Bellingham & Vancouver Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Mikaela Ruth »

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Recently, my cousin Kyle and his bride to be, Danielle, drove down from their home in Kamloops, BC to our home in Washington for their engagement session. They drove 2+ hours each way just for their shoot! Gratefully, the sun was shining and we had some fun exploring and documenting this exciting season of wedding prep and anticipation. It was hot, so we were all too happy to shoot by the river and dip our toes in the water. This September, Kyle and Dee will be saying their I do’s and becoming husband and wife in an orchard wedding in Summerland, BC. We can’t wait to be there to capture it and celebrate alongside as we welcome Dee into the family!


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Ryan and Megan’s wedding day was a dream. The predicted rain stayed away, the sun came out as the reception began, giving a beautiful sunset, and there was so much joy, from start to finish. Ryan and Megan surrounded themselves with both a really wonderful group of friends and family in their wedding party, and an amazing vendor team. Jordan and Devon of Smitten Events ensured everything came together perfectly and were such a delight to work with.

And then there were the bride and groom. Their warmth, appreciation and love for each other and those who came to celebrate their marriage did not go unnoticed. It’s couples like these who make my job so enjoyable, and Megan and Ryan, I’m incredibly thankful I was able to document your wedding day!


The day began at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, where both Megan and Ryan got ready…


Danielle, principal stylist at All Dolled Up Studio, did such a beautiful job and was so great to work with…



Megan was such a lovely bride!


Megan and Ryan’s first look was the sweetest, first reading letters from one another before the reveal…


The gardens at VanDusen provided the perfect backdrop for photos…


Celsia Florist is a bride’s (and photographer’s) floral dream come true…


Mr & Mrs!


I was pretty excited when I heard Bespoke Decor Rental was in charge of pretty-ing up the place…


My favorite…sneaking off with the bride and groom for sunset photos…


Venue: VanDusen Botanical Garden
Event Planner: Smitten Events
Decor: Bespoke Decor Rentals
Florist: Celsia Florist
Hair & Makeup: All Dolled Up
Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Catering: Truffles Fine Foods
Music: Man About Town
Officiant: Young, Hip and Married
Photo Booth: Butter Photobooth
Photography: Mikaela Ruth Photography

Champagne in the forest…cupcakes and a bow tie…the prettiest blush dress…and the sweetest couple, who is getting married this weekend! I couldn’t ask for better and can hardly call this work. Meg and Ryan met at UBC but have been calling Toronto home while Meg finished her schooling (graduated med school last week!). Lucky for me, they’re back in Vancouver to tie the knot this Saturday at VanDusen Garden, coordinated by the talented team at Smitten Events.

Meg and Ryan wanted to be sure to inject some personality into their engagement photos, so they chose a much loved hang out spot of theirs while on the west coast – Pacific Spirit Park. They packed along a champagne picnic to celebrate and Meg chose her favorite dress for the occasion. She also had her wedding hair and makeup trial done that day, by All Dolled Up Studio, and it perfectly completed her look. How gorgeous is she?

Meg and Ryan, I so enjoyed this session and hope you enjoy this sneak peek of your engagement photos. I can’t wait for Saturday!