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Julie & Blaine – Wedding in the badlands of Drumheller, Alberta

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!!
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Joanna & Amir – Lakeside summer wedding in Calgary

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!_ND86966 DSC_8606 DSC_8633 _ND86856 _ND87113 DSC_8859 DSC_8893 _ND87177 DSC_9064 DSC_9091 DSC_8925 DSC_9211 DSC_9289 _ND87241 DSC_8657 _ND87300 _ND87360 _ND87392 DSC_0027 DSC_0123 DSC_0152 DSC_0154 DSC_0250 DSC_0284 DSC_9511 DSC_9865 DSC_9917 DSC_9968 DSC_0457 DSC_0507

Lindsey & Delmar – Calgary Downtown Esession

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Brooke & Ben – Kelowna Wedding at Bo.ttega

Brooke is awesome. Ben is awesome. Their family & friends, yup, awesome. I love getting to work with such fun people in stunningly beautiful areas of the world – such was the case with B&B’s wedding earlier this month in Kelowna at Bo.ttega. I’ve shot at a number of purpose-built wedding/event venues and they all hold their own, but Bo.ttega has set a new standard in my eyes. It made the perfect backdrop for their wedding, a hidden gem in the wooded hills overlooking the city of Kelowna. Even getting out to the Okanagan was a blast – took two days, camped in both Revelstoke and Penticton, had the paddle board out, went swimming, fishing, and all kinds of exploring. The wedding day was the only ‘off’ weather day that week, but as if by some miraculous intervention the clouds parted at the exact moment we needed them to just prior to the ceremony, and from then on the surreal light peeking through the clouds dappled the ceremony, and by the time we headed off to do the shoot we were under full skies. A quick stop at Tantalus, then on to a couple other spots I had scouted the day before. Getting back to the venue, there was a full pig on the roast, delicious appetizers, and champagne bottles by the dozen. Chef Martin of The Chef In Stead provided the food to keep everybody smiling (photographer included). The party lasted long (long long long) into the night – and definitely capped off a fantastic wedding day for Brooke & Ben!_ND86044 DSC_6381 _ND85968 DSC_6645 DSC_6405 _ND86102 _ND86108 DSC_6403 DSC_6439 DSC_6490 DSC_6581 DSC_6705 DSC_7064 DSC_7077 DSC_7155 DSC_7187 DSC_7207 DSC_7209 DSC_7208 _ND86137 _ND86171 DSC_7559 DSC_7597 _ND86207 DSC_7606 DSC_7626 DSC_7693 DSC_7762 _ND86316 DSC_7807 DSC_7868 DSC_7924 DSC_8023 _ND86340 _ND85952 DSC_8437 DSC_8188 DSC_8205 DSC_8407 _ND86651 _ND86513 _ND86566 _ND86448 _ND86593 _ND86664

Gill & Dale – Edmonton Summer Wedding

 

Last month I was up in Edmonton to shoot Gill & Dale’s wedding at the Edmonton Scottish Society. I get up ‘north’ once or twice a year, and I have to say that even though my upbringing in Calgary trained me to dislike the capital city, I have found more and more things I like about it with each return visit. Early May was no different, as the river valley was lush and green, the early summer skies a deep blue, and surprises around every corner. Invariably when I shoot in a new city, I am attracted to way more locations than I’ll ever have time to visit, but it’s that same attraction that draws out the best creative inspiration. For Gill and Dale I knew I’d be with a couple that was loads of fun, super easy going, and incredibly playful with each other. The same was true for their bridal party, a great group of friends and family surrounding and supporting them. The Edmonton Scottish Society facility has a great old-school feel to it with rich wood, massive stone fireplace and a large vaulted ceiling. It made a perfect backdrop for both their ceremony and their reception. After the family photos, we headed off to a few spots I had scouted in town, then back in time for cocktails and to raid the candy table. Somewhere in there, the group also invaded the photobooth and gave me so much (too much?) to review the following day – all in good fun!! Was an absolute treat to capture their wedding day – hoping to get back up to Edmonton again soon.


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Summer esession with Jane & Colin

 

 

Just a few sneaks from the engagement session I did with Jane & Colin the other week in Calgary. The clouds were threatening rain the whole time but held off just long enough.  I can’t wait for their wedding later this month – going to be amazing knowing their personalities, attention to detail, and energy!
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Brooke & Ben – Calgary summer engagement session

Wow were these two a lot of fun to hang out with! Going through the shots from our engagement session the other day I couldn’t believe how many of them were shots of two people laughing constantly. Needless to say I can’t wait for their wedding day!_ND83346 DSC_3892 _ND83240 _ND83248 _ND83289 DSC_3425 DSC_3483 DSC_3535 DSC_3647 DSC_3691 DSC_3751 DSC_3834 DSC_3886 DSC_3902 DSC_4003

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