A few weeks ago, I hopped on a ferry with my friend Amelia for a few relaxing days in a geodome at Backeddy Resort and Marina. I've been eyeing these domes for over a year now, so finally seeing them in person was a dream come true! As we set off in the moody weather from Horseshoe Bay, the anticipation grew for our off-the-grid experience awaiting us at the other end.
Stephanie and Mark are full of adventure, so we really wanted their engagement session to reflect that. These two had hoped to get married at North Arm Farm, but the distance was too far for their families, so we opted to have their engagement session there instead! We stopped along the sea-to-sky highway at locations that reflected everything they love about BC. Whytecliff Park, where the ocean meets the rugged west coast cliffs. Squamish, where rivers cut through mountains and forests. And finally, Switzerland, I mean... Pemberton, BC, where it feels like you're in the Swiss Alps.
When I first met Stephanie for coffee, I learned that her fiancee is actually from the same town as Nova Scotia as me, which is a pretty huge coincidence! Mark and I bonded over growing up in Bedford, Nova Scotia throughout this entire road trip. We quickly stopped in at Whytecliff Park to get some seaside images of these two.
Afterwards, we hopped back in the car and headed to Squamish, where we walked along the river and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the trails.
After a brief stop for dinner in Whistler (at my all time favorite pizza place, Creekbread), we arrived in the Canadian version of the Swiss Alps at North Arm Farm in Pemberton, BC. This wedding venue was kind enough to arrange a time for us to come and do these engagement photos while the sun was setting, and it was beyond anything my brain could have expected. Talk about beautiful! We especially loved the swings and tire swing on this farm, I could have spent all evening swinging away and looking at that view.
After a perfectly long and beautiful day, we drove home as the sky started to turn pink and stars started to appear.
Hilary is one of my favorite adventure buddies (you may recognize her from my trip to Mayne Island!). As much as I'd like to hog her to myself, I'm pretty excited that she has found such an incredible life partner in Greg. Last summer, on the day they were moving into their new home, Greg got down on one knee in the doorway and asked Hilary to marry him. I've been eagerly anticipating their wedding and engagement photos ever since!
I've always been a fan of treehouses. I don't know if it started when I started watching Star Wars and fell in love with Ewoks and Endor, but there is just something about a home amongst the trees that makes me happy. A few years ago, I heard about a place called Treehouse Point in Washington, which is a Bed & Breakfast in Issaquah, just outside of Seattle, where you can actually stay in these beauties!
Mayne Island is full of treasures and beauty around every corner. They say the deer population outnumbers the residents on this island, and after spotting numerous deer around each and every bend in the road, I would say this is a fair assumption!