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John and Dawn Wedding

It had been raining days before and I anxiously monitored the online weather reports. Both were saying completely different things which is very typical of this region in March. I woke up on the morning of the wedding and went to poke my head outside, hoping for some break in the sky. And there was.

My second shooter, Alanna Clempson, arrived at my house bright and early and after a quick double check of everything she was off to photograph the boys getting ready and I the girls at the Backstage Hair Studio in Richmond. The grey skies were parting and I had to smile….I knew this was going to be a fabulous day.

Dawn was getting her makeup completed by Alejandra Thomasson when I arrived and she already looked amazing in a plain white tank and jeans. Fresh faced and glowing. She was getting married today. There was excitement as the dress came on and the veil went in, it was all coming together.

The First Look and bridal portraits were at the London Heritage Farm in Steveston, a gorgeous 1800′s property complete with a farmhouse turned tea room, a great big red barn, and quaint grounds. The anticipation was palpable in the air as Dawn arrived and made her way down the road to greet her soon-to-be husband. I adore the First Look ~ it’s a lovely way to meet each other before the walk down the aisle, to take a breath, have a moment and take it all in. Even though we had escaped the rain, we didn’t from the blustery cold wind coming in off the river. By the time all the portraits were done, everyone’s hands were purple and teeth were chattering. So thank you so much to everyone, especially all the ladies that braved the cold winds for a spell to get all those gorgeous portraits.

The ceremony was at the Saints Peter and Paul Parish and was my first Catholic processional. I loved the serenity and weighty tone of the ceremony ~ it signified how serious the marriage union is and not something to be taken lightly. There was an exchange of arrhae (coins), a pinning of the veil and a placement of a cord over the couples shoulders ~ all traditional Filipino marriage practices ~ and I caught John sneaking glances at his bride during quiet moments of readings and Communion. His devotion to her made my heart melt.

The cake and champagne reception was held at the Shaugnessy Restaraunt at VanDusen Gardens, a classy and elegant venue for an afternoon wedding event. Guests were treated to cupcakes, decadent desserts, champagne, fruit platters and servers wandering about with delectable appetizers. The toasts were incredible ~ John and Dawn’s network of family and friends are amazingly solid and the toasts shared showed how much integrity, character and love they have for each other.

Thank you so much for having me share in your elegant wedding day! I feel so honored to have witnessed your love for each other. All the best as you embark on this new journey together!

Click on play to see the slideshow below.

lyndsay london - Wow, gorgeousness Rose! You’ve totally rocked this wedding - and the details are outstanding.

Wilma - Rose - sitting here watching the slideshow and tears are falling down my cheeks - I think you may know why…. thanks for capturing so much beauty

Simply Rose - Thanks, Wilma. I’m glad that it moved you =)

Simply Rose - Thanks, Lynds! It was coincidence that the blue posts worked out to be one of the bridal colours, it occurred to me after the girls got dressed and I did a happy dance =)

Liv Turnbull - Beautifully captured, Rose. Love the “First Look” pictures… How sweet. :)

Simply Rose - Thanks Liv! I love the First Look and wish that everyone would choose to do them….

Jennifer Williams - Your work is so gorgeous! Love the clean colours and beautiful use of light. Well done!

Simply Rose - Thanks Jennifer!

Welcome Spring Preview

I wanted to do a project with Trove Vintage and Amoda Flowers so we put together a lovely
spring fling at Jericho Beach yesterday afternoon.
And I love how it all turned out.
There were three different looks altogether and all are so pretty and different.
But you’ll just have to wait a bit for the rest as I am in the midst of a very busy time and moving as well.
But in the meantime, please check out these lovely ladies that came out yesterday,
they are all extremely talented and fantastic to work with.

Just a few from the shoot yesterday with…..

Lucia ~ model

Alejandra Thomasson ~ Hair/Make-up Artist

Trove Vintage ~ Vintage furniture and decor rentals

Amoda Flowers ~ Florist using organic, local, Fair Trade and Veriflora Certified flowers


Jacqueline - Oh, Rose, I love it!!! SOooooo pretty!!!

jen - gorgeous as usual

Lucia Pecnikova - Loved working with you Rose!! Beautiful images:)

Simply Rose - Thanks Lucia, you were fabulous!

Simply Rose - Thanks for the kind words, ladies!

Cathy Empey - Beautiful work! So much talent between you all. I look forward to seeing more images!

Simply Rose - Thanks, Cathy! It really was a lovely project with such wonderful people.

Alejandra Thomasson - Oh beautiful!!! I loved the colors and the concept! I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures Rose! I loved working with you, you’re a very talented photographer, I love your work….

Simply Rose - Thanks Alejandra! It was wonderful working with you again! I’m hoping to get to the rest of these very soon, this sunny weather and the greening up of the trees is making me feel spring-y!

Glen, Robin and Baby Bump

I love it when couples get married. I love it when couples have babies. And I especially enjoy it when I get to be a part of their lives from the beginning of their husband and wife journeys.

Enter Glen and Robin.

Robin approached me a few years back, inquiring about doing something a little bit different. She was interested in a Trash the Dress sort of shoot but also wanted to do a vow renewal with her husband, Glen, as a one year anniversary celebration. So we went to a bluff overlooking the Bulkley River canyon on an overcast late summer day and they read to each other their renewed vows, one year later. Nobody was there but the two of them, face to face in a place that they loved. It was very powerful and I was so honored to be a part of it. You can see that session here (and that is going back a few blogs).

Robin contacted me again last year about a maternity session and everything lined up for a Sunday afternoon session in their home in Smithers and a gorgeous outdoor spot. She looked absolutely radiant and we had a great time tromping through knee-deep snow. Don’t worry, Glen and I packed down the snow for her! I love it when couples are up for doing anything I ask them to, willing to go along with some crazy vision I see in my head. It takes a lot of trust in your photographer to jump over that muddy ditch into a snowbank, squeeze through a gate that’s padlocked and slog through snow to find the perfect grove of Aspens. I’m so thankful for the couples that trust me and I never take it for granted.

Thank you Glen and Robin, once again, for such a wonderful, sunny afternoon in the snow. I can’t wait to meet your little one, I’m sure that he/she will be just as adventurous as you both are!

And here’s the slideshow! Just click the play button.

Put a Bird on It

I saw this a little while ago and have been thinking about it again lately.
I love Portlandia!
And I love birds! On things….
It’s just so funny, thought I’d post it here for a little Thursday morning chuckle.