Ismaili weddings are always fun – lots of great traditions, great family, lots of delicious food and some of the most friendly people you will ever meet. It was no different for Sheniff & Fatemeh’s wedding this August. I was with them for three days – the first two at the pre-wedding ceremonies, followed by their incredible wedding day. We had a beautiful August Saturday to run around Calgary, including multiple venues, stretch limousines, different outfits and one hilarious bridal party. I had a ton of fun with these two – and it was a wedding day I won’t soon forget!!
The name ‘August Long Weekend’ conjures up all kinds of images for people living in Western Canada, but for me my thoughts turn immediately to BC, swimming in a warm lake or fishing on a tiny creek in the mountains. After getting to spend this most recent August Long with Kerra and Mark at their wedding, a whole new set of images will be tagged to the middle of the summer. Driving out to the Shuswap is a special treat, and with extended family to visit in Sicamous I knew I would have a fun week away from the city. I had never shot at Quaaout Lodge, but was absolutely impressed with everything I saw while I was there and could hardly think of a more scenic area to host a lakeside wedding in the Shuswap. I met up with the girls a couple hours before the ceremony and revel in the wonderful energy of such close friends and family. The same was true for the boys, and you could tell Mark was excited to put a ring on Kerra’s finger. Their ceremony, overlooking the lake was a hot one – and the thought of jumping into the lake fully clothed definitely crossed my mind. Following the ceremony, I headed off with Kerra and Mark to a place I had seen years before and scouted the day before their wedding – turned out to be even better than expected and they loved it. Turn of the century brick, rusty train cars, old wooden sheds, and llamas? Yes please. Back to the lodge and a quick shoot with the rest of the bridal party before games on the lawn, cocktails and appies, and then into the reception where the party wasn’t showing any signs of slowing down when I ducked out just after midnight. An incredible day for two wonderful and fun people – was a treat to be there to capture their wedding!!
I love shooting out in Fernie, and those of you that know me, know I spend a lot of time in the Elk Valley. It was one such morning, in a place not far from the town of Fernie that met up with Cara and Murray. Just as I pulled out the camera, it started to pour – started raining buckets. No time to re-schedule, the baby was set to arrive within a week or so, as such we toughed it out and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Such a sweet couple that I’ve gotten to know over the years after shooting their engagement session, and then for numerous years of shooting for the Fernie Brewing Company. I’m so excited to get to meet the newest addition to their family – slated to make an appearance any day now!!
A month ago, on a sunny Saturday morning, I awoke just a little early, too excited to sleep any longer. The night before I had received a call from Mike letting me know that he had planned a special start to Ashley’s day. I got to Lather Salon in time to set up a covert position, and watch as the girls arrived by limo. What Mike had arranged was a special performance by Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary, complete with personalized signs displayed during the dance. It was such a treat to watch Ashley’s face as the surprise unfolded – and trust me there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere (myself included!). What an amazing start to a fantastic wedding day. After hanging out with the girls at the salon, I headed over to join the guys and pry them away from the NHL14 game underway. From there we headed over to Heritage Park, a personal favourite for any event/visit, and set up a sneak-attack style reveal. Again, watching Mike getting to see Ashley for the first time in her stunning wedding dress was phenomenal. After a few shots in Gasoline Alley, we headed off with the bridal party into the park to explore a couple sites I had scoped out on an earlier visit. I’ve shot at the park a few times, and the real trick is working around the hundreds of families with kids running all over the place. Not to worry, the spots I had in mind we had to ourselves. Back to the entrance, and into the ceremony beautifully captured by Strawberry Films Forever, followed by cocktails in the founders lounge, and then into Gasoline Alley, all decked out in wedding finery by the highly skilled Alexandra Slawek, her team, and the staff at Heritage Park. Speeches, toasts, laughs, tears, and hours of fun dancing to one of my favourite live event bands TR3. Such a treat to spend the day with them, I can’t help but smile when I think of their wedding day!!
Wherever Megs and Brent go, fun follows. It might just run in their blood, or perhaps the family and friends they surround themselves with? Either way, getting to tag along for their wedding in the south Okanagan was a non-stop party. I met Megan through her sister Lindsey, and instantly knew I wanted to get her and fiancee Brent in front of the camera. They love a good time, are always up to something fun, and even more importantly are very loving and playful with each other. A wedding in the desert town of Osoyoos in the summer pretty much guarantees hot sunny weather, and when their day arrived it was nothing short of perfect. We did an orchard reveal down the hill from the hotel, followed by a couple places I had found just north of the town. It’s an amazing place to have a wedding, and from a photography standpoint, a treat to shoot. Both the ceremony on the deck of the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort overlooking the vineyards, and the open air reception held one level below under patio lights were amazing. What follows is just a sample of what caught my eye that day!
I never thought that a conversation I had with Adam back in Mexico would lead to them asking me to shoot their wedding in Calgary this summer, but I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him, Lacey, and their great crew of friends. I met a lot of them shooting for his brother Trent & Ali, and couldn’t wait to get Miss Cayenne and Mr. Batchelor in front of the glass. The weather was hot with the brilliant sun piercing the blue skies, the lush green grass and summer foliage all around, and to top it off they show up in a Gas Monkey Rat Rod – amazing!! Love the story they told me that at car shows instead of a ‘do not touch’ sign, the owner encourages people to lay their hands on the car to add to the patina. Before we could head out into the countryside, I got to watch them tie the knot on the patio of the Heritage Pointe Golf Course surrounded by their close family and friends. We took off for a quick session not far from the venue to a couple places I had scouted earlier in the week, including the private property of some of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. While scouting, not only were they warm to my idea of coming to shoot at their barn, they invited me in for cookies and lemonade. Yup – those people do exist, and my job gives me the fortunate opportunities to meet them. Back to the reception, the party, the heartfelt speeches, a few tears, and people lighting up the dance floor. Such a treat to be asked to shoot for such a great couple!!