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Blame it on Maui

I really didn’t mean to. But I let it happen…somehow I let two weeks pass by without a blog post! Blame it on vacation, blame it on the Maui sunshine, blame it on the need for/want of a break. But we’re back home, settled, and getting reacquainted with the winter blues but warmed by Hawaiian memories from the past little while…

For this trip, my mom took her first flight in over thirty years! My parents almost made it to Hawaii for their honeymoon but didn’t, promising to go again another time…well, it took until now and I’m so glad they came and my mom braved her fears. We shared a condo for twelve days, cooked most of our own meals, and hopped around the island, trying to take in as much as we could.

My birthday fell during our time there, which conveniently also happened to be Super Bowl Sunday. I am ever so grateful to our team, the Seahawks, for giving us a fantastic win and thereby making my birthday a happy one! We saw whales everyday and turtles too, but fortunately, no sharks. Baby loved the daily ice cream indulgences and I may have doubled my pregnancy weight gain. We appreciated what will most likely be our last vacation before baby, and dreamed of the day we can bring him or her back to play in the sand. Aloha, Hawaii!

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  • Taliah - February 13, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Mikaela! Your baby bump is ADORABLE! So fun. Beautiful pics! :)ReplyCancel

  • Falcon - February 26, 2014 - 5:20 pm

    These photos are so gorgeous! I always love looking at your travel photos. And what a beautiful baby bump! xReplyCancel

DIY Client Gifts: Cheers to Your Love

Each year I like to send my brides and grooms a tangible something as a small way of saying thank you. It’s important to me to express my whole hearted gratitude for entrusting their wedding photography to me because without them, I couldn’t continue to do what I love to do.

When I set my eyes on Sugar Paper’s gorgeous letterpress ‘Cheers’ coasters, I thought it would be fun to send them along with a bottle of bubbly; a way of saying “cheers to your love.” In went another sweet treat and favourite of mine, a creamy milk chocolate bar made locally in Vancouver at Beta 5. I pulled it all together with a hand written note, a few personal, branded touches, and nestled in the shipping boxes, popped them in the mail.

I wish I could raise a glass of champagne to all my wonderful couples, but I’ll have to settle with a glass of ginger ale for now ;) Cheers and thank you, once again! xo

ClientThankYouGifts-1ClientThankYouGifts-2ClientThankYouGifts-3ClientThankYouGifts-4ClientThankYouGifts-5Chocolate: Beta 5 in Vancouver
Letterpress Cheers Coasters: Sugar Paper
Packaging materials: Thatch & ThistleCute TapeStaples

  • angela - January 30, 2014 - 10:35 pm

    cheers!! so sweet to doReplyCancel

  • Janelle C - February 2, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Oh goodness! Please tell me where did you find the miniature champagne? I have been looking for these everywhere!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - April 10, 2014 - 1:08 pm

    Totally random – but where did you get the white boxes for shipping? I’m looking for boxes that size to ship packages and can’t seem to find any like that – white and shoebox-ish sized?
    Thanks so much for the help – your gift is adorable!ReplyCancel

    • Mikaela - April 11, 2014 - 11:19 am

      Hi Tiffany! I ordered the boxes from Avenue Supply. Unfortunately I didn’t have the best of experiences working with them, but you may very well have better luck :)ReplyCancel

Grouse Mountain Engagement: Fayzal & Alysha

It was midnight, signalling their anniversary, and they were hand in hand on the beach in the Dominican. It was a place she had always wanted to visit, and he had kept his promise that he would bring her there. The stars shone, the waves broke on the shore, and taking her by surprise, Fayzal got down on one knee and proposed to Alysha.

Now they’re planning their wedding for this Spring in – you guessed it – the Domincan! And I was fortunate enough to photograph their engagement photos this past Monday. Fayzal and Alysha were so much fun in front of the camera and really were up for anything…including capping off the shoot with a snowball fight!

Fayzal and Alysha, thank you so much for allowing me to photograph such an exciting time in your lives :)

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  • Antonia Chick - January 29, 2014 - 10:43 am

    Aghh…so envious of your snow…you live in such a beautiful place!!ReplyCancel

  • Corinna - January 29, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    Love the ones inside the log. Alysha looks great in that red color, and her ring is beautiful.ReplyCancel