vancouver island beach side lifestyle family session

vancouver island beach side lifestyle family session

bobby & i met online. We’re both part of a blog – our littles collected – a group of working photographers who once a week post a photo of our littles. So we’ve seen more of each others’ kids than each other. The roots of an online friendship. Bobby was coming to victoria for a wedding & emailed to see if there was a chance i’d be down that end of the island the weekend they were there. And, as it sometimes happens, the timing was perfect for a little weekend working holiday. So i packed up my camera gear, my westy & my own sweet little & headed to victoria. We all met up at mount doug park, played in the trees & the leaves & then headed to the beach. It was gorgeous. Lots of space to play, lots of silliness to be had & heaps of fun along the way. These are just a few sneak peeks from our time together… some moments of their family’s love & connection.

bobby is the wonderful creative force behind wild rose photography. You can see her beautiful work here. And if you’re in alberta, & wanting some sweet captures of your own little tribe, look her up. You’ll be in great hands.

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intimate vancouver island wedding

lisa & braden’s intimate vancouver island wedding

sometimes, even in the height of summer – when the sun usually shines hot & we seek the shade or the beach to cool ourselves – sometimes it rains. And sometimes it pours. And the earth gets a good long drink, the slugs come out & the world looks fresh again, colours drenched & vibrant in a mid-summer soaking. It was one of those days when i traveled over to royston on vancouver island to photograph lisa & braden’s walk into marriage. It was an intimate gathering, held in braden’s mom’s beautiful backyard. Oh-so-beautiful backyard. All the flowers were either grown there or foraged & picked along the roadsides & ditches that morning. When you know where to look & what to look for, there’s a whole lot of lovely awaiting. The three of us wandered the property, the ground squishy beneath our feet, the rain falling steadily from a heavy sky. No back-up plan for their outdoor wedding. Just hope. A little faith. And a lot of acceptance. Their ceremony was perfectly crafted with heartfelt skill by the wonderfully talented barbara densmore. The ceremony captured the spirit of these two… braden’s shyness & quiet groundedness, lisa’s love of life & people & her beautiful caring spirit, how much their family & friends mean to them. So they walked into marriage surrounded by all of that. All that love & connection. And the sky lifted & the rain stopped, dinner was served, kids played, stories were shared, there was cake & macarons, & before it was too late, lisa & braden danced, quietly together, under the twinkling lights, for the first time as husband & wife. And it all felt very right. And sweet. And quite perfect.

lisa & braden, thank you. Thank you for sharing your wedding day so openly with me. For your trust & tenderness. For all the kindness & fun. May it all carry on & deepen in the years to come.

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vancouver island lifestyle family session

i met up with michelle & patrick & their oh-so-delightful girls for a vancouver island lifestyle family session at cattle point in victoria. The day started out stormy, the forecast was for rain & we had some back & forths about rescheduling. But they decided to pack changes of clothes, their rubber boots & brave the storm all together. And, as the weather often does, things changed… the winds settled, the clouds lifted & even the sun made an appearance now & then. And i had so much fun following this little tribe around by the ocean & into the garry oak grove in uplands park across the road. There were a lot of laughs, some cuddles & a good dose of adventuring. What a clan!

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strathcona park lodge summer wedding

alexa & alastair’s mid summer wedding at the oh-so-fabulous strathcona park lodge

it was during that time of a west coast summer – when the days are still long, the sun shines hot & we’re grateful for breezes blowing in off the water – that alexa & alastair gathered together their international tribe of family & friends at strathcona park to celebrate their walk into marriage. It’s a bit of journey, getting there… a drive north up vancouver island, a turn towards the west coast at campbell river, & mid way across the island lies buttle lake, & at the edge of the lake lies the lodge, in the heart of one of the island’s premier parks. There’s no cell service, the vibe is laid-back & chill (much like alexa & alastair) & it was the perfect landing pad for their wedding day. As alexa said ‘i just want to get married surrounded by water & trees’. Their day was full of love, laughter, great food & even better company. The sun came & went, our hearts grew bigger with the sharing of their vows, & the night sky filled with starts while some epic dance moves filled the barn at the lodge. I can very honestly still feel the fullness in my heart & the smile on my face as i drove back to the east coast, in the late night/early morning hours, good music still ringing in my ears.

alexa & alastair, may your days & hearts be filled with all the warmth & caring shared on your wedding day, may the seas bring you great waves for riding & may your love continue to deepen & flourish in the years ahead as mr & mrs. Heartfelt gratitude to you both, for sharing a sweet slice of it all with me.

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  • John Hubbard

    Alexa and Alastair thank you for such a wonderful weekend, with awesome memories through these pictures. Pictures have captured the essence of this time of families, friends, and relatives, brought together in celebration of your wedding. Laughter, smiles, hugs, speeches, jokes, family reunions. For all of it, thank you! Wishing you the very best. Uncle John ❤️ReplyCancel


hornby island fine art documentary wedding photography

fine art documentary wedding photography – sunset wedding photos at the oh-so-stunning helliwell park on beautiful hornby island, bc.

emily & tyler’s amazing wedding at sea breeze lodge on hornby island (you can see their wedding photos here) went full tilt, full of fun & love, all day long. And the time they planned to put aside to drive out to helliwell for photos was spent, instead, celebrating with their family & friends. And so we met up for a day-after session (well a week-after session to be precise)… they got all dressed up again & full of their just-married-delight-&-love, we wandered around the park into &through the sunset. It was all a bit of magic. And a whole lot of beautiful…

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