darcy & nicole – wedding at nipika mountain resort, bc

darcy and nicole were married in the fall of 2014 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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jim & marina – wedding at earl grey lodge, panorama, bc

it never ceases to amaze me how the fall just flies by… this year the busy time extended all the way through into winter and before i knew it… it was 2015.

i still have so many amazing moments and memories to share on the blog and i really appreciate all of my clients for sharing their lives and their precious families, friends and events with me. there are over twenty sessions that i am about to blog… so 2015 will begin with a celebration of the final sessions i had in 2014.

to begin… jim and marina were married back at the end of september. they had an intimate ceremony up at earl grey lodge on an absolutely beautiful fall afternoon. standing up with these two were their children, coming together now to create a huge and amazing family. i loved seeing how close these siblings were and how much fun everyone seemed to be having together. i found jim and marina looking on with eyes brimming with love and that pride you see when a parent’s heart is nearly bursting… it was a pleasure being in the company of everyone.

i stayed just long enough to capture the ceremony, some formals with the family and a few beautiful portraits overlooking the mountains with jim and marina. they were married by the now infamous andy stuart-hill in one of his last ceremonies of his career. it really was a perfect day. thank you for sharing it with me jim and marina and i know you are loving life as husband and wife. enjoy!

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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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