Exactly four years ago today, I went on a first date. A few weeks prior I had gone out with a couple friends dancing. We ended up going to the Rhino after, to meet up with some other friends. That’s when I met him. He was one of those friends, and the second I laid eyes on him I thought ‘that’s it’. Our first date was February 14th. He invited me to a Finn Troll show at Republik. I went to a flower shop that day and picked up this beautiful incredibly overpriced bamboo wrapped orchid. I remember walking to his building kicking myself thinking ‘Did I just spend $90 to scare this poor guy off?’ (yes, I spent $90.. part of the beauty of buying flowers on Valentines day). I clutched the vase and knocked on the door. My heart felt like it was going to race out of my chest. He opened the door and his face lit up. He told me he always swore he would marry the first girl to buy him flowers. I was that girl. We walked to the show from his place, on the way we saw a couple struggling to move some furniture into their place. Without even hesitating he helped them move all their furniture into their place. He was that kind of guy. One day in the beginning of our relationship I came to his place and he had made me up a basket of my favourite things. Things he’d listened and remembered me loving. Cap’n Crunch, Sour Skittles, you name it. Everything I loved. This burly tattooed man made me a f*&%ing care package.
This summer I was lucky enough to marry that guy. So 10 of our closest friends and family got on a plane with us for the trip of a lifetime for our wedding in Paris, France.
Now the fun part. Here’s a slideshow from the wedding. I had the insanely talented Samm Blake shoot it. She’s considered one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world, so I was extremely lucky to have her.
The day after the wedding Darryl, Jamie and I drove to Clisson/Nantes for Hellfest. It was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve had. Getting to watch our friends in Comeback Kid play, watching Black Sabbath from the front row, and getting to watch Phil Anselmo & The Illegals play a couple Pantera songs from back stage (look closely ;)).
Wedding Photography (slideshow): Samm Blake
My dress: Novia Mia
Alterations: Lupe’s Tailoring (she’s amazing and completely transformed my dress)
Make-up: Sanni Mai
Shoes: Kate Spade
Holy smokes. What a crazy year it’s been. As I’m wrapping up my editing from everything 2014, I figured what better time to share some of my favourites from the year. I always struggle with these posts, since I’m terrible at narrowing down photos so I hope you have some hot chocolate or coffee handy to tide you over ;). I am extremely grateful that I get to photograph wonderful people for a living, and even more grateful that afterwards I’m able to call them friends.
A big thank you to my amazing husband, family, friends, second shooter Allison and of course clients for another year of continued love and support, I’m looking extremely forward to 2015.
Brie comes from an amazing family. Her Mom recently won Wal-mart’s Mom of The Year, just to give you an idea. Her family adopted 4 kids from the Dominican Republic, and they are always helping others whether it’s helping a village (literally!), or raising money for charity. Brie takes after her Mom quite a bit. She is the most incredible step-mom a kid could ask for, with the biggest heart. Making beautiful handmade costumes, baking incredible cakes, building blanket forts, and teaching Lexi everything a little girl should know. After New Years Brie came to town to go dress shopping, and we hung out and discussed wedding plans. What was supposed to be one of the happiest times in her life took a halt that Monday, when her brother Damian was killed in a tragic car accident. I cannot fathom what their family went through knowing how close they were, but I can honestly say at Brie & Nathan’s wedding it felt like he was there with us. A heart cut out of one of his shirts (where his heart would be), and sewn inside her dress covering her heart to make sure he was close to her. I felt lucky to have been there, to witness the love, and two amazing families coming together. Everyone camped out that weekend, laughing, and sharing stories. And did I mention everyone was welcome to bring their pups, and we had brunch? It doesn’t get much better than that!
Doing a shot of Damian’s favourite drink!
Brie’s friend Janet Botwright was her right hand woman in helping plan and put together this amazing day!
Suit: Hugo Boss
Officiant: Christal Earle
Flowers: La Petite Jaune Fleur
Catering: Cilantro & Chive (yum!)
DJ: Juiced Audio
When Mike and I were little we did pretty much everything together, from trick-or-treating at North Hill Mall in our homemade costumes to tobogganing down the hill followed by hot chocolate. Needless to say it was a pretty big honour when him and his then fiancé Kati asked me to shoot their wedding at Kicking Horse. Exactly one year prior I shot Chelsea & Sean’s wedding at the exact same location, so it only makes sense that they’re two of my favourite weddings. It was an amazing weekend, which started off with a pre-wedding BBQ the night before. The next morning wedding festivities started at Personal Touch Salon where the girls got their hair and make-up done. The ceremony had the most beautiful light, and right as they had their first kiss a fog rolled over! Mike & Kati actually designed her dress on a napkin in Vietnam, and mountain biked down the mountain while it snowed after their ceremony. It was such a happy day, which made my job that much more enjoyable. Congratulations Kati & Mike!
The morning of the Wedding started at Personal Touch Salon in downtown Golden!
Hair & Make-up: Personal Touch
Ceremony: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Reception: White Tooth Grill
DJ: DJ Momentum
Terrie and Brady’s wedding took place at the Lake Louise Ski Resort, and it did not disappoint. They even had my favourite officiant Robin White, so I knew it was going to be an awesome wedding. Despite some limo and traffic problems, the day went off without a hitch and was filled with love and laughter the way a wedding should be. I love the mountains, almost as much as I love weddings!
Officiant: Robin White
Makeup & Hair: Ashley Yoisten & Danielle Wesche
Cupcakes/Cake: Mandy Bullock
Dress: Sophia Tolli from Cotton Wood Bridal High River
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Anita & Wade are actually one of the first clients I’ve ever had. That’s one of the reasons I love doing what I do, I get to watch amazing families like theirs grow. It’s hard to believe the first time I photographed them, Anita was pregnant with Sydney!
I can’t wait for their next session, I have a feeling Nolan will be as big as Sydney!
Michelle and Chris’ big day was anything but ordinary. I knew it was going to be amazing when she told me they were having a surprise masquarade reception, and she couldn’t have picked out a more perfect dress. The talented Diana Arich from Aura Salon did the girls makeup, which was beautiful. Big thank you as always to my awesome second shooter Allison Seto. Their ceremony took place at the Knox United downtown, followed by the most fantastic dinner by Roma Catering at the Met centre downtown.
Make-up: Diana Arich at Aura Salon
Hotel: International Hotel
Church: Knox United
Reception: Metropolitan Centre
Catering: Roma Catering
MC: Danny Sultanov
Avelene & Ruther’s engagement session took place on a beautiful Fall day. Avelene recently started a wedding planning company Simply Divine Weddings, so I know their wedding is going to be equally as amazing. I can’t wait to see everything she comes up with, but in the meantime here is their engagement session for you to enjoy!
Don’t forget to leave these two some love!
Alanna and Matt’s beautiful wedding took place at the Sheppard Family Park in High River. As most of you know, High River was hit pretty hard in the flood in 2013 so we weren’t really sure what was going to happen with the venue or whether or not it would be ready. Fortunately it was ready just in time for Alanna and Matt’s High River wedding, and everything worked out beautifully! The lovely Trena Laine did the girls make-up, and I had my awesome second shooter Allison Seto with me for the day.
There were a few tears shed at the reception..
Okay.. maybe a LOT of tears I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place!
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