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Most of the weddings I photograph are within the Comox Valley area. When I was asked to photograph Laura & Evan’s wedding in Tofino, I was thrilled about a west coast adventure!  I’ve been to Tofino many times, most for personal but a few for work. This trip was different then any other though.  The beauty and love that envelop these two was met with an intimate ceremony at secret cove, known as Shell Beach.  The Wickaninnish Inn keeps this little secret just for special occasions.   The beach is well named.  Teeny little bits of broken shell and rounded coloured stones enrich the shoreline and fade out just as you come around the corner to a large nook, stacked with driftwood. The private cove gave opportunity for a small escape from the wedding guests and allowed Laura & Evan some quiet time to soak each other in.  And even with the little bit of rain that trickled down during their portraits, the mood remained soft and loving.  Laura and Evan are the sweetest couple you’ll ever meet.  And when I look back at their wedding images I feel the romance and pure love between them.


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The Comox Valley offers a variety of stunning locations for a couple to exchange vows. Chanel at Sublime Celebrations felt inspired by the beautiful blooming flowers, sun and even rain, giving her the idea to bring together a select group of Comox Valley wedding professionals at the Old House Hotel & Spa and Locals Restaurant.  Together they crafted Chanel’s vision of a sweet, spring styled shoot, seeking out the contrast between the old wood building and fresh floral prints and flower crowns.  She created a fun, fresh look for this shoot and did a wonderful job working with the many wedding vendors that helped bring this day together. Chanel’s eye for detail and organization are impressive. If you’re looking for someone to assist with your upcoming wedding, make sure to contact Sublime Celebrations as she has a number of tailored packages to choose from.



Sublime Celebrations

All in One Party Shop Event Rentals

Hollyhock Originals

Studio in Bloom

The Bride’s Closet

Jim’s Clothes Closet

Locals Restaurant

Cake Bread Artisan Bakery

Scorpio’s Salon

Shelby Lynn Makeup Artistry

New Leaf Photography

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My oh my… where does the time go? I know I say that every time a birthday rolls around for Kylie but seriously… 2 more years and she’ll be double digits!

Every year I cherish the birthday photo session I do with each of my kids. With Kylie being older, we now talk about what type of colours and set up she would like to do.  Each year I see a little more personality pop out in those images. And every year I look back at previous ones and there’s a little tug ‘war of the heart…. torn between missing the things she’s grown out of… yet loving who she has become.  Goodbye My Little Ponies, hello Monster High.  One day she won’t insist on bringing Pink Teddy into the photos… tear.  She may be growing and it may be happening faster then I want it to happen but she’s growing more and more beautiful by the day, inside and out.  I’m one lucky mama.


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Jenna & Andrew travelled all the way from Australia for their Crown Isle wedding, back in the Comox Valley.  With shorter winter days, a first look was planned at the Crown Isle gazebo prior to the ceremony.  And with the recent dusting of snow, this sparked the idea to bring their bridal party up to Forbidden Plateau for portraits, where it was very much a winter wonderland! We later returned to Crown Isle for the reception, but first took the opportunity to catch the last of the golden light on the golf course and then finished with a celebratory drink amongst the lit up pathway to the resort.



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This was my first time meeting Oliver! He was a little shy at first but came to me for an ‘up’ once and eventually became comfortable exploring my studio with all the little props that I had lined up for him! His mom and dad knew the tricks to get him to smile but he saved the best ones for last as he discovered how much fun it is to splash in the tub!


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