Some of you may have been wondering where we’ve been! The blog has been quiet for a little while. We’re not quite done with weddings for the year, but we had the chance to take an amazing trip recently to New York. I’ll save that blog post for some cold winter’s day… Â We’re back hard at work now and I have some fantastic weddings to share with you. (On another note, our little baby is giving me kicks as I’m writing this blog post – if you needed a reason to smile today, that should be a good one!)
We’ll start with Chelsea & Alistair. Â Chelsea is a very detail-oriented bride and wanted her day to be a fairy-tale. Â In the end, her wedding was just that. A wonderful, magical day with fantastic weather, and all of the details came together perfectly. Â She had a number of unique touches during the day that I’ll talk about as we go.
Chelsea was a relaxed bride, even though she put an amazing amount of work into planning and coordinating the wedding. She was totally calm all day and managed to look completely elegant, even in the midst of getting ready. Â I’m a huge fan of her birdcage veil!
So here’s a little insight into how we work: I narrow down the photos from all the weddings that we shoot, even the ones that Michael does with a second shooter when I have another wedding of my own. Â When I was going through Chelsea & Alistair’s wedding, I started with our second shooter Christy’s photos (Michael hadn’t seen them yet), which started with the guys getting ready. Â I was so thrilled when I got to the next series of photos, that I posted on her Facebook at 11pm the night of the wedding. This is what I wrote: “Ummmm…garage sale? Michael Jackson? Yes. That’s going on the blog.” Â Christy said that she had to drag them away so they wouldn’t be late for the wedding.
And yes, they actually bought those items! Talk about a unique wedding favour…
The ceremony at the McKay Avenue School was even more special for Chelsea since her mom used to work there. Â It was a beautiful location that suited her style perfectly.
The beautiful flowers were created by La Piazza Dasee.
Fitting with the vintage theme of the wedding, the reception was at the Blatchford Hangar at Fort Edmonton Park, and they had a chance to do photos there before the reception.
This photo is awesome, and I love the thought of all of the guests who rode by in the trolley and watched Michael take it. Â I mean, he must have looked ridiculous – he had his back to the bridal party, taking the photo in the opposite direction. Â So for any of the guests wondering what on earth he was doing, this is it (Michael just told me that he thinks taking the picture in the reflection was Chelsea’s idea).
Images like this make me love Michael’s talent even more. He’s pretty awesome.
Remember those unique touches? Â Here’s a really cool one. Â Chelsea had one glass for every guest, and it was their responsibility to make sure they kept it throughout the night. Â It went a long way to saving on wasted water in washing, and wasted drinks that people might leave on tables.
So cool – Chelsea and Alistair were piped in to the reception (and also up and down the aisle at their ceremony!)
Congratulations Chelsea & Alistair! Your wedding was absolutely beautiful.