We don’t get many chances to visit Vancouver Island, but we enjoyed the nice ferry ride and weekend away to photograph Mike and Hailey’s Wedding Mellor Hall at the Cowichan Exhibition Centre last May. They had access to 35 acres of grassy fields that overlooked nearby mountains, and I was nothing short of ecstatic when I saw the pictures online. I’m such a sucker for people in beautiful landscapes and I could not wait until the evening to take advantage of these two with the golden sun setting behind them with shady trees and the mountain backdrop.
When Sophie told me they are both "super goofy and a little immature", I knew we had to do something that would reflect that aspect of their relationship. I suggested that after they take some nice formal photos, we all jump into the water together and splash around to grab some AMAZING candids (Yes i was butt deep in the water with a SARAN-wrapped camera telling them to splash water towards me, while Taylor was standing in the water a few feet away grabbing a different angle. Some may call us a little crazy) . I almost feel that I had more fun with this than they did!
A DIY Tutorial on making a dual strap camera harness
Little did they know this would be their life for the next 23 hours. A team of two, breaking through the pain together, with their doula and midwife by their side and me on the other. Being able to document this important journey brings huge waves of emotions. But most of all, being able to witness the huge amount of love that a husband and wife show for each other during this stressful and joyous time, is an opportunity that I will never take for granted. This is the story of Myca & Jay, and the journey they travelled together to bring their son Haus into this world.