Stephanie called me in June 2016 to book her wedding in Lethbridge. She lives in Fort Mac and was unable to meet me face to face. We spoke on the phone a few times and I was excited to capture the moments of her wedding.
In August, Stephanie called me with a conundrum. After booking everything for their wedding she discovered she was pregnant! They moved the date to September 2017. The next month I spoke with Steph again, another surprise, twins!
This busy mom of three managed to pull off an incredible wedding even being so far away from the event. Her stunning Alfred Angelo gown was purchased from Timeless Bridal. The flowers were by Booms Flowers and Gifts.
The wedding was set in a beautiful Catholic Cathedral in Lethbridge. The priest did a fantastic job of uniting this family. We took family photos across from the church in a beautiful park.
The wedding reception was held at Paradise Canyon. The staff there were all excellent and pointed us in the right direction for photos. The haze we had was unbelievable, this was in the middle of the surrounding forest fires. The plus 35 temperature was ideal for bugs but we all had sunscreen and bug spray, the wedding party was awesome.
After filling up on a fantastic buffet, guests enjoyed live music by Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction. Everyone was on the dance floor, midnight snacks were served and the shoe game was played. Everyone had huge smiles on their faces, it was a blast.
I was pretty tired by the end of the night. Stephanie and Nick were kind enough to get me a beautiful hotel so I wouldn't have to make the two hour drive back to Calgary.
Capturing this wedding was so much more than snapping photos. The way the family all came together to support this beautiful couple was amazing. I attempted to hide the tears I had listening to the best mans speech (an attempt that failed but everyone else was crying too so it was ok!) I laughed uncontrollably when the groom was reading his speech on his phone when telemarketers kept calling! I was fortunate to spend so much time with the brides mother and grandmother which also made the day special for me.
I loved capturing the memories for this bride and groom. Steph and Nick I wish you all the very best life has to offer!
I was at the Bliss Bridal fair two years ago when a mother of a bride approached me. Her daughter was engaged and was at the show, but she was working at her own booth for Moores. Her mom relayed information back and forth which led to a coffee date between Tricia and I. I had another wedding booked the same day so my associate Joelene Mills joined us.
As long as a bride likes the style of images the photographer presents, the main key to look for is personality. As photographers, we are with our brides more than anyone on that day. Joelene was the photographer at my own wedding and I wasn't the least bit surprised when the two of them hit it off. Both Joelene and I met Tricia and Danny for their winter engagement session and the four of us had a few more dates to discuss details for the big day.
Tricia was a dream bride to work with. She planned an intimate, elegant wedding at Elk View Lodge in Fernie, BC. Danny is from England, so the couple wanted to make everyone to enjoy their vacation as well as the wedding. Games, drinks (in a canoe) and other entertainment were at the Lodge for the guests. Tricia was very impressed with the lodge as well as the decorator and decor provided by Lavish Linen.
The impressive bouquets were by The Green Petal and were simply breathtaking. All the details of this wedding complimented the love Danny and Tricia have for one another. These two have a blast together, their smiles and laughter is contagious.
Thank you to our amazing bride and groom for allowing us to capture one of the most important days of your life!
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Major!
Cody married Jennifer on a beautiful August afternoon at the Blue Devil Golf course in Southeast Calgary. Jennifer was calm and relaxed while sipping mimosas and having her hair and make-up done at home. Her bridesmaids had decorated her house with hints of bridal décor and lots and lots of snacks! The flowers were kept in water on the counter. They were simple and elegant, Sweet Lea Designs did a fantastic job. Christina Kemp did both the bridal hair and make-up. Jennifer chose a classic look which ensured her natural beauty would shine. She left her hair partly down, it was curled to perfection and held the elegant look throughout the day (despite the winds).
Jennifer’s gown surprised me. When I saw it, it honestly took my breath away. Jennifer chose a ball gown with delicate jewels on the bodice. As soon as she put it on I remember thinking to myself that this dress was made for her. Jennifer picked her gown from Blissful Bridal here in Calgary and it was stunning.
Cody’s brother lives a few doors down from Jennifer and Cody, that’s where I met the guys just before they were dressed. Cody was so excited to see his bride. He and his groomsmen finished up their beers and got in the limo to go to the wedding.
It was a very sunny afternoon when the bride came down the aisle to meet her soulmate. The ceremony was preformed beautifully and we were able to do some family photos right after. The bridal party were all so much fun. The boys were all in full suits and didn’t complain at all despite the heat! I was very thankful my assistant Glenda was there to grab water for us!
We only had one location for the bridal party photos but everyone was so happy it didn’t take long to capture all the laughs and smiles.
I didn’t have to remind Cody to smile, he looked at his gorgeous bride and had such a look of joy and pride that I couldn’t asked for a brighter look. Jennifer was effortlessly beautiful and capturing all the formals felt so natural I hardly spoke to them at all.
I loved getting to know these two and capturing the moments of their day.
Tamara is one of the nicest people I know. She is always smiling, and looks for the best in every situation. She invited me to her childhood home on a beautiful summer day while she was preparing to marry the man of her dreams. My favourite stylist, Christina of Modern Makeovers, was working on her hair while the talented Jessica of Jessica's Beauty Service was applying her make up. Tamara's family is full of wonderful, friendly, happy people. There were piles of snacks and sandwiches which everyone enjoyed after all the preparation!
The Essense of Australia dress was purchased from Novia Mia in Calgary. The elegant gown fit perfectly with the brides personality. Tamara lit up the room when she put it on. Her parents were all smiles as Tamara walked down the winding staircase. The classic look was also showcased in the bridal bouquet. Beautiful white calla lillies were featured along with the bright blue orchids peaking through them. All the floral arrangements were by Philip Chong Flower Bar. We took a bit of time to take photos in their beautiful yard, then the girls got in their white limo and headed to the ceremony.
Steve is truly Tamara's perfect match. He was so excited to see his bride. He had taken great care in getting their fur baby, Titan, ready for the celebration. Titan walked with Steves parents and was a perfect puppy all through the ceremony.
The Links at Gleneagles made for a beautiful venue. Tamara and Steve live in Cochrane and it was important to them to stay in their town for their special day. The views were extraordinary and the 5 course meal was exquisite. I was able to capture some romantic moments between the newlyweds at sunset.
I was so excited to be asked to photograph this couples wedding day, and I am so grateful I have them as friends!
Nahum and Amy were married late in July of this year. Their wedding was nothing short of perfect. They wanted a simple wedding, one where they could focus on one another and enjoy the celebration with their family. I met Amy at her house the morning of the wedding just as the final touches of hair and make up were being done. I had the pleasure of driving Amy to meet her groom. She was so relaxed and excited at the same time. Amy is such an easy person to talk to. It is easy to pick up on how caring she is. She puts others first all the time and it's was clear that she isn't used to being the center of attention. Nahum was waiting for us at Reader Rock Garden. It was a sunny, beautiful Friday afternoon. Nahum was speechless when he saw his bride for the first time. My assistant and I took a step back to let them enjoy the once in a lifetime moment.
After our formals were done, we went over to the Croatian Canadian Cultural Centre for the ceremony and reception. Instead of choosing a maid of honor and best man, they surprised their guests by drawing names to choose who signed the certificate. We did some family photos and the bride and groom went into the centre to enjoy the evening with their guests.
Thank you to this amazing couple for being such awesome people to work with! I am grateful you chose me to capture your day!