kevin & carissa – engagement at fish creek park, calgary, ab

kevin and carissa are getting married this spring at panorama mountain village. they both grew up near fish creek park in calgary and both of their families vacationed in the columbia valley. it’s a special spot not only for kevin and carissa, but for their loved ones as well.

avid golfers, these two found it easy to fall for greywolf golf course up at panorama and knew it was the perfect area to celebrate their wedding. they actually met while working at prides greens golf and country club near calgary. for the engagement session we decided to head back to their childhood neighbourhood and visit a spot that is very special for them both. now living up in edmonton, it was nice to have the opportunity to explore just a bit of their roots at a park in southwest calgary.

it was a beautiful fall day at fish creek park as we meandered along the pathways and fence lines. i had never been to this area but fell in love with it immediately. i loved the diversity of the landscape and enjoyed seeing kevin and carissa welcome the chance to experience the park in a whole new way.

kevin and carissa are both very busy… their work schedules keep them constantly on the go. of course, they do manage to carve out a nice quiet friday evening with a movie, pizza and great wine. they also love to travel and of course golf together. it sounds like these two have had more than a few adventures in their time together and i can only guess that they will keep on coming.

i am really excited for this wedding… both kevin and carissa are very family oriented and are so excited to share their day with the people they love. i expect it will be a great party full of laughter, good memories and a few rounds of golf.

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ron & kyla – wedding in invermere, bc

ron and kyla are an amazing and sweet couple… they are two people who absolutely, positively radiate with love for one another. their connection makes it so easy to photograph these two, it’s always such a pleasure.

their fall wedding was my last of 2014… on a private acreage that overlooks lake windermere, just off westside road outside of invermere. it’s a location that i adore, especially in the fall. as luck would have it, the day was perfect and the sun was shining for the ceremony.

kyla looked so beautifully luminous as she was escorted down the isle by her parents. ron looked so handsome as he stood there waiting for his bride. as she came around the corner he was brought to tears. as soon as they made eye contact kyla welled up too. it was so touching to see these two in that moment. i was deeply moved and found myself tearing up again as i looked back through these photos today.

we captured some beautiful wedding portraits for ron and kyla in some very special spots… there were great views of the lake from a variety of locations and we managed to get a few at sinclair canyon before heading back to windermere for the reception.

the dancing, laughter and tears kept rolling as the night went on. it was a joyful and memorable way to end my 2014 wedding season. thank you ron and kyla for sharing your love and allowing me to witness this day for you. i wish you all the best!!


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jayce & casey – wedding at eagle ranch resort, invermere bc

jayce and casey had a beautiful fall wedding this past october at eagle ranch resort in invermere. it was a lovely day for their celebration… refreshing in the morning and perfect by the time the ceremony started. as it was a destination wedding with local connections, i visited casey and her girls at her parents vacation home in windermere where they were busy getting ready. the guys had a room nearby at copper point resort, so we popped back into town to find them suiting up just in time for some photos. everyone looked handsome and jayce was all smiles. by the time i got back to see casey she was ready to get into her dress… she was absolutely aglow and radiating like only a bride can.

there was ample entertainment for the wedding guests as the flower girl and ring bearer made their way down the aisle… nothing quite so sweet as two little ones all dressed up for a special day. there was a potted tree ceremony that the mothers came up the gazebo to participate in, followed by jayce and casey. i really like the idea of acknowledging something like a sapling or a tree on the day of a wedding… knowing that the energy and intentions of the day are being infused into it’s roots and branches, and that the tree will grow as a reminder and a symbol of that precious connection.

after the ceremony we took some family formals, which meant that jayce and casey’s dog gunner couldn’t be forgotten. he was just as excited and full of beans as he was at the engagement session but managed to sit still for a few photos with his mom and dad.

for the newly wed photos we started off at lake enid, a local spot not too far from invermere. the fall colours were reflecting on the still water and it was absolutely stunning. the temperature was feeling a bit cool near the water so the girls huddled together under a blanket until the last minute while the gentlemen sipped their drinks and seemed impervious to the cold. we captured some beautiful photos of jayce and casey on the dock from across the lake that look almost painterly… i love how quiet everything gets in the fall.

the reception was held back at eagle ranch and everything looked amazing. the cake was gorgeous and the ambiance was so joyful… everyone was laughing and enjoying themselves… the speeches were sweet and the dancing was lively. it was a great end to a memorable day.

congratulations jayce and casey… i wish you all the best in the future!

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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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darcy & nicole – wedding at nipika mountain resort, bc

darcy and nicole were married in the fall at nipika mountain resort. they were so excited about the wedding there and knew it was a perfect fit for their day. when i arrived i found the main cabin absolutely abuzz with activity as hair and make-up were in progress everywhere i turned. there were lots of additional people there to enjoy the day and nicole was right in the middle of it… radiant as usual with that amazing smile on her face that i remembered from our engagement session.

darcy was much the same… beaming with excitement. when i arrived he remembered to shower and shave and then had two supportive groomsmen help sort out the suspenders. (not always as simple as they might seem.) the gents were spread out over a few cabins around the meadow where the ceremony was to be held. i just loved the way these two set up the site… the mountainous backdrop was exceptionally beautiful that day and the burlap aisle mingled with the flower petals hanging behind them were gorgeous.

this was a special day not only for darcy, nicole and their loved ones, but also for andy stuart-hill, their justice of the peace. andy has married more than half of the couples that i’ve photographed in this valley and i know that he has made a huge impression on hundreds of new marriages over his ten years as a marriage commissioner. this was his very last ceremony and it was perfectly lovely as usual. it was an honour to photograph it!

after the kiss we took some time for everyone to mingle and celebrate and then spent some time with the bridal party out along the river. lyle and steve were awesome as usual as they carted us around in the trucks and we visited the best spots. the party lasted long into the night as that sweet little barn rocked with laughter and stories of these two over their lives. there were rustic custom made flower boxes that darcy had made and a wedding cake constructed from wheels of cheese. the shots tasted like wedding cake and the dancing made everyone cry. it was a memorable day with a fabulous couple.

thank you darcy and nicole… i loved spending this time with you and i wish you a beautiful life together!

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