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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

Jennie & Ryan – Calgary summer wedding

 

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!_D3X3237 _D3X3170 _D3X3247 _D3X3290 _D3X3320 DSC_8081 DSC_8087 DSC_8094 DSC_8108 DSC_8136 DSC_8348 DSC_8370 DSC_8509 DSC_8568 DSC_8613 DSC_8743 _D3X3414 DSC_8826 DSC_8856 _D3X3548 DSC_9014 DSC_9026 DSC_9063 _D3X3431 _D3X3472 _D3X3514 DSC_9131 DSC_9153 DSC_9156 DSC_9164 DSC_9197 DSC_9220 DSC_9309 DSC_9339 DSC_9429 DSC_9432 DSC_9465 DSC_9552 DSC_9566 DSC_9644 DSC_9555 DSC_9726 _D3X3785 _D3X3689 DSC_9740

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

2014 RCR Slope Soaker – Fernie Alpine Resort, BC

 

 

Which is harder:

a) Swimming with skis on

b) Swimming with a snowboard attached

c) Using either to get you across a 60′ span of neck deep slush

d) All the of the above – in ice cold water (literally ice cold – they had to break the ice before they could start!)

Just a few of many captured on the final weekend out at Fernie Alpine Resort in BC – season finale included a packed performance by the Dudes in the village plaza & beer gardens. What a way to cap off another fantastic year on the slopes. Now to hang up the skis, dust off the bike, and rig the fly rods…

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Alison & Jay – Stunning winter wedding in Canmore, Alberta






Living so close to the rocky mountains we get to spend as much time as possible outside, skiing, biking, fishing, and if lucky, there to capture a fantastic wedding day. This spring I was asked to shoot for Alison & Jay in Canmore, a beautiful and quaint town just on this side of Banff National Park. I’ve been fortunate enough to shoot in Canmore, most often in the summer, so it was a treat to get out there in March to cover their amazing wedding. A few days beforehand, I headed out to scout the area and get a better feel for where we might be able to shoot – one of my favourite pre-wedding exercises. As per usual, I dreamed up enough to shoot for 12 hours – more than enough options to say the least. On their wedding day, we did a quick reveal at the Solara Resort in Canmore – I loved watching Jay’s jaw drop when he first saw Alison!! We headed off with the rest of the bridal party to a few hidden places – and kudos to them for braving the ‘bracing chill’ of the wind up on the pass. Back to Silvertip Golf Course for the ceremony and reception – delicious food, great music, and laughs all around. Keeping the day flowing smoothly was the very talented ¬†Callandra & her team from Cherry Tree Occasions, captured on video for all time by the always fun Aydin Odyakmaz. Watching their guests cycle through the photobooth/mini-studio we’d set up was hilarious – they do know we get to see the pictures right? The speeches were both funny and heartfelt – you could easily tell how much their family & friends mean to them. An amazing day in a beautiful town – I can’t wait to see what’s next for Alison & Jay!

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