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Sarah was one of those brides that knew from the start that she was going to hire me, and her wedding to Matt was one that I was really excited for this summer!  They had their struggles along the way including their chosen venue (the Edmonton Petroleum Club) closing its doors, but I can honestly say it was for the best because their ‘new’ venue, Northlands Expo Centre, was perfect. It was my first time shooting there, and I really liked the open feel and the modern colours and architecture.

Ever since we went down to Canmore for their engagement session, I knew these two would be up for whatever we wanted to do for photos. There are so many great little spots around the University of Alberta that were perfect for their wedding.  I had them climbing through water features, and roaming the halls of dark chemistry buildings, they didn’t mind the rain, and their entire bridal party was a total blast.

A couple of days after the wedding I got a message from one of the bridesmaids asking to meet to talk about her own wedding photography! When we got together she told me that a lot of the guests at the wedding thought that me and my second shooter Bruce were actually just family members!  I take that a a HUGE compliment, I love that we were able to have such a great connection with everyone at the wedding.  And I’ll look forward to seeing some of the same people at her wedding next summer!!

OK, on to pictures of a friendly dalmatian, fabulous veil, and one of the sweetest couples ever.  Matt & Sarah, thanks for being thoroughly fantastic!

Florist: Heather DeKok
Officiant: Deborah Parr
Cake: Fuss Cupcakes
Hair: Voodoo Hair Studio (Lauren Baril)
Wedding Attire: The Bridal House

Sarah told me she specifically bought a cathedral veil so that I could take some ‘epic’ photos of it…what do you think? How did I do?

– Haley

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Kooper is famous for his hugs – I got a few too! He’s such a friendly dog, and Sarah is an awesome dog mom.



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This is a completely candid moment – as Sarah & Matt exited the ceremony they had a quiet moment while everyone filed out…it was completely as if the rest of the world melted away.  They LOVE each other and it all came together just beautifully.

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Bruce and I had a fantastic time.  He continued his ongoing love affair with the lightstand, I got down on the ground as usual, helped to bustle Sarah’s dress…just another fun day for Team Shandro! I LOVE that Sarah has followed our hashtag #teamshandro on social media, and even included that on the seating chart.

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Honourable mention to the groomsmen for being total goofballs, but not in the ‘we’re 5 and can’t pay attention’ kind of way =) I feel the need to point out that they came up with this pose on their own.

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High school sweethearts Amy and Scott are a wonderful couple. I took their photos, along with their son Connor, in the winter last year, and this year I got to shoot their wedding at the Citadel Theatre!

They got ready at The Matrix Hotel downtown. Amy was busy in the morning, sewing by hand a bracelet to go with her wedding attire. In the end she had a little help from friends to get it all done on time. It was good that she kept herself busy to calm the nerves. While Scott was getting ready, he was anxious and excited. It’s great that they had Connor there to help calm HIS nerves!

I had never been to Edmonton’s own Yellowhead Brewery, so I couldn’t wait to shoot their reception there. The atmosphere and the food at the brewery is incredible, and we were able to take some great twilight pictures on the brewery floor. All of the love around the brewery must result in better beer. It had been awhile since I had shot a wedding with Melissa, and I was happy to get to spend the day with her.

Florist: Verabella Flower Studio
Officiant: Carillon Cameron
Cake: Duchess Bake Shop
Hair: Mousy Browns
Makeup: HP Makeup Artistry
Linens: Special Event Rentals
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sotterro
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Suit: Allure
Bride’s Rings: Birk’s
Groom’s Ring: Ben Moss
Stationary: Kate Spade

– Michael

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Faruqa & Khalil’s moms were roommates decades ago in school, and 30 years later these two were married.  How’s THAT for a love story?

Faruqa is quiet, organized, and lovely. Khalil is expressive, bubbly, and full of joy!  Their strengths complement each other perfectly.  Their wedding was in between Edmonton and Calgary, and over the few days I spent with them I had an absolute blast.

The reception in Calgary was absolutely gorgeous, and it was a pleasure working with Claudette from Claudette Marie Events for the first time.  One thing that I loved about Faruqa & Khalil’s wedding is that it was colourful, and funny, and quirky, but still traditional.  They really got to express themselves and make sure everyone had a great time.  From a flash mob to a lip sync battle the day was full of surprises!

Thanks to my second shooters Tessa and Stefan for helping me out!

Planner: Claudette Marie Events
Ceremony: Headquarters Jamatakhan
Reception: Theatre Junction Grand
Hair: Robyn Pape
Makeup: Erin Winters
Cake: Whippt Desserts
Videographer: Parfait Productions
DJ: Pez Productions
Decor and Lighting: Red Events and Stardust Event Group
Stationery: The Social Page

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M & B’s wedding had guests flying to Edmonton from all over the world, including the bride and groom!  Planning a wedding from another country can be difficult, and these two were in good hands with Jenna from Cocktails and Details in their corner and M’s mom here in Edmonton to help out.

We love M’s blingy dress for the Christian ceremony, and everyone embraced the Hindu traditions and celebrations on the second ceremony!  There is some buzz going around that Fort Edmonton Park will unfortunately be closing for a couple of years for upgrades  – we’ll be waiting anxiously for it to reopen!

The reception at Sutton Place was full of love and laughter, and we were so excited to be a part of it.

Wedding Planner: Cocktails and Details
Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Riti
Bridal Henna and Decor: M Weddings
Florals: Tickled Floral
Ceremony: Fort Edmonton Park Blatchford Hangar
Reception: Sutton Place

– Haley

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Sue-Ny and Danny were married in her church, the New Apostolic Church on Connors road. Family and friends came, many from long distances to witness their marriage.

During the ceremony, Danny surprised Sue-Ny with a new ring at the altar!

We went to a lookout at the top of the River Valley for some pictures so that their out of town friends can family could see the beauty of Edmonton in their pictures. We also visited the new plaza in front of the Federal Building for a great view of the Alberta Legislature building.

After their couples photos we went to Maharaja Banquet Hall for the reception. Sue-Ny and Sanny’s loved ones helped them to pull off a beautiful DIY party. It is apparent how close everyone at the wedding is. Friends and family in the wedding speeches told great stories going back to their childhood.

– Michael

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I didn’t have an opportunity to meet Jaskreet & Harjot before their wedding, but everything about what and who they chose to put on their lavish event was right up my alley.  They flew in makeup a makeup artist from LA, and some of my favourite local vendors like Dress My Day, faBLOOMosity, and PinkPolka.  With such an awesome team in place, I knew that we would have a fantastic day together.

Some photographers recommend couples an engagement session before the wedding in order to become comfortable with your photographer and to learn how they shoot.  While I absolutely love shooting engagement portraits of my clients, I also definitely think that any wedding photographer should feel comfortable walking into a situation and being able to make beautiful images without having previously worked with the couple.  Weddings are a whole different ball game as compared to a portrait shoot, and nowhere is that made more evident than a mulit-day Sikh wedding!  I love the chaos, the colours, and all the family members.  Most importantly, Jaskreet & Harjot trusted me and my team to accomplish everything we needed to, and we had an awesome day.

Thanks Bruce for shooting this with me (and RedBull and Starbucks 😉

*Side note for photographers: if you want to learn more about Indian weddings, make sure to come to Canada Photo Convention 2015! We’re going to be speaking about the ins and outs of Indian/multi-day/cultural weddings. October 21-22 in Toronto!*


On to Jaskreet & Harjot’s wedding!  All of these images are from the same day – they opted to have their ceremony and reception back to back. It made for a long but very packed day!

Florist: faBLOOMosity
Cake: Cakes by Geeta
Hair & Makeup: Dolled up by Lu Lu
Decor: Dress My Day, M Wedding and Events
Video: Style Video
Stationery: Pinkpolka
Photobooth: Ready Set Booth

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Behind the scenes!! Follow me on instagram @haleyshandrophoto for more behind the scenes action as it happens!

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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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