They met in Winnipeg in the fall of 2017, at the Salvation Army Training College in which they were both enrolled. Even before they realized it, their classmates saw a spark between Kassie (who’s from Ontario) and Josh (who’s from BC).

Over Christmas 2017, the pair began to talk more. They discovered their mutual love of books (Tolkien, anyone?), donuts, and tea and throughout their courtship, the word “Always” became a central theme. By the June 2018, they were engaged and began planning their wedding as they continued working towards their Salvation Army ordination. Though their choice of wedding date was ambitious in its own way –  coming just two days after the scheduled ordination ceremony in BC –  it made sense, since their families would already be in BC to celebrate with them.

Having built their relationship on the firm foundation of Jesus, Kassie + Josh promised one another ALWAYS in a beautiful ceremony at Cariboo Hill Temple in Burnaby on a perfectly beautiful Monday in June. That may seem like an unconventional wedding day choice but when your ordination ceremony is on the Saturday and everyone’s here to celebrate, you do what works!

Kassie and her bridesmaids got ready (along with her family) in a home they rented for their stay. I loved that they chose neutral dresses that allowed the gorgeous florals to really pop. For her something old, Kassie wore her grandmother’s engagement ring, since her grandma wasn’t able to travel out for the wedding. And she spiffed up her adorable shoes (thrifted! a woman after my own heart, ha ha!) with little bows that matched the fabric of Josh’s bowtie. Josh chose a sharp bespoke suit with the words J + K Always embroidered inside the jacket front. So sweet!

They put their personal stamp on both the wedding and reception venues with touches like stacks of books, a tea bar, and of course, a selection of Cartems donuts. After cutting their elegant cake (made by Kassie’s mom!), Kassie + Josh shared their first dance as husband and wife, with Kassie kicking off her shoes and stepping onto Josh’s size-fourteens for a few spins around the dance floor. And when you see Kassie’s dad’s reaction to the father-daughter dance, let’s just say you’ll need a tissue. I know I did!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t give my sweet friend Amanda Haggett a shout out…she’s the one who sent Kassie + Josh my way. Amanda, I don’t know how you knew I’d be a good fit for this sweet couple, but you sure did. And I’m so so so so so thankful!

Kassie + Josh, it was a blessing to capture your wedding day memories! Here are just a few of my faves from your day!


Photographer: Wendy Lees Photo | Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal | Bride’s and Groom’s shoes: thrifted | Groom’s and Groomsmen’s attire: Eph Apparel | Rings: Simon Imports | Florals: Budget Blooms  | Church: Salvation Army Cariboo Hill Temple | Reception Venue: Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion | Caterer:  Just Right Catering  | Cake: Bride’s mom | Donuts: Cartems | Second photographer: my amazingly talented friend Nelson Bergen

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A + H were married on a perfect Sunday afternoon at Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion in a ceremony that celebrated the bringing together not only of two people—but also two cultures.

These dear ones met in 2017 in Turkey, where they were both serving in full-time ministry. A mutual friend introduced them and it wasn’t long before they began to see the Lord’s hand in how they’d been brought together. With the blessing of both sets of parents, A (who is American) and H (who is Persian) pursued a dating relationship with the knowledge and hope that marriage would follow.

When H asked A’s dad for her hand in marriage, A’s dad said yes with one caveat: that H ask for her hand with an engagement ring, as is the North American custom. To honour his future father-in-law’s request, H took an extra job as a security guard to be able to save up for a ring.

Once he had purchased the ring for his beloved, H waited for the right time to ask A to marry him. The right time, it turned out, was during a baptism ceremony their church was holding. After the baptisms, in front of the congregation, H announced that he had something to ask A. There was a lot of excitement, since most people had figured out this day was coming. To a chorus of cheers and dancing, A said YES. (You should see the video…such a sweet, sweet moment!)

Ahead of the ceremony, the couple—who now call Vancouver home—kicked off their day with a first look and portraits. Though the weatherman had been calling for rain in the week ahead of their wedding day, the sun came out instead! So perfect! Then it was time to head to the ceremony, which was conducted in English and Farsi, thanks to Pastor Steve and Pastor Hormoz.

As A + H were pronounced husband and wife, the guests let out cheers of joy! Lots of love in the room…lots of love. Their reception kicked off with the cake cutting and Father/Daughter Mother/Son dances, then after dinner we snuck A + H out for a few golden hour photos. Right after the First Dance, it was time to get the party started and the dance floor was full, full, full of guests dancing to a mix of Persian music and Top-40 songs. As I said, the merging of two cultures!

A + H, it was my absolute JOY to capture your wedding day memories. Thank you for having me along. And thank you to our second photographer, Jacey Sharp, for the referral! Blessings to you both…can’t wait to see where God will lead you next!

Vendor team:

Photographer: Wendy Lees Photo | Bride’s dress: Vatana Watters, sold by Brides for a Cause | Bride’s shoes – Naturalizer | Groom’s attire – Moore’s, Steve Madden | Flowers – Najoua Jebari (a lady of many talents!) | Caterer – Titi Homemade Foods | Cake – Minoo Bakery | Rings – Roberto Bravo and Arctic Fame

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Jordyn + Eric met as first year students at Trinity Western University, where both are Spartans athletes: Jordyn in track and field and Eric plays basketball. Not far into that first semester, they began dating and have been together since, supporting and encouraging one another in sport and in life.

While these education (Jordyn) and sciences (Eric) majors work toward graduation next spring, they’re also making plans their future. This summer, Eric proposed to Jordyn and the two are planning their June 2019 wedding!

I had the privilege of capturing their engagement session a couple of weeks back and what a treat it was to meet this dynamic, fun-loving pair. Jordyn + Eric, thank you for having me along!

Here are a few of my favourites:

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A bride and groom celebrate their wedding at Swaneset Bay.

Amy + Dominic are all about family, so it was fitting that they got ready at their parents’ homes – and included their siblings, siblings’ spouses, and two of their nieces in their gorgeous wedding party! When I first met these lovelies last year for their engagement session, I instantly felt like I’d gained a couple of friends.

They’re the kind of people who truly care more for others than for themselves; even on their wedding day, Amy + Dominic made sure their friends and family (and photographers) were well looked after.

After a relaxing morning of getting ready, Amy and her ladies made their way over to Dominic’s parents’ home, where Amy + Dominic had their first look and a few pics with Nico (their best dog). Then the bridal party and their parents hopped on the party bus to the venue. The bubbly (served by Dominic) and music flowed on the fun ride to Swan-e-set Bay, one of the most stunning wedding venues around and the perfect setting for Amy + Dominic’s unique red and black Italian-inspired wedding.

The amazing tree-lined drive at Swan-e-set was the perfect backdrop for wedding party photos. Against the crisp fall foliage, the bridesmaids’ flowing crimson dresses and the groom and groomsmen’s sharp black suits with red vests made quite a statement. Even Amy’s stunning gown featured a touch of red, with a ribbon trim cascading down the back.

Following their short-but-sweet outdoor ceremony and family photos, Amy + Dominic made the grandest of grand entrances accompanied by fireworks! In a twist on the Shoe Game, Amy + Dominic were joined by their parents, Debora + Bruno and Edy + Mike. So fun!

The sweetest young lady caught Amy’s gorgeous bouquet, then the bridal party played a bit of a trick on Dominic before the garter toss. Finally, it was time for everyone to dance the night away!

Amy + Dominic, it was a dream to capture your wedding day memories. Thank you for having me along!


Bride’s and bridesmaids’ gowns: David’s Bridal | Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin | Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Moores | Groom’s belt: Gianni Versace | Venue: Swan-e-set Bay | Photographer: Ciao Bella Photography | Cake: Hansel & Gretel Bakery | DJ: Painted Frog Entertainment

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This past Saturday, Maddy + Austin exchanged marriage vows in a God-honouring ceremony under a beautiful arbor in the garden of Austin’s family home.

Some people might say this wedding was a long time coming, since Austin + Maddy have been together for 11 years. But the timing of this next step was exactly right for these two, who have built their relationship on the solid foundation of their longstanding friendship and their deep faith.

Everyone who played a role in their wedding day, from their attendants (their nearest and dearest friends), to the officiant (Austin’s mom Gwen’s long-time friend Kathy), to the florist (Gwen’s friend Barb), to the special music (courtesy Austin’s brother Zac’s partner Casey), was connected to the couple or their parents. This was a celebration not just of the love between Austin + Maddy, but of the love they and all those around them share.

As Casey played and sang, Maddy walked down a beautiful gravel path lined with lavender and buckets of baby’s breath on the arm of her dad Colin. In Celtic tradition, Kathy tied a cord of three strands around their hands, symbolizing the binding together of their lives. The three cords, she said, represent Maddy, Austin, and Jesus Christ.

After family and bridal party portraits on Peter + Gwen’s stunning property, it was time to celebrate! During the speeches, Maddy + Austin were surprised when Gwen read a note from Maddy to Austin, written years ago, which Gwen found in Austin’s pants pocket and had the foresight to tuck away. It read, in part, “Hi, Austin, do you like me? LOL.” A definite highlight of the day!

Maddy + Austin, it was an absolute blessing to capture these memories for you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for having me along! Here are a few favourites from your day…


Bride’s gown + shoes: BHLDN | Groom’s bespoke suit: Cardero Clothing | Wedding planner: Gwen Legg (groom’s mom) | Day-of Coordinator: Bryanna Efird | Officiant: Kathy Zelman | Flowers: Barbara McIntosh | Bridesmaids gowns: David’s Bridal | Groomsmen + Bridesman attire: H&M | Hair + makeup: Emily | Cake: Joconde Patiserie | Caterer: White Spot Triple O’s

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