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Amy & Steve – Emerald Lake Lodge, BC Wedding

 

Emerald Lake Lodge is truly a spectacular place, to visit, to hike, and especially for a wedding. Just a few minutes off the Trans Canada Highway west of Lake Louise, and you’re in a completely different world. The colour of the water really is exactly what it looks like in the pictures, if not even greener and the jagged peaks that surround the lodge frame this jewel perfectly. It was in this setting that I got to capture a few images with Amy and Steve this summer. The sun/rain/clouds were playing tug-o-war all day, but somehow managed to be nice exactly when we needed them to – during the photos and the ceremony. After a quick plunge (polar bear swim?) Steve and the guys ducked into one of the cabins while the girls were next door with Amy. From their reveal we headed out towards Field for a few shots in the glacial valley, then worked our way back to meet up with the bridal party. Enter rain. No problem – on to the decks to take advantage of the beautiful natural light. From there we made our way to the ceremony. Have to say the flower girl (Amy’s niece) running up to hug Steve mid-ceremony was priceless. After the ceremony, family photos, and champagne we moved into the lodge for the party. What a blast of a weekend – thank you Amy & Steve!!
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Kerra & Mark’s Wedding in the Shuswap at Quaaout Lodge

The name ‘August Long Weekend’ conjures up all kinds of images for people living in Western Canada, but for me my thoughts turn immediately to BC, swimming in a warm lake or fishing on a tiny creek in the mountains. After getting to spend this most recent August Long with Kerra and Mark at their wedding, a whole new set of images will be tagged to the middle of the summer. Driving out to the Shuswap is a special treat, and with extended family to visit in Sicamous I knew I would have a fun week away from the city. I had never shot at Quaaout Lodge, but was absolutely impressed with everything I saw while I was there and could hardly think of a more scenic area to host a lakeside wedding in the Shuswap. I met up with the girls a couple hours before the ceremony and revel in the wonderful energy of such close friends and family. The same was true for the boys, and you could tell Mark was excited to put a ring on Kerra’s finger. Their ceremony, overlooking the lake was a hot one – and the thought of jumping into the lake fully clothed definitely crossed my mind. Following the ceremony, I headed off with Kerra and Mark to a place I had seen years before and scouted the day before their wedding – turned out to be even better than expected and they loved it. Turn of the century brick, rusty train cars, old wooden sheds, and llamas? Yes please. Back to the lodge and a quick shoot with the rest of the bridal party before games on the lawn, cocktails and appies, and then into the reception where the party wasn’t showing any signs of slowing down when I ducked out just after midnight. An incredible day for two wonderful and fun people – was a treat to be there to capture their wedding!!_D3X2631 DSC_5926 DSC_5656 DSC_5856 DSC_5789 _D3X2668 DSC_5674 DSC_5957 DSC_6012 DSC_6131 DSC_6172 DSC_6332 _D3X2922 DSC_6420 DSC_7419 _D3X2962 _D3X2985 _D3X3014 _D3X3034 _D3X3046 _D3X3070 _D3X3132 _D3X3141 _D3X3147 DSC_6659 DSC_6605 DSC_6620 DSC_6793 DSC_6834 DSC_6984 DSC_7082 DSC_7169 DSC_7211 DSC_7233 DSC_7434 DSC_7623 _D3X3308 DSC_7513 DSC_7452


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


Hannah & Conrad – Spring wedding in Radium/Invermere BC

 

It’s that time of year again, when the days start getting longer, the trees start to put on their green summer dress, and I find myself at some really incredible weddings. Hannah + Conrad put on such an occasion out in the Columbia Valley last month. I spent many summers playing in Windermere lake and rolling down the sand hill, so returning here was like returning home in a lot of ways. A week before their wedding I headed out from Calgary to do my scouting, and was reminded of how fantastic that drive is. Rolling through the mountains of Kootenay National Park and passing through the ‘rock gates’ of Radium twice in one week – I felt spoiled. When their wedding day arrived, mother nature made sure to throw a few wildcards at us with some heavy rain, some dry hours, and a little blue sky as we headed back for the reception. The ceremony was held at Eagle Ranch Resort, a beautiful golf course & facility adjacent to Invermere, with the reception being held just across the highway at the newly built Copper Point Resort. I loved the attention to detail that they put into their wedding, and all of the extra hours Hannah put into making sure it went off without a hitch. I’m still a little shocked that they had no problem rock climbing up to an outcropping of bright orange rocks – in their dress shoes no less! Thank you both for your amazing energy, trust in the creative process, and simply being so fun to hang out with!!_D3X1912 _D3X1938 DSC_5312 _D3X1981 DSC_3909 DSC_4013 DSC_3922 DSC_3973 DSC_4123 DSC_4171 DSC_4345 DSC_4561 DSC_4377 DSC_4722 DSC_4796 DSC_4900 DSC_5121 DSC_4961 DSC_5030 DSC_5081 _D3X2087 DSC_5383 DSC_5489 DSC_5651 DSC_5414 _D3X2245 DSC_5674 DSC_5544 DSC_5743 DSC_5762 _D3X2527 DSC_4160


Justyna & Bryan – Destination Wedding in Tuscany, Italy

 

One of my favourite presents this year arrived in the form of an invitation to join Justyna & Bryan in Italy to shoot their wedding. If you haven’t been, it’s one of those countries you immediately fall in love with. Buzzing through the twisty roads south of Florence in a peppy little Alfa Romeo is something everybody should get to experience. We arrived there a few days before the wedding, allowing us some time to head out to the coast, and scout the locations closer to where the wedding was taking place. Pulling up to the Castello di Montegufoni I couldn’t believe my eyes. They had chosen such a phenomenal place to tie the knot that I fear my words won’t do proper justice to describe what it was like. Walking through the massive wooden doors, past the thick stone walls, and into the courtyard was like walking back in time a thousand years. Just to think that this building had witnessed generations of families, battles, and changes to the world outside left me in a state of semi-daydreaming. On the morning of their wedding I went to join the girls getting ready adjacent to the impressive Italian garden. Many laughs were shared, more than a few tears of joy, and the odd glass of bubbly (and the even ones as well) made the rounds. Between the best friends and close family, there was love everywhere. I felt the same going to capture a few images of the groom getting ready with his brother, and best friends. We did the pre-ceremony reveal in a room that had a rich history and even more ornate decor. Getting to witness Justyna seeing Bryan for the first time, and him seeing her, is something I won’t ever forget. When a couple looks at each other they way they look at each other, you know you’re watching something truly magical. We did a few shots in and around the castle, then packed into the cars and headed off to the locations I had found earlier that week. Getting back to the castle, we had a bit of time before making our way to the courtyard ceremony. Beautiful surrounding, soft music coming off the harp, and the scent of the Tuscan countryside mixing with the sweet scent of roses all made for a memorable experience. From the ceremony we moved over to the reception room, and following the delicious dinner, hilarious and heartfelt speeches, we then were led down to a cellar for the party & dancing. I loved every minute of the trip, and will forever be thankful that Justyna & Bryan put their trust in me to capture this once in a lifetime wedding. _D3X7133 ND8_0275 _D3X7107 ND8_0309 ND8_0344 ND8_0181 ND8_0255 _D3X7182 ND8_0354 _D3X7151 _D3X7308 _D3X7364 _D3X7370 ND8_0433 _D3X7416 ND8_0442 _D3X7432 ND8_0472 ND8_0480 ND8_0485 ND8_0518 _D3X7451 ND8_0592 ND8_0594 ND8_0532 ND8_0618 ND8_0633 _D3X7476 _D3X7512 _D3X7533 _D3X7583 _D3X7693 _D3X7712 _D3X7800 _D3X7848 _D3X7909 _D3X8002 _D3X8371 ND8_0705 ND8_0776 ND8_0871 ND8_0883 ND8_0940 ND8_1034 ND8_1081 ND8_1119 ND8_1138 ND8_1157 ND8_1183 ND8_1202 ND8_1214 ND8_1260 _D3X8088 ND8_1281 ND8_1946 ND8_1361 ND8_1374 ND8_1477 ND8_1545 _D3X8115 ND8_1596 ND8_1735b ND8_1841 _D3X8075 _D3X8120 ND8_2051 ND8_1882 ND8_2090


Courtney & Owen – Rainforest Wedding in Tofino, BC

 

There’s something truly magical about the west coast. I have felt the draw to head over the rocky mountains and to the rocky shores of BC ever since I was young. I lived on Vancouver Island for 6 years, and there is definitely part of me that never leaves the island when I left for Calgary so many years ago. When Courtney and Owen mentioned that they were planning a wedding in Tofino I had a hard time holding back my excitement. Even though hopping on a plane would’ve saved some time no doubt, I savoured every kilometre of the drive, the ferry, and then the twisty highway that leads across the island from Port Alberni to the picturesque town of Tofino on the west coast. Being the rainforest, it definitely lived up to it’s reputation on the wedding day save for a couple precious hours when we were out to do photos. I couldn’t believe our luck, walking outside mere minutes after buckets of water were falling from the sky, to see bright sunshine and blue skies. The attention to detail at their wedding was amazing – you could tell a lot of thought had been put into every personal touch. After running around with the crew for photos, we returned for the reception, capped off by a beautiful display of fireworks launched from the beach. Whoever came up with the idea of playing the theme song from ‘Reading Rainbow’ during the cake cutting, brilliant! I loved every minute of that trip, their wedding day, and relish the thought of heading back out to the coast for the next adventure. _D7X8696 _D3X5876 _D3X5563 _D3X5625 _D3X5830 _D3X5946 _D7X8242 _D3X5963 _D3X6082 _D7X8203 _D3X6100 _D3X6398 _D3X6438 _D3X6521 _D3X6694 _D3X6738 _D3X6744 _D7X8111 _D3X6796 _D3X6849 _D3X6896 _D3X6925 _D3X7010 _D3X7123 _D3X7198 _D7X8771 _D3X7617 _D3X7508 _D3X7560 _D7X8841 _D3X7890 _D3X8095 _D7X8939 _D7X8961


Monica & Jonas – Destination wedding in Norway

It’s not every day that going to shoot a wedding involves three flights, with stopovers in Toronto & Iceland, followed by a 4 hour drive North of Oslo, but this summer I did just that. I had met Monica and Jonas six years ago while shooting at a cat skiing lodge in Fernie, BC, and at the time they dropped the hint that when they got married they would bring me over to shoot it. That’s exactly what they did and getting to be there in Norway for a little over the week was an incredible experience. I immediately fell in love with the people, the welcoming friends and warm family that surround Monica & Jonas. Needless to say, my first trip to Scandinavia blew me away and planted the seed of what will be many trips to come in the future. Their wedding ceremony was a perfect reflection of their personalities ranging from the unbridled energy of Jonas and Monica to the wonderful historical Norwegian customs and wedding attire. Monica made her way down to the ceremony serenaded by local musicians, and Jonas arrived via wakeboard and peeled off the drysuit James-bond-style to reveal his Norwegian bunad (ceremonial attire). The rain didn’t even make a dent in the experience as the ceremony carried into a massive lake-side party / reception with skits, more live music, speeches, and revelry. I think I’m really still only part of the way in processing everything I experienced those 8 days in Norway – a country and people that now hold a very special place in my heart. _D3X7613_D3X6467 _D3X6625 _D3X6839 _D3X6898 _D3X6948 _D3X7010 _D3X7067 _D3X7257 _D3X7319 _D3X7376 _D3X7423 _D3X7435 _D3X7493 _D3X7586ND8_4275 _D3X7617 ND8_4679 _D3X7655 _D3X7745 _D3X7782 _D3X7930 _D3X7983 _D3X8028 _D3X8126 _D3X8274 _D3X8286 _D3X8034 _D3X8543 _D3X8635 ND8_4295 ND8_4352 ND8_4384 ND8_4413 ND8_4543 ND8_4655 ND8_4781 ND8_5047


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