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  • Hi! I’m Nichole. :)

    Spelled with an "h".

    I love 80s music. It makes life better.

    I love movies, even if I am a little picky about them. Have you seen Wristcutters: A Love Story? You should. :)

    There is not much in life better than the woods in the fall - especially back east. Intense coloured leaves plus crisp air and sunshine... paradise.

    My cat is so dope.

    I was educated in chemistry. Now I prefer to capture chemistry between people with my camera.

    My favourite thing about photography is those moments when I can feel the love in front of my lens. It's magic to be able to see emotion caught forever in a photograph. I strive to capture the love story of every one of my clients. A couple in love, parent and child, friend and friend. Everywhere you look in this life there is love. And that is beautiful. It looks good on everyone. That's how I know every person I photograph is beautiful. I see it in their love.

Sandra and Jeff – engagement photos in Victoria BC

You know what is great about the spring in Victoria?  Flowers.  Enter cherry blossom season!

It was super exciting to meet Sandra and Jeff.  They are kind, genuine, and FUN!  The cherry blossoms were just about gone, but the fallen blossoms still made for a beautiful backdrop!  We based the shoot in Chinatown and near the water where Jeff proposed.

Also, I have to give more kudos to this couple for being willing to shoot in the rain.  Believe it or not, you can get some really romantic images in the rain:)

I can’t wait to share their wedding photos soon!

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Janine and Bob’s Saanich Fairgrounds wedding

Janine and Bob’s fun and lovely wedding at the Saanich Farigrounds, near Victoria, BC.

If you know Janine, and I count myself lucky that I do, you would know this wedding would be full of love, rustic, and very DIY.  Janine is super crafty and took care of organizing the whole wedding and decor herself.  There were some decor rental pieces from Designer Wedding and Special Occassion Rentals in Victoria, BC, but the vision was Janine’s and it was simply amazing.  There is so much to this wedding, it’s full of amazing moments, check them out!

Janine is, among all of her talents, a trained makeup artist.  Yeah, she did her own makeup, as well as her mom’s.  That’s why they look sooooo beautiful.

Oh, you want more amazing?  How about a bridal party in cowboy boots?  Boom!

Prepare yourself for one of my favourite first looks.  I think this is such a great idea, so future brides listen up;). The first time Janine’s dad saw her in her dress, we did a big reveal, and it was a) amazing – check out the look on his face, and b) very emotional, as you can see many of the bridesmaids were moved to tears.  It was very special.

Bob was all smiles as he saw his beautiful bride coming down the aisle…:)

Love the joy in this shot!  And the flying paper hearts:)

Yes, this wedding party was non-stop fun.  I laughed with them A LOT!

You might remember from their engagement shoot that Janine and Bob have a little dog names Willie.  Well the wedding day could not be complete without Willie joining us for a few images.

Yep, this wedding party was fun!

I was able to pull Janine and Bob out of the reception for some sunset photos.  I cannot recommend this enough for couples.  It literally takes 5-15 minutes, and the results for me so far have always been incredible.

Time to celebrate!!

I had to throw this in since it is the best cake photo I have probably ever taken.  Do you think Bob caught it in his mouth?  

How can you not love this couple?

Janine’s dance with her dad was very special.  Tears were shed.  She is a daddy’s girl for certain.  I can relate.

The lovely first dance.

This truck below is Bob’s.  Not random.:) It has meaning.

Time for some Q&A with the bride and groom.

1) Tell me how you first met.

We met through Discount Car and Truck Rentals almost 6 and a half years ago. Bob was the location manager at the Sidney office and I was a Customer Service Rep at the Downtown Victoria office. It was about 6 months into working there before we actually met face to face. I was told by co-workers that I would get along with “Bob from Sidney” because they both liked Country Music. At that time I pictured an old balding guy with a moustache. I was right about the moustache.

2) When did you know he/she was the one? 

We decided to be “single together” since we had both just come out of other relationships, and been together ever since!

3) Tell me about the proposal.

I told Bob right at the beginning that I wanted to be with someone for at least 5 years before becoming engaged, 5 years and a week later he popped the question! Bob picked me up from work. We were talking about how we were looking forward to taking Willie (our dog) for a walk at the dog park that weekend but it was supposed to be pretty rainy. So Bob suggested we just take her on the way home. We did our usual walk around and then went down the path to the ocean. There’s a cute little grassy picnic area, then beach down either side. It was quite windy out and I was filming Willie jumping on the rocks near the water. Bob was being extra sweet, which I took note of, but didn’t think anything of it. Once I put my camera away I looked over at Bob who then said “Honey, I love you and I have something to ask you…” as he was getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him. That’s about all I remember! I was saying something along the lines of “Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh, Is this really happening????” while jumping up and down and hugging him and crying…. He asked me to give him an answer in which I promptly said “YES!”

4) Tell me the one thing you love most about each other.

Janine: I love that he’s my best friend.

Bob: I love that she’s the sweetest one ever.

5) If you feel comfortable, share with me something silly or quirky the other person does.

Janine: I love how he makes up songs about Willie (our dog)!

Bob: She says ‘like’ alot, sometimes.

6) Besides getting married –‐ what was your favourite thing about your wedding day?

Bob: The FOOD!

Janine: Having everyone we love in the same room.

7) What inspired your décor or theme?

I was always drawn to the more rustic type weddings, I would’ve loved to have it in a barn but we couldn’t find one in the area that we wanted. I just took all the things we loved and that represented us and put it all together!

8) What’s one thing you wish you would have known earlier in regards to planning?

I wish someone had told me to not completely consume myself with the wedding planning, because once it was over I found I had nothing to do!

 

Congrats Janine and Bob – and thank you for inviting me to photograph your wedding!

  • Kate borgelt - March 11, 2014 - 6:17 pm

    Sooo many favorites!!! But I love love love that ring bearer with the high fives!!! What perfection! Beautiful couple shots too! And love the reflection in the car shot too! See so many favorites!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie Penn - March 12, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Oh Nichole! These are wonderful! The boots/bouquet shot is AWESOME! You are so good at capturing real, authentic moments from the day. (and the bridesmaids dancing shot…nailed it.)ReplyCancel

  • Laura - March 12, 2014 - 8:19 am

    Such a lovely bride and a beautiful wedding! I absolutely love the first look and first dance with her dad – such sweet moments!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Crowe - March 12, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    This wedding looks like so much fun was had!!! Love the shot of the ring bearer running!ReplyCancel

  • Tsone - March 12, 2014 - 5:08 pm

    These photos made me smile :-) I LOVE the shot of Janine and her bridesmaid walking towards the camera, they totally rocked it! Congrats Janine & Bob, and well done Nichole!ReplyCancel

  • Destinee - March 12, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    Wow! You captured this beautiful wedding perfectly! I love the fun, love, and energy! What a gorgeous bride/couple! Love the boot shot! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie Medema - March 13, 2014 - 9:19 am

    Great images!! I love her dress, so perfect for her. And that may be the best cake photo anyone has ever taken :) ReplyCancel

  • Nicki - March 14, 2014 - 12:18 am

    What a fun and unique wedding! Love all the little details (that boot shot is amazing!) and how creative all these photos are! My favorite is the last image with the truck reflection. They were lucky to have you there to capture so many moments of their special day. You rocked this wedding, awesome job!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - March 14, 2014 - 6:40 am

    Love Janine and Bob! Having a fun wedding party is the ultimate blessing on a wedding day! I adore the shopping cart photos! I am also digging on the bride and bridesmaid’s sky picture! fab!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy - March 15, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    So many wonderful moments!! I LOVE the first look with her dad!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - March 18, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    What a fun wedding with so much personality! Beautiful photos.ReplyCancel

Janine and Bob are engaged!

Before I blog their amazing wedding (can’t wait!) I am excited to bring you the engagement session of Janine and Bob.  I connected with these two from minute one.  Janine and I share our sense of humour, and a fondness for our furry four-legged children.  That being said, I was so stoked to include their little pup Willie in their engagement session.  They are pretty crazy about her!  And yes, I said her.  Willie is a girl.  I unfortunately forget that from time to time, but I choose to believe I am forgiven!:D I present the fun, gorgeous, happy, and above all madly in love couple that is Janine and Bob:

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I have already received some comments on Bob’s shirt.  Yes that shirt is a DEFINITE winner and also, speaker of the truth, son! engagement in victoria bc

To demonstrate the kind of good times we had, I think the next images speak louder than words:)
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I don’t like picking a favourite out of this set, but if I had to it might be the set below.  Yes Janine!  Show that  bling like a gangster!  And also high fives to Willie for staying still for what is one of my fave ring shots! BOOM! fun unique engagement photography

Thanks Janine and Bob (and Willie too)!  You two are so great, and I am so lucky to have been your photographer! engagement couple victoria bc wedding photographers

Yuan & Chris – Sooke BC Wedding

Beautiful Wedding at the Sooke Harbour House, just outside Victoria BC:)

Yuan and Chris came all the way to Victoria from Toronto for their wedding.  They chose the lovely Sooke Harbour House for their venue.  I always love shooting there!   It’s close to Victoria, but far enough away to feel like an escape.  The scenery is spectacular, the food is amazing, and the atmosphere is cozy.  The weather was playing tricks with us in the morning, so they decided to move the ceremony indoors, which was also lovely.

Yuan got ready at the nearby Best Western Oceanfront resort, while Chris got ready at the Sooke Harour House.

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The lovely bride arrives!

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I love seeing the groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time in her dress!

Then we headed outside for some portraits.  The sun showed up as well!  Hooray for beautiful seaside weddings! sooke harbour house wedding photographer photography nichole taylor nicole sooke wedding photographer photography victoria bc

These two were so fun!  They have the best expressions and are so in love.  I had a great time with them. best wedding photographer sooke bc victoria bc photography fun unique wedding photographer photography sooke bc victoria

On to the reception.  :D

The first dance was lovely! unique best wedding photographer photography victoria bc sooke harbour house

Yuan and Chris opted to book a photobooth with me at their reception.  Photobooths are so much fun, I highly recommend them for getting some fun images of your guests!

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Q & A with the bride and groom:

1)      Tell me how you first met? Who what when where why? Give me the details.

We met in the students’ residence at University of Ottawa in the summer of 2008. Yuan was finishing up her thesis in chemical engineering. Chris was a law student from University of Alberta; he was in Ottawa that summer for an internship and he found a unit within the same apartment (4 units in each apartment, co-ed) as Yuan. We became roommates. We didn’t interact much during the first month. One day, we were both in the kitchen and Chris was making pizza. He was nice and offered me to share dinner with him. We talked and clicked right away. But fearing that things would become weird between us since we were roommates, Yuan avoided Chris for a week following the first encounter. But Chris proved to be irresistible; we soon got back together and have been great together ever since.

2)      When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?, etc.

Yuan: Don’t think there was a specific defining moment or an event as our relationship just effortlessly progressed over time. Chris is always fun, caring, resourceful and super reliable. By the end of that summer we met, I had to move from Ottawa to Toronto. Chris offered to help. U-Haul didn’t have the small van we reserved but ended up giving us a commercial-sized truck! Instead of backing out, Chris drove that monster from Ottawa to Toronto. It took us all night, but despite the challenge and lack of sleep, we managed to keep each other’s spirit up. I then realized that we are a really good team and we work really well together. Then Chris returned back to Edmonton to finish his law school. Despite the long distance, we stayed in touch everyday and felt more and more awesome about each other.

Chris: It’s difficult to focus on just one thing… I’ve always admired so many things about Yuan and I think we always were two peas in a pod.  One moment that I thought was very special was when Yuan came to visit me in Edmonton during a bitterly cold winter right after we met. It was a super romantic thing to do, and I really appreciated being able to spend that Christmas with her.

 3)      Tell me about the proposal. 

We didn’t really have a very dramatic proposal… we went camping during the long weekend of Thanksgiving 2012 (Thanksgiving camping/canoeing at Algonquin Provincial Park is our annual tradition.) and we decided over roasting marshmallows and a warm fire that it was time to make a real commitment to each other.

4)      Tell me the one thing you love most about each other.

Yuan: I love everything about Chris, even his quirks that drive me crazy sometimes, because they also make him unique and really awesome most of the time.

Chris: There are tons of things I love about Yuan! But if I had to pick one thing I’d say I like her impish smile and her fun-loving attitude.

 5)      If you feel comfortable, share with me something silly or quirky the other person does.

Yuan: Chris is a hopeless romantic who prefers dim flickering candlelight, even for reading! He likes squirrels because they examine their nuts extremely closely before burying them for storage – Chris likes to examine all things carefully and uses his fingers to feel any surface imperfections, and then he keeps things in storage. Chris believes that he is capable of making or repairing all things in the world: he once even repaired my bra, and did a fantastic job.

Chris: Yuan really likes horror movies, but closes her eyes during all the really scary parts.

 6)      Besides getting married –‐ what was your favourite thing about your wedding day?

Everything was as planned and better. We loved the opportunity to get together with family and friends. Many of them had to travel long distances to attend our wedding, so we felt extra honoured by their presence. The dinner was fantastic and we heard many compliments afterwards.

 7)      What inspired your décor or theme?

Our theme was a Chinese-North American fusion, with décor mostly in red (the traditional Chinese wedding colour) and white.

 8)      What’s one thing you wish you would have known earlier in regards to planning?

Can’t think of anything. Everything went according to plan and better, like magic! Focus on the positive, don’t sweat the small stuff, trust the goodwill of your friends and expertise of the professionals, just go with the flow, and all will be well. Guess the one thing we wish we’d known earlier was to not stress (we stressed a little bit, but not too much, but that little bit of stress turned out to be not necessary).

 

Vendor Love:

Venue: Sooke Harbour House

Flowers: A Sea of Bloom

Music: Candu Music

Very special thank you to second shooter Courtney Clarke!

  • Tsone - February 4, 2014 - 11:04 am

    Nichole!!! Your lighting is incredible! And what a GORGEOUS bride! Congrats Yuan & Chris!!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqie - February 4, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Her hair is adorable. Very pretty bride and groom shots. So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Orsolya - February 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

    Beautiful images! I love her shoes!! SO fun!ReplyCancel

  • stephanie - February 6, 2014 - 7:04 am

    such beautiful colors!! makes me miss the green here in the wintery midwest!! :) ReplyCancel

  • Sally - February 6, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    I love the brides shoes! And I especially love the bride and groom portrait where they are facing each other with their noses touching. You captured so many wonderful moments here!ReplyCancel

  • maike rinaye - February 6, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    What a fantastic venue! LOVE their portraits!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - February 7, 2014 - 8:36 am

    That Bride is cute as a button! Love the light in these photographs! What a beautiful area!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki - February 11, 2014 - 11:31 pm

    What a beautiful wedding! Those first dance photos are drop dead gorgeous! Love the background for the photobooth too! You did an awesome job capturing so many great moments of their special day!ReplyCancel

Carrie and Shane – Romantic Victoria BC Wedding

I get the pleasure of working with some pretty amazing couples.  And this is another of them.  I met Carrie and Shane for the first time for their engagement shoot and we clicked right away.  They came to Victoria from Vancouver for their wedding, which took place at the Coast Harbourside Hotel.  I was so delighted when I showed up for the big day and realized Carrie was expecting! Yes their first little one was expected in 3 months after the wedding.  Very exciting!  Lots of joy on this wedding day.:)

It all started with the getting ready! (I want to thank Courtney Clarke for being my amazing second shooter)

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Fortunately the wedding dress was able to be altered to accommodate the little one inside!  And it worked SO well, Carrie was one beautiful bride.

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I love a dress with buttons!  And a high back!  It looks spectacular and makes for some excellent images.

 

I love this image.  It shows Carrie so full of joy but also moved by walking down the aisle with her dad.  So beautuful! coast hotel victoria bc harbourside wedding photographer photo photography

Their wedding featured a little group of very cute kids.  And also, great dancers.  More on that to come!

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Worked with some of the beautiful spring wildflowers we have here in Victoria.  I love it here!  Also, Carrie you are a rock star!  I asked her, pregnant and in a wedding dress, if they could sit for a photo.  She did not hesitate.  I thank you Carrie!   best wedding photographer victoria bc romantic portraits photography wildlfowers beacon hill park

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Wedding photos often take place at high sun.  I have had a few couples who wanted to head out for a 5-10 minute sunset session.  I think this is such a brilliant idea and I want to put it out there to future brides as a thought.  Literally these photos take about 5 minutes and capture the best light of the day.

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Time for the first dance:)

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And the party! Love those little girls dancing! wedding photographer reception dance photos victoria bc

More party photos below.  Now pay attention to those little girls!  On the bottom left, she is doing the actions to “Call Me Maybe”, which kept me in stitches.  Also directly below on the left she is dancing with the groom, OWNING that dance floor.  Also, loving the line dancing.  What a night!

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Q&A with the bride and groom:

1) Tell me how you first met? Who what when where why? Give me the details.

We met through the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve in Edmonton where we both worked. We started out as friends and coworkers. 

 

2) When did you know he/she was the one? 

Shane: When after not even a year together Carrie decided to move with me to Vancouver for work.

Carrie: Shane always treated me like a princess and also called me out when I needed it. He was the man I had always needed by my side. 

 

3) Tell me about the proposal. 

We had discussed marriage and had been looking at rings together. Shane had picked one out and I just had to wait for him to ask. We were in Venice and Shane surprised me by asking as we were floating down the water with his sister there to document it. I was crying and super happy! Shane has to remind me to put the ring on.

 

4) Tell me the one thing you love most about each other.

Carrie:  I love that no matter how mad I want to be Shane can always make me laugh.

Shane:  I love that Carrie is such a good person and good people are hard to find.

 

5) Share with me something silly or quirky the other person does.

Shane will often dance around the house to whatever song is in his head. It’s hilarious.

 

6) Besides getting married –‐ what was your favourite thing about your wedding day?

Having all of our family around, we all live so far apart we rarely see one another.

 

7) What inspired your décor or theme?

We love the ocean.

 

8) What’s one thing you wish you would have known earlier in regards to planning?

Nothing…

 

 

  • Melissa - January 21, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    What a gorgeous, full of love day! Congrats to the bride and groom! Great job, Nichole!ReplyCancel

  • Gwen - January 21, 2014 - 7:37 pm

    Love it, Nichole!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - January 23, 2014 - 6:51 am

    So. Good. These are fantastic photos! The first photo of them together after the ceremony – GORGEOUS! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Destinee - January 23, 2014 - 6:56 am

    You did an incredible job capturing this beautiful day! Great job capturing their day.
    Super love the silhouette shot! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Bobbi - January 23, 2014 - 7:09 am

    LOVE this wedding! You nailed that recessional shot! My other favorites are the sunset photo and the first dance. Sending high fives friendo!ReplyCancel

  • jennie davis - January 23, 2014 - 11:56 am

    Seriously? These are breathtaking and processed SO beautifully! That one of the kids in the tree? One for the ages!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - January 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    I’m loving their portrait on that rock wall!! Beautiful lighting and colors – great work!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki - January 24, 2014 - 1:23 am

    What a beautiful wedding! I’m in love with all the outside portraits. The one by the rock wall is stunning!! Definitely my favorite. Love all the reception pictures too, looks like so much fun! Awesome job capturing their special day!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Crowe - January 24, 2014 - 9:13 am

    The portraits are amazing!!! What a beautiful location. Looks like an amazing fun day was had by all!ReplyCancel

  • Ben - January 24, 2014 - 10:04 am

    Great work! They are all great but my favorites are the sunset, the bridge and the one of the three kids sitting on the tree.ReplyCancel

  • Micah - January 24, 2014 - 12:03 pm

    There is such emotion in that shot of Dad walking her down the aisle. And that sunset shot is pretty fantastic! Nice work!ReplyCancel

  • Orsolya - January 25, 2014 - 11:17 am

    What amazing photos!! You captured every single moment so perfectly!!! I love LOVE LOVE the one in the spring wildflowers!! SO GORGEOUS!ReplyCancel

  • Jen S. - January 30, 2014 - 4:45 pm

    Beautiful photos! The shot of the bride and dad was a favorite!ReplyCancel

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