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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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I had so many couples this year opt for a winter engagement session! We had great luck with the weather, and I love how adventurous Linda & Justin were – they had no hesitation to get down in the snow together!

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I have a confession to make.

I missed a blog post. There, I said it! One of my qualities that I am most proud of is my organizational skills. So to miss a post feels…weird! I have a perfectly good explanation though, the shoot that I am sharing with you today was up for publication in a few different places just after it was shot (and has since been shared all over the place!) so I couldn’t post until we heard about the publication.

Here are a few of the places this fun country shoot has been published:

Amy Atlas
Wedding Obsession
Bridal Fantasy Magazine
The Tres Chic
Special Event Rentals

And…I’m sharing it with you now! I’m not a vintage/rustic/country girl, but my dear friend Stacey from JoyFoley Weddings pushed me out of my comfort zone a little bit and allowed me to stretch my creative muscles with this stylized shoot. We had SO much fun and wrapped everything up with a team dinner.

I’m so happy with these images, and it makes me feel so warm to share this Rustic Country Wedding Inspiration Shoot with you today.

Shoot Location: Tofield, Alberta, Canada
Shoot Design & Planning: JoyFoley Weddings & Styling
Photography: Shandro Photo
Flowers: Cory Christopher
Hair Styling: Sara Murphy
Makeup: BeautifulU Makeup Artistry
Stationery: JoyFoley Weddings & Styling
Dresses: Delica Bridal
Rentals: Special Event Rentals
Model: Shelagh Paton & Evalea Foley
Cakes: Whimsical Cake Studio
Sweets: Yamma’s Kitchen

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Remember Kristine & Sean’s warm fall engagement session?  They love photos so much that they wanted to do more, this time in the winter! For their winter engagement photos their dog Raidyn joined them again, and we headed out to the frozen tundra (AKA rural Alberta). I love my adventurous couples, and especially the ones who don’t think I’m crazy for climbing on top of random things to take photos.  I can’t wait for their wedding this August!

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Just wow.

We just spent the most amazing week in Las Vegas, and we already can’t wait to go back next year.  WPPI is the largest photography convention in the world, with around 15000 photographers descending on Vegas for some intensive learning, partying, networking, and general geeking out at the trade show.  And WE GOT TO TEACH!!

We were two of about 175 speakers at this year’s convention and it was a HUGE honour to be asked to speak.

Our topic was Business Therapy: Fundamentals of a Health Wedding Photography Business.  We wanted to especially thank everyone who signed up for our Master Class and came to hear us talk, it was wonderful to see so many eager faces staring back at us!  Now that we’ve been doing this for 8 years, we are really developing an itch to help new photographers and share some of the things we have learned along the way.

A few highlights from the trip:

1) The people: we had such a great time connecting with old and new friends in Vegas including one of my favourite people, Matt Ebenezer, from Australia.  He’s an amazing photographer and teacher.  With so many talented people in one place we had some amazing chats with some amazing people! We did make it to a couple of classes, but most of our best learning and interaction took place in between, just by sitting down and striking up conversations with complete strangers.

2) Our sponsor Finao Albums had one of MY albums as a display sample (Adrienne & Kevin’s wedding)! Even better, the second shooter who shot that wedding with me, Sam, was with us in Vegas so we got to take a photo together with it!  It was really cool to see our work in print with thousands of photographers flipping through it.  HUGE THANKS to Finao for not only sponsoring our talk but also giving us some great prizes to give away.

3) The food.  I’m salivating just thinking about all the amazing restaurants we got to sample (Michael Mina, Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, Emeril etc).

4) And of course, the parties. But you know…what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas….

A quick thank you to our other sponsor Lavalu, and a few fab companies who gave us some giveaways for our talk: Albumdraft, Tave, Sticky Albums, and AlbumFlow.


We’re the weird photographers who didn’t bring a camera to the photography convention but here are some iPhone snaps from our trip.  We can’t wait to go back next year!

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I first met Sherri when she was a bridesmaid for Poonam & Deepak about 3 years ago. I was so happy to meet with her and Ken now that it’s their turn to walk down the aisle! Mother Nature gave us a beautiful warm sunset for their winter engagement photos.  They’re both so much fun, and I’m moderately obsessed with Sherri’s gorgeous eyes.  I can’t wait for their fall wedding!

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I (Haley) started my 2014 wedding season with a beautiful intimate wedding at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Edmonton.  It’s always inspiring to shoot in a new location, and this beautiful old church gave me a lot of warm nooks and crannies to work with. I hadn’t met Jenny & Jordan prior to the wedding, but we had such a great time and I wish them all the best in their new life together!  I also welcomed a new second shooter (Kelsey) to our team and I’m excited to have her on board with us this year.

Usually Michael does most of our retouching, but all of the photos in this post were edited by me – I’ve been cultivating a fascination with Photoshop recently and picking up a few new tricks!

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When Alex told me about her New Year’s Eve wedding (on her fiance’s family farm near Trochu) I told her I was in, as long as it wasn’t an outdoor ceremony.  <pause> Then she told me it was an outdoor ceremony.  I’m not going to lie, I was a little terrified I’d end up frozen in a snowbank, or that our cameras would freeze and stop working. But, it was actually fantastic, and the wintry ceremony was picturesque.  Alex, Devin and their whole bridal party were amazing and didn’t complain one bit about the cold.

Alex and I first met in Vegas, and we’ve had some amazing times together since then.  She can go from country to city with the change of an outfit, and loves celebrities as much as her farm animals. Devin is hard working, and will do anything for anyone. Both sweet, and a perfect match.  I loved visiting their farm last summer for their engagement photos, and it was really cool to see it transformed in the winter.

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This gorgeous laneway is right outside Alex & Devin’s house. Simply stunning.

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As an aside – here’s how bundled up Michael and I were for the wedding!

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As Alex’s dad said in his speech “Alex has been running dogs since she was knee high to a husky” so it was only fitting that she made her grand entrance on dogsled.

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Happy New Year everyone!!  We can’t wait to share more fabulous weddings with you in 2014!


I’ve been sitting here for a few minutes trying to figure out what to write.  It’s hard to express just how special this wedding was for us, and how wonderful Julia & Richard are. I first met Julia at a class for new wedding planners, and after going to a preview of ‘Bridesmaids’ together we became fast friends.  Julia is one of the most positive and compassionate people I’ve ever met. And she and Richard are such a warm and loving couple.  I was thrilled when Richard asked me to help him propose to Julia last year (he’s quiet, but incredibly romantic), and it’s been such a fun experience to help Julia plan her wedding (with the hashtag #juliasweddingfeaturingrichard) and finally to see them tie the knot at the end of October.  Big shout out to all the groomsmen who were SUPER fun to hang out with!

I could go on and on, but I’ll let the photos do the talking!  The girls all got ready at my house, and I’ll admit it was kind of strange after the wedding to cull through images from my own house (and my own face!).  Michael did a fantastic job on these photos, especially with the added pressure of Julia being a wedding planner (Once Upon Your Day), and his A-type wife being a bridesmaid.

Ceremony: St. Vital Church
Reception: Red Tail Landing
Day of Coordination: A Modern Proposal
Dress: Lillen Collection from Delica Bridal
Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo from Delica Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen: Derks
Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Chivers
Florals: faBLOOMosity
Stationery: Pink Polka
Decor: Dress My Day and Sitting Pretty Events (and DIY by Julia)
Cake: Style Cakes

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LOVE LOVE LOVE Richard’s face when he saw Julia coming down the aisle.

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Our second shooter Christina caught me…I was a little emotional during the ceremony!

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Alex (on the left – one of Julia’s maids of honour) is next up to get married! We will be braving the cold on New Year’s Eve out on a farm for Alex & Devin’s wedding.

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We can’t forget Charlie, who even got his own boutonniere! He was a big part of the proposal so he had to be there for some of the wedding photos.

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WOW.  I got to watch Janine from faBLOOMosity create Julia’s bouquet and it was a fantastic experience. She is so creative, and there are so many unique and interesting flowers and plants in this bouquet. Stunning.


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I had to get in on the action a little bit.  When I showed this photo to a friend, the response was “Haha you would”.  Of course I did. I couldn’t help myself. (iphone photo by Michael)

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Congratulations Julia & Richard!  Your wedding was a dream, and we feel so lucky to be a part of your life.  Have a fantastic New York honeymoon!!!


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Tricia loves photos and loved working with Michael so much for her wedding that she wanted to have another shoot in her dress!  Derek is an awesome husband and obliged for another photo shoot.  I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of these two in the future!

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