October 20, 2014 · Personal

♥ Our photography show at Botega ♥
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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 ♥
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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 ♥
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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 ♥
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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.









October 1, 2014 · Weddings

♥ Emerald Lake Wedding - Janice & Diego ♥
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e drove from Banff which was dark, moody and the mountains were hidden by fog to Emerald Lake and as soon as we headed down the pass we were greeted by blue skies at Emerald Lake. A tiny bit of fog surrounded the mountains when we arrived but disappeared moments later. It was a sunny, crisp fall day and absolutely perfect for Janice & Diego's intimate wedding.

Janice & Diego are high school sweethearts so it was especially moving that friends were in attendance who have known the couple since they became a couple. Janice had her friend who has known her since birth as her maid of honour. Diego's friend shared stories of first meeting Diego and being impressed that he asked Janice out and 20 years later after Diego and his best friend met he got to witness them become Mr & Mrs. Needless to say their speeches were moving because both the maid of honour and the best man have witnessed Janice & Diego as couple since the moment they met.

I was thrilled that their tiny dog Luna was in attendance and made an appearance for some photos. I didn't actually get to meet Janice & Diego until after they were married. I started photographing them as they were getting ready to walk down the aisle but Janice and Diego made me feel welcome immediately.
Diego and his best friend of 20 years walking to the ceremony location.
Diego greeting his father moments before the ceremony.
Janice's best friend since birth walked down the aisle with her adorable son Finley who was the ring bearer. How cute is he?!
Diego with his parents.
I absolutely loved Janice's excited expression as she walked down the aisle towards Diego.
Janice's grandparents have been married for 60 years and they had me laughing. I asked what the secret was to their long marriage and she told me there was no secret. Janice's grandpa walked by me after some family photos and he told me that they have always tried to think positive. I think that is their secret.
Luna!
I was thrilled that Janice and Diego wanted to go out in a canoe on Emerald Lake. They created quite a stir with people cheering them on from the shores.
An orange butterfly landed on Diego in the middle of the lake.
The sweet wedding party. How incredible to have friends for all the big moments in their lives together.
I have never seen anyone do a long table in the Vice President's room at Emerald Lake Lodge. It was so romantic and looked amazing in that room.
I love that their long table was accented with various plants of different heights and each guest had their name written in Calligraphy at their place setting. How special is that?
The speeches were moving and hilarious and created a beautiful feeling in the room.
The view from the Viewpoint where Janice and Diego officially became Mr & Mrs.
Congratulations Janice & Diego!! Thank you for having us be a part of your intimate day.









 
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