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!
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!
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.
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!