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Dave and Joanna’s wedding at The Vancouver Club was my first time at this venue, and it quickly rose to the top of my favourite Vancouver wedding venues. It was the perfect backdrop for their I do’s and their reception in the club’s stunning ballroom. I had first met Dave and Joanna when I was nearly nine months pregnant this past Spring, at their Granville Island engagement session. Our time together indicated great things were ahead for their wedding day, Dave and Joanna being such a warm, kind, and fun-loving couple.

From their first look in front of The Vancouver Club, to photos around the city (and they left lots of time for photos – love that!), to their beautiful exchange of vows and memorable reception, the day was perfect and I was so grateful to have a part in it.


Joanna and her bridal party got ready at Faye Smith’s makeup and hair studio…


…while Dave and his guys got ready at The Vancouver Club…


This is why I love first looks…


It was busy day at Stanley Park, but we found a couple quiet corners around the Lighthouse for a few photos of the bride and groom…


…and didn’t Joanna make such a beautiful bride?!


The Roundhouse Community Centre gave us just the right space and backdrop for wedding party photos…


I seriously loved Joanna’s bouquet by Garden Party Flowers!


How beautiful is this ceremony space…


More pretty details…


A warm congratulations and many, many thanks to Dave and Joanna!


Venue: The Vancouver Club
Wedding Planner: Amanda at Dream Group
Florals & Decor: Garden Party Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Faye Smith
Bride’s Dress: Kleinfeld’s
Bride’s Shoes: Nine West
Ceremony Music: Rosanna Chiu
Photo Booth: Small Fry Media
Photographer: Mikaela Ruth Photography

  • florence koong - August 9, 2016 - 12:04 am

    Very beautiful couple and very beautiful pictures too. Proud of them as they did it all by themselvesReplyCancel

  • Florence - August 9, 2016 - 12:11 am

    Great jobReplyCancel

There was so much to love about Brent and Jaime’s wedding day. There was so much to love about them!

Brent and Jaime were wed under a canopy of greenery at the UBC Botanical Garden, and immediately following the ceremony stole away for a few moments together, bottle of champagne in hand. They wanted to take in the fact that they were now married, toasting in excitement for their life together as husband and wife. Their happiness with one another is something that is evident, is felt and is shared with their loved ones. And they did that throughout the rest of their day, from their relaxed garden party reception, complete with a popsicle cart and food truck, to their more intimate dinner celebration at L’Abattoir in Gastown. From start to finish, Jaime and Brent thought of everything to make their wedding day perfect, celebrating their marriage and those who stand by their side.

Jaime and Brent, your wedding day has a piece of my heart…I’m so grateful I was able to be your photographer!


Jaime was made extra stunning by the lovely Jasmine Hoffman


Jaime and Brent found out about my work through their dear friends Tim and Stacy (on the left), whose wedding I photographed and they attended almost two years ago. Coincidentally, Jaime got ready in the same suite as Stacy did! Two beautiful – inside and out – girls I’ve been fortunate enough to know and photograph.


Brent and Jaime had their brother and sister, respectively, stand up with them. There’s something to be said for small wedding parties…


A few more portraits before joining the dinner party in Gastown…


Venue: UBC Botanical Garden
Bride’s Dress: The Bridal Gallery
Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman and Sarah Killen
Hair: Cara Christensen
Reception Dinner: L’Abattoir
Food Truck: Beastro, The Rolling Feast
Popsicle Cart: Johnny’s Pops

  • Julie - July 27, 2016 - 1:27 am

    This is so absolutely beautiful, Mikaela! I honestly think this is the most gorgeous/fun wedding I’ve ever seen!ReplyCancel

    • Mikaela - July 28, 2016 - 7:03 pm

      Thank you so much, Julie! It sure was a fun and beautiful day.ReplyCancel

There’s nothing like newborn sweetness, especially with an adorable sibling who dotes and loves on the little babe. It wasn’t long ago that I photographed just Jon, Nikki, and Xseniya last Fall. Nikki mentioned that they were hoping to have another, and before long, there was the announcement on Facebook that they were expecting again! In fact, Nikki had been pregnant at our shoot and just hadn’t known it yet :)

I was all too happy to document them as a family of four recently, after welcoming sweet DeAndre Jovenal to their hearts and home.

Many thanks and much love to the Loewen family!


  • Theresa - July 15, 2016 - 1:02 am

    They look like the couple who were in labor back in June the day my daughter was discharged..she saw them and said they are going to have a beautiful baby..and she was right ReplyCancel

  • GlassesShop - August 25, 2016 - 1:19 am

    All the love for this post.ReplyCancel