Akane and Justin are my kind of humans. Their story is colourful, full of chance meetings and different countries. They traveled from their home in Romania to Tofino for their destination elopement. Their elopement, my kind of elopement. Her visions and priorities were her beautiful kids, family, Tofino beaches, dress, flowers, hair, and me. Laid back, love fuelled, beautiful event. If you think you need a million hours of coverage, just for the record... I was with them for a total of 2 hours of photography. I definitely can not do a big wedding in that amount of time, but an elopement with a few of your faves... I can do. I love Tofino elopements, Tofino anything really and it appears judging by the amount of time I spend on the west coast, it is a favourite of my amazing couples as well. The moment I set foot on the property I knew I was going to fall in love with their celebration. Akane was calm, sweet, caring and I absolutely fell in love with her energy and infectious laughter. I loved how she just carried on mothering her boys although it was for sure going to mess up her hair/makeup and dress... she laughed it all off. Thats when you know, you are onto something good at a wedding. When the little things are just that, the little things. Another thing I love at weddings is live music, like when your incredible sister in law has the voice of an angel and sings the bride down the isle. Makes everything more momentous and memorable. How beautiful. How grateful I am Akane and Justin to have shared it with you. ox
At times I feel like it's incredibly hard to put into words what it means to me to be a part of such intimate, personal moments in people's lives. I just feel so deeply honored. Especially during an elopement. THEY CHOSE ME. And, virtually no one else. WOW. I mean. Wow. So so so honored.
I put a lot out into the world. Personal stuff. Emotional stuff. Things that make me a little vulnerable and sometimes just downright uncomfortable. Why. Well, ideally...I do it to connect with and attract the perfect clients for me. Clients who, when I first meet them, feels like I've known them forever. Emails between us seem like they are between old friends, not complete strangers.
My photography business is not just a way to make a living. I view it as my profession, yes and I am so grateful to make a living from it. But, 'work' is also 'life' and my life. I value my time. My time here on earth, my time away from my family. If my time at 'work' is more meaningful, more beautiful and spent with people who 'get' me, and love me before even meeting me. Well, then I'm onto something really incredible.
If, in the whole process, I can capture something meaningful. Something magical. Something precious... for my clients. Then, that is just remarkable. I felt an INSTANT connection to Michelle and her desire for an incredibly intimate Tofino, British Columbia elopement. On the beach. Just them. LOVE IT. LOVE THEM.
On a private beach, with not a soul in sight... they shared heartfelt vows, laughed, cried and even pinky swore. It was absolutely inspiring and lovely. I was swept off my feet. To top everything off... we headed to "Tacofino" a mexican food truck just outside of Tofino. BEST. IDEA. EVER. Seriously. Seriously. Best. If I were to say how I wanted my eventual "wedding" to be... this, is likely it.
If you were interested in what amazing things Michelle said to me after viewing a gallery of my favorites from our time together.... check out HERE. I hope you are swept off your feet by them as much as I was....am. ox