Mike and Oriana’s wedding was great on so many levels. Mike and Haley went to grad school together, so it was special for us to be with friends on their wedding day. This was our first Italian wedding, the first wedding our son has been to (more on that later), and there were so many unique moments from the rings, to the dress, to the vows. An amazingly beautiful and intimate wedding.
Oriana’s bouquet was from Hole’s. Her only specifications were that the flowers had to be seasonal, and local. It was fantastic!
These are Oriana’s favourite shoes.
As I mentioned, the wedding rings were unique – we’ve never seen anything quite like Oriana’s ring.Â Truly elegant.
Here is Mike and his best man Joe showing us their best ninja moves.Â Umm….ninja moves?
More unique touches – Oriana had her brother Adrian stand up for her at the wedding.Â Two best men, and a wonderful couple.Â And check out that dress!Â Amazing.Â Definitely not your traditional white wedding dress, but she looks incredible, and captured every guests’ gaze at the wedding.Â Stunning.
The University of Alberta is always a great place to go for wedding photos, with so much variety, beautiful architecture and landscaping.
The ceremony and reception were held at the Northern Bear Golf Club.Â Â Mike and Oriana chose to have their photos done before the ceremony, and we had lots of time for some beautiful shots in the fall foliage.Â
As you may have gathered, Oriana is not your typical bride.Â I would definitely call her a ‘bride-chilla’.Â She wasn’t too interested in traditional, formal, posed photos (as you can gather from this next one).
Oriana’s dad, chilling in the golf cart during the photos.
The ceremony was held against the amazing backdrop of the golf course.Â The ceremony was very intimate, with Mike and Oriana reciting their vows simultaneously.Â The music was provided by an incredible harpist (highly recommended by us!), Keri Lynn Zwicker.Â Keri Lynn isÂ a harpist for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and she and her partner Jeff Faragher really set the mood for the ceremony (and provided some funky tunes at the reception!)
I tried to capture a nice candid shot of guests at the reception, and I ended up with this….
Here’s the awesome harpist again. They played everything from the Beatles to AC/DC.
Since Mike and Oriana are friends of ours, they let us bring Andrew with us to the wedding, and we insisted they get this photo with him. His cool onesie reads ‘photo with baby 50Â¢’, and was a great baby gift from our friend and fellow photographer Kelsy. We didn’t charge them for it .
Congratulations to you both, we couldn’t be happier for you.Â We know you will have a wonderful life together.