Aysia and Andy’s downtown Calgary wedding was as lovely as it gets. They both got ready at their parents homes, which made for the perfect backdrops. Beats getting ready in a hotel room any day, and is way more personal. The ceremony took place at the Ranchmen’s Club downtown, not to be confused with Ranchman’s (just imagine the complete opposite of that, haha). With my trusted sidekick Allison Seto by my side, and Nicole Richey doing hair and makeup I knew it was going to be perfect. Two wonderful people surrounded by their amazing families and friends, it doesn’t get much better than that.
Probably the best guest book comment I’ve ever read..
Congratulations you two, thank you for allowing us to spend your big day with you. Don’t forget to leave these two a comment
As a wedding photographer it’s always a nice treat when you get to shoot somewhere new for the first time. I’d never been to an Al Azhar Shriners Centre wedding, and I loved their ceremony location. It’s so lovely on it’s own that it doesn’t even need any decorations. Charlene and Tom’s wedding day was so full of love, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. Did I mention her dress was handmade!?
Huge thank you to my awesome second shooter Allison Seto for killing it like always. Congratulations Charlene & Tom!
Quyen and Paul’s wedding day was action packed from start to finish, which made for a very exciting day for all of us. How many people can say they held a snake in their wedding dress? Yep, that happened! I’ve always wanted to shoot a Fairmont Hotel Mcdonald wedding, so I was pretty excited when I found out that their reception was taking place there. It was even more beautiful than I expected, so I was pleasantly surprised. Since the wedding took place in Edmonton, I was fortunate enough to have my extremely talented friend Jill Coursen second shoot for me.
Quyen caught me off guard when she saw a man holding a snake in the park, and asked if she could hold it.. in her wedding dress, right before her ceremony. Pretty awesome if you ask me!
Love Jill’s shot on the left!
Ready, Set, Booth was a HUGE hit with everyone!
What an amazing day, with some pretty amazing people. Congratulations again you two, and thank you for letting me be a part of your special day. Big thank you again to Jill for second shooting for me. It’s not every day I get to have another full time wedding photographer second shoot for me, and she nailed it.
Venue: Fairmont Hotel Mcdonald
Flowers: Wild Orchid
Cake: Cake Couture
Rentals: Special Event Renals
Photobooth: Ready, Set, Booth
DJ: Revolution DJ
Church: St. Joseph Basilica
Anyone who has ever spoken with me for more than a few minutes, probably knows I love dogs. So when Erin & Tim mentioned bringing Logan along, I was pretty excited. Dogs make everything that much better, if you ask me! The lovely folk at Dairy Lane Cafe were kind enough to let us hang out, and enjoy a cup of coffee before we ventured out for the rest of the engagement session. It doesn’t get much cuter than these three!
Logan photobombed this one.. good thing he’s cute!
Lexi is a very special little girl. Not only was she a miracle to begin with, but then she made her grand debut much earlier than expected, weighing in at only 2 pounds and 7 ounces. Yep, you read that correctly TWO pounds! What she lacks in size, she makes up for in heart. Which isn’t a surprise knowing how loving her Mommy and Daddy are. I eagerly awaited updates on this precious little lady, as did many people I’m sure.. so when I heard she had settled in at home and was ready for her photo debut I was delighted. She was four months during her ‘newborn’ session, but you’d never know!
She’s going to be smart like her Mom & Dad..
Did I mention strong?!
“And though she be but little, she is fierce” -Shakespeare.
.. and of course Lexie too ;). I absolutely love the three of them together. I don’t think I could have picked a better person than Brie to complete this adorable family. She’s got such a big heart, it makes me very happy that she’s found the love she deserves in both Nathan and Lexie. I can’t wait for their big day in September, I know it’s going to be amazing.
You might remember these two wonderful people from the Style Me Pretty feature from last week. Rachèle & Beau’s Heritage Park Wedding was equally as beautiful. While the weather did not cooperate (snow in May? Really!?), it was one of the most beautiful love filled weddings I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of. I couldn’t have hand picked two better people together, and their families together made my heart very happy. Louise & Tracey from Perfect Day Ventures made sure everything went smoothly, and was perfect and it definitely was. Hair and makeup by Deborah Boccabella, and a big thank you to my awesome second shooter Allison Seto.
Stephanie made these. And homemade pop tarts. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t impressed.
This makes me so happy. Thanks Allison!
I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place.
How beautiful is this!? I loved every little detail in Rachèle’s vision.
If you haven’t had a Tim Tam Slam before, I highly recommend trying one. Beau’s Dad asked if I’d had mine yet, and I told him how I don’t drink coffee.. he told me to try it with hot chocolate, so that night I went home and tried it out and I ended up spending the next 24 hours telling everyone I saw how amazing it was haha.
Congratulations you two, thank you for letting me be a part of such a beautiful day.
I don’t know what I love most about this family. They’re incredibly sweet, and made my job a breeze. Not to mention Eva is a pretty big ham
Thank you for inviting me into your beautiful home, and allowing me to spend the day with you!
In elementary school I ran a successful Iced Tea stand outside my house in Kensington. I’d take all the money I made, and walk over to Safeway and buy Bridal Magazines. Yep. Bridal Magazines. The cashiers would always look at me like I was nuts, but I would spend hours flipping through them, circling all the things I loved. When my Uncle was getting married (I must have been about 7 or 8), I remember standing in their kitchen and asking if I could be a flower girl but it turned out they already had one. I cried. I’ve loved weddings for as long as I can remember, which I guess is why wedding photography made so much sense. I love the emotions, the details, the sentiment.. I love it all. This wedding season is going to be AMAZING, and the best part is that I’m kicking it off with my own. Since I know a lot of you out there love weddings as much as I do, I figured I’d fill you in!
Why Paris? Have you been before?
Why not Paris? Haha. The real answer is that we had been talking about going to Hellfest in France (a huge metal festival), and I had joked prior to getting engaged that we should get married before Hellfest so that we could have our honeymoon in Europe. Once we started talking about having an intimate destination wedding, it only made sense to have it in Paris. I mean after all, it’s the city of love! Our biggest priority is our photos (duh!), so we figured Paris would be the perfect backdrop. We haven’t been before, in fact none of our family has which will make the trip that much more exciting.
How did he propose?
As some of you know, a sales person at the store he purchased my ring let the cat out of the bag (why was there ever a cat in the bag?) right after he ordered it. Since I have super small fingers, we had about a 3 month wait from the time she spoiled the surprise till the ring was on my finger. As much as I love grand proposals, I knew that an over the top proposal just wasn’t him and I didn’t want it to be forced. The first week of December he kept fake proposing. We’d be lying in bed in the dark and he’d pretend to start to put a ring on my finger and ask me, and for a moment I’d actually think he was proposing haha. So December 7th I was laying in bed in my pajamas editing some photos of puppies for AARCS, when I heard ‘Will you marry me?’. Unfazed, I replied ‘Yep!’ without even lifting my eyes from my screen. There was a silence, when I realized he was on one knee with a ring. I think my response after that was ‘Oh shit!’ as I put my computer down and gave him a huge kiss. He took me to the Wiener-Schnitzel Haus for dinner afterwards to celebrate, since he knows how much I love Spätzle. He was originally going to propose after dinner, but was too nervous. It was sweet and simple!
How come you’re not having a big wedding?
I get to shoot big beautiful weddings every year. I love them, they’re amazing and so much fun. When I was a little girl I dreamt of a huge elaborate wedding, but the more weddings I shoot the more I realized the importance of having the wedding reflect your personalities. I wanted to spend the day enjoying his company and spending quality time with the people nearest and dearest to me. I guess in a sense I get the best of both worlds, I get to have my intimate destination wedding while living vicariously through my brides big elaborate ones.
Advice for other soon to be brides?
Your wedding should reflect you as a couple. You don’t have to colour in between the lines, just do what makes you happy. I just finished sending out our wedding invitations, and I definitely recommend stamps or stickers for the addresses. My hand was sore for a good day from writing out all the envelopes. Your invitations should also reflect the two of you, and your wedding since they’ll set the tone for your big day. I had mine done by Jennifer of Heart & Fox, she was amazing and very accommodating (especially considering how picky I am, haha).
I’m extremely happy with how they came out, so thank you for your hard work Jennifer!
If anyone has any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll answer!!
I don’t think it gets much cuter than this..
My favourite time, is nap time.
She has the prettiest eyes. Thank you for letting me into your beautiful home and allowing me to capture such an important time in your lives. Hope everyone has an awesome weekend, make sure you leave this ridiculously cute family lots of love!