The Local Love Pop Up wedding show was my very first wedding show as a vendor in the history of my nine years as a wedding photographer. Being a new Edmonton wedding photographer, I thought it would be another fantastic way to get myself out there in the community and connect with amazing vendors!
The show was held on Friday, February 10th from 3-9pm at the Fairmont MacDonald in downtown Edmonton. Featuring 45+ vendors, swag bags for the first 300 attendees, hands on workshops, a fashion show, hors d’oeuvres, a champagne bar and so much more, the line up of brides to get in was intimidating.
For my design I decided to keep it as simple as possible. I created a space for brides to come sit down, browse through prints and chat with me. I also got my boyfriend help me design a backdrop stand to hold five favourite shots of mine and the rest of the decor was from my home.
Overall, the show was a huge success and I absolutely loved getting to chat with all of the brides about their weddings, get to know some new vendors and connect with those I didn’t get to meet on Instagram.
“I’ll be your Eric, if you’ll be my Ariel…”. There was nothing Shandi wanted more than to get married with her toes in the sand, like the mermaid and Disney loving bride that she is. Flying in from the west coast, Shandi and Taylor’s Ocean Varadero El Patriarca wedding took place on a stunning white beach with the bluest ocean water in the background, just as they had imagined.
On the morning of the wedding, there was a constant buzz of excitement and nerves as the year and half of planning had finally led to the big day. As the moment grew closer to seeing his bride for the very first time, Taylor did all he could to hold back the tears. Shandi with her arm around the one who loved her first, walked towards Taylor and all of the morning nerves were washed away with the tide. Taylor with his grandfather’s cross and Shandi with her handmade bouquet, they shared their handwritten vows with each other and their loved ones, most which were brought to tears.
If you’ve been to Cuba, you have fallen in awe with their old cars. Shandi and Taylor too, they decided to rent three for their bridal party and wedding portraits to really bring Cuba home with them in their photos. Taking in as much of the resort as we possibly could, we made our way to the ocean and ended the evening with a Cuban sunset.
Taylor and Shandi, from your wedding to the Catamaran island adventure and everything in between it was such an honour to join you all on your week in Cuba. Getting to be your destination wedding photographer was a serious honour and I can’t wait to see where your adventures take you both. Have the best time on your honeymoon; you two absolutely deserve it!
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“Christina Perri – A Thousand Years”
As we reach closer to the final days of the year, I thought it was time for the best of 2016 weddings that I had the absolute pleasure of shooting. Shooting almost 100,000 images this season over 20 weddings, it was incredibly hard to choose my favourites but three hours later, here we are!
When shooting weddings, I love to get in close to the couple, find the little details in the way her hand is placed or the smirk on his face when I tell them to get even closer. It’s where I always seem to find the best moments, because they’re just that much more intimate. Detail shots are also a big favourite because they are a display of the couples personality and style. They’re the little things they took the time to think about and are one of the easiest to forget.
Looking back on all of my 2016 weddings and engagements, grateful and blessed are words that come to mind. They’re also words I use quite frequently because they’re so true. The fact that I have such a number of beautiful shots to share for a best of 2016 weddings is something to be not only grateful for but proud of.
From the start of the season to the end, I can see where I grew as a wedding photographer, and where I want to go now as 2017 peeks around the corner. This year, I hope to find even more subtle and intimate moments between my couples by learning to slow down and anticipate them. My goal is to wait for the right moment, not photograph just any that I see.
As a bubbly, high-energy and adventurous wedding photographer, I’m excited to see how slowing down will change my composition, how I see light and my overall work for 2017.
Anyway, let’s get on to the images…
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“Give Me Something – Seafret”
Well, my wedding season is over for the year and as a big music lover, I tallied up my favourite top 10 first dance songs of 2016. Photographing over 20 weddings this year, I heard a few of the same songs multiple times and others I had never heard before in my life, the latter being the better of the two.
As a wedding photographer who is one hundred percent creative and whose life involves a lot of music, it’s something I always look forward to hearing. I wonder why they chose the song? Where did they first hear it together? What’s the meaning behind it to them? Etc.
Finding new music is better than Christmas morning. The first few chords play and as you start to fall in love with the melody, you anxiously await to find out what the song is all about and your mind does it’s best to figure out the artist at the same time. I love how music, even without words, conveys an emotion to almost everyone. Add in such meaningful words, and I admit to having cried at most of my wedding’s first dance songs.
This year, all of my clients had great taste and chose songs that I couldn’t help but add to my iTunes library if they weren’t already there. So, here are my top 10 first dance songs of 2016:
Swallowed in the Sea – Coldplay
Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
There Will Be Time – Mumford and Sons
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
11:11 – The Arkells
Give Until There’s Nothing Left – Relient K
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
All Of Me – John Legend
All of this to think about, it already makes me wonder what my favourite first dance songs of 2017 will be. Such a small thing to look forward to, but nonetheless it’s another part of my job I love.
Caitlin and Jason’s wedding at the Herb Garden in Almonte, was another beauty to be hold. The Herb Garden being my favourite wedding venue in Ottawa, I was more than happy to go back.
Jason from Virginia, Caitlin from Ottawa, the two met on the other side of the world in Seoul, Korea and as with some couples, I didn’t get to meet them in person until the wedding day itself.
Having lived abroad for some time, Caitlin and Jason wanted to be able to spend as much time as possible with their guests so we decided to do a first look, family and bridal party photos before the ceremony which was an emotional one. Caitlin’s Mom sat with her Grandma to get what was some of the best marriage advice I’ve ever heard to date at a wedding. It was so honest and incredibly inspiring.
The night continued on a performance from her Dad and Caitlin and Jason had been taking dance lessons for quite some time so they decided to do a performance or two throughout the night. This of course led to one epic dance party that most of the guests even joined in on!
Caitlin, you’re quiet yet vibrant and Jason, I have never met a more charismatic man in my entire life. You two are the perfect combination for each other and your love story is one for the history books. Being your wedding photographer was such a pleasure and never in my years shooting weddings have I ever cried when being thanked by a couple. You two are such genuine “seouls” and words can’t fully explain my gratitude!
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“Alessia Cara – Stone”