Laura & Todd -engaged! {Calgary wedding photographer}

Laura wanted a garden and I knew the perfect one. I like to call this garden the Secret Garden, not because it’s secret but because I only just found out about it a couple years ago. Apparently, I’m a late starter to this whole gorgeous inner city garden thing. But wow. This is truly something special and I love being in it, surrounded by such beauty. The light of summer is changing and it’s bittersweet. The golden glow of fall is spectacular but it’s also short lived. I love summer and every year in May I look at my calendar and take a deep breath and know that I will be sitting here on the last weekend in August lamenting about how much I love summer. I blinked. Oh but it has been fun. So much fun. Enjoy the garden!

Jenn & Elise -married! {Calgary same-sex wedding photographer}

You know the saying “you had me at hello”….. well, I totally experienced that meeting Jenn and Elise and hearing these beautiful words: “there will be TWO wedding dresses Sarah. And two sets of beautiful shoes. TWO brides Sarah. How awesome will that be?!” Um, yes. Please. Keep talking! It was actually quite some time ago that we first met and over that time I feel like I’ve gotten to know these two incredible girls quite well. To say that I’ve enjoyed working with them is quite the understatement. To say that they’re clients wouldn’t be correct. These girls have become my friends. The entire process has been wonderful and I feel lucky to have captured their love and their wedding day. So let’s talk about two wedding dresses, two sets of shoes, necklaces, mom/daughter moments, girlie chats and all that. What a whirlwind, and was I sweating! Oh yes, I love looking for the perfect place, the most special surface and of course, the most perfect place required balancing precariously on a rolling chair to get the dress hanging perfectly. We schemed about their first glance too and I was thrilled with the balloon idea. The ceremony was held on the beautiful patio of Valley Ridge Golf Course under the most perfect blue sky. My favourite detail is a tie between the cookies at the ceremony (ok I have to stop and talk about the cookies. They’re probably the best cookies I’ve ever tasted and I want some right now actually) and the Jones Soda inspired pop bottles, painstakingly made by the girls with a photo of each and EVERY guest. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a ‘moment’ kinda girl. I look for moments, sometimes I help them along (I’m sneaky like that), but for the most part I strive for authentic. And you can’t get any more authentic than letting two people who love each other more than anything in the world, just be. I am speaking specifically about the AMAZING sunset session we did, where I set them free and just them be themselves. Photographer heaven right there. Between the kisses and cuddles, there was also some robot dancing, because let’s be honest, no one can be serious for that long. I truly, 100%, loved every single second. I hope you do too.

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Sharon & Kevin -married! {Cochrane Ranche House Wedding photographer}

Just as I sat down to write this post, the words to “it’s a small world” started swirling their annoying little verses around my head. Not a fun lyrical version, more like the disneyland ride.  Ok, I know, I know, now the song is probably trapped inside your head too. Let’s move on. The reason for this is that upon my arrival to photograph the “boys” getting ready, I realized I knew one of the um, “boys”, well girl. To my absolute delight, I had played college soccer with Kevin’s groomslady. It was culminated by an overly excessive hello as my brain tried to process if and how I knew her and once we figured it out, it was indeed a small small world. The Cochrane Ranche House is a favourite location of mine, not only for weddings but also for engagement and family sessions. It has everything, right in a 10 minute vicinity. I can’t say enough about how much I love shooting there and how much fun I had with Sharon, Kevin and their amazing bridal party. We decided to trek to the end of the park in some pretty hot weather and I have some serious kudos for everyone for being so upbeat and into it. I really liked our little journey. The Ranche House has done some renovations this season and they are very much a wonderful addition. I adore the ceremony space and the new seating. And of course the grand reception room is breathtaking. So SO much fun to shoot all the incredible details. I could tell that there were immeasurable hours spent putting it all together.

Sarah & Dan -married! {Azuridge, Priddis wedding photographer}

In our many email conversations, Sarah described herself and Dan as playful, kids-at-heart kind of people. So it didn’t really surprise me that they chose a venue with a random Velociraptor and brought along their very own light sabers. Azuridge is every photographer’s dream. I swear when I booked their wedding I squealed a little bit: just a little because I was all by myself. Everywhere you look, both inside and out, is an incredible shot just waiting to be taken. The day started out beautifully with perfect weather and we got the outdoor ceremony we were desperate for. I loved the long walk that Sarah took with her dad, and the way he grabbed her hand to comfort her as she was overcome with happy emotion. Tons of hand squeezing and kleenex grabbing. Oh, I was a happy camper, er, photographer. Halfway through creatives, right beside the Raptor actually, we were treated to the most ominous sounding horn (cue Jurassic park theme song) which I quickly learned meant an impending electrical storm. Thankfully, Azuridge also comes with overhangs and beautiful spots to hide from the rain, and I was lucky enough to have my wonderful Blair holding an umbrella over my head. I did a lot of praying to the weather gods asking to avoid being struck by lightening. The great thing about a torrential downpour is that it’s usually fast moving and it ended perfectly just as we went out for a sunset session. I adored being able to steal Sarah and Dan for a few minutes again when it was dark to create some epic shots with the lightsabers. I have to say, OCF (off camera flash) is not part of my usual repertoire but it harkens back to my days attending The Alberta College of Art and Design, majoring in Photography. I loved that it made my head hurt a bit getting the settings right. I loved that it challenged me and I love the results. I hope you enjoy this day in pictures as much as I did.

Michelle & Dustin -engaged! {Calgary, Canmore wedding photographer}

I really love finding the best location to fit the wants and desires of my couples. I try really hard to ask the right questions and really zone in on what they’re looking for. As soon as Michelle said they liked live music and obscure pubs mixed with a bit of vintage charm I knew Inglewood was the place for us. Being that they’re from Edmonton, they put a lot of trust in me as well. It made me feel so great to hear that I 100% nailed it. Yeah! This session was really just about a walk through a really fantastic neighborhood. I had done some initial scouting but really just let the vibe and the night take over. We even got heckled by lawn bowlers. Yes. Lawn bowlers. How cool is that?! We spent the entire evening laughing and I could have put together SO many groupings of photos just of the laughter. Michelle and Dustin love each other, it’s evident in the way that they can entertain themselves without anything to entertain with. It was so much fun seeing them relax and get into the session and by the end, I felt like we have been friends forever. I get asked if I encounter bridezillas and I truly can say I have not. I think the reason is that whatever you put out there, you get back. I strive to be easy going and light hearted and have found that I am attracting some pretty incredible couples who I want to be friends with. Perhaps a little leaving gift with “will you be my friend?” after the weddings are finished is in order! The light was dreamy and so is this couple!

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