Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Trip to BC! Part Two...

We have been so busy lately that I've completely neglected this particular blog post. I started posting images from my trip to BC a little while ago - part one can be seen here! After spending a few days in Vancouver, we took the Ferry across the water to Vancouver Island. We landed in Nanaimo, rented a car, and started exploring.

First stop - Chemainus! City of Murals! You can actually take a tour of the almost 20 murals detailing the history of the region. They also have a fabulous visitor's centre with wonderful staff.

Next stop - Cathedral Grove. These trees were BEAUTIFUL, and unlike anything I've ever seen before in my travels. I think on my next trip I'd like to head further west on the island and check out more places in this region.


Thanks to the tourism office staff in Chemainus, we took a detour off the highway as we headed south to Victoria. Our scenic route took us past beaches....

Into this fishing village......
And finally right into Victoria, where we checked into our hotel. This was the view from our hotel balcony. The next morning we saw a seal playing in the little section of water between the buildings to the left. No joke. I actually took a walk along the waterfront docks the next morning in hopes of seeing him or some of his friends, but didn't have any luck.

We took a walk through the downtown and saw the legislative buildings, which were lovely.....
....and checked out the BC museum.

We stopped at the Empress Hotel (and pretended we were staying there).....
......while we had a fancy drink in their lounge. This is my mango-cilantro sling. It was delicious.
Victoria's inner harbour.....

And finally, I went whale watching!!! I was very, very grateful for my telephoto lens, as we didn't actually come this close to the whales. Victoria has 3 resident pods of orcas, and we spotted two of them. Each pod had at least one baby with them, which meant they were not as interested in checking out boat out.

Still, though - whales! In the wild! It was pretty amazing.
Next up - we head back to Vancouver for more fun and excitement, and I'll post images from the lovely wedding we attended in Victoria.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Megan and Luke got married!

Megan and Luke were married on July 18 at Hockley Valley Resort. Shawn and I had so much fun with both the bride and groom and their guests - prepare yourself for lots of images, as it was really hard to choose!

We began by spending some time with the guys and girls as they were getting ready....

The ceremony was held on the patio at the resort, which is beautiful. The flower girls were absolutely adorable, and held teddy bears dressed like a bride and groom instead of flowers - such a cute idea, and perfect for little ones!

Both Megan and Luke were overcome by emotion as she began her walk down the aisle.



Love this shot that Shawn grabbed!
Married! The patio is actually beside the resort's pool, and Megan and Luke got a huge round of applause and cheers as they exited the ceremony area from all of the hotel guests sitting there.


Fun with the wedding party.....


And then off for shots with the bride and groom. Megan and Luke clearly had no problem bringing the awesome to their session.



Hockley Valley has some very cool interiors that were a lot of fun to work with!



Megan and Luke have both travelled extensively, and spent a lot of time teaching English in Singapore. Their time and experiences there became part of the theme for the day.


The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a cause that is close to both the bride and groom's hearts, so guests were asked to make a donation to the cause in order to get them to kiss.

Megan's dad, who was the MC for the evening, demonstrated the procedure....

Guests made a donation, rang the bell....

And the newlyweds kiss! I thought this was a fabulous idea, and a lovely way to raise money for a great cause.

I love candids....


And a few more detail shots to finish things off! Luke is an avid soccer player - Megan said during her speech that wherever they've lived during their travels, he has always found a group to play with, and they've made lifelong friends along the way. Many of those friends were at the wedding, and they gifted Luke with a special soccer ball.

And, finally, a ring shot to end the day!

Megan and Luke, thanks again for allowing us to be a part of your day! It was a blast, and we look forward to chatting when you get back from Spain!

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Trip to BC! Part One...

Some of you may remember that I took off at the end of May for a little vacation - I had so much fun visiting a dear friend and seeing a part of the country I've never been to before....

Prepare yourself for a whole lot of images....I took so many photos that the plan is to break the trip up into a number of posts over the next week.

After arriving (first thing in the morning, I might add - you don't even want to know what time I had to leave Toronto....), we took the Sea Bus over to North Vancouver, where I took some time to explore.

One of the things I loved most on this trip was the fact that I was constantly surrounded by water. I found it so relaxing to be able to wander the waterfronts and harbours.


I was also jealous of the amazing fresh produce - residents of the Toronto area, you don't even want to know how cheap seafood is out here.
This market had quite possibly the best trashcans I've ever seen.
I then headed back to the city and set off for Granville Island. On the way, the fisherman's market caught my eye. Clearly I am a sucker for public food sales.



People would wander down the docks and buy fresh seafood right off the boats.
Finally I managed to make it over to my intended destination.
Granville Island is just beautiful - full of more markets, artisans shops, and gorgeous artwork. Literally everywhere I looked there was something interesting!



Oh, how I would love to someday do a wedding or engagement shoot around here!
Next stop - Vancouver Island and Victoria!