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Welcome to the Simply Rose blog! I am so glad that you have found your way here. This is where you will find my latest work and musings, anything from weddings to what my son has been doing lately.  There is lots to look at, so grab a cup of something warm and yummy and maybe a blueberry scone to go with it and stay a while. And don't be shy ~ leave a note ~ I'd love to hear from you!  

Jonathan and Dawn

A small preview of more to come from a chilly, wintry Saturday in Kerrisdale…..

  • damara: beautiful. those arches are gorgeous...great find and great job with an amazing photo in this weather! (February 28, 2023 11:51 am)
  • jana: cute! such a rare opportunity to shoot in snow in vancouver! (February 28, 2023 12:53 pm)
  • lyndsay london: Lovely image and couple! Looking forward to more! (February 28, 2023 6:11 pm)
  • Simply Rose: Thanks everyone! (March 1, 2023 4:19 pm)

Pretty Things ~ Albums

This posting has humble beginnings from over a year ago.

When I began thinking about wedding albums and what sorts of things I value and appreciate when I think about wedding photographs, I kept coming back to to the same things after looking at countless album companies ~ high quality, lovely textures, and an heirloom quality look. Since my business is also green, I need to think about the practicalities of the albums I am offering and consider who is making them, where they are coming from and what sorts of materials are going into them. And so began an exhaustive search for a bookmaker and printer that would be interested in working with me on my eco-friendly project.

I soon began to learn that this would not be an easy task. I had troubles finding artisan bookmakers in Vancouver that had a style that I really liked and could see myself offering as albums. I also could not find any printers that would be able to do printing on fine art paper for a number of reasons ranging from cost to the longevity of the print in a book form. I put aside my idea after getting a few disappointing emails.

But I just couldn’t get it out of my head and picked up the search a number of months later.

I came across a bookmaker in Vancouver through another fellow photographer and immediately contacted her to set up a meeting. Her work was exactly what I was looking for and I felt so incredibly fortunate to have found someone to make the books. All I needed was printer to print the images directly onto a fine art paper~ which I still do not have at the moment but am currently affixing actual prints to the paper itself. This gives the book an overall vintage feel but I still do love the look of an actual printed fine art page and hopefully, one day, I can get my Epson printer and make my own!

Everything came together in the New Year and I had a number of samples made, which I am so pleased with. The books are made by a local artisan and I have carefully chosen the cover and papers as best I could. Ideally, I would like to have a local printmaker create some custom endpaper designs for my brand, but that will be a project for another day. I love the fact that the books are made in Vancouver which greatly cuts down on product travel, supports the local bookbinding craft, and the prints are developed at a popular, reputable photo and press lab that has an environmental statement. There are still upgrades to be done in terms of making a completely eco-friendly book, but I think this is a good start!

Here is the current line!

The Colour Options

I had colour swatches made to show what combinations I currently offer.

The Wedding Album

A 10×10 album with optional slipcase, torn paper edges, photo corners and imprinting.

The Parent Album

A 5×5 version of the larger album with the optional slipcase, torn paper edges and imprinting.

The Matted Album

A 9×9 matted wedding album with a variety of image openings. This particular item is not locally made but the company that offers these has a very strong green philosophy.

The Presentation Box

A 7×7 presentation box with 10 matted prints. The mats can either be displayed on a stand or framed. Matting is archival quality Museum rag. Opening sizes range from 3×3 to 3.5×5.

The Eco Album

A 5×5 pocket-sized album that is perfect to toss into your bag. You can find more details about this little guy here.

This is what I have for now. I do have a few boudoir albums on my to-do list and I would also like to get a flushmount sample created for those that would like a more modern feel as well as an engagement sample that guests can write well-wishes in.

Happy Friday! It’s a sunny day where I am so I’m going to get out and enjoy it!

  • Kim Spears: Oh my !! These are gorgeous !! I am love with the beautiful torn edges and the rich album colour combinations. I am positive your clients will love them too :) (February 25, 2023 11:16 am)
  • Kristie: Wow. They all look great Rose! Well done! (February 26, 2023 12:50 pm)

Styled Eco Wedding ~ Rose Garden Gown

Well, here is the final segment of the Eco Wedding shoot I did at the end of January. I apologize for the delay in posting this, but I have a few good excuses (prepping all week for the wedding fair and some family emergencies lately).

I am so excited about this part of the shoot! This is the part that comprises the culmination of everything I intended for this photoshoot ~ green wedding vendors that are local to Vancouver. I really wanted to focus on showing what fantastic resources we have in our own backyards in regards to recycled, sustainably-grown or sustainably-made items for your wedding. And there is lots out there! All you need to do is a little bit of legwork in researching some alternative options and you might start to find some surprising things out there! And this is a good place to start.

Since it was the middle of winter, I also wanted to focus on a West Coast wintry, rustic, woodland theme so I made sure to incorporate lots of natural textures with jute, bark, natural knits and Patty’s gorgeous gown fabrics. And being the dead of winter, I also needed a location that would have dual indoor/outdoor function and the Eighteen Pastures Golf Course in Mission provided just the right amount of rustic-ness that I needed. Of course, it rained pretty much the whole day, otherwise I would have taken more photos of this lovely dress outside!

If you missed the previous two postings on Pure Magnolia’s other gowns, please go here and here!

So without further ado, here is the exhaustive list of amazing people that were willing to partner with me on this project. Putting together this shoot was so much work, but so worth it in the end! I hope you enjoy it and please leave your comments below!

Location: Eighteen Pastures Golf Course
Models: Adam and Lyndsay Cotterall
Wedding Gowns: Pure Magnolia
Hair Fascinators: Carmen West Creative
Jewelry: Spark Jewelry
Hair: Jennifer Ault
Makeup: Dil Chhina (uses organic makeup)
Flowers and Arrangements: Olla Urban Flower Project
Knitted Items: Kove
Selected Tablescape props: Green Chair Events
Stylist: Simply Rose Photography
Sweet Treats: Sweet Naturally



  • Emily Hoskins: Wow, I love how you captured so many details - you really get a good idea of what each person contributed and it really flows seamlessly. It's so natural and beautiful. Great work! (February 22, 2023 11:34 am)
  • damara: these are really sweet...your dessert table set up is gorgeous! i love all the little details with the plates and candles and such...so great! (February 22, 2023 12:52 pm)
  • anna: wonderful! have you considered submitting this to smp or gws?! (February 22, 2023 3:46 pm)
  • Kim Spears: These are so creative and inspiring. Love the concept and you executed it brilliantly :) Beautiful !! (February 22, 2023 8:29 pm)
  • Shona: You are absolutely amazing! I know how much work you put into this and it truly shows. How fantastic to combine so many eco-friendly businesses into one fantastic photo shoot. Kuddos Rose! (February 24, 2023 1:24 pm)
  • Simply Rose: Thanks Shona! I had a lot of fun working on it! (February 24, 2023 9:45 pm)
  • Simply Rose: Thanks, Kim! (February 24, 2023 9:45 pm)
  • Simply Rose: I actually have and am working on that! (February 24, 2023 9:46 pm)
  • lyndsay london: I just love it! Magnificent everything!!!!! (March 2, 2023 5:46 pm)
  • Caitlyn: Splendid! The "stuff" is beautiful and the models are gorgeous! (March 2, 2023 9:19 pm)
  • Mikaela: Rose! These are gorgeous...so many amazing details and SO beautifully documented..lovely, lovely! (March 9, 2023 9:28 am)
  • Simply Rose: Thanks Mikaela! It was fun to put together! (March 10, 2023 8:56 pm)

Snapshack Photobooth Debut

A little over a week ago, I asked my dear friend, Emily of Liberty Tree Photography to help me out with an idea. I have been meaning to add a photobooth to my offerings and the Grassroots Wedding Fair motivated me to finally get to it. So I invaded her home in Chilliwack and she invited a number of people over for some photobooth silliness.

So welcome to the Snapshack!

The Snapshack is great for wedding receptions or even parties ~ it gives your guests a place to create some fun memories and be completely ridiculous together. More details to come on the website (which is going to be getting a major rehaul over the next little while) so stay tuned for that.

I must say a HUGE thank you to Emily for letting me come by and re-arrange her living room for an evening, to Alanna Clempson and Kim Mallory for helping me out in some last minute technical difficulties, and all the Snapshack guests who came out for some Monday night fun. THANK YOU!

If anyone is interested in the Snapshack for an event, please contact me!

  • Emily Hoskins: Awww.... everybody did so great! And especially wow to Jen, Maria and Tiffany... you guys are brave to do it alone without someone else to play off of! Looking back now I sure wish I had done my hair and put on something nice but you still some some great ones of my boy. Thanks for coming out and doing this... it was fun! (February 16, 2023 11:38 pm)
  • Melissa DePape: I love these!! So stinkin cute! (December 6, 2023 3:35 pm)

Cape Lily

I love the name of this Romantic Bloom.

Cape Lily.

It makes me feel like I’m standing on a bluff in South Africa overlooking the ocean while a gentle, salty breeze tousles these flowers at my feet.

It also bears an uncanny resemblance to an asparagus stalk.

Either way, I’d love to see a beachy wedding bouquet of these pretty white blooms.

  • damara: these are beautiful. i just love the way you capture these images...gorgeous. is your etsy shop open yet? (February 16, 2023 10:25 am)
  • Simply Rose: Thanks, Damara! Not yet, working on it when I have time, which isn't that often! It'll get there though.... (February 16, 2023 10:53 pm)