I had an awesome afternoon with Farah & Nabil on a somewhat chilly but still sunny February day. I met them in the East Village, and set off to explore a few places that had caught my eye during the scouting done the week prior. I’ve been accused of only shooting good looking couples, and these two are no exception! Such a fun duo that needed no prompting on my part to keep nice and tight together. I love the energy they have, and know their wedding this summer is going to be amazing!!
Why am I posting a summer 2015 wedding now you might ask?!? Well, this one was a special one – in the ‘published in Wedding Bells Magazine’ kind of way. No surprise when you see the amazing little touches that Lindsey, Deo, and the immensely talented Jasmine & team at Reflections Weddings & Events put together. I’ve known Delmar (AKA ‘Deo’) ever since the very first date I had with my wife. Yep – he, and Cam, Justin, Jonas, Sarah, etc… the whole crew were there from day one, so suffice to say we go back. I’d only had a the pleasure of meeting his beautiful fiancee Lindsey when we met up to do an engagement session, and knew they were a great fit. I could go on and on and on about their summer wedding out in Canmore, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking this time…
As a small business owner I love getting to work with all kinds of businesses both large and small, but will always have a soft spot for the ones just making their way into the world. Less than a year ago my brother in law Justin Eyford and his two barista-champion business partners Ben Put and Jeremy Ho opened the first Monogram Coffee location in Calgary. Not surprisingly, it was quickly embraced by the community and city at large and especially by those who actively search out the very best in coffee. Not long after they had pop-ups in two other areas and doubled the size of their Altadore cafe by taking over their neighbours floorspace. Fast forward to this past weekend when they unlatched the doors on their flagship downtown cafe – a gleaming 1700 square foot location that is soon to become the go-to spot for the caffeine hunters in the core. I couldn’t be happier for these guys, their awesome staff, and can’t wait to spend some quality time there.
It’s always around this time of year where I find myself in the thick of planning for the upcoming wedding season yet reflecting back on the weddings that have already settled into my memories and my hard drives. I know I’ve said it before, but I really do feel so incredibly lucky that so many wonderful people have asked me to be part of their special day and bear witness to such a significant moment in their lives. The countless hours of location scouting, emails, phone calls, planning, dreaming blend with the hours on the road, airplanes, hotel rooms and everything else that come together as part of the wedding shoot. Wedding days are like Christmas morning for me – so many surprises, emotions, and unexpected gifts to open, opportunities, moments, tears of happiness, a few nerves, and only one chance to capture it. With each passing year I think more about the importance of capturing the raw essence of the day, and less about shots missed, trying to plan too much, and really just letting the day guide me. With this as my foundation I move forward, with a whole bunch of amazing stories yet to be told in the weeks and months to come, but for now I look back at some of the experiences that got me to today.
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….
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!!