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Whitney + Regan really know how to throw a good wedding celebration! They planned an entire weekend getaway for guests over thanksgiving in Osoyoos.  The weather held out for everyone to enjoy the beautiful okanagan,  and following their incredible wedding day they served up a delicious thanksgiving lunch the next day for guests to enjoy! The ladies spent the morning sipping champagne and getting ready slowly, laughing, sharing gifts and relishing the calm, casual ambience. Meanwhile Regan and the boys got prepared for the day over at Whit + Regan’s home. A comfortable atmosphere where they shared some beers, polished their shoes and got their suspenders and suits dialed in for the day. Guests gathered on the beach and – hello, what a stylish bunch. A simple ceremony on the beach under the willow tree suited Whitney + Regan perfectly. When I first started talking to Whitney about their wedding day plans the number ONE thing on her photo wish list was – a portrait session at Whitesands! Whitesands is a gorgeous white sandy beach on lake Osoyoos that is accessible by boat only. A popular summer hang out for locals and tourists alike. It held so many great memories to W + R that we had to get the group out there – I couldn’t wait! A pontoon boat was co-ordinated and we jumped on it shortly after the ceremony wrapped. The weather was a little cool, and a lot windy. Chop and waves slowed us down but we knew it would be worth it. Just as we arrived on the beach the sun broke through the gnarly looking clouds and gave us the 45 min of sunset light we needed. AND IT WAS GLORIOUS! Snapping away I was elated, watching W + R so full of love and realizing what a gift it is to be able to stop time for people through photographs. Capturing the way they felt in one of their most memorable places, on one of the best days of their lives. It was a wedding we won’t soon forget: so full of joy, laughter, dance & celebration. The way a wedding should be. Thank you so much for trusting us and including us as part of your incredible day!

Whitney + Regan’s full gallery can be access for viewing or print ordering by clicking on the ‘print shop’ tab above!

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Surrounded by 19 of their closest family and friends Chris + Tania were wed on a warm sunny September afternoon in the Okanagan. They exchanged vows, and rings symbolizing a life long commitment to loving each other. Family laughed,  and cried with them as they shared stories and raised a glass of champagne toasting the newly weds during their intimate cocktail reception at Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos. The afternoon continued with an awesome family photo session – which I do not normally include in my blog postings but felt compelled to this time! Everyone was just so sweet to work with and with such a tight knit bunch I thought it was pretty important to share! Tania and Chris designed a timeline that catered to a leisurely photo session that gave us lots of time to wander the vineyard, the desert, do a little wine tasting and they even pulled some strings and secured private access to the barrel room at Nk’mip Winery (such a treat!). Tania was radiant in her gown and her stunning smile says it all. Her soulful and spirited laugh permeated the day and truly lights up many of their portraits.  The evening ended with a private and cozy family style dinner with all guests seated around one large harvest table. More stories of love were shared and many, many heartfelt toasts and best wishes to the happy couple were exchanged. Chris being so thoughtful and romantic booked a surprise honeymoon for Tania and himself (yes really!!). She didn’t know where they were going until the 3rd leg of their journey! Amazing!  Thank you so much T + C for including us as part of your special wedding day – we hope you enjoy your photos!

To view Tania + Chris’ complete gallery of images and order prints please visit the element photography ‘print shop’ by clicking on the tab above!

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  1. Carley Knight   –  

    So beautiful! Made me cry! Love you Tanya and Chris xo <3

  2. Shelli Dixon   –  

    Congratulations Tanya and Chris! Wonderful photos!

  3. Ana Mendes   –  

    Beautiful photos!!xoxo

  4. Congratulations Beautiful photos

  5. Becky   –  

    Beautiful! LOVE that shot of him twirling her!!

  6. Donna Fedorowich   –  

    Beautiful photos…beautiful couple!!! Congrats!! btw…love the socks Chris!!!

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Puneet + Paul are the kind of people you want to be your best friends.  They are interesting, they are kind and caring, they are thoughtful and smart, they make you laugh, they are genuine, and they are up for anything. These two met up with me at the beautiful Adega Winery on 45th in Osoyoos, BC just as the sun was starting to fall towards the mountains. Puneet and I had been emailing back and forth for a few months. The anticipation for this session was building for both of us. She was so excited, sharing ideas and images of outfits she purchased online for the session – this girl LOVED her skirt ; )  She happily admitted been an element follower forever and couldn’t wait to have some engagement photos taken in her hometown prior to her Vancouver wedding in 2015. As soon as I met these two I knew we were in for a memorable evening.  Look at them! They both brought so much style and were so prepared for whatever the evening would bring. They went along with any idea presented and enjoyed every moment! The weather was pure perfection, and the light my absolute favourite mix of warm, golden tones, with dust in the air from the dry desert soil. It was a pleasure listening to their wedding day plans, learning about some of their cultural parties surrounding the wedding and joking with them non-stop about just about everything. We wrapped up the evening at dark, sitting on the steps of Adega enjoying a glass of wine and snacking on pieces of baguette. It was the kind of session you wish would never end. It was a true delight to meet you both and thank you for an engagement session that truly inspires and energizes the creative spirit within.

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  1. Becky   –  

    Ohmygosh! How cute are they?! I want a skirt just like that!!
    What a gorgeous couple and beautiful shots E!!! <3

  2. Logan Gray   –  

    So Beautiful…Erica you are one Amazing Photographer! Congrats Puneet, you are just Beautiful!❤️ Wendy Coutu

Jodi + Morgan + Clark – Osoyoos, BC

October 7, 2014

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Just a couple of weeks ago Jodi + Morgan picked me up in their old truck and we went out to explore her parents back 40 for some family photos! The leaves were just starting to change and it was a beautiful warm fall day. Their dog’s joined us for the morning as well and we made the most of that old truck as a great prop for Clark to play on! Managed to capture a few smiles from Clark and LOVED his little boots – cute right?

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  1. Michelle   –  

    EEEk!! love his little face! great pics, Jodi you look gorgeous!!

  2. Brittany Ringdahl   –  

    Beautiful images !!

Megan + Ken // engaged!

September 18, 2014

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They met online–something that can go either way – really really good, OR not so much. For Megan + Ken it was the right time and the right person and they hit it off! Funny how that happens–how you can go along living your life and one day someone comes into your story and there’s no looking back.

We went to Megan + Ken’s favourite summer spot for their portraits–Neck Point Park in Naniamo. We took a wander through the forest, spent sometime practicing a little magic eye time on the picnic blanket (reminiscent of their first date!). Followed up by time at the beach, a visit from a pod of porpoises and the most GORGEOUS sunset! Megan + Ken will tie the knot next spring at Bird’s Eye Cove Farm and we can’t wait to capture it!

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This little beauty of an album was delivered to it’s Okanagan home last week!

I am so HAPPY with how it all came together and how K + H’s image selection really painted a beautiful story of their wedding day. The element wedding albums are classic, clean and modern. These trendy albums are wrapped in an cover photo selected by the couple.  Our wedding albums display beautifully in the home, a great conversation piece and keepsake from your wedding day. The part I love the most is that I design these albums together with my clients. You are involved every step of the way so that you get exactly-what-you-want! The design process is simple + efficient. Every book is designed with clean layouts, lots of care and attention to detail. The albums are printed on fine art, museum quality paper with vibrant and vivid archival inks. When you open up the album you see a full panoramic display of your photos, there are no cuts or gutters in the binding. The element wedding albums are printed on matte paper that is rated to last generations without discolouring, yellowing or fading. 

(Note – this is a 10×10 album with 19 spreads, a smaller 6×6 version is also available and was created for the Groom’s parents).

Interested in working with me to design your album? Let me know!

“In 50 years the most photographed generation in history will have no pictures. Print what you want to preserve.”

-Missy Mwac

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Tanya + Chris // engaged!

September 9, 2014

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Tania + Chris travelled from Squamish to meet up for a costal engagement session on the island! They booked a weekend in Victoria with their beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback Bailey and we made the most of it. Capturing some sun drenched images, having ice cream, talking about travelling and getting to know each other better. These two will say I do in 11 days in Osoyoos (my favorite old stomping grounds). There is something about September weddings in Osoyoos, or anything in Osoyoos in September for that matter. I just LOVE it. I am looking forward to seeing T + C soon and celebrating their love!

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My brother-in-law James and his wife Megan are getting ready to welcome their first baby – AND our “official” first niece or nephew! Obviously J+M are very excited and I took the opportunity to capture their happiness with a few photos. Megan was relaxed, comfortable and easy going throughout the early evening - wearing pregnancy so well who can believe she was 8 months plus a week when these photos were taken. We all think she should really do this more often ;).  I recruited the help of my best girl Tacy of Highberry Dew – A design house to work her creative stylings for a couple of scenes for M + J. I loved her idea to incorporate the custom antique children’s bed and “Junior” bunting, a nickname coined by the expecting parents for their new babe. She also had Megan do a bit of homework gathering 3 of her food cravings to bring to the session. Styled on Tacy’s antler tray in 3 small plates we find – gummy bears, snap peas and crackers. With snap peas being Megan’s ultimate favourite!

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Vanessa + Will’s gorgeous wedding took place over August long weekend at Maple Bay’s premiere wedding destination Bird’s Eye Cove Farm. No detail was overlooked. All of Vanessa + Will’s hard work and planning was evident and came together flawlessly creating one of the most beautiful and inviting atmosphere’s the barn has ever seen.  An island farm property rich in history was the perfect setting for a family of four generations to gather and celebrate. It’s hard to explain what happen’s when we walk into these weekends to photograph the story of a wedding. Typically we have only met the bride + groom once, maybe twice via Facetime. But it is always remarkable how quickly we feel a connection to both of them and their family, we easily  fall into their rhythm of what makes them tick. We wholeheartedly grasped onto a small piece of their world this weekend – and loved every minute of it.  We hope you enjoy each and everyone of your photos, may they be a reminder of the beauty of this day for years to come. Fill up the cozy spaces in your home with these images as a daily reminder to live for the moments you can’t put into words!

This post is a lengthy one, I couldn’t resist!! enjoy : )

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Let me introduce you to two of the greatest people on the planet, Brittney + Ryan!  This smiley, happy couple met on the world wide web! I am a firm believer that things happen at exactly the time they are supposed to. However that may be. And I am so happy that life had its way in helping these two to find each other! Wouldn’t you agree? For their very first date Brittney was fashionably late – leaving Ryan to wonder if he had been…eeeps…stood up. Whoooops of course she would never, let’s just blame border wait times and poor cell coverage for that. Luckily Ryan waited for her and Im sure he would agree that it was worth every minute. As their adventure together began this American-Canadian love story didn’t allow border control to get in the way again. Spending long hours on the road to see each other whenever possibly in their busy teaching schedules. These two are kind, playful, and easy going and are excited to be planning a wedding and an incredible future together – without the commute!

Brittney + Ryan, I – like many other photographers – am continually reminded what an unbelievable privilege it is to step into other people’s lives with the opportunity to photograph them.

Someday, your kids will have this glimpse of their mom and dad – young and full of life.  Someday, you will be able to look back and remember who you were at this stage – wildly in love, professionals, and partners.  Maybe you will recall the sub-seasonal Okanagan temperatures, the chance-of-rain, the branding on your wine bottle, how nervous you felt, and maybe you won’t. But that doesn’t matter. Those are the in betweens, the neither here-nor-there’s. What matter’s the the real life documented here.

Photographs matter.

And your in for a treat, because these photographs speak volumes about a real couple who really love each other.

  1. Lynda & Artie Cooper   –  

    Ryan and Brittney’s engagement pictures are so beautiful. We thought the areas for the photos were well chosen and the colors and the brightness compliment their love for each other. Well done!

  2. Becky   –  

    Love all these locations!!
    Gorgeous session, love the side shots of them holding hands!

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