Bellingham & Vancouver Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Mikaela Ruth »

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Sometimes it takes moving across the country to meet your soul mate…even when that person grew up in your hometown! Both Joanna and Dave call Vancouver home, but live and work in Toronto. They’re planning their wedding at the Vancouver Club for this summer, and I couldn’t be more excited to be their wedding photographer. I knew just by chatting with Joanna on the phone that I would love to be a part of their day.

We met up for Dave and Joanna’s engagement session while they were out last week and enjoyed exploring Granville Island. What I really appreciate is when a couple puts thought into their session and location…I feel it shows in the results! Dave and Joanna wanted their photos to feel Vancouver and with that in mind, chose a few spots around Granville. The cherry blossoms we discovered at the end wrapped the shoot up perfectly.




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