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