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!

Jessica & Dustin -engaged! {Calgary, Okotoks wedding photographer}

It’s pretty satisfying as a photographer to fantasize about certain shots that could be possible during say, a shoot with a Harley Davidson motorcycle and have them actually come into fruition. I remember talking to Jessica and Dustin about their mutual love for said motorcycle and getting really excited about the possibilities. It was pretty darn awesome to have the absolute perfect night for their engagement session, the perfect road, the perfect bike and of course, the perfect couple. I really loved how proud Dustin is of his motorcycle and I loved his enthusiasm when he asked me to shoot the ring on his ‘demon bell’. I know absolutely nothing about bikes and quickly said “yes! of course!”…. followed by…. “what’s a demon bell?”. Turns out, it is the PERFECT (yes there’s a theme) place to put a ring!! I seriously have the best clients. I really do. You’ll see the aforementioned bell and I think you’ll agree. For those that don’t know, it’s a bell- gifted by someone- to ward off evil spirits. Can’t wait for their November wedding!

Lauren & Adam -married! {Canmore, Silvertip wedding photographer}

It was like something out of a movie. In fact, I’m sure it’s the storyline to several romantic comedies. Girl travels to best friend’s cabin for a summer weekend. Girl and friends head to local bar for a fun night. Guy spies Girl across the crowded room. Girl spies Guy across the crowded room. Flirtations from a distance ensue. Best Friend gets fed up, pulls Girl and Guy together and implores them to dance. And dance they did. If this was indeed a romantic comedy, there would be more hilarious adventures, perhaps a hiccup or two, but inevitably, our two heroes end up together and live happily ever after. Which is exactly what happened in the case of Lauren and Adam. A filmmakers dream, rather, a photographer’s dream. I shoot at Silvertip and in Canmore a lot and was determined this season to seek out some new fun spots for the creatives. I was especially excited when Lauren and Adam loved my new choices too- albeit for the burrs we encountered at one site- oi!!! Fun fact, burrs really do their job well. And that one job is sticking to things. ugh. Anyways, I loved the mix of romance and laughter and well, beer. Beer is always a good choice and a great way to end a photography session. The ceremony was held at the gazebo site on the Silvertip grounds and wonderfully officiated by Rick Kunelius. Any officiant that gets a couple and their audience laughing is AWESOME in my books. Something that seems to be repeating itself is this beautiful little moment where the dad looks at his daughter as he’s walking her up the aisle. It’s as if he’s taking a moment and jetting back 20something years to the first time he held her as a baby. It must be a surreal moment. It’s a moment that I love seeing again and again. The reception was held in the grand pavilion framed by the beautiful stone fireplace and curated by the lovely Callandra of Postcard Weddings. Speeches (oh the speeches!) and dancing capped off a really, really wonderful day. Oh and doughnuts. Doughnuts were eaten. No. They were devoured. Doughnuts were a very, very good idea. Congrats to Lauren and Adam! Enjoy!

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