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Murray + Cara + The Bump

I love shooting out in Fernie, and those of you that know me, know I spend a lot of time in the Elk Valley. It was one such morning, in a place not far from the town of Fernie that met up with Cara and Murray. Just as I pulled out the camera, it started to pour – started raining buckets. No time to re-schedule, the baby was set to arrive within a week or so, as such we toughed it out and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Such a sweet couple that I’ve gotten to know over the years after shooting their engagement session, and then for numerous years of shooting for the Fernie Brewing Company. I’m so excited to get to meet the newest addition to their family – slated to make an appearance any day now!!_ND86900 _ND86860 _ND86864 _ND86872 _ND86886 _ND86913 _ND86930 _ND86951 _ND86966 _ND86970 _ND86985 _ND86993 _ND87013 _ND87020 _ND87051 _ND87065 _ND87071 _ND87086


Ashley & Mike – Summer wedding at Heritage Park, Calgary

A month ago, on a sunny Saturday morning, I awoke just a little early, too excited to sleep any longer. The night before I had received a call from Mike letting me know that he had planned a special start to Ashley’s day. I got to Lather Salon in time to set up a covert position, and watch as the girls arrived by limo. What Mike had arranged was a special performance by Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary, complete with personalized signs displayed during the dance. It was such a treat to watch Ashley’s face as the surprise unfolded – and trust me there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere (myself included!). What an amazing start to a fantastic wedding day. After hanging out with the girls at the salon, I headed over to join the guys and pry them away from the NHL14 game underway. From there we headed over to Heritage Park, a personal favourite for any event/visit, and set up a sneak-attack style reveal. Again, watching Mike getting to see Ashley for the first time in her stunning wedding dress was phenomenal. After a few shots in Gasoline Alley, we headed off with the bridal party into the park to explore a couple sites I had scoped out on an earlier visit. I’ve shot at the park a few times, and the real trick is working around the hundreds of families with kids running all over the place. Not to worry, the spots I had in mind we had to ourselves. Back to the entrance, and into the ceremony, followed by cocktails in the founders lounge, and then into Gasoline Alley, all decked out in wedding finery by the highly skilled Alexandra Slawek, her team, and the staff at Heritage Park. Speeches, toasts, laughs, tears, and hours of fun dancing to one of my favourite live event bands TR3. Such a treat to spend the day with them, I can’t help but smile when I think of their wedding day!!_D3X0771_D3X0765DSC_1859 _D3X1206 DSC_1809 _D3X1307 _D3X1412 _D3X1448 _D3X1494 _D3X1523 DSC_1995 _D3X1495 _D3X1572 _D3X1604 _D3X1240 _D3X1284 DSC_1787 DSC_2069 DSC_2125 _D3X1658 _D3X1722 _D3X1773 _D3X1886 _D3X1943 _D3X1981 DSC_2235 DSC_2298 DSC_2498 DSC_2543 DSC_2740 DSC_2881 DSC_2833 _D3X1933 DSC_2902 DSC_2904 _D3X2001 DSC_2983 DSC_3088 DSC_3132 DSC_3160 _D3X2033 DSC_3437 DSC_3460 DSC_3533 DSC_1752 _D3X2135


Salma & Aleem – Esession in the park on a summer evening

A warm summer evening, an hour of two of time, and a couple of awesome people to put in front of the glass. The other night I met up with Salma & Aleem for a quick engagement session, and had a blast just hanging out with these two. Needless to say I am looking forward to their wedding!!DSC_5382 _D3X2541 DSC_5345 DSC_5304 _D3X2481 _D3X2483 _D3X2490 DSC_4944 DSC_5091 DSC_5121 DSC_5196 DSC_5287 DSC_5356 DSC_5396 DSC_5476 DSC_5546 DSC_5549 _D3X2573 DSC_5559 DSC_5606 _D3X2578 DSC_5621 DSC_5646 DSC_5027 _D3X2449


Megan + Brent – Wedding in Osoyoos, BC

 

Wherever Megs and Brent go, fun follows. It might just run in their blood, or perhaps the family and friends they surround themselves with? Either way, getting to tag along for their wedding in the south Okanagan was a non-stop party. I met Megan through her sister Lindsey, and instantly knew I wanted to get her and fiancee Brent in front of the camera. They love a good time, are always up to something fun, and even more importantly are very loving and playful with each other. A wedding in the desert town of Osoyoos in the summer pretty much guarantees hot sunny weather, and when their day arrived it was nothing short of perfect. We did an orchard reveal down the hill from the hotel, followed by a couple places I had found just north of the town. It’s an amazing place to have a wedding, and from a photography standpoint, a treat to shoot. Both the ceremony on the deck of the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort overlooking the vineyards, and the open air reception held one level below under patio lights were amazing. What follows is just a sample of what caught my eye that day!DSC_8071 _D3X7497 DSC_8104 DSC_8363 DSC_8385 DSC_8230 DSC_8406 DSC_8440 DSC_8534 DSC_8532 DSC_8089 _D3X7591 DSC_8676 DSC_8762 _D3X7722 _D3X7805 DSC_8904 _D3X7863 DSC_8833 DSC_9299 _D3X7994 _D3X8036 DSC_9314 DSC_9315 _D3X7907 DSC_9484 _D3X8088 _D3X8111 _D3X8120 _D3X8106 DSC_9783 _D3X8238 _D3X8184 DSC_0190 DSC_9999 DSC_0287 DSC_0141 _D3X8253 _D3X8306 DSC_0514


Lacey & Adam – Summer wedding at Heritage Pointe Golf Course

I never thought that a conversation I had with Adam back in Mexico would lead to them asking me to shoot their wedding in Calgary this summer, but I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him, Lacey, and their great crew of friends. I met a lot of them shooting for his brother Trent & Ali, and couldn’t wait to get Miss Cayenne and Mr. Batchelor in front of the glass. The weather was hot with the brilliant sun piercing the blue skies, the lush green grass and summer foliage all around, and to top it off they show up in a Gas Monkey Rat Rod – amazing!! Love the story they told me that at car shows instead of a ‘do not touch’ sign, the owner encourages people to lay their hands on the car to add to the patina. Before we could head out into the countryside, I got to watch them tie the knot on the patio of the Heritage Pointe Golf Course surrounded by their close family and friends. We took off for a quick session not far from the venue to a couple places I had scouted earlier in the week, including the private property of some of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. While scouting, not only were they warm to my idea of coming to shoot at their barn, they invited me in for cookies and lemonade. Yup – those people do exist, and my job gives me the fortunate opportunities to meet them. Back to the reception, the party, the heartfelt speeches, a few tears, and people lighting up the dance floor. Such a treat to be asked to shoot for such a great couple!!
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Kari & Keenan Wedding at Chateau Lake Louise

 

 

For those of you that follow my blog likely already know I’m probably even more at home in the mountains than in the city, so when an invitation to shoot a wedding in Lake Louise arrived in the inbox, I couldn’t accept fast enough! I love every minute I get to shoot in the rocky mountains, and getting to hang out and capture Kari & Keenan on their wedding day last month was special to say the least. I headed up a couple hours early on their wedding day to check out some new spots and simply take in the gorgeous mountain backdrop. The weather was all over the place that day, but by some miracle the clouds parted just in time for the ceremony, and it stayed nice for the whole time we were out shooting. After a few pictures around the Chateau Lake Louise, we then headed off to another couple locations not far from the hotel before returning in time for the cocktails and start of the reception. Many thanks go out to the talented artists of Maddpretty for the makeup work, and to Stephanie and her Lynn Fletcher Weddings team for all their hard work making sure the day went smoothly. Of course the meal was delicious, and the Victoria Ballroom at the Chateau never disappoints!! Congratulations Kari & Keenan – and thank you for ‘dragging’ me out to the mountains to shoot your amazing wedding!
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April & Travis – the baby bump sneaks…

 

I was floored when I heard the great news about April & Travis expecting their first child this summer. It really seems like yesterday I was watching them walk down the aisle at their amazing wedding at Sunshine. Fast forward (a little more than) 9 months and you have a very pregnant April. And looking at Travis, I can’t remember when I last saw an expectant father that excited. When people ask what I like about being a photographer, the first thing that comes to mind is the people. Getting to meet so many wonderful people from all over the place. I get to be there no only for their engagement, their wedding, but there to meet and capture those first few days of them having a baby – I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I just did these portraits and couldn’t resist putting a few on the blog to share…_ND80970 _ND80851 _ND80873 _ND80861 _ND80901 _ND80979 _ND80993 _ND81019 _ND81066


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