This incredible couple came my way through a referral by the very talented Jenn Dystra of Open Image Photography, and in hindsight it was like I was being given an amazing gift simply getting to get to know Shafeena & Hussein. I was lucky enough to work with them both in Toronto on their engagement session (part 1), and their cowboy themed Calgary engagement session (part 2) in addition to the Pithi ceremonies and their Nikkah (wedding ceremony). From the first time I spoke with them during our Skype meeting I knew I liked them. They are such genuine people, and after meeting their loving parents I knew where this came from. Their wedding day was a classic August summer day in the prairies, with endless blue skies, warm sunshine, and wheat fields slowly making the transition from green to yellow. Prior to the wedding day, I scouted a beautiful location on the edge of the city limits. Normally the kind of place you might just drive by, this one stood out and worked as a perfect venue for their reveal. From there we headed off to another location in Cochrane closer to Glen Eagles golf course. Shooting the Nikkah outside was a treat, as every other Ismaili wedding I had done was indoors. It was incredibly heartfelt and barely a dry eye was to be seen. Following the ceremony we headed off to do a few more shots on a bluff overlooking the quaint townsite, with the towering peaks of the rockies far off in the distance. Again, watching them get to see each other for the first time all dressed to the nines in more ‘western’ wedding clothing was something I won’t soon forget. These two are in love – the way they look at each other, the compassion they show for each other, and how they talk about each other – the term soulmates couldn’t be applied more appropriately. Hussein’s speech had me in stitches – his now being able to get rid of the other ‘men’ in Shafeena’s life – Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton… etc… good luck with that!! Going through the process of editing their wedding I realized that my heart & mind are still processing what my eyes witnessed and camera captured that day. Thank you both.
I met Janice & Daniel a few years ago while in Mexico shooting a destination wedding for their friends Lindsay & Aaron and immediately liked them. They’re both incredibly fun people, and when they asked if I would be interested in doing some photography for their Calgary wedding reception I didn’t even hesitate. The had a very private ceremony in Vancouver, then threw a huge bash at the delicious Bonterra restaurant in the beltline area of Calgary. For those of you who’ve never been, the food is amazing and enjoying out on their secluded patio makes it all the better. I joined the girls at the Sheraton and had a brief window to get some shots of her dress, and the final touches of them getting ready. I had arranged for Daniel to meet us close by, and it was such a treat to see them see each other all dressed up for the first time. Janice looked stunning in a very slim fitting Nicole Miller dress, and Daniel looked pretty sharp in his tailored suit. We had a little over an hour to do some shots in the core, then headed over to the restaurant for family photos and dinner. It was a beautiful night and I had a lot of fun getting these two in front of my lens!!
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.
This summer I’ve been lucky enough to work with a bunch of very fun and creative couples, and suffice to say that Molly & Robbie have just set the bar that much higher. I met Molly some years back when she was in a bridal party I shot, and got to know Robbie when we met up for their stampede-themed engagement session last summer. They are both incredibly animated and fun-loving people and the same holds true for their friends & family. I joined the girls at Lather salon in Kensington in the morning, then headed off to shoot the guys and get the photobooth up and running for their reception. (The photos from this photobooth shall remain for the exclusive viewing pleasure of Molly & Robbie, unless they decide otherwise, or I put a disclaimer on my blog!). The ceremony was held at the beautiful Ranch restaurant in Fish Creek park – a venue that I always look forward to visiting for the great surroundings, and delicious food. I have to say that the flower girl and ring bearer pretty much defined ‘cute’! We had a beautiful warm summer day to have the ceremony out on the lawn, and used the time between the ceremony & reception to get a few shots with the family, bridal party, and of course with just Molly & Robbie. The fun continued right through the dinner & dance, and they even went as far as bringing the grilled cheese truck by for midnight snacks – how awesome is that!!!?? All in all a blast getting to work with them and be part of their wedding day.