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    Hi! I'm Marie :) I'm a photographer specializing in engagements, weddings and portraits and I love LOVE. I try to capture as many real, natural moments as possible. I truly enjoy getting to know my couples and clients and always try to create photos that embody their personalities as well.

    I am a photo-school graduate and have been running my own business since 2011. A little random fact about me: I hiccup at least once a day! I can almost guarantee you will hear at least one while I'm taking your photos haha.

    Photo by Danielle Dobson

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Michelle & Jesse | Minter Gardens Wedding

Today I would like to share with you the lovely Michelle and Jesse’s wedding. You may remember them from their fall engagement session here. They both went to the same high school, but never really talked to each other except for Michelle asking to borrow one of Jesse’s pencils in biology class in grade 8 haha. It wasn’t until after graduation that the two started seeing each other and began to fall in love and imagine their lives together.

Jesse proposed to Michelle on her birthday by spelling out the words ‘Will you marry me?” in tea lights on the beach after having had a nice dinner at the Keg and walk around the place where Jesse first asked Michelle to be his girlfriend. “It was the best birthday present!!” Michelle said.

They are a super cute couple and their wedding at Minter Gardens was just beautiful. Pink and grey were their main colours, with a sweet and stylish theme. Michelle said; “I really wanted the beauty of the garden to be the focus of the décor so I kept things simple with pink.” Sadly, Minter Gardens actually shut down in October 2013 after 33 years of being in business. Brian Minter created such a stunning garden (one of BC’s most famous) and I hope these photos will not only show the love of Michelle and Jesse on their wedding day, but also the beauty of Minter Gardens. Enjoy!

Wedding Details:
Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Shoes: Vera Wang Shoes
Hair: Danica
Makeup: Katie
Mens Suits: Vera Wang
Floral Designer: Gloria’s Flowers
Ceremony Location: Minter Gardens
Officiant: Pastor Dave McTaggart
Decor: Cinderella Slip-Ons
Cake: Michelle’s grandma
Caterer: Minter Gardens
Reception Venue: The Trillium at Minter Gardens

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Gorgeous florals.M&J-wedding-blog-7M&J-wedding-blog-123

I loved Michelle’s shoes!
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M&J-wedding-blog-18M&J-wedding-blog-19MS-blog008M&J-wedding-blog-25MS-blog009M&J-wedding-blog-27“From this moment on” by Shania Twain was Michelle’s walk-down-the-aisle song. M&J-wedding-blog-21I love the smiles on not only Jesse’s face, but all the groomsmen too! So sweet.

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Yay! They are MARRIED!M&J-wedding-blog-51MS-blog016M&J-wedding-blog-54MS-blog017M&J-wedding-blog-57MS-blog018MS-blog019M&J-wedding-blog-68Such a lovely group of ladies here; Michelle’s sister Sarah and Michelle’s two great friends she has known since elementary school; Emily and Carolyn.

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MS-blog020M&J-wedding-blog-70And such a great group of guys as well! Jesse’s brother; Josh and his two friends from high school: Nate and Wells.

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Michelle and Jesse, it was such a pleasure to photograph your gorgeous Minter Gardens wedding. I wish you both all the best in your life together! And thanks to Danielle Dobson for second-shooting.

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Roatan | Mangrove Tunnel Tour

Hi there! So, I haven’t posted any photos from my trip to Belize and Honduras last month. I thought today I would share the most tourist-y thing I got to do in Roatan, Honduras – going on a mangrove tunnel boat tour! It was a pretty incredible sight  :)

We were all a bit skeptical at first because well, this was what we would be travelling in: Roatan-mangroves-1

And the weather wasn’t looking too good either, note the dark grey skies.Roatan-mangroves-2Roatan-mangroves-3

Sure enough it started to downpour! We were holding up my towel and a tarp to cover ourselves from the rain, but we all got pretty drenched. I had to stop taking photos for a while and just protect my camera.Roatan-mangroves-4

But then we got to the mangrove tunnels!Roatan-mangroves-5

Even though I was drenched, it was SO cool to see!Roatan-mangroves-6MS-blog001Roatan-mangroves-8Roatan-mangroves-10MS-blog002Roatan-mangroves-14Roatan-mangroves-17MS-blog003Roatan-mangroves-11

Pretty cool hey? It definitely took my breath away. It was worth being completely soaked to see these incredible tunnels.

I wish I could write more about the trip right now, but I will have to do that another day! Stay tuned.

Love, Marie

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Heirloom Magazine | Featured

I am SO excited to announce that my photos have been published in Heirloom Magazine! Andrew & Christina’s wedding was quite a while ago, but it was absolutely gorgeous!! An elegant, rustic barn wedding filled with wonderful details! You can see the whole blog post HERE. I am really glad their photos found a home in this lovely local magazine:)

Purchase your copy of the magazine here: http://www.heirloommagazine.com/magazine/ It’s filled with lots of wedding goodness for the DIY bride!

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Valentine’s Day Contest!

Hi there beautiful people!

I am back from Belize and Honduras, what an adventure that was! Besides some sickness and a lot of bug bites, I had an amazing time and met some incredible people! I will do a blog post about it sometime later in the month. I have a LOT of photos to go through haha. In the meantime, I wanted to blog about my annual Valentine’s Day contest!:D

As I am sure I have mentioned before I love LOVE and nothing makes me happier than capturing the love shared between people on camera. Mostly, I photograph couples, but this Valentine’s Day I want to focus on not only the couples in love, but also the love shared between your family, friends, pets (hehe), etc. In short, if you don’t have a significant other you can still enter the contest! The winner will receive a FREE portrait session by me!!!

The last couple years I did this giveaway entirely through Facebook and while that worked pretty well, it was hard to keep track of everyone who entered. This year I am doing things a little differently. At the bottom of this post you will find a box with ways to enter the contest. Each type of entry has a number value, you can tweet about the contest or share it on facebook once a day and get multiple entries from that! The more entries you make, the more likely you are to win. The winner of the contest will be picked randomly on February 15. This is the only time of year I give away an absolutely FREE session so I suggest you enter now.  :)

Good luck!

Lots of love, Marie

PS Because I can’t leave a blog post picture-less, here are some Valentines-y photos <3

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Rebecca - February 6, 2014 - 1:40 pm

I am loving my fireplace right now in this cold spell! And the beautiful sunshine. And family, friends, and my boyfriend.
AND YOU :)

Lindsay - February 6, 2014 - 1:46 pm

I am loving “Oceans” by Hillsong right now :)

Allissa - February 6, 2014 - 1:53 pm

I love Whitespot, iced caramel macchiatos, butter, red footwear, and ohhhhh yeah, Aron. I love him too. :)

amy - February 6, 2014 - 1:55 pm

I am LOVING all the sunshine in our BC winter.. an unexpected gift!

melissa Driessen - February 6, 2014 - 2:00 pm

I love cozying up by the fireplace and starbucks flan lattes:)

Carly - February 6, 2014 - 2:25 pm

I am loving Kim Walker-Smith’s new album! Also Starbucks chai tea lattes – always.

Rachel - February 6, 2014 - 2:52 pm

I am loving being in my final semester in this gorgeous province with the most amazing mountains

Beth - February 6, 2014 - 2:58 pm

I am loving the Andrew Belle album, The Ladder.

Marissa - February 6, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Im love that the sun shining,that luke bryan is on the radio, and that i have an awesome guy that brings me chocolate

Kristi - February 6, 2014 - 6:24 pm

I am loving life! The ups, the downs and the in betweens…I have decided to embrace them all for the sake of my family…a loving hubby & 3 little boys! Bliss.

Eleonore Wiens - February 6, 2014 - 8:57 pm

I am excited to be going to visit Andre & Kari in March and when I see posts by you I always think of the beautiful engagement and wedding photos that you took of them :-)

Angela - February 7, 2014 - 1:44 pm

I am loving my husbands homemade bread. He is an amazing baker, and I get to eat fresh bread every week!

Samantha - February 7, 2014 - 5:04 pm

I am loving facetime so I can see my man though he’s far far far away. :)

Sarah - February 7, 2014 - 6:55 pm

I’m loving the new Tokyo Police Club song that they’re playing on the peak, Hot Tonight.

Gloria Born - February 8, 2014 - 9:43 am

I am loving the saturday morning sun shining in the apartment and my cup of coffee in hand – and THIS CONTEST!!

Melody - February 9, 2014 - 7:11 pm

I LOVE the free giveaway idea!! Thank you !!!

Kayla - February 9, 2014 - 7:17 pm

I love going to school here in BC, its the most beautiful place in the world.

linda hayes - February 10, 2014 - 3:42 pm

I love my family…or friends like family..on Family Day..I am blessed

amanda emery - February 10, 2014 - 5:57 pm

i love you!

Zoe M. - February 10, 2014 - 7:54 pm

I am loving Starbucks lattes, warm scarves, and listening to praise music!

Nicole Marsh - February 10, 2014 - 8:18 pm

I LOVE my boyfriend and our 2 fur kids! And my horse! I LOVE love as well! And I would LOVE a free photo session with myself and all of the above :)

Stephanie - February 11, 2014 - 4:24 pm

I am loving reading through the book of Philippians during my morning devos!

Elaine Andy - February 11, 2014 - 4:42 pm

I am loving life right now and everything in it, from family to friends to books to movies to spending time with my boyfriend <3

Emilie - February 11, 2014 - 4:56 pm

I am loving my candlelit atmosphere, a coffee and the new Young The Giant album!

Jake - February 11, 2014 - 5:16 pm

I’m loving my friends right now.

Brandon Kraan - February 11, 2014 - 6:07 pm

I like the Olympics

Aron - February 11, 2014 - 8:23 pm

3 things I am loving:

1. Dollar Stores. Wow, they seriously have everything!
2. 78% Dark Chocolate Bars. Less Fake ingredients, more cocoa!
3. My Lovely. Almost two years together and she continues to surprise me, make me laugh, and challenge me.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Marie Skerl Photography!

shannon dakiniewich - February 12, 2014 - 8:08 pm

hey loving my fam ,loving the Olympics and loved the warm sun today

Candace Stock - February 13, 2014 - 4:38 pm

i am loving the sunsine! i am loving the olympics! i am loving that i am graduating soon. and i love that my husband and i will be moving across the world !

Cheyenne A. - February 13, 2014 - 9:25 pm

I’m loving Demi Lovato right now, just saw her live :)

Joanne W. - February 14, 2014 - 2:11 pm

I am loving (more like obsessed with) Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir!

Vanessa Wilson - February 14, 2014 - 3:57 pm

I love your use of natural light and putting things in and out of focus to highlight them!

Vanessa Wilson - February 14, 2014 - 3:58 pm

I love your use of natural light and putting things in and out of focus to highlight them :)

Vanessa Wilson - February 14, 2014 - 4:00 pm

and right now I’m loving that it’s Valentines Day <3