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Hot August days & nights in Croatia with Katie & Tim

Even the word Dubrovnik brings up pretty exotic ideas in my imagination. I was there once back in 2012 with friends on an Eastern European roadie, so when Katie & Tim dropped the invite on me to shoot their wedding in Croatia this past summer I was speechless. From the moment they said go, it was some extensive planning as we’d be taking our 4-month son on this adventure with us. He loved the trip, my wife loved the chance to explore a new country, and I got to put Katie & Tim in front of the camera in arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. We arrived a week early to do my scouting, and get everything in place for the shoot. Then, to honour a previously set shoot, I had to fly back to Canada for 72hrs before hopping on a pair of red-eye flights to get back to Dubrovnik with some days to relax before the wedding shoot. August in Croatia is beautiful. Hot as….lets just say really really hot, but with the water of the Adriatic Sea at your toes it all seems to work just right. On the wedding day, it was a game of keeping out of the sun for too long, loads of cool drinks, and AC breaks. We did the reveal close to the hotel in an awesome patch of trees on the shore, then off to the old city to the spots I had found during my scouting mission. The trick in Dubrovnik in the middle of the busy tourist season is to avoid the masses of people swarming everywhere. It’s not easy to do, but not impossible either. Then on to their ceremony at the most insanely gorgeous venue – Sponzi Palace- really was out of a dream. From there back to the hotel for an outdoors reception with the breezes coming off the sea. Ana & her team from Dubrovnik Luxury Weddings pulled everything off without a hitch and kept things running smoothly. Such a fun day, tons of fun memories, and a trip that will go down in my books as a best of the best. Katie & Tim, if you’re reading this: Thank you. dsc_9024 dsc_5514 dsc_9058 dsc_5650 dsc_5565 dsc_6359 dsc_5519 dsc_9243 dsc_9216 dsc_9323 dsc_9265 dsc_9305 dsc_9300 dsc_9355 dsc_9223 dsc_9106 dsc_5599 dsc_9124 dsc_9110 dsc_5591 dsc_9383 dsc_9462 dsc_5696 dsc_5729 dsc_5710 dsc_9506 dsc_5757 dsc_9710 dsc_9733 dsc_5853 dsc_9793 dsc_5872 dsc_9764 dsc_5884 dsc_5889 dsc_5899 dsc_9853 dsc_9861 dsc_9892 dsc_5941 dsc_0009 dsc_0032 dsc_0078 dsc_6070 dsc_6088 dsc_6112 dsc_6255 dsc_6186 dsc_6233 dsc_6222 dsc_0159 dsc_0118 dsc_0111 dsc_6259 dsc_6200 dsc_0181 dsc_0267 dsc_0280 dsc_0289 dsc_0312 dsc_6285 dsc_6378 dsc_6320 dsc_0383 dsc_0396 dsc_0426 dsc_0459 dsc_0502 dsc_0587 dsc_6550 dsc_6562 dsc_6453

Lorraine & Brian – Purple at the Pavillion

Well, if you haven’t noticed, it’s damn cold outside. I’m happy to be having a real winter season this year, but I’m already longing for some warmer days, like this one back in August. It was a perfect late summer day- light breeze, a little sun, a little cloud, and the sweetest couple. I had an insane month – including back to back shoots in Europe, but was able to make my schedule work to get to capture their wedding. The engagement session we did out in the mountains served up enough rain to last a year, and thoroughly soaked all three of us and my camera gear, so it was a pleasant change to get such a perfect day for their wedding. We hit a couple spots near their ceremony venue, then out to some favourites I know of in Cochrane before making it back for the ceremony and reception. I had to pry myself away that night to go back to the airport to double red-eye back to Europe and got to dig into their photo editing on the way – so happy for these two, and thankful they asked me to be there to shoot their amazing wedding day!dsc_4801 dsc_4826 dsc_7089 dsc_4834 dsc_4876 dsc_7126 dsc_4949 dsc_4961 dsc_4978 dsc_5060 dsc_5105 dsc_7096 dsc_7301 dsc_7516 dsc_7589 dsc_5132 dsc_5090 dsc_7851 dsc_7881 dsc_7890 dsc_7915 dsc_5153 dsc_5096 dsc_8226 dsc_8239 dsc_8376 dsc_8494 dsc_8437

Emily & Brian – Calgary Summer Wedding

I met Emily a few years ago while I was shooting one of her sisters getting married, so it was a real treat to get a message from her inquiring about me shooting her and Brian’s wedding this summer in Calgary. I remembered how awesome her family was, and knew her fiancé would have to be a stand up guy to get mixed up with the ‘Gordon Girls’. Meeting them for the first time to discuss wedding plans, then again during their engagement session my suspicions were confirmed – and these two make a perfect couple. I had so much fun just watching them interact with each other, let alone taking pictures of them on their wedding day – so much fun, so much play, so much love. The weather was, well, it was Calgary summer weather – a bit of everything, but even the rain showers couldn’t put a damper on their celebration. To cap off the night, I dragged them out into the pouring rain – them, me, my camera equipment, flashes, everything getting soaked for one final shot. It was so worth it – thank you Emily & Brian for asking me to shoot your wedding, hang out with you all day, and racing out into a downpour without a moments hesitation!dsc_3555 dsc_3568 dsc_3612 dsc_3617 dsc_3627 dsc_4416 dsc_4460 dsc_3670 dsc_4451 dsc_3709 dsc_3747 dsc_3804 dsc_4593 dsc_4548 dsc_4617 dsc_3840 dsc_3894 dsc_4626 dsc_4736 dsc_4744 dsc_4768 dsc_4840 dsc_4813 dsc_4884 dsc_4913 dsc_4962 dsc_4060 dsc_4187 dsc_5047 dsc_5061 dsc_5128 dsc_5185 dsc_5219 dsc_5283 dsc_5306 dsc_5333 dsc_4140 dsc_5436 dsc_4122 dsc_5473 dsc_5493 dsc_5513 dsc_5587 dsc_5607 dsc_4391 dsc_5613 dsc_5785 dsc_5828 dsc_5862 dsc_5951 dsc_4288 dsc_4351 dsc_5955 dsc_4330 dsc_4412

Kelsey & Blaine – Summer wedding in the Kananaskis Valley, Alberta

Kananaskis is my not-so-top secret little place south west of Calgary, where I have spent countless hours in my life. I am fortunate to have a small cabin in the woods, still with no running water in the winter and no cell service any time of year in this beautiful and picturesque valley. When Kelsey first contacted me about shooting her and Blaine’s wedding this past summer I couldn’t have been happier. We even headed out there last fall to do an engagement session including one spot that later was used in the movie The Revenant – yep, it’s a pretty special spot. Fast forward to their wedding day and as the girls were getting ready the planner was quizzing Kelsey about having the ceremony indoors or out with the storm clouds moving through the mountains. She stuck to her plan to have it outdoors, and it worked out perfectly. Just as they were saying their I do’s, the clouds parted and a warm beam of sun painted the side of the mountain. We had it for some of the family photos, then as we headed off to do the bridal party shots the clouds threatened again, but allowed just enough time to get out and get a bunch of shots with this fun group. The reception was full of laughs, a few tears, and some unreal dance moves!
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Whitehorse Yukon Wedding – Anna & Ryan

If you’re wondering where you should have your wedding next summer, may I suggest Whitehorse. I had been there once before a couple years ago, but spending the weekend there to shoot Anna & Ryan’s wedding really opened my eyes to what a fantastic place it is. Whenever I’m visiting a new city for a wedding shoot, I spend a lot of time scouting the area – on foot, by car, sometimes even by boat or by bike. I was blown away by how pretty and unique this community in the Yukon is – wonderful friendly people, nature all around, and the perfect backdrop for a wedding shoot. The wedding was just a couple days before the summer solstice, and it took a little getting used to the sun hitting the horizon near midnight. We had some luck on our side and got one of the nicest, warmest June days you could ask for, which added one more perk to an already special day. I loved getting to capture their wedding, in a place that is so special to them, and now a special place to me – filled with a ton of wonderful new memories.

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Calgary Ismaili Wedding – Farah & Nabil

Love these two – and the incredible wedding they had this summer! I have been lucky enough to shoot a number of beautiful Ismaili weddings over the last few years and each one builds on the last in some special way. I’ve seen the ceremonies enough to know what to expect, and yet I am still awestruck by each separate event. It was no different for Farah & Nabil – on a day that was threatening a healthy dose of good-luck wedding day rain, we got to St. Patricks Island in Calgary just in time to avoid the drops, and still capture some beautiful images. Seeing them hold each other with the white fluff floating through the viewfinder almost made me think it was snowing – magical. Some tips for the uninitiated at Ismaili weddings: m&m’s are much more than just a tasty candy, the sapatia is harder to break than you think, you might need a waterproof enclosure for your camera at the Pithi ceremony, and watch out for flying beetlenuts.

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Michelle & Jerry – Engagement Session of laughter and love

Michelle & Jerry found their way in front of my cameras the other week – a wicked fun couple that were up for anything I threw at them – a great precursor for their wedding this summer!! I’ve picked a few sneaks to share from our esession downtown – I love working with the evening light in the city.