Many years ago I stumbled across this studio loft in Edmonton downtown. It was love at first sight and without thinking twice, I put a deposit down to rent the studio. And though I’ve shot many weddings, engagements, and boudoir sessions in this space, my favorite sessions to shoot by far are couples intimate sessions. I’ve been increasingly loving these type of shoots. The laid back, casual and intimate nature of these sessions really draw out the emotions and playfulness in my couples. Here’s a few of my favorites from Kristina and Mike’s session from a while back.
When you love something a lot, you keep it to yourself. This is exactly what I have done with Justine and Ian’s wedding, I kept it under wraps. I barely posted it on social media, barely spoke about, and certainly never blogged it. But today, on their very 1st wedding anniversary, I decided to share their wedding images that I love dearly. Kinda like a little tribute to them.
Justine & Ian, I have no words for you both, just all my love and gratitude. Thank you for allowing me this amazing opportunity to document your story. You have no idea how you have impacted my life both personally & creatively.
The story of how I got to shoot Stacie and Mark’s intimate Okanagan Gatzke Orchard Wedding began with my own love story with Stacie. Yes, you read that right. For those of you who don’t know, Stacie is a hair wizard, a guru when it comes to that oh so effortless wave, and basically a cool chick all around. She’s also the first person who told me about Nasty Gal. But that’s beside the point. Through the years of me sitting in her chair, her and I have had countless conversations – some lighthearted, some super deep. What never changes though is every hair appointment felt like a visit with an old girlfriend. I just loved her.
You can imagine my excitement when that one time I showed up for my appointment Stacie casually dropped the bomb that Mark had proposed. Secretly I was already thinking who ever gets to shoot her wedding is one lucky photographer. And when I found out I was THE lucky photographer? Oh you bet I looked up at my ceiling, shut my eyes, put my palms together like I’m about to namaste, and legit thanked the universe so so hard.
The wedding day finally arrived. And it blew my mind. Stacie and Mark looked beyond stunning. Her two piece crop top wedding dress and his mismatched suit oozed personality and style. The Gatzke Farm was such a beautiful orchard with so much charm and just enough character. Mint Julep executed Stacie and Mark’s wedding vision flawlessly, the day was organized yet chill, the decor was effortless yet thoughtful, legit not a single detail was overlooked. Stacie and Mark had their first dance outside under strings of cafe lights surrounded by their closest friends and family. It was perfect. Till this day, every time I hear their first dance song, I have all the feels again. A huge dance party followed under the moon, it shone bright and high all that night for them.
Stacie and Mark, I appreciate you so. Thank you for taking such good care of me, and for treating me like one of your own. Your wedding was definitely a career highlight for me. I am so grateful for this opportunity, but even more grateful to call you friends.
Change is in the air. This year has been all about that for me. Whether it be the way I shoot or the way I edit, the projects I involve myself in, the way I view myself or the way I view my work, this year has been about change. Perhaps what shifted most is my willingness to accept, and just be. I’ve fought off urges to experiment and take risks in the past to ensure my work stays consistent. But no more.
The universe must have known about my plans because it brought me Justine and Ian. A couple with impeccable taste and a vision that spoke truths to my heart. Admittedly I was a little nervous going into the shoot, but what I didn’t anticipate was how much my inside needed it. Breaking my own patterns and seeing new things only fuel my creativity.
So I present to you, Justine and Ian’s engagement session. A session that’s about the in betweens, a session I’m super proud of. It’s not often you’ll catch me saying this. But for now, I’ll hit save and publish.
I’m sure I’m breaking many blogging rules by posting THIS many photos from Amanda and Al’s engagement session. So I’ll keep the words short, and let their photos speak for themselves. I absolutely adored this session, the perfect combination of soft and pretty vs contrast and stylish. Thank you Amanda and Al for a) being super models and b) picking the locations.
If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can’t buy. A little quote stitched inside of all the gifts that Andrea gifted to her bridesmaid. I felt it was appropriate and pretty much sums up Andrea and Craig’s wedding day as they celebrated with all their families and friends who love them oh so much.
Meet modern day Audrey Hepburn and her handsome groom. Andrea and Craig’s wedding speaks to the girly girl inside of me that loves everything soft, pretty, and romantic. The day started with me photographing Andrea’s beautiful accessories and details while her and her bridesmaids danced to T-Swift around the hotel room. I knew instantly this was my crowd. I loved hearing the girls’ laughters and the excitement in their voices, but what touched me the most was how Andrea’s mom would get choked up every time she glanced over at her beautiful daughter. The ceremony and reception took place at the very grand Empire Ballroom inside the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. And in between we were able to sneak away from the hotel for a bit for some photoshoot goodness in my studio loft.
Andrea and Craig, I thought I loved you from the moment I met you, but I didn’t know that I can adore you two even more. I love your love story, and pretty much everything about you two. Thank you for having me along side you witnessing your happiest day. Forever grateful.
Truthfully, the best thing about my job is meeting kind hearted, genuine, awesome people. Together and individually, Leanna and Mark are some of the most hard working and humble human beings I’ve ever met. They’ve got lots to brag about, trust me, they do. But they don’t. Together they’ve built a life that they’re proud of and is authentic to who they are.
Their wedding took place this past May at the historical Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. There’s no denying it’s an elegant venue. Imagine being in the Wedgewood Room with Games of Throne theme song being played in the background on harp. Yah, it was a pretty surreal feeling. What made it even classier was when Leanna and Mark’s friend surprised them with an opera performance. The cherry on top definitely was when Mark performed on the violin accompanied by his brother on the baby grand.
I left Leanna and Mark’s wedding feeling like the luckiest photographer to have been a part of their wedding celebration. Leanna and Mark, thank you for being who you are. I adore and look up to you both immensely.
This beautiful wedding is also featured in the Fall/Winter issue of Blush. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy on their website here or at Indigo/Chapters. You really have to experience this publication in person. I just LOVE the feel of it.