Ah October. Is it going to be snowy? Sunny? Raining? It’s Edmonton, so WHO KNOWS! It was a bit of a brisk one when we headed down to the river valley a few weeks ago but that didn’t stop us from capturing some sweet family moments of these fine folks! With 5 kids in tow it’s always a bit of a challenge to get one nice family photo (trust me, I have a 6 and a 2 year old), but I think we nailed it! :) Everyone was extremely lovely and I enjoyed trying to capture this moment time in their lives, as it goes by oh so fast.
At the most lovely acreage mansion just outside of Edmonton, Cayla and Dillon said their “I do’s”, shot their wedding photos AND had their reception! How often can you find a place that fits the bill for all three? Without going back to check, I think this blog post has the most photos of any of my wedding features as there were just SO MANY that I loved with this beautiful couple and beautiful location. And the thing is, it was also so much FUN! From minute one everyone seemed to be right at home having a blast, making me kinda wish I was 10 or 15 years younger thinking back to my “party years” (OMG how old do I sound???).
There were tears of joy, and a few of sadness as Cayla’s father Randy had suddenly passed away only a few months earlier. Her uncle stepped in for her father-daughter dance and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Her sister and maid of honour gave the most heart-felt and wonderful speech on behalf of her and their father from which I know he would be proud.
Later that night after the sun had gone down on that cool (not yet) fall evening, I left a raucous of a party and what were definitely going to be some tired kids the next morning!
Wishing you both many happy years to come C&D!
Dress: David’s Bridal
HMUA: Vanity Collective
Cake: Cake Affair
I love it when I get new clients from past shoots! I had photographed Jeff & Shaneen‘s wedding many moons ago, and now got the opportunity to shoot family portraits for his sister Karlene and her lovely family here all the way from the USA! Off to the Muttart we went on this lovely sunny day, avoiding the runners (lol) and capturing what I think are some gems! Hope you enjoy!
When a friend or colleague asks me if I can be shoot their wedding – one of the most special days in their life – it means a lot! After having a blast with their football-themed engagement session last year I was looking forward to celebrating with them once again, along with a bunch of my rehab friends from the hospital. It’s always fun to see how well people clean up, after having mostly only seen them in scrubs with various microbes and bodily fluids swimming all over them (ewww!).
With heartfelt vows they wrote themselves, Jen and Yannick said “I do” at the Lodge at Snow Valley, with the football theme in effect (and check out those M&M’s!). Both looked stunning, as did all of the personal touches at the venue. It was both elegant yet fun, and as I left after the lights went out, I could hear screams of laughter and an awesome party underway. A big congrats to you both and your shared life ahead!
Special thanks go out to Genevieve Cameron of Genevieve Imagery for being my awesome second shooter!
Dress: Urban Bride Delivered
Make-up Artist: Paige Griffin
Hair: Colette Turenne
Three month old baby Dottie (OMG that name!!) tried ever so hard to stay awake for Mom and Dad, but try as she might, sleep won in the end. There’s nothing more adorable and peaceful than a sleeping baby (except maybe a sleeping baby in a bow!). All the fatigue and anxiety and stress of being a new parent just seems to melt away when you hold your little one, sleeping so well in your arms. I especially love babies with their little soothers in (at my house we’ve always called them “soozies”). Dottie is one of the newest additions to my rehab work family and we all love her cute little smile :)
Congrats Mom and Dad on your beautiful girl!
I was lucky enough to get to do another great family shoot this winter! As you can probably guess, the Muttart was the backdrop for this fun session with the Dong and Irwin families, and because this is Edmonton in winter, we got to have some of that lovely setting sun light, because it was, you know, 3PM…
The kids were a blast and seem to have a lot of fun together, and didn’t fail to make me smile, especially in their “silly” poses (which we had more than non-silly ones I think)!
Merry Christmas to all of you, and here are my favorites from your session!
Well, well, well, there’s been a bit of SNOW since my last shoot! I was hoping we would hit my birthday at the end of December until we got some of the white stuff, but I think that only happened in 1997 (yes kids, I remember the year 1997). I don’t know about you all, but I happen to LOVE winter photo shoots! They always end up super playful and really bring out the kid in everyone – especially when there actually IS a spunky little girl included! This sweet family has lived in Edmonton for only about 4 months, and being from Texas, I didn’t know what they’d think of a YEG winter. I mean, nothing says Edmonton like a 6 month winter season, and you DO eventually get used to scraping your car, frozen eyelashes, and healthy dose of seasonal affective disorder. But then you also get Christmas! The Ice Castles! Cozy fireplaces! Plus it’s actually pretty gorgeous if you really think about it. This family was so welcoming and friendly, I even got to meet their sweet pupper (and almost meet their kitty cat…)! We had a lot of fun chasing each other around the top of the river valley and only face-planted once or twice in the snow!
On the edge of death, I traveled with my hubby – the long way (thanks Google Maps!) – to Fairmont Hot Springs to help celebrate Karine and Dustin getting hitched! I say “on the edge of death” because I was just getting over
demon possession in my guts the worst stomach flu I’ve had in 10 years. The kind where you live in the bathroom. Where you want to die. Or maybe just go into a light coma. Either way I was Gatorading and dry-toasting the CRAP out of my body because I WAS NOT MISSING A WEDDING! And wouldn’t you know it? SUCCESS!
By the big day I was enjoying me a lovely mountain wedding, complete with mini chocolate bars and Rockets at each table, a bunch of friends I hadn’t seen in a long time, and the bride and groom looking absolutely AMAZING! Karine had one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever shot, not to mention the flowers, and I adored the pairing of the navy suits for the men. We laughed, we cried, and afterwards we soaked in a hot, hot, mountain pool!
Thank you two for allowing me to capture your day, I had a blast! :)
My summer finished with the first of two weddings, back-to-back. Erin and Norm celebrated on a hot Saturday with a cute vintage/rustic wedding on the outskirts of Spruce Grove with their families and children standing up for them in their wedding party! Lots of laughs were had (and a few tears…the good kind!) and I could tell this group were going to party hard, late into the night after I left. :P
Erin exclaimed to me at one point as an aside that she was just “SOOO HAPPY!” that day, and it definitely showed! Wishing you all the best as newly weds, here are my favorites from your day!
I have gotten a lot of requests for the lovely bridge backdrop that has been featured a few times in my recent sessions! Tucked away and oh so charming, I got to shoot two great families: the Cavanaghs have been on the SZP blog 3 times now (!) and the Kennedys making their debut! Working with both mamas in rehab at the hospital, we have been friends and colleagues for at least 10 years and it’s always a pleasure to work with such lovely people that I know well and get all my bad jokes!
Hope you enjoy some of my fave’s on the bridge! :)