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February 27, 2014 · Tips for brides

♥ Canoe Wedding just launched!!! ♥

y husband Kevin and I are thrilled to announce the launch of a new project we've been working on for months and dreaming about for years. We are immensely grateful that we get to live in the mountains and work with incredibly talented people who love the mountains and weddings.

We wanted to share our favourite things to do, places to eat, wedding venues and tips for getting the most out of your visit to the mountains.

For anyone you know getting married in the mountains or planning a visit here please share Canoe Wedding with them.

Visit us at Canoe Wedding and let us know what you think.

October 26, 2013 · Tips for brides

♥ Facebook ♥

started a Facebook Page today. You can find my Facebook Page by clicking here.

October 19, 2013 · Tips for brides

♥ Bride Reveal ♥

elly and Doug had the kind of wedding day that felt like it flowed naturally. They were so relaxed and calm throughout their day. It was a truly memorable day in the way that everyone was fully present and excited.

Kelly and Doug told me it was important to them to be able to spend time with their friends and family that had traveled from far and wide to celebrate with them. We agreed to take all of their photographs before the ceremony so that they could then relax and enjoy time with their loved ones.

We started their day with a bride reveal. Doug waited patiently in a mountain meadow facing tunnel mountain as Kelly approached from behind. Doug told me that he liked the quiet moment he had to himself that it felt like a reset button. The instructions given to both of them was that Doug was not allowed to turn around until he felt Kelly touch him. I loved how playful Kelly was as she approached him.

It was a memorable moment and the perfect way to start their wedding day together.

I love how Doug has his eyes closed and his lips are anticipating her touch. Her finger just barely touching his neck.

September 10, 2013 · Tips for brides

♥ Tips for getting the best winter wedding photos ♥

have a lot of really fun winter weddings coming up this year that I'm super excited about. I have shared these tips in the past but thought it was worth repeating for my brides this upcoming winter.

I am in love with winter weddings. Winter Weddings are absolutely gorgeous in the mountains and offer the kind of intimate coziness that is perfect for weddings.

Over the years of photographing winter weddings in the mountains I have come up with a few tips to make sure you get the best photographs possible that I'd like to share here.

The first things to get cold during your winter wedding photo session will be your feet and hands so come prepared. I love it when couples find cute winter boots that not only help them get around easily and keep their feet toasty but look fun in photographs too. Most dresses are long enough that you won't even see your winter boots.

Tip #2 : MITTENS
Keeping your hands warm during your winter wedding photo session is very important. It's also the perfect opportunity to accessorize with something colourful and personalized. Pick up mittens for you and your wedding party and stuff them with hand warmers to keep everyone comfortable during photos.

Make sure you both have stylish winter coats to wear that will look great in photographs if it is simply too cold outside to take your coats off for photographs. Colour looks fantastic against the snow in photographs.

If you want to be able to take photos in your dress without a coat but need a warm up in between photographs I suggest bringing a down comforter or other warm NON-SHEDDING blanket to cozy up in. It's soooo much easier to get in and out of a blanket than to wrestle with a coat and your veil.

Tip #5 : COLOUR
People often think of white when they think of a winter wedding but white tends to get lost against the snow. I suggest using pops of colour for vivid winter wedding photographs. Where can you use colour? The bouquet, the bridesmaid dresses, the groomsmen's socks, mittens and coats.

There is no season where it is more important to schedule your day to take advantage of the natural light than in winter. We can lose the light as early as 2pm some winter months. Therefore it is critical that you schedule your ceremony and portrait time so that you can capture the best light and be able to see the mountains.

If you are having your ceremony inside often times the light you will typically get from windows in the summer is non-existent in the winter so it's important to have other lighting not only so that you can get the best quality photographs but also to create a cozy mood. When choosing your wedding venue make sure that is a venue that has good indoor options for portraits and family formals if it is simply too dark or too cold to go outside for photographs.

Do you have any winter wedding tips to share from your own experiences? Please share them in the comments below.

August 14, 2013 · Tips for brides

♥ Wedding Day Emergency Kit ♥

I always recommend putting together a little wedding day emergency kit to have with you in your room when you get ready. I have seen it all from the zipper on the bride's dress breaking as she gets into it and having to be sewn in, to a heel break as the bride was set to walk down the aisle and many other wedding day surprises.

Here are a few must haves:

  • Scissors. Small and sharp! An absolute must have in the bridal suite.
  • Needle and thread. Hopefully you won't have to use it but if you need it you need it.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Extra tube of your wedding day lipstick for touch ups

    What else would you include in your Wedding Day Emergency Kit? Do you have any funny wedding day mishaps to share where an emergency kit came to the rescue?

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