Rachel & Paul’s “Love Me Tender” Vegas Wedding {mika inokoshi photography}

Two weekends ago, my good friends Rachel and Paul got married in true Vegas style… they were married by the King himself, Elvis! It was an incredibly fun wedding and I was so lucky to celebrate with them and photograph the happy couple’s big day. When Rach and Paul started dating almost 5 years ago I knew they were going to have a destination wedding…  and I knew they were going to do it in style but I never expected ELVIS! Lol.

Las Vegas was having a bit of a heat wave so it was hovering in the 90′s which in my world meant it was HOT especially for an October day.

 

Rachel chose a sassy and fun short dress which worked out perfectly for the hot weather.  LOVE the killer heels! Rach said they were comfortable!

They brought their fur-baby Vito to Vegas for the wedding. He follows Rachel EVERYWHERE.

I made the trip to Vegas with our friend Jen who helped with Rachel’s hair and makeup…corner photo of them watching a youtube video on how to do the hairstyle.

This is me in their suite’s HUGE washroom…I mean bathroom.  I usually don’t wear a dress when I’m photographing a wedding but this was a little different!

Oh Vito…always there.

Simply beautiful. Racheeee, you are gorgeous.

I had checked out the Venetian the day before and found this fantastic location!

Rachel and Paul are a stunning couple…  (I had shown my mom these photos and she just kept going on how beautiful Rachel is and how “han-sum” Paul is… too funny)

One of my favourites. I love it.

 

Not only are they a beautiful couple, they are so sweet to each other.  Paul is always telling her how much he loves her…I don’t mean to eavesdrop but I always hear it!

Rachel was just glowing!!!  Paul kept saying that Rachel is GOLD! So true.

Paul, looking good himself!

The photos at the Venetian took about 20 minutes only!  It was quick as we had to run off to the wedding chapel!

Here is it…the famous Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in Old Vegas. Apparently many celebs have been married there.

Only in America can you have a fun wedding like this!  Elvis sang 3 songs.. Fools Rush In, Love Me Tender and I think Can’t Help Falling In Love … CLASSICS!

 

The Viva Las Vegas chapel offered a wedding package which included a photographer so I was a guest taking photos from the sidelines and enjoying the ceremony so my photos are all from the same angle…. I call this seat photography.

They danced while Elvis sang…

Over 35 family and friends from Vancouver, Whistler,  San Diego and Ontario made the trek to Vegas to celebrate with Rachel & Paul…

Big Elvis and mini Elvis, Rachel’s adorable nephew Vallen at 6 months old…he’s gonna be a  heartbreaker!

 

Family & Friends love.

Oh Vallen… mini Elvis doing his thing.

Wow, this was so much FUN! What a memorable way to celebrate with friends and family near and far!  After the ceremony they had a shuttle bus transport all guests to the reception held a Italian restaurant off the strip called Sergio’s Italian Gardens.  Apparently it’s Celine Dion’s favourite Italian place and it was DELICIOUS!!!! I swear it was the best calamari, caesar salad and pasta I’ve ever had!  Unbelievable… and the service was exceptional.  I put my camera down, picked up a glass  (or 5) of yummy white wine and enjoyed the love and celebration at the reception and later at the after party. Congratulations Mrs. & Mr. V, what a perfect Vegas wedding! Woot woot!!!!  ~xoxo mika

 

Natasha & Jason’s Wedding Sneak Peeks! {mika inokoshi photography}

Natasha & Jason’s beautiful wedding was last Saturday…here are a couple of sneak peeks of the happy couple (and one with the hilarious wedding party in the background).  Congrats Tash & Jay! So blessed to be part of your day.

Images to Cherish

I think I began photographing people because I just love the way people interact with each other; with their babies, couple on their wedding day and families just having fun.  I love capturing images that people will look at years from now and cherish.

I photographed a family reunion BBQ this past summer for returning clients of mine that I’ve watched grow.  They had all their cousins there this time and I received a sweet email from one of the cousins who I met for the first time at the BBQ.  Here’s what she wrote:

“On another note, just wanted to tell you we were super happy to receive such incredible photos that you took of us from my cousins this past summer! Thank you soo much for capturing my girls so well! You also took a beautiful photo of me and my grandfather which brought tears to my eyes. He’s very special to me, so thank you for doing that for us.”

 

I knew the moment I saw them together in the lobby, I knew that their bond was very special. So I let my intuition take the photo.

 

Love, Vegas Style

Here’s a sneak peek photo of this past weekend… I went to Vegas to see my good friend Rachel get married and I snapped a few photos of the lovebirds.. more photos of their Elvis inspired wedding on the blog soon!

Fall Family Mini Sessions!

Fall Family Mini Sessions are here!

Every year I photograph families surrounded by beautiful fall colours of Greater Vancouver. It’s just my absolute favourite time to photograph… it’s a great time to wear your cozy knits and the kids have a fun-filled time running through the leaves! Plus, it’s great to have professional photos done just in time for your Christmas cards.

This year the dates have been set for Sunday, October 19 and Saturday, October 25. Mini photo sessions are held at Deer Lake in Burnaby and sessions are 30 minutes long. The package includes a preview gallery which includes 30 images for you to choose from. You’ll pick your favourite 10 images, and I’ll send the 10 images in high resolution on a downloadable gallery which you can share with family and friends. Extra high resolution photos are available for purchase. The mini session package is $195 and only offered on these dates.

Please email me at mikaphotography@gmail.com for more session information and available slots.

Currently I have 3 spots available for each day.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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