Bellingham & Vancouver Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Mikaela Ruth »

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Cayden and Jolene began dating just over three years ago…shortly after Cayden’s brother and Jolene’s sister were married! That wedding is one that will always be near and dear to me (have a peek at it here! It was one of the most loved on the blog), so it was pretty exciting to hear that these two were now getting married. I feel so honoured that I’ll be photographing another wedding in the family…both families. Cayden and Jolene will say I do this New Year’s Eve, and will ring in 2017 as husband and wife with family and friends in the hayloft at her parents’ farm. Needless to say, I can’t wait!

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The clock struck midnight, ringing in a new year, and he decided to ask if he could kiss her. She said yes, and as they shared that first kiss, something resonated within each of them. She said it was like everything aligned. It was like magic. And I think, as evidenced in our shoot and in these photos, that magic continues 3+ years and a proposal later. And I had so much fun getting to document it.

Sabah and Richelle, I can’t thank you enough! For such a wonderful time at your engagement session last week, and for choosing me as your wedding photographer. I’m excitedly looking forward to your wedding next June!

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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!