Emily – An Interpretation of “The Waking” – by Theodore Roethke

It was just over a year ago we started our journey with Emily.  The beginning came to life while sipping lattes and sharing idea’s about Emily’s Champagne Breakfast shoot.  Emily shared her deep connection to tree’s and how they represented some of her fondest childhood memories.  I can remember leaving our first meeting, thinking to myself ~ I really need to find the perfect tree!  When I finally found the tree, I just knew it was the one.  Our ideas soon evolved to interpret the poem, The Waking by Theodore Roethke.  With the location confirmed and the story coming together, we decided to film during all four seasons as it fit so well with the story.  To truly understand the layers involved in Emily’s film I recommend reading Susan’s full interpretation and thoughts about the poem here.  Susan writes, “Ultimately, we perceive the poem as we would a piece of music, not in its themes and philosophy, but in the blending of sound, tone, movement, and recurring motifs.  When we join this to the metaphor, we sense something of the beauty and complexity of Roethke‘s poem.  It is as vibrant and fragile and mysterious as the circle of our lives–birth and decay, life and death–that inspired this poem”.  I hope you can experience some of these emotions while viewing Emily’s Film.  It’s true that Em inspired me on many levels throughout this past year.  I am grateful for her perseverance and unwavering dedication to this piece.  Thank you Em for always feeling. xo, Nicole.

Some Images of our journey…


Distance from the road to the tree, grateful Blair had a key to open the gate.


The perfect day of filming at -9 celcius.


Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how? - Theodore Roethke

God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there, And learn by going where I have to go. - Theodore Roethke


During my journey with Emily, I learned to look up when I am walking, close my eyes and listen,  breathe deeply,  reach, move slower and find peace within.

I will be sharing all the layers of Emily’s story soon.

What falls away is always. And is near. ~ Theodore Roethke


Music by Daniel Dixon + licensed from With Etiquette.

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Jillian + Matt

Made for each other.  In Matt’s vows “Sent to each other at the perfect moment in life”.

For me, couples stories are told within the moments not necessarily the moment itself.  What I perceive about Jillian and Matt when I watch moments in their highlight:
They are very comfortable with themselves and each other.
They have a passionate relationship.
Jillian loves fashion and has impeccable taste.
Jillian does not sweat the small stuff, in fact she embraces it.
Matt is driven and content.
Matt is a perfectionist.
They love their friends and their friends love them.
They compliment each other and look to each other for advice.
They are both kind, gracious and thoughtful of others.
They can’t be apart.
They are adventurous.
Deeply connected to family.

They are also avid electronic music lovers, furniture fanatics and part-time artists.  Jillian wanted the wedding to be contemporary, clean, crisp, glamourous and luxurious.  From the candle lit ceremony, chartreuse ribbon, fully draped rooms, floating flower arrangements, custom stationary, and one of my favourites Jillian’s Donaire wedding dress by Pronovias.  The details of their day were sensational.

Thank you to the lovely Amira at Posh Productions for accommodating some special requests!  Amira and her team created such an elegant and extraordinary event.  Other fabulous artists that were part of the wedding – Fuller Edge, Occasional Bloom, Make Up by Jackie, Plush Invitations, Allegra Quartet and the Real Deal Band.

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Jenna + Ray

Every time I hear from Jenna whether it be via email(which we have shared a lot of as she lives in Scotland with Ray), phone or in person I can’t help but smile.  Jenna and Ray’s wedding was a perfect reflection of them. Genuine, gracious, tons of emotion and much love.

I wanted to share a part of Jenna’s recent email.

“I have seen the video, I think I watched it a million times yesterday and I wanted to firstly compose myself to be able to tell you how much I love it.  Not only have you captured one of the best days of my life in such a way that I will never be able to thank you for but you’ve allowed me to see some of the things I value most put together so beautifully.  Honestly there are so many things I love about it, the way you’ve put together our cabin (something that is such a huge part of my family and carries with it so many amazing memories of summers spent there), my family and friends and their reactions to things I missed on the day that makes me so happy now being able to see that, when Raymond says my name I literally get shivers, our kiss, us dancing, us driving away… honestly I could dissect every single second of the two minutes but I really, really want to get across that I feel so privileged to be the recipient of what you and Trev do.

Never for one second underestimate what you give people, each time you create what you do you’re letting someone have a tangible thing to act as a memory.  When I’m an old lady with loads of lumps and bumps, no hair, swollen ankles and I barely recall ‘the good ol days’ I’ll be able to watch this and remember a piece of my life that changed it forever.”


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Jillian + Matt

A few moments come to mind when I think of my first encounter with Jillian and Matt.

I was really excited about the location Jillian suggested ~ the vin room.  If you visit their website, it’s a perfect fit when you’re meeting others for the first time ~ people, wine, explore, discover:)

I really love that feeling you get when you meet someone for the first time.  The butterflies, the vision based on emails and phone calls.  Nothing compares to when you finally meet in person.

I first met Matt.  Jillian was running fashionably late. I remember his sophisticated sense of style.  His voice was very kind, and I connected with his genuine personality instantly.

I had know idea what Jillian looked like.  When she walked through the door I’m not sure how I knew it was her, but I did.  Her aura is overwhelming with thoughtfulness, her smile will melt you, and her passion for life is obvious.

Their wedding was a combination of all their inspiring qualities.  I will be sharing their wedding highlights soon with the beautiful details of their day including some of the amazing people we worked with.

Until then I wanted to share the opening sequence of their film.  In addition to the intimate side of Jillian and Matt I wanted to highlight the urban vibe within their personalities.


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Clea + Ron {the highlight}

I wanted to thank Clea and Ron for having us as part of their journey.  I LOVE their story and I believe it is a true testament that everything in life happens for a reason.  Clea’s words were recently featured on Style Me Pretty.  If you have a moment it is a beautiful story: Whirlwind Romance & New Beginnings ~ Orange Girl Photography.


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Clea + Ron {the preview}

A preview of what’s to come for Clea and Ron’s action packed and romantic wedding experience.  Their highlight, which is full of surprises is coming soon!

Some details about their day.. Fairmont Banff Springs, Canadian Rockies, a Beautiful voice, Bow ties, Orange girl photography, Lynn Fletcher Weddings and us ~ Confetti:)

**music: Drum Drama ~ **licensed through productiontrax**


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Rainbows featured on Style me Pretty..

I was so excited to hear the news of Jenna & Ross’s wedding being featured on Style Me Pretty.  Amazing venue, amazing wedding, amazing couple..

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Rainbows at Emerald Lake

Last February I received a beautiful email from Jenna and Ross.  They both completely inspire me with their passion for each other and the parts of life we often take for granted.  I’m sharing this email with you below.  It is ultimately the start our journey together and my gift to work with two fabulous people.  Since Jenna and Ross live in Ontario, our relationship evolved via email and our phone calls.  Finally, a much anticipated meeting in Calgary a week before their wedding and I felt as though I had known them forever.  I feel lucky to have been part of their breathtaking moment in time at Emerald Lake BC with their family and closest friends.

I was also lucky to share this experience with my good friends Kirstie and her husband Kevin from Orange Girl Photography.  A brilliant photographer, who I like to refer to as ‘The Goddess of Light’!  She shared a wonderful blog post about Jenna and Ross and their gorgeous invitations.

{Jenna’s original email}

Well, a bit about us…

Jenna Maedel, age 26, registered nurse.

Ross Tregenza, age 27, family business of powdered metals/ tool and die

We’ve been together for over 4 years now.  We live together just outside of London Ontario.  We are two lovers of art and anything that brings creativity to life.  On our first date we went to see stomp the musical and we knew we would be a great match for each other.  I have a love for everything paper and for colour.  Ross, mostly art and photography.  He’s really into music too.  That’s one area we aren’t exactly on the same page about!  LOL

For my 25th birthday, Ross surprised me with a jet setting trip to Paris France.  Yep, you guessed it, down on one knee on the top of the Eiffel tower.  I know cliche but it was soooo romantic.  We had a great time.  Paris in the fall; such a treat!

We’re coming out to the west coast for our wedding to keep it romantic and small.  We’re expecting about 50 guests to attend.  We’re hoping to write our own vows if we can get past the emotional part and not sob!  lol

If I had to sum up our relationship, I’d probably say that its fun loving, playful and romantic!

Well that’s the basics I guess!

**music: If Ever There’s a Reason ~ Derby**licensed With Etiquette**


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