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.
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.
A little over a decade ago a dashing young man named Ken appeared on the docks of King Pacific Lodge in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. How could I have known at the time that not only would he become my boss, my close friend, but also (finally) a client on the other side of the camera with his beautiful wife Sarah on his arm? I couldn’t have been happier for Kenny B as he introduced me to his fiancee Sarah – an absolute spark plug, and a perfect match for my friend. It was an honour to be asked to shoot their wedding out in Banff this spring – on a spectacular sunny day in the rockies. The ceremony was held at the Banff Centre in an outdoor amphitheatre under blue skies, then the reception followed up at Mt. Norquay – a ski resort adjacent to town. I’ve shot at a handful of ski resorts before – both in the summer and in the winter, and love when a team of creative people like Katie and the Rocky Mountain Weddings crew know how to work their magic. I hadn’t shot a wedding at either of these venues, so it was a treat for me. We only did a quick 45 minute shoot between events to keep the day moving along for their family and guests, but the shots I did capture will live long in my memory, including a personal favourite of them atop a tree that overlooks the valley. I am so excited for Sarah & Ken and what the future has in store for this couple!
Fun. Fun. Unbelievably fun. That’s Lindsay & Mike. That’s the official description of their wedding (week) in Mexico last month. The group stayed at a beautiful new all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta just north of the Malecon called the Now Amber – I wasn’t complaining at all with my views of the sun setting over the pacific ocean from the top floor! The wedding ceremony was held just outside PV in a little seaside town called Bucerias at a private oceanfront garden that could’ve easily been a movie set it was so beautiful. So many amazing friends, wonderful family, non-stop margaritas and topped off with both a taco bar and churros made on site! Did I mention how much fun this wedding was….
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!!
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!
Emerald Lake Lodge is truly a spectacular place, to visit, to hike, and especially for a wedding. Just a few minutes off the Trans Canada Highway west of Lake Louise, and you’re in a completely different world. The colour of the water really is exactly what it looks like in the pictures, if not even greener and the jagged peaks that surround the lodge frame this jewel perfectly. It was in this setting that I got to capture a few images with Amy and Steve this summer. The sun/rain/clouds were playing tug-o-war all day, but somehow managed to be nice exactly when we needed them to – during the photos and the ceremony. After a quick plunge (polar bear swim?) Steve and the guys ducked into one of the cabins while the girls were next door with Amy. From their reveal we headed out towards Field for a few shots in the glacial valley, then worked our way back to meet up with the bridal party. Enter rain. No problem – on to the decks to take advantage of the beautiful natural light. From there we made our way to the ceremony. Have to say the flower girl (Amy’s niece) running up to hug Steve mid-ceremony was priceless. After the ceremony, family photos, and champagne we moved into the lodge for the party. What a blast of a weekend – thank you Amy & Steve!!