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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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I met Nadia and Ian at Nadine and Vijay’s wedding last summer, and Haley had photographed Nadia at Kathy & Jack’s wedding 2 years ago (they met at a birthday dinner for Kathy!). What a great couple! Their wedding ceremony was in the gorgeous All Saints Anglican Cathedral in downtown Edmonton. They and the bridal party joked around a lot during the portraits. Their best man was so courteous. He kept on checking to see if Melissa and I had everything that we needed all day. It was all around a great experience.

We went to the new Blvd Kitchen & Bar for photos between the ceremony and reception. It’s always fun to shoot somewhere new!

Congratulations Nadia and Ian!

– Michael

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Behind the scenes with Michael & Melissa!

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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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Luckily we had a dog handler/bug spray applier on hand!

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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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From the first meeting that I had with Kristyn and Joel I knew that their wedding would be a great time. They were naturally chilled out sitting on the couch in our studio and we hit it off immediatly. Their wedding ceremony was a chance for family to gather under the big tree on a hot and sunny day at the beautiful Devonian Gardens 

Kristyn and Joel’s reception was a fun filled event. Much of the family had come from out of town. I experienced my first bun tossing. The family started a tradition last year at Joel’s sister’s wedding whereby they throw buns at each-other. I have to admit, it was pretty fun. I got a couple of buns thrown at me and even got a sneak-attack in at one of the guests at my table.

Thank you to me second shooter Tessa, I had a great day working with you in the sweltering sun. And a special thank you to Kim who assisted us on the day.

– Michael

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Angela & Ryan are just plain awesome.  They’re both classy and sophisticated, but certainly know how to have a good time. Their bridal party is like a close-knit family, and from the sounds of it can be found at Angela & Ryan’s on any given weekend watching football.  We started off the day with a small traditional Chinese tea ceremony at Angela & Ryan’s home. The team at Elegant Touches helped them to put on a beautiful ceremony and reception at the Matrix Hotel downtown.  The bride’s friend Amy did ALL the girls’ hair and makeup (they looked amazing!), and florals are by Laurel’s.

 

I’m going to open up a little bit here – there was a portion of the wedding that I was dreading.  Angela’s mom passed away last spring, and they scheduled some time during the day to visit her grave.  I completely understand why, and I think it’s a fantastic way to incorporate Angela’s mom into the wedding, but I was worried about how I would handle it, having lost my own father almost 5 years ago.  I tried to keep it together, after all this moment was about Angela and her mom, and not about me and my dad. In the end I just let the tears pour down my face as I was shooting.  They’re welling up now as I’m writing this.  Grief over the loss of a parent is something that has connected me to a few of my clients and friends, and I feel absolutely honoured to have been a part of the ceremony with Angela’s mom.  Going to the cemetery was important, and I hope our photos will serve as a reminder of how much Angela’s mom was missed, loved, and thought of on their wedding day.  Very special thanks to Angela & Ryan for their understanding (and hugs) as I struggled a little bit at that moment, and to Sam for helping me along the way.

 

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The groomsmen and MC’s wrote and performed an incredible rendition of Iggy Azalea’s Fancy dedicated to Ryan and Angela (mostly making fun of Ryan though).  We’re NOT videographers, but Sam recorded the whole thing and you can see it here (seriously impressive guys!)

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Behind the scenes! Wall squats!

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Allison & Brandon had a small wedding surrounded by those closest to them. We always feel so honoured when couples choose to hire us for smaller weddings. We know the amount of time, energy, money, and organization that goes into any wedding, and when couples choose to have an intimate wedding and really value photography, we always appreciate it so much.  No matter the size of the wedding, photography is important!  They had a beautiful ceremony at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, and headed to the river valley with Michael for photos.  I love Allison’s beautiful lace dress, perfect for a hot summer wedding!

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What a day! While Michael was with Tifanie and her beautiful bridesmaids getting ready, Melissa’s morning was full of laughs. The guys at this wedding are off-the-hook hilarious! The morning games had some of the craziest challenges we’ve seen yet.   Hanson and his groomsmen got very up close and personal with each other…

The ceremony at McDougall United Church was very heartfelt, and the reception at Sutton Place Hotel had some crazy dance moves! Tifanie and Hanson are a wonderful couple and their family made Michael and Melissa feel so welcome for the day. Congratulations!

The gorgeous Nina helped Tifanie get glam for the wedding.

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Hanson’s father used to own Kam Wah BBQ. They wanted to surprise his parents with a picture at the restaurant.

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Behind the scenes with Michael & Melissa!

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Roxy is a memorable bride for me for many reasons.

– They got married on their 5th anniversary of being together

– She first emailed me two full years before her wedding

– She has an amazingly warm and bubbly personality

– I got my first ever cop-pulled-me-over speeding ticket on my way to book her, and was subsequently late. I cried. (SUPER embarrassing).

 

Roxy & Jonathan’s wedding was the official kick-off to my crazy summer wedding season, and it couldn’t have been better. They welcomed Sam and I into their wedding like family, and we had a blast together.  Their ceremony was filled with genuine laughter and tears – it was really awesome to hear their love story shine through.

We had the unique opportunity to shoot in her amazing florist’s studio (faBLOOMosity) in the Mercer building downtown, and ran into a random with a cool motorcycle just outside.  Sometimes planning out photos works, sometimes the best ones are the ones you just stumble upon!  And sometimes…you just have to run out into traffic to get what you want.

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This was Roxy’s dream – she had seen a photo for inspiration, and really wanted to capture their first kiss with all their friends and family looking on. Since I’m practically a midget, all credit goes to Sam for stepping up (literally) and nailing this one for Roxy & Jonathan!

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And just for fun here’s a little behind the scenes fun from our day:

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