July 24, 2016 · Shoe Sunday

♥ Shoe Sunday ♥
Orange laces made from climbing rope for this orange winter wedding at Emerald Lake for a couple who love to climb together. Click here to see more from this winter wonderland Emerald Lake Lodge wedding.

July 20, 2016 · Weddings

♥ Emerald Lake Lodge Wedding - Rebecca + Jason ♥
hen we arrived it was POURING rain. We were all a bit concerned about photos but then just as Jason & Rebecca shared their first look it stopped raining. I adored the fog that dressed up the trees and the rain made it such that we were given a quiet day at the lake. Family and friends all participated in Jason & Rebecca's wedding by making flower arrangements, playing music for the ceremony, making the birch arch and setting out the decor before guests arrived.

What I loved most about Rebecca & Jason's wedding was how present they were with each other and how excited they were to be getting married. Their first look was emotional and sweet and I felt lucky to see so much love.
Rebecca putting on the ring that once belonged to her grandmother.
We started their day with a first look before photos.
Their nieces and nephews made for the cutest ringboys and flowergirls.
Rebecca and Jason rented the gold chairs from Special Event Rentals and I felt it made such a big impact not only in the way they looked but also in how much more space they had.
I loved that they shared their first dance on the patio at Cilantro as the sun was setting.
Guests were invited out on the patio to make s'mores.
Venue | Emerald Lake Lodge
Officiant | Kim Chapman
Flowers | Bouquets by Willow Flower Co. Decor flowers by the groom's mother
Hair & Make-up | Botega
Macaroon Tower & Sweets Table | Whippt

July 19, 2016 · Tips for brides

♥ Wedding Day Emergency Kit ♥
ost mountain wedding venues don't have quick & easy access to a convenience store so it's really important to pack a little emergency kit to have with you as you get ready on your wedding day in case any fashion emergencies arrive. In my years of photographing weddings I've compiled a list of the most commonly needed items on wedding days.

Waiting 20 minutes for a hotel front desk to find and deliver a pair of scissors can cause a big delay so be sure to have a pair of scissors with you, it is rare that I am in a room photographing a bride getting ready where a pair of scissors isn't necessary. I would say scissors are the most commonly ask for item during wedding preparations.
If you have a wedding dress with little loops and tiny buttons a crochet hook can help in doing your dress up easily.
I have witnessed the zipper breaking on a wedding dress moments before the wedding ceremony several times. Having a needle and thread and a pair of scissors so the bride can be sewed into her wedding gown is essential should the zipper fail.
Here's my list of items to pack in your wedding day emergency kit:

  • Scissors Small and sharp! An absolute must have in the bridal suite.
  • Needle & Thread Hopefully you won't have to use it but if you need it you need it.
  • Extra Earring Backs I've been to a lot of weddings where an earring back gets dropped on the floor rendering the earrings useless so bring extra backs.
  • Sunscreen You don't want a burn that lives on in your wedding photographs forever. Besides arriving to your honeymoon with a sunburn is never fun.
  • Lint Roller for the boy's suits
  • Static Cling for bridesmaids' dresses
  • Pepto Bismol & Advil and anything else to settle tummies and headaches
  • Feminine Hygiene supplies
  • Band Aids for blistered feet
  • Krazy Glue or whatever else might work should your heel go astray.
  • Bug Spray
  • Stain Remover Somehow a groom's collar always ends up with lipstick on it from hugs. Better yet bring 2 shirts for the groom!
  • Crochet Hook if you have a dress with a million tiny buttons that do up with tiny loops
  • Safety Pins
  • Bobby Pins
  • Lipstick Extra tube of your wedding day lipstick for touch ups
  • Mints because gum always looks terrible in photos
  • Handkerchief for happy tears, looks much better than a wadded up ball of kleenex
  • Chapstick & Lotion It's very dry in Alberta so be sure to bring along your favourite chapstick and lotion

    What would you add to the above list?

July 19, 2016 · Weddings

♥ Heirloom Wedding Album ♥
believe it's important to print your photos. So many of us are used to having all of our photos on our computer and haven't experienced the joy of holding your photos in your hands. As a photographer I worry about the archival nature of digital media, afterall it wasn't that long ago that I provided images to couples on DVDs and now new laptops don't even come with a DVD player. I'm hoping couples are saving their images to new digital media whenever it becomes available. I think it's important to print your memories and have them accessible to you.

Heirloom quality fine art albums are a beautiful way to share your photographs. I love looking at my own wedding album every year, my wedding negatives are buried deep in a box from years of moving but our wedding album is always ready to be shared.

Here is one of my fine art albums. It's a 12x9 inch 40 page leather bound album in it's own custom album box. I commissioned a calligrapher to write the couple's names and that artwork was made into a metal die to be embossed on the album with silver foil. My albums are hand made by a small team of artists proudly made in Canada.

If you are interested in getting your photos off your computer and into your hands set up a time to come to my office in Canmore where I can show you all of the fabric and leather options available to you and you can see this album and others in person.

July 18, 2016 · Elopements

♥ Emerald Lake Elopement - Jo + Chris ♥
hristopher and Jo planned a dream trip to the Canadian Rockies from the UK. They have been in love and dedicated to each other for 10 years and somehow in the midst of their trip planning they decided it would be the perfect place to elope! So they got married in the middle of their epic trip and brought along their wedding cake to share with friends who were meeting them later in the week to go rafting.

I was in love with Jo's gorgeous gown and stunning heels. I loved the thoughtful personal details that they brought along. When I remarked how much I loved their Ladybug Husband and Wife books that they brought along with them from the UK they gave them to me. That is the way they are...kind and generous people who welcomed us into their day. I feel so very lucky to have witnessed the moment they made their love official by saying I do.

We had a bit of everything for their day rain, sunshine and snow....yes snow!
Venue | Emerald Lake Lodge
Officiant | Kim Chapman

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