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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 imaging 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, 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 their children and them make a wonderful family together.

At the reception 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

Florals: Cory Christopher

Cake: Art of Cake

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Justin’s dad described Linda & Justin as ‘twitterpated’, and after spending time with them I think it’s a really accurate assessment.  Adorable would be another very appropriate term.  They planned a classically beautiful wedding at St. Joseph’s Basilica and the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton. It was a perfect fall day for these two. They met at the University of Alberta when paired together for a school project, and the rest is history! It was awesome to celebrate with them and see their two families join together.  Congratulations Linda & Justin!

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Linda & Justin envisioned something unique for their decor- a mix of all the elements.  It was my first time seeing frozen centerpieces!

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A rare occasion – Michael and I shot this wedding together! Here is some behind the scenes (including evidence that I’m a workaholic, I pitched in to put some final touches on the table decor).

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Sherri & Ken have a classic elegance about them. Their wedding had the same feel. Nothing was rushed, everything was planned perfectly. Every detail of their wedding was beautiful, and I adore Sherri’s off-the-shoulder dress. They had a beautiful fall day for their wedding, and we had lots of time for photos. And do they ever know how to throw a good party! Ken is a doctor, and Sherri is a nurse, and they have a close group of friends and colleagues that partied the night away with them at the reception. It was a perfect day from start to finish. Congratulations Sherri & Ken!

Hair & Makeup: Stylebar by Sonia Sajnani
Ceremony: Timms Centre for the Arts
Reception: Edmonton Country Club
Stationery: Ginger Creative
Florals: Flowers on 50th
Dress: Pure Bridal
Suit: Moore’s
Photobooth: Ready Set Booth

Thanks to Sam for being an awesome second shooter as usual!

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Behind the scenes!  I first met Sherri when she was a bridesmaid for Poonam & Deepak’s wedding a few years ago, it was great to see them again!


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We love it when Ready, Set, Booth is there at the receptions – the guests have an awesome time, and with the open air style you can fit a lot of people in at once!

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We had some pretty amazing light at the golf course for a few minutes so of course we had to take photos of each other…

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As I sit snuggled in my office on this rainy Friday afternoon I’m reminiscing about beautiful warm summer days and all the weddings we’ve been able to photograph this year. As our season draws to a close I feel truly grateful to have my dream job and for all of the families and couples that we have worked with.

Here is what Michael had to say about Keegan & Curtis’ wedding:

Keegan and Curtis’ wedding was a beautiful affair on the cusp of fall. The ceremony was held in the Old Timer’s Cabin and afterwards we went right out behind to get some pictures in the ravine.

They are friends with the owners of El Cortez. After we finished a shot of coconut tequila (which is delicious by the way), we used the space to take some seriously cool portraits. Their reception and dance were held at the Mirage Banquet Hall.

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Behind the scenes with Ken & Michael:

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I take joy out of many things in life, a big one being travel, and another big one being the opportunity to shoot somewhere other than my own back yard.  Canmore is one of my favourite places in the world, somewhere that I can relax and recharge. The air smells different, and the hours can melt away. I have wonderful memories with some of my favourite people there. If the real estate market weren’t so crazy down there, I’m pretty sure I’d have another home away from home!

Our calendars aligned for me to shoot Sarah & Matt’s engagement photos in Canmore and I was waiting for it all summer.  With dalmatian Kooper along for the trip, we went on a little adventure to find a secluded waterfall, and enjoyed some unseasonably warm weather (it’s really good all the snow had melted in time!).  These two love Kooper a ridiculous amount, and he’s one of the best behaved dogs I’ve ever worked with.

Now, Sarah told me that she wants me to blog every single photo from their session because she loves them all, but I don’t want to make all my other couples jealous, so here’s a taste of our lovely afternoon together.

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I first met Vanessa at her sister Angela’s wedding a couple of years ago and I loved her immediately. She is bubbly, over the top, happy, and adorable.  When she emailed me about her own wedding I was thrilled!  Cody was best man for Angela & Jeff, so it was a pretty easy meeting – they both already knew what it’s like to work with me (ie how totally crazy….I mean artistically inspired….I can be).

Vanessa & Cody met through Angela & Jeff. One of my favourite jokes during the reception was that Jeff and Cody were such good friends that they even found a legal way to become brothers!

I want to say a special thank you to Vanessa’s parents Sett & Carla – it’s been such a pleasure to work with your family twice. You are both so full of love for those around you and it’s been wonderful to share your joy on your daughters’ wedding days.  Sett – your poem to Vanessa had me in tears. Carla – you made my day the second I walked through your door in the morning and said “Oh good, our favourite photographer is here!” I’m looking forward to many family shoots to come!

And to Vanessa & Cody….you made my job so easy.  Cody – I admire how dedicated you were to making sure your guests were happy and enjoying themselves on the wedding day and that everything ran on time.  And Vanessa – it’s been a blast. We were meant to be!

Ceremony: Knox Metropolitan Church
Reception: Royal Glenora Club
Hair: Revive Hair Salon
Makeup: Pretty Lady Makeup Artistry
Florist: Best Buds
Dress: Bridal Debut
Groom’s Suit: Derks
Decor: Elegant Earth Decor

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Congratulations to Angela & Ryan who are expecting their first child!

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Behind the scenes! Sam is an honourary bridesmaid (he even totally on purpose wore the wedding colour…), and Cody and I got up close and personal…

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Before I start this post I want to first extend our heartfelt condolences to Rupinder’s family and extended family on the recently loss of her grandmother. We had the pleasure of meeting her during the wedding festivities and know she will be very missed.


We have known Rupinder for years. Most of our early encounters with her were on the dance floor! She was always dancing at the weddings. She is absolutely stunning and so incredibly friendly and we hoped that one day we would be lucky enough to shoot her wedding. Rupinder is one of those girls that knows everyone, and those who know her love her.  She is truly kind-hearted and selfless.

We are absolutely honoured that we were able to be witnesses to the year of her celebrations with Jatinder. We haven’t gotten to spend quite as much time with him but he is a perfect match for Pins, the kind of guy who will do anything for anyone.  Throughout the wedding he wanted to be mindful of anything anyone else needed.  And he’s also a great partner for her on the dance floor!!

Rupinder has faced more than her fair share of tragedy, and I was particularly moved by the speech that she gave at her reception. In the face of adversity, including losing some very close family members, she commented that she was loved, and blessed. That despite the losses and challenges, she was surrounded by the love of her friends and family and especially Jatinder, and that made her feel lucky.  To have such a positive outlook on life is incredibly inspirational.  And I feel lucky that we are able to call these two wonderful people friends.

OK, on to the wedding! The week long celebration took place in Sherwood Park, Edmonton, and Calgary and even though we don’t shoot together anymore, both Michael and I got to both photograph portions of it!  I got to road trip to Calgary twice in one week =) Thanks to our second shooter Bruce for being there through it all.

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The custom mandap by Jewels and Rays in Rupinder’s home was like nothing that we had ever seen before. It made a perfect backdrop for the events in the home.

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An extra special behind the scenes – we had 5 past couples at this wedding (mostly the ladies!), and one that I’ll be shooting next summer!

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And here we are hard at work:

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Kristine is vibrant and determined, Sean is a little more quiet.  After many years together, their dream wedding came together at the Art Gallery of Alberta.  After two engagement sessions together I was really looking forward to photographing these two – they are easy going, and happy to follow my suggestions for where to go for photos (including traipsing through some super tall grass bustling with mosquitoes!).  Their small bridal party (just maid of honour Erin and best man Ian) were so fantastic, and we had a relaxed day.

Congratulations Kristine & Sean!

– Haley

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So…apparently Sean never actually proposed.  I have to say this was a first, witnessing a marriage proposal AFTER the wedding!

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There were some technical difficulties with the cake, the Art Gallery staff did an awesome job in helping make sure Kristine & Sean still had a beautiful cake to cut. Talk about going the extra mile!

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Big thanks to Bruce & Jesse for all their hard work!  Jesse proved some special talents by photographing while the maid of honour sat on him…and luckily Bruce knows how to pin boutonnieres!

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Short and sweet. That is how I would describe Aatifa. Kind and fun. That’s Irfaan. They make a wonderful couple. So easy-going, they weren’t a bit nervous on their wedding day. They know they are meant for each-other and they just went for the flow. It was great to see family and friends that we knew from other weddings. Congratulations Aatifa & Irfaan!

The Nikkah was in the gorgeous Edmonton Belle Rive Jamatkhana. The geometric architecture is stunning!

– Michael


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Irfaan’s pithi ceremony was a chance for his friends to dump an absolutely foul concoction on him as the women in the family begged them not to, extolling what a nice guy he is and that he doesn’t deserve it. Here are the ingredients. You can only imagine how it smelled in the hot community hall!

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Michael found a creative use for his earplugs at Irfaan’s pithi! Behind the scenes with Michael & Melissa:

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I don’t think there were too many points of Deepti & Alex’s wedding day that one of them wasn’t laughing/smiling/giggling/joking.  These two are super laid back (my ideal couple!) and just wanted to have a blast at their wedding.

Deepti went through wedding planning not only long distance (they live in Vancouver) but also in the middle of school and exams so I have to give her credit for everything running so smoothly!  Both Deepti’s and Alex’s parents were so delightful. Alex’s family is from Bosnia, and it was wonderful to see these two families and cultures merge together.

– Haley

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Most of the ceremony was conducted with Alex & Deepti separated by a curtain. It was a bit of a challenge photographically (especially with so many people up on the mandap!) but it was really cool to watch their faces, and the anticipation, when they finally got a chance to see each other.

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Thankfully Sam has long arms and could fit us all in for a selfie!

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