When I pulled up to Andrea & Michaels house on their wedding day, it immediately started hailing buckets. Once Andrea arrived from getting her hair and makeup done, the sky cleared up and the hail stopped. They had an emotional ceremony in the backyard of their new home, immediately after they walked down the isle they had an impromptu tear-filled first dance. Followed by some of the most delicious hor d’oeuvres, and live music it was one of the loveliest weddings I’ve had the pleasure of photographing.
Sheiva and Matt met while she was travelling in Australia. They fell in love, she ended up moving to Australia to be with him, and then eventually the two moved back here to Canada. He proposed, and the rest is history. If that isn’t romantic, I don’t know what is. I was fortunate enough to shoot Sheivas wonderful sister Monnas wedding years ago, so it was so wonderful shooting them again. The two families are some of the friendliest warmest people, which made for one heck of a wedding. They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, but if there’s a couple who doesn’t need luck it’s these two wonderful human beings.
Second Shooter: Allison Seto
Videographer: Blaine Zimmer
Hotel: Le Germain Hotel
Makeup Artist: Tessa Pelletier
Hair: Gigetta Hall
Flowers: Laurie Davidge
Brandie is hands down one of the kindest people I have ever met. We met working at a clothing store at the mall (many, many years ago.. haha), and have been friends ever since. 10 years ago she met a guy named Jay at work, and the rest has been history. I knew from the get go that they would get married someday, and it was an absolute privilege to get to be a part of it. Brandie planned the entire thing her crafty self, and the wedding weekend at the Cove in Kelowna went off without a hitch surrounded by the people they love.
Big thank you to my amazing second shooter Allison Seto for keeping me company!
Venue: The Cove Lakeside Resort
Hair & Make-up: Beyoutiful Beauty Artists
Florals: Passionate Blooms
Dress: Stella York
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Suit: Calvin Klein
Officiant: Maureen Taylor
Cupcakes & Cakepops: Sugar Sweet Cake Company
DJ: DJ Spinalshift
Day of set up/take down: Amour Memorable Moment
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!