October 23, 2014 · Personal

♥ Steller Stories ♥
ave you heard about Steller Stories? It's an app on iTunes that's been out since March but I only just heard about it. I am in LOVE with it!

Steller Stories allows you to create stories on your iPhone using your photographs, text and video. I've seen people use it for photographs of their travels, to share recipes with photos and videos, creative projects and everything imaginable. It's a really beautiful format created with the intent of creating stories and sharing them on your iPhone.

For me I can never pick just one photo. I've always felt that a collection of photographs to tell a story is more powerful so Steller Stories works well for me.

You can find the free app on iTunes and then you can find me by searching users for orangegirl.

Are you using it? Have you created your own stories?

October 20, 2014 · Personal

♥ Our photography show at Botega ♥
am very excited to announce that my husband Kevin and I just hung our very first photography show that features photographs made by both of us. I am thrilled to be showing work alongside Kevin as he inspires me daily. We've titled the show "Home" because it features work from the places we love in the mountains.

It will be up until November 30th so if you are in Banff please stop by.

It's installed at Botega salon at #105-211 Bear Street in the Bison Courtyard Banff. If you've been to Wildflour or Bear Street Tavern you know the courtyard.

It's a great way to purchase some affordable art to give away at Christmas. Our framed prints are all $250.

October 13, 2014 · Personal

♥ Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Feeling grateful ♥
his week-end as we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving I am feeling particularly thankful. It has been the most beautiful fall I have experienced since moving to Banff 10 years ago. Fall is my favourite season followed closely by winter. I love the colours in the mountains, the crisp air and the feeling of quiet that begins to return.

This year has been one of my hardest years personally. We have been faced with new challenges that left me heartbroken several times but I also became even more aware of something that I have always known. I am incredibly grateful for the work that I get to do. I don't know many people who after facing heartache get to go to "work" and be cheered up by it. Wedding days cheer my spirit.

Some of my favourite memories from this year have been moments I have witnessed at weddings. I feel gratitude for the kind words that have been shared with us and for being welcomed into witnessing and sharing intimate weddings. I have witnessed some beautiful moments that only wedding days can create. I have been moved to tears hearing some of the heartwarming toasts that have been read. I have met couples who have been married for 30, 40 and 60 years and felt inspired by them.

Kevin and I are so very lucky to work as a husband and wife team and get to witness couples officially become Mr & Mrs and start their marriage. There is something affirming getting to witness those vows with my husband by my side. I am thankful to Kevin who works so incredibly hard to create an environment that allows me to create photographs that I hope will document the love we have witnessed. There is so much behind the scenes that Kevin does to prepare for every wedding and there are words that Kevin whispers to me at every wedding to make me aware of moments that are beyond my lens and to make me feel calm and grounded. There is no doubt that I could not do what I do without Kevin by my side. He is my strength, my inspiration and the love of my life.

I am filled with so much gratitude this week-end. Perhaps because this year was such a hard one it makes me grateful for all of the love I witnessed and the beauty I feel lucky to be immersed in.

I thought I'd share some random moments from weddings this year that made this year memorable. Thank you to all of the couples, families and friends who have made us feel welcome and gave us access to the most inspiring moments.

October 12, 2014 · Engagements

♥ Emerald Lake Engagement - Jennifer + Rob ♥
t is perfectly fitting that this week-end which is Canadian Thanksgiving I am feeling incredibly thankful for the experiences I get to have as a mountain wedding photographer. I am invited to our favourite places in the mountains to photograph couples at their happiest. I was honoured that Kevin and I were asked to meet Jennifer and Rob at Emerald Lake to capture some engagement portraits for them. Jennifer and Rob had never been to Emerald Lake before booking it for their wedding next summer so they decided to make the long drive down from Fort McMurray to see it and they were thrilled with their decision. They arrived late at night when it was dark and woke up the next day to see Emerald Lake. We loved getting to head out on canoes for the last week-end they are available at Emerald Lake and enjoy the fall colours and crisp air. I was so moved by Jennifer's excitement and moments of tears as the realization that they will soon be getting married hit her as we spent the afternoon taking photographs where they will soon become Mr & Mrs.

Jennifer and Rob are up for anything and climbed over rocks so we could capture some photographs at spots we hadn't explored before. They bring good luck with them as it was predicted to be thunderstorming on the day we chose to meet but we arrived to a beautiful calm afternoon. They were randomly given a canoe to take out and it just so happened to have the date of their wedding on it. As we finished taking photographs and Jennifer and Rob headed off to Field to enjoy some pork belly nachos it poured rain. Our timing couldn't of been more perfect. Emerald Lake lodge has fireplaces in every room so I loved driving home in the pouring rain knowing they would get to enjoy a cozy night by the fire dreaming up wedding plans.

October 11, 2014 · Weddings

♥ Post Hotel Wedding - Jeana + Devin ♥
eana and Devin got married at my favourite wedding venue in Lake Louise. The Post Hotel offers an intimate experience with exceptional service and I love their cozy romantic library for intimate ceremonies. Jeana and Devin share this silent communication filled with kindness and an understanding. They laugh easily together which is joyful to be around. They are both incredibly generous with everyone they meet and they created a wedding day that ensured their guests felt welcome and loved.

It was a really memorable day to get to witness.
Devin is a romantic and saved the very first rose he gave to Jeana to give to her on their wedding day. Jeana was so moved by his thoughtfulness and couldn't believe he'd saved the rose in a secret hiding place for their wedding day.
Jeana didn't want to exclude any of their neices so they had 8 flowergirls. They were the sweetest most well behaved group of girls I've met. I loved how they chose dresses that fit together but were different.
Jeana and Devin chose to have a first look so they could take their photographs before the ceremony. I loved that Jeana wanted to give Devin his boutonniere in person. Devin kept repeating over and over again "You look stunning!". It was my favourite moment from their heartfelt day.
Devin likes to collect feathers they find while out on walks so Jeana specifically asked her florist to include a few feathers in their flowers. It was such a sweet and thoughtful detail.
Jeana and Devin hiked rock filled creeks and under engine bridges so we could take photos by the river.
Jeana came well prepared with red Sorel cowboy boots for creek walking to replace her gorgeous Jimmy Choos.
The sweetest group of girls with serious dance moves.
Devin proposed to Jeana while the song "Time to Begin" was playing so it was perfectly fitting that the banner that adorned the mantle said Time to Begin.
Jeana lovingly refers to her sister Krista as Martha Stewart. Krista collected vintage mason jars for months and thought of every tiny detail to make their ceremony and reception rooms feel cozy and romantic. It was absolutely gorgeous!
The flower girls each walked in holding signs attached to twigs.
A romantic candlelit ceremony in the Post Hotel library.
Each table was named after a place that has been a part of Jeana and Devin's relationship.
After dinner everyone was invited down to the Post Hotel pub for dancing.

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