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Julia and Richard

Julia and Richard got married! All of their family and friends gathered up at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville for their ceremony and reception. Julia and Richard wanted to do a first look just before the ceremony so that they could have a moment just between the two of them. We found a path at the side of the resort out of the way of the arriving guests. We love doing first looks – it is just the two of them and they get to express how they are feeling right when they first see each other.  At the end of the ceremony, instead of the traditional walk down the aisle, Julia and Rich stopped and hugged all the people closest to them as they made their way through.  It was one of the most emotional endings to a ceremony that we have witnessed and I have to admit it was hard to shoot it without tearing up as we were looking through our lenses at so much love. I highly recommend this as not only an original ceremony exit but a really meaningful one as well. After the ceremony we went down to the beach where the tide was out revealing a long sandy shoreline.  The Parksville beaches are famous for the deep sand beaches when the tide is out and for kite flying as there is an annual kite festival.  So with that in mind, Aaron and I had a craft session the night before the wedding and made a little paper kite in homage of this beach’s famous past-time.  Julia and Rich walked in the sand in their bare feet, flew the kite, and then headed to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park to spend some time in the fields.  We had a such a great day with you Julia and Richard and we are so glad to have been a part of your day!


Ceremony and Reception Venue and Event Coordinating: Tigh-Na-Mara Resort and Spa | Dress: Maggie Sottero

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Kate - August 10, 2011 - 10:00 am

These are soooo gorgeous!!!

Julia - August 5, 2011 - 4:07 am

The kite pics are awesome! I love them to bits. Definitely recommend for future- I think you guys are amazing and I will recommend to everyone I know. XO

Sharon - August 4, 2011 - 5:38 am

These pictures say a thousand words! You did not even have to be at this wedding to know what a love story it was!!! Absolutely breath taking!

Kaley Butten nee Leeson - August 4, 2011 - 1:53 am

snooping on Jason’s facebook and found these! Congratulations you gorgeous pair! I’m elated for you both. Lot’s of love from an old school mate xoxo

Jay (Better Man...wait, wait...I mean Best Man) - August 3, 2011 - 5:23 pm

You guys are so talented! Absolutely love the ‘in the moment’ shots! I wish we could have you guys capture all those fleeting memories we hold dear :)

Momma - August 3, 2011 - 4:11 pm

These pictures really do ‘capture’ both Richard and Julia. They are wonderful! Thank you both Emmy & Aaron for making everyone’s day complete with the additional of such amazing pictures!

Laura (MOH) - August 3, 2011 - 2:09 pm

Beautiful! Just stunning…I am breathless from the beauty you captured from this couple. :)

Brittoni (one of the bridesmaid's) - August 3, 2011 - 5:15 am

What a beautiful couple!!! Fantastic job! The photos are gorgeous!

Miss Lily

The first time I met Lily she was selling lemon tarts at her mom’s table of christmas floral arrangements at a very trendy Christmas market.  She was such a confident little thing and I instantly liked her.  Lily loves black and white stripes, her snazzy black hat that she got in New York, her two lovey dogs, adding push pins on a map of the world that remind her of all the places her dad has travelled, and she loves to paint. Llly attends the 4Cats Art Studio and as a result I am pretty sure she has a deeper knowledge of art history than I do – I mean not only does she know who Frida Kahlo is but she made a clay sculpture of her with the eyebrows and everything! Each month they study a different artist and learn about their story and their art. In our sessions with children we have been trying to really reflect who they are and what they love to do at that moment in life.  After a visit with Lily at her home and hearing all about the artists she had learned about I knew I wanted to incporporate that into our shoot.  So we headed to a patch of Gary Oaks, in a park she knows well, with an easel and brushes in tow and just let her be herself.  Her talented mom Vanessa, of Verbena Foral Design, came along and brought us a bunch of pink peonies – and well, I think peonies go well with everything. So here are the images from my afternoon with Lily – we had such a good time together camped out in that oak field. I love that all around her were trees and flowers and she painted something from her own imagination.  Thank you so much Miss Lily ~ xox Emmy

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Chelsea Kanstrup - February 11, 2013 - 1:50 pm

I have to ask, if you don’t mind telling – where is this park?! Looks like such a serene place – would love to take a cup of tea and just sit!!

Kate - August 10, 2011 - 10:02 am

I absolutely LOVE this session!!! Adorable little girl and you have captured her beautifully!!!

jennifer armstrong - August 2, 2011 - 5:19 pm

sweet, lovely, creative session, emmy! A wonderful blend of you & miss lily, by the looks of it all.

Jen Bertoch - August 1, 2011 - 8:45 pm

i love these! they are just happy! as in warm the soul happy :)

Jaidean - July 30, 2011 - 6:19 am

These are awesome! Love the black and whites!

emmy - July 29, 2011 - 5:14 pm

Anne – The push pin map is up on Lily’s wall in her room – she puts a pin in each place her dad visits. It is pretty cool as he has been a lot of places.

Adrienne Jopp - July 29, 2011 - 4:51 pm

These pictures are amazing! I love, love, love them!

Anne (Nana) - July 29, 2011 - 3:29 pm

They are absolutely beautiful and soooo Lily; her painting is remarkably simple and says a lot about Lily’s eye for beauty. I don’t seem to be seeing the push-pin one …
Thanks Vanessa for sending and Emma for taking
with love

emmy - July 29, 2011 - 5:25 am

Oh Vanessa – so happy you love them! I think the push pin map is such a sweet tradition.

Vanessa Watters - July 29, 2011 - 5:06 am

I love, I love, I love, I love, I love!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. You had my tearing up at the push pins part!

Karen McNeil - July 29, 2011 - 5:06 am

First off, when V sees these she is going to die! These are adorable & beautiful images of miss Lilly! Love the series alot!