A New Blog

It's time! I've finally upgraded my blog and will no longer be adding new content to this blog. I will still keep this blog as it documents my whole journey and progress in becoming a wedding photographer. But please do check out my NEW BLOG!

New blog address: www.vanessavothblog.com

Thanks to each and every one of you that have frequented my blog and have read my posts and commented and shared and encouraged! You've all been a huge part of this process!


Ryoko & Brendan's Sneak Peek

It's late and I'm tired so my mind isn't too sharp right now to write anything fancy about last night's engagement session! I'll save it for the final blog post when I finish all the images. But I had such a great time with this couple and look forward to their wedding next May!

Here are a few images from their session...


JUDY & FORREST /engaged

As you might remember from Judy and Forrest's Sneak Peek, Judy is our Real Estate Agent. We met through a mutual friend and I'm so glad we did! She was such a help to us when we bought our first home, and now again when we bought our new place.

Judy and Forrest got engaged on Christmas Day and I was thrilled when she asked me to do their engagement photos! I met them outside their New West home and we set off down the boardwalk and snapped pictures along the way. So beautiful! The couple, the evening, the lighting, the ring. Oh goodness gracious me. Her ring. It's ah-mazing. It's beyond amazing. It's gorgeously lovely. Wow. One of the perks to being a wedding photographer, and a diamond ring lover, is that I get to see so many different and unique and gorgeous engagement rings! And, yes, I even try them on. It's the safest way to transport them when I'm doing ring shots, instead of holding it loose in my hand! ;) Anyway, beware all you diamond-loving ladies reading this. You will drool. You will ogle. You will covet.

Anyway, thanks for asking me to take these photos for you guys! I had a blast! Hope you enjoy them!

Tomorrow I'll have a Sneak Peek from tonight's gorgeous engagement session at Steveston!!


FEATURED IN /La Belle Bride

This feature is pretty exciting for me! I love La Belle Bride's wedding blog! So many fabulous ideas and inspiration are feature on this blog every day! If you haven't already checked it out, be sure to do so!

I got mixed up yesterday in my blog post and posted an old feature of Beth and Dan's wedding. But today we have the right one! La Belle Bride featured their wedding on their blog yesterday!


Jen and Josh's Engagement Sneak Peek

I had so much fun with Jen and Josh tonight! They were such a blast to photograph, and were up for some fun shots, and weren't set back by the lady threatening to call the cops on us for taking pictures on the sidewalk outside of her house! haha. It was a memorable engagement session to say the least!

These two lovebirds are fabulous! I can't wait for their wedding in October! Enjoy these few images from tonight's session!

FEATURED IN /Wedding Obsession

Emily and Brendan's wedding was featured on Wedding Obsession last week!


Meagan and Josiah's Wedding Sneak Peek

Yesterday I had the great privilege and honour to photograph Meagan and Josiah's wedding. It was an amazing day- beautiful sunny weather, a couple so in love and ready to become husband and wife, a beautiful view, and family and friends enjoying a picnic lunch on the lawn. Gorgeous. The amount of detail in this wedding was crazy! I can't wait to show you the final images, but for now you can look at these images and anticipate the rest yet to come!

Congratulations Meagan and Josiah! Hope you have an awesome time at your secret honeymoon destination! Can't wait to find out where you went! Thanks again for having me be part of your day.



From House To Home

We've been living in our new place for just over a month now. We haven't been around much since we moved, so unpacking has taken longer than it should. And we started painting maybe two weeks after we moved in, so it's be a little chaotic in here. We're SO close to being done the painting on the main level, the mess of stuff is starting to reside and I feel like I can breathe again. Poor Girlie was a little scared of all the ladders and furniture in the middle of the room. She would get so frustrated when she couldn't push her stroller for more than two seconds before it got stuck against another obstacle!

I was a little sad for most of the time since having moved in. Our old place was home. It was comfortable, it was lived in, it reflected us, it was home. This place wasn't home when we moved in. Obviously, it takes time for that transition to happen. But it made me sad. It was sad to see Cheyenne not comfortable with being by herself to play with her toys. She still won't go downstairs without me in the mornings. I missed the familiarity of our old place.

Our last place started feeling like home about 6 months after we moved in when a friend encouraged me to pray through our house. James and I went into every single room, including the bathrooms and garage, and prayed for each room, blessing it and casting out anything or any presence that was not from God. (There's a long story to go along with this that I'll save for another post.) Our house felt so different after that. Almost like a cloud was lifted and we could fully breathe for the first time since living there. I felt like I took control of our life and our home and who/what was allowed to be present in it. Claiming the power of Christ, in my home and in my life. It was liberating.

I didn't even think about praying for our new house until just recently. I'd been sensing something present in our home that was not from God so the other night James and I prayed for our room. Cheyenne was already sleeping and I wanted her to be part of this process so we just started with our room. A fresh slate. Whatever has been hanging around this place before we moved in is no longer present. Is no longer welcome. By the power of Christ's blood on the cross we claimed back our authority over this house, this house that God has blessed us with and is, ultimately, His.

The next night we prayed through the rest of the house as a family. Cheyenne even prayed for her bathroom, with our guidance..."Dear God, please bless this bathroom and keep it holy." I know that we told her what to say, but to hear your child pray is about the sweetest thing your ears can ever hear.

And now our house is our home. We still have lots to do before it reflects us and our personalities and style and all that, but it feels like home. It feels like ours. I'm so excited for all the memories and experiences that we'll have in this home.

If you haven't claimed your home as your own through prayer, I encourage you to do so.


HANA & EUGENE /Langley Wedding Photographer

One June 18, 2011, Hana and Eugene tied the knot. Their families flew in from their home countries in Asia and they had a quaint, intimate wedding ceremony at Milner Chapel in Langley. I used to drive by this church everyday on my way to work and would marvel at it and hoped to one day step inside its doors. And finally I did! It's such a cute little church, and Hana and Eugene kept the decorations simple, with just a few peonies on the pews.

Hana and Eugene's engagement session is still one of my favourites. They were so cute and the camera loved them! Well, their wedding met all my expectations of a great photo session and then some! I adored the location for their portraits, just across the street from Milner Chapel is a feed retailer and they have some barns and stuff in the back. The rustic setting was my favourite. I love the contrast of the rustic background with their elegant attire. Love it!

Thank you, Hana and Eugene, for having me be part of your day in such a special way. It was truly an honour and I hope you enjoy the images, because I sure do!

I have so many favourites from this wedding, and I was only there for four hours! :) Enjoy these images and to see more check out their Slideshow.

Just arrived at the church, Mom is placing the tiara. That is one happy bride!

I always love the exit shot. So happy and relieved!

Hana was a stunning bride. She got her dress at a second hand store and it is gorgeous and fits her like a glove! I loved so many of her bridal shots so there's a bunch here for you!

This is my FAVOURITE!

I loved Eugene's tie, and the simplicity and elegance of his suit. And the boutonniere is perfect, too!

Love :)

Workin' it for the camera! Love this shot.

Love this one of Euegne!

So cute!

Another fave.

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