R&C - Tofino Botanical Gardens Wedding

R&C - Tofino Botanical Gardens Wedding

Robyn and Chris really focused on planning a relaxed wedding day that reflected who they were and allowed them to truly enjoy time with their guests. Cocktail hour was one of the best parts of the day. The Botanical Gardens planned a roaming cocktail hour with different stations around their grounds. As the group slowly moved from one station to the next, they were treated to new food and drink options and new views of the rainforest and coastline.

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6 ways to save $1000 on your wedding

6 ways to save $1000 on your wedding

If you are in the midst of wedding planning and making difficult budget decisions, you were probably really to explore the topic of how to save money on your wedding. But I'm going to be really honest with you...saving money on your wedding is going to be about making some really tough decisions! Where you spend your money on your wedding day should reflect what you value the most.

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Modern Traditions - 5 ways to include authentic wedding traditions in your modern wedding day

Modern Traditions - 5 ways to include authentic wedding traditions in your modern wedding day

After being a part of 20-30 weddings a year for the past 7 years, I've seen a lot of wedding days! And I'd like to share some of my advice and opinions. I have to admit, I love wedding traditions. The biggest challenge for most modern couples is figuring out how to include traditions in a way that feels authentic to them. Here are my top 5  tips for including authentic wedding traditions in your modern wedding day:

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Ka-Leigh & Mike | Lynx Ridge Halloween Wedding

Ka-Leigh & Mike | Lynx Ridge Halloween Wedding

I love weddings that are absolutely authentic to the couple. And I'm sure the moment Mike proposed to Ka-Leigh, they both knew their wedding was going to be on Halloween. Kris and I were so excited about being apart of their Lynx Ridge Halloween Wedding, and I knew it would be beautiful when Ka-Leigh described the theme as "Elegant Victorian Gothic".

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Catherine & Darcy | Calgary Spring Wedding

Catherine & Darcy | Calgary Spring Wedding

Catherine and Darcy lucked out with a perfect day for their Calgary spring wedding. I think the best way to describe Cathy & Darcy's wedding is Simple and Beautiful. As a bride, I think Catherine showed that you can have a simple wedding day that is incredibly beautiful and a complete reflection of you as a couple. In the planning stages, Catherine and Darcy were so easy going and I could tell the most important part of their wedding day was going to be enjoying moments with each other and everyone around them.

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Sled Island 2017 recap

Sled Island 2017 recap

Sled Island 2017 marks my eighth year as a member as a member of the photo crew for the festival. And it is one of the most challenging jobs I have done...but in the end it is also usually the most fun! This year was especially memorable because Kris (aka Valiska) achieved one of his long term dreams: to play a set at Central United during Sled Island.

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C&D - Fish Creek Park Fall Engagement Session

C&D - Fish Creek Park Fall Engagement Session

Fall is always a busy time for engagement sessions for me, and it's always feels like a guessing game as to when the perfect time for fall leaves will be. We met Cathy and Darcy in Fish Creek Park last October and managed to catch the very end of the fall colours. Cathy & Darcy love being silly together and there was no shortage of giggles during our session. I also loved the bright neon blankets they brought along for cuddling!

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M & W - 1920s themed Carriage House Inn Calgary Wedding

M & W - 1920s themed Carriage House Inn Calgary Wedding

In Calgary, we see a lot of rustic styled weddings. While these are lovely, I always get excited when I meet a couple with a different plan! Melanie and Wilson planned an elegant 1920s themed wedding reception at the Carriage House Inn. They focused on lots of fun details that wove their theme together. Melanie and Wilson started their wedding day with a beautiful outdoor garden ceremony at the Calgary Zoo. One of my favourite perks of having part or all of your wedding at the zoo is that you have access to all the beautiful spots on the island for photos! Surprisingly, the dinosaur area has some of the best hidden spots... as long as you can hold off the busy Saturday afternoon crowds!

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B & K - Outdoor Summer Canmore Wedding

B & K - Outdoor Summer Canmore Wedding

Brandi & Kyle had their hearts set on getting married outside in the Rocky Mountains and insisted that rain or shine, there would be no back up plan. When the rain didn't let up, Brandi & Kyle decided to just embrace the rain and bring out all the umbrellas! Despite the wall of water, their ceremony was full of laughter and joy! And of course, the moment it finished, the clouds parted and we had a beautiful sunny afternoon for portraits.

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Tammy & Tyler - Traditional Calgary Church wedding

Tammy & Tyler - Traditional  Calgary Church wedding

Tammy & Tyler Traditional Calgary Church wedding was such a beautiful combination of all so many things that were important to both their families. It was important to Tammy to wear a beautiful white ballgown. She still wanted to incorporate elements of Indian wedding traditions so her bridesmaids wore stunning yellow saris and henna. Their ceremony included some very unique rituals including washing each others feet and assembling a cross that they will display in their home.

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D&J - Calgary Stampede Wedding

D&J - Calgary Stampede Wedding

When I say Calgary Stampede wedding, you probably think of cowboy hats, horses and jeans. That is not this wedding! But Denise and Joel's wedding was so uniquely "Calgary" in many other ways. The last weekend in June this past summer was basically the hottest day of the year all day long. When Denise and Joel started planning their wedding on the Stampede Grounds at the Rotary house the week before the Calgary Stampede, they knew they would have an opportunity for some very unique photos since the midway would be partly built. Denise & Joel's wedding day started with a Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.

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Katrina & Steven - Garden wedding English Inn on Vancouver Island

Katrina & Steven - Garden wedding English Inn on Vancouver Island

I'm very excited to share Katrina & Steven's beautiful Outdoor Garden Wedding at the English Inn on Vancouver Island. Katrina and Steven were married on the May long weekend in beautiful Victoria, BC. I met Katrina at a bridal show more than a year before their wedding. As she described the intimate garden party they were planning on the island, I knew it was going to be an amazing weekend. Katrina described the incredible venue: "When you enter the grounds, you don't even feel like you are in Victoria anymore. You don't even care where you are, you just don't want to leave." 

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Julia & Rob - Fall Cathedral wedding in downtown Calgary

We finished off last wedding season with Rob and Julia's fall cathedral wedding in downtown Calgary. This Thanksgiving wedding was particularly special for Kris and I since we now share our anniversary (October 11) with Rob and Julia. Rob and Julia's wedding day really felt like two families joining. I loved their beautiful ceremony which incorporated both Catholic and Mennonite traditions. St. Mary's Cathedral is such a beautiful place to celebrate love and Julia and Rob's families filled the building with this love, the highlight of which was the beautiful pipe organ and choir.

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Sacha & Jim - Fort Calgary Wedding Photography

Sacha & Jim - Fort Calgary Wedding Photography

When I first met with Sacha about 8 months before her wedding, she explained to me how important it was for her and Jim to incorporate family traditions into their wedding ceremony. They were both raised in Catholic homes and chose to have their ceremony at the beautiful St. Mary's Cathedral downtown. Jim's family is from Nova Scotia, so the East Coast theme was woven throughout their day. Jim wore a traditional kilt, a bag-pipper pipped the newlyweds out of their ceremony and into their reception and the decor at the reception included the family tartan.

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5 Questions to ask your wedding photographer

5 Questions to ask your wedding photographer

Wedding photography can be a confusing purchase for many couples. It is usually a decision that is driven by emotions (this is a good thing!). For most brides and grooms, it will their first time working with a professional photographer and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out if you have all the information you need to make a decision.

Here are my suggestions for the top five questions to ask your wedding photographer before you sign a contract.

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Emma & Keith - Intimate Acreage Okotoks Wedding Photography

Emma & Keith - Intimate Acreage Okotoks Wedding Photography

Ten days before Emma and Keith's wedding I was visiting them at their acreage south of Okotoks to plan the final details for their wedding photography. I could feel their stress as they had planned a beautiful outdoor ceremony followed by a tent reception...only it was the middle of September and the ground was covered in snow. Luckily, in southern Alberta, winter is never here to stay and on their wedding day you could have mistaken it for the middle of July.

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Denise & Joel - Inglewood Engagement Session

Denise & Joel - Inglewood Engagement Session

One of my favourite ways to meet a new clients is when they come to me as a referral from past clients. Shortly after I posted Jay and Joanna's sneak peek this summer, I received an email from Denise and Joel wanting to chat about their wedding next summer. Within no time, we were planning their engagement session. As is often the case in Calgary, "fall" is usually about three days long and  it was especially weird this year since we the snow came at the beginning of September. Denise and Joel wanted a fall engagement session, but they wanted a more urban feel to their photos, so the fact that most of the leaves were already on the ground was ok. 

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Kimberley & Luke - Rustic Lake Louise Mountain Wedding

Kimberley & Luke - Rustic Lake Louise Mountain Wedding

It's hard to find someone who lives in Calgary and isn't in love with the amazing mountains we have right in our backyard. But few people take their love of the mountains as seriously as Kimberley and Luke. They love hiking, climbing and exploring and head out west every chance they get. Luke even proposed at the top of a mountain. So when they started planning their wedding, the idea of getting married at the top of a mountain seemed only natural

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Katrina & Steven - Canmore Engagement photos at Grassi Lakes

Katrina & Steven - Canmore Engagement photos at Grassi Lakes

Katrina and Steven are a super sweet couple who have know each other since High School. They love travel and adventure, so when Katrina suggested engagement photos in Canmore, we were very excited. Katrina and Steven got engaged in the dead of winter when the temperature was -35 degrees. Steven took Katrina to her favourite park from her childhood and proposed under the stars.Luckily when we headed out to Canmore, it was a beautiful, summer day.

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Joanna & Jay's Multicultural East Indian Wedding

Joanna & Jay's Multicultural East Indian Wedding

When I first met with Joanna and Jay to talk about their big Catholic and East Indian Wedding day, it was clear right away that this was going to be an epic and very unique wedding day. One interesting fact about this couple is that a few years ago, they had a small and very intimate legal wedding ceremony with just their families. So although Jay and Joanna were already married, they thought it was very important to honour both of their families' culture and traditions with a religious wedding day and of course a big party to follow!

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