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Seven years Jeff and Paula have been together. He sealed their love and lives last Christmas at a tree farm by proposing…tucked a little box containing a gorgeous sparkler in a tree and told Paula to check it out. Fearing it was something like a dead animal, she refused to go near the tree. After some insisting by what she says was a giddy Jeff, she looked and was amazed by what she saw. Now, these two are planning an October wedding at the stunning Fraser River Lodge and I couldn’t be more excited to document it.

We met up the other evening at their home for their engagement session, weather warm and sun shining. Nearby lies a forest where much of their free time is spent walking the trails with their lovingly called fur kids, which gave us the perfect backdrop for these photos.

Many thanks, Jeff and Paula, for wonderful evening. Can’t wait to see what your wedding day has in store!


  • Paula Venegas - July 11, 2014 - 1:56 pm

    Thank you so much Mikaela! We are so happy with the pictures. Yay! As well, thanks for being patient with us non-models.ReplyCancel

What do you get when you take eight little ones and three talented local vendors who hand make children’s goods? Great style and a whole lot of sweetness…

Last week I had the pleasure of working with From the SeedsCarmen West Creative and Minimoc on a collaborative shoot featuring their handmade items. Our little models were outfitted in Minimoc moccasins, fringe ‘Boho’ dresses and leggings from Carmen West Creative, and were given From the Seeds ‘lovey bunnies’ and wooden toy cameras to play with. Not to mention the sweet headbands and bow ties from both Minimoc and Carmen West.

We spent the morning playing dress up, picking wildflowers and chasing after these littles and had so much fun. I’m so smitten with these products, I can’t wait to treat my own little one! I already have the Instagram inspired wooden camera and a lovey bunny tucked away for him or her.

Shop the vendor’s online shops or visit Spruce Collective in downtown Abbotsford where you can find all three :)

Many thanks to the moms who came out and let us document these sweet faces…


Handmade Wooden Toy Cameras: From the Seeds
Organic Linen Lovey Bunny: From the Seeds
Leather Mocassins: Minimoc
Hair Bow & Bow Ties: Minimoc
Baby Leggings & Dresses: Carmen West Creative
Baby Top Knot Hat: Carmen West Creative
Feather & Flower Headbands: Carmen West Creative

We are three and a half weeks away from our due date. The nursery remains without carpet, much less a crib, and we’re not sure where we’ll be living – the condo or the new house – when baby decides to arrive. Still trying to sell our condo, you could walk through and not see a trace of baby anywhere (unless you snooped – then you’d find the box of newborn diapers stuffed in a closet and a chest full of tiny onesies, swaddlers, crib sheets and the like). Does this stress me out? Cause me/us to lose sleep? More than a little. But. We still have our health, each other, and the promise of a sweet, new, little life that we get to wrap in our arms before too long. Ready or not ;)

Last week we got to escape the craziness briefly and enjoy a photo shoot by the lovely and talented Jamie Delaine. She and I have become friends over the years, connecting over photography (I recently did her new promo images) and life, and I’ve enjoyed following her blog and career as a wedding photographer. So, it was a treat to step in front of her camera! My friend and most trusted makeup artist, Ashley of Wedded Bliss, did my makeup (Getting married? Book her!) and I had my hair done by my hairdresser and friend, Kobie.

It was a most perfect summer evening out in Langley and we had so much fun with Jamie and her husband Randy. Following the shoot, the four of us hung out over coffee until dark and we left excited to connect with these two more in the future.

And now, just a few of my favourites from our session. Jamie, we love them! Thank you. Be sure to visit Jamie’s blog for more!



  • Kristen - July 7, 2014 - 11:54 am

    In LOVE with your floral dress!! Where is it from?ReplyCancel

    • Mikaela - July 7, 2014 - 4:20 pm

      Thanks so much, Kristen! Both dresses are from ASOS maternity.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Visual Meringue - July 7, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    Beautiful photos – you both look great. Not long now! Thanks for sharing these :)ReplyCancel

  • Amber - July 7, 2014 - 4:42 pm

    You guys are on the most incredible journey and the fun stuff is just about to begin. I can totally relate to how you feel right now with the preperations of your new home. Baby will arrive and everything will come together – as it does you will grow into a family. Enjoy every moment. I am so excited for you both.ReplyCancel

  • Corinna - July 7, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    Love these shots. Never knew you could get your hair and makeup done for maternity shots, but it looks great.
    We had to move when baby Hugo was 8 weeks old, which wasn’t ideal, but it’s possible… get all the help you can muster for the move. You’ll do great.
    Can’t wait to see newborn shots on your blog soon. :)ReplyCancel