You can tell a lot about people by the people around them…and Lindsey and Rob are surrounded by a lot of quality people. On their gorgeous September wedding day, no fewer than 13 attendants stood beside this delightful couple as they pledged their lives to one another…not to mention their amazing families, who have supported them (and their adorable girls, Gracie & Sadie) all along the way. It was a privilege to be part of such a sweet celebration.

Lindsey and her ladies got ready at Rob’s mom’s home, while the guys got ready at Rob & Lindsey’s place. Unbeknownst to Rob, Lindsey had arranged a very unique form of transportation to get him to the church on time – a 1942 restored army vehicle.  As part of their touching ceremony, Rob made a promise to Gracie and presented her with a special necklace…and let’s just say there weren’t too many dry eyes in the house during that moment. Finally, these two said their I Do’s and sealed it with a kiss.

Then we were off for portraits ahead of their fun-filled reception, which included a delicious dinner, a gorgeous cake and cupcakes (made by the sister of the bride…sparkly and delicious!), a Ukrainian dance troupe that wowed the crowd (and made Lindsey, herself a trained Ukrainian dancer and former instructor, proud), and the most unique father-daughter dance I’ve ever seen. Finally, it was time for everyone to dance the night away, which they were only too happy to do!

Lindsey and Rob, thank you so much for having me along…what a joy!

Lindsey’s bouquet was stunning…and included some very special touches, such as her grandparents’ wedding rings.

The gents got to the wedding in style in “Linda,” a restored army vehicle that Lindsey arranged as a surprise for her groom.

The bride’s sweet ride…

These two had their first date at the Fort Pub…so wanted to drop in with their bridal party for a quick photo! (And possibly a shot.)

Dress: Isabelle’s Bridal | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal | Flowers: She’s My Florist | Hair: Heather McMillan – Shear Envy | Make-Up: Kerri Schallié | Caterering: Two Peas Catering – Columbia Bible College | Cake & cupcakes: the bride’s super-talented super sister Wendy Heppner | DJ: Wailin Dalen Entertainment | Transportation: Infinity Limousine Langley; “Linda” (1942 Chevrolet 1.5 ton) – Greg & Sandra Bater; “Dad” 1969 Chevelle – Bob Kellie | Venue: West Langley Hall | Chair Covers/Sashes: Kristen Day Event Co. | Lights: Sitka Studios | Second photographer: the lovely Amber Leigh Photography | Videographer: Erik Baldwinson

Oh. my. goodness.

I had been looking forward to Juliesa + Justin’s big day since we met way back in the spring, when Justin’s sister Sara of Sara Manning Photography sent this delightful pair my way. From the very first moment, it was evident that both Justin and Juliesa are two of the most caring people you could ever want to know. You can see and feel just how deeply these two beautiful souls love one another – not to mention everyone around them. They both have a gift for making you feel as though you’ve known them forever, and when I think of them, these words come to mind: gratitude, generosity, compassion, love, and joy.

That first impression was further affirmed during their gorgeous Whytecliffe Park engagement session, during which they not only had the kindest of words for one another, but for me as well. Which only made me even more excited for their wedding day. Not just because I knew it would be absolutely stunning (which it was!), but because I knew it would be a beautiful testament to their commitment to one another, and a true celebration of the love they share.

Their intimate wedding took place on a gorgeous September afternoon, in a stunning setting, in front of a beautifully hand-crafted arbour decorated with lovely flowers. Every detail was perfect, from the decor to the food to the cake. But all of that beauty pales in comparison to the love of family and friends that surrounded these two as they spoke their vows to one another. Perfection.

Juliesa and Justin, thank you for allowing me to capture your day. I’m honoured and humbled. (And Sara, thank you for knowing, somehow, that we’d be a good fit. Nailed it, girl!)

Bride’s dress: Lisa’s Bridal | Bride’s shoes: Aldo | Hair and Makeup: Becky at Mink | Groom’s suit: Harry Rosen and Value Village | Groom’s shoes: Hudson’s Bay |Flowers: the unbelievably amazing Sarah at Kaye Fleur | Rings: Spence Diamonds | Venue: Fairway Farms | Tents: The Tent Guys | Tables: South Langley Table Rentals | Rentals: Lonsdale Events | Wine Barrel and table top rentals: Nicole Taylor Designs | Arbour: Ben Vanderkwaak | Caterer: The Butler Did It | Cake and cupcakes: Edible Flours | Desserts: Vogue Cakes | Coordinator: Caroline at Love and Confetti

  • Jamie Delaine - October 7, 2016 - 2:18 pm

    Yay, so beautiful Wendy… love all of these!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - October 7, 2016 - 2:47 pm


    W O W !!!!!!!!!

    I love these so so much! Thank you so very much for capturing by little brother and new sister’s day so beautifully!!!


  • Sara - October 7, 2016 - 3:06 pm

    WOW, Wendy!! These are stunning! I cannot stop looking!
    Thank you SO SO SO much for capturing my little brother and new sister’s big day so beautifully. I will cherish these family photos for eternity!


    • Wendy Lees - October 7, 2016 - 8:07 pm

      Oh my goodness, Sara! What an honour!!! Your family is truly one-of-a-kind…I’m blessed to know you!ReplyCancel

This is one shoot I’ve been meaning to do for a long time…and for one reason or another, it didn’t happen. Until today.

My mom has been the single most influential person in my life. That may seem obvious, but I know not everyone could – or would – say that about their parent. Her life has not been without its challenges, most especially these past few years during which she has struggled with her health. Yet her deep faith and her love for her family have been unwavering. She has taught me everything I know about unconditional love by modelling it for me, particularly over the last 30-odd years since she became a follower of Christ.

Recently, our family found out that we don’t have a whole lot of time left with this gem. And I’m trying very hard to stay present with and celebrate her while I’m able. I try not to think too much about what tomorrow may bring, at least when it comes to her, but I know that her future is firmly held in the Hands that hold the world.

Today, she graciously allowed me to capture these images – even though I’m pretty sure she didn’t really feel much like being photographed – and I’m grateful for the privilege. One more testament to the way she has so often put others ahead of herself.

If I’ve learned anything over the years as a photographer, it’s that you can’t have too many memories of the ones you love. And you never know when you might wish you’d have taken the time to do that family photo shoot, or even just a quick snapshot with your grandma. You just never know.

(My Auntie Terri, mom’s sister, and I jumped in for a few, as well. Thanks for putting up with us, Mom!)

P.S. Three cheers for white backdrops, perfect natural light, and warm-enough weather for this little lady to be outside!

  • Bernadine - September 26, 2016 - 6:20 am

    Oh, Wendy, these are gorgeous! What a beautiful, radiant person your mom is. Such a privilege to still be able to enjoy her company. Thanks for sharing these photos and sentiments with us. Love it 💕ReplyCancel

    • Wendy Lees - September 26, 2016 - 7:36 am

      Thank you so much, Bernadine! Yes, she is a beauty…and I’m so blessed to be her daughter!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Wright - September 27, 2016 - 3:58 am

    Wendy, what beautiful photos of your lovely mom. Her love for God, life and family shine through her eyes. Just precious in His sight. Love you all so much. All are in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

    • Wendy Lees - October 4, 2016 - 10:58 pm

      Carolyn, thank you so much for your kind words…love and miss you!ReplyCancel

There’s something so miraculous about becoming a parent; babies change us in ways we could never believe or imagine. Cristina and Dave recently welcomed their sweet Benjamin into the world and (no surprise) are absolutely smitten with their darling boy, who is already so loved.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with wee Benjamin (who, may I add, already knows how to work the camera…so adorable!) and his delightful parents. Here are a few of my favourite images from our recent session. Dave and Cristina, thank you so very much for having me along!

Baby Benjamin shows off his Scottish tartan.

And here, he models his Italian tartan.

Grandma and Nonno came from Ontario to welcome Benjamin home.

My lovely niece Melissa has been one of the earliest supporters of my photography career, generously allowing me to capture her and her husband Mika (and later her sweet daughter Sadie) over the past few years. It’s been such a joy to see her blossom as a wife and mother. A while back, Mel and her family moved to Kamloops, where Mika serves as a firefighter and Mel runs a successful home-based business that allows her to stay home with sweet Sadie.

Recently, my sister Tracy (who just so happens to be Mel’s amazing mom) and I took a quick road trip to Kamloops for a photo shoot in honour Sadie’s 3rd birthday, and to spend a bit of time with this adorable family.

Here are just a few of my favourites!