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!!
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!
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!!
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!
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…
These kids know how to have fun. From the first day I met them out in Fernie on the ski hill, it was no secret being anywhere near them would be a blast! When they got in touch with me to shoot their wedding, and through the engagement session, I got a better feel for what they had in store. I was definitely not disappointed, and wasn’t all that surprised when a request came through to hit up a local ‘dive bar’ during the photo session. As it turned out, mother nature opened up an hour of liquid-luck at the same time we ducked into the ‘in’famous Lord Nelson. Kudos to the locals for sharing the space, the generous VLT coaches for the gift (Jennie doubled it in no time), and staff for the round of shots. Not every day you get a request for portraits in front of a urinal, but yes, that happened. Almost topped by Jennie accidentally pouring Ryan a Jack & Clamato at the bar !?! From there we headed off to find some grunge to dirty the wedding dress and challenge the high heels – sorry girls! A quick stop up at C.O.P, then off to the Al Azhar Shriners for the reception and party. And it lived up to all my expectations – didn’t I mention these two know how to have fun? Congratulations Jennie & Ryan – thank you for letting me tag along and snap a few with you guys!