Ali and Nicks top secret Yelapa elopement

When Ali contacted me to inquire about doing her hair and makeup for her elopement  at the stunning Verana Boutique Hotel in Yelapa, Mexico, I was totally stoked! 

Not only is Yelapa one of my favorite getaway spots to completely chill out, but it was with one of my favorite photographers, Tom Moks Photography at a place I had always wanted to do a wedding at,Verana, as I had been told it was absolutely stunning! Let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint! If you haven’t heard of it, check it out. It’s stunningly beautiful, super private, quiet, and the service is impeccable. I lost one of my favorite earrings on my way up for the trial and was heartbroken that it was gone. The next day when I went back to do Ali’s bridal services, there was my earring. One of the groundskeepers had found it and the concierge remembered I was looking for it. Now THAT'S impressive! And of course, I’m a huge fan of Tom’s photography. He captures emotion so beautifully, is really easy to work with, and the style and mood of his photographs always reminds me of a high fashion magazine spread! As a client, you can’t help but feel like a supermodel! 

The day before the wedding, I went to do Ali’s trial and style her for her engagement session with Tom, which was sizzling hot!! When I met her, I just thought, not only is she extremely down to earth and sweet, but this girl is a babe and she is gonna kill it! When you take a look at these photos, I doubt you could possibly disagree! I am pretty sure I'm totally infatuated with the images!!!

These two are the sweetest. I love that they wanted this moment in time to  be just for them. Personal, private, and completely intimate. I have to say, this is one of my favorite weddings for that very reason. It’s easy to forget that this is your day, and your way. No detail was left to chance, and every detail had a simple motivator-the other person, and expressing their love completely, truly, and privately.  The venue, the photographer, the dress(wow, what a dress!!), hair, makeup, all of it. I felt honored to be a part of it and wish them both a lifetime of happiness!!! 

Thank you so much to Ali and Nick for sharing their time and their story with me-I wish them a lifetime of happiness:)

 

Photographer: Tom Moks Photography

Location: Verána Boutique Hotel, Yelapa, MX

Gown: Katie May collection

 

 

 

Sayulita beach shoot

Being back in Edmonton's winter wonderland(ahem) has me dreaming of the beaches and vibrant beach culture of Sayulita. On this chilly day, it felt like the perfect time to share images from a Sayulita photoshoot last April with a couple of amazing babes! After all, this chill needs a serious dose of that Sayulita heat and sunshine to warm up!

During wedding season, it can be difficult to make the time to do personal projects or collaborative work, but when I do, I'm always so inspired and excited to get back to my clients with a renewed vigor. I'm so fortunate to work with such a huge number of talented and inspiring people in not one, but two different places! This shoot was special one, as it was with one of my favorite Sayulita photographers, Taryn Baxter , and my lovely friend and Second Artist Justine,  and it was exactly what I needed. 

The day of the shoot was a tough one for me on a personal note. My dad had been in an accident back in Canada the day before and was seriously injured. After discussing with my family, we decided to evaluate on a day to day basis whether I should go home. Taryn and Justine were up for anything I was, so the shoot went on and boy was that ever what I needed! Those few hours doing what I love with two so genuinely fun and sweet women were amazing. It felt good to feel normal for a few hours.  They may not fully know how grateful I was(and am) for their compassion, love, and caring during those days, especially on that one. The good news is that my dad is back to his old stubborn self causing a rucous daily.

Ultimately, laughs were had when there was no reason to, and we three made some pretty amazing memories.

Enjoy!