I’ve known Mike a number of years now and was so happy for him when he met Delanie. They are such a fun couple to hang out with, and it’s especially true when their awesome son Holden is in the mix. I was asked if I’d be willing to make the trek out to Kickinghorse Resort just outside Golden BC in the days between Christmas & New Years. I couldn’t say yes fast enough! It was a blast to be out there for four days, getting to know each of them better, and the great friends and family they brought out there for the surprise wedding. The ceremony was both beautiful and intimate, taking place in the great room of a massive hillside chalet looking out towards the mountains on the far side of the valley. We headed into Golden for a few shots – many thanks to the crew for braving the cold weather and deep snow! This was a special wedding to shoot and one I will never forget.
I first heard from Alyssa a couple years ago when she and Trent had decided they wanted to be married on the beach in Mexico on 12-12-12. It gave me a lot of time to get to know them, through our numerous phone calls, emails, meetings, and our fun engagement session last summer. It was like seeing old friends when I connected with them at the beautiful Barcelo Maya Beach resort near Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. It was a gorgeous setting, with the water lapping at the snow-white sand, humid onshore breeze, and these amazing clouds that provided a very dramatic backdrop. They brought a fantastic group of family and friends – some of the nicest people you could ever want to meet. We had the perfect amount of time to run around the resort grounds, get out on the pier, and even found time to stop for a quick beverage. The next day I met up with them to take the shoot to the next level, but for those you’ll just have to wait a bit longer…
When I heard Ruby and Chaz were getting married in Mexico, I definitely wanted to be there. I should say that I had never actually met Chaz until a couple days before their wedding, but from the instant I said hello I knew I would get along well with him. It certainly doesn’t hurt when both he and most of his friends share the same passions I do – skiing, fishing, simply being outdoors. It was a real treat to be asked to make the trip to Mexico in December, leaving the cold snowy Calgary behind for a week. The hotel they chose, the Azul Sensatori was amazing, and provided a perfect playground for photography. There was always something going on that week, and I even got asked to join the guys for a bit of surfing a day before the wedding.They had a special ceremony honouring her Sikh background first, and then after a few photos, a second ceremony down on the beach. The weather was ideal, just hot enough, and the sunlight seemed to last forever. I loved really getting to know these two, not only on their wedding day, but for the week I was with them and their collection of family members and close friends. I am excited for what the future holds for Ruby and Chaz, and look forward to seeing the rest of the crew when I get back up to Northern BC later this fall!
Every time I get to see April & Travis I have a ton of fun. From the moment these two appeared on my doorstep I’ve had a blast getting to know them, getting to laugh with them, and most recently getting to shoot their wedding out at Sunshine Ski Hill. One of the pre requisites to being there on their amazing wedding day was a willingness to shoot pictures of them in full attire snowboarding out at Sunshine! I didn’t hesitate for a moment, and just watching them ride side by side at a place that means so much, was a special event. I think the people sitting on the Standish chair were in a state of shock – I couldn’t stop laughing hearing all the comments from above. Did I mention this happened before the ceremony? Yup – these two have no fear, they just wanted a few special images to remember their day. I’ve been to the ski hill countless times in my life, but this was the first wedding and something I’ll never forget. It was a beautiful setting, and with a great crew of fun friends and loving families around, made for a magical mountain wedding.
When you’re planning a beach wedding on Maui what would make a perfect place for an engagement session? How about an old brewery in Calgary in winter! The first day we were hoping to meet up for the shoot, a massive winter storm spent the better part of the day blasting Calgary with snow. Fast forward two days later and we had a beautiful & mild November afternoon to do some shots. Caroline & Paul are so playful with each other, and simply suggesting that Paul kiss her left her beaming from ear to ear. I loved getting to spend the time with these two and I have no doubt their wedding will be amazing!
Jenn & Matt are one of those couples that are a ton of fun just to be around. When I first met up with them I got a good feeling about them, and seeing the two of them laughing non-stop with each other during their engagement session was a treat. I had no doubt their wedding day would be much much more of the same. Mother nature held out special special for us this particular fall day out at Spruce Meadows, with golden leaves decorating the trees, deep blue skies, and a warm sun that felt more like the middle of the summe. I first got to connect with the guys and do a few shots of them getting ready before making my way over to join up with the girls. One of my favourite moments was watching Jenn open a letter from Matt, second was seeing her dad get to see her in her wedding dress for the first time. It really is a blessing to be there to see these moments. After a quick champagne the girls hopped into the stretch limo and off to Spruce meadows. The ceremony was beautiful and romantic – what a perfect setting for a wedding! We did a bunch of shots on property with the bridal party, then headed off in my truck to go check out a few spots I had found during my scouting the day before. The reception was full of more laughter, touching speeches, and a dance party that went long into the night. Just before dessert was served, I noticed the sun painting the clouds outside and snuck Jenn & Matt out for a quick couple pictures. It was a day I won’t soon forget!
It’s no secret that I shoot weddings. I love to – there’s something indescribable about getting to cover and document such a significant day. I wouldn’t change it for anything. But one of the best parts I didn’t even know when getting into it was the amazing couples I would become friends with through shooting their wedding – then watching them as they start their own families. Every year I love getting those emails that ask me about doing some prenatal or baby shots. This was the case when I heard from Jordana & Rory about doing some shots of their beautiful daughter Berkeley. This super cute kid brought her A-game and I could tell how much fun Jordana was having playing dress-up! I don’t think Berkeley stopped smiling the whole time I had the lens trained on her. Here’s a few from our shoot the other day.