Brett & Shaina's Elopement // Victoria Elopement Photography

Shaina emailed me around Christmas time last year explaining the vision for her and Brett’s elopement in Victoria and asking if I was interested in being a part of it.  I had to think about it for about .0002 seconds.  You have to understand that when someone emails me about an elopement I am pretty much always 100% in as I love, love, LOVE elopement photography but not only that – when they explain they don’t any standard bride and groom portraits and are looking for something a little more artsy and unconventional I fell in love with both of them.  Ok maybe that came out a bit creepy but you know what I mean.   Their wedding day most certainly did not disappoint either. Shaina and Brett were married at Birds of a Feather Bed & Breakfast overlooking the ocean on a super gorgeous July day with only a few other guests as their witnesses.  The witnesses were so lovely and happy to be a part of it, even hugging the bride and groom after and taking their photos.  I had to ask Shaina if they knew anyone there because it certainly seemed like it given their enthusiasm :) 

For their portraits we drove to Fort Rodd Hill and wandered around exploring the bunkers and lighthouse.  All in all a pretty magical day.  And now I stalk Shaina on Instagram so I can see her adorable puppy they got shortly after the wedding who is sooooo cute!!! 

I know that Victoria holds a special place in the heart of these two as it's where Brett proposed and Shaina used to go to school here.  That being said I really hope that they come back in the near future so we can hang out and do some more photos!  

Shaina & Brett - I wish you two the utmost happiness and that life is everything you ever wanted it to be.  Cheers to you two! 

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Dave & Claire's Oak Bay Beach Hotel Wedding // Victoria Wedding Photography

Claire wrote me a google review shortly after their wedding:

"My husband and I got married in Victoria, BC last June. Jade did our engagement and wedding photos and they were incredible! Jade was professional and personable. She made us feel comfortable and made the experience so much fun, not to mention our photos look fantastic. She had many amazing locations prepared and was receptive to our preferences. We received our photos more quickly than we hoped for, and her communication with us was always timely. I couldn't recommend Jade more, I would even consider flying her somewhere if we needed photos in the future. Jade is amazing!"

What the ??! don't normally share praise from clients but this one almost made me cry!  To have someone say they would actually consider flying you somewhere to take their photo? It's the utmost compliment.  The funny part is I would actually pay to get on a plane to go hang out with Claire & Dave again because hot damn, we had SO MUCH FUN.  These two live in Denver, Colorado so everyone at the wedding was from somewhere else and many had never been to Victoria before. It was a blast meeting people and hearing about how much fun they were having in our amazing city.  It was certainly apparent in the number of people that traveled to be with them, that Claire and Dave are surrounded by an amazing group of people that love them very much. 

Everyone got ready at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel (which I just love shooting at) and after the final touches, Claire and I went across the street to a quaint and secluded garden where her and Dave had their first look.  I’m pretty sure he liked what he saw – look at this girl!  Her dress was made for her and her smile was radiant all day long.  Next up was the most beautiful ceremony overlooking the ocean.  When Dave saw Claire walk down the isle he did his best to hold it together but it was apparent how thankful he was to be marrying his best friend.  One of the groomsmen said about the ceremony after that he actually wished it had lasted longer.  I can’t say I’ve ever heard anyone say this about a ceremony which is a testament to how meaningful it was.  Next myself, the bride & groom and wedding party headed to Cattle Point for some photos.  For June it was pretty chilly and the girls were troopers freezing their asses off in their dresses. Once we returned back to the hotel, the partay started.  Actually first there were a few heartfelt speeches accompanied by a few tears. And then laughs. And tears again.   Followed by more first dances, and tears. And laughs.  Such a good time. 

Claire & Dave – you know how I feel about you because we email back and forth all the time!  Your wedding was the best, you guys are the best and that’s all I really have to say. You will have a lifetime of adventure and fun and love. And I just know that our paths will cross again. 

Seriously HOW LONG WAS THIS POST?   I'm just going to stop it here because I could go on and on.  Here are just a few of my favorite frames from the day. 

Florist – Julia's Flower Garden

Hair – Mandy Rogers at Hunt and Gather Hair Company

Makeup – Trish Monkhouse

Dress – Emma and Grace Bridal

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Anand & Sue Engaged // Victoria Engagement Photography

Yay for friends getting engaged!  I photographed Anand and Sue’s wedding this past August and holy crap was it amazing.  But before I can share any of those photos I need to blog their equally amazing engagement photos so here it goes!    As a preamble, Anand and I have known each other for a long time through my husband.  We used to eat bread sandwiches together when we were poor and hung over (true story). We’ve had a lot of laughs over the years and I’m equally excited to share the same amount of laughs with Sue in the future.  Maybe let’s hold the bread sandwiches though because you know, we are grown up and stuff now. I think?

Here are some photos from our super awesome sunny time together in Beacon Hill Park and Dallas Road last summer.

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Teaghan & Alyssa's Intimate Wedding // Victoria Wedding Photography

Teaghan & Alyssa exchanged vows on a cloudy June day down on Dallas Road with only their closest friends and family in attendance. Everyone had come from out of town to be there with them and boy was there a lot of love.  These two beautiful ladies just have the most laid back, sweet personalities and it was truly a pleasure to be a part of their intimate wedding.  Alyssa’s dress had a small…well actually kind of large, malfunction just before the wedding so she borrowed a shawl to wear to cover it and just laughed and shrugged it off commenting how thankful she was that her friend had brought it along otherwise she didn’t know what she would have done.  This is just a testament to her laid back attitude – I absolutely love working with clients like this!! 

Everything was planned online as both brides live in Alberta.  We briefly chatted about the logistics of planning a wedding elsewhere – I was so happy to hear that every single vendor had been a dream to work with and they were beyond thrilled at how everything turned out.   High five Victoria vendors!   Oh and please Universe bring me all of these kinds of weddings – MORE PLEASE. 

Teaghan & Alyssa – you ladies are awesome and the best is yet to come.  Cheers to happiness and a life full of love.

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Morgan // DoTERRA Branding Session

I know the term “boss babe” may be overused but screw it – Morgan is a BOSS BABE!  I always admire people that find their passion and just go for it.  To boot,  she’s also a wonderful mother, wife and human being.   Morgan sells DoTERRA products including essential oils (her website can be found here). If you aren’t familiar with this company or essential oils in general I urge you to follow her Instagram account (www.instagram.com/thewellthlife) because she posts some amazing uses for some of their products as well as tidbits about how each essential oil can be used to help with everyday real life problems such as cleaning, sickness, emotional imbalances and much more.  I have to admit that I really knew nothing about oils and their benefits before Morgan.  Since then I’ve been dabbling a little bit and it’s truly amazing how they can improve your life!   I think I may be hooked……Before I start sounding like a billboard ad I’m just going to go ahead and share some photos from the summer when we got together for a little branding session. 

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