Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Kris & Amanda had a little secret...

I have photographed a number of weddings these past six years and each one has been so beautiful. For anyone who has planned a wedding, we know the energy that goes into making the day perfect and sometimes we put the vision of others before our own. Wedding days can be somewhat stressful, and we can start to lose sight of the true meaning of this special day.

I had the opportunity to work with a couple who wanted their wedding day to be simple and wanted to keep it about them.  As hard as it was to do, they did not tell anyone they were getting married (except for a few of us).

I have had the pleasure of knowing Amanda for a few years and know first hand the incredible woman she is.  When she first approached me asking me to capture her day, I was blown away at the opportunity to be able to document the special moments that her and Kris would be able to share with their family and friends.  This was a beautiful honour!  Even a greater honour, was when she asked if We would host their wedding at our studio.  She loved the rustic feel to our space and felt it would be a fabulous location to say their "I do's".

Our little studio is a perfect setting, but it needed a little help to make it wedding worthy.  Initially, I thought I could pull this off, but realized I needed to bring in some experts.  I called on Rachelle & Carol of Simply Inspired Events to create a gorgeous setting for Kris and Amanda's nuptials.  I had a blast working with these two and letting them work their magic on our space.  We wanted this to be a special surprise for Amanda and Kris (and I am pretty sure we succeeded)!  I also called on another fabulous business that I LOVE working with, The Missing Piece . Laurie & Sandi lent us the gorgeous winter trees and signing table to complete the space.  

Thank you ladies, I think we made a pretty awesome team.

Amanda met with Margi from Prince George Florists and together created a vision of her bouquet.  I LOVE the simplicity, yet elegance with this gorgeous bouquet.

On Thursday, February 19th, 2015, Kris and Amanda said their "I do's" at Bobbi Carpino Photography!!!  Here are a few images from their beautiful day.

On Saturday, Kris and Amanda announced their marriage to family in friends.  We put together a little video from their wedding to send out in their announcement.  I hear their announcement was very well received.

Amanda and Kris...thank you for asking me to be a part of your beautiful day.  I don't know if there are words that would ever describe the honour it was for me to be present.  May your lives together be filled with beautiful adventures and that your love grows even stronger than today.


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Scott & Haley are Married!!!

This past weekend, Tina and I captured Scott & Haley say their "I do's", and celebrate their love for one another with their family and friends.  I have enjoyed getting to know these two and I have had the honour of capturing a few special times this past year.  

Seeing Haley in her dress was a highlight for me and I was blown away by her beauty (both inside and out). This stunning dress was made for her, and she owned it.  

Here are a few highlights from their fabulous day.

A special thank you to all of these folks for making Haley & Scott's wedding day so beautiful!

My fabulous second photographer - Tina Cyr
Haley's gorgeous dress - Storybook Wedding
The bride and bridesmaids hair and makeup - Trendsetters
The beautiful ceremony and reception location - Hart Community Center
The incredible flowers - The Inn Flower Place

Congratulations Scott & Haley!  May your lives together be filled with many more special moments.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Dellanie and Jason are married!

Another gorgeous Prince George wedding.  When I first met Dellanie and Jason, I knew that their wedding was going to be fabulous...and it was. These two got married just over a week ago, and here is a little peak and their fun and gorgeous day...  

 It is always fun capturing those fabulous moments as the bride and her gals are getting ready.  Her bridesmaid, made sure that her gorgeous dress was nice and snug (what are friends for?)

This bouquet is one of the prettiest I have seen.  The purple and cream, along with the diamond and pearl pins made this bouquet stunning.  This beautiful bouquet was designed by Princess Flowers.

Jason and Dellanie had their ceremony at the Coast Inn of the North and were married by JP, Willie Baldwin.   This was Willie's 100th couple he has married!  Congratulations Willie, always a pleasure working with you.

When you are around these two, you know it will be fun.  I loved how these two laughed together. Through a portion of the ceremony, this beautiful bride got the giggles, and so did the rest of us.  Tina and I had so much fun with these two, their families and the wedding party.

Sometimes our loved ones cannot always be with us to celebrate our special times.  Here is a beautiful way Dellanie kept her grandparents with her.  I want to give credit to Tina for the fabulous idea for this image, it was a beautiful moment.
Yes, we even had super hero's.  

I soooo want a sign like this...I love wine and of course Mr. Blake Shelton.

This cake was not only GORGEOUS...it was delicious.  The diamond bands around the tiers were stunning. Beautifully done Jenn (Fabulous Cakes by Jenn).

Dellanie and Jason, you two are incredible!  Thank you for asking me to let me into your lives and capturing this once in a lifetime moment.  Congratulations on your marriage!

Thank you Anthony for getting this shot (not only is he a fabulous DJ, he is a fine photographer).

Thank you to all the fabulous vendors who helped make Dellanie's and Jason's wedding so beautiful.
Flowers - Princess Flowers
Dress - Bridal Boutique
Cake - Fabulous Cakes by Jenn
Ceremony & Reception - Coast Inn of the North
DJ - Anthony of Pure Sound

A very special thank you to my fabulous second shooter, Tina Cyr for putting up with me all day :)  Tina, you are so much fun to work with and captured so many special moments.

Thank you for reading,

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Lindsay and Dustin are Married!

Lindsay and Dustin had a gorgeous, laid back lakeside wedding out at Nukko Lake just outside of Prince George.

The location they chose was incredible! There were lots of long winding roads, and a beautiful bridge that we just couldn't get enough of! 

A huge thank you to my fabulous second shooter, Tina.  You are a blast to work with and I look forward to our season together!
And we would also like to mention the amazing Cassie from the Bridal Boutique for providing Lindsay's beautiful dress, as well as her hair piece. 

Lindsay and Dustin, thank you so much for asking us to capture your gorgeous wedding.  I have enjoyed getting to know the two of you over the years and it was an honour to be at another special moment in you lives.  Congratulations on your marriage, we wish the two of you a lifetime of laughter, and fantastic memories.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Day 10 – Last Day in Northern Bali

It is hard to believe that in a few days we will be leaving Bali.  Tomorrow morning, we will be making our way to the southern part of the Island to Kuta.  A few days ago, we had a bit of a taste of what the south will be like after our day trip to Ubud.  Ubud was a fun adventure, but very different to our experience in the North.  I understand that since the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” was made, Ubud has exploded into a village that attracts tourists from all over the world.  If you are venturing into Ubud and other southern villages and cities, expect to pay a little more in your shopping adventures.  Fortunately for us, shopping in some of the northern villages, we had a baseline to work with and worked a little harder to get some fabulous deals. 

Yesterday, Tracey and I went for another scuba dive, while our travel buddies, Carol, Kathy, Lena, Paulo and Piero snorkeled.  I found a scuba diving resort located about an hour west of here in Gerokgak.  Reef Seen www.reefseenbali.com , is a small diving resort that is committed to the protection of the marine environment.  I met Amanda and Adrian who are originally from Southern England, who came to Bali and met the owner of the resort, Chris, during their travels.  Soon after, they decided to leave their high paced life in England to live their dream of being dive instructors in Bali.  I really enjoyed my chat with Adrian and meeting someone else who is living their dream.  I highly recommend this resort if you are planning on coming to Bali to scuba dive or snorkel.  I hope to come back here again and spend part of my holiday at Reef Seen and take in some more dives.

Today, we are spending our final day relaxing at the Villa.  I cannot remember the last time I felt at peace and so relaxed.  I continue to meet so many wonderful people and I have learned so much from the people of Bali through my observations and images I have taken.  There is something very simple here.  No drama, no feelings of resentment and a sense of inner peace of those I have met in my travels.  Being around all of this is so refreshing and I am bottling it all up to bring it back with me.  I have noticed changes in myself during this time and feeling a sense of peace within.  One common theme I see is compassion for self and others.  There is an understanding here and the people get it.  They have the secret to happiness.  It is not about how big their house is, how nice their car or scooter is, or what clothes they wear.  It is about faith, family and being the best you can be. Here are some images I have captured of some fabulous folks I have met along the way so far.

We came across this fabulous smile along our walk on a beach close to our villa.
These two were entertaining folks outside of an entertainment centre in Lovina
We were invited to watch a group of young dancers and singers one evening in Lovina

We did a four hour trek through the jungles of Bali along Lake Bukur.  We walked through a few temples and I had the pleasure of meeting Myann.  He and I had fun joking back and forth with each other and I managed to capture this one image of him laughing at one of my really funny comments (maybe he was being polite).
While driving along one of the rice fields, we came across some folks working the fields.  

I have a new appreciation for rice after seeing the work it takes to get it to this stage.  These young boys where hamming it up for the camera.
Meet Putu.  Putu is our FABULOUS driver who has taken us to many incredible places in Bali.  During one of our Temple visits, he sat patiently waiting for us and posed for this image.  Thank you Putu, you are fantastic and we will miss you.
Thank you to Tracey Harper for taking this image of me while I was taking a moment on the steps of one of the temples we hiked into.

It has been an honour being here and I will be forever grateful to all the people I have met along the way and my fabulous travel companions, Kathy, Carol, Lena, Piero, Paulo and Tracey.  We have had a lot of laughs and great times together.  

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Day 6 in Bali - Taking the Plunge

Many of my closest friends and family know I have a bit of a fear when it comes to confined spaces and being under water.  Prior to my trip to Bali, I contemplated getting my open water scuba certification, but could not bring myself to do it.  When I got to Bali, I realized there is a whole other part of Bali I wanted to explore…underwater.  I literally took the plunge and signed up for a three day open water scuba diving course with Arrows Diving Centre in Lovina.  Day one, my instructor, Mangku came to our Villa and we did the pool portion of the course.  Mangku was very patient and skilled.  He taught me how to relax underwater and control my breathing and buoyancy.  By the end of the day, I was set to go for my first open water dives, yippee!

My fabulous friend Tracey (who also happens to be a Dive Master), joined along for the adventure to Scuba off of Manjangan Island, which is part of Bali Barat National Park.  Getting into the water, and diving my first three meters was completely out of my comfort zone, especially once I was down 12 meters.  I may have watched too many Jaws movies growing up.  After a few minutes, my breathing and buoyancy were under control and we were descending deeper.  Surrounded by beautiful fish and plant life, I was so distracted by the beauty that being underwater was beginning to feel so natural.  For anyone planning to come to Bali, I highly recommend scuba diving around Manjangan Island.  The coral is incredibly beautiful and you are likely to see turtles, sharks, clown fish and coral rich in colours and texture. 

Yesterday, we made our way along the North Eastern part of Bali to dive Tulamben Ship.  The U.S.S Liberty was the victim to two torpedoes from a Japanese Submarine during World War II.  This ship is 120 meters long and sits along the shores of Tulamben Beach.  I made my way down 18 meters today while we explored the ship.  We came across a beautiful turtle, sting rays and a number of different types of fish, including Nemo and his family.  

After passing all my underwater skills tests and the written exam, I am now a certified open water scuba diver.  Many of the skills tests took me way out of my comfort zone and in time and A LOT of positive self-talk, I worked through my fear.  I am grateful to my fabulous instructor, Mangku for his patience and calming nature.

 I am also grateful to Tracey, for encouraging me, and celebrating my accomplishments.  This has been one of the most challenging things I have done and I have learned a lot about myself during this process.  

Fear is nothing more than an obstacle that stands in the way of progress. In overcoming our fears, we can move forward, strong and wiser within ourselves