Archive for the ‘Chinese’ Category
Jackie and Chris (who met through friends) had a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception at the Hotel Macdonald. Michael had the rare opportunity to be present at Chris’ proposal to Jackie, and it’s been really cool to see their wedding come to life.
Behind every great wedding is a great team of vendors, and we wanted to acknowledge those below who did an amazing job under Jackie and Chris’ direction! It was a perfect fairy tale wedding from start to finish. During the reception, Jackie sang to Chris, the beautiful song ‘The Way I Am’ by Ingrid Michaelson. Such a sweet moment. Chris is a doctor, and there was practically a doctor at every table!
Venue: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Makeup: Astrid Woodard
Florist: Wild Orchid
Cakes: Cakes by Janna
Decor: Special Event Rentals
Planner: Kristina McAnally from Event Planning Headquarters
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from the Bridal House
Groom’s Suit: Derks
Officiant: Bill Pisarchuk
Anita & Sam’s wedding was, in a word, perfect. A lovely June day in Edmonton, beautiful venues (the Winspear at the Delta hotel), sunshine, and family and friends all around. Anita & Sam are a little quirky, just like us; they both work in the financial world, and their first date was to a Star Trek movie. With the help of planner Renee Chan from Get Wed, they planned a lovely, elegant wedding.
The best thing about working with Anita & Sam is how involved they were in the process. They had a lot of great ideas for their photos, and made sure to build in time for their bridal party to enjoy themselves and relax. They’re off on an Italian honeymoon right now, we can’t wait to hear about their trip!
Thanks to our awesome second shooter Bruce for working with Michael on this wedding.
Kids will be kids!
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I had such a wonderful time with Kathy & Jack on their special day. Our portrait session together was relaxed, and the ideas flowed. They are a soft spoken couple who love hip hop music and partying with their friends. So you can imagine how fun their reception was. They celebrated their marriage in an intimate private ceremony prior to their reception at Beijing Beijing restaurant. Thanks to Carmen for all of her help at this wedding!
Reception: Beijing Beijing Restaurant
Hair & Makeup: Dao Haddad Hair and Makeup and Sonia Sajnani
This was my first wedding with dragon dancers, it was so awesome! Kathy even got to feed them.
Kathy’s sister Dao was an excellent maid of honour – and as a makeup artist she knew exactly how to wipe Kathy’s tears away without smudging anything! Check out her Facebook page here.
Not only is Dao an awesome hair & makeup artist, she also does a mean impression of a 90s boy band – she serenaded Kathy & Jack with a very spirited performance. Actually, there was quite a lot of singing/rapping during the reception… it was a crazy party!
Did I mention a crazy party? Yep – guest scavenger hunt musical chairs. Or something like that. I just hung on to my camera and tried not to get trampled.
Congratulations Kathy & Jack, and happy blessings for a lovely marriage together.
Candice and Vi recently celebrated their wedding in the Dominican Republic, but had a second celebration with family and friends in Edmonton, and chose us to photograph their events here. Their special day was filled with tea ceremonies, (a little summer rain), some hilarious games, and a wonderful 10 course Chinese dinner.
Vi spent some quality time with his groomsmen when he arrived at Candice’s house to greet her in the morning.
Congratulations Candice & Vi! And thanks to Melissa for helping out at the reception.
Joanne & Jon had a beautiful summer wedding. I probably sound like a broken record when I say that our clients tend to be very relaxed and chilled out but this could not have been any more true of Joanne & Jon. They are a sweet couple whose love and faith will ensure them a happy life together.
The door games in the morning were so much fun – Jon had to do everything from singing a song to Joanne in Chinese (admittedly not a talent of his), to wearing a beautiful pink bikini top, eating wasabi, and writing a poem for his bride to be.
During the ceremony at River West Christian Church Joanne had a sweet surprise for Jon when she serenaded Jon.
Joanne & Jon both attended the University of Alberta for Engineering, so it was the perfect location for some architecture-inspired photos. (Special thanks to Christy for finding me these blossoms!)
Joanne & Jon’s reception at the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan was exquisitely decorated by Classy Affairs. Jon’s family owns and operates Centennial Catering and the food was mouthwatering. Guests were treated to a wide variety of dishes including cherries jubilee which was flambed in front of their eyes.
There were more fun games during the reception and Jon got a chance to turn the tables on Joanne by serendaing her during the reception!
Jasmine & Anthony first met/saw us at Esther & Nathan’s wedding last year. It’s great to have clients who have seen us in action before!
I guess this would be Anthony’s dream – an infinite number of Jasmines…
We had to include this one on the blog – not often you see the father of the bride getting his hair done!
The games in the morning of a Chinese wedding are always a blast. This winter we’re going to pay special tribute to best man Simon (on the left) – watch for that one.
This was our first wedding at the Mayfield, Jasmine made a grand entrance.
We’d like to say a special thanks to Ian McLelland who is a well known former MLA and marriage commissioner. We’ve had the pleasure of working with him several times, and he told Michael at Jasmine and Anthony’s wedding that he is unfortunately not going to preside over any more marriages in Alberta (the fortunate part is that he will have more time to spend with friends and family), in fact he only had 8 more left after this one. He has been a wonderful part of so many couple’s special days and will be missed. Thanks Ian for doing such a fantastic job and for making so many couples happy!
I’m not even going to guess what’s going on here…
A perfect pair – Jasmine loves strawberries, and Anthony loves oranges.
More fun games at the reception – looks like the guys got a bit tangled up in this one…
The reception at Beijing Beijing was beautiful, tasty, and fun for everyone.
Congratulations Jasmine & Anthony!
I sat down with Catherine & Todd last night to show them their wedding album design – we ended up sitting and chatting for almost 2 hours, and I think we made plans to go for dinner soon… It’s so fantastic when we click with our couples, and Catherine & Todd are definitely one of those couples for me.
The morning games were hilarious – I could have dedicated most of the post to just that part of the day. Chinese weddings are so much fun!
Connor: thanks for being such a good sport – sorry I have to put this on the blog, but it’s too hilarious.
A little bit of rain could not stop Catherine from having her dream outdoor wedding reception at the Chateau Louis.
And then, the sunshine came out. Catherine & Todd got married during that little slice of summer where the canola is at its peak around Edmonton. We didn’t have to drive very far to find this amazing field.
This is the aftermath of the canola field on Catherine’s gorgeous shoes.
Michael was totally jealous of me because I got to go to Beijing Beijing for this reception (although he had his own amazing reception at the Westin with Leanne & Brody – coming soon). The food and decor was amazing, and I can’t wait to go back!
This was the first time that I saw the parents get in on the action in the shoe game. Catherine told me last night that for the first question, “who is the biggest flirt” her mom asked her what a flirt was. Super cute.
Catherine’s sister gave a beautiful toast.
The speeches and 10 courses of the dinner (yum!) were interspersed with a few games. In this one, all of the groomsmen had their mouths filled with whipped cream, and had to say ‘I love you’ to a blindfolded Catherine. She had to guess which one was Todd. Well, she needed them to repeat it a few times before making her decision, and Todd got a bit fed up….he made the decision for her.
What a wedding – such an amazing party and wonderful families on both sides. Can’t wait to hang out again guys!
Before the snow fell last week, I found some beautiful light with Catherine & Todd in the St. Albert river valley.
I want to say a special thanks to Todd for bearing with me – I know that getting your photo taken isn’t your ideal way to spend an evening, but I think we managed to have quite a bit of fun together. It probably helped that we’re both incredibly sarcastic… And Catherine – well, you’re just beautiful which makes my job super easy.
See you two in July!