Sarah is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. I met her through Victoria Women of Weddings and enjoy her positive , uplifting personality. When she asked me to photograph her maternity photos, I was thrilled. Her husband, Rob, is just as sweet as she is and they were a joy to work with. Sharon Rai Hair and Makeup Artistry brought out the best in the already lovely mama to be. We met at Hatley Castle on the Royal Roads University Campus one Saturday for our portrait session.
Fran and James are both members of the Canadian military, each having served for several years. They wanted to incorporate their military heritage in their wedding. And they did so with style! Fran arrived at the Japanese Gardens at the Gorge Park in a vintage UN military jeep on loan from the CFB Esquimalt Military Museum and chauffeured by veteran military personnel. Despite the unexpected rain that started about an hour before their outdoor wedding, Fran’s spirits remained unconcerned, and she took it all in stride. She waited patiently in the jeep while James and a few friends quickly set up a tent to protect them during their ceremony. These two nearly stole the show. Serious cuteness right here. Then a miracle happened. Just as the tent was assembled and Fran was given the all clear for her walk down the aisle, the rain stopped and the sun came out in full force. They tied the knot in an lovely ceremony with Unitarian Chaplain Liz Graham at the helm. The Japanese Gardens at the Gorge Waterway Park were a spectacular backdrop for their wedding day photos. James’ son and best man, Keegan, was not very excited by the portrait session, but he was more than willing to participate when his turn came to be photographed. Once the photos were done, the bridal party hopped into the UN Jeeps and were taken a short drive to the NOTC Gun Room for the reception. We were greeted at the reception by this guy, who had just come off the grill as we arrived. A roast pig, expertly done by Little Piggy Catering, was the only thing James insisted he had at his wedding. More appetizing treats were also available. Isn’t this cake topper darling? Fran had it custom made from an Etsy shop owner, in tribute to their love of martial arts. Fran and James are two of the nicest lethal weapons I have ever met. Cupcakes were done by Sugarholics. Each vendor who helped with their wedding received these awesome t-shirts. I still wear mine; it’s super comfy. It was a fantastic day! I loved being able to capture these moments for you both. Thank you again for being fabulous to work with.
A girl and her horse.
“Forget the glass slippers. This princess wears boots.” I saw this on Pinterest the other day and thought it perfect for Jessica. Girls and horses go together like cookies and milk. They just belong together.
A couple of weeks after prom, we met again at a beautiful property in Metchosin – big open field, a forest and a creek. What could be more perfect for her portrait session with her horse, Java? Java is a lively, young thoroughbred mare with famous race horses Seabiscuit and Secretariat in her pedigree. She’s quite stunning. This was such a fun evening session!
We headed down to the creek for a bit. Java loves to splash and play in the water. We went back up the path for more pictures in the field. And this time, with Jessica’s incredible grad dress.
I loved working with Jessica and Java. It is a joy to try something new and work with youth. If you have a fun idea for your grad photos, or would like unique grad photos like these, please feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you.