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Hi, we're Kara and Becky, the girls behind Jack and Ruby Photography. Kara loves travel, ice cream, girls nights and watching her baby girl grow. Becky loves cupcakes, shopping, vacationing on beaches and date nights with her hubby. What we both love is beautiful photos, beautiful brides, and couples in love. Together we are Jack and Ruby; a photography team devoted to creating beautiful and timeless images of people in love!

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Mr and Mrs: Matthew and Colleen

On June 7th I (Kara) was able to travel to Alberta and shoot my friend Colleen’s wedding with our friend Amanda.  We all met in photography school and it was a complete honor to be there with them.  I’m so happy to have kept in touch with them both over the years, and was so excited to be able to be a part of Colleen’s wedding and to have an awesome shooting partner like Amanda.

 

Oh where oh where do I begin?

Some girls dream of their wedding day their whole life.  Some dream of the details, like the cake, the colour of the frosting, the centrepieces and the types of flowers in their bouquet.  Some dream of what song they will walk down the aisle to, what their dress will look like, which friends will stand beside them.  Most dream of who will be waiting at the end of that aisle, ready to begin this journey through life with them.  No girl dreams of beginning her day quite how Colleen did the day she married Matthew.

I’ve photographed many weddings over the last 10 years, and not one has begun quite like this.  Amanda and I awoke early on Saturday, June 7th, excited to start our day.  We were excited to work together, and even more excited to work with Colleen on her wedding day.  As I arrived at the house early to take my place in the line up for the shower, I was greeted with not so happy news.  Colleen was sick, and not the wedding jitters kind of sick, but the kind of sick that was going to throw this day for a loop.  A big one.

Colleen managed to make her way to town with her bridesmaids, and managed to sit in the salon chair long enough to get her hair done.  From there, we visited a place no bride wants to be on her wedding day; the emergency room.  Colleen was so lucky to have a nurse as a bridesmaid who knew just what she needed, but after trying relentlessly to find it for her without going to the hospital, we were forced to reluctantly enter those waiting room doors.  I’m not sure the doctor expected what he got that morning, and many on staff remarked that this was their first time seeing a bride get her make up done in the E.R.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and Colleen was determined to get married that day.  After an hour of fluids and some other treats to get Colleen feeling well enough to walk down the aisle, we were off.

From there the day went on, but not without it’s ups and downs.  The sun did shine, and the girl did marry her prince, the i do’s were spoken, the scripture was read, the hymns were sung, and the man kissed his bride.  There were moments of complete happiness as Matthew’s grandfather pronounced them man and wife, and moments of sadness as Colleen shivered in the wind trying to muster up enough energy to stand for family photos.  There were tears of joy as they hugged family and friends in the receiving line, and tears of sorrow as Colleen’s dad gave his speech, stating that he’d do anything to be sick that day rather than Colleen.  It was an emotionally filled day, as every wedding day is, and then some.

And now, four weeks later, the couple has had some time to digest the day that they were wed.  They will know now, even more than they did then, that it’s not about the day.  It’s about the days, weeks, months and years that will follow.  Their wedding day may not have been everything they’d ever dreamed of, but it set the tone of their marriage, and it’s a good one.  That day they promised to love each other for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, and that test began then and there.  Matthew stood by Colleen, waiting patiently, attentive and caring, and willing to do anything to help.  Colleen was loving even in her misery, determined and full of strength, not willing to give up despite feeling so unwell.  These characteristics are what will not only get them through their marriage but will carry them on to a life of happiness and true joy with each other, and that is something to be cherished.

Colleen and Matthew, it was an honour to spend this day with you.  It was so great to be able to document this day for such a great friend, and WITH another great friend shooting beside me!  Amanda and I are lucky to have had a part in your history.  I look forward to coming to visit you in Duck Lake, and Matthew I’m thankful that you’ve brought Colleen many miles closer to us in Manitoba!

Don’t miss the slideshow here, and click here to visit Amanda’s blog.

 

Again, the slideshow is HERE, and Amanda’s blog is HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr & Mrs: Jason and Natalie

It was a chilly day back in November when Natalie and Jason tied the knot but the love between these two was enough to warm you up from the inside out!  There was so much anticipation in the air that morning as the girls were getting ready – Natalie was so excited to see Jason and once they had their first look over at the University of Manitoba these two couldn’t keep their hands off each other!  These two are a photographers dream…they are SO in love and sometimes they were oblivious to that fact that we were there taking their pictures and just totally enjoying a moment between the two of them.

We loved Natalie’s bridal look!  There was just something about her that reminded us of the glamour of old hollywood!  The fur, the Manolo’s, the clean lines of her dresses…she was such a knockout.  And Jason was pretty handsome too rocking his bow tie!

Enjoy a few of our faves from this lovely wedding!  Family and friends can now log into the Jack and Ruby Shop to view the full wedding gallery!

 

 

  1. Beautiful! Nat you made a stunning bride!!

  2. A mother ‘s dream to see her daughter so happy.

  3. What beautiful pictures – you both look so happy !

  4. What a beautiful bride – going to be very hard to pick out just a few pictures. Congratulations.

Mr & Mrs: Paul and Shelley

Those of you who check out my family photography blog might remember reading about this fabulous woman, I wrote about her a couple years ago and I’m going to steal from that post to introduce her to you….

Once upon a time, back in my previous life as a figure skater, a very special woman entered me and my family’s lives.  I was probably about 10 when Shelley started coaching me and little did I know then that she wasn’t going to be just a coach but another member to my family.  When Shelley first enetered our lives she had one daughter who would often play in my parents basement while we were at the skating rink.  I remember vividly, coming home to find Alyx still playing away and her mom telling her it was time to clean up….then they would sing “the clean up song” together and put all the toys away….because that’s what Shelley does, she makes the most mundane things special.  I have learned so much from her, and not just how to do a mean double lutz, but lessons about life, love and family.  I have so many letters, notes and cards saved that Shelley wrote me over the years and they still bring tears to my eyes.  She has a way of using words like no one else does, she has the gift of encouragement and does such an amazing job using that gift.  If you haven’t gotten the picture already, I love love love this woman!

Years later, I’m not a figure skater anymore, but Shelley is just as important in my life as when I was, so when I got the text asking me if I would photograph her wedding there was no question what my answer would be.  My whole family packed up and set off to Vancouver this August to watch Shelley walk down the aisle.  This wedding was so special for me, it was such an honour to spend the whole day with Shelley, Paul and their girls.  I had to giggle a little bit as I realized what a role reversal we had stepped into….for years Shelley was the calm, cool and collected one as I was nervous about a big event….this time it was Shelley saying things like “I have butterflies!” and me saying “you’ll feel so great and relaxed when you see him!”  I was so happy to be that support to Shelley that day…finally I could return to her what she was for me for so many years.

Paul and Shelley had all of their girls standing beside them for the wedding, I loved how important it was to them to include the girls in such a special way! I posted a teaser picture on Facebook this week of the gorgeous colours all the girls were wearing and Shelley shared the image and some special words like only she can find… “We’re all different, but together it’s pretty as a rainbow!”  So true!  It was the first time I photographed a wedding party of all girls and wow, did they ever make the day extra gorgeous!

It’s really something when you’re photographing a family wedding….I won’t lie, there were probably three moments I can think of I had some tears rolling down my cheeks at the wedding and I’m a blubbering mess as I try to put into words what Shelley means to me.  One of those moments was the first look…which was probably the coolest first look I’ve ever shot.  On the pier in front of the Pinnacle Hotel where Paul was getting ready he stood waiting as their girls provided a shield for Shelley to walk to her awaiting groom….the girls parted and there she was…it was so, so special.  We stayed for a few photos on the Pier and then off to a gorgeous spot just down the street from Shelley and Paul’s house.  From there off to the Capilano Golf and Country Club to walk down the aisle and party the night away!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram may know that I went to Vancouver without my most important piece of gear….Kara :-( I know she was there with me in spirit even while she was at home preparing for the arrival of little bundle #3!

For a bigger peek inside Shelley and Paul’s special day please click HERE to view the slideshow to see more!!

Friends and family of Shelley and Paul, you can view their wedding gallery by clicking here, the password is the lovely couples last name.

Don’t forget the SLIDESHOW!

 

 

  1. these pictures are amazing. I love the dresses and the flowers. What you wrote was very beautiful. I was crying!

  2. These pictures are gorgeous!! Becky, you made me cry with what you wrote about Shelley. Love the different dresses and flowers. Congrats Shelley – you look stunning!

  3. Wow. Beautiful shoot Becky! Love all the details in this wedding!

  4. Tears here! Think you are making everyone cry B. I always say Shelley has the most gorgeous heart! Such a special lady. Gorgeous pictures!!

  5. These are absolutely georgeous…..what a talent you girls have…..amazing!!!!

  6. wonderful job, Becky, wonderful family! Love them all!

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