Deanna McCollum Photography » Wedding & Portrait Photographer in Victoria B.C.

Carly and Ryan met 10 years ago in Victoria, only 2 weeks before he was due to head back home to Sheffield, England. They kept in touch, and it wasn’t long before Carly moved to England to be with him. They came back to Canada 5 years later. They’ve been married for about a year and welcomed their beautiful daughter into their family this past July.

I met Ryan at the Victoria Women of Weddings first anniversary party, where he was helping his friend, Sonya, run the event. He purchased my portrait session as a surprise gift for his beautiful wife. We met at Cattle Point a couple short weeks before Carly’s due date, about 90 minutes before sunset to catch the dreamy light. Not only are these two ridiculously good-looking, they are crazy about each other and are super sweet together. Carly was a trooper, willing to try almost anything to get a great shot.  Family Photo in uplands park Victoria maternity photographer At Cattle PointAfter a few shots by the ocean, they introduced me to the nearby Uplands Park. I’m so glad they did! The light, the wild grass, the gorgeous couple. I was in photographer’s heaven. Pregnant belly Portrait photography in Victoria BC Victoria BC Couple Couple sitting in grass Maternity Portrait in Uplands park Maternity Portrait in Uplands park couples Portrait in field couples Portrait in field Maternity Portrait in field Maternity Photo in grass Victoria maternity photography

I have a pretty awesome family. And it’s a BIG family. My husband is the oldest of seven kids! My mother in law likes to say she has 6 boys, and each of them has a sister, Leah. That’s right! Six boys and one girl. It’s not what you think; they didn’t keep trying until a daughter arrived. Leah is second oldest. The trend for boys continued as the family grew up and had children of their own. Of the soon to be 17 grandchildren, only 3 are girls. And I have two of them! (I am blessed!)

All those brothers-in-law mean I have a wonderful group of sisters. They all live far away, so when they come to visit, it’s wonderful. This past spring, my dearest SIL came to visit from Calgary with her 3 boys. They are a lively crew but a blast to be with. We had a great time together creating family portraits at Hatley Castle.

Family portrait at Hatley Castle Group hugGriffin, you melt my heart. Boy at Hatley Castle, Victoria BC Well, you knew this had to happen at some point. Boys play fighting Max is going to steal hearts. Hunter has a heart of gold. Just a little bit of attitude  :)   They are McCollum’s after all. This was Max’s idea. He cracks me up. I love it. Boy lies in flowersThis series was some of my favourite images all spring. The love Jo has for her boys and they for her shines through.  boy Cuddles with mom Boy laughing Big hug from son Boy hugs mom Mom with son at Hatley Castle mom with teenage son Victoria portrait photographerIn posting these, I miss you all more. Can’t wait to see you over the Christmas Holidays!!

Michelle and Brad are two of the sweetest people you will every meet. They were married on a cloudy, drizzly day this past spring. The weather did not get them down. They were laughing and smiling the whole day. Despite the rain, this was truly a beautiful day.

Michelle got ready at home, surrounded by family and friends. Having fun with family and friends was the most important part of their wedding day to them. Dad may or may not have had tears in his eyes when he saw his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time.  Beautiful woman inside and out. Michelle’s step-daughter, Teagan, was very much part of the day and was big help with her little brother, Marcus. The ceremony was held inside at the Royal Colwood Golf and Country Club. Teagan and Marcus walked in ahead of Michelle. Royal Colwood Wedding vows Both moms were happy for this moment. Tegan felt the emotion of the moment as well.  The guys had cufflinks for their favourite hockey teams… …and had some fun with their socks as well.
The Westin Bear Mountain Resort was so generous with us! I contacted Helena, the event coordinator there, a few days earlier when I had seen that the forecast was for rain and asked her if we could come to the hotel for pictures. She not only said yes but offered us the use of their wine cellar as well. Helena, you rock! This is a one of a kind place in Victoria. And so it was fun to be able to see inside of.  Bear Mountain Resort Wine Cellar Wedding Bear Mountain Resort Wine Cellar Wedding Bear Mountain Resort Wine Cellar Bear Mountain Resort Wine CellarThe rain had mostly stopped for a bit while at Bear Mountain, so we captured a few more images outside. What’s a little water gonna hurt anyway.  Bridal Party at Bear Mountain Resort Bridal Party at Bear Mountain Resort Bear Mountain Wedding Photos Bear Mountain Wedding Photos Bride and Groom Laughing at Bear Mountain Bride and Groom at Bear Mountain Bride and Groom at Bear Mountain Bear Mountain WeddingAfter the portraits were finished, we went back to the Royal Colwood for the reception.  Wedding Reception at Royal Colwood Golf Club This gorgeous cake was made by a family friend! Their first dance was a family affair. I loved that they celebrated together as a new family. Dancing at Royal Colwood Reception Dancing at Royal Colwood Golf Club Michelle and Brad, thank you again for inviting me to be part of your day. I loved every minute.


Officiant: Sherry Lynn Easthom

Bride’s gown: Bride’s Closet

Bride’s Maids’ dresses: Shades of White, Victoria

Tuxes: Moore’s

Florist: Brown’s Florist, Langford

Transportation: Alpine Limo

Photography: Deanna McCollum Photography