stephen & claudia – engagement shoot in invermere, bc

stephen and claudia love the mountains and will be celebrating their wedding on September 6th at riverside park in canmore, alberta. i was amazed to hear that this couple have had things go one way and then completely change course with regards to their wedding plans… but once they had chosen canmore the ease that surrounded each decision and choice for their wedding came naturally. they planned the wedding in three days.

when claudia contacted me about capturing their wedding day, she told me her date and i had to laugh, it was one of the last wedding dates i had left open for the year and i had just taken note of that a day before. i love it when the universe lines things up for us so that we get to cruise on through and enjoy the experiences.

photographing stephen and claudia for their engagement session in the columbia valley last month was exactly that… fun, full of ease and two lovely people (with their super cute little dog glory) who have fun together. i loved being around these two and i’m really excited about the photos that we captured for them. it was a gorgeous evening for it and both stephen and claudia looked great. apparently they both have a little experience in front of the camera…

stephen has an interest in cars so i lucked out when i asked if they’d like to check out an old rusty truck that was parked in a field near our first location. it worked out perfectly for the photos. claudia has a natural talent for floating around through the long grass and being in the moment with stephen. it was really sweet to see them together.

thanks again for a great engagement shoot you two and i am so excited to come to canmore and capture you wedding this fall!

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dan & michelle wedding at copper point resort, invermere, bc

dan and michelle are such an awesome couple… they are kind and compassionate and genuinely nice people… i’ve enjoyed getting to know both of them. when i called dan to find out where the guys were on the copper point golf course the morning of the wedding, dan told me how excited he was for me to be there. it was really sweet to hear that… he was excited to have the day captured… and it showed from morning until night.

michelle was getting ready at fusion spa in the copper point resort when i met up with her. she was in the company of her mom and her best girls… and the first thing i noticed was that all the bride’s maids had on these cute colorful little kimono style robes. michelle looked gorgeous as usual and things were coming together perfectly with hair and make-up.

as the ceremony approached, i visited the guys room as well as the girls and watched as moments unfolded before my eyes. there was a special gift from michelle to dan and then one arrived from dan to michelle. she could barely read the card as she was brimming with emotion. i love how expressive these two are. one of my favourite moments of dan and michelle’s wedding was when they were announced husband and wife. the joy is so evident in both of their faces as they walked down the isle hand in hand… it was a magical moment.

with a huge bridal party, dan and michelle had lots of help throughout the day. this group was full friends as well as siblings and relatives… dan’s three sisters and a cousin were in the party as were michelle’s two brothers. it’s really amazing to see families that are so close. dan and michelle are not only connected with their families, but also have amazing friends. dan’s best man sam is also an incredibly close buddy. michelle has the exact same thing, which i thought was really cool. she and matron of honour brittney are also two halves of the same whole. we took a few cute shots to illustrate how close this bride and groom are with their besties.

there were lots of great moments throughout the wedding day. thanks to brittney’s guy chad for the vip access to grizzly ridge where we got some amazing shots with the beautiful waterfall and pond as well as the cliff overlooking toby creek. the reception was a lot of fun… i could go on and on with the stories but will just say, the speeches were eloquent, touching and memorable… oh and the special appearance by dan and michelle’s sweet little dog harvey was perfect! He was a big part of the engagement photos and I loved seeing him again.

congratulations dan and michelle! i wish you an amazing honeymoon in tahiti and lots of adventures to follow…

 

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randy & stefanie wedding at copper point resort, invermere, bc

randy and stefanie were married on a beautiful summer day at copper point resort in invermere, bc. there really are so many amazing and memorable moments that took place on their wedding day… it was a challenge to choose which ones i might share on the blog.

they chose to celebrate this day with friends and family out in the columbia valley as it’s a spot that they both enjoy. we took advantage of the gorgeous fall colors last year for their engagement session… another stunning day.

i think one of the most touching parts of this day was the connection that i felt when stefanie’s dad rick looked over at her just before she stepped forward to stand at the alter with randy. it was a look that shared 10,000 words, moments and memories… how could you possibly describe what he might have been feeling? the first thought that comes to my mind is that he looked proud of the woman standing before him.

there were moments like that throughout the entire day… little glances and giggles between mother and daughter, between friends, between mother and son… and it reminded me just how fortunate i feel that i get to see all of these emotions up close. it’s my job to capture them and then to share these bits of a love story… these sparkly little hints of who these people are. what an honour.

the isle was decorated with beautiful rustic logs that stefanie’s dad had made and they were unique and lovely. there was also a close family friend who married the two and a special ceremony with sand, rocks and water to signify the capacity for love and support that randy and stefanie have in their relationship. and let’s not forget that there was one of the hugest motorhomes i have ever seen to carry the bridal party off into the mountains for some photos.

at the reception, maid of honour nicole sang a song that she wrote for stef and randy… it brought stefanie to tears and was so beautiful. congratulations on a perfect wedding to an amazing couple. i wish you so much love, happiness and joy together!

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anakin family portrait – windermere, bc

mary jean and doug are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this august and wanted to capture the special occasion with a family portrait. their two kids and families gathered in the columbia valley for an early celebration… coming from as far as new zealand and as close as just down the road.

we wanted to take the photos down at windermere beach overlooking lake windermere since it’s a special spot for the anakin clan. it’s such a gorgeous location overlooking the valley and the mountains across the water. when we arrived it was quite windy… incredibly windy in fact! everyone braved the bluster for some dramatic photos along the shore and then we took some cover behind one of the huge beautiful trees for some fun shots.

i had a great time capturing everyone… we played some games and ran all over the place to help keep warm. there were sweaters and jackets being thrown across the grass the moment before i snapped the shutter and lots of snuggling to keep cozy.

thanks for allowing me to help capture this amazing event mary jean and doug. and congratulations on your anniversary!

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jayce & casey – engagement session in invermere, bc

jayce and casey are getting married this september at eagle ranch resort in invermere. they spend a lot of time out here in the columbia valley enjoying time with family away from the city… so this destination location is the perfect fit for one of the biggest days in their lives.

for their engagement session i knew that there would be a sweet little furry one along for a few of the photos, so i picked a spot where gunner could run around a bit. a fair sized teenage german shepherd, gunner was full of spirit and nearly ran me right over with loving enthusiasm when i called him and stayed low in the grass to capture some photos of the sprint.

jayce and casey are so lovely… they have this energy of ease and joy that i liked being around. casey had her hair and make-up done by local artist brandy hamilton and it looked great. she’s a natural beauty… her smile and laughter were infectious.  jayce is also amazing… friendly and ready for anything i came up with. i loved capturing little moments of connection between these two. they were naturals in front of the camera, it felt like we were out for a casual stroll through the woods. a great way to spend an evening!

enjoy the photos jayce and casey, i look forward to the wedding this fall!

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