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There’s something so uplifting about working with a team of determined creatives with heart, especially on a personal project like this. Seeing this styled shoot come beautifully to life was so encouraging (and exciting!). What has also been encouraging, is the welcome I’ve received in the Bellingham wedding community. For that, I’m thankful, and I owe some amazing women many thanks for this collaboration in particular.

Tight timelines and the threat of inclement weather almost halted our plans, but with a last minute location change, and that determination, we pulled it off! This shoot also couldn’t have happened without our models, Gord and Melissa, who will actually be getting married this summer!


The seed for our styled shoot was planted over coffee with the lovely Ashley of Love Beauty Bellingham, who clearly has a way with makeup…


And these flowers! Eucalyptus, proteas, roses, an air plant…all made gorgeous by Kate at In Bloom Designs.


Gord and Melissa were a joy to work with. It’s not every man who will take a day to patiently sit through hair and makeup and put on a suit to have pictures taken, but it made Melissa happy, so Gord was happy, too. I loved that.


We were all swooning over the gorgeous two piece dresses that Meghann and Kathleen at Frankie & Maude designed. Such lovely women, doing beautiful things. Special thanks to Kathleen for coming along to the shoot and assisting.


Many thanks to Elspeth at Hair Art Studio for Melissa’s romantic up do…


And thank you to Leslie at Lairmont Manor who got us in last minute…this wedding venue, tucked away in Fairhaven,
provided all sorts of pretty with which to shoot.


Photography: Mikaela Ruth
Flowers: In Bloom Designs
Dresses: Frankie & Maude
Makeup: Ashley of Love Beauty Bellingham
Hair: Elspeth at Hair Art Studio
Venue: Lairmont Manor

Darragh and Maddie were married this past Saturday, marking the first wedding of 2016, my sixth wedding season! I had been looking forward to this day for some time, having had worked with this family on a couple occasions in the past. Most recently was when Darragh and Maddie welcomed their sweet boy Declan, last Spring.

Their wedding happened upon the one beautiful day in a string of stormy weather. It began at Maddie’s parents’ gorgeous condo overlooking the water as the girls were made up and dressed up in gold sequins and layers of white, champagne flutes in hand. Then it was off to the church for an intimate and traditional Catholic ceremony, surrounded by mostly family and a few close friends. Declan was so handsome in his tux and so well behaved as he watched his beautiful mama and daddy become husband and wife.

Portraits were taken at the Roundhouse Community Center and along the seawall in Yaletown. I think we all will agree that this wedding party was seriously stylish! So classy. We wrapped things up and whisked the bride and groom back for the reception at La Terrazza, where the wine flowed, dances were had, stories were shared and love was celebrated.

Many thanks to Darragh and Maddie and their families! May you two be thoroughly enjoying your time – and each other – on the sunny beaches of Cabo.


Bride’s Dress: Bisou Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Asos
Florals: Divine Vines
Hair & Makeup: Makeup in Session & Jessica Bradley
Reception: La Terrazza
DJ: Luv Lyf

Today I’m excited to share new promotional images of a girl I’m proud to call a friend, Jamie Delaine.  She’s smart, she’s successful, and she’s been beautifully photographing weddings since she was in high school!  Jamie has since grown her business beyond just shooting, and always seems to have more than one project on the go.

Jamie and her husband Randy are also the founders of The School Sessions, a non-profit where photographers photograph a session in the month of April, with the entire session fee going toward building a school in Haiti.  If you’re a photographer or a potential client, it’s not too late to get involved!  Please check out the website for more information.

For all of Jamie’s business endeavours, new head shots were needed and we had so much fun working on these together…


  • Lisa Provencal - March 1, 2016 - 5:31 pm

    So beautiful and professional! Love them allReplyCancel

  • Gail - March 8, 2016 - 8:15 am

    Jamie is SUCH a class act! These turned out BEAUTIFULLY! (love the yellow dress shots especially!) You do beautiful work!ReplyCancel