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vancouver island bc engagement – a session with alana & andrew at the oh-so-lovely neck point park in nanaimo.

i first met alana & andrew on a hot summer’s day in tsawassen to chat about all-things-wedding-&-photo. A bird pooped on me during our meeting on an outdoor patio. And alana, not fazed at all, took my napkin & cleaned up the offering on the back of my shirt. Having a client who’s a nurse can be a real bonus. I took the pooping as a sign of good things to come (silver lining & all that). And it was! Collaborating with these two was as sweet & easy as it gets. The day called for rain. But they took the ferry over to nanaimo, got changed in my westy, snuggled under an umbrella with big smiles for all of 5 minutes. And then the rain stopped. The umbrellas got put away & the smiles remained. We wandered around & through neck point park (SO beautiful) – they climbed cliffs & rocky outcroppings, snuggled in amongst the daffodils, laughed & kissed & laughed some more. So much love. And fun. And it all makes me that much more excited for their wedding, coming in june. Here’s a little wander through our afternoon together…

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documentary newborn family session on hornby island

over the years, jody has done an amazing job taking care of so many of our hornby kids at preschool. And nick does a fabulous job as a master groundsman taking care of our trees & yards. And now, they get to channel all that love into caring for their own dear babe. Little nora’s arrival into the world was as sweet as she is. And she’s being held in such grateful tenderness for all she is bringing into this little family & into our community. This session started out at a gift, bought by friends, to celebrate jody & nick’s engagement. And then it shifted into a maternity session. And then, it finally felt right to have me come & capture this first week of their life as a trio. Their lives forever changed & the wonder held in all of that.

jody & nick, thank you for having me, for welcoming me into your sweet home & giving us a glimpse into your joy & happiness. Heartfelt congratulations to you all on this amazing new journey. I’m honoured to know i’ll get to follow you all along.


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  • Evelyn

    Love these family photos! Little Nora is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra Lamont

    My heart is beaming with love!ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    Beautiful photos – Nora’s lovely! Congratulations, Jody and Nick!ReplyCancel

  • ondrea

    aw these are so sweet. thanks to jody and nick for sharing this precious time with all of us…and to jennifer for capturing it❤️ReplyCancel

  • Jill Candlish

    So beautiful. Thank you all for giving us these glimpses of precious joyous life. Love to everyone. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Oh wow Jennifer! I’m melting! You’ve done such a beautiful job showing the intimacy and love of this beautiful family.ReplyCancel


fall wedding sea breeze lodge hornby island

paresa & ben’s gorgeous fall wedding at the oh-so-fabulous sea breeze lodge on hornby island

it was the thanksgiving weekend & paresa & ben gathered their tribe of fantastic at the fabulous sea breeze lodge on hornby island. And there was a lot to give thanks for… all the love, caring & support, the coming together of two wonderful families, the tears of joy, peals of laughter & damn fine dancing deep into the night.

paresa & ben are two of the kindest people i’ve met. When the day brought rain, torrential west-coast rain, they rode through it all with ease & grace & so much tenderness. It bodes well on how they’ll face the storms that life can bring in the long years of a marriage ahead. And out on the cliffs of helliwell, with a few minutes on our own, the sun came out. Just then, just for that short time. And it shone down on paresa & ben as though it were intentional. As though it were just for them. A sign. As sweet as the two of them. And then onto shotgunning beer in the parking lot. I do love me some unexpected extremes.

paresa & ben, it was nothing short of fabulous to get to follow you through your walk into marriage. Thank you, for welcoming me so warmly all along the way. Here’s a little look back at your time all together. At your fantastic wedding day celebration…

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hornby island winter elopement

leah & bruce’s hornby island winter elopement

all too often, when we think of weddings, we think of the long days of summer & large gatherings of loved ones. But some folks break tradition. People like leah & bruce. Who came to hornby for a weekend in november, with their fur baby jack, & along with their marriage commissioner (the oh-so-lovely helen onorah), my sweet mom & me, they walked into marriage in the most beautiful way, their way. The forecast called for rain & wind & they decided to go ahead with their ceremony under the old growth trees in helliwell park in spite of it. And as the weather often does, it did the unexpected. The storm clouds blew by in the winter winds & carried their cargo elsewhere. And the light, the sky, the forest, all of it was as beautiful as leah & bruce & the promises they made to one another. It’s an incredible honour to not only be asked to document a wedding day, but to witness it. And so i hold these two very warmly in heart & mind. And when & if the struggles of a marriage come, i’ll remind them of this day, their wedding day, & the vows they shared together.

leah & bruce… may your days together be filled with the wonder of your november day – of green grass, the wild west coast, of elders in the shape of trees, the newness of a family of three, the promise of all that lies ahead. Heaps of love & happiness to you on your shared journey. xo

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  • Darshan

    Such a lovely story told so well. Makes my heart smile!ReplyCancel

  • casey

    this made me cry
    grandmother & grandfather trees

  • Absolutely beautiful….the emotions you caught, Jennifer, are so loving and heart warming. congratulations to the lovely couple.ReplyCancel

  • Courtenay

    Made me cry as well! the poetry and stories in your images are always magic…ReplyCancel

  • Courtenay

    Made me cry as well! the poetry and stories in your images are always magic…ReplyCancel


gulf island wedding

kelsey & andrew’s gulf island wedding at the beautiful poets cove resort on south pender island.

it was one of those still-hot end-of-summer days with a calm sea & wide open skies. A perfect day for gathering two fabulous families & a resort full of friends to celebrate kelsey & andrew’s journey into the land of mr & mrs. I laughed so much that day. The stories of andrew’s youth, the adventures these two have been on together, setting up a group wedding party photo & suddenly, the bridesmaids are climbing a giant maple tree, gathering the groomsmen was like herding cats, time flew by & it was all I wish there was a soundtrack to go along with these photos – the tales that were shared & all the laughter. It was brilliant. You’ll have to imagine it, wrapped in the sunshine, in the love shared…

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