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It’s an absolutely lovely treat to be announcing this session’s feature on the renowned film-only, international wedding blog, Wedding Sparrow, all the way from Italy.  My passion for old world backdrops and architecture, paired with rock-steady romance and timeless style is only being intensified while exploring the ancient ruins of Rome and the Umbrian hill town of Orvieto.

If you’re wondering where exactly this pretty shoot took place, look no further than one of the oldest examples of Spanish-style architecture in California, the Carmel Mission, (opened in 1793)  in the preternaturally pretty town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, just south of San Francisco.  It’s one of my favourite places on the outskirts of the Bay area and was the ideal setting for a post-wedding session with one of the sweetest newlywed couples, Traci and Travis, who drove all the way down from British Columbia with their wedding attire!

Traci’s dress actually inspired this shoot, as I’d seen her wedding photos and was quite taken with the story behind the creation of the gown.  The dress in fact, is a merging of both of Traci’s grandmothers’ wedding gowns with accents taken from her mother’s wedding dress.  Over 20 fittings later, this bespoke gown is a testament to marriages that have stood the test of time and reflects the time-honoured traditions that Traci and Travis wanted represented on their wedding day.

I hope you love these images as much as I do.  They embody everything I love about post-wedding photo sessions. There is no pressure or agenda to adhere to, yet all of the passionate love and newlywed romance is present–maybe more so than on a wedding day, as there is no stress to detract from the couple’s love for one another.  These shoots are a great opportunity for couples to select a location, time, and photographer that provide them with the photos they want if their wedding day restricts them from getting the shots they are (or were) hoping for.  Like I said, all of the romance, none of the stress.  What’s not to love about that?  And what bride doesn’t want another opportunity to slip back into her wedding dress again?  I certainly did, which is why several years ago, Will and I had our own post-wedding session done by our friend Erich McVey and his wife Amy.  Right here at the Mission!  Told you it was one of my favourite spots!

All right, enough chit-chat…time to enjoy the photos, and for me to get back to the last couple days of our adventure in Italy.  Stay tuned for photos from our travels,  and sip something sparkling and romantic in the meantime.


PS If you’re interested in checking out my travel shots while on the road, visit my Instagram site (from  either a mobile device or desktop) at:  Lots of fun stuff from Rome and Umbria!


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Styling – Lily White Events and Jaime Lauren Photography | Hair + Makeup – Lindsay Skog | Florals – Lily White Events | Venue – Carmel Mission | Dress – Heritage (Combination of Bride’s Grandmothers’ and Mother’s Gowns) | Earrings – Stella Blue Etsy  | Film – Fuji 400H | Film Scans – Photovision

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I promised I’d write a blog post about why I loved flying with Alaska Airlines out of Oakland Airport compared to flying with United out of San Francisco, and then I returned home and Will was sent to Japan on business for 3 weeks.  Needless to say, blogging took a major backseat while I hunkered down and focused on keeping Lauren and I rested, well-fed, and sane.  I think she and I did pretty well together, but it sure is nice to have Will back home.

Also, I thought I’d spruce up a non-photo related post with some shots of my favourite spot back home (Kal Park in Vernon, where Will and I got married five years ago).  My family looked after Lauren one morning so I could have some quiet time out at the park and it was glorious.  Taking a dip in Kalamalka Lake first thing in the morning on a quiet summer’s day is one of my favourite indulgences, and I love that these photos represent my experience so perfectly.

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All right, now back to business.

Lauren and I have already had our fair share of little adventures together, specifically with flying, which reminds me of how my mom always said that I was her little buddy when I was a baby and we used to fly across the country together.  That’s how it feels when Lauren and I fly…she’s my little buddy, and I love it.  I loved the experience even more when flying out of Oakland with Alaska Airlines and here are my top three reasons why:

  • From the moment I stepped into OAK pushing a luggage cart (piled high with a massive suitcase, hockey bag containing carseat paraphernalia, small backpack/diaper bag, camera bag, and lunch bag with Lauren’s food) and pulling Lauren in a stroller, airport staff hurried to my side to help lift bags, help with luggage tags, and usher me through the baggage drop process smoothly and expediently.  Usually by the time I leave the baggage-drop area I’ve got a scowl on my face and I’m cringing with dread as I make my way to the security line with a stroller and all our stuff.  I finished up with the bags wearing a smile and feeling positively light–a sensation which must be partially attributed to the fact that I was now unencumbered by three-quarters of our luggage.
  • OAK has a security line AND conveyor belt just for families, whereas SFO has a security line for families, but then families share a conveyor belt with everyone else which backs up essentially everyone else who move much faster and have less stuff than parents with young ones.  The relief I experienced knowing that I wasn’t going to feel pressured to hurry through the security process was monumental.  Here’s how our things are lined up on the conveyor belt to go through the scanner:  Bin with shoes, cardigan, passports, and small backpack/Bin with Macbook Air/Bin with camera bag/Bin with liquids and with Lauren’s lunch bag containing food and drinks/Stroller (I put Lauren down to sit in a fifth bin while I collapse the stroller and heave it onto the conveyor).  Doing all this while other families wrangle their children and belongings makes me feel so much better than if I’m holding up a stream of annoyed travellers that  just want to hurry to their gate.
  • Alaska Airlines still offers priority boarding to those traveling with young children.  WAKE UP UNITED!!!  No one wants to have the line held up because you’re trying to collapse a stroller on the jetway and keep your crawling, curious baby from melting down because she can’t go exploring at her leisure.  All while trying to keep track of your boarding passes, passport, lunch bag, camera bag, and diaper bag of course.  Oh right, and then carry all of this to your seat with a squirming little monkey who just wants to bust free from the confines of your arms.  For those of you who are wondering why I don’t use a carrier in the airport, it’s because the stroller enables me to go to the restroom more easily, feed her without mess, have a break from being joined at the hip all day, and largely, because I need a massive under-carriage basket that can hold my camera bag/purse–that gear is HEAVY.  Anyway, I was delighted to find that Alaska offers pre-boarding for those with little ones and the airline staff were flabbergasted to hear the United has done away with this courtesy.

As we all know, air travel has gotten ridiculously tedious over the past decade, but the intensity is kicked up to a ludicrous level when flying with a baby.  Anything the airlines or airports can do to streamline some of these processes can make a world of difference to a parents and their little ones.  No one likes to sit near a baby having a meltdown, but I wonder how many fewer meltdowns would occur if the journey didn’t start with parents being forced to endure the endless constraints imposed upon them on airports and by airlines.  Wouldn’t that be amazing?  Less crying babies on planes?  Less harried parents in airports?  In Seattle on this trip, I saw an exhausted mother of 3 LOSE IT on some irritated traveler who tripped on her son and muttered, ‘stupid kid’.  Granted the kids was running around the terminal, but they’d also been there overnight.  Still, no fun for anyone.  Sigh…

So if your nerves are frayed or if you’re dreading your next flying experience, with or without little ones, here’s one last image to bring you back to a place of serenity.  Peace.

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I met Julia and Ben upon my introduction to my husband’s family.  The moment I met Julia, (Will’s cousin) I knew I liked her instantly. Creative, outgoing, genuine and smart, she is incredibly endearing. Ben‘s personality is just as infectious and it’s apparent right from the get-go that he really cares about people. Together, Ben and Julia are dynamite, lighting up the room wherever they go and loving each other with deep commitment and light-hearted affection. 

I was thrilled when Julia and Ben asked me to photograph their wedding at Serenbe, Georgia this coming fall, and I was delighted that we’d have the opportunity to work together beforehand on an engagement session. Since Julia wasn’t going to be getting married in her home state of Mississippi, (or Ben‘s for that matter–he’s from Indiana) we decided that meeting up in the Magnolia State would serve as a heartfelt nod to her roots. 

Both being lawyers, (they met while studying law at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee) we chose the Hinds County Courthouse (a true antebellum gem) in Raymond, Mississippi, and as Julia described, “a fitting stop for two litigators living in the Deep South”.  After a wardrobe change, we drove up the road to catch the last bit of daylight, and finished our session in an honest-to-goodness Civil War battlefield turned cotton field.  I kid you not.  Things like this may seem normal to southerners, but to those of us from MUCH further afield, the whole deal is pretty exotic!  Oh, and to top it all off, Ben and Julia brought their dapper beagle, Amos along for the shoot.  

Here is a sampling of favourites from our Courthouse/Battlefield engagement shoot.  I’d also recommend heading over to check out our feature on Elizabeth Anne Design’s Facebook Page.   

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I absolutely loved everything about this session from Ben and Julia’s style and well thought out wardrobe choices, (not to mention Kristina Myers’ elegant hair and makeup artistry) to the charming historic location and soft lighting of the late afternoon.  Of course I also love witnessing a couple in love like Ben and Julia–their affection and admiration for one another was so palpable and genuine.  By the time the sun set, I was grinning from ear to ear, and still beaming with joy when I fell asleep that night.  This is why I love what I do.  Cannot wait for your Serenbe wedding in October Julia and Ben!!!

If you are interested in booking an engagement session and would like to chat, please send me an email at  I absolutely love photographing couples who love one another like crazy and want special moments together captured on film (yes, FILM).  Throw in a creative wardrobe, lovely location, and a sunrise or sunset and I’m all yours!

Want to know where Julia found her gorgeous dresses or who styled her hair and makeup?  Curious as to where Ben’s super-cool blue suede shoes are from?  See wardrobe details below.

Hair + Makeup by Kristina Myers 

Courthouse Wardrobe:  Julia | Dress — J. Crew / Earrings — Kate Spade / Belt — Anthropologie / Shoes — Antonio Melani / Sunglasses — Kate Spade | Ben | Shirt — Banana Republic / Pants — Banana Republic / Shoes — Sebago /Sunglasses — J. Crew | Amos the Beagle | Bow tie — The Southern Pup (Etsy shop)​ |

Battlefield Wardrobe:  Julia | Dress — BHDLN / Earrings — BHDLN / Shoes — Anthropologie | Ben | Shirt — Bonobos / Pants — Bonobos / Shoes — Banana Republic