Earth Inspired Festival Makeup | Vancouver Island Makeup Artist

The truth is, nothing about this session went according to plan. 

We had a gorgeous wedding dress. A stunning, sparkly headpiece to match. 
Lacey Iris created a beautiful avant garde hairstyle to add a non-traditional touch to it all.
We ventured out to the backyard, and something just didn't feel right. 
After a few shots, I couldn't keep my mouth shut.

Chelsea Banwell
Sugarloaf Mountain Vancouver Island Elopement | Wanru + Aaron

A blazing hot summers day on top of Sugarloaf Mountain was the setting for the beautiful Vancouver Island elopement of Wanru + Aaron.  Covered in sparkles and jewels from head to toe,  she smiled so big as she walked along the rugged rocks and through the dry mountaintop grasses towards him.

Chelsea Banwell
Rosewall Creek Engagement Session | Kat + Ryan

I wanted to share a handful of favourites from an engagement session at Rosewall Creek in Bowser, BC. It is one of my favourite spots to hike around for whimsical forests and serene river settings, plus in the summer it is one of the greatest waterfall swimming holes around. I adore it! 
Have you been? Check it out! xo

Chelsea Banwell
Winter Wedding Inspiration | Mount Washington Resort

With frequent trips back to the car to warm our frozen fingers + toes, these two were absolute troopers. We fell hip deep into snowbanks, had trees dump piles of snow from their limbs down towards us, and pretty sure all of the snowshoers thought we were a bit crazy.. but as always... it was worth it. 
Life is always more fun outside of your comfort zone, no? See for yourself... :)

Chelsea Banwell
Whimsical Forest Engagement Session | Matty & Blair

The winter colours of the foliage made my heart swoon. The adorable stubby trees with little pinecones were darling, golden ferns were in abundance as ground cover and little dirt trails meandered through it all... I was in heaven :) Take a peek for yourself.. xoxo

Chelsea Banwell
Shipwrecked | Comox, BC Styled Shoot

I met Chanel of Sublime Celebrations at Goose Spit Park in Comox, BC where she was busily preparing all the beautiful details she wanted to feature in her "Shipwrecked" themed bridal shoot. It was wildly windy, but she persevered with a smile on her face...

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Wild Hearts Session | Beth & Caleb

We spent a few hours hiking through one of my favourite trails out in Bowser, BC. It's a spot that feels straight out of "Fern Gully" every time I explore it. These two laughed + snuggled + danced + played. It was perfection.

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