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Black & White Imagery – Calgary Wedding Photographer

In case you didn’t know, I really love black and white images. I believe that some photographs are just supposed to be black and white – the absence of color gives them something. Sometimes that certain “something” is meaning, or focus, or detail. Sometimes it’s just about simplicity, black and white images can help draw your eyes to what’s most important.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the last 4 months… about where I want to take my business, what aesthetic fits my style and my direction the best, etcetera etcetera. One aspect I found myself questioning was my black and white edits. There are so many decisions we make as business owners, and our editing choices are some of the most important ones. I reached out to friends, family and past clients, and found a lot of encouragement to pursue the new b&w look. I believe it has a more fine art feel to it, it shows detail better than before, and I love the timelessness to it. I am excited to share all of the other changes I am making to my business, and will be announcing it all come June! But for now, it’s been a while since I shared a blog post, and I wanted to share this change with you! I had a lot of fun (yes, fun, I actually enjoy editing for the most part) working on these new black and white images from the last few years, and it feels good to be back on the blog too!

I would love to hear your thoughts! Happy Spring everyone! Here’s to the season of new life and new beginnings.

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Brittany & Kiel’s Lake House Wedding – Calgary Wedding Photographer

I really love what I do. I love meeting couples like Britt & Kiel and photographing their beautiful wedding days. I get to experience some of their best moments with their favourite people in the world, all together in one place. And the aesthetic beauty of the day – the gowns, the accessories, the flowers, that’s just the cherry on top. These two were a perfect example of a work romance gone right – and years after their first date, they tied the knot in a romantic ceremony at The Lake House. Kiel & Brit read their sweet vows to one another, shed a few tears, and then had the biggest smiles on their faces as they walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. I’m so happy for you two, and cannot wait to deliver the final product! Cheers to a wonderful life together!

Venue: The Lake House
Florist: Rhosyn Floral
Second Shooter: Melissa of Madison Paige Photography
Cake: The Lake House
Hair: Lisa Marie Racz
Makeup: Beauty by Jenah
Wedding Gown: Essense of Australia from Novia Mia
Decor/Rentals: Gathered Table Supply
Linens: Bella Linens
DJ: Pez Productions

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Lauren & Kelby – River Cafe Wedding – Calgary Wedding Photographer

Happy 2017, friends! I have such big plans & dreams for the year ahead – you’ll be seeing some changes around here over the next few months! The site will be getting a makeover, and I’m working on blending my current style with a slightly more “fine art” feel. And while I’ll be travelling a few times this year for work, I’m hoping that 2018 will be my year for more destination weddings. Anyways… I’m getting ahead of myself! I’m so excited to share my first wedding of the year with you all – Lauren & Kelby’s winter wedding at the River Cafe. This day was 10 years in the making – can you even believe that? These two were middle school sweethearts, and 10 years after their first date, they said I Do in front of their closest friends and family. Another fun fact, they planned this beautiful day in only 8 weeks. It came together so beautifully, you would never know they had a short timeline to work with. Thank you, L & K for choosing me to photograph such a special day – I loved hearing about your journey together, and it was a pleasure to capture your stunning, intimate wedding day.

Hair & Makeup: The Pretty Haus
Gown: Mikaella from Ethos Bridal 
Venue: River Cafe
Florals: Amborella 

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Rachel & Scott – Calgary Golf and Country Club Wedding – Calgary Wedding Photographer

A year ago, Rachel & Scott planned a beautiful engagement session on the lake where Scott popped the question – complete with a canoe, tulle skirt, and cute bicycles. It was a dream come true, unlike any session I’ve ever captured. I knew if their engagement session was that fantastic, their wedding would be even more amazing. With the help of Claudette Marie Events, the couple planned a stunning day with so many pretty details and sweet moments. Rachel is a bride after my own heart, her wedding day look was so natural and classic, and she’s just as lovely on the inside. I loved hearing more about her and Scott’s love story, they started as friends, but that bond quickly grew into more… and after just a few hours with the couple, you can easily understand why. The fun-loving pair ended the day (or at least their time with me… they went back into the venue to party!) with a beauuuutiful sparkler exit – and their smiles were so genuine, it’s easy to see why their friends and family see them as a perfect match. The weather threatened us all day, and although we did have to pull out the umbrellas a few times, we ended up being so lucky, we couldn’t even believe it. Rachel and Scott, thank you for choosing me to be your photographer. From your engagement session to your beautiful wedding day, it’s all been such a pleasure.

Wedding planner: Claudette Marie Events
Venue: Calgary Golf and Country Club
Second Shooter: Chelsey of Garand Photography
Dress: Allure from The Bridal Center
Hair & Makeup: The Pretty Haus 
Florals: Sweet Pea Floral Design
Videographer: Parfait Productions
Rentals: Chair Flair 
DJ: Pez Productions

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Stephanie & Mike’s Backyard Estate Wedding – Calgary Wedding Photographer

I woke up a few Saturdays ago and immediately looked outside. Rain… no, it couldn’t be raining. This was the one wedding that it just couldn’t rain on. Stephanie & Mike, with the help of their amazing planner Teal, had planned a perfect outdoor affair for their wedding day, and we had all been crossing our fingers for a sunny day. As I approached the property, I saw Lyn of Flower Artistry, setting up the jaw-dropping backdrop for the ceremony. “Lyn!” I said, running to give her a wet hug, “It’s going to stop raining! I know it will!”

And it did. Just as the ceremony was scheduled to start, the umbrellas disappeared, and so did the raindrops. Stephanie & Mike were able to say their vows outside amongst their closest family and friends, just as they imagined. The couple exchanged the sweetest words with one another, and one of my favourite moments was when they went down the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife with their two children. That was what the day was about. No amount of rain could take those special moments away from them… although it sure tried throughout the day!

We were blessed with good weather for a few hours, and I was so thrilled to be able to photograph their formals as I normally would. Later on, the reception space reveal took all of our breaths away. Stephanie & Teal handpicked some of Calgary’s best vendors to come together and bring the dream to life. It really was one of the most stunning reception spaces I have ever seen, and a total photographer’s dream. The night continued with more special moments, such as Mike dancing with Ella, their daughter, as Stephanie looked on emotionally. Then there was their gorgeous twilight first dance below the strings of bulb lights. No day is perfect, there are always a few bumps along the way… but at the end of the day, I hope all of my couples look at their images with joy, remembering the best parts. The moments that made their day special, and the reason they embarked on this journey in the first place. Congratulations, Stephanie and Mike, thank you for trusting me to photograph your dream worthy day.

Styling/planning: Teal of The Well Styled Life
Florist: Lyn of Flower Artistry
Bride’s hair and makeup: The Studio by Jai Basi
Stationary: The Social Page
Dress: Pearl and Dot
Coordination: Reflections Weddings
Rentals & Other Vendors: Cellar Door Vintage Rentals, Orange Frog Productions, Stardust, Celebration Creation, Special Events Rentals, and Gathered Table Supply

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