March 23, 2010

Celebrity Bride Guide Features Wedded Bliss Photography & Jillian Harris's Engagement Photos!

I am super excited to share the great interview I got to do with Jillian Harris and Celebrity Bride Guide last week. As many of you know, Kate and I were honored to photograph Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski of ABC's "The Bachelorette" at the beginning of the year, and here, in this exclusive interview, Jillian shares some secrets about the Wedding she and Ed are planning and how they came to choose Wedded Bliss Photography for their intimate Engagement Session.

Wedded Bliss Photography

Engaged reality star Jillian Harris was touched when Renee Leveille of Wedded Bliss Photography sent her encouraging notes and flowers during her stints on ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” Renee, who lives near Jillian’s parents in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, was a fan of Jillian’s but they had never met.

“Renee was always supporting me and I didn’t know her,” Jillian says. “To come home to your parents’ house and have a little treat like that, I was touched,” Jillian explains. “There were 50 or 60 photographers that had emailed me about doing engagement photos, but I just instinctively went to Renee because she had been a supporter. I went to her website and loved her work and it seemed like an obvious choice.”

When Jillian and fiance Ed Swiderski visited British Columbia at Christmastime, they got together with Renee for the shoot.

“I was adamant I wanted the photos outside,” Jillian says. “Ed and I love rock music, we love to socialize, we love art and food. I didn’t want the photos to be portrait style. I wanted something a little more fashionable. Renee took us on a tour of the Gellatly Nut Farm and there was a barn with green moss. Then we went to a wrecking yard. Both Ed and my father were in the automotive industry so they both loved that idea. Ed and I are both big car buffs too so it worked really well. It gave the photos that artsy feel but still with a pop of color.”

Read more of our interview with Jillian and find out about her wedding plans at Celebrity Bride Guide.

March 20, 2010

Winter Wedding in Kelowna BC...but where is the snow?

Kate and I have loved getting to know Steve and Erin. Steve, a professional photographer himself, knew photography was going to be a priority at their Wedding so they booked us a year and half in advance. Needless to say we have been anticipating this Wedding!
Set in February, as a Winter Wedding, we couldn't wait to shoot in the snow. This year however, Mother Nature saw Winter differently and so the snow was already gone. I was ecstatic however to find that the river at Mission Creek Park in Kelowna BC was still frozen over, so we got out on the ice, lit some sparklers and had some fun with the Wedding Party! The girls all looked stunning in their faux fur wraps and men dapper in their long tailed tuxes. Very chic!

Thanks to Lois Lane Antiques for the fun backdrop for Erin and Steve's Bride and Groom portraits.

"Thank you very much Renee & Kate. I have no doubt that we made the absolute best choice in hiring you guys. Your work is exemplary, and you both are some of the friendliest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.

I will be telling absolutely everyone I know that anytime they need the services of a professional photographer, you guys are the only ones worth working with. Thank you both so much!"

Steve & Erin Gaucher, Kelowna B.C.