Rachelle + Dan | The Lake House | Calgary Wedding Photographers

One of our favourite venues in Calgary is The Lake House at Lake Bonavista. It is such a gorgeous spot, nestled up against the lake. As part of CRMR, the atmosphere and food combine to make the perfect backdrop for a wedding. Add Rachelle + Dan to the mix and you've got the perfect setup for a special day.

One of our favourite parts of the day was the first look in the early afternoon. We set them up along the water's edge at the Mahogany Wetlands (minutes away from their home). Seeing the joy in Dan's face as he walked towards Rachelle was priceless and their happiness was infectious - we couldn't wipe the giant smiles on our faces. Such a beautiful moment!

Their ceremony at The Lake House was simply stunning. The aisle led directly into the fireplace with natural light pouring in from the windows, just enough to create a subtle romantic mood. As the evening progressed into the dinner and speeches, soft snow started to come down (those really big 'magical' snowflakes) so we decided to steal R+D away for some photos outside. It was too good to pass up! 

All in all, it was an amazing day and we're extremely grateful to be there to capture it for such an incredible couple! We hope you guys are enjoying married life and hope to see you around town (maybe some cocktails at The Nash :) ) 

Thanks to our team of vendors:

Day-of-Planner | Wedding Worx

Floral Designs | Pretty Petals Floral Design

Venue | The Lake House

DJ | Sounds Unlimited

Makeup | Valerie Guzman

Mirna, Jamie + Baby Luka | In-Home Lifestyle Family Session

While we love working outdoors, sometimes we switch things up completely and stick inside. Our in-home family sessions are a good example and truthfully, we adore them! We want to capture you where you're most comfortable, whether it's going for a hike in the mountains or just hanging at home as a family. Photo shoots shouldn't be stressful (they should be fun!) and we want to capture your family doing what you do best, just being together.  

Mirna + Jamie welcomed their beautiful boy Luka into their family at the end of 2016, so we met up with them at their place for a wonderful lifestyle family session.. Recently having a little boy of our own (hey Brighton!), this shoot was extra special and really hit home for us. We loved seeing their new 'family of three' dynamics and saw a lot of similarities with our own family. It really is so amazing creating little humans grow, evolve and learn new things!

Mirna, Jamie + Luka - It was such a pleasure meeting you all and thanks again for inviting us in to your home :)

Devon + Brock | Starbelly Winter Wedding | Calgary Wedding Photographers

We knew as soon as we met with Devon + Brock last year that their wedding would be a blast and full of joy. The pair give off such positive and infectious energy, we couldn't wait to be a part of it!

On the day of, we led the wedding party to a couple of our favourite spots along the Elbow River (Stanley Park + Sandy Beach). Luckily the weather had been warm enough in the weeks prior that the river wasn't totally frozen over... giving us some stunning backdrops. 

Their ceremony + reception were down south at Starbelly - a beautiful new restaurant in Seton and a wonderful wedding venue. The space is nicely lit with natural beams of light pouring in and the interior has a unique + funky atmosphere. The ceremony was a perfect mix of laughter and tears  (we don't think we've ever captured so many genuine smiles - it's clear that D+B are quite well loved). 

The evening continued into a family style dinner with speeches and a bumpin' party to follow! Devon + Brock- Thanks so much for having us capture this special day and we hope you guys are enjoying the first couple months of married life! 

And once again, we need to thank Riana Khem for second shooting with us this winter as Kendal tended to our new little man! We loved having you as part of our team :)

Danielle + Erik | Azuridge Estate Hotel | Winter Wedding

It's been such a pleasure getting to know these Danielle + Erik over the last year and a half. After an adventure in downtown Calgary for their engagement shoot, we couldn't wait for their winter wedding out at Azuridge.

The day before, the weather decided to play nice and give us a beautiful fresh coat of snow, leaving Azuridge looking simply gorgeous for the wedding! The two had a lovely relaxed morning with their family and friends, and after the getting ready shots we headed straight into the ceremony (inside the stunning opal dining room). 

D+E were surrounded by a close-knit group, giving the ceremony a very warm and intimate feeling. Ceremonies are sometimes an overlooked area in wedding photography but we always come away with some of our favourite shots!

Once the signing made things official, we grabbed the wedding party and wandered around the Estate's winding pathways and beautiful backdrops. A highlight was climbing through the knee high snow for some photos near the stream on the road leading into Azuridge (we seriously work with the coolest couples! Always up for an adventure).

As the sun started to go down, it was time for the reception which took place in the converted garage (so cool). The evening featured some awesome food, great speeches (one of the funniest best man speeches we've heard yet) and genuine smiles all around.  What a night!

A special thanks to Riana Khem for second shooting for us while Kendal hung with our brand new little boy at home). Couldn't have done it without you :)

Jessica + Ken | Winter Wedding | Downtown Calgary

There's always something special about the first wedding of the year, and this year's edition was no different. Jessica + Ken planned a downtown wedding in late January and it turned out to be one heck of a day! 

After hanging out in the morning and snapping some getting ready shots, we all met at over at North Glenmore Park for Jessica + Ken's first look. It's so exciting to capture this special moment between the couple (a favourite of ours after we planned one on our wedding day). The wedding party then joined us for some group shots amongst the pine trees, capturing that winter-wedding feeling. 

Before their ceremony, we made a quick stop for some more photos at a parkade near the Calgary Tower. Sometimes the best photos come from re-imagining a seemingly 'ordinary' space and realising the potential. There were so many cool lines and stunning views from the top level - throw in an absolutely gorgeous Wedding Party and the photos basically took themselves.

From there, the venue was shared between The Westin (Ceremony) and the MET Centre (Reception). The whole evening had such a positive vibe and was a constant reminder of why we absolutely love capturing weddings. The Horah at the beginning of the reception was a definite highlight! (Jewish Weddings know how to bring the energy!)

Congrats once again Jessica + Ken!  We hope you're loving your first few months as newlyweds :)

(we also want to give a special thanks to Maria Lang for second shooting alongside Kevin while Kendal was taking a mini 'holiday' with our new baby boy Brighton- it was such a pleasure having you join us!)

A big thanks to all of the vendors that made the day possible:

Planner | Hera Weddings + Events

Second Shooter | Maria Lang

HMUA | Avenue Beauty

Floral Design | Roslyn Oppenheim

Videographer | Alain Sleigher

Ceremony Musicians | Taking August

Reception Band | Groove Academy

 

Caroline + Seann | Lakeside Engagement Session | Calgary Wedding Photographers

We were out for a walk today and it felt like things were turning a corner. The sun was out in full force, it was the first day of March, there was an energy... and it really got us excited about the upcoming SSF (Spring, Summer + Fall). If you've spent a little time in Calgary you have probably heard the joke that there are really only 2 seasons - Spring/Summer/Fall and then Winter... Sadly, it's kinda true haha. Anyhow, we have an engagement session that is LONG overdue for a blog post (you might even recognize parts from Dote Magazine's Wedding Issue). 

Back in the fall, Caroline and Seann contacted us for an engagement session (and we're so glad that they did!). The pair have formed many great memories at North Glenmore Park so we figured what better place to meet up for their session! 

We wandered along the trails, winding through the trees and eventually ended up down near the water, right beside the boat docks to pop a bottle of bubbly! We had absolutely beautiful glowing light which really showed off the vibrant fall colours.  Such a perfect evening.

C+S, you guys are so fun and carefree, and your love for each other is infectious. We had such a wonderful time getting to know you guys and we're so happy that we could capture this moment in your lives!

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