My Favourite Photos from 2018 - The Canadian Rockies and Beyond

2018 was a great, big, beautiful year. One I will never forget. This has been a great year for documenting weddings, elopements and couples who felt like a lovely match to the style I use to photograph connections and people in love. I feel humbled and incredibly blessed by all of the people I got to work with in Canada and abroad. My gratitude for your trust when documenting an intimate moment runs deep, and leaves me ever fulfilled to be on this path with photography. Thank you for sharing such a lovely space to create from.

Getting to visit Ireland and photograph my first destination wedding would be another highlight for the year. I can not wait to share this wedding! You’ll find a healthy selection of images from this wedding mid pack below. Between this amazing wedding, and the 29 other incredible weddings that took place all over the Rockies, I will be delightfully busy updating my blog with this years, and last years (2017) weddings. It will be great to share some fresh, new work.

Another major highlight for the year was getting to travel more. Getting to visit Tofino, Ireland, New York, and then San Francisco were all places I have longed to visit. I have shared a couple photos from some of these places below, and plan to do more personal photography projects that may make an appearance on this site in the future.

With this being the most full year I have had in the past 6 years of business, a lot of important aspects of life were left a bit short. As much as I love this path, I also love life and the ever present pursuit of a work life balance that provides enough rest to really dig deep and keep pushing myself as an artist. This year, I will be making a significant goal to attain that balance and level out how much I work vs how much I live and create for me. 2019 is still a full year, one I am very excited to be a part of. I am equally excited to explore inviting time with friends & family, outdoor recreation, creative personal projects, and above all else ~ time for self care to come back into the picture. We are all deserving of taking great care of ourselves in any capacity we can create. The idea is to create it from a place of worthiness.

Another major goal, one I have been building towards for a couple years now, is to do a full and complete rebrand of my business. I am excited to get started on a fresh new look for my website, blog, and new, exciting options for couples hiring me for the coming years. With all of the busyness mentioned above, there are nearly 60 weddings that only a few photos have been shared from each on social media. It will be great to have the time to thoughtfully share some of my favourite work from the past two years.

Thank you so much for taking the time to pop by and see some of my favourite images from the past year. I apologize for the quantity, I wanted to dabble a few personal photos throughout. I am so excited to invite new experiences to come in 2019, both professionally and personally. I am sending you all a warm, heartfelt wish for a wonderful and fulfilling year ahead. Thank you so very much for your support!

Much love,

Jody

Jess and Cameron | Lake Louise Elopement | Lake Louise, AB Wedding

I love intimate weddings in inclimate weather. So moody, beautiful and dramatic. Add in a little Lake Louise magic and you've got one beautiful Elopement! 

I loved getting to photograph this elopement. Between the calmness of Lake Louise, the snow and rain that gently fell and the loving notions that flowed with ease between Jess and Cameron, all of it was wonderful to photograph. Here are my favourite photos from their lovely elopement at Chateau Lake Louise, followed by a portrait session along Emerald Lake road. 

Thank you for bringing me along to capture your elopement, Jess and Cameron! xo

Venue: Chateau Lake Louise

Hair: Lillies and Lace Beauty Co.

Makeup: The Pretty Haus

Flowers: Forget Me Not Flowers

Katie and Dan | Storm Mountain Lodge Elopement | Banff National Park Wedding

I absolutely loved being a part of this beautiful elopement at Storm Mountain Lodge in Banff National Park! Katie and Dan were absolute dreams to work with. This lovely couple reached out from Australia seeking an intimate environment, in the Canadian Rockies, for their elopement as a gift to each other for their 10 year anniversary of being together. Storm Mountain Lodge came to my mind immediately. They also wanted a tour da force experience with photography in the Rockies, and that is exactly what we did together. We started in Kootenay National Park and then finished with a few sites in Banff National Park before ending our time together. Any where we went, Katie's gorgeous gold dress shone like a bright light on a cool November day. What a fun dress to photograph! :)

Here are my most favourite images from their elopement. I hope you enjoy them! A huge thank you to Katie and Dan for bringing me along to capture this lovely time in your lives. I'll never forget you both. :) 

Here's to many more blog posts to come! :)

Venue: Storm Mountain Lodge.

Hair and Makeup: The Pretty Haus

Flowers: Willow Flower Co.

Melissa and Kevin | Squamish, BC Wedding | Intimate Family Wedding

I am so pleased to finally be able to share this lovely destination wedding from Squamish, BC on the blog today! I loved being a part of this intimate, backyard wedding for a few reasons. Mel (the bride) and I have been friends for a number of years, and I was thrilled to be a part of her special day. Two, Kevin (the groom) is an amazing man! These two have been together for many years and have created quite a life for themselves in a beautiful little corner, close to the spit in Squamish. I've always loved their home, and was super excited to photograph a backyard wedding for them. And three, I love to travel for weddings! It was so exciting boarding a plane and flying to a brand new area to photograph an intimate wedding. It was a pleasure joining them for their wedding weekend, photographing their rehearsal dinner and full wedding day.

 Here are my favourite images from my time with them. I had a really hard time narrowing it down. I could have shared their whole collection. These two are surrounded by incredible family and friends. All of them sharing in the common delight of finally seeing these two marry each other. 

Mel and Kevin, I hope you two look back and smile at your day with fond memories. Memories of hilarious mishaps during the ceremony ;), the beautiful sunny day you two were blessed with, the amazing food and ice cream truck (seriously, it was the best!) and the overwhelming feelings of love and support your community, close friends and family. To say it was an honour capturing your day, merely scratches the surface. It was a privilege. I wish you both the absolute best life can send your way! xo

They imparted some truly lovely words from their time with me. Thank you for the kind testimonial, Mel and Kevin!

"Working with Jody was fantastic! She put Kevin and I at ease and made our experience in front of the camera both comfortable and super fun! Her knowledge of the process was extremely helpful, being that this was our first time getting married . We trusted Jody to guide us and relied heavily on her when making key decisions regarding the timing of our day. Jody's ability to direct us, our wedding party and our guests was exceptional. 

She blended into our wedding perfectly and captured every element of our day from the perspective of a guest, rather than as an onlooker or outsider. This created the intimate perspective we were hoping to capture. Some of our favourite moments are found in the candids and is testament to Jody's amazing eye. 

We are extremely impressed with the photo collection we received and have had so much fun sharing them with our friends and families. ~ 
Melissa and Kevin"

Here are the amazing vendors who played a role in their lovely Squamish BC Wedding:

Grooms suit: Garrison Bespoke
Brides dress: BDHL
Brides shoes: John Fluevog
Hair and Make up Artists: Natasha Trottier
Flowers: Alexis Kraig and Jen Rolufs
Salads: Kinley Aitken
Pig Roast: Russel Dechaine
DJ: Julian Hine
Ice Cream Truck: Alice and Brohm

Emerald Lake Lodge Wedding | British Columbia | Intimate Wedding

I loved getting to be a part of Jess and Darren's intimate wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge in British Columbia this past summer. These two are so incredibly lovely together, it was a pleasure photographing their close knit feeling wedding, on a beautiful summer's day.

Here are my favourite photos from their wedding. We started the day with a stroll around the lake, followed by a lovely ceremony at the Emerald Lake Lodge Viewpoint, and finishing with a beautiful sunset near the spot they got married. I hope you enjoy the photos!

So much gratitude for getting to document your lovely day, Jess and Darren! I wish you both continued love for one another and many well wishes on your journey through life together. xo

Vendors who played a roll in their wedding day:

Wedding Cake - Kake
Ceremony Musician - Music Mosaic (solo cellist)
Ceremony Venue - Emerald Lake Lodge Viewpoint
Florals - Willow Flower Company
Hair and Makeup Artists - Mountain Beauties
Marriage Commissioner - Kim Chapman
Reception Venue - Emerald Lake Lodge  
Wedding Planning - Postcard Weddings & Events

Rimrock Resort Hotel Wedding | Banff, AB | Vintage Wedding

I loved getting to photograph this vintage style wedding at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta this past July 2016. Carlee and Mark wanted to have an intimate roof top wedding among close family and friends, surrounded by the the beautiful Canadian Rockies.

I also very much loved getting to photograph this couple within the beautiful Rimrock hotel. The couple had requested a first look within the hotel, and we found the perfect room to host this part of the day. Divas Cocktail Bar provided the perfect backdrop to host this very vintage looking wedding. It was a real treat getting to photograph this couple within a room full of black and white photographs of hollywood actors and actresses from past to present. It was the perfect backdrop for this couples first look.

These are some of my favourite photos from the day. Between the bubbly excitement the couple felt for each other getting married, to the lovely ceremony Robin White provided on a beautiful rooftop patio in the sun, all of it was a joy to photograph. 

Once the ceremony and diner had passed, the couple asked for one more bride/groom portrait session at sunset. We could not have asked for better conditions for this. We had sunshine, rainbows, a beautiful sunset bride/groom portrait session and a full mood rising on a warm, clear evening in the Rockies. To add to this magic, it was a true pleasure to get to photograph such a loving couple within all of this. Thank you for bringing me along to capture your intimate wedding within the beautiful Canadian Rockies, Carlee and Mark. I wish you both a life of love and happiness together. xo