The Patstone Family - St Mary Lake Resort by Valeskca San Martin

Members of the Patstone family travelled from around the world to reunite on Salt Spring Island. They rented a few cabins at St Mary Lake Resort and that's where I met with them for our photoshoot. Music plays a tremendous role in this family's life, and watching the grandkids dance around the harp warmed my heart. Not only was this family the sweetest to work with, I left our session with my cheeks hurting from smiling so much!

Zena & Gord - Salt Spring Engagement by Valeskca San Martin

Capturing engagement sessions are so much fun... especially when you have the sweetest clients in front of the camera. Zena & Gord are such romantic sweethearts that it was a joy to hop around the island with the two of them. We started at their family property on the lake then made our way to Drummond Park where they climbed one of the massive trees - the place where they had their first date - told you they were romantic! 

Donna & Guy - Quarrystone House Salt Spring Island by Valeskca San Martin

I have known Donna & Guy for several years and I was so glad she called and asked me to photograph their wedding! They are hopelessly in love with each other, and it was very apparent during the entire day. During their ceremony, they were surrounded by loving family and friends. They laughed and smiled together and it was impossible to miss how much they love being together.  

Thank you both Donna & Guy!

The Casiro Family on Salt Spring Island by Valeskca San Martin

The Casiro clan was recently reunited on our lovely island and wanted take advantage of their time together by getting some family portraits. I headed over to the beautiful Salt Spring Island home they rented to photograph them in a gorgeous space that boasted a terrific view of the ocean and a lovely garden. One of my favourite things when photographing families is to be an observer, allowing the family to enjoy their time together, allowing me to capture those real moments - this fun loving group was no exception!

Bouquet trends for 2017 - Salt Spring Island wedding ideas by Valeskca

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Nothing says rustic chic like a foliage-rich bouquet of wildflowers! Imagine the sweet smell of herbs, like mint and rosemary, wafting through the air as you walk down the aisle. While the most popular wedding flowers are still roses, peonies, dahlias, ranunculus and hydrangeas, one popular trend this year is the increase in green foliage and wildflowers for a rustic, just-picked-from-the-garden look. Think about including locally grown herbs, ferns, wildflowers, and seasonal blooms as a budget friendly option and a floral backdrop that will enhance you perfect wedding photo opportunities!

Meghan & Nigel - Hastings House Salt Spring Island by Valeskca San Martin

Newlyweds Meghan & Nigel wanted a wedding that showcased the beauty of Salt Spring Island, and that’s precisely what they got with their ceremony at the Hastings House! The day kicked off with an ocean front ceremony, and culminated with a family-style dinner that included dancing, laughter and a whole lot of love!

Kiana & Zach – Hastings House Salt Spring Island Wedding by Valeskca

Oh my goodness this wedding was fun, sun-soaked, and gorgeous.  Kiana and Zach’s wedding at the Hastings House was a unique and joyful celebration. This wedding reflected their commitment to live simply and faithfully. Every detail included in their wedding day was personal and the result of a loving community effort. This sweet couple laughed their way through the whole day with their family and friends. Kiana & Zach, you two are adorable; I loved photographing you wedding day!

Amy & Ruben - Salt Spring Island Engagement shoot by Valeskca

It's not everyday I get to photograph an engagement as it's happening - and this one was extra special because it was for my little brother! When Ruben told me what he planned for Amy, I was convinced he could pull it off! You see, Amy loved the idea of a photo shoot of the two of them as a birthday gift. Our plan was to set off for Ruckle Park, one of Amy's favourite Salt Spring locations, and start our 'birthday' shoot as I waited for Ruben's cue. Once he motioned for me to move further away so they could share their intimate moment more privately, I stood, camera in hand, feeling a little excited and a little nervous about what was about to happen. I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I got just a bit misty eyed as I watched my brother fall to one knee and a huge smile spread across Amy's face. I have no idea what was said, but she clearly melted in his arms as she loudly proclaimed YES! Amy, I am so excited you are going to be my sister. Welcome to the family!

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Jocelyn & Kory - Salt Spring Island Cheese Farm Wedding by Valeskca

I arrived at Jocelyn's childhood home where the girls were getting their hair and makeup done. Chatter and giggles filled the air as Brenda worked on the girl’s makeup and made them all look gorgeous (as if they weren’t already! ;) ) From there, I was off to meet Kory and his boys who looked ever so handsome in their grey suits. Two things that stood out about this couple right away was Jocelyn's beautiful smile (and the most infectious laugh you've ever heard) and Kory's easy going sense of humour. This wedding celebration provided dancing, laughter, and incredible light. What a beautiful day! Jocelyn & Kory, you  are so calm, confident, and relaxed, it was an absolute blast to capture your wedding day, thank you!

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Sarah & Rob - Hastings House Salt Spring Island Wedding by Valeskca

Sarah & Rob’s wedding was a beautiful affair reflecting the couple’s love and dedication to family and friends. I was touched and honoured to photograph Sarah in her dress as it was an hommage to her mother who had recently passed away. She explained with much happiness and emotion how she knew instantly that she would wear her mom's dress on her wedding day... it was perfect. She was stunning, and Rob's expression of genuine joy was obvious as she made her way down the aisle. The timeless beauty and serenity of the Hastings House provided the perfect backdrop for Sara and Rob’s intimate wedding. Sarah & Rob, I was honoured to be a part of your day. Your love and respect for one another is palpable. Thank you.

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Catherine & Leah - Salt Spring Island garden wedding by Valeskca

Catherine & Leah celebrated their union with a beautiful garden ceremony surrounded by family and friends. Their precious ceremony included a ring warming where guests held girl's wedding rings and blessed them with their thoughts and prayers. I had a great time documenting Catherine & Leah's wedding as they celebrated with their friends and family! I feel so fortunate to have formed such a great connection with these two amazing ladies, thank you Catherine & Leah!

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Jaqueline & Dave- Maracaibo, Salt Spring Island wedding by Valeskca

Jacqueline & Dave’s wedding day was simply perfect! Their wedding took place at Jacqueline's family summer home at Maracaibo. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a BBQ and cocktails near the beach that was followed by a garden reception. I adored working with Jacqueline & Dave! In addition to being an utterly gorgeous couple, they are two of the funniest people I've ever met. They went out of their way to make sure their guests were laughing and that bellies were full. Jacqueline & Dave, I had a great time documenting your wedding and celebration with friends and family - thank you for all of the laughs!

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Cusheon Lake Resort, Salt Spring island family session by Valeskca

What’s not to love about summertime family portraits... especially at the beach! I really enjoy photographing at Cusheon Lake - as it’s just another one of our Salt Spring gems -  and I was really pleased to get the chance to photograph the Prostok's family vacation at the resort. They regularly visit our wonderful little island from the States and they wanted some family portraits to capture their summer fun. It really doesn’t get more entertaining than capturing teenagers razzing each other and laughing with their parents! Cynthia and Jeff, thank you for letting me capture a glimpse of your dynamic family!

Justin & Simon - Quarrystone House, Salt Spring Wedding by Valeskca

Justin & Simon were a perfect couple to photograph - fun, handsome and totally adorable together! Although they live in Australia, they traveled to our beautiful little island for their wedding celebration and tied the knot at the Quarrystone House. Their intimate wedding included their amazing family and friends who had traveled from Australia and Ontario. There was singing, dancing, tears, laughter, and a whole lotta love! Justin & Simon, you are two of the most lovely people I’ve had the chance to work with. Thank you for allowing me to document your love. 

Amy & Paul – Shipstones Pub & Grill, Salt Spring Island Wedding by Valeskca

Amy and Paul had the sweetest wedding with their ceremony at a local church surrounded by friends and family! After our picture perfect portrait session we made our way to their beautiful wedding celebration at Shipstones Pub & Grill. If you have never been to Shipstones, it’s truly a gorgeous venue for a wedding celebration of under 100 guests. The venue overlooks the Ganges marina and is perfect for out of town guests to get a taste of Salt Spring and the ideal backdrop for a summer wedding. Amy & Paul, I had so much fun capturing your big day, thank you !

 

Pre-wedding beauty products for the budget savvy bride by Valeskca

Spring has sprung, and the 2015 wedding season is just about to begin, yay! Like many of the brides I photograph, I love trying out new beauty products - so I recently signed up for Birchbox after reading some great buzz about it on the Internet. A subscription let's you try different beauty products every month. I've now received my second box, and I decided I had to share this little gem with all of you! Birchbox is a great way to try and buy high-end beauty products without having to invest in the full size product upfront. Not to mention, I think a Birchbox subscription would make a super fun gift for your bridesmaids!

Randy & Cindy – Hastings House, Salt Spring Island Wedding by Valeskca

Randy & Cindy have one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever heard... Together, they have overcome illness, family tragedy, and just about everything else this crazy world can sometimes throw our way. They decided to elope at the Hastings House just before Cindy started her cancer treatments. Their love was beautiful to witness, and I felt blessed to be a part of this precious moment... Thank you Randy and Cindy, it was an honour to photograph your love.

 

 

 

Looking for a Bride and Groom with a sense of adventure... by Valeskca

If Maroon 5 can crash a wedding, why could't you and your wedding party crash a music festival!

Picture this...

You've just had your dream Salt Spring wedding ceremony surrounded by friends and family.

You plan on having portraits next, but how will you keep your guests entertained? Why not have everyone board a bus and head over to the Farmer's Institute! Here, you'll crash Salt Spring Island's favourite music festival and perform a mock wedding ceremony on stage with a crowd of thousands cheering and celebrating with you.

Next, how about dancing to a couple of hoppin' tunes with your partner before being whisked away to have your portraits done. 

In the meantime, your family and friends will be able to take in some live music, savour delicious appies, and enjoy the beer and wine gardens for a couple of hours. 

Once you're portrait session has wrapped up, you and your guests will once again board your bus and head to your chosen venue to party the night away!

Details:

The food on the grounds will be nothing short of amazing and what's a music festival without a beer and wine garden? And of course, let's not forget the entertainment!

Wedding date must be Aug 8-9 2015 and the festival will take place at the Farmer's Institute grounds.

For the right couple, this could be just the unique twist to make your wedding day unforgettable!

 

For more details, contact Vanessa at: sweetambrosiaevents

Auna & Chris – Beaver Point Hall, Salt Spring Island Wedding by Valeskca

Imagine meeting your bff at the age of 12... The only thing sweeter than Chris and Auna's Salt Spring wedding is their love story. They met in Middle School, shared slow dances and love notes... Fast forward several years, and this adorable couple was wed on a beautiful spring day at Beaver Point Hall. They had a very down to earth reception with to die for vegan cuisine, images of the couple growing up together throughout their cozy venue, and of course, wonderful family and friends to share their special day.Chris & Auna, thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding day - it was a celebration filled with love and happiness!

Reception Venue: Beaver Point Hall Cuisine: Victoria Pie Co. Hair & Make-up: Evolve Aveda Concept Salon & Spa

Compassion Gorilla - Salt Spring Portrait Photography by Valeskca

What do you get when you mix a billowing accordion, smooth horns, harmonic guitar, sweet hand-percussion, strong bass lines, and organic vocal harmonies? Compassion Gorilla! This unique band who's sound is world beat meets latin folk meets dub music, was a blast to work with! Their eclectic sound is one that leaves a lasting impression... just like these crazy characters! Thanks for asking me to take your images, it was an unforgettable afternoon!