Intimate Whistler Wedding at Alta Lake - N&J

Stunning, relaxed wedding in Whistler, BC. Learn the beautiful story behind this intimate DIY wedding for Nicky and Jake Boling, taking place on the shores of Alta Lake with the breath-taking Whistler Mountain as the incredible backdrop. Whistler Wedding Photography by Ink Photography InkPhotoBC.

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Koa Beans - Documentary Style - At Home Family Session

This gorgeous munchkin is a very special little lady. With eyes like that it’s hard not to take a good photo of her and her amazing Mama, but it was so much fun watching her expressive face and their incredible connection.

Rather than using props, toys and backgrounds that aren’t hers and don’t have the same sentimental value as actual items she grew up with; we prefer photographing little ones either out and about or doing at home sessions.

At home sessions like these may take a little longer but it gives us a chance to have fun and really capture that moment in time. Real Family Life. Surrounded by loving people and things that bring true meaning and value these memories. Documenting the story of this moment.

K&C - Beautiful Lake-side Whistler Wedding

We’ve been privy to a few love stories and we have to say that these guys have one of the cutest love stories out there. Meeting as fresh-faced ski-instructors at Whistler Blackcomb, being housemates, separated by visas and travel and then coming together again when Katelyn surprised him at his parent’s jewelry store re-opening party in England. (I may’ve got a little misty eyed as they relayed the story to me whilst we were scouting first look locations!). Imagine Chris coming home from his travels thinking he was surprising his parents by coming home early for their re-opening and then seeing Katelyn there … all dressed up and wearing suitably fabulous jewels on loan from his parents, of course! Who knew that just a few years later those mountains would watch over them whilst they tied the knot?

A mountain and adventure loving couple they chose to get married here in Whistler where they have carefully crafted a beautiful life together. Family flew in from Toronto and England to help them celebrate and make this day one of the most special of their lives.

The wildfires elsewhere in the province had thickly blanketed Whistler that day and obscured the mountain backdrop but in true Whistlerite style nothing would dampen Katelyn and Chris’ spirits; they got outside and had an amazing day … and what a day it was! Featuring diffused light, favourite places, exquisite details and so, so many laughs.

Lazy Daze and Summer Haze...

"Do you want to come over and help with my gardening? My pumpkin patch is overgrown and it's a perfect day to sit in the garden."

"I'd love to."

Ensue me sitting in the garden, drinking beer, taking photos and basically just being no help at all.  Here at Ink photography we love any opportunity to pull out our cameras. I love the way a beautiful summer afternoon can be captured in the most simple way. Having gorgeous friends and an exceptionally cute child to photograph helps considerably. 

With the mezmerizing Mount Currie as the natural backdrop and the vibrant colours of Katelyns garden it turned into a perfect lazy afternoon. Eventually my new husband joined us and a couple more friends and it turned into quite the evening. 

How very lucky we are to live in such in incredible place surrounded by laughter, love, sunsets, puppies, fresh home-grown veggies, beautiful people and easy reasons to take photographs. 

Thanks for endless happiness and continued inspiration.

This is home.

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Courtney and Marchy's Engagement

Courtney and Marchy met here in Whistler and have been together for almost 7 years. Between then and now they have travelled the world together, dealt with long distance, been through the turmoils of becoming permanent residents and bought a house together in the beautiful town of Pemberton. 

Earlier this year they climbed to the top of a mountain with their gorgeous dog Moose and it was there that March got down on one knee and asked Courtney to be his wife. 

Ink photography was lucky enough to be a part of their magic and together we headed out into the beautiful landscape that surrounds us and took some engagement photos. 

Thank you to North Arm farm in Pemberton for providing us with incredible Mount Currie as the backdrop, it was the perfect location.

The shoot was filled, with silly faces, laughter and fun and half way through, Marchy found a 4 leaf clover. It was a pretty special moment. March called it fate, kissed Court and told her it was meant to be. The love we witnessed between these two people was truly amazing and we couldn't agree more with Marchy.

Roll on the wedding! 

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Zoe and Jeff's Wedding

Zoe and Jeff's intimate wedding was one to be rivalled; it was a magical day and we at Ink Photography were so grateful to be invited to photograph it. 

They met in 2013 on the last day of ski school where they both instructed part time. At the time Jeff was living in Vancouver and working Whistler Blackcomb on the weekends to fit around his "real job". One day in March after a full day of skiing Jeff took Zoe completely by surprise and he proposed. They bought a beautiful, little house in Alpine and, as we all do, Jeff made the decision to move to Whistler full time.

After lots of deliberating, they finally decided to have a small, outdoor wedding with just immediate family present. They picked a "secret spot" on the Soo River with the amazing help of a close friend and it was exactly how they'd imagined their special day.

They celebrated and danced the night away in their fairytale A-frame, in the forrest under the stars and the rest, as they say... is history.

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Z & J are nature lovers and adore the forest. So at their gorgeous riverside location we found a perfect little nook within the trees for some photos and alone time for the pair post-ceremony.

Z & J are nature lovers and adore the forest. So at their gorgeous riverside location we found a perfect little nook within the trees for some photos and alone time for the pair post-ceremony.

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Whistler life, bikers everywhere!

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As we were walking to the Nicklaus North boardwalk, Zoe started telling me the story of their first date and how after a house party they walked back together along this boardwalk in the moonlight. We couldn't think of a more amazing place for a first dance together. It was a smokey day in Whistler but with the sun setting and the warmth of the light these moments became magical. Just before they headed back to the restaurant for dinner the smoke started to clear and we could finally see a glimpse of the gorgeous mountains they call home. 

As we were walking to the Nicklaus North boardwalk, Zoe started telling me the story of their first date and how after a house party they walked back together along this boardwalk in the moonlight. We couldn't think of a more amazing place for a first dance together. It was a smokey day in Whistler but with the sun setting and the warmth of the light these moments became magical. Just before they headed back to the restaurant for dinner the smoke started to clear and we could finally see a glimpse of the gorgeous mountains they call home. 

Two sides of the lens

Allie: Whilst Nic was on a ski trip in Big White I received a phone call at work; “So when are you available for an engagement shoot” she said.

"Uh, I'd have to look at my schedule. When and who for?" I asked, thinking she was doing some new business development while on hols but the next sentence was “Mine and Jake’s?!” 

Obviously congratulations, excited squealing and happy tears then ensued! 

Nicky: In March, my best friend of almost seven years asked me to be his wife. 

As a new and unexpected bride to be, I felt as though I managed to get through the first couple months of planning (stressing) unscathed until the inevitable happened and a few weeks ago, Allie finally called me out on how I broke the news and managed to talk us into an engagement shoot. 

As you can already tell, I was not the most enthusiastic client Ink Photography has ever seen. I tend to find myself considerably more comfortable behind the camera than in front. 

The day of the shoot arrived and I woke up in the morning feeling moderately okay, I was glad I opted against the 3rd beer the night before and had decided to go home and get some beauty sleep instead. 

A: The three of us went into the woods one day to take some pictures that celebrated them; the fact that these two incredible people had found a weird and wonderful partner for life. 

That’s truly the most amazing thing for us, the element of all this that we cherish; celebrating our clients and giving them images that capture them. Being themselves, genuine moments of love, giggles, silly faces and all. 

N: We headed out to the beautiful Cal-Cheak Forest and began shooting.

I use the words ‘began shooting’ very lightly. What I mean by that is Allie tried to start shooting and I just started to sweat and nervous laugh and become extremely ridged and uncomfortable. In fairness I did warn Allie that I would be a nightmare, I like to keep my promises. Jake on the other hand was an absolute legend, and might I add, looked extremely handsome. 

A: Obviously, I was lucky enough to have 2 very photogenic subjects and it was an interesting session for all of us! 

I had the pressure of shooting Nicky, a fellow photographer who I love. Nicky on the other hand had to try and get used to being in front of the camera, not behind it. Jake, who wasn’t super keen but was actually incredibly patient and a total champ (plus so handsome he always looks good!). 

For Nic and I it was an amazing learning opportunity. We definitely have a deeper understanding and empathy of how it feels to be a client during a session like this. 

N: It was certainly an interesting experience becoming the subject and not the one taking the photographs and I loved the learning curve and insight it gave me, being put on the spot like that. It enabled Allie and I to come up with new ways of making couples more at ease and in time, dare I say it, I actually started to enjoy myself. Jakes handsomeness (that’s a word) helped considerably, especially with all the looking at him I had to do.

A: I wanted Nic and Jake to have time to hang out and relax and basically just remember that this was an opportunity, amidst all the hubbub of wedding planning, to just spend time together. As they got a little more comfortable I got a little further away, giving them the space to interact authentically. 

On a side note: when we shoot, Nic and I always seem to end up in the bushes at some point, not sure how it happens but it invariably does! 

So, as I snuggled into the undergrowth to get covered in dirt and mozzie bites, things got a little heated through the lens. There may’ve been a moment when N&J started to “interact authentically’ and it ended up in me raising my hand and waving ... “Urmmm, hi. Hi! Urmmm guys ... I’m still here!” I may've blushed as I reared my head but damn that's a beautiful photo 😉 

N: As expected, there were a few hilarious moments during the shoot. One of which involved Jake thinking he could sneak a cheeky butt grab and a snog without Allie noticing, of course it was captured by her ninja like reflexes and resulted in some very flushed cheeks on her end. Which is odd if you know Allie because nothing much phases her. 

It did end up being an absolutely stunning photograph but one that I I’d like to save for just Jake and I, I’m afraid. Mostly due the exciting nature of the photo, but more so because it was a genuine moment between us, caught accidentally, that I want to selfishly keep just for us. 

Plus, I’m the bride so I do what I want... 

A: We then headed over to the suspension bridge to get Nic and Jake’s classic shot, the only shot that they requested as it was one that meant a lot to them. You see, approx 1 year ago we grabbed a photo of Nicky jumping up into Jakes arms in the snow because after 2 dramatic years of form filling and 2 or 3 pretty big set backs , they finally ‘landed’ as residents! So, it was pretty amazing to be able to take that shot, on a beautiful sunny day, in a place that we love, to celebrate their engagement. 

N: There were a couple of moments where Jake and I wondered what Allie was trying to achieve, with the way she would ask us to stand or the places I had to sit, while of course making it look ‘natural’.

Because I’m always in the woods casually perching on nasty, bug ridded tree stumps or teetering on loose rocks on the side of a glacial fed, fast-flowing river that I could fall into and die, at any given moment...obviously. But... it totally worked! 

Trusting the photographer really isn’t easy, but what I learnt was, just do it. 

A: Ultimately, I adored shooting this session. Seeing Nicky struggle but slowly overcome the difficulties and awkwardness of being in front of the camera was an eye opener on how to softly ease people into being photographed. 

Jake may’ve been reticent in the beginning but during the session his sense of humour and connection with Nic just made it fun and culminated in some beautiful photos. 

Being with this couple is an amazing experience, to see such a true and lovely expression of love and partnership. Beautiful, awkward, warm, hilarious, raunchy, wonderfully different and generally all round incredible human beings. I’m so glad we got to capture these moments. 

N: It was the silliness, awkwardness and adventure, that really made to the shoot work and ironically it did make the photographs natural and real because we were actually laughing and having fun. While we explored the location, Allie managed to get some incredible images. She captured the moments when we would forget she was even there and I was just hanging out with my pal. 

Realistically, I don’t know what I was so worried about, I got to spend the morning, strolling through a beautiful forest with my love, talking, laughing, wandering and in spite of me being an absolute nightmare, Jake was a rock star and Allie was so wonderfully patient and creative. 

The truly amazing part for me was seeing the finished images, they are beautiful and I was blown away with how they made me feel. Allie nailed it, even with the worst client in the world she managed to get some stunning photographs. 

It was a strange feeling and I laughed when I realized (and hoped) this is how we make our past and future clients feel with the work we do. 

It was a pretty cool feeling actually.
Thank-you Allie! I cannot wait until I can return the favour and watch you squirm with discomfort as I did.