Rachael+Michael in Napa Valley

Where to begin? From the first messages back and forth to our first skype meeting…to the engagement shoot in Montreal. Then finally to Napa Valley last month. It all seemed to flow like a dream. I never quite believed it was really happening. I guess that’s why the photos took on a dream like quality.

I have to thank the Pez Girls for letting me stay with them at an incredible farm house in St. Helena. I slept on a bed that was on the porch. The best 3 nights of sleep I’ve had all year. The third photo of this post was taken on the morning of the wedding…while still in my bed. I also have to give a huge thanks to Denisa, the maid of honour. Without her, I would not have taken some of my best shots of the day. Finally, thanks to Rachael and Michael for giving me the opportunity to shoot this incredible wedding. Thanks to all of the friends and family who treated me like one of their own! I hope you enjoy the photos.

You are all in my heart.

ps. Towards the end of the day Rachael literally collapsed on the pavement…haha. The D.I.Y. wedding tuckered her out. I love the photos of that moment. The last photos are of Rachael and Michael dancing to La Vie on Rose. Another spectacular moment in a weekend filled with equally stunning and touching moments.

Venue: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Rachael’s Dress: Lisa VanHattem custom gowns (Toronto)

Michael’s suit: R Douglas Custom Clothier (Sacramento)

Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew

Flowers: Centerpiece Floral & Home (St Helena)

 

 

 

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McBean & Quarterman

An untraditionally traditional wedding. Say that 10 times! The bridesmaids don’t all have to be girls, and why not add into the mix Fergus’ dad as a groomsman.

Instead of spending hours on taking traditional post-ceremony shots, Lara and Fergus wanted to enjoy their party! This gave me a great opportunity to get candids at the cocktail hour. We also got a few minutes to take some “posed” shots as well.

Lara and Fergus have hearts that extend beyond borders. They have lived all around the world. Working for international organizations and extensively travelling the globe, they have met many people along the way. Despite the wedding’s location in Calgary, their guests came from far and wide. Having lived in Africa, their taste in music for the final portion of the evening was unforgettable.

I could say so much more, but I’ll let the pictures tell you the rest of the story.

Thanks to Jennifer Leady who was in the wedding party for giving me access to the wonderful logo she created for Lara and Fergus. You can see her work in many of the photos below and you can check out her work at www.brandedbyseven.com. Her artistry with branding and design is inspiring.

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Jenny+Clayton in their backyard, Montreal

Jenny and Clayton got married in the spring of 2012. It was a beautiful wedding in their backyard with only a handful of friends and family present. They knew they had to put together a bigger celebration for other family members and friends who were not there for the “official” ceremony. I was so blessed to be a part of this second wedding that was also held in their backyard.

When I met with Jenny and Clayton the week before the wedding, they still had many, many tasks to complete. The entire house, which they recently purchased, was in a state of chaos because of renovations. Clayton was going to his full time job and returning home in the evenings to work away at an endless list of “todo’s”. Jenny, who had just started her residency in the ER, was working late nights and endless hours. She was also trying to plan the wedding at the same time. Their idea was to have a humble backyard wedding with 30-40 guests and a fully catered meal from one of the best Dim Sum restaurants in Montreal. I was excited, and hopeful that Jenny and Clayton could get everything together in time for their big “second” day.

Following are the pictures from this beautiful day in October. We were lucky to get some sunshine to mix in with the beautiful fall colours for our short (30 minute) photo session at the base of the mountain. In Montreal, we call it a mountain. Back home, we would call it a pretty hill. But I digress. The day was set up perfectly for Jenny, Clayton and their closest friends and family to celebrate such a raw and beautiful love. A love that is undeniably present in everything they do.

-Brent

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Colourful Cuba in black and white

I am about to leave for Kenya. Sitting here at the airport, wishing I had posted pictures from my trip to Cuba a little earlier. I hate rushing posts.

It was my second time in Cuba. The first time was one of the last trips I took with my father. That story is for another day, but needless to say, this trip was a bit of an emotional one fore me.

I just looked at the time. My flight leaves for Amsterdam in forty five minutes. Can I pull this off? Can I post some decent pictures of my trip before I have to board? Concentrate Brent.

This post will be the first of two. I am dedicating this post to my captures that needed to be in black and white. Cuba is extremely colourful. The people. The music. The LOCAL food (not the cuisine at most of the hotels). Why black and white? Because this country brings you back. If you can drown out the noise of the travellers. Maybe walk through a street where you’re the only tourist. You can actually go back in time.

Twenty minutes

I hope you enjoy.

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Jenny+Clayton in their backyard, October 7, 2012

Jenny and Clayton got married in the spring of 2012. It was a beautiful wedding in their backyard with only a handful of friends and family present. They knew they had to put together a bigger celebration for other family members and friends who were not there for the “official” ceremony. I was so blessed to be a part of this second wedding that was also held in their backyard.

When I met with Jenny and Clayton the week before the wedding, they still had many, many tasks to complete. The entire house, which they recently purchased, was in a state of chaos because of renovations. Clayton was going to his full time job and returning home in the evenings to work away at an endless list of “todo’s”. Jenny, who had just started her residency in the ER, was working late nights and endless hours. She was also trying to plan the wedding at the same time. Their idea was to have a humble backyard wedding with 30-40 guests and a fully catered meal from one of the best Dim Sum restaurants in Montreal. I was excited, and hopeful that Jenny and Clayton could get everything together in time for their big “second” day.

Following are the pictures from this beautiful day in October. We were lucky to get some sunshine to mix in with the beautiful fall colours for our short (30 minute) photo session at the base of the mountain. In Montreal, we call it a mountain. Back home, we would call it a pretty hill. But I digress. The day was set up perfectly for Jenny, Clayton and their closest friends and family to celebrate such a raw and beautiful love. A love that is undeniably present in everything they do.

-Brent

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