What a crazy year – lots of travel, playoffs, new clients, and sunny days – here are a few of the jpegs that crossed my desk this past year…
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!!
Sara & Brendon’s wedding this summer was so special – with an incredible amount of personal touches at every turn. I knew that it would be a fun shoot, and these guys delivered a day I won’t soon forget. Heading out to Okotoks, just south of Calgary, I was facing a pretty chilly day with rain in the forecast. But, but some lucky break the rain held off long enough for us to tour around without the umbrellas in tow. Their wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Crystal Ridge golf course – which includes a full 18-hole mini golf course that we got to take advantage of. I think that’s a first for a wedding day shoot for me! We hopped in the limo for a tour around this small community and had a great time – I couldn’t believe how fast the time was used up before we were heading back for the reception. Thank you Sara & Brendon for letting me hang out with you on your wedding day!!
This summer I was asked by Carey & Nick to shoot their amazing wedding out in Banff, on a boat no less. The morning drive out was a mixed bag of clouds and rain, and the weather forecast for the rest of the day was not looking great. While she was getting her hair and makeup done at one of my favourite little hotels in Banff, The Juniper, the hail was coming down outside. But by some wedding-day-miracle, the clouds parted as we left the hotel for Lake Minnewanka and gave us a gorgeous blue sky backdrop for the cruise/wedding. It was officiated by one of the very best, Nomi Whalen, and was a ceremony I won’t soon forget. Following the cruise, champagne toasts, and family photos on the dock, we headed off for a few pictures before returning to the hotel for the reception. Such a fun day – I couldn’t be happier for Carey & Nick as they open the next chapter in their lives together!!
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!