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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!  

A Wee Update

I am writing with barely a voice, a horrible sore throat, the stuffiest of sinuses, the foggiest head and a sad little cough. I’ve been going non-stop for a week now and it won’t slow down for at least another week. Moving while sick with a sick baby into a townhome that clearly wasn’t move-in ready has been incredibly stressful to say the least. So this is just a little note to please be gentle with me right now, I will get back into it as soon as we get our phone/internet situation sorted out, which will hopefully be by early next week.

In the meantime, I am going to continue popping Sinutab, drink all of my Neocitran up and chew as many Fisherman’s Friend as I can. Hope you all out there are feeling better than I so go outside and enjoy that sunshine for me wherever you are!

Happy Friday!

  • Emily Hoskins: Thinking of you Rose! Sounds pretty overwhelming. I wish I was there to help. Remember that unpacking can wait a bit, though I'm sure that you're anxious to get it all done before you start back to work. Call me when you get a chance, but no rush. Take your time, get settled, heal up, and relax (as much as possible :P) (April 29, 2023 1:35 pm)
  • Simply Rose: Aw, thanks Em! It's been pretty rough and we have had some help with Fin moving in. Might be a bit for the phone and internet though =( (May 1, 2023 2:13 pm)

Romantic Blooms Etsy Sale for Earth Day!

In lieu of so many wonderful things today, more specifically Earth Day and my 6th wedding anniversary, I am holding a sale in the Romantic Blooms Etsy shop. Everything will be 10% off today if you use the coupon code EARTH! All of my prints are placed on 4-ply acid and lignin-free cotton rag that is archival. Stop on by and grab something pretty for your home, office or a friend who just might need some cheering up.

Hope you all have a wonderful Earth Day and Easter weekend!

Click on the pic to get to the shop!

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Andrew and Alison // Smithers Wedding Photographer

When Alison inquired back in November about photographing her March wedding in Smithers, I was so excited. Not only do I love shooting weddings in Smithers because of how laid-back and homey they feel, it’s always such a privilege to work with people that I know. Alison and I worked together in the same government building before she moved into a more permanent position as a planner with the Town of Smithers. She has such a kind heart and I knew that her beau wouldn’t be anything less.

I adore weddings and I adore rustic, vintage weddings with lots of DIY details, which is not only cost effective and waste reductive but also gives your wedding photographer a happy, giddy smile. Because photographers love all those pretty details that help tell the story of your wedding day. And this day had lots of fabulous rustic details.

We started off at Andrew’s family’s homestead which has been in the family pretty much since the inception of Smithers in the 1800′s. The log cabin is original and his parents still live in it, wood-fired oven and all. I loved everything about this place, the way the wood has aged over time, the vintage oil lamps and curios, and even the sheep’s wool insulation peeking out from gaps in the walls. It was awfully muddy and there was still tons of snow around but I think it all added beautifully to portraits we did of Alison and Andrew….the boots were a nice, quirky touch.

The ceremony and reception were both held at the Old Church, which is a heritage building in Smithers and I have never seen it done up nicer. Staggered birch logs of various sizes were topped with vintage Mason jars of tealights, green and white paper lanterns were strung from the ceiling and the tables were already set up with glass vases of simple bouquets of branches, daisies and button mums. It was all very pretty and I loved the green, white and black colour theme.

After a few struggles with getting Andrew’s ring on (!), there was the kiss that sealed the deal and the couple walked down the aisle to be greeted by close family and friends. There was plenty of time for visiting and eating delicious appetizers before a Greek-inspired meal prepared by the ever-wonderful ladies at Two Sisters Catering, Janet and Christine.

Thanks so much to Andrew and Alison for making the whole day feel so relaxed and comfortable. And to Alison for being willing to walk through piles of mud and over snowbanks in her wedding dress before all the festivities began. All the best to you both!

And of course, here is the slideshow! Press the play button to view it.

  • Janet: "Simply" Gorgeous Rose:) As usual! (April 22, 2023 1:09 pm)
  • Alison: Thanks for the fabulous photos - we love them! (April 22, 2023 2:57 pm)
  • Maria: Beautiful photos... Congrats to the happy bride & groom and job very well done to the excellent photographer! (April 22, 2023 5:43 pm)
  • Lynne McFetridge: I had the pleasure of first meeting Alison when she was about 8 years old. To see these lovely photos of your wedding day brought tears to my eyes! (April 25, 2023 1:55 pm)
  • Mother of the Bride: Photos are amazing. What a gift you have. Can't wait to see them all. WELL DONE (April 30, 2023 5:27 pm)
  • Simply Rose: Thank you for your wonderful comment, I am so glad that you enjoy them! (May 1, 2023 2:12 pm)
  • Simply Rose: Thank you Lynne! I am so happy that they made you smile =) (May 1, 2023 2:14 pm)
  • Simply Rose: Thank you, Maria! It was such a lovely day! (May 1, 2023 2:15 pm)
  • Simply Rose: Yay, so glad Alison! It was an honor to be a part of your wedding day! (May 1, 2023 2:15 pm)
  • Simply Rose: Thanks, Janet! (May 1, 2023 2:16 pm)

#26 Get published on a Blog

It’s about time I update something on my 101 in 1001 list! And today’s is very exciting!

I have been conversing with the Editor of Weddings in BC for a little while now and am so pleased to have part one of Heather and Richard’s First Anniversary session on in the Inspiration Room! I am so excited to have been featured on a wedding blog and I hope to have more down the road.

To check it out, click on the pic.

  • Mikaela: aw yes, I saw your photos on there! looove this shoot! so cute and creative. (April 21, 2023 3:30 pm)
  • Simply Rose: Thanks Mikaela! (April 21, 2023 5:27 pm)

Let’s Bake!

It kind of creeps me out but it sure tastes good.

A little while ago, I was given a bag of dough by my friend, Cindy. Not just any kind of dough but a yeast starter for something called Amish Friendship Bread. I looked at it and thought it was kind of yucky and strange at first but after a few days of mushing the bag around, thought to myself Why not just try it out and see what it tastes like?

Along with the baggie came the 10 day recipe for the dough.

Day 1 - Do nothing.

Day 2 - Mush the bag.

Day 3 - Mush the bag.

And so on.

But on Day 10, the dividing of the starter and baking begins and before you know it, you are overrun by dough. The whole point of this dough is to share it with friends. The story goes that only the Amish know how to create the starter and the recipe multiplies itself in the end to create 4 more starters that you can share with others. Hence ~ Amish Friendship Bread. And it’s not really even bread. It’s more like a yummy cake-loaf.

I decided to bake 2 and keep two, one to keep to try again and one to give to a neighbor. If you’re on a diet, I don’t suggest it, the recipe calls for lots of flour, milk, eggs, oil, a package of pudding and lots of sugar. You even douse the baking pans in sugar and cinnamon. I put some walnuts in mine.

An hour later and out of the oven, it was time for the masses to taste test. As you can see, it was a success!

  • Kristen: Haha, this post just reminded me that I have my bag of friendship starter somewhere in a cupboard. Oops. I guess I forgot about it. (April 24, 2023 10:05 am)
  • Simply Rose: Haha, oops, better get on that! Probably throwing it out! (May 1, 2023 2:14 pm)