Vancouver Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Mikaela Ruth »

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Last week, we had the privilege of spending time with and photographing the Golat family at home on their gorgeous guest ranch, Big Bar, in Clinton BC. Last Fall I photographed their maternity session in Vancouver and couldn’t wait for our trip up to meet their little one, now six month old Lillian. She was such a doll! It didn’t take long before she had Shane smitten with her ;)

As for Lily’s parents, Bryan and Amber are some of the loveliest, most welcoming people you’ll meet. It was such a treat getting to document these photos and be their guests on the ranch (I’ll be posting more photos from our stay soon!). For now, here are a few favourites from their family lifestyle session…


  • Lisa Provençal - May 28, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Gorgeous elements and familyReplyCancel

  • Amber - May 28, 2014 - 11:08 am

    So beautiful. From the depth of my heart, thank you for documenting this moment in time for our family. She is growing so fast, it is hard to believe where the time goes. Thank you Mikaela and Shane, thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Charles Coe - May 28, 2014 - 12:36 pm

    Really well done, love all of the photos.ReplyCancel

This beauty chose to celebrate her 30th birthday with a boudoir session – celebrating every curve, every so-called flaw, every worked-for, well-toned muscle and the confidence acquired along the way. I love that she chose to celebrate such a milestone in this way. And so with hair and makeup done, a glass of wine on hand, and a playlist on the speakers, we had so much fun creating these images together…


  • Haley Richelle - May 26, 2014 - 10:22 am

    I love the way you do boudoir sessions – so tasteful and classy. :)ReplyCancel

  • Keith - May 26, 2014 - 10:26 am

    she’s beautiful…. I see no flaws at all and the photographer is incredible.. very well doneReplyCancel

It’s in the way he looks at her and makes her smile and laugh. In the way she feels at home in his arms. It’s in the way he surprised her with a sweeping, romantic proposal in a castle, no less. While on vacation and at a winery in Napa Valley, James proposed marriage to Michelle surrounded by candles (everywhere!) and a wine and cheese spread in a tucked away corner for just the two of them.

Now planning their forevers together, I had the privilege of photographing their engagement session this past weekend. While they love the city, James and Michelle also simply love hanging out, low key, with – what else? –  a little wine and cheese. And so we combined both for their shoot in Vancouver and it was perfect.

Thank you, James and Michelle, for the fun and being so wonderful!


After roaming the streets of Gastown, we left the city behind for Spanish Banks and had the beach to ourselves…


  • Hailey - May 21, 2014 - 7:55 am

    I love each and every one of these, Mikaela! Beautiful!ReplyCancel