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kelly + joe – engaged!

July 25, 2013

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Oh, how I love the south Okanagan sunsets –  the rich, golden light always gets me!  Osoyoos locals Kelly + Joe happily met up with in me in the boondocks late in the evening on Canada Day long weekend to dodge the hot temps + tourists. It was truly 32+ in the town center at 7pm  no joke!  So we headed out to the hills to escape some of the chaos. Here we hid in the shade of the forest until the sun finally surrendered and the temps dipped to a bit to minimize the sweat factor.  We were joined by some of the hillside villagers who serenaded with a chorus of “moos” and  nervously observed our session from a mildly awkward distance. Leaving us to also nervously keep an eye on them and making action plans in case a stampede broke out! Lots of laughs and chatter were shared and the landscape proved to be the perfect backdrop for an engagement session that was centered around love + reflective of Kelly + Joe’s sweet, laid-back personalities!

Special thanks to Caroline for letting us borrow her killah vintage bike and to our friends up the hill who generously allow element photo to borrow their beautiful fields : )

 

 

 

 

 

Vanessa + Will – engaged!

July 20, 2013

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On a sunny summer’s eve Vanessa + Will met up with me in the seaside village of Cowichan Bay. They rolled into town in Will’s dad’s cherry red Beaumont (a Father-Son project from days past) with a trunk load of outfit changes, big smiles, tons of personality and a whole lotta’ love to go around!

Vanessa + Will met at the hospital where Will was completing his practicum in the Spring of 2010. Will’s a nurse and took good care of Vanessa’s grandpa while he was in the hospital. It was one afternoon Vanessa had joined her family to visit Grandpa when her Aunt tipped her off the the “really good looking nurse” making his rounds. It wasn’t long after that they connected and started officially dating. It was in Tokyo, Japan where Will asked Vanessa to be his wife – she said YES! Of course she did : ) This summer they are busy planning for a 2014 wedding celebration that will be filled to the brim with warm memories of a day surrounded by family and friends, and no doubt FULL of love and laughter!

Ashley + Gavin – engaged!

July 9, 2013

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Sunshine. Laughter. Authentic Love. Smart. Happy People . These are the feelings and thoughts that floated through my mind the night I met up with Ashley + Gavin! A couple that met back in 2006  during the second year of their undergrad during a Biology class. Ashley took notice of Gavin and  ”I had asked a friend for Gavin’s name and said hello to him on the stairs at the University one day and he nearly fell down. He redeemed himself by coming to say hello in the library the following day.  He then found a soccer team for me to play for in the area and we have been friends ever since.” Eventually they started dating and as life would have it their pursuit of education has taken them all over the world (Ashley has her Master’s in Physiotherapy and Gavin is in Medical School). The distance was challenging but made their relationship stronger than ever allowing them to grow both together and individually – with many a skype date in between they made it and are so excited for a future - together.

Their first date took them to the boardwalk in Kelowna with ice cream in hand they chatted the night away sitting in the play ground. We decided to start the shoot in the same playground that was obviously so special to them. We wandered the warm streets of downtown Kelowna before we surrendered to the setting sun up at Knox Mountain. Here we really slowed the night down – allowing Ashely + Gavin to really enjoy each other’s embrace, the views and memories being captured. Their quiet confidence and  love for each other became very evident and it was a pleasure to watch them just “be” .  Gavin said it best “we find pleasure in simply being together with the one we love. We are able to find joy whenever we spend time together, whether we are sitting and reading or exploring a new city.”

Ashley, Gavin and I extend a great big THANK YOU to the lovely Yuriko Larson of Vintage Origami - Vintage Wedding Rentals for letting us have your Settee for the evening!

Ashely + Gavin’s FULL GALLERY of photo’s available for viewing + ordering can be viewed by clicking on the ‘PRINT SHOP’ tab above or HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug + Jamie – engaged

June 21, 2013

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It’s so much fun when you friends get engaged! We have been rooting for D + J since well, the first time we met Jamie…and we have been rooting for Doug since well, forever. I have yet to see a more perfect compliment in a pair. We love them to pieces and can not wait to see where life’s journey takes them (we are so happy to be along for the ride)! These two never sit still, always on to the next adventure or spending quality time with their families. They are both avid hikers and outdoors people navigating all kinds of rugged terrain including the west coast trail (so many times they can do it with their eyes closed), the north coast trail, cape scott, juan de fuca, and more recently a wild trip to Kalalau trail in Kauai, HI. Doug + Jamie love to take people along for the journey and operate a backpack rental and orientation company called Out of The Storm right here in Shawnigan Lake (check it out!).

SO obiviously when planning their engagement session they choose their favorite backyard stomping grounds of Mt Baldy. We planned an evening of photos in their favorite hangout doing their favorite thing – hiking. Ok so we brought wine and toned it down a bit, errr alot, for my sake mostly but the views were worth every bug bite and brush scratch. Believe me?

 

Mandi + AJ – engaged!

May 9, 2013

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AJ met Mandi in 2003. He would regularly meet with clients and other relators in the same restaurant, at the same table, looking for the same waitress. Cue Mandi – the gorgeous and witty waitress that caught AJ’s eye. For 5 years he repeatedly visited the same local always chatting with Mandi but never taking it further than that as far as he was aware she had a boyfriend. It wasn’t until one day he was there with a business associate of his. When she approached the table he took a leap and introduced Mandi to his friend “This is Mandi, she is my future wife – she just doesn’t know it yet”. As luck would have it, she had just recently become single and agreed to one unsuspecting lunch which turned into dinner which turned into 5 years of adventure. Mandi + AJ are a perfect pair they will celebrate their 5 year “dating” anniversary this year with a wedding!

Mandi + AJ are a couple that are so genuinely happy, they are driven, romantics, they are well put together and have a strong foundation to build a BIG ol’ life on. When I asked them about some of their ‘favorites’ they replied with “Ethnic foods, funky music, fast cars and foreign lands” – Mandi threw in Orchids, white, hiking and sunshine. Mmm sounds good to me too! I think we are going to get along just fine *wink*.

In September these two will become husband and wife. Being the awesome couple that they are they are planning a ridiculously fabulous wedding! I am so happy to be photographing their Cedar Creek Estate Winery wedding and Laurel Packinghouse reception, styled by Stage it Right (Yes! Very excited to see all their plans come to fruition!).

I was thrilled the rain held off for their engagement session last on my last trip to Osoyoos…  the sun peaked our juuust a bit but I love the muted light the overcast skies left us to work with! Get comfy friends…this one’s worth scrolling alllll the way to the end!

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Darci + Chris – engaged!

May 7, 2013

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“… I love my morning coffee, not because it wakes me up but because it makes me feel comfortable with a new day”

Darci + Chris a first got connected on plenty of fish about 3 years ago, and after a few online chats decided to meet up at Lennox pub downtown Vancouver. It wasn’t long after that first meet up, that they met again, and again and….again. The pair have nearly inseparable ever since! These two are quirky and fun loving, they love a good dubstep, art (Chris is a fellow photog! Check out his work here.), color, music festivals, and tattoos. Note – Darci is a very talented and passionate Vancouver Tattoo Artist @ Electro-LadyLux! You can check out her facebook page here and website here! It was such a breeze photographing Darci + Chris capturing them as they loved on each other and joked around in such a casual and relaxed way.  I especially loved how easily they fell into each other, such a quiet but natural ebb and flow about them.

And they love to dance. Amazing right?

D+C are our first couple to book for our 2014 wedding season and we cannot wait to join them in Furry Creek to cheer them on as they say “I do!”.

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Sarah + Kevin – engaged

May 3, 2013

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I got connected with Sarah + Kevin because I randomly liked her profile picture after I saw her name pop up on the Bird’s Eye Cove Farm facebook page. No lie! I sent her a personal message about how rad I thought her profile pic was and reassured her that Bird’s Eye Cove is an amazing venue (if you have been following me for a while you know that Malcolm + I were the first to marry there back in 2010 and the Bird’s Eye Cove family are looong time family friend of ours).

She writes back to me…

"Hi Erika,
I can't believe the amount of coincidences associated with our wedding.
And if you are the couples pictures I saw online (below) then you are
the reason we found out about Bird's Eye Cove Farm in the first place.
Kevin and I were on google and looking at images of
Barn weddings and came across the attached photo. We LOVED it!
And through reading the blog the picture came from we decided we needed
to call that location ASAP."

 


 yup. that’s us!

(photo cred – Jamie Delaine Photography)


We met for coffee last summer, they were off to Manitoba for a visit – my homeland (coincidences continue!). We chatted up a storm and booked their 2013 wedding! This spring I chased them around pastures and through the streets of Cowichan Bay dodging rain clouds and mud puddles. These two are a HOOT! Hard to keep a straight face while photographing them. There were lots of jokes and mad tv quotes getting passed around all afternoon…and the results look like this : )

enjoy the photos.

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Mandi + AJ – engaged!

April 23, 2013

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This weekend in Osoyoos I met up with Mandi + Aj for an afternoon photo session. There was so much love sweet love between these two – such a perfect pair!

Here are a couple of my favorite frames from our session, more photos coming in the next few weeks! Make sure to catch up with element photography on facebook to know when the full session drops : )

Darci + Chris – engaged!

April 16, 2013

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This weekend Leeza and reunited and kicked off our wedding season with a beautiful day discovering Granville Island with the sweetest pair – Darci + Chris. I thought I might be able to title this post – just two – but its impossible.  Who are we kidding here. There was so much love going down between D + C I could not simply choose two. So here is five instead! *wink*

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Sarah + Kevin – engaged!

April 9, 2013

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surprise sneak peek! more photos of the hilarious Sarah + Kevin coming soon – join us on Facebook and be the first to know!