Tammy & Dayton – The Wedding // Big White Ski Resort

Surrounded by 200+ of their closest family, friends and their cute pups Dexter & Timber, Tammy and Dayton tied the knot at Big White Ski Resort. After some father-daughter skiing and getting ready, they had the perfect first look together outside of the family cabin with the view of the surrounding mountains.

This was the perfect wedding to start off my 2016 wedding season, especially since I LOVE winter, the mountains and couples that couldn’t be more perfect for each other. Congratulations Tammy & Dayton, Nicole and I were SO honoured to be part of your amazing day!

Now less reading and more photos, here’s a preview of their amazing day in the mountains.

Enjoy!

-R


 Venue // Big White Ski Resort

Wedding Planning // Created Lovely Events

Bride & Bridesmaids Makeup // Shimmer & Gloss

Bride & Bridesmaids Hair // Katie Corneille

Florals // A New Leaf Floral Design

Cakes // Sweet On You Designer Cups & Cakes

Dog Cookie Favors // Sweet Bake Shop

Calligraphy & Signage // Blush Type

Graphic Design // Meg White

 

2015 Highlight Reel

Hello 2016!

Whoa, where did 2015 go?! Time flies when you’re having fun and it would be a serious understatement calling this past year “fun”. 2015 was by far the most exciting year of my (and Nicole’s) life. To ramble off some highlights Nicole and I…

  • Road tripped to Oregon with our amazing friends Jaclyn, Ryan and their ridiculously cute dog Buddy.
  • Were blessed with the news of our little one due in November.
  • Explored Kauai for two weeks.
  • Started my second business, a camera equipment rental business – KIT
  • Worked the craziest summer of weddings yet, some together and some apart.
  • Welcomed our first nephew into the Sihlis family, congrats big brother!
  • Discovered what a “Baby Moon” was totally took one ourselves when we found out what it was. Whistler, you’re the best!
  • And lastly, our favourite adventure yet! After a wild labor adventure (refer to Nikki’s blog HERE!) we welcomed our amazing little dude into the world. Nixon John Parker Sihlis was born on November 8th at 7:09am.

I definitely can’t even count how many photos I take in a year and I doubt my computer could even produce an accurate count. That being said, there are always some key photos that come to mind when I reflect on the past year so here are some (yes, ONLY some) of my favourites, both from our life and our amazing clients sessions. Here’s to 2016 and whatever adventures it brings!

Cheers!

-R

Shot at beautiful locations in Kelowna, Okanagan, Revelstoke, Whistler, Oregon and Hawaii

Tammy & Dayton – Engaged

All I can say is, whoa. This was one AMAZING day!

We started our shoot in the very park where they had their first date walking their dogs. A few months later, this is the same park where they got engaged, so needless to say, engagement photos in this area made total sense.

Later that afternoon we went somewhere a little more scenic…ok, WAY more scenic. We were picked up at the Vancouver Heliport by their best friend and awesome pilot, Chris who flew us out to Widgeon Lake for some amazing views. The Vancouver area is one of the most beautiful places on the West Coast but if you haven’t seen it from the air, it’s a MUST. I don’t think I can convey in words how much fun we had so I’ll try to leave that part up to the photos.

So excited to be shooting Tammy & Dayton’s wedding at Big White Resort, can it be April 2016 already?!

Enjoy!

-R

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Special thank you to Chris, their best friend/AMAZING pilot and Denise Elliot Makeup Artistry for doing Tammy’s makeup.

Makeup // Emily from Denise Elliot Makeup Artistry

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Alex & Nathaniel – Engaged

This is Alex & Nathaniel. They definitely have one of those legit love stories together. These two have been together for years and last fall they took a trip to Ireland and finished in France. They made their way to Paris and setup for an evening picnic on the lawn with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Apparently the tower sparkles with lights on the hour and when it lit up he proposed. So amazing right?!

Here’s the other part to the story. Before leaving Dublin they stopped in a coffee shop and were en route to catch their flight to Paris. They had to catch a ride to the airport but after jumping on a bus Nathaniel realized he had left his backpack with the ring at the table. He lucked out that someone grabbed the backpack and had it ready for him as he came running back. Alex had no idea why he was so stressed 😉

Nicole and I drove down to shoot their session in Vancouver and lucked out with the PERFECT evening for photos. I had a blast shooting with these two and it was the perfect addition to their legit love story.

Enjoy!

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Hair & Makeup // Nadia Albano Style Inc.

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Leanne & Drew – Engaged

This was by far the snowiest winter shoot I’ve ever done and thanks to all of this snow, the session almost didn’t happen. The day prior to the shoot, Nicole and I drove in to Revelstoke just before they closed the highways for avalanche control. Leanne & Drew had planned this super fun weekend away in Revelstoke but ended up snagging one of the last hotel rooms in Golden until the highways reopened. The challenges of winter sessions, boo.

Fast forward to the shoot. These two couldn’t be more fun. As you can tell from the photos, there isn’t one photo where they’re not smiling at each other from ear to ear. They wanted a winter shoot and that’s definitely what they got. And to finish the story with a happy ending, they still got their super fun get away with hot tubbing, night tubing and a room at the resort.

Stoked for your June 2015 wedding Leanne & Drew!

Enjoy!

-R

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Resort with Firepit // Revelstoke Mountain Resort

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Megan & Ryan – Engaged

These two are awesome. When we met earlier in summer to talk about their wedding we could’ve talked all day and when I learnt that Megan and Ryan are avid bikers it made total sense to get them this vintage tandem bike to cruise on. Surrounded by orchards and vineyards with a view of Kelowna, we were fortunate enough to have the most beautiful evening for their engagement shoot. Nestled in the mountains of my hometown, Revelstoke Mountain Resort will be the setting for their June wedding and I couldn’t be more stoked!

Enjoy!

-R

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Hair & Makeup // Jenny McKinney

Vintage Tandem Bike // Vintage Origami – Wedding Rentals & Decorating

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Brenna & Kyle – Engaged

Who doesn’t love the smell of orchards so full of fruit that the trees are bending over?! For Brenna & Kyle’s session we had the joy of shooting in one of those orchards and it was AWESOME. I had a ton of fun with these two for this chill session and as the photos show, these two are so in love and perfect for each other.

Can’t wait to be back at this orchard for their August 2015 wedding, it’s going to be amazing!

Enjoy!

-R

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Hair Styling & Makeup // Jenny McKinney

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Veronique & Ian – The Proposal

With winter making it’s appearance on several mountain tops in BC this week and many recent engagements I thought it was fitting to share this post.

Where to start. Intro. I’ve known Ian and Veronique for a couple of years now, they’re two of my favourite people to see when I’m in Revelstoke skiing. Jumping back in time, I met them both through my photography work for Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Veronique works in reservations in The Sutton Place Hotel and Ian is the graphic designer for the resort. That being said, I would see them on every trip to shoot in Revelstoke.

Ok, jumping ahead to March 2014. On this particular trip, I was originally booked to shoot the Swatch Freeride World Tour which makes it’s stop in Revelstoke each year. I had drove in from Vancouver, arrived late Friday night exhausted and excited to shoot the next day. Moments after I arrived, got a phone call regarding the Tour which had just been cancelled due to very high avalanche danger. My heart sank. I was SO tired and so choked that it wasn’t just postponed, but cancelled. I called Nicole, broke the news and debated driving home to Kelowna or stay the night and maybe shoot something exciting. I texted Ian asking if it was even worth sticking around to shoot on the hill given that the weather had been really poor and thus the high avalanche rating. He told me that it was pretty mediocre but had a plan. He was going to PROPOSE! My spirits jumped back into game mode and I quickly texted back. “Ya, want photos? 😉 ” The plan was made, I was staying the night in town and the next day was going to be awesome.

Now for the good part. Proposal day. I headed to the hill early and made the hike up the sub-peak to find my hiding perch. I waited patiently for Ian to convince Veronique that she should hike the sub-peak and then it was game time. They hiked the sub-peak and Ian brought her to the perfect spot with a view of the beautiful snow covered valley. I moved to my next hiding spot behind some snow ghosts (aka snow covered trees) and by now he was down on one knee. They were too far away for me to hear anything he was saying but when she saw the ring the only thing I heard was her burst with excitement followed by her gasp as she had just realized I was shooting the whole proposal. They proceeded to enjoy the moments atop the ski hill with a few photos together and a celebratory sip of champagne. After sharing in the excitement with them and with smiles beaming on their faces, we made the leg burning decent from mountain top to valley bottom.

I now present to you, Ian and Veronique’s proposal story!


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September 7th, 2014. Veronique and Ian tied the knot in Revelstoke and I was honoured to photograph their big day. These two are SO perfect for each other and Nicole and I are so lucky to have them as friends! Stay tuned for their wedding blog post!

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Claire & Jay – The Wedding

I was so honoured to be part of Claire & Jay’s weddings on the perfect day in June. With their closest family and friends along with some of my favourite locations in Kelowna, this wedding was so beautiful and the party rocked until the moment it wrapped up. Congrats Claire & Jay, thanks for letting me capture the first day of your lives together as a married couple!

Enjoy!

-R

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Reception Venue // Hotel Eldorado

DJ // DJ Dante – Okanagan Wedding Group

 

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Chelsea & Ryan – Engaged

After being soaked in the rain from a session last week I was really looking forward to a sunset session with a view. Only an hour before the shoot clouds started form and blacken which almost made us relocate. We made the call to stick with our perfect location and WOW was it soooo worth it! This was their first professional session ever but they were so natural and fun that no one could ever tell. Thanks for such a fun night you guys, so excited for your big day this summer!

Enjoy!

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A huge thanks to the wonderful people that were behind the scenes of this shoot!

Styling // Created Lovely Events

Hair & Makeup // Jenny McKinney

Flowers // A New Leaf Floral Design

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