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He still gives her butterflies. She’s a ten when she wakes up in the morning, so he knew there would be no scale to measure her beauty on their wedding day. Their’s is a love that has been years in the making and when you see them together, you see a depth and yet something so young and fresh.

Chayse and Carley’s wedding day was beautiful and by many accounts, a long time coming…but so worth waiting for. It took place at the stunning Rowena’s Inn on the River, somewhere I shoot at least once a wedding season, and look forward to each time. They shared a First Look and also made time for sunset photos during the reception, two things I love!

To the new Mr and Mrs Diack, there aren’t enough thank you’s to express my gratitude. I so enjoyed working alongside you and your families to document what was truly a wonderful day. Congratulations, and I hope you enjoy a sneak peek of your wedding photos…


Carley…there’s no doubt she’s stunning…but she’s also incredibly kind and thoughtful and even when the day presented a few snags, she handled them with grace.


Their little girls Makayla and Adrianna joined us, too! And they are the sweetest.


Chayse and Carley captivated everyone with a choreographed dance to City and Color’s The Girl…and it was incredible!


Venue: Rowena’s Inn on the River
Bride’s & Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lisa’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Cupcakes: Elly’s Cake Design
Flowers: Deborah Lee Designs
DJ: Absolute DJs
Videographer: Treven LePage

  • Nicole - August 11, 2015 - 3:16 pm

    Absolutely Stunning Photos!!ReplyCancel

Their wedding day was a culmination of Chinese and Western traditions, with a strong sense of faith and family. Simpson and Marissa began the festivities with those closest to them, at the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel. There were the traditional door games, where the groom must win his way to his bride, and then the tea ceremony, where the bride and groom served tea to family members and received gifts. From there, we traveled to Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club, where Marissa changed from her red gown into her white wedding dress, and became Simpson’s wife in a beautiful outdoor ceremony. Photos were taken at Minoru Park in Richmond, chosen by Simpson and Marissa as it was there that they shared their first date, on a New Year’s Eve over four years ago. These two (and their wedding party!) were such a delight to photograph! And thankfully, their wedding took place in between heat waves :) Back at Mayfair Lakes, the reception celebrations began with their first dance and included some of the most heartwarming, and funny, speeches from friends and family alike.

To the newlyweds, Simpson and Marissa, I’m so grateful I was able to document your day! Wishing you both nothing but the best as you begin your married life together.


Venue: Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club
Dress: Pure Bridal
Hair: Bekah Richardson
Makeup: Dajana Coric
Decor and Flowers: Divine Decor

  • Julie - August 3, 2015 - 12:48 pm

    Just wonderful, Mikaela!ReplyCancel



Our baby turns one today. It’s been both the longest and the quickest year; one of much joy and many challenges. Being a mom has been far more all-consuming than I could have prepared for, in both the work and the love. No matter the frustrations or the exhaustion, Zaya brings us such delight in the everyday, and it has been the neatest thing to watch him learn and explore the world around him.

Last week, Shane had returned home from being away for work, and I was preparing for a twelve hour wedding the following day. We had mere minutes together as a family in between, so I walked away from the dirty dishes and curled up on the couch with Shane as Zaya played on the floor. I think Zaya must have known the timing was just right, because it was then that he decided to take his first steps – one, two, three – right to his proud (and stunned) parents!

I remember when he was just newly born, my heart ached at the thought of him growing up. Am I ever relieved to know that every stage truly is fun. These days, Zaya loves to read books and he will actually take your hand, open it up, and place a book in it and settle into your lap for story time. Seriously, my favorite.

And so to my sweet, smart, silly and curious little boy, happy first birthday! You are so very loved.



  • Whitney - July 30, 2015 - 11:39 am

    Seriously adorable. Happy 1st birthday, Zaya! Auntie loves you!ReplyCancel

  • Corinna - July 30, 2015 - 1:01 pm

    Happy 1st birthday, Zaya. Love this post.ReplyCancel