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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!

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Florals – Polka Dot Door Osoyoos, BC

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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!

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A little glimpse into Darci + Chris’ beautiful spring wedding day reveals so many layers of goodness!  The afternoon began with Darci surrounded by her girls as she got pampered by her friends at  Tracy Cake Make-Up and Shelly Vickers from High Fidelity Hair Studio. Chris took it easy enjoying lunch at Furry Creek Golf Club with his buddies. Darci + Chris are a captivating couple, and the kind of people who just pour out love and joy onto anyone around them. Their families and friends are just the same. It’s hard to explain but anyone who knows them would agree! They are always a joy to photograph as the love they have for each other is so genuine and flows so easily.

Their wedding ceremony was sweet + simple. Surrounded by nature and their closest of family + friends everyone cheered them on into the next chapter of their lives together!

We enjoyed an beautiful tour of the Furry Creek Golf Club property as we snapped memorable images of Darci + Chris alllll over the place! We cannot thank Jill wedding coordinator (AND momma-to-be) extraordinare + staff enough. They personally  escorted us around the property (in golf carts!) and brought picnic snacks for ALL of to nosh on as we hustled about. Ah-mazing!

The evening rounded off with a delicious dinner – thoughtfully selected plates to satisfy any appetite. Guest’s continued to celebrate the happy couple sharing stories and heart felt best wishes for the future! My favourite being one that Chris’ mom shared. She was on her busy Vancouver commute home after work and happened to notice a young couple laughing and walking along with their arms intertwined. They were happy, radiant, and they looked so in love – she thought to herself – how nice.  As she flew past them, to her surprise she recognized her son Chris and his fiance Darci! Such a sweet memory!

Thank you D + C for inviting us to capture your special day – big love to you both.

Dress by – Joanna Delaney

Flowers by – Our Little Flower Company

Wedding Coordinator (Furry Creek Golf Club) – Jill Weekes-Dickson



This post marks my 206th blog post, my first gig as a photographer and a bridesmaid (at the same time) and caps element’s 2013 wedding season. A season that extended from May through to the end of September took us to Vancouver, Calgary, Maple Bay (x2), Shawnigan Lake, Rock Creek, Osoyoos (x2), Kelowna, Winnipeg, and Kamloops. It felt like I travelled a BAzillion kilometers to capture love in so many different ways! Thank you newly weds for such an enjoyable time. I value your creativity and for trusting us to document your most special day!  Thank you to everyone who borrowed me a bed even though many times I was crashing as more of a guest than a friend crawling in late at night and disappearing in the wee morning hours. I appreciate all of you more than you know ; )

Kimberly + Harley, your wedding was one that I was looking forward to in anticipation for a long time! The words I have to express how wonderful this day was are many. Get ready!

The morning started when we stepped out the hotel at Sun Peaks into heavy rain. The sky was THICK. Molasses thick. It was heavy, and my heart sank a bit in that moment. It couldn’t be raining, not today! We covered up and ran for cover as I silently prayed the weather would break.

We arrived at the Jette Ranch where the smell of coffee was drifting through the house and Kim was starting to get her hair done. Obviously disappointed by the weather in Heffley Creek but smiling non-the-less. The hairdresser told us it was sunny in Kamloops! There was hope! Makeup and hair was finished and just as Harley arrived for the first look the clouds broke. BOOM SHAKE THE ROOM – hallelujah it’s time to get married! Surrounded by every cowboy and cowgirl in Heffley Creek (and some from Kentucky too) Kim + Harley exchanged their vows. We witnessed a beautiful wedding ceremony under a trellace that Harley built for Kim on the edge of a cliff overlooking the pasture below.

Malcolm and I were lucky to BOTH be included in the wedding day – and we got to make a toast together. I thought it might be fun to share to give a little history on K + H.

“erika – I met Kim while studying Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan. Isn’t she stunning tonight? After grad we both headed west myself to the Okanagan and Kim to Vancouver Island. Malcolm and I got to know Harley during our last year in Osoyoos, he instantly became one of our closest friends. His charm quickly won us over – his cornbread and famous apple pie may have helped too.

malcolm – Erika would often borrow Harley’s dog Leduc. She always called them her Tuesday’s with Leduc. She would take him on walks and runs all over town, he never even needed a leash. Such a southern gentlemen he is – wish I could say the same thing about Harley… I love this guy he is friendly and honest and seems to have an endless amount of tales to tell. We always enjoy our time spent together. Erika often mentioned the need to find him a girl which would be perfect because that meant I would spend far less on beer.

erika – rewind to October 2011. Kim, Rachelle and I were heading to Maui. During this girls trip I really got a good idea of the kind of man she was looking for. At that time Kim was pretty much done with BC and ready to head back to Saskatchewan. Back to big skies and her horses. It was one day after we returned home from Maui when I decided it would be a good idea to play a little match maker with two of our best people we know. We were packing up our home to move to the island. Harley was “helping” us by drinking the rest of our beer : ) Earlier that day I had been on the road and thought about setting up Kim with Harley. Everything she confided in me in Maui lined up with everything I knew about Harley. I was so excited I pulled over right there on the highway between Oliver and Osoyoos and called her.  I told her about him and suggested she check out his Facebook profile and left it at that. Later that night while we were sitting around with Harley I said “hey Har check out my friend Kim, she’s cute – on Facebook – he obliged and started flipping through her photos on my iphone. Malcolm continued to chat away when we heard a familiar apple vibration and things got a little quiet. In his southern drawl Harley says “I’m going to have to go ahead and give this back”. Harley played it cool and handed the phone back to me. Across the little screen was a green text bubble that read “Hey! I checked out his page and Harley’s really cute!!”. And well that was that! Followed by a prompt phone call from Harley their relationship took off like a prairie wild fire. We knew we were in trouble.

malcolm – fast forward to January 2012 – Harley’s first visit to the island. We decided prawning and beach bonfires would be a fun thing to do on a first date. After consuming 300-400 prawns on the beach well we didn’t see much of Kim + Har for the rest of the weekend! We knew crustaceans were aphrodisiacs…but well we never really believed it, until now. A few more Skype dates and a few expensive flights along the way and before summer hit Kim was packing her bags! The rest is history and now – here we are!

erika – We’ve had a short time knowing these two as a couple and look forward to the adventures we know we will have together in the future. To Kim and Harley – GOOD LUCK AND BOTTOMS UP!!!!”

My top 5 favourite things from this wedding (in no particular order) 1. The BEST bootstompin’, two-steppin’, line dancing crowd i’ve seen in a long time. Burning holes in the dance floor till the wee hours of the morn 2. Harley’s emotional greeting of his family and friend immediately following the wedding. 3. the dinner TRIANGLE that guest got to wail on to get Kim + Har to kiss 4. Kentucky Moonshine shots (read Harley’s homemade apple pie) 5. Watching Kim ditch her high heels for wool socks and her boots ; )

BIG thanks to Liza who took on the role of the lead photographer so that I could embrace the ‘maids role when I needed too, your the best!

Friends + Family – if you would like to place an order for prints or view K + H’s entire gallery of images click on the PRINT SHOP tab in the menu above. The PASSWORD is married (if logging in from a computer) OR 62b7 (if logging in from a hand held device)

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Now if you haven’t already…(in my very best Kentucky accent) ya’ll better grab a tissh-yu-Ah (read tissue) because some of yaaa’ll are bound to come undone.

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Brides Dress – Viva Bridal, Kamloops

Bridesmaid Dresses – Weddington Way

Hair – Ally Health + Beauty

Makeup – Strut beauty + Design

Flowers – Art Knapp, Kamloops

Stationary – Modern Invitations

Catering – Olena + Lenny Johnson

Decorations- LOVE sign – Highberry Dew: a Design House

                        – Props + Tables – Rusty Nail Home Decor + Events by Kate

 

 

 

 

 

 

When my youngest cousin Melissa asked me if I would photograph her wedding I was thrilled! Of course I would. Melissa is the kind of girl that without even trying bring a whole lot of joy and cheer to my life. She always has with her silly jokes and big smiles! Often thinking of other first and sending you that unexpected text or phone call out of the blue just to “check in and catch up”. When Jeremy came into her life I felt she had found her match!  As I recall we were on a big family vacation down in Cuba and she had juuuust started to date Jeremy. Together we left Manitoba and is -40 with windchill for +30 white sandy beaches. Heaven right?! We thought so! But after a few days in paradise she was pretty much the most homesick person you ever did see. There were not enough cervasa’s to help shake her blues. She missed her man big time! Jeremy is the kind of guy that will help whenever possible, he had a generous and warm heart, and great with electronics! Melissa + Jeremy truly bring out the best in each other. When they got engaged last year we couldn’t wait to celebrate their wedding day with family and friends! Together they have created a home that is welcoming and full of love, where they relax with friends and appreciate good times together. There wedding day was a reflection of just that – lot of love, laughter! M + I look forward to visiting again soon!

It was extra special that my long time girlfriend and photographer Becky of B2Photography in Winnipeg agreed to join me. Becky and I first picked up the cameras together working for our high school year book, we would go out and shoot each other and pretty much anyone we could convince to get in front of our lens. Then take our films to the IGA where Becky worked in the photo lab to have them developed. Years flew by and we both started our own businesses in different provinces and alway said how much we missed shooting together. 12 years have passed and FINALLY dreams came true and we shot our first wedding as a team! I couldn’t have asked for a better partner to cover M + J’s wedding day. THANKS B!

 

 

 

Mandi + AJ were married in early September at the beautiful Cedar Creek Winery on a bright and sunny day surrounded by their closest family and friends. Gorgeous styling was provided by Stage it Right  – this was our first time working with Stage it Right and they did not disappoint! The setting was stunning and just right for sweet ceremony. Everyone enjoyed a causal wine reception at Cedar Creek immediately following the ceremony. Mandi + AJ’s guests gathered at the Laurel Packing House where the scene was set for a cozy and intimate evening to celebrate the newly weds. Guest’s raised glasses to toast Mandi + AJ after many funny and heartwarming stories were told of the couples exciting adventures together. Thank you for including us as part of your special day – we hope you are enjoying your incredible honey moon!


We knew it was going to be a wonderful wedding having know these two for several years. From the moment we booked Kelly + Joe. When we learned where the wedding would be. When we learned what their love looked like after their engagement session. And all about how much they loved each other + their families. We knew it was going to be goooood.

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From the very beginning of the day when we met up with the girls getting ready at the Walnut Beach Resort, everything was so relaxed – Kelly a bit nervous but still full of smiles and lots of laughter with her mom + girlfriends. Joe arrived for their first look which took place right on lake Osoyoos. Kelly snuck up behind him and greeted him with the biggest of hugs. Joe smiled so wide we thought his face might explode. BIG SMILES, BIG HUGS, BIG LOVE! After a few snaps we grabbed the wedding party and off to frolic in the hot desert sun and then seek some shade + lunch in the orchard of a local friend (thanks Evan!). Kelly created such and gracious timeline that allowed for so much photo creativity and a great afternoon with their wedding party. We thank you for that! After the orchard lunch break we headed up to Arosa Ranch and spent a bit of time down by the lake for a few more wedding party snaps – SHOUT OUT TO THE WEDDING PARTY – you guys offered such great energy + support to K + J and to us too! Props to you guys for asking to hold our reflector so that we could both shoot and offering us water and treats. amazing. thank you! more BIG LOVE.

As Kelly walked down the aisle her veil got caught up on one of the chairs, she started laughing as her dad rescued her from the chair. Together they giggled and continued down the aisle. Kelly + Joe exchanged vows as the sun fell low in the sky.

Dinner was prepared by the very talented chef Chris Van Hooydonk of Artisan Culinary Concepts (I photographed his intimate backyard wedding in 2011). It was a joy to watch Mikkel work alongside him as he served up one hell of a spread. Guests raved about every plate. It was fun to listen to everyone at our table chatter about  their food experience enjoying “the HUMMUS” or “the HEIRLOOM Tomatoes”. The meal he created was indeed unforgettable by many.

Joe’s brother turned out to be one of the most hilarious and animated MC’s we have ever had the pleasure to listen too. Turns out Kelly + Joe have funny friends, a lot of them. Feeding off of each other’s jokes all night every speaker was on a roll – nearly bring the whole darn tent down with BOOMING laughter. oh we loved it.

 Thank you K + J for sharing yourselves, your family + friends with us. You all are so wonderful! Thank you for allowing us to share this very, very long blog post. We thank your kick ass timeline for the opportunity to snag all the delicious photos. This is but a taste of some of the incredible images captured  from your wedding day.

wedding planning – parasio events

flowers – polka dot door flowers + gifts

 

 

 

 

Jamie + Doug – The PHOTOBOOTH

October 1, 2013

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Pretty much the most outrageous of all photo booths I have ever operated. Jamie + Doug got married this past July – check out their wedding post HERE if you missed it! This group was begging for the photobooth to open and were non-stop for the 1.5 hours we operated! When all was said and done it looked like sesame street threw up all over, well, everything! Here are some of the highlights!

See a photo you gotta have? Shoot me an email info.elementphoto@gmail.com

 

 

Ashley + Gavin first noticed each other during their second year of undergrad back in 2006 during a biology class. Ashley had asked her friend for Gavin’s name and soon spotted him walking out of a building at Uni. She stepped out on a limb and boldly said “hello” to him as he jogged down the stairs, a startled Gavin tripped up and  nearly fell down the stairs! Later he found her an introduced himself one day in the Library where Ashley was studying. He learned that Ashley loves to play soccer and he helped her to find a team – the timing was right and they hit it off!

Ashley started off the morning of their wedding with her 4 bridesmaids at the Watermark Beach Resort where the girls had their hair and makeup done. When they were ready they left for Ashley’s family farm to put on her gown and finishing touches where her grandma would be able to watch. Meanwhile, the boys headed to the church to greet guest and waited for the traditional ceremony to begin. The guest poured into the pews, we soon realized this may be our largest wedding to date! After a beautiful wedding ceremony we headed back to the Pereira Farm for portraits. The wedding party was so fun to work with and quite the educated bunch. We knew if anything went wrong, we were in good hands! Most importantly, they kept Ash + Gav laughing all day!

It was a joy to watch Gavin take care of Ashley all day. He doted on her every need and couldn’t take his eyes off of her. Their love for each other is so genuine, so simple. Truth be told, every now and then a couple’s love move’s us to tears (well Liza anyways, hehe). After shooting the series of the two of them on the horizon in the desert she dropped her camera from her face and immediately started wiping the tears away. It was so good! There was a moment when we were standing amongst the sage brush in the desert. I had them cuddled up and his hand was on her cheek, foreheads together, arm around her waist. I asked them to close their eyes, breath, enjoy the peace, relax and take it all in. She closed her eyes, breathed in – and out, he didn’t. He didn’t close his eyes. Instead Gavin quietly kept watching his new wife and smiling. Taking it all in.

florals – flowers on main

hair – Kelsey Carvalho

makeup – Ashley Patrocinio

catering – Kirby McFadden of Mckia’s restaurant, Osoyoos

cake – Sugar Sweet Cake Company of Kelowna and Lake Village Bakery of Osoyoos

dj- Spencer Jones of bmac productions, Kelowna

Bride’s dress – Bliss Bridal

bridesmaids dresses – Ten Fashions

decor – paraiso events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda + Chris planned a breathtaking mountain top ceremony in the most unique and secretive locations we have yet to shoot. Every now and then we meet a couple that inspires us with their love, and their creative gumption. Amanda + Chris are just that couple. We met up with them and jumped into their 4×4 truck and after a few miles of gravel, Chris turned the truck off-road and head headed through the forest and into open pasture. We continued to climb higher and higher, and when we came to the crest of the pasture we looked down over the pristine Kettle Valley and Amanda’s childhood playground. At the far end of the pasture was the original homestead where they planned to exchange their vows. We were completely awe-struck and couldn’t wait to start snapping some photos. Amanda got dressed in the field behind the old house. She had such a quiet confidence about her, all the while so, so relaxed. As I photographed some portraits of her just before she saw Chris she whispered “I’m so glad your here”. See? She’s amazing. Thank you Amanda!

She rounded the corner of the home and walked toward Chris all smiles as their son Dace watched. They ceremony was simple and sweet. The sun continued to drop and the landscape continued to reveal even more beauty. We started their the portraits in the best light we could have wished for and Amanda + Chris couldn’t take their eyes of each other. Amanda had arranged for her horse to join us, which Dace LOVED and so did we.

Thank you both for one of the most magical evenings of the summer. We feel so privileged that you choose to include us in your intimate ceremony and for sharing such special piece of your lives with us. For this we thank you and wish nothing but the very best in the adventures ahead of you!

styling by – cricket + bean

dress – bliss bridal

florals – polka dot door flowers and gifts