My good friend Starlyn, who was one of my first West Coast friends – and one of the best people I know, and probably the most kind-hearted person you will ever encounter if you are so lucky enough to meet her – never had wedding photos. The circumstances for “didn’t have a photographer” seem to come up a lot out here, and man, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. As someone who is pretty heavily invested in the value of photography (there’s an understatement), this makes me sad. Sad and remedial.
So when Emilie at Elope Tofino and I got together late last spring to start planning some shoots for the summer, and she suggested Star and her husband Jacque as models, it just felt so right. And it all came together.
So, my husband loaded the canoe up for me, I packed my wetsuit (but not bug spray) and off we went.
Let’s take a moment to talk about that make up. Now, I’m a pretty big make-up fan. I often receive compliments on my liquid liner application (it’s 20+ years experience, nothing else can do that) but I am incapable of putting make-up on anyone but myself, so I bow down at the feet of every good make-up artist. Fay blew my mind with this application. Go check her out on Instagram @fays_beauty_care_and_art
Ok let’s talk about those florals. I’ve been watching Tia Soby since moving to Ukee – I was (still am) intrigued by her Land Boat. I had the good fortune to work with Tia on some photo projects for Zoë’s Bakery and Cafe. Tia brings something special to the things she touches – you can truly see the gentle care behind her beautiful vision.
She killed it with this bouquet. Then she did it again – we’ll get to that on another blog post.
You want this sign, right? My lovely friend Lynette is one of Ucluelet’s iconic artists, and her hand-painted signs and swear-y colouring books for adults will make your day. You can find her on Etsy, at the Ucluelet Sunday Market, Reflecting Spirit Gallery, Gray Whale Deli and some other places around town. You’ll have to visit for that. K?
To hell with tradition. A girl’s best friend can be diamonds, sure, but so can sea glass and silver. The first time I saw this particular sea glass stacker ring by my friend Joleen Sohier, I knew it was meant to be a mermaid’s engagement ring. And then it turns out that it pairs perfectly with a wave ring (if you don’t have a wave ring, have you even been to the coast?). Basically the brilliance of this blows my mind.
I have some impressive friends, and I want to talk about them some more.
I already introduced you to Starlyn, but I didn’t yet mention that she is one half of the creative collective @westwickwitches (the other half being the wonderful Hanna) who are creators and artisans. Every time I turn around, these ladies are creating another incredible thing. I can’t even begin.
WestWick created this blessing bundle specifically for this session. A lot of love and thought went into it, and its beauty was the cherry on the cake of this perfect evening. The ritual of marriage is as unique as the couple, as intimate as the very relationship. That’s why these blessing bundles are selling out like mad as wedding favours.
Did you even think about that?
Wait until you see what else they do.
Thank you to everyone who brought this together. Follow their Instagram accounts here:
coordination: @elope_tofino make-up artist: @fays_beauty_care_and_art bouquet @tiasoby rings: @joleensohier hand-painted sign: @lynettelaperouse blessing bundle: @westwickwitches photography: @jenmcleodphoto
Ready to plan your own session? Let’s chat.