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Camp Chief Hector, at the entrance to the Rocky Mountains – Where better for a wedding that fused traditional and trendy styles with a nerdy overtone?

Paige and Daniel have known each other for ages. Seeing them together was fantastic, they make a great couple!

Paige got ready at Camp Chief Hector, in the Forest House. Daniel was off in Canmore with the boys. We had enough time to take some photos in the tipis!

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Most of you should recognize this tattoo – if you don’t, it’s Navi, from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The accent colours of her raspberry and cyan dreads went perfectly!

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It’s important to never focus too closely on anything while you’re photographing. While I was doing bridal party portraits, I looked up to see this shot while Paige waited on the balcony.

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My favorite bridal party portrait is of the ringbearer, Tankerbell. She’s a French Bulldog, and the most amazingly well behaved dog I’ve ever met!

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Coming back, we found out the boys had turned up unexpectedly between us and the forest house, so I ran in and dragged them off to make sure nothing was unexpectedly spoiled!

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Ceremony time! It was held in the Hector Lodge.

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Additionally, it was a sand ceremony. It didn’t go well…

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After corralling their large extended family for formals, it was off into the woods! We followed a trail that leads over marshes and boardwalks, under McConnell Ridge (Yates Mountain).

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Who doesn’t like wedding party photos in a meadow?

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The largest lake in Camp Chief Hector is Chilver Lake. Though it was a long walk, Paige insisted that we get some photos on the dock, and I was very happy to oblige!

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It started raining as we headed back in, but that never needs to be a downer.

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Especially if you commit to being cheesy!

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The reception was super fun. There was even a magician!

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The reception was also held in the Hector Lodge. Each table had something nerdy for its centerpiece – Lots of WoW, as well as random others including Bender from Futurama, Edward Scissorhands, Captain Picard, and this duet:

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The speeches were something else, too. Truly touching and heartfelt from both the parents of bride and groom, as well as insanely funny!

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The cake cutting was fabulous, too. A small ceremonial cake topped the stand, which was loaded with cute paw print cupcakes! The cake topper is perfect for them, depicting their three fur babies.

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The first dance was wonderful, as well as the mother-son and father-daughter dances.

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Of course, how could you get married at the YMCA’s Camp without doing the YMCA?

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One of the cooler parts was when Paige’s brother Wade did some fire spinning. I got way too close, because I simply couldn’t resist.

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Paige and Daniel’s wedding at Camp Chief Hector was loads of fun for everyone there. I’m so happy and thankful that they chose me to be their photographer!

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This one’s fairly short. Roberta and John realized fairly quickly that they were meant to be together. Both parishioners at Christ Church in Elbow Park, there was no debate about where the wedding should be!

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A very special part about this wedding is that this was a third wedding for both of them. Why would that be special? Well, it has to be to go through all this again!

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There ended up being 3 flower girls with a gorgeous rainbow of colours. There were supposed to be 5, but the other two were a bit too young to make it all the way down the aisle!

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Did I mention that the flowers were on point?

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The ceremony was very lighthearted, and everyone had a smile on their face by the time the kiss rolled around.

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The main doors of the church were closed for renovation, but they still made a lovely exit out of the loggia.

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A quick dash off to the side to have some cute time with older people!

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The reception was a whole lot of fun. With their combined families, children and grandchildren, it was surprisingly large! There were lovely tributes from their kids:

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…and cheeky ones from their grandkids!

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There was no doubt that everyone enjoyed the day immensely.

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I was very happy to spend a lovely afternoon with Roberta and John on their wedding day!

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Melissa and Brendan have known each other for most of their lives, so it’s fantastic to see them finally tying the knot!

I’ve known Brendan since grade 3, and I was honoured when they asked me to photograph their wedding. It was extremely special, as Brendan’s father had died the previous summer, and Brendan and Melissa had moved into his beautifully landscaped house. The backyard had a koi pond as well as a large stone area which was perfect for the ceremony.

Melissa and Brendan were both ready go to by the time I got there. 15 minutes before the ceremony, Melissa said “Is everyone here? Can we just go now?”

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I loved the detail on her dress!

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All the while, this loveable cat was wandering around looking stylish as all heck with his kitty sized bow tie!

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Brendan and his guys walked in around the house first, and then Melissa walked out from the bedroom. Fantastic first look!

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Brendan then walked Melissa the rest of the way in.

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The looks they gave each other during the wedding were seriously fabulous.

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The vows were fantastic, too!

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After the exchange of the rings…

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…They had a sand ceremony. I love the symbolism here, and they did such a good job of mixing their sand!

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“Ow! That’s really hard!”

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Just-Married High Fives!

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Melissa and Brendan made this archway for the wedding, and I thought it was a fantastic touch.

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Those familiar with Silver Springs will know the Birthplace Forest, and that’s where the wedding party headed for photos after. Just enough shade to keep us out of the baking August sun!

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Then we all went to Mac’s for some cool, sugary drinks. Have you ever seen that before?

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Overlooking Bowmont Park, they made such a cute couple!

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On to the reception, there were some fantastic personal touches. Brendan home brews beer, and made a special batch as wedding favours, as Melissa designed the labels!

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The anime cake topper was very them, as well.

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And, my personal favorite, the candy bar!

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Did someone say comfy converse for wedding shoes? Stylish, the right colour, and nobody needs to know!

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First dance, and it was so much fun!

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Another fantastic part of the wedding was that the band was the same band that Brendan’s father played in. Brendan took the stage with them for a set toward the end of the night.

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And it was a LOT of fun!

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This was a fun and excellent wedding, and one that I was happy and honoured to shoot!

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This beautiful winter wedding wasn’t supposed to be. The couple, of course, was meant to be – but this wedding takes place in May!

I arrived before anyone else in Inverness Square in McKenzie Towne to find it looking a bit different from when I’d visited it the previous week.

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Still, there was no turning back. The note on their fridge whiteboard said so.

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Everyone hurried to the gazebo for the wedding as it started snowing again!

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Luckily, most people had umbrellas. Watching Jessie and her baby being walked down by her dad was very unique!

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That’s right, a newborn baby.

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I absolutely love winter weddings, but I feel bad because this was absolutely not intended to be one!

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That didn’t put a damper on anyone’s spirits, however.

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I loved watching them read their vows, both handwritten and memorized.

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In a surprising twist, Jordan got down on his knee to put the wedding ring on!

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And their son loved it!

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Then, the snowy kiss.

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And a triumphant, if speedy, exit!

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Jessie and Jordan held a small reception in their home, with some beautiful decorations to light up the walls.

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Family members pitched in with cute baked goods. Heart cookies, anyone?

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Catering can be a big cost of a wedding. When trying to keep it small, there’s something that almost everyone will love. Pizza!

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As I’ve mentioned before, I think the first dance is incredibly romantic. Even in the kitchen of their home, Jessie and Jordan’s love positively glowed.

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This was a small wedding, but one that was truly built on love. I love how they tied so much of their wedding into the life they have built together, and I’m touched that they chose me to record their wedding day. Thank you!

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For me, winter is the most magical time of the year. That’s why, when Glenn contacted me about his upcoming wedding to Veronica in Lake Louise, I was ecstatic!

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This wedding was their legal wedding here in Canada, but in Albania, there was to be a bigger celebration that could involve more family – Hence the red dress!

Before the ceremony, we did a few fun group photos in the new wing of the Chateau Lake Louise.

The nearly-newly-weds…

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…guys…

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..and girls!

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The wedding itself was held in the Fairview room of the Chateau Lake Louise. Lots of people attended from overseas via Skype!

 

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Veronica and Glenn had very heartfelt vows, and I’m very sure everyone was touched.

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When the ceremony was over, there was a champagne toast, very fitting for the arches and chandeliers of the Chateau.

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Then we bundled up and went outside into the snow. This is undoubtedly my favorite part of a winter wedding in the mountains!

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Even though Mt. Victoria was socked in with clouds, Lake Louise is still very recognizable as a winter wonderland. I really love that Veronica wore an unconventional red wedding dress! As you can see with the above photo, white can get lost in the snow, but red? Not a chance!

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There’s no way the cold of this winter day could dampen anyone’s spirits.

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…Even though there were some blooper moments!

 

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The Chateau Lake Louise has multiple restaurants, and they know how to do good food! Everyone was seated around a single long table, and that gave me an idea for a group photo for all that attended.

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This was a gorgeous winter wedding, and I look forward to having more weddings in Lake Louise! It was a fantastic place and each and every one of us created treasured memories – I’m honoured to have been part of Victoria and Glenn’s big day.

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The setting for this wedding is my natural habitat, but definitely not for a bride. On this February Sunday, vehicles left plumes of exhaust and most people tried to avoid the -20° temperatures.

Anna and Darrell decided to not be most people.

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Let’s start at the beginning of the ceremony, when everyone was warm.

The ceremony was beautiful. Though they both got ready in different parts of the same condo building, the first look was when Anna came down the aisle.

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Her father walked her down, and the photo speaks for itself.

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It’s beautiful watching two people so obviously in love get married.

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I definitely teared up during the vows.

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Married, and loving it!

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In the limo, a surprising coincidence was waiting – Did the limo company know?

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I had recently added a unique lens to my bag, and decided to have some fun with the flare! The low winter sun really helped out with this one.

 

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During the ride, I thought it was a great time to take photos of Anna’s unique ring!

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Our first stop was overlooking downtown Calgary from Crescent heights. We borrowed the ‘Just Married’ sign from the limo. This was about the only time you could tell how truly frigid it was.

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Next up was Fish Creek Park. Many of you will be familiar with the Bow Valley Ranche – A fantastic location for wedding photos.

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Gas lamps light the road past the ranche, but in winter, the warm glow makes winter particularly cozy.

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One more look of hopeless love on the way to the reception.

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The reception itself was held in McKenzie Towne Hall. Anna and Darrell made quite the entrance!

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The reception was very well decorated…

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…And very well stocked!

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Dinner ended up being candlelit, and very romantic!

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Also, there were bubbles.

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I mention to most clients that I think the first dance is one of the two most romantic moments during the day.

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Of course, the father-daughter/mother-son dance is super touching.

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The cake cutting can be totally cute…

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…or it can get out of control!

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Speaking of out of control, this wedding put the party in wedding party!

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I love it when everyone gets into the bouquet and garter tosses.

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What can I say about this wedding? It was a huge, long party. I left at 1, and I don’t think it ended for quite some time. Everyone was happy, can you blame them?

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