Knowing I had one week as a California wedding photographer, I decided to do another shoot in a place I’ve been crushing on for awhile now – the epic Joshua Tree National Park. With the sun still harsh as the late evening rolled in, we embraced the desert heat, Joshua Trees and amazing rocky landscapes.
I was connected with Nancy a few days after putting out a model call and she was the perfect desert goddess I’d been looking for. We exchanged a few emails to perfect the vision and just a week later met up in the middle of the desert.
I encouraged Nancy to be herself and it helped me to re-learn the art of slowing down with my camera. Wedding days can be hectic and it’s often I need to remind myself to just watch, wait and find the perfect shot to showcase the mood, moment or personality.
This mini shoot inspired me so much and made me add a Joshua Tree desert wedding to my list of things I get to shoot one day, that’s for sure.
Travel is something I’m incredibly passionate about and California is one of my favourite places. If you’re eloping to California or having a destination wedding in California, get in touch!
Jon and Kristen met with a quick swipe right and as much as it may not be considered quite so romantic, after awhile of dating everyone knew something was different. They were the perfect match and after one interesting family dinner, perhaps a little more than they cared to admit.
Both from Edmonton, Kristen and Jon decided to fly a little farther south for some sunnier weather. They chose to get married at the De Anza Country Club in California, a place close to their hearts and one Kristen has made many of her favourite memories growing up.
They opted to see each other before the ceremony so they could have a more private and intimate setting, just the two of them, to share handwritten vows, genuinely connect and simply just be themselves in their wedding photos. It allowed them to relax and focus on each other as we explored the open desert, mountains and cacti filled landscape.
The connection from their first look carried them through the day to their ceremony on the 7th green where family and friends gathered in excitement. Kristen and Jon promised each other forever under the desert sun and thanks to their first look earlier in the day, they were able to join their guests in enjoying cocktail hour.
Carrying the evening on into the club house, the laughter and tears never stopped. If it wasn’t one, it was the other. Hilarious introductions, heartfelt speeches, a sneaky Smirnoff ice challenge and two ridiculous kissing games made the evening one to remember.
Kristen and Jon, I have thanked you so many times already but how could I not. I’m beyond thankful to have met the both of you in Kelowna, and even better to get to know you and hangout with you now in Edmonton too! Your ability to make those around you comfortable, laugh and feel important is like none other. Thank you for always being so down to earth, all of your generosity, kindness and everything in between. You have two amazing families and friends that felt like that of my own within a matter of hours. And finally, thank you for making my time as a California wedding photographer more than I could have ever imagined.
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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”