I first met Maggie at a wedding I shot some years ago, and when she reached out to me to shoot her wedding this fall in Red Deer I was pumped. She’s such a wonderful person, I knew she would be a lot of fun to have in front of the lens again, and hoped the best when I met her fiancee Dave. He is cut from the same cloth, and the two of them make an awesome duo. We had a lot of fun during our engagement session earlier this spring – and it was no different at their wedding this fall in Red Deer. I’d only once shot in Red Deer before, and was excited to get back up to do some more exploring during my scouting trip. I scoped the venues (a last minute change was a blessing in disguise for the ceremony), and knew these two were so easy going they’d be up for anything I could throw at them – including hiking through the woods to reach an abandoned cabin that caught my eye. The fall colours were everywhere and the warm day made for perfect shooting conditions. Maggie and Dave rocked it – and threw an incredible party for their amazing families and great friends – a big highlight to my summer of shooting!!
Sara & Brendon’s wedding this summer was so special – with an incredible amount of personal touches at every turn. I knew that it would be a fun shoot, and these guys delivered a day I won’t soon forget. Heading out to Okotoks, just south of Calgary, I was facing a pretty chilly day with rain in the forecast. But, but some lucky break the rain held off long enough for us to tour around without the umbrellas in tow. Their wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Crystal Ridge golf course – which includes a full 18-hole mini golf course that we got to take advantage of. I think that’s a first for a wedding day shoot for me! We hopped in the limo for a tour around this small community and had a great time – I couldn’t believe how fast the time was used up before we were heading back for the reception. Thank you Sara & Brendon for letting me hang out with you on your wedding day!!
This summer I was asked by Carey & Nick to shoot their amazing wedding out in Banff, on a boat no less. The morning drive out was a mixed bag of clouds and rain, and the weather forecast for the rest of the day was not looking great. While she was getting her hair and makeup done at one of my favourite little hotels in Banff, The Juniper, the hail was coming down outside. But by some wedding-day-miracle, the clouds parted as we left the hotel for Lake Minnewanka and gave us a gorgeous blue sky backdrop for the cruise/wedding. It was officiated by one of the very best, Nomi Whalen, and was a ceremony I won’t soon forget. Following the cruise, champagne toasts, and family photos on the dock, we headed off for a few pictures before returning to the hotel for the reception. Such a fun day – I couldn’t be happier for Carey & Nick as they open the next chapter in their lives together!!
When I first met up with Jane & Colin last year I had no idea of just how much fun they would be both during their engagement shoot and especially on their wedding day. To say it was a fun shoot would be a huge understatement – such a fantastic day surrounded by amazing people and attention to detail at every turn. It was one of the hottest days of the summer, which left us hunting for any piece of shade we could find. They never complained a bit, and went along with everything / location I had scouted for the shoot. The ceremony and reception were held at the Crossroads Market, and walking into the dual-purpose tent was like walking into a whole other world thanks to the hard work of Sterling Weddings and Events YYC. They had carried the farmers market throughout the venue which made for a perfect backdrop for the day. Lots of love, emotion, comic relief (their puppy Jax handled that quite nicely during the ceremony), and laughter (see examples below for reference). I really feel lucky to have been asked to shoot their wedding, and capture such a special moment in their lives!
Two days after getting home from Spain, I was out in Drumheller on a beautiful July day to capture Julie and Blaine as they tied the knot. I had been out to scout the area a month before on an equally sunny day, and had been super excited about returning to the Badlands. It’s one of the most unique areas in the province, and only a short drive from Calgary. Meeting up with the girls in the morning at the hotel was a lot of fun and you could tell how happy Julie was during the hair, makeup, and especially putting on her wedding dress. From there I joined the guys for a little bit before going on to the ceremony venue on the banks of the Red Deer river in town. Following the ceremony we headed off to Horsethief Canyon and a brilliant field of canola just off the highway. It had poured rain the day before their wedding, so it was a little muddy but nobody seemed to mind too much. We passed a go-kart track and when I hinted that I wanted to get them in the carts for a few shots they couldn’t say YES fast enough! And even though they were asked to keep the speed down, this is a competitive bunch and they opened up the throttle completely! From there one more stop before heading back to the reception party that went well into the night. Such a fun day with two fantastic people and the great friends and family that surround them!!
The alarm clock rang way too early that morning, but as soon as I saw Joanna and Amir the early wake up was long forgotten. The bridesmaids had planned a whole series of games for the guys from waxing their not-so-smooth legs, to eating durian, passing the tiniest piece of paper from freshly lipsticked lips, to bribing them just to get at Jonna. All fun! From there we went to her relatives beautiful home on McKenzie Lake where their ceremony was held on the shore. A gorgeous and very personal setting for their nuptials to say the least. We headed out with the bridal party after the family shots and then eventually I had the two of them all to myself for an hour before the reception. The typical Calgary summer weather was nipping at our heels and the skies opened up just as we were piling back into the car from the last location – great timing!! These two have so much fun with each other – smiling and laughing non-stop (literally!). It was such a treat to photograph them on their amazing wedding day!