To say Ashton & Blakes wedding was unique would be an understatement. Ashton isn’t your typical bride, when she thought about her perfect day they wanted it to be fun, and a reflection of them. So when it came down to it, they decided what better way to celebrate then to combine their love of hockey, family and friends and have a wedding no one would forget. Their day took place at the Winsport, which was the perfect venue for a Calgary hockey themed wedding. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have nightmares the weeks leading up to the wedding about falling on the ice, but I managed to avoid falling which I consider a great success. Ashton put thought into every little detail, from the hockey skate laced corset back, to the origami flowers made out of hockey magazines (with the end of a hockey stick for the base). Guests donned their favourite jerseys, and the ring bearer was none other than Harvey the Hound! The cake was in the shape of the Stanley cup, and for the guestbook they had people sign a replica of the cup (at least I hope it was a replica, haha). One of the highlights for me was the poutine bar during dinner.. I don’t think you can find a more Canadian wedding, haha. As you probably noticed from Ashton and Blakes engagement session, they’re huge dog lovers like myself and love to foster dogs. So during the reception, they had “Smooches For Pooches” people put donations in a piggybank and press the buzzer for them to kiss. The donations went to Pawsitive Match Rescue foundation to help local pups in need. If you’d like to donate as well, you can do so here. Ashton and Blakes wedding day was so perfectly them, and it went so effortlessly. The day was so full of love, hockey and poutine. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Officiant: Klaus Ohlhoff
Dress: Galina from David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Avenue Beauty
Hotel: Four Points Calgary West
Second Shooter (ceremony/formals): Mike from Diane + Mike
Second Shooter (reception): Ashley Critch
I met Brandie in high school when we both worked at Underground in the mall, and we’ve been friends ever since. She’s legitimately one of the most caring and sweet people I know, so I was super excited when her and Jay got engaged. I couldn’t pick a better person for her.
I can’t wait for your wedding in May!!
Celia and Matt are two of the kindest people I’ve come across. Their wedding day was a chilly one, they ended up having to move their outdoor ceremony indoors but they didn’t let that put a damper on their day. I loved the girls long red dresses, there’s something about long bridesmaids dresses that I love so much. Their Al Azhar Shrine Centre wedding was lovely, just like them.
Venue: Al Azhar Shrine Centre
Flowers: Kelly Crawford from Florists Supply ltd.
Hair & Make-up: Artistry By Bobi
Dress: Mori Lee from The Bridal Centre
Officiant: Blair Collins
Second Shooter: Jalisse
Hotel: Sandman West
Cake: Maureen Wight
I first met Stephanie at Rachele & Beaus wedding last year. She won my heart with her beautiful homemade pop tarts. The only thing sweeter than pop tarts, are homemade ones. Stephanie and Clarence make my heart happy. Their wedding was the perfect reflection of the two of them. Fun, beautiful and the perfect amount of qwirky. You know you’re in luck when the bride happens to be a baking columnist for the Globe & Mail (just wait till you see all the cakes and deserts she whipped up for her own wedding). Their ceremony took place at Cardel Theatre, followed by their reception at the Manning Centre downtown. It’s always a bonus when I get to shoot at venue I’ve never been, even better when there’s two!! Day of coordination was doing by the wonderful girls at Perfect Day Ventures, who made sure everything was beautiful and ran smoothly. I had my dear and talented friend Anna second shoot for me, flowers were by Dahlia Floral Design and dinner was provided by my favourite Roma Catering. I’m hungry just thinking back about all the amazing food, haha. Enjoy their wonderful day!
Any one who has ever met me, knows that I’m a bit of a crazy dog lady. This may or may not be a bit of an understatement.. haha. Whenever I meet couples who want to bring their dog to their engagement session, I know we’re going to be an awesome fit.
Ashton and Blake are ridiculously sweet.. and what better to go with a ridiculously sweet couple, than milkshakes! I was super excited when they picked Peters Drive-In for their engagement session, I couldn’t think of a better spot for a Calgary engagement session. Dogs and milkshakes are pretty much two of my favourite things ever. Add an adorable couple that’s in love, and I’m in heaven. Bella has so much personality (not to mention a red mohawk), she was pretty excited for milkshakes with her favourite people and even more excited to make new friends at the park. I’m insanely excited for their wedding next weekend, it’s going to be unique and awesome just like them!
When I showed up at Liz and Trevor’s house on her wedding day, I was greeted by her bridesmaid Nik. “The ceremony and reception locations have changed… and Liz doesn’t know yet’. Liz and Trevor planned the perfect outdoor ceremony, followed by a backyard reception at their best friend Sam’s house. The downpour of rain caused the tents to collapse the morning of their wedding, so the boys and their friends got together and relocated their entire reception to the Villa Firenze in Bridgeland. The morning was insanely emotional, I don’t think I’ve seen so many tears on a wedding day. Liz and Trevor decided to have their ceremony in the living room of their brand new home together, with 80 of their closest friends and family. Despite being a little spatially challenged, it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I’ve ever experienced. The wonderful officiant Wilma asked everyone to refrain from taking photos, and to be fully present in the moment (and everyone did!!) and it was amazing to watch. All eyes on Liz & Trevor, sharing their love for one another on the most imperfectly perfect day. I think sometimes we all get this crazy idea into our heads about how a wedding should be, and how the day should go.. when a wedding is a celebration of marriage. And anyone who has been married, knows that it isn’t always perfect but it’s what the two of you make of it and how you deal with what comes your way. Just like a wedding. They could have let the rain and venue change ruin their day, but with the love and support of their friends and family Liz and Trevor made their wedding one of the most amazing day in their lives. Thank you for letting me be a part of your day, big thank you to my amazing second shooter Allison Seto for being awesome like always!
Officiant: Wilma Dodge
Make-up: Laura Grant
Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Anita at Wild About Flowers
Reception: Villa Firenze
Trevor’s suit: Hugo Boss
Catering: Absolutely Fabulous
Coffee: Phil & Sebastian
Musician: Phil Grace
Liz’s ring: Peter Kangas
Trevor’s ring: Breslauer & Warren
Cake: Liz & her mom
Jenga: Liz’s Dad
Hotel: International hotel
Flowers: Flower Artistry
Venue: Valley Ridge Golf Course
Second Shooter: Allison Seto
Make-up: Jessica’s Mobile Beauty Service
I loved everything about this family shoot. Sweet family, beautiful location and a little cutie in a jean jacket!
How cute are they?! (I didn’t even ask them to do that!)
I love thunderstorms. The sound of the rain on the roof, while I’m curled up watching a movie.. doesn’t get much better than that. Unless it’s a wedding day, and we want to do outdoor photos of course 😉 On Kathleen and Justin’s wedding day, we took a step outside for photos and it started to pour. We got into our cars, and drove about 10 minutes where the rain magically stopped. I love dark clouds, and soft light so I was doing a little happy dance inside (and maybe out..). I think Kathleen and Justin might be two of the kindest people I’ve met. Kathleen is such a beautiful person inside and out. Their wedding was full of love, and lots of laughter and I left with a giant smile plastered across my face.
Big thank you to my lovely second shooter Allison Seto, for being awesome like always.
Milani is the sweetest little girl. George is her proud puppy brother, and the two of them together make me so incredibly happy. I have some major room envy when it comes to Milani’s nursery, I think it might be better decorated than my own bedroom haha. Hair & Make-up by the very talented Diana Arich.
Both Milani & George were tuckered out!
I can wait to see this beautiful little girl grow up!