July 24th, 2014
…and I LOVE IT.
I always thought I was a planner. Someone who needed things to be all laid out, and all the details in place perfectly….if it wasn’t it would stress me out. These past few months I have been taking business coaching, and I have come to realize it’s not the needing a plan that stresses me out it’s the having to plan in the first place.
This realization has given me freedom to have a crazy busy summer without knowing much of the details. I’m okay with that. I know when I leave and when I get back, but the middle part is open for adventure!
Tomorrow morning I leave for Cranbrook to photograph a wedding (I am so excited for these two! I have known them since college and am so excited to see them again!!), I have a couples session while I am there (with another friend from college volleyball!) and then I fly home, pack up for our annual camping trip and off we go!
I am so excited for a week of camping! No cell service, no wifi, no TV, no electricity at all. Just me, my family and campfires (the campfire ban was lifted YESTERDAY!!! because seriously what’s camping without that campfire smell?!) It’s year 21 for our family at the same campground. It’s my most favourite place in the entire world and it’s the PERFECT way to start off busy season!
After camping we head right up to Kelowna for another wedding….wedding #2 of an 8 weekend wedding marathon!! Oh and just to toss in the mix, we move right smack dab in the middle of it! :)
So today, I’m embracing this Fall like weather (as if it’s hard for me!), having a Pumpkin Spice Latte (yes I have the recipe!), and waiting for Marco to get home from work so we can cuddle and watch Netflix before our whirlwind continues.
Here’s a peek at where we are headed camping! :)
July 16th, 2014
Dan and Charlene got married at their dream venue, La Punta Norte. A Mexican bed and breakfast built on a cliff overlooking Okanagan Lake. They are from Alberta, and were so excited to enjoy the Okanagan sunshine for their day. Unfortunately the morning of their wedding was stormy. My weather app called for light showers in the morning, and then sun in the afternoon…..typical Okanagan rainy days!
However, it POURED. As Charlene was getting ready, I watched the storm clouds roll in across the lake. The view got foggier and foggier, and the rain fell harder and harder as thunder boomed overhead.
To make up for their wet, rainy, and stormy day, I headed back out to La Punta the next afternoon (when I woke up to sunshine it just wasn’t fair!), and we did a Day After Session at sunset!
I LOVE day after sessions. There’s no stress of a timeline, no worrying about guests, there’s just nothing but relaxing and enjoying your first day as husband and wife. (And you get to wear your dress again which who doesn’t want to do that?!)
Charlene and Dan, I am SO glad we decided to do this!! After the weather you had on your wedding day, you deserved some sunshine! :)
July 8th, 2014
“How do you feel about hiking? Love? Hate? Tolerate? Andy proposed to me about 5km into a hiking trail up at Buntzen Lake in Anmore so we were thinking it would be cute to do our engagement photos where he proposed!”
Sarah emailed this to me a few weeks before we did their engagement photos! (The first thing I loved was that it rhymed ;) And oh MAN was I ever on board! I sent back a giant LOVE, and we started planning!! The park gate closes just before sunset, so we planned to head up there and be back before getting locked out! We just made it :) (Andy even hiked up there the night before for us to check out how the lighting would be….Sarah, he’s a keeper!
The hike was GORGEOUS! I wrapped and zipped all my gear into a backpack and off we went! I had never been to Bunzten Lake and it is a favourite now for sure! The lake is gorgeous, and the hike was fairly easy! (though mad props to Sarah for hiking up in her boots and a dress!! She even brought an outfit change for halfway through and changed in an outhouse! She’s amazing!)
We started at the bridge where Andy proposed to Sarah, and then worked our way back to the main beach (after we stopped for foot cool off in the lake – it was SIGNIFICANTLY colder than expected! haha), and ended just in time for the park patrol to sound the siren for gate closer! Phew!
Sarah and Andy, I just LOVE you guys! I loved getting to know you both so much better during our hike, and I can’t WAIT for your wedding on the Sunshine Coast this Fall! (She really is a girl after my own heart! Adventurous, sentimental, AND she’s getting married in the Fall!)
Here’s my favourites from their session!