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My wedding season has started!

I have been looking forward to shooting Angelina & Tariq’s wedding ever since photographing their engagement last summer. They are one of those couples who knows what they want, but put complete trust in me to do what I do.

Angelina’s dress was gorgeous. I love the unconventional patterns.

She and Tariq wanted their guests to be able to transition right from the ceremony to the reception, so they had a first look before the ceremony at the fantastic lobby of the Sandman Signature Edmonton South. We did some fun pictures of the couple and bridal party, then went to Craft Beer Market, and spent the rest of the afternoon at the Old Timer’s Cabin.

Thanks to my second shooter Bruce for all of the great help and wonderful pictures on the day, and welcome to Team Shandro Krista!

– Michael

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Congratulations Angelina and Tariq!

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I hadn’t met Alessa until about a month before she married Brad and I met Brad on their wedding day, and they were so easy to photograph and so clearly in love that we just dove right in. We had an absolutely fabulous day together! It turns out I also knew the MC and one of the guests from my former life as a scientist as well! I love how small this world is.

Alessa & Brad easily complement each other, and their busy lives are taking them all over the world including a move to the UK. They’re sure to brighten any new place they visit with their warm personalities. St. Joseph’s Basilica was a perfect backdrop for this elegant wedding and I adore the classic look that Alessa & Brad chose.

Thanks to Melissa and new Team Shandro member Christine for working with me on this one!

– Haley

Hair: Alexander Daniel Salon
Makeup: Sen Studios (Anita)
Ceremony: St. Joseph’s Basilica
Reception: Derrick Golf Club
Florals: faBLOOMosity
Cake: The Art Of Cake
Dress: Novelle

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Alessa’s Dad is a major camera enthusiast, so I had to make sure to get a photo of him working it as well!

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I have been looking forward to Courtney and Jeff’s wedding since the spring. When I shot Courtney and Jeff’s engagement everything was just so easy. They looked great, we got along great, the chemistry was evident, and the pictures showed it. I couldn’t wait to make more images of them. They are a gorgeous couple, don’t you agree?

In the days leading up to the wedding, Edmonton experienced unseasonably warm weather. The mercury hit the double digits and much of the snow melted. Courtney had been hoping for a snowy winter wedding, and the day before the wedding it got cold and it snowed on her wedding day!

The ceremony and reception were both held in the Wedgewood room at the Edmonton Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. The team at FaBLOOMosity did an incredible job with the flowers.

Venue: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Florist: faBLOOMosity
Hair: Jennifer Chivers
Makeup: Blushed Beaute
Cake: Cake Affair
Dresses and Suits: Bridal House

– Michael

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I have been waiting for AGES to share this wedding with you, and it’s been hard not to!  Jessica & Aleem had the honour of having the first Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel Wedding! When news of their gorgeous wedding and brand new hotel reached Blush Magazine, they asked us if they’d be able to publish it even before the wedding had happened!  You can see the feature in Blush’s latest edition, out now.

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An incredible couple plus a dream team of vendors…we couldn’t really go wrong. Jessica & Aleem’s wedding was fun and modern from start to finish.  Jessica & Aleem are sweet, smiley, and so close to their friends and family, the entire wedding felt like one big amazing party.

For any couples considering a wedding at the Renaissance, I can say from personal experience that it is a gorgeous venue, the staff is amazing, and the meal was easily one of the best I’ve had in the last 9 years as a wedding photographer.  Don’t let the drive out of the city fool you – this is a fantastic option for a wedding.

Thanks so much to Bruce for spending this Starbucks-fueled weekend with me.  Best work husband a girl could ask for!

Planner: Atmosphere Weddings
Venue: Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel
Florist: faBLOOMosity
Decor: Site 6 Events
DJ: DJ Kwake from Urban Metropolis
Hair & Makeup: Miss Vautour Makeup Artistry
Reception backdrop design: PinkPolka Invitations and Stationery 

The week began with Ismaili wedding customs and ceremony, and then a civil ceremony and reception at the Renaissance.

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For anyone who hasn’t seen this ceremony before, the groom’s family and friends basically take the opportunity to douse him in the grossest possible food items (think sardines, BBQ sauce, eggs etc).  I had about two million mosquito bites – they were quite attracted to the honey being poured on Aleem, and I was right in the swarm!

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If Grace & Jon’s wedding is any indication about how 2015 is going to go, I’m as happy as a clam!

Despite frigid temperatures, these two lovebirds had a beautiful wedding in Banff at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge.  True to form, I managed to fall through the ice on the lake, and I VERY much enjoyed the hot tub at the hotel to thaw my toes out….but Grace & Jon barely seemed to notice the cold – they only had eyes for each other, even as the storm rolled in.

Grace & Jon’s story is straight out of a Hollywood movie, with a chance meeting at a vet clinic leading to a fairytale wedding!  In the middle of the ceremony, Jon stumbled over a few of his words, and quite literally blamed it on being lost in Grace’s eyes. So romantic!!!  They are completely adorable, lighthearted, family-oriented, and an incredible amount of fun.

A BIG thank you to Grace & Jon’s entire bridal party for helping to make the day fantastic as well (and the party back in Edmonton WOOHOO!!) – it was awesome meeting you all and you kept me laughing the whole day.

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I first met Alexis when she was a bridesmaid for Amanda & Foster several years ago, and she was a bridesmaid again for Jeanelle & Mike last year.  Her over the top bubbly personality drew me to her immediately, and she has such a fantastic group of girlfriends/family that I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know through the weddings and also the festivities leading up to Alexis & Tyler’s big day.  Tyler is funny, and very hard working, and I can only imagine how much he and Alexis laugh together. They met at a party through mutual friends, and their relationship grew strong and slow over time.

This was my last wedding of the year (WOO!) and I want to give a huge shout out to Alexis & Tyler and their whole bridal party for being a total blast, and Sam for his hard work shooting with me not only on this wedding but for the last year.

Some fantastic vendors for this wedding:

Wedding Day Management: Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Florist: Laurel’s On Whyte
Ceremony: Kirk United Church
Reception: Royal Glenora Club
Reception Stationery: PinkPolka
Cake: Donuts from Italian Bakery
Hair: Studio 107
Makeup: Amy Nicole
Decor: Special Event Rentals
Wedding Dress: Delica Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Novelle Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Moore’s

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Behind the scenes….until next year!!

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I’ve been struggling to find the words to adequately describe my experience with Kathy & Luc’s elopement (and if you know me you’ll realize I’m rarely at a loss for words!)  The best way that I can explain how it felt is to say that this wedding more than any other made me feel like an artist.  It brought into perspective exactly why I do what I do, and that there is creativity in me that is dying to get out.  I’ll never be able to thank Kathy enough for giving me this opportunity.


Here’s the story (it’s a long one!).  Kathy was a makeup artist for a wedding we shot 3 years ago, and has followed us since then.  She and Luc have been together for several years and have 2 sons together. They decided to make it official, and she emailed me to ask about photographing their elopement. She said “Compared to the other weddings you photograph I know there wouldn’t be a lot of details, so I’m sure it would be quite the challenge. I am sure you book up super fast, so the date is really not an issue. It could be later this summer, it could be later next summer…It could be a Monday morning, or a Tuesday evening. It really does not matter to me what the day/date is. If this is something you would consider, I would love to hear your feedback on great locations, what the best time of day would be (we’re thinking somewhere outside downtown at dusk?)”

Talk about a dream! I get to pick the date/time/location of a wedding? That’s amazing for any wedding photographer – we often struggle with lighting and distracting elements in locations, but we don’t have control over it.  My inner control freak started to grin.  Then my mind went into overdrive.

For a few years I’ve had a crazy dream of getting the best wedding vendors in Edmonton together and throwing a wedding – letting each vendor work their magic and have total creative freedom, and working together to create a surprise wedding for a couple.  Kathy & Luc’s wedding was the perfect opportunity for me to make this dream a reality, and Kathy was so open to letting me plan things.  While it seemed like a fantastic idea, the week before the wedding I really started to panic. What if she and Luc didn’t like what I had put together?  The only thing that they were choosing was what they were going to wear and a general colour scheme.

After Kathy, her sister, and I rolled tree stumps down into the ravine the day of the wedding, Kathy gave me a gift. A beautiful Tiffany necklace that I wear almost daily. We hadn’t spent a lot of time together but I cherish this gift – she knew it was something I would love. And when she finally saw the ceremony location in person I knew she was going to love everything I had put together. I am by no means a wedding planner, but I’m really proud of how this all came together.  Most importantly, Kathy & Luc had a personal, emotional, and meaningful wedding.

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So now I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.  Here is my AMAZING team of vendors, and huge thanks to Kelsey for second shooting and helping me with setup, and Venessa for helping with set up as well.   See more in our feature on Swooned Magazine.

Florals: faBLOOMosity
Decor: Sepcial Event Rentals
Dress: Delica Bridal
Sign: Pink Polka
Cake: Style Cakes
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What a day. Anne and George’s wedding was held one day before the first big snowflakes of the winter descended upon Edmonton. From the pictures you would never know that it is cold. We spend most of our time in the lush forests in the Muttart Conservatory.

George adores Anne and she was so happy all day. The speeches from family and friends painted a picture of Anne as a woman with a great heart who is willing to do anything to help others. George was spoken of as a man who strongly believes in family and his family has welcomed Anne into their home many times.

Congratulations Anne and George!

– Michael

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The first thing that Stephanie said to me when I got to her house for getting ready photos was, “How’s the weather?” Stephanie Barsby is a meteorologist for CBC. As an avid CBC Radio One listener I hear her weather reports almost every day on the Radioactive program. So you can imagine how excited I was to shoot her wedding. There was a cold snap leading up to the wedding, but as it turned out, the weather that day was beautiful.

She had a gorgeous bridal party. The guys side, most of them from Kinuso, AB, were a lot of fun. They certainly kept my second shooter Melissa on her toes during the getting ready pictures. Ben and Stephanie are most certainly in love, and together with their children they make a wonderful family together.

At the reception I was placed at a table with most of the Radioactive hosts. They are a down to earth bunch in person. It’s no wonder that I enjoy their personalities so much on the radio.

Congratulations Stephanie and Ben!

– Michael

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Cake: Art of Cake

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