December 7, 2014 · Elopements

♥ Emerald Lake winter elopement - Sheila + Erik ♥
heila and Erik eloped at Emerald Lake Lodge with just the two of them. They were given a romantic snowy day that looked stunning. As Kevin and I drove into Emerald Lake we were lucky to spot a mama moose and her baby eating side by side with snow falling around them. It was a beautiful sight and set us up for what we knew would be a magical wedding.

I was thrilled that Sheila and Erik chose to get married outside. It was so quiet with soft snow falling around them and no one but us to witness their private ceremony. I loved all of the laughter that Sheila and Erik shared that morning, it was a joyful day to get to witness.
Sheila and Erik got ready together the morning of their wedding and asked us to meet them in the lobby of the lodge. I was so excited when I saw them walking towards us, they looked stunning!
I loved that Sheila and Erik walked down the aisle together to get married. It was so romantic.
I was in love with their red details that popped against the snow and photographed beautifully.
Not only was Sheila's cape gorgeous it was also fleece lined and she wore mittens with hand warmers in them for their outdoor ceremony. Both Sheila and Erik wore long johns and winter boots to help keep them warm.
Isn't their ceremony setting absolutely gorgeous !?! It was so quiet and private. They were married in the morning which allowed us to take advantage of the best light for photographs. I was thrilled because when we stopped photographing the snow had stopped and I thought the snow made their wedding and their photographs even more magical and unique.
Sheila was absolutely gorgeous and had even done her own hair and make-up!
Love those red nails!
Emerald Lake was a winter wonderland.
We went inside so the newlyweds could sign their marriage certificate in warmer temperatures. Kevin and I were given the incredible honour of signing as their witnesses. I was so moved by that. There is something so powerful about working alongside my husband and getting to witness a couple start their marriage. It is reaffirming and inspiring. My heart was filled was immense gratitude.
Erik's proposal involved scrabble tiles so I brought out my scrabble set for a ring shot.
Long johns, warm socks and winter boots for this clever winter bride and groom.
Look at all that snow!
It was a peaceful magical day with soft snowflakes falling all around us. Because Sheila and Erik eloped with just the two of them it meant that I got to dedicate all of my photography time to photographing them. I was thrilled because being able to have that time to capture just them meant that I got to photograph in locatiions I normally don't have time for and set up shots I don't normally have time to do. It was an inspiring day photographically for me.
Emerald Lake does winter well.
Thank you Sheila and Erik for allowing us to be a part of your beautiful day. We were so honoured to witness your marriage. It is a day we will always remember.

December 2, 2014 · Personal

♥ Where do you get updates? ♥
evin and I have been sharing a lot of tips for mountain weddings and things to do in the Canadian Rocky mountains over on Canoe Wedding. We always Tweet new links and share that we have a new blog post on Instagram. But I'm curious where do you go to find updates? Is there anywhere that you use to find new blog posts that we should be sharing? Would an email newsletter be welcome? I find that I get SO many emails that I wouldn't want to add any more mail in your inbox.

You can find us on Twitter.
You can follow me on Instagram

I've tried Facebook briefly but didn't find too many of my couples were hanging out there. So I'm curious where do you like to find updates?

November 30, 2014 · Engagements

♥ Banff Engagement Portrait - Yi Jun + Jean Luc ♥
i Jun and Jean Luc traveled all the way from Singapore for a ski vacation with their family and decided to have their engagement portraits taken while they were visiting Banff to use for their save the date cards for their wedding back home next year.

They were both brave to be heading out for winter engagement portraits having only just arrived from Singapore where it was 30 degrees warmer. We were lucky to get a fresh snowfall during their visit which made for beautiful photographs and they were up for photos in the snow despite the cold. Yi Jun and I had been writing each other for months and she asked me what colour I thought photographed well against the snow, I suggested red and I was thrilled to see they included red for pops of colour.

I feel very lucky to have photographed their engagement portraits and to have documented their time in the Canadian Rocky mountains so that they can share them at their wedding in Singapore.

November 28, 2014 · Engagements

♥ Lake Louise - Jamie + Andrew ♥
amie and Andrew flew from New York to visit Lake Louise and have some engagement portraits taken while they were here. I was super excited that the lake had just frozen and there was a fresh snowfall making it a beautiful winter wonderland. Andrew has an amazing dry sense of humour and my cheeks were so sore from laughing during the time we spent with them and I loved watching how Jamie laughs with her whole body with Andrew, they are a perfect match. It was a hilarious morning and I loved every minute of it!

November 28, 2014 · Engagements

♥ Banff engagement session - Kalena + Michael ♥
alena and Michael have created the sweetest family. The four of them together are so lovely to be around and made for a really inspiring photo session. The winds were fierce the day we met up and I was amazed at just how tough Kalena and Michael were not to mention their tiny pups who shivered but proved to be excellent photo subjects especially when treats were involved. If we didn't already have two pups that we love immensely in our own home I would of been tempted to keep Rusty and Lyla but I know for a fact Kalena and Michael would never of gone for that.

Kalena and Michael rescued Rusty from a shelter a couple of years ago. The poor sweet little man had been returned for being "too mellow". Kalena describes Rusty as more of a cat than a dog but he fits in perfectly and is so loved in their home. Kalena had been scouring the shelters for another dog to add to their family and after 2 years they finally found the perfect pup for their home in Lyla. Lyla had been found abandoned and then returned to the shelter after a couple of home trys. Lyla has finally found her forever home and she is adored.

I love that Kalena and Michael have invited their friends and family to join them as they get married in the mountains but they have also invited their friends dogs to join as well. Kalena and Michael told us we could bring our pups but our naughty pups would never let us get any photographs taken if they attended. Rusty and Lyla will naturally be a part of their wedding. I can't wait. Kalena has already been creating a rather handsome outfit for Rusty.
They call it Rusty's Elvis lip. I call it adorable.

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