stephen & claudia – wedding at riverside park in canmore, ab

riverside park is a stunning green space located on the east side of the bow river in canmore and served as the perfect setting for stephen and claudia’s fall wedding. it’s a lovely little spot surrounded by the mountains and kissed by the afternoon sun. The outdoor ceremony was timed just right, illuminating the bride and groom from over the peaks and setting just after the final kiss.

stephen and claudia traveled out from their home in calgary for our engagement session earlier this year and we captured some beautiful photos for them around the columbia valley. they are a sweet pair… a balance between stephen’s calm demeanour and claudia’s flair and fire.

on the day of the wedding i had the chance to meet claudia’s extended family including her two sisters who had traveled in from afar. claudia was getting ready at the grand rockies resort and had loved ones coming and going, cousins and nieces and aunties and uncles… it was so much fun. when i popped over to see stephen he was getting ready with his gents at his parents home, who have recently made canmore a more permanent residence after enjoying it for years as a vacation home. it was really amazing to see how close these two are with their families. both parents looked on with so much love and pride as stephen and claudia shared their vows and committed their dreams and lives to one another.

claudia’s dress was spectacular… she wore it beautifully and was absolutely glowing all day long. when i was photographing her dress and details, claudia asked me if i would take some shots of her ring with her beloved chanel no. 5… so we had some fun with the mirrored glass in the hotel foyer. since stephen has spent so much time in canmore growing up, he knew of the perfect spots for our newly wed shots and we took advantage of the gorgeous mountain views, long grassy fields and our beautiful bride and groom.

the reception was a huge party hosted by the iron goat pub and grill. it was my first visit to this impressive and popular spot and i loved it. the front doors were one of the main attractions… claudia absolutely loves doors and photographs them during her travels anywhere in the world. the doors to iron goat look like the front end of a freight train… the detail is gorgeous and made for a perfect backdrop. we stole stephen and claudia away part way through the evening to capture a few photos of them in the entryway.

stephen and claudia… it has been such a pleasure getting to know the two of you. thank you for entrusting me with this honour…

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john & jennifer – wedding at earl grey lodge, panorama, bc

john and jennifer were married this fall at the beautiful earl grey lodge in panorama, bc. it was a destination wedding close to home for these two as they own a gorgeous log house overlooking grey wolf golf course just a few minutes up the road. the outdoor ceremony was lovely on this beautiful afternoon and earl grey was a fabulous location for this intimate celebration.

we enjoyed a rustic engagement session earlier this year on a beautiful acreage overlooking lake windermere. we wanted to be sure to take advantage of the invermere area for that session and it turned out to be lots of fun.

it was a casual and memorable wedding full of love and warmth. john’s two daughters were so lovely and helpful… it was really nice to see the head table filled with family as jennifer’s parents joined john, jennifer and the two girls.

the fall colours were in full effect all around the house and we make certain to capture some of the vibrant yellows of the tamaracks and golden larches that panorama and the columbia valley are so known for this time of year.

for the newly wed photos we headed out to the golf course for a few spots overlooking mount nelson and the various mountain ranges and then headed up the road to the house as it’s one of john’s favourite places and these two spend lots of time out in the columbia valley… john played a major role in the design of this dream home and we wanted to make sure it was in some of the photos.

john and jennifer, it was such a pleasure capturing your special day. enjoy the photos and i look forward to seeing you around the valley since you are almost permanent weekend residents !

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jason & stefanie – wedding at the stolen church in windermere, bc

jason and stefanie decided to get married in the stolen church in windermere, bc this fall. their choice of venue was so lovely… i have only shot a few weddings over the years at this beautiful old building and i really enjoyed getting out there again for this couples celebration.

it was a destination wedding with family and friends traveling out to the columbia valley for the ceremony. we had an absolutely beautiful day with gorgeous weather… the kind of day that you wish for on your wedding. there were little helpers to open the doors of the church and carry in huge balloons for the bride and groom to send off after the ceremony. there were cute flower girls in adorable dresses and a lot of love, laughter and tears. it was a magical day for a wonderful couple.

stefanie’s parents have a place out in radium, so these two are out this way quite often. we got together for their engagement session earlier this year and enjoyed getting to know one another up near lake lillian. during their engagement shoot jason and stefanie were a little shy around the camera… so on the wedding day i made sure to keep their focus on one another, a perfect solution that resulted in just the right kind of magic.

radium golf course is a special place for them and served as a beautiful venue for the reception. the details for the party were amazing… i loved the cake and the decorations. stefanie’s skills as a designer were in full swing and it showed… everything was perfect.

there were cupcakes and lace, burlap and little glass jars of jam… kicking horse coffee and the local talents of oso simple and ensemble for live entertainment. it was a casually elegant evening with a great vibe.

one of my favourite parts of this day was when we managed to steal away in some golf carts to jason and stefanie’s favourite view from the golf course… a spectacular lookout that spans the entire valley. it was truly breathtaking and i’m so glad we were able to get out there for that shot.

congratulations jason and stef! i wish you a beautiful marriage surrounded by love and happiness.

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galen & jamie – engagement shoot in invermere, bc

galen and jamie are playful, funny and gorgeous… when we got together for their engagement session a couple of months ago i knew it would be a good time. jamie mentioned a set of ‘ridiculous red flannel onsies’ for the final photos… giving me a pretty good idea of what these two are about. i was right… they are easy going, hilarious and ready for pretty much anything…

we headed out to a beautiful private acreage off westside road for a rustic and mountainous setting. these two love the woodsy feel while keeping it pretty and simple. their destination wedding will be next august up at panorama resort and this theme carries through the wedding plans as well.

when we chatted about their wedding, galen and jamie said that they wanted the day to be about the beauty of the location, the laughter and the emotions of the day… i think we captured something right along those lines for the engagement session. i loved the plaid shirts, galen’s cowboy boots and of course the infamous onsies. not everybody can pull off this look and i have to say these two did it well. when we finished up the session they both decided they were so comfortable they’d be keeping them on for the rest of the evening.

galen and jamie… thanks for making me laugh, for romping through the long grass and thanks jamie’s mom for your help! it was great to have you along as support!

see you next summer… i’m so excited for your celebration.

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ryan & penny wedding at strands restaurant in invermere, bc

ryan and penny celebrated an intimate wedding with their closest friends and family on the beautiful grounds of strands restaurant this past august.

it was a sweet day for this couple and i really enjoyed capturing their ceremony and some newly wed shots of the two of them around the valley. they have adorable twins, jaxson and haylee, who did a great job holding out for mom and dad to finish the ceremony before they got to snuggle up again. they also have a son named deaglan, who was looking so handsome all dressed up to for his important role in the bridal party.

it was also a really special day for penny because her dad was able to attend. although he wasn’t able to walk her down the aisle, it was so wonderful that he could be there to watch as these two celebrated their love under the beautiful summer sky of the columbia valley. it was an honour for me to photograph this day and to help tell a part of this family’s story.

when we got out into the long grass, surrounded by the amazing mountains of invermere… penny and ryan’s playful personalities came to life. these two are absolute naturals in front of my camera and i had a great time with them. With infectious smiles and eyes that light up when they are together… it was easy and joyful spending a couple of hours with these two.

ryan and penny… i wish you and your beautiful family the very best!

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