Bellingham & Vancouver Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Mikaela Ruth »

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Vacation during the summer – aka wedding season – is hard to come by. But, fortunately we were able to sneak away with my family for an extended weekend to a pretty little place called Sandy Point, here in Washington. We rented a cottage on the water and enjoyed the fresh, salty air and time away together immensely. It was our first vacation since having Isaiah, and with Luka in the mix now, too, it wasn’t quite as quiet as the vacations we had been used to…and some may not have gotten the same amount of sleep they are used to…but I’m fairly certain we’d all agree, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Our days were filled with bicycle rides, ocean kayaking, morning walks, baby snuggles, toddler chases, and dreaming of owning a place like this one day…


We also visited the Northwest Washington Fair, something I had been so excited to share with Zaya…


My parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in August so we took the opportunity to celebrate as a family and take some pictures, too…




After spending time with Noah and Elise at their engagement shoot in June, I was giddy at the thought of photographing their wedding. And after spending time with them throughout their wedding day, I walked away with a full and happy heart. Noah (who is also a photographer!) and Elise are some of the kindest, warmest, most genuine people you’ll meet, who make their faith and appreciation for others known. Judging by their wedding day and those who celebrated alongside them, you can tell they attract the same kind…which altogether, made their day all the more beautiful and a joy to document.


The day began beautifully at Elise’s aunt and uncle’s home near UBC with the prettiest details…


Maria of Niche Event Stylists arranged the florals and they were stunning…


Make up was done by Min-jee Mowat. She did an impeccable job making the already beautiful Elise extra glam…


Meanwhile, my lovely second shooter, Julie, hung out with the guys at Kevin Clark Studios while they got ready…


Noah and Elise surprised each other with new iPhone 6’s!


Their first look was pretty sweet…and it set the tone for some gorgeous photos of the two of them…


And then it was off to the Brock House to become Mr & Mrs!


Soon after the ceremony, we snuck down to the beach for sunset photos…


Niche Event Stylists did an amazing job on the decor!


To the new Mr and Mrs Asanias, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your day with me. I count it as such a privilege
to have gotten to know the two of you and photograph your first day as husband and wife!

Venue: Brock House
Decorator/Florals: Niche Event Stylists
Hair: Sabrina from Supernova Salon
Makeup: Min-jee Mowat
Videographer: Life Studios
Cake: Aeyra Cakes
DJ: Man About Town

  • Risa (Mom) - August 18, 2015 - 9:10 am

    WOW!!! These ARE beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Roger - August 18, 2015 - 9:30 pm


It was whimsical; rain drops fell over the secluded garden decorated in white and strings of lights, and the celebration of Christina and Peter’s wedding carried on with hardly a care toward the weather. Family and friends spoke the kindest, truest words of the couple…they spoke of their unshakable commitment to one another that had started long before they said I do. One described Christina as effervescent, and another described Peter as her rock. But you don’t need to hear the words spoken to know that they are true, for Christina and Peter love in a way that is evident and such a joy to witness.

Their love story has not been without challenges. Early last year, Christina was diagnosed with Central Sensitivity Syndrome, a debilitating illness that includes diseases such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. Christina had to leave her dream job, put goals on hold, and spend much of her time in bed and often in pain. Through it all, though, they have each other. Christina has remained an incredibly caring, thoughtful soul, and Peter her steadfast guardian angel.

And so I was entirely grateful to be their wedding photographer! Christina and Peter, thank you for opening your hearts and sharing your beautiful day with me. You two have such a bright future together as husband and wife. Enjoy a sneak peek of your photos…


The day began at the UBC West Coast Suites with details and prep…


Many thanks are owed to Christina’s sister and maid of honor, Teresa, for being such a cheerleader throughout the day!


Christina and Peter shared a sweet, emotional first look. It was planned for the UBC rose garden, but upon arrival we learned it was closed for another wedding. It didn’t faze Christina one bit. She would have met Peter in a parking lot, it didn’t matter. Luckily we were able to find a corner of the garden just for them.


They said their I do’s and became husband and wife at St Mark’s Parish


Then it was off to Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre for photos and the party! That stunning head table backdrop was Peter’s brilliant idea. The dry summer weather had started drying out the branches, so friends and family rallied together to create this artistic fix.


I adored the coral and navy colors of the wedding party…and the groom’s details? So fun and so perfect.


It may be cliche, but it’s so true – Christina’s stunning outer beauty is surpassed by her inner beauty…


Ashley of Allons-y Parties & Events was the magic behind the wedding day and made sure everything came together wonderfully…


Peter and Christina shared the most beautiful speeches to their friends and family and to one another…


Congratulations, Mr and Mrs Wiebe!

Ceremony: St Mark’s Parish
Reception: Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre
Bride’s Dress: Tiffany’s Vancouver Bridal
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Jessica of Muah Artistry
Bridesmaids’ & MOH’s Hair: Kristal’s Hair Designs
Bridesmaids’ Makeup: Makeup by Shauneen
MOH’s Makeup: Angana
Bow Ties: The Tie Bar
Boutonnieres: Suki’s Flowers
Florals: Niki Trading Ltd
Reception Rentals: Confetti Party Rentals
Day of Coordinator: Ashley of Allons-y Parties & Events

  • Julie - August 12, 2015 - 11:10 am

    What a beautiful wedding; the decor was out of this world! Wonderful job, Mikaela…you captured their day perfectly!ReplyCancel