Parker Lake in Fort Nelson, BC is one of my favourite spots to photograph clients. When you first see it, you think – what is so special about this place? But if you stand in one spot and do a 360 degree look around, you’ll notice several different backgrounds and scenes. The actual “beach” at the lake is about 20 feet wide with a dock about 100 feet away. It’s not a lake that you would swim in, but there is the occasional boat or paddle boarder. In the summer I mostly see locals bring their dogs so they can cool off in the water.
Megan booked her session well in advance because she wanted to make sure we caught a summer feel to the images. I think they make an adorable couple and all I can think about with this session is that beautiful dusk light.
As I sit here and write this, it is -3°C outside. Over the last few weeks it hit almost 30°C and was feeling like the middle of summer, but now wet snow and rain have been falling for 2 days. Fort Nelson has the most unpredictable weather, and it adds another layer of complication to photography sessions. Unfortunately, that beautiful summer’s day you might have been planning for a few weeks can be completely ruined by weather you hoped to be done with a month ago. The point I’m making is that reschedules of sessions are the norm, especially in the North. So when Ashley realized that the sun would be non-existent for the rest of the week, we decided that day to schedule her engagement shoot for the same evening, and the weather was perfect.
Ashley and I share a passion for photography and similar situations have allowed us to become good friends. Both of us came to Fort Nelson following our significant others for work. My husband and I came indirectly from Nova Scotia. Ashley and Tom came from Australia. Proof that the North brings together people from all walks of life.
Ashley and Tom are an amazing couple. They are getting married in a few months back in Australia and I know it will be such a beautiful wedding – I can’t wait to see the pictures!
We shot this session just outside of town and I love the results.
Congratulations Ashley and Tom!
(And we can’t forget a star of the show – Berta the Shepherd!)
Almost a year after photographing their engagement session, I headed back down to the lower mainland to photograph their Thanksgiving weekend wedding – complete with a turkey dinner and lots of good stories. (My favourite story consisted of the groom taking the microphone from the best man and stating “sorry dad, I have a tattoo”).
The intimate ceremony and reception space was at The Loft at Earls in Yaletown, downtown Vancouver. Both the bride’s and groom’s personal styles were beautifully reflected in all of the details, with the help of Allessia Imbrogno at Piccolo Design Co.
In the morning, Don and his brothers put on their suits at their grandpa’s house; mostly laughing and attempting to create impeccable knots in their ties – while also fixing belts with hammers… Gillian prepared for the day at the Opus hotel downtown with girlfriends and her mom, who very expertly hooked the buttons on her dress. Gillian’s flawless hair and makeup was done by the talented Danielle at All Dolled Up Makeup & Hair Studio.
Don had surprised Gillian with a bride’s care package which was filled with all of her favourite snacks and items the night before. How wonderfully thoughtful and adorable is that?
As they exchanged their vows they were surrounded by wonderful families (now *family) and friends and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. After their formal photos and before the reception, they stopped for a pint of beer at the bar next door – an action which was stated as “so them” by friends.
We took photos at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown and a passer by told us the brick wall just around the corner was THE wedding photo wall, so naturally we tried it out. Turns out, it’s one of my favourite photos from the day.
Congratulations Gillian and Don! Thank you for letting me be a part of your day and giving me the opportunity to expand my passion to Vancouver.
When James and I first moved to Fort Nelson, we really didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into. We arrived in a UHaul with our car hitched to the back, hoping for the best. I was fully anticipating hibernating in the winter and keeping myself occupied with books and sewing; waiting for the day that we could leave. We had never thought that there would be so many other couples, just like us, who had moved up North for work. Over the past year, we have made our own little “crew’ who have become like family. We do weekly dinners and games, we help each other move, we call each other in the middle of the night if our trucks are stuck in the mud (and then help the next day to dig it out), we drive over at any hour to unlock doors when we’ve locked ourselves out, we take care of each other’s animals, we make the effort to meet each other’s [real] families, and we are simply there for each other when needed. We would not survive in Fort Nelson without them.
Cory and Wallace were one of the first people to welcome us into Fort Nelson. We shared the love for dogs and we bonded over walks and talking about photography. Wallace is a northern light chaser and creates wonderful images of the lights.
A year doesn’t seem very long to know somebody, but living in the North brings you closer. Our little Northern crew is going get a bit smaller when these two start their move down South at the end of the month. We will miss them, and we wish them all the best as they start a new chapter. I’m glad we were finally able to get a photo of the two of you.