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Karen and Scott have a lot of people in their corner.  I first met Karen 6 years ago when our boys were in a baby group together, and we’ve kept in touch since.  As everyone does, Karen and Scott have had a few ups and downs in their lives, and when they found each other their friends and family rejoiced at the perfect match.  They had an intimate wedding at a favourite neighbourhood restaurant, and had me come along to take some photos beforehand.  They have built a beautiful home together, their boys are like two peas in a pod, and they finally made things official much to the delight of everyone who knows them.  Karen & Scott – it’s been a pleasure to work with your little family a couple of times now, and you are just absolutely lovely and genuine people.  To quote Karen: Imperfect is Perfect.  Your attitudes towards this life and the love you have found together is absolutely inspiring. I wish you years of joy together, and a perfectly imperfect life.

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Shweta & Sanjeev’s wedding was one of those surreal magical days that just seemed perfect.  When I turned up to Shweta’s room at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, it could easily have just been the morning of a girls weekend away – everyone was so relaxed and just happily getting ready.  By the end of the reception the guests left happy, well fed, and thankful to have a beautiful relaxing weekend away in the mountains. Everything was perfect.

We’ve known Shweta for years. Michael first met her at Grant Macewan where they worked on projects in school together, and we kept running into her at weddings that we were photographing.  Her wedding reception was like a reunion for us, with a few of our former brides in attendance, and a couple of my friends from high school!  Michael and I shoot weddings separately now, but I wanted to share in Shweta’s wedding so I came along to photograph her getting ready. Thanks to Tessa for driving in from Canmore to shoot the rest with Michael!

Shweta & Sanjeev – your complete joy together is so evident, and it is clear that the two of you are going to have a very fun and full life together.

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What a day! While Michael was with Tifanie and her beautiful bridesmaids getting ready, Melissa’s morning was full of laughs. The guys at this wedding are off-the-hook hilarious! The morning games had some of the craziest challenges we’ve seen yet.   Hanson and his groomsmen got very up close and personal with each other…

The ceremony at McDougall United Church was very heartfelt, and the reception at Sutton Place Hotel had some crazy dance moves! Tifanie and Hanson are a wonderful couple and their family made Michael and Melissa feel so welcome for the day. Congratulations!

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Hanson’s father used to own Kam Wah BBQ. They wanted to surprise his parents with a picture at the restaurant.

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Sam & Sim’s wedding was quite an affair, with multiple events in Edmonton and an awesome party reception in Banff at the Banff Park Lodge!  Sim’s family and friends traveled from Montreal, and there were guests from all over the world Sikh weddings can be crazy, chaotic, loud, and vibrant. At the heart of this one was Sam & Sim, who are an awesome match and complement each other well. Sam is feisty and Sim has a more quiet demeanour (but busted out some awesome moves on the dance floor with his guys!), and together they are a great duo. They made it through a week of festivities and we had an absolutely fantastic celebration when we got to the mountains.  I want to thank them both for entrusting me with some of their scheduling, and giving me free reign on what to do for all of their photos, and bringing me across this beautiful province with them.  Special shout out to Sam’s sisters who definitely added some spice to the crazy week!  You were all fab! Big thanks to my second shooters (Sam in Edmonton and Tessa in Banff) for helping everything run smoothly!

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I was FLOORED by the dance moves of this duo – friends of Sim’s from Fort McMurray.  Jaw-dropping moves.

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Sam’s little brother Rohan was a highlight of the wedding. I’m sure he didn’t really know what was going on most of the time but he had an amazing time. His big sisters love him SOOOO much!

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Here’s a little behind the scenes action from the week!  We had a great time with one of our favourite videographers Raj from A Love Story.  See more behind the scenes, and a little photo series I loving call ‘Where’s Haley’ (there’s on for Michael too) on our Facebook page.

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Before Michael met Denise & Daniel he had never heard of Em-Te Town, it’s a western town near Alder Flats, and the perfect location for a rustic wedding.  Michael and second shooter Ken went camping for this wedding!

Daniel is a bit of a jokester, and Denise is an absolute sweetheart.  After Michael and Ken set up the tent and BBQed their steaks, they were invited to the family’s campfire. There, the mother of the groom was tossing out Jell-O shooters and passing around moonshine (some of which might have ended up being consumed by them). The mothers made a very dynamic duo!  Michael and Ken had a lot of fun hanging out with family and guests.

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Roxy is a memorable bride for me for many reasons.

- They got married on their 5th anniversary of being together

- She first emailed me two full years before her wedding

- She has an amazingly warm and bubbly personality

- I got my first ever cop-pulled-me-over speeding ticket on my way to book her, and was subsequently late. I cried. (SUPER embarrassing).

 

Roxy & Jonathan’s wedding was the official kick-off to my crazy summer wedding season, and it couldn’t have been better. They welcomed Sam and I into their wedding like family, and we had a blast together.  Their ceremony was filled with genuine laughter and tears – it was really awesome to hear their love story shine through.

We had the unique opportunity to shoot in her amazing florist’s studio (faBLOOMosity) in the Mercer building downtown, and ran into a random with a cool motorcycle just outside.  Sometimes planning out photos works, sometimes the best ones are the ones you just stumble upon!  And sometimes…you just have to run out into traffic to get what you want.

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This was Roxy’s dream – she had seen a photo for inspiration, and really wanted to capture their first kiss with all their friends and family looking on. Since I’m practically a midget, all credit goes to Sam for stepping up (literally) and nailing this one for Roxy & Jonathan!

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And just for fun here’s a little behind the scenes fun from our day:

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We first met Neelam years ago at a friend’s wedding, and we’re so happy she followed along with us and our work ever since! When it came time for her to tie the knot with Rajat (hey, that rhymes!) we are so happy she chose to work with us.

We had a full ceremony day with a traditional Sikh ceremony at Nanaksar Gurdwara in the morning, followed by an intimate backyard Hindu ceremony. There were plenty of tears from all sides both of joy and of realization. Weddings like this make Michael wonder how he is not going to cry for the entire day of our daughter Evelyn’s wedding (hopefully many years in the future).

Neelam exudes happiness. No matter what is going on around her, even rain on her reception day in Banff, she and Rajat were just so happy to be surrounded by friends and family celebrating with them on their wedding day.

Michael and our second shooter Bruce had an awesome time traveling between Edmonton and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel for this fab wedding!

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The Mirage Banguet Hall was a great setting for the chuda ceremony. It was beautifully decorated and there was lots of room for people to see what was going on.

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Before the ceremony while everyone else was getting ready, Neelam and I went out to the forest behind her house for a quick impromptu portrait session. As a child she played in this clearing.

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Breaking with tradition a little nit, Neelam just couldn’t wait to see Rajat and she had me coordinate a chance for Rajat to sneak out so that they could see each-other before the wedding ceremony.

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Multi-day weddings are vibrant, chaotic, loud and eventful. At the core of them are a husband and wife, starting out their lives together.  One of the privileges I have as a wedding photographer is to be with them in the quiet moments, the in between times where it’s just the two of them.  It’s then that I really get to know the people I’m photographing, and get a sense of who they are as a couple.  I want to sincerely thank Tehseena & Omar for choosing me as their wedding photographer. They are such kind and genuine people, and I really got to know them as friends during their wedding.  We had a fantastic time, and it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces at the wedding as well!

An extra thank you to my second shooter Sam for his hard work and support over this 3 day event.

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Tehseena waited in a separate room while the Muslim marriage contract was signed – there was some confusion about who she was actually married to – either Omar or his father!

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The groom’s siblings decided to attack Tehseena’s sister with silly string…Sam and I got hit as collateral damage!

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I had the pleasure of shooting Tracy & Andrew’s wedding with my second shooter Melissa.  Surrounded by friends and family, in their church, and with love in their hearts, they devoted their lives to each other. Tracy’s sons were a pleasure to hang out with, and it was so clear from everyone who attended the wedding how much support Tracy & Andrew have as they start this next chapter of their lives together.  We lucked out with warm spring weather (a stark contrast from the spring snow storm we’re experiencing right now!) and the whole day was wonderful.

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It’s been a delight to get to know Mehvash & Saad over the past couple of years. We’ve now done a few weddings of couples in this circle of friends and family, and we have at least one more on the horizon. Everyone is so kind and welcoming, and working with them has been a joy.  Saad moved here from California and found the love of his life in Mehvash – together they are a wonderfully sweet couple, and to hear their families speak about them you can tell that they are a perfect match.  I have to say I also felt a lot of pride in my hometown when Saad had to many kind things to say about Edmonton and the people in it.

Mehvash & Saad celebrated their marriage last August, and recently held their wedding reception with friends and family here in Edmonton. Thanks to my second shooter Sam.

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