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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
.. 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.
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!!
Adrianna & Rodale’s wedding took place on a beautiful fall day. It was perfect timing, since the leaves on the trees were still beautifully coloured which added the perfect pop of colour. They have the most beautiful little family, and I’m so happy I got to be a part of their big day. The ceremony took place at St. Mary’s Cathedral, and the reception was held at the Sheraton Cavalier. Big thank you to my talented second shooter Allison Seto for being awesome.
Make sure you leave them lots of love!
Ashley & Sammy’s wedding day was full of so much love, and family. Every little detail was beautifully thought out, and I had so much fun photographing and meeting everyone. Their wedding took place at the Carriage House Inn, here in Calgary. Big thank you to my second shooter Kendra Kier from Urban Foto for the boys getting ready shots.
Sadly enough, both Ashley’s Grandfather and Sammy’s Dad passed away shortly after the wedding. It was such an honour to meet both of them, I’m so glad they were both able to attend the wedding. The highlight of my night was when Ashley’s Grandpa took my hand and thanked me for doing such a fantastic job. It’s the little things like that, which make me love what I do so much.
Make sure you leave these two lots of love.
I knew Chelsea & Sean’s wedding was going to be a blast, when I first met the groomsmen at the dress rehearsal and they called me Jakequaline (if anyone has watched Substitute Teacher by Key and Peele they know the reference, haha). My dear friend Lisa Redfern drove all the way from Kelowna to second shoot for me, and I couldn’t ask for someone better to spend the weekend in Kicking Horse with. The girls got everything from their nails, to their hair and makeup done at Personal Touch in downtown Golden. Chelsea & Sean’s families were amazing, and treated me like family, infact I don’t think I’ve ever received so many hugs before on a wedding day. From the first time I met Chelsea & Sean I knew they were extremely loveable people, but it wasn’t until one of their groomsmen came up to me and offered to pay me to stay longer since the schedule was running over, that I realized how loved they really are. Fortunately for his wallet, I had already planned to stay a bit longer anyways haha. I apologize in advance for this ridiculously long post, I couldn’t help myself. Check it out, and leave these amazing people lots of love.
Check out the slideshow from the Photobooth! Thanks again Lisa for being such an awesome help.
I have a huge soft spot for intimate backyard weddings. When I shoot them, I know that everyone there is important to the bride and groom and that each of them were hand selected as someone they want to be part of this incredibly special day. Lauren and Jeff’s wedding was just that. It was one of the loveliest ceremonies I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in Calgary. Listening to the officiant speak, I thought to myself ‘this is so them’. Which is important in my opinion. A wedding should be a direct reflection of the couple, and the love they have for one another. I’m a pretty big sucker when it comes to love, and their wedding made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Big thank you to my second shooter Kendra from Urban Edge Foto for being awesome like always!
Laurens grandmothers are pretty much the cutest.
Lauren is such a beauty. Don’t forget to leave the two lots of love!
Since Jenny & Chris’ destination wedding in the Maya Riviera was so jam packed, we decided to do a bridal session leading into a trash the dress the following day. We took advantage of the beautiful sunset, and were able to cool off in the water. Which was extremely refreshing, as it’s pretty hot in Mexico in August haha. It’s not everyday you get to put a Vera Wang dress in the ocean!
Make sure you leave them lots of love!
A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to go to Mexico to shoot my friends Jenny & Chris’ destination wedding. There were over 60 of us, SIXTY!!! It was amazing, spending the week with some of my favourite people somewhere as beautiful as Mexico. Believe it or not, I did my best to narrow down the photos for this post but I struggled. I hope you enjoy, there will be a part 2 coming soon with photos from Jenny & Chris’ Bridal session & Trash The Dress!
Jenny is one of the most beautiful people inside and out that I’ve met.
Jenny is pretty crafty, and actually made these as well as most of the decorations!
Instead of place cards they had coasters with everyones photos on them!
Thank you for having Darryl and I be a part of your big day, it was so great getting to know your friends and family. It was a week we won’t forget! Make sure you leave these two lots of love.