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.