2014 – A year in review | Vancouver Island + Vancouver Photographer

2014 was a good year. A really good year. I celebrated my first wedding anniversary with my husband, travelled to Italy and France with two of my oldest friends, and shot my first wedding in Maui, along with some other really beautiful weddings. This past year has been chock-full of so many inspiring couples, and I always feel so lucky when they choose me to be a part of such a meaningful day.

This year also brought some changes to the business side of Sweet Heirloom. In case you didn’t know, Tanya my friend and business partner of 4 years has decided to pursue her other passions – plus she along with her partner Trevor have just become parents to a sweet baby girl named Parker! Tanya has contributed so much to this business and I wish her only the best with all her future endeavours and life as a new mom.

I’m so happy that Tanya and I got to shoot a few really great weddings together in 2014, but for the most part I ended up taking on a lot alone. To be honest, this scared me a little bit. Not because I wasn’t confident in my skills as a photographer ( I have been shooting professionally since 2007), but because I was so used to having Tanya by my side. Shooting weddings on your own really makes you bring your A game, and to my surprise I ended up loving it. Don’t get me wrong – I always love bringing amazing assistants and second shooters with me (and sometimes they are absolutely necessary) but there is something about being in your own world on a wedding day that is rejuvenating.

Although much has changed for Sweet Heirloom over this past year, my love for weddings has certainly not. I still get just as excited when I first talk to my couples about their day, and I still tear up during ceremonies and speeches. I still crave colour, atmosphere and creatively documenting the real love on each wedding day.

2015 is shaping up to be another amazing year, and I’m really excited to work with all of my new couples!

Here are just a few highlights from this past year…


A special thank you to my friend Erika of Element Photography for assisting me on a few of my weddings this past year.

Some of the venues include: Naramata Heritage Inn + Spa Hotel VancouverPine Lodge FarmLondon Heritage FarmKapalua Ritz CarltonLong Beach Lodge Resort,  Sea Cider Farm & CiderhouseTantalus Vineyard, UBC BoathouseSidney Star CinemaProspect Lake Community Hall, Law Courts InnBirds Eye Cove Farm, and Cowichan Exhibitions.