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Priddis Greens Wedding: Sharon + Rini

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Priddis Greens Wedding: Sharon + Rini

This day... these people... it couldn't get any better.

I first met Sharon + Rini about a year ago, yet it feels like I've known them for years. They are so lovely to be around - genuine, kind, and always so full of joy.  Their wedding day was no exception.

On a sunny day in April at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club, Sharon + Rini committed to forever. Their personal vows felt more like love letters to one another - they were sweet, heartfelt and beautifully written. Following the ceremony and photos of their bridal party at the golf course, we popped over to Azuridge Hotel to take some of my favorite photos to date. Their reception included plenty of details that reflected them individually and as a couple, including a waffle bar, embarassing slideshows, and plenty of sweets (if you follow Sharon on instagram  - @truffleandsweet -  you'll know sweets are of upmost importance). Sharon + Rini had decided that sneaking away during their reception for some sunset photos was important to them - and while we didn't get the sunset we had hoped for, it was still nice being able to have that time to slow down and take everything in.

Sharon + Rini: you have no idea how incredibly honoured I feel to have been asked to be part of your day. I hope it was everything you dreamed, and can't wait to watch as you grow together in your marriage! 

Hairstylist: Angles Dalhouse (Linsey)
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Joelle
Invitations: Littlemepaperco
Floral: Chickweedcottage 
Cake: Sugarstoneyyc 
DJ: Revolution Entertainment 
Brides Dress: Mori Lee 
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom/Groomsmen Suits: Huey Lam 
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Priddis Greens Golf + Country Club
Wedding Favors: Ollia Macarons 
Jewellery: Joiedecristaux 
Center pieces décor: Mindtheminimal 
Wedding Sign: Lovebuiltyyc
Videographer: Hoyee Graham
Second Photographer: Laura Nadine Photography

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Devon Winter Wedding: Andrea + Jeremy

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Devon Winter Wedding: Andrea + Jeremy

It wasn't your typical white winter wedding, but it was beautiful all the same. 

Andrea and Jeremy said their I do's on November 12 and while we had prepared for snow, I don't think anyone expected that it was going to be rain that we had to deal with! Luckily, these two and their bridal party were all up for donning the umbrellas and heading out into the rain for their photos.

Andrea & Jeremy couldn't keep their eyes off each other, and giggled their way through their entire portrait session. It definitely made my job pretty easy! 

Andrea & Jeremy, thank you for asking me to be part of your beautiful day! I had such a blast hanging out with you and your bridal party and am so excited to share these images with you. I hope you two never stop looking at each the other the way you did on your wedding day.

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Osler Fall Wedding: Thomas + Terri Lynn

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Osler Fall Wedding: Thomas + Terri Lynn

It was a perfect fall day to witness a couple of friends commit to spending the rest of their lives together. Thomas + Terri Lynn chose to get married outside the Osler Mennnonite Church and were surrounded by their closest friends and family as they said "I do". 

I love how much they incorporated their personalities into the day. Thomas read Terri Lynn the most beautiful poem as she prepared to walk down the isle with her parents; instead of a bridal party, they had "flower people" - those that had impacted and touched their lives brought forward sunflowers and placed them in pots at the front of the ceremony space; and at the end of the night, they donned aprons served their guests dessert. However, one of the most impressive aspects of the day was that they grew most of their own food to serve their friends and family. I mean.. how awesome is that?? Thomas + Terri Lynn were so incredibly relaxed throughout the entire day - it made their wedding that much more enjoyable and it was honour to be part of it. 

Thomas + Terri Lynn, thank you for this beautiful opportunity to document your incredibly special day. I felt honoured and privileged and hope the photos do your love justice. 

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Intimate Backyard Wedding: Jessalyn + Dan

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Intimate Backyard Wedding: Jessalyn + Dan

When Jess wrote me to ask if I would be willing to photograph her and Dan's backyard wedding, I was thrilled. Jessalyn has been a good friend of mine since the third (yep, third) grade, and is one of the most loveliest women in my life. I could not have been happier when she told me she had found an equally genuine, kind and down to earth partner to spend her life with five years ago and could not contain my excitement for their September 3rd wedding.  

Their wedding day was absolute perfection. Jess and Dan's closest friends and family gathered at Jessalyn's childhood home to witness them proclaim their love and devotion to one another. They were married by their good friend as they stood underneath an apple tree and read aloud their vows they had written to one another. Afterwards, they opened their home to their extended family and friends to celebrate with them which included good wine, desserts baked by Jess in the weeks leading up to their wedding, a group art project, and board games.

Jessalyn and Dan, I could not have been more honoured to witness the two of you commit your life together. I hope you both know how truly lucky I feel to not only know you, but to call you friends as well. I wish the two of you the most beautiful marriage and cannot wait to journey through life together with you! Oh, and I apologize for all the squealing during our portrait session... you guys are just WAY too adorable.   

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River Cafe Wedding: Nicole + Scott

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River Cafe Wedding: Nicole + Scott

Nicole and Scott sure know how to throw a party. Coming all the way from Edmonton, these two chose to have their intimate wedding at the River Cafe in downtown Calgary. And I am so glad they did.

While the day started off with clear blue skies, the clouds began to build and unfortunately, by the time the ceremony had rolled around, the skies opened up to a short but heavy downpour of rain. Luckily, the venue worked hard and everything was moved inside at the very last minute. The ceremony was short and sweet, included a bourbon tasting and finished with a champagne toast.  

Thankfully, the rain let up in time for our outdoor portraits following the ceremony. Nicole and Scott had their engagement photos done at Prince's Island park last summer, so it was great getting to recreate some of the photos a year later. They had planned for some additional photos during golden hour, and while the weather might not have cooperated, the stormy skies made for some amazing moody photos during our second portrait session. 

The reception was a full blown family affair - a few years ago, Nicole's sister actually married Scott's brother. And so, with familiar faces reconnected, the celebration was in full swing - I don't think this party could have been more fun to watch. 

Nicole + Scott, it has been so great getting to know you both over the past year and a half. It was an absolute honour being part of your day - I hope it was everything you dreamed it would be. I wish you both all the best in your marriage and life together! 

Bridal Gown Designer: Truvelle
Bridal Gown Boutique: Delica Bridal
Groom/Groomsmen Suits: Derks Formal
Venue + Food: The River Cafe
DJ: Outright Entertainment
Ceremony Musician: Benjamin Longman
Favour Bags/Guestbook Stencil: Hoot Events Inc.
Videographer: Bob Ramage from Dream Day Films
Second Photographer: Laura Nadine Photography

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East Village Engagement Session: Mackenzie + Steven

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East Village Engagement Session: Mackenzie + Steven

The best sessions are the ones that involve tea beforehand to catch up, bike rides around the neighbourhood, and a couple that is incredibly sweet, down to earth, and oh-so-trendy. 

I don't think I could be more in love with these two and the photos we got from their Inglewood and East Village engagement session. I absolutely cannot wait to photograph their wedding next month!  

 

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Lantern Church Wedding: Courtney & Dan

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Lantern Church Wedding: Courtney & Dan

People told me that I was crazy for agreeing to photograph a wedding only two weeks before my own. But after meeting Courtney & Dan and hearing their story, there was absolutely no way I was going to pass up an opportunity to photograph their love.

After meeting at a conference and then again through church, Courtney & Dan became fast friends. They bonded over their passion for social services, and found themselves constantly in in the presence of one another in the form of movie nights, getting together with friends, and weekly dance lessons (how could you NOT fall in love with someone who voluntarily signs up to learn how to dance on a weekly basis??). Slowly but surely, their friendship grew to become something more, and there was no turning back. 

Courtney had been suspicious for weeks that a ring was just around the corner, but when Dan announced one day that they were going to spend the day in the mountains, she immediately knew this would be the day. They spent the day at the spa treating themselves to massages, and ate a late lunch at the Rimrock Hotel. Afterwards however, it seemed as though they were headed back to Calgary; Courtney's heart sank, thinking she had guessed wrong. Yet, as they took a turn, Courtney noticed the sign for "helicopter rides" and squealed. She had joked on many occasions with Dan how she longed for a helicopter ride, so it was then that she knew. 

So together, they flew over the beautiful rocky mountains, smiling ear to ear, eventually landing on top of a mountain with the most stunning look out point. They sat on a blanket, drank hot chocolate, and it was then that Dan proclaimed his love for Courtney. He asked her to spend the rest of her life with him, and of course, she said yes. And if that wasn't enough, they arrived home to a surprise party that Dan had organized so they could celebrate with family and friends. All in all, I'd say that was a pretty perfect day.

Which lead to a pretty perfect wedding. The sun shone brilliantly for their May 7th wedding at the Lantern Church in Inglewood. There wasn't a dry eye in that church when Courtney walked down the aisle with her dad. They were surrounded by friends and family as they read their own personal vows, were blessed by their fathers, and sealed the deal with a kiss. 

Courtney and Dan, thank you for welcoming me into your life to document your beautiful day. From the moment I met you both in that coffee shop in Kensington, it was clear how much you cared for and loved one another. My wish is that your marriage is full of many adventures, helicopter rides, and dances in the street. 

Ceremony: The Lantern Church

Invitations: Marissa McCann 

Floral: Pretty Petals Floral Designs (Andrea) 

Reception Venue & Catering: Valley Ridge Golf Club

Decor Rentals: Settings Linen Styling and Events 

DJ: DJ Son 

Dresses: David's Bridal

Suits: Moores

Second Photographer: Laura Nadine Photography

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Fall Wedding at the Lakehouse : Mandy & Brittney

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Fall Wedding at the Lakehouse : Mandy & Brittney

"I will never forget the evening Mandy informed me of her intentions to propose to Brittney. We had planned a night out, at our very special place –Una. Mandy was looking particularly radiant this evening, almost like a cat who had caught a mouse. As we were waiting to be seated Mandy couldn’t contain her excitement- and she told me “I’m going to propose to Britt.” This is when my eyes immediately swelled with tears. I had always assumed that Britt would proposing to Mandy, so I had to inquire, what had inspired you to propose?

Mandy said to me with glowing confidence, “I have never been so sure of something in my entire life. I want to be married to Britt forever, and I want to give her that special moment of surprise, I don’t want to wait”

When I first met Mandy & Britt, I was instantly blown away by their love for one another. We met for coffee one evening last October, and fell in love with their kind, warm personalities. As they recalled their story for me, it came to light that Brittney was the one who did most of the pursing at the beginning of their relationship. They met at a bar, "where all good things happen" and while Brittney was immediately enamoured with Mandy, Mandy was yet to be on the same page. And so the pursuit began. It took an evening of ginger bread house making, a "House Bunny" movie night, and a kiss at midnight for Mandy to slowly but surely fall in love with Brittney.

As noted above in Megan's speech (Yes, she gave me permission to use her speech. We're friends. It's cool) after 7 years of adventuring through life with Brittney, Mandy could no longer wait to be her wife. So on Christmas 2013, a Chinese gift exchange took place between them and their closest friends. After everyone had excitedly opened their presents, Britt was confused as she sat without a gift. Suddenly, she received the best gift of all: there Mandy was, kneeling, ring in hand, asking Britt to spend the rest of her life with her.

Their wedding could not have been more perfect. Love was certainly in the air on that crisp September day. Their wedding took place at The Lake House, where the wine flowed and hearts were full. Everyone could see how much these two loved one another.

Mandy and Brittney, words cannot describe how honoured I am to have been chosen to document one of the most exciting and important days of your life. Thank you for your kindness, your hospitality, and for making me feel like I was a friend instead of a vendor. I have loved getting to know each of you and I cannot wait to see where life takes you.

All my love,

Deanna

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Location: The Lake House

Officiant: Abby Charchun

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Floral: Flowers by Janie

DJ: Hype Entertainment

Favours: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Hair/Makeup: Illuminate Makeup

Suits: Banana Republic

Bridesmaid Dresses: Eliza J

Mandy's Bridal Gown: Cameo & Cufflinks

Brittney's Bridal Gown: Ethos Bridal

Bridal Accessories: Holt Renfrew, Valentino, Cameo & Cufflinks

Transportation: AMPM

Second Photographer: Photography by Ashley J

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North Glenmore Park Wedding: Katie & Geoff

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North Glenmore Park Wedding: Katie & Geoff

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It was the most perfect of days. Despite the snow that had fallen the previous day, the sun shone beautifully on August 22, 2015 for Katie & Geoff's North Glenmore Park wedding. Their day was filled with love as they were surrounded by their closest friends and family. I've already raved about Katie & Geoff in their engagement session, but I'm obviously going to do it again. They are two of the most welcoming, kind-hearted people I have ever met. They are all about community and the people they surround themselves with. At the beginning of the ceremony, they did something I had never seen before but absolutely LOVED: they had their guests turn to someone they didn't know and introduce themselves. It was heartwarming to see two families come together and share in the excitement for Katie & Geoff. The ceremony that followed reflected Katie and Geoff's personality to a tee. Whether it was the vows they had written themselves, the poems that were read, and their first kiss as husband and wife, going through the images from their day still makes me smile.

Another part of the day that I loved was that, following their ceremony, Katie and Geoff took their bridal party out for beers at the Wildrose Brewery after their pictures were done. It was fun to see everyone just relax and take time out of the day to simply celebrate together (the back of the Brewery also made for some pretty great photos as well).

Katie and Geoff took every opportunity to involve their friends and family in their wedding: the ceremony was performed by a close friend; Katie's STUNNING bouquet and florals were made by friends and family; their invitations were designed by Katie's sister; Katie's mother played a huge role in bringing Katie's "DIY Anthropologie" vision to life for their reception at Festival Hall (I'm pretty sure I overheard that she hand-painted every wine glass with gold rims... What!!); they had friends play music and read poems; and my all-time favourite part was when Geoff's mom brought out Geoff's school assignments from when he was younger and shared some of the wisdom of Geoff's younger self.

All in all, I'd say it was a pretty perfect day.

Katie and Geoff... thank you. Thank you for allowing me into your lives to document  you and your love. I was absolutely honoured to be part of your day, and I hope these images will remind you of how perfect your wedding was. I wish you both nothing but love, happiness, and an exciting journey together as husband and wife.

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I love love LOVE when couples opt to do a first look. We found a secluded little area in the river valley that made for some amazing photos.

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