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We have known Melissa and Nick for years! Melissa is one of our talented second shooters, as well as my personal trainer and friend, and it was so much fun to follow their wedding from Nick’s proposal at the Banff Springs Hotel all the way to their wedding there this summer.  The mountains hold a special place for these two!  I got the chance to chat with Melissa along the way of her planning, and their primary goal was showing their guests the most amazing time – the best food, drinks, party that they could possibly throw!  Both Melissa and Nick are very committed to health and fitness and have both competed in that field. Add into that the fact that they are both incredibly stylish, and they were easily a gorgeous couple for Michael to photograph.

Melissa & Nick made their vows even more permanent – they went together to get tattoos done after their ceremony!  I LOVE the idea and so did the artist – he got a t-shirt made just for the occasion. I especially love Nick’s expression. He looks like he wants to beat the guy up….and he definitely could!

Obviously we love all of our clients, but I have a little extra love for these two =) We’re excited for them to be husband and wife (although I’m still not used to Melissa’s new last name!) And I’m looking forward to spending more time with them this winter once wedding season slows down.

Special thanks to Jess for coming down to second shoot with Michael!

Hair: Mountain Beauties
Makeup: Canmore Makeup
Florist: Elements Florals
Groom’s suit: Tom Ford

– Haley

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Michael had previously photographed Marie & John’s extended family last summer and when it was time for them to tie the knot they called us up!  It’s always an honour when someone chooses to have us photograph them multiple times.

Marie and John had an intimate ceremony on the grounds of the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald surrounded by their children and close family. They also had possibly one of the most adorable ring bearers I have ever seen! The ceremony was quite emotional for everyone involved, and it was really special to witness this new family celebrating.

Congratulations Marie & John!

– Haley

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I’ve known Linda for a number of years and though we haven’t been in the best contact, luckily social media has kept us connected. When it was time for her wedding to Mike, I was flattered that she had followed my work all this time! I was delighted to shoot with her and Mike for their engagement session in Canmore and after that trip I knew their wedding was going to be a whole lot of fun. The whole bridal party was really funny, the day was relaxed, and every detail was perfect.  Linda is an absolute STUNNER, and Mike will be the first to tell you that he is one lucky guy. They met online, and to quote Mike during the reception: Linda was the best thing he ever bought off the internet.

Ceremony and Reception: Union Bank Inn
Makeup: Connie Quiza
Hair: Makeup and Hair by Riti
Florist: Laurel’s On Whyte
Decor: A Chair to Remember
Dress: Bridal Debut
Groom’s Suit: Derks

Cool fact: Mike’s grandfather worked on this airplane at the Aviation Museum!

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Jasman & Rajveer’s wedding was a huge affair. We had 4 photographers working on both ends of Highway 2 between Edmonton and Calgary.

The festivities in Edmonton kicked off with Jasman’s maiyan ceremony at home, them with her Sangeet at the Mirage Banq
uet Hall. The decor was incredible, done in the style of Aladdin (for Princess Jasmine). It is the first wedding that I have seen with a huge bubble wall behind the bride.

Meanwhile, Rajveer’s family was hosting their festivities. Our photographer Christine took pictures of them at Nirvana Banquet Hall in Calgary.

The next day I was at Jasman’s house for her mendhi party and witnessed the joyous arrival of Rajveer and his family from Calgary.

The couple’s wedding ceremony took place at Nanaksar Gurdwara in Northeast Edmonton. The doli ceremony was particularly emotional because the car was being pushed three hours to the south to arrive at Jasman and Rajveer’s new home in Calgary.

We took pictures in downtown Calgary, starting in the The Sheraton Downtown in the Eau Claire area, then worked our way to the wedding reception where everyone partied the night away at the Magnolia Banquet Hall.

Thank you to our second shooters Grace and Christine, and congratulations to Jasman and Rajveer!

– Michael

Florist: Flowers by Merle
Cake: Cake Sensations
Hair & Makeup: Kesar Lacroix
Decor: Top Wedding Decor Calgary

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We’re shooting faster than I can blog! Make sure you head over to our Facebook page to keep up to date with all of our sneak peeks and news!

Janaya & Cory had a perfect, sweet, laid back, easy wedding. While no detail was left untouched, Janaya was definitely not a bride stressing over every little thing – she just wanted to get down the aisle and marry the man of her dreams. Some wedding schedules don’t leave a lot of time for relaxation but Janaya and Cory were lucky to have an easy morning with lots of time to get ready and hang out with their bridal party prior to the ceremony.  Luckily all of our photo locations were very close together in Sherwood Park, so we didn’t have a time crunch for our portraits either!  I’m not sure if it’s because Janaya is a teacher, but I have to admire the organization of this wedding, she did a great job planning it. (And anyone who knows me will know I’m obsessed with organization!) We had a wonderful day together, and I wish them so much love and happiness as they start this new chapter of their lives together.

Thanks to Chrystal for second shooting for me!

Ceremony and Reception: Festival Place
Florist: Flowers In The Park
Makeup: Blush Artistry
Decor: Special Event Rentals


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I received a last minute call asking to shoot Mariam and Omair’s wedding. Thankfully I was available and we had a great time together. It turns out that they know a lot of people that I do. One of my best friends was there, as were our neighbours. I love going to weddings and seeing familiar faces. Mariam’s family’s beautiful house is just down the street from mine.

The wedding took place at the recently renovated Hilton Doubletree in West Edmonton. It was a small ceremony with close family. We quickly whisked away for pictures of the couple around the Royal Alberta Museum. Then back to the Hilton for their first class reception.

Best wishes Mariam and Omair!

A warm welcome goes out to our new second shooter Ali. It was a pleasure working with you and you create some fine work!

– Michael

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In the middle of the busy summer, it is nice to have a change and leave the city for a couple of days. Michelle and Rob were married in Jasper. Their Jasper wedding was to be held at Maligne Lake. Many people from Alberta will recall that Jasper had wildfires this summer and the epicentre was the Maligne Lake area. Everyone was evacuated from the site of their wedding a week before it was to happen. The smoke even blanketed the city of Edmonton almost 400 kilometres away!

Michelle and Rob were not going to let that bring them down. They switched the wedding venue to Tekarra Lodge in Jasper. It was a great change of venue. The ceremony was held at the lookout over the junction of the Miette and Athabasca rivers. It rained intermittently all day before and during the ceremony. But with almost half of the guests coming from the UK, nobody was phased by it. As soon as they were married the rain stopped and the day just kept getting more beautiful.

Rob used to work in Jasper for many years. I only discovered the other day that his drinks were getting spiked by his old friends there. For ever beer that he had, there was a secret shot of vodka inside! He didn’t find out until after the wedding!

It was a wonderful wedding and I couldn’t be happier for a couple than I am for Michelle and Rob. Congratulations! Thanks to Krista for making the trip out the mountains with me.

– Michael


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Hello from Vancouver!  Apparently I don’t know how to sit still, but luckily I’m able to take my work with me when I travel.  And the rain here gives me a perfect excuse to sit inside and blog.

Sherry & Mina were married on a gorgeous August day, and their wedding had lots of eye candy for me! Sherry’s dress was absolutely stunning, and the reception at the Oasis Centre was glamorous and fun!  One of my favourite moments was the priest pulling out his phone in the middle of the ceremony to take a photo of the newlyweds…technology has sure changed how we get married!  I’m fortunate enough that Sherry lives just up the street from me, so it made my commute in the morning really easy 😉 and in fact my neighbours are family of hers so I knew a few people at the wedding!  Sherry & Mina, thank you so much for choosing me as your photographer, you were fantastic to work with, and I hope you enjoy this sneak peek!  Shout out to my second shooter Jesse, and videographer Steve… they always keep me laughing.

Ceremony: St. Mary & St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church
Reception: Oasis Centre
Shoes: Kate Spade
Dress: Lazaro
Tux: Michael Kors
Cake: Cake Couture
Florist: Flowers in the Park
Decor: River City
Videographer: Ring Tail Films

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I was first introduced to Coleen & Glenn through their niece/wedding planner Jolene, and I remember from our first meeting being really excited for their wedding.  Coleen & Glenn have found a beautiful love together a little bit later in life, and have now joined together along with her two daughters and his two sons to create a new family.  The wedding, although ‘low-key’ was absolutely gorgeous, with a lot of special details, and nothing left unaccounted for.  Coleen & Glenn’s private lake property is a stunning retreat outside of the city and a remarkable location for their wedding.  Glenn poured a lot of hard work into making sure the grounds of the property were immaculate, and it was a pleasure to shoot there.

We were lucky enough to have the chance to do most of the portraits prior to the ceremony because the skies opened up a little bit!  To Coleen & Glenn’s credit, they didn’t let it faze them, and went ahead with their outdoor ceremony on the dock of their lake. Nothing a few umbrellas couldn’t fix!  Then guests were treated to an intimate tented reception with mouth-watering BBQ.  Coleen & Glenn threw a fantastic party, and it was really cool to see their children and friends celebrating along with them.  The live band and the rustic decor created a truly magical and cozy atmosphere.

Thank you so much, Coleen & Glenn, for choosing me to celebrate your union with you, and thanks to Tessa for second shooting with me!

– Haley

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To quote one of the reception speeches, Kiran found the best thing that you could possibly find at Home Depot!

These two lovebirds met in the lumber aisle there, and the rest was history. I first met Kiran at her cousin Sam’s wedding last year, and after she saw the photos she called me to shoot her wedding to Kyle! Kiran is the definition of a bubbly personality, and Kyle is the perfect complement to her.  He’s goofy, and constantly smiling.  They were just a delight to work with.

Unfortunately I was already booked for the first of the two wedding days, but luckily we have an amazing team, and Melissa stepped in as an associate shooter for us to shoot the ceremony day (with awesome second shooter Grace!).  The girls did an amazing job, and we’re looking forward to expanding the team to having some more associate shooters in the future!

This wedding was all about family and friends, and Kiran and Kyle have a HUGE group of supporters who are overjoyed about their marriage.  The joining of these two families was a really cool thing to experience.

Ceremony: Nanaksar Gurdwara and Mirage Banquet Hall
Reception: Mirage Banquet Hall
Hair & Makeup: Sen Studios
Decor: Mirage Banquet Hall
Video: Ring Tail Films
Groom’s Suit: Moore’s
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal

– Haley

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Day 2 brought a Christian ceremony officiated by Kyle’s aunt, and a big party! Melissa and I had a fantastic time.

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