lovely and bouquets were arranged by 99 Nursery & Florist

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The ceremony was held underneath a tent…
It was cozy and romantic against the sound of the rain, it was sweet, it was funny, and their officiant was perfectly quirky and one of the best I’d seen…

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All day I had been praying for a window of dry weather for portraits, but planning on rain. While the rain suddenly burst in a fresh down pour when Sam and Andrew were being pronounced Mr and Mrs, it let up soon after. I couldn’t believe the timing!

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These two were a joy to photograph (I adored their engagement session last Fall, too)!

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I loved the whimsical theme of bees and honey that was woven throughout the wedding day. Each table was named after a different flower, and guests were given sweet favours of honey sticks.

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Taking a few quiet moments during the reception to enjoy the sunset and each other…

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Sam and Andrew, I couldn’t be more grateful to have documented your wedding day! I can’t say enough good things about it, and you and your families. Congratulations and much appreciation!

Matt and Lindsay were wed at the beautiful Rowena’s Inn on the River recently. They first met 15 years ago in college, good friends but nothing more. The two of them would be overheard studying at the dining table, most likely more laughing going on than actual studying. Years passed and again their paths crossed. This time, there was a first date and a go at a relationship, one that had Matt proposing this past Christmas, and the two of them exchanging handwritten wedding vows…

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While I photographed the girls getting ready, Shane photographed the guys. Shane and Lindsay have actually been co-workers at WestJet for the past several years, so it was only fitting that he, who used to be my main second shooter, join me in documenting their day.

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Congratultions, Matt & Lindsay! Thank you so much for the privilege of being your wedding photographers!

Venue: Rowena’s Inn on the River
Hair: Ms Monica Ryan
Makeup: Make Me Up By Nicole

My cousin Kyle married his beautiful bride, Danielle, in Summerland earlier this month. Family came together and made wedding dreams come true…

To start things off, our cousin Megs and her husband Trevor bought a fruit stand and bakery in Summerland last year, and offered up their property for the festivities. Surrounded by an apple orchard and rows of cherry trees, under a (thankfully) sunny Okanagan sky, the wedding took place. Garden lights were strung up between posts made by Danielle’s dad, tables were set with gold and white linens, topped with gold and white painted wine bottles holding over 600 white roses and hydrangeas. Furniture was arranged, many pieces having traveled from the homes of family in the Fraser Valley or refinished by the mother of the groom, my aunt. She also made the bouquets, boutonnieres and gold painted chalkboard signs. Candles were everywhere, including hanging from the trees, and a fire pit was set up to keep cozy around when the evening turned chilly. Our photobooth was also on hand to help keep the party going into the night.

I could keep going! It all came together to make for one beautiful wedding…but of course, what made the wedding a wedding, were the bride and groom themselves, their love that was celebrated, and the love and support of family and friends who witnessed Kyle and Danielle’s I do’s.

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The wedding party got ready at Summerland Waterfront Resort, and I got to hang out with Danielle and her girls…

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Shane photographed Kyle and his groomsmen…

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What was really fun about this wedding, was having so much family in the wedding party! That’s my brother Logan in the background, in the middle, and my cousin Kaleb to the right, whose wedding I photographed last year. His lovely wife Sherry was a bridesmaid!

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There was no shortage of happy tears throughout the day, including during Kyle and Danielle’s first look…

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The arbor under which Kyle and Danielle were married was also built by her Dad

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Mr & Mrs Trozzo!

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Venue: Granny’s Fruit Stand, Bakery and Cafe
Makeup: Sublime Makeup Artistry
Bride’s Dress: Sposa Wedding World
Bride’s Shoes: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Vanel Design & Theodora James
Photo Booth: CheddarBooth