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Since we shot Meshal and Sara’s wedding a couple of years ago we have been invited to photograph quite a few more Sunni weddings. Adil is close family with our neighbours and we have been able to shoot a number of the family and friend’s weddings. It was nice to see so many people that we know at the events.

This was my first time taking pictures at the Sunni Nikah ceremony. It was at the Markaz Ul Islam. I had never before been inside a Sunni Mosque before. It was a humbling experience that I will never forget. The community is very close and everyone, even those not related by blood, treats others there as family.

Their reception was at the ballroom at the new Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Edmonton (formerly the Mayfield). I think that you will agree that the renovated ballroom, along with the exceptional styling by Exquisite Affairs created an elegant reception.

- Michael

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Amber & Chris’ elegant wedding at Edmonton’s Oasis Centre had a few interesting highlights: Fireworks, a food truck, security kicking us out of a parkade, and a stripper pole in the limo!  The Oasis is a beautiful venue.  The amenities and beautiful gardens out back made it easy for Amber & Chris to host both their ceremony and reception there.

I think Chris knew within about 5 minutes of meeting Amber that he was going to marry her, and the feeling was mutual. They had a quick courtship, and a beautiful baby girl, and made it official with their wedding in August.  Chris booked me over the phone in about 10 minutes without ever meeting me, so I get the impression that when he knows what he wants he goes after it!  When I met them at their engagement session I knew we were going to have an awesome time at the wedding, and my second shooter Tessa and I certainly did!

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I got to go up on the roof of the Oasis Centre to get some aerial shots of the champagne reception after the wedding! 2 rickety ladders…it was worth it.

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Behind the scenes with Haley & Tessa!

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For starters, I don’t need to tell you how gorgeous this couple and their bridal party are. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Bethany and Tej had me shoot their elegant wedding events in the weeks surrounding their wedding ceremony in Mexico. While I did not shoot the wedding ceremony, I did get to witness a dramatic difference in everyone’s skin colour from the pictures from the first week to the second.

The decor at their Westin Edmonton reception was by Kim from A Chair to Remember, and it was over the top stunning!

Thank you to Melissa for doing such a great job shooting their reception with me.

- Michael

Decor: A Chair To Remember
Florals: Wild Orchid
Hair & Makeup: Sen Studios

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This is a super cool picture for us, it encompasses a past groom, current groom, and future groom!  We shot Kevin’s (left) wedding reception about 4 years ago, and are shooting Jatinder’s (right) wedding at the end of the month. It’s a Shandro Photo hat-trick!

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Behind the scenes with Michael & Melissa (thanks to Kim for a few of these shots)!

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From the first meeting that I had with Kristyn and Joel I knew that their wedding would be a great time. They were naturally chilled out sitting on the couch in our studio and we hit it off immediatly. Their wedding ceremony was a chance for family to gather under the big tree on a hot and sunny day at the beautiful Devonian Gardens 

Kristyn and Joel’s reception was a fun filled event. Much of the family had come from out of town. I experienced my first bun tossing. The family started a tradition last year at Joel’s sister’s wedding whereby they throw buns at each-other. I have to admit, it was pretty fun. I got a couple of buns thrown at me and even got a sneak-attack in at one of the guests at my table.

Thank you to me second shooter Tessa, I had a great day working with you in the sweltering sun. And a special thank you to Kim who assisted us on the day.

- Michael

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I love bright vibrant colour, and I love true genuine emotions, and Jasmine & Paul’s wedding had both of those elements in abundance. Paul is such a gentle man, and absolutely adores Jasmine.  She is graceful and sweet.  I had an awesome week with both of them and their families.  There were guests from all over the world!

This wedding was also pretty special because there were quite a few of our former couples and their relatives there! It was awesome to see so many familiar faces.

This was my first chance to work at the new Edmonton Doubletree Hilton since it was renovated, it was beautiful and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I look forward to going back!

I always feel extra grateful to my second shooters to work multi-day weddings with me, sometimes it’s like running a marathon! Thanks Melissa for running around like a crazy person with me, and always keeping me laughing, and Kelsey for helping out at the reception.

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So….we’re all standing up. No one is on tip-toes, and I’m not crouching.  Maybe a new hashtag…. #tinyweddingphotographer?

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Behind the scenes! Photobombs by our friends at Style Video, Jasmine checking out my biggest lens, cameo by one of my favourite DJs, and a little bit of silliness at the reception.

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Angela & Ryan are just plain awesome.  They’re both classy and sophisticated, but certainly know how to have a good time. Their bridal party is like a close-knit family, and from the sounds of it can be found at Angela & Ryan’s on any given weekend watching football.  We started off the day with a small traditional Chinese tea ceremony at Angela & Ryan’s home. The team at Elegant Touches helped them to put on a beautiful ceremony and reception at the Matrix Hotel downtown.  The bride’s friend Amy did ALL the girls’ hair and makeup (they looked amazing!), and florals are by Laurel’s.

 

I’m going to open up a little bit here – there was a portion of the wedding that I was dreading.  Angela’s mom passed away last spring, and they scheduled some time during the day to visit her grave.  I completely understand why, and I think it’s a fantastic way to incorporate Angela’s mom into the wedding, but I was worried about how I would handle it, having lost my own father almost 5 years ago.  I tried to keep it together, after all this moment was about Angela and her mom, and not about me and my dad. In the end I just let the tears pour down my face as I was shooting.  They’re welling up now as I’m writing this.  Grief over the loss of a parent is something that has connected me to a few of my clients and friends, and I feel absolutely honoured to have been a part of the ceremony with Angela’s mom.  Going to the cemetery was important, and I hope our photos will serve as a reminder of how much Angela’s mom was missed, loved, and thought of on their wedding day.  Very special thanks to Angela & Ryan for their understanding (and hugs) as I struggled a little bit at that moment, and to Sam for helping me along the way.

 

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The groomsmen and MC’s wrote and performed an incredible rendition of Iggy Azalea’s Fancy dedicated to Ryan and Angela (mostly making fun of Ryan though).  We’re NOT videographers, but Sam recorded the whole thing and you can see it here (seriously impressive guys!)

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Behind the scenes! Wall squats!

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To say that we had fun at this wedding is an understatement.  I can safely say that by the end of the night I had made a few new friends, and there are a few stories that are going to stay within the four walls of the Polish Country Lodge.

Bethany & Trystan are two of the kindest people you will ever meet. Their love story spans over a decade: they had met and lost touch and reunited again much to the delight of their parents.  We spent the morning at Trystan’s parents’ house out in the country, and had such an amazing time taking photos out there. I felt so relaxed and happy, the time flew by and we barely felt like we were working. Everywhere we turned there was somewhere interesting to shoot.  I love everything about the ensembles that Bethany & Trystan chose, from her custom belt to his light grey suit, and their matching cowboy boots.

The reception was like a family reunion with lots of stories being traded back and forth.  And one of my old colleagues from my biochemistry days was there as well!  It was one of those weddings where we just felt like part of the group. It was a truly wonderful day, and one of my highlights from the summer (so far)! Thanks to my second shooter Sam for his hard work, fabulous photos, and always epic dance moves.

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Trystan’s grandfather made a very warm toast at the champagne reception following the ceremony. wedding toast

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Trystan’s sisters made this fun cake!

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Behind the scenes, mostly just goofing around…

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Allison & Brandon had a small wedding surrounded by those closest to them. We always feel so honoured when couples choose to hire us for smaller weddings. We know the amount of time, energy, money, and organization that goes into any wedding, and when couples choose to have an intimate wedding and really value photography, we always appreciate it so much.  No matter the size of the wedding, photography is important!  They had a beautiful ceremony at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, and headed to the river valley with Michael for photos.  I love Allison’s beautiful lace dress, perfect for a hot summer wedding!

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Right after I shot Beth & Trevor’s wedding, I hopped in the car for a super late night road trip out to Rocky Mountain House! Mary & John were married at her Aunt’s greenhouse (Country Garden Greenhouse) just outside of Rocky Mountain House. Having the wedding at a family location not only meant an easy start to the day, but also allowed the the entire wedding to feel so relaxed. They had a yummy picnic lunch for everyone after the ceremony.  Sam and I were welcomed in with open arms (and a few jokes by the bridal party), and we just had a really awesome fun weekend.

(PS can I point out for a minute that Mary looks like Brittany Snow?)

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Behind the scenes! SUPER hot summer day.

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Beth is the last of her siblings to be married, and I had the pleasure of photographing her brother Rob’s wedding to Sasha last year.  Everyone who has attended a wedding in their family will tell you that they wished there were more siblings – these weddings are always a fantastic party!  Trevor’s family was also such a delight to celebrate with. The speeches at this wedding were honestly some of the best I have ever heard, full of emotion and joy. Lots of tears!  These two families genuinely love each other.

We had a dream team for this wedding, some of my favourite vendors in the city!  Special thanks to my second shooter Bruce, one of my favourite work husbands and always a fun date to have for weddings.

Wedding Planner: Atmosphere Weddings
Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Chivers
Florist: faBLOOMosity
Cake: Art of Cake
Decor: Elegant Touches
Dress: WTOO by Watters from Novelle Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Custom from Harry Rosen
Ceremony: St. Thomas More Church
Reception: Art Gallery of Alberta

 

Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m not a super girly-girl, but I’m pretty sure I literally squealed when I saw Beth’s dress hanging in her parent’s bedroom.   I love it because it’s different, elegant, and more importantly suited Beth perfectly. She looked absolutely incredible.

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Trevor may kill me for posting a photo of him shedding a tear, but I don’t care.  Him seeing Beth for the first time coming down the aisle was one of my favourite moments of the day.

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Janine from faBLOOMosity did an incredible job as always, she brought Beth’s beautiful rosette bouquet finish all the way from NYC!

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Trevor looked incredibly dapper.  Great style!

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This is the first naked wedding cake I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. I think it’s a really cool idea, and Gloria from Art of Cake did a perfect job putting it together.

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