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Seaside Vancouver Engagements Featured on Once Wed
 


Anne & Chad

Emily Michelson Vancouver Wedding Photographer

Full Feature on Once Wed

Chad and I have known each other for a very long time. We grew up together in the Philippines, went to the same schools all the way to university, but we were never more than friends.

Chad says he had a crush on me since long ago, but I didn’t find out until we were much older. After school life happened, and we saw very little of each other. A few years ago we reunited in Canada with mutual friends, and that’s where this all started. Suffice it to say, all of our close friends back home were very surprised. Nobody saw it coming – even us! So here we are now, enjoying each others company as kindred spirits.

 
Banff Mountain Top Engagement
 
 

Jordan & Carson
Emily Michelson  |  Calgary Wedding Photographer

Full Feature on Rocky Mountain Bride
To be published July 22nd

"Growing up you have a picture of you marry, Jordan just fits in to so many qualities. She's an amazing woman, very loving caring. Since I've first met her I have seen it in her. I saw it in her before we even started to date. The way that she would listen to people and their stories" - Him

"I'm so lucky to be with Carson. We started dating when I wasn't in a good place, I was kinda a mess and he was so patient with me, He's always been loving through all the difficult times. I know he will be like that as a husband. - Her  

 
El Matador Beach, Malibu
 

Kyril & Brianna

Exactly 3 years ago, Kyril and I took our first trip to Malibu. At that time, we were at the very beginning stages of our relationship. Our two best friends were getting married and they had invited us to LA to take their engagements by the beach. Little did I know… but it would be that trip that I truly fell for my future husband.

On our first day at the beach Kyril pulled me into the ocean and I stubbed my two toes. He felt so bad and spent the evening carrying me to and from the car wherever we’d go. It was so romantic. We were still in school at the time and he would always have a lot of homework to finish at night, but he would always put spending time with me first. We’d end the night with him tucking me in and then going to his room to stay up late finishing assignments. He was the perfect boyfriend and we weren’t even official.

El Matador has always held a special place in my heart and that was the only place I imagined taking our friends engagement photos.  It was the perfect cloudy Sunday morning and we had the whole beach to ourselves. We had planned to go to church after so Kyril was in his Sunday best. I couldn’t help but occasionally take a photo of him looking so dapper. I was wearing jeans and a T-shirt(my classic shooting attired) and I by the end of the shoot I had completely soaked my jeans from the waves. I brought a skirt to change into, but I didn’t realize we would only have time to change on the beach. I put the skirt over my jeans and it was at this point that I realized it was going to be very difficult to remove my wet jeans.

I asked Kyril to help me and before I knew it he was at my ankles pulling my wet jeans off. Little did we know our friends were off in the distance taking photos of Kyril in a questionable situation. 1 year later, our friend Jimmy wrote in our wedding sign-in book, “I always knew you two were going to get married the moment Kyril took your pants off at the beach.” We then drove to church with my pants out the window drying in the wind. It was the perfect ending to our first of many trips to Malibu together.

 

 
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Wintry Home Engagement
 

Ashlynn & Josh 

I visited Ashlynn and Josh's new cozy apartment in Toronto. These two are avid travelers and are the proud owner of a cute little pug. Josh proposed in Iceland on the beach and Ashlynn had no idea. We went through old photos of when they were dating. You can tell Josh adores her. I can't wait to shoot their September wedding.  

Engagement Story: 

Engagement story:We were on day 4 of our 8 day impromptu adventure through Iceland. We had spent the day on a road trip from our cottage in Geysir to the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara, near Vik. Just that day we had already visited waterfalls, explored the plane crash site, survived a treacherous drive up a steep cliff, and arrived on the black sand beach to almost no crowds, a light wind, and one of Iceland's famous, hours-long spring sunsets.

Josh had suggested, very casually, the night before we left for Iceland that we should pick up a cheap tripod - unlike on previous trips, he wanted some pictures that weren't a selfie, single-person picture, or that of a (likely poorly executed) stranger! So, our last stop before the airport was to a camera store and a quick lesson on how to set everything up.

We had traveled to Mexico the previous fall, and everyone (including me!) thought we would get engaged while we were away - some going so far as to congratulate us and ask to see the ring when I posted pictures! So, while at the airport, I straight up asked him if I should be nervous for anything on this trip - more just wanting to make sure that we were on the same page and there were no undue expectations. Unbeknownst to me at the time, he told a perfect, straight- and bold-faced lie - and I totally bought it! 

Cut to four days later, and Josh suggests we set up the tripod on the black sand beach - it was a beautiful shot and I didn't think anything of it. After a few different framing attempts (by both of us), Josh asked me to give him a kiss as the timer counted down - and just as the shutter clicked, got down on one knee! I was completely surprised, immediately started crying, and (according to Josh!) asked if it was real about five times before saying yes!

He managed to get the perfectly-timed shot, the perfect ring, and pull off a complete surprise - not easy to do when you've been together for over nine years and in a different country!

Now we are just about seven months from our September wedding, and will be getting married just two days after our ten year anniversary.

 
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Niagara on the Lake Maternity
 

Elanna Maternity Session  

Details: Featured on Cottage Hill , Mother to be, Elanna McGowan Planner, Danielle Shaw-Vaccariello of Shaw Events Hair & Make-up by Kati Atkinson Florist, Julie Settanni of Fiorella Floral Design Dress Designer, Maureen Patricia Location, Woodbourne Inn, The Venue Counsellor

 
Meghan & Joshua
 
 

Published on The White Wren
"Our story is not ultra romantic or extraordinary. We met in an ordinary way and went on dates like ordinary people, we live in an ordinary city and lead pretty ordinary lives. We don't go on extravagant adventures or go skydiving or rock climbing or eat chocolate croissants in Paris. When I think about mine and Josh's relationship, one word comes to mind - "simple". Our relationship is not always exciting. Sometimes it's way too much Netflix and just the right amount of pizza. Sometimes it's playing golf in our bedroom or having water fights in the bathroom. Sometimes it's essays and midterms and crying and hugging and venting and sleeping and praying together. It's finding so much joy in the simplest things in life because I'm doing it all with HIM. And I'd pick doing the dishes with him over travelling to Paris without him any day"