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Dolly and Mike were married in Hawaii just before I shot their reception at Woodvale Community Hall on the Millwoods Golf Course. We know Dolly from other weddings that we have shot, and I was honoured to be able to shoot her reception. Because they traveled for their wedding, Dolly and Mike had a travel theme for their reception with unique handmade centrepieces on each table representing different destinations around the world.

Dolly and Mike met in Zumba. They are both instructors. It was incredible seeing the passion that Dolly and Mike have for each other physically expressed through their dancing. The dancing at the reception was phenomenal as many of their family and friends share their love for dance.

– Michael

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You’ve seen a few posts about Shaira & Aly on the blog.  From their engagement last year, to a fall portrait session, and now finally their wedding, I’ve loved spending time with these two and their families.

I know they say that opposites attract, but when it comes to our couples I think the opposite is true – the couples we work with seem to have the same fun and quirky personalities as us, which usually makes for a pretty entertaining wedding day. Shaira & Aly currently live in Toronto, but if Shaira has anything to do with it they’ll eventually move back to her hometown of Edmonton.

Reception: Derrick Golf & Winter Club
Cake: Triple L Cakes
Decor: Infinite Event Services
Chair Covers & Sashes: CJ Chair Covers
DJ: Divinity Productions

I started the week with Shaira’s mehndi.

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After a few more events it was on to the wedding day! Christy and the guys prepped in west Edmonton, and then Aly came to pick up Shaira from her parents home.

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We headed to the U of A for a few photos before the ceremony.

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The Muslim wedding ceremony involves signing a marriage contract, the recitation of the Nikah, and the placement of rings on the couples fingers by the officiants.

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After the ceremony, Shaira & Aly had a quick clothing change, and went on to the reception at the Derrick.  Check out their unique favour idea – they were a hot commodity at the wedding!

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A few games kicked off the reception – the coins that Shaira collects represents fertility (I’m sure her mom won’t mind a few grandkids!), and her brother Rahim was the proud recipient of a custom bobble-head doll among some other gifts.

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The Derrick presented an amazing patio buffet for the reception.

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Divinity Productions got the party started!

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Congratulations Shaira & Aly!  We need to have another photo shoot in a few months or I’m going to into withdrawl.  Thanks to Christy for shooting with me and a few of the photos in this post.

Shelby & John’s wedding took place on a beautiful summer day, which was good because they had an outdoor ceremony. In Edmonton that’s always a risk since the weather is so unpredictable, but we were lucky enough to have a beautiful warm sunny day for them. Not that I don’t love wedding photography in the rain…but…

If you’re a fan of our Facebook page (and if not, why aren’t you yet?) you will have seen a sneak peek of this beautiful wedding, and now here is the whole story for you.

Florals: The Wild Orchid
Hair: Shelby’s sister
Makeup: Sephora
Ceremony: Rutherford House
Reception: Continental Treat

Shelby & John opted for a first look at the Mettera hotel on Whyte Ave, where Shelby got ready.

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Shelby gifted John this beautiful Gibson guitar as a wedding present. I can’t show you a few of the photos that Bruce took of John with his guitar.  Let’s just say he has a sense of humour. Shelby & John met in high school but didn’t start dating until they connected in University, when Shelby saw John playing guitar with his band.

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Shelby’s bouquet incorporated beading from John’s great grandmother’s wedding – they share a wedding anniversary as his great grandparents were married exactly 100 years earlier!

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A quick stop for ice cream on Whyte Ave.

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These little cousins are SO adorable.  Cute outfits!

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The intimate ceremony was followed by a fun reception at Continental Treat restaurant on Whyte Ave.  We used to live right across the street but never went in. It always looked good, so I was glad to have a chance to try it out!  The atmosphere the whole night felt like a fun cocktail party.

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The beautiful centerpieces and bouquets were designed by the Wild Orchid.

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Thanks to Bruce for running outside to grab this shot!

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Congratulations Shelby & John! Your wedding was beautiful, and I enjoyed being a part of it.

I’ve been hanging on to this gorgeous wedding for a while, and now that it’s been published by Blush Magazine I can share it with you! (Watch out, this is a big post!)

Christine knew exactly what she wanted for her dream wedding at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald and with the help of Michelle from Behind the Scenes Events, everything came together for her and Dan this past November.  Amazing details like Christine’s custom brooch bouquet and high heel centerpieces created an elegant and creative atmosphere. The Wedgewood Room at the Hotel Macdonald was the perfect backdrop for both the ceremony and reception. Check out their feature on the Blush Magazine Blog to read more about their wedding planning!

Wedding Planner: Behind the Scenes
Gown: The Bridal House
Tuxedo: The Tuxedo House
Jeweller: Tacori
Stationery: Evergreen Stationers
Cake: Cake Affair
Florals: Flowers By Merle
Rentals: Special Event Rentals
Make-up: Merle Norman
Hair: Glamour Secrets
Music: Ceremony – Terry McDade, Reception – Majestic Music
Favours: Cake Pop Junkie

Christine’s beautiful Alfred Angelo gown is a true princess dress – it was inspired by Sleeping Beauty!


Michelle prepped Dan for his first glimpse of Christine prior to the ceremony.

Manisha & Raman’s wedding celebrations happened all over Alberta!  Celebrations happened in Calgary and Edmonton throughout the week.  Manisha looked amazing at every event, and Raman had plenty of opportunity to showcase his dance skills. Thanks to Bruce and Carmen for making the road trip for this wedding to shoot with Michael!

Makeup (reception): Sonia Sajnani
Videographer: Vigor Media

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Omar & Anum were married in Pakistan, but they had a wedding reception in Edmonton to celebrate with their friends and family.  And neighbours!  We happen to live next door to Omar’s parents, and have been happy to work with their family in the past for Meshal & Sara’s wedding.

I adored Anum from the first time I met her. Her enthusiasm for photography and style is contagious, and while specific in the type of photos she wanted from her wedding, she was very receptive to our ideas and was an amazing model for us. We also share a passion for TV shows but that’s a whole other story… She and Omar make a wonderful couple.

Anum & Omar were introduced through cousins/friends. Anum studied law in Pakistan, and Omar studied engineering here in Edmonton. Their guests came from India, USA, Holland, and Pakistan – a very international crowd!

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We were so happy to receive a last minute phone call from Marnie shortly before her wedding.  She had a very good idea of what she wanted for her wedding, and we were happy to work with her to achieve it.  We started with a photo shoot a week before the wedding to avoid stress on the wedding day and give plenty of time for photos.

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Aren’t these the cutest little bridesmaids ever?

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The following week Marnie & Dallas made their vows in front of family and friends at the Garrison in a beautiful evening ceremony.

They had a special MC: Paula Simons from the Edmonton Journal!

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We’ve known Meshal for a few years now, he lives just down the street, and his aunt and uncle are our neighbours.  Needless to say he was well aware that we are wedding photographers when he got engaged to Sara!  We helped them celebrate a small ceremony and reception at the Mirage Banquet Hall in Edmonton.

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Meshal’s parents are in India, so the whole event was shared over the web so that they could be a part of it.

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Michael traveled to Vancouver and back for Varinder & Andeep’s wedding and reception.  A few ceremonies led up to the big day. Special thanks to Gurm Sohal from Vancouver for second shooting for Michael during the events there!

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Jetlag got the best of this young man – he had traveled all the way from England for the wedding.

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Andeep’s engagement ring is uniquely beautiful.

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Varinder’s nickname is Honey. Andeep wore in on her wedding chura.

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Andeep was stunning on her big day.

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Gurm spent the morning with Varinder.

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Varinder enjoyed the games at the door where his family helped welcome Andeep.

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The reception at Mirage Banquet Hall in Edmonton was pulled together by a fantastic team! Planner: Weddings By Priya. Cake: Whimsical Cake Studio. Dance Performance: 3rd Street Beat.

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Some of Andeep’s friends from Vancouver surprised her by coming to the reception in Edmonton.

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Congratulations Varinder and Andeep!!

A few months ago, the amazing Jenelle from PinkPolka Wedding Design contacted us to take some photos of the stationary she designed for a wedding. We were delighted to capture her incredible work, and would recommend her to any couple looking for stunning custom invitations, place cards and more for their wedding. The wedding was styled by Jennifer Bergman Weddings, and looked incredible, flowers were by La Piazza Dasee.

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