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Kara and Justin contacted me not too long ago. The one thing they really wanted for their engagement was to go to the Laurentians where both their parents live. Where both of them met at a bar for the first time.

If you don’t already know, Quebec has some of the most incredible fall colours you’ll ever see. Every year there is a huge rush of tourists who make their way to the mountains to see the changing colours. We wanted to beat them to chase, so we got up super early and left Montreal when the sun was about to rise.

We weren’t even 20 Minutes into our trip when we noticed an incredible scene of fog lifting up from the water on the side of the road. We had to stop. It was the perfect start to an incredible day.

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Nick and Emilie have a camper. It’s name is Jerry. They actually go to the mountains in it. They actually make coffee on a vintage stove in it. Nick owns a ukulele and he actually sings Emilie to sleep in it. All this to say, they are actually pregnant.

While this trip to Kananaskis in Alberta was primarily for photos, my goal was to caapture how amazing these guys are to be around. They do cool things together. They enjoy life and give the people around them inspiration to do the same. I’m not going to be back in Calgary for a long time, and I’ll miss the mountains. In the meantime, these pictures will remind me of a fraction of the beauty that our country possesses. They’ll remind me that I have the coolest friends scattered all across Canada and the globe.

 

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  • Bailey

    Those look fantastic. You are truly tallentedReplyCancel

A year and a half and 25 weddings later I’m finally getting back on the blogging bandwagon. My priority last year was to build on my skills, and to give my clients the best possible product, but now I finally have some time to blog!!!

From today onward I will blog more frequently. I swear. I hope. We’ll see. 

On to Hannah and Rob from Lindsay, Ontario.

I met Hannah at an opera summer program in 2013. Hannah is a teacher and on opera singer #doublelife. On our downtime from the busy music camp, a bunch of us would watch the bachelor (yes, I enjoy dirty television sometimes), and this is when Hannah saw me editing my weddings. I get super self-conscious when people see my process. I take a lot of bad photos to get the good ones, but it’s how I end up getting exactly what I want. Either way, she decided then and there that I would shoot her wedding. She didn’t know when, but she knew it would be with Rob!

Rob is a teacher and an incredible rugby player #doublelife. He recently represented the Canadian national team at the Americas Rugby championship. He as a way of gaining your respect immediately. As we used to say in wrestling. He’s a beaut. A pure beaut.

To the wedding. I joined the families in Indio California for one week. One week away from the cold in Montreal, Canada. One week of early morning workouts with the bride and groom. Bike rides with the bridesmaids, and poolside drinks with the parents on both sides. On St Patty’s day the entire wedding got dressed in green attire and walked the streets. A mini parade with lots of green beer. Let’s just say some people had a hard time getting up the next day 😉 

I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story:

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Wedding Dress: Sottero & Midgley

Ceremony and Reception: Indian Palms Country Club and Resort

Flowers: Choice America Flower Wholesale in the Los Angeles Flower Market

All arrangements made my mom & uncle brian (Shirley Lucas & Brian Mahon)

Shoes: Kate Spade: Sela Heels

Cakes: Exquisite Desserts – Palm Desert

Hair: Vanessa Wunderlich

Makeup: Lacey West Makeup

Earrings: J Crew

  • Hannah

    Words cannot describe how happy we are with these photos. Thanks for blogging our day! xoxoxoxoxReplyCancel

Here is the third blog post from my year in review. I finally feel like I’m getting into the groove of things, but it still takes me hours to go through the photos in order to narrow them down. I would put them all up if I could.

Clodagh and Nicholas celebrated their wedding in Stratford, Ontario, where Nicholas grew up. I stayed in his childhood home, and got to meet his incredibly artistic family. I was inspired from the first moment I walked into their historic home. Nicholas is a car designer with a talent only a few people in this world possess. A gift that was passed down from his parents who are extraordinary artists themselves. Their eclectic home is adorned with sketches and artwork with colours and textures that helped spark my creativity for the weekend. Clodagh is an opera singer whose voice is out of this world. Her personality is out of this universe. She must get it from her parents. Her father can make anybody in a room smile. While I did not have the chance to meet Clodagh’s mother in person, I felt her essence through every one of her children, and through every one of her friends and family who spoke of her. I imagine she was a kind, outgoing person who could light up a room. Beautiful inside and out. Just like Clodagh.

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Here are some of the incredible vendors and their links:

Decorator: Cate Blowes of Designs by Cate

Hotel: Arden Park

Church: The Immaculate Conception 

Reception: Paul D. Fleck Marquee at the Stratford Festival

Wedding Flowers: Catherine Wright Designs, Stratford, Ontario

Bride’s Hair: Grotto Hair Studio

Bride’s Make-Up: Hilary Grimm of Game Face Make-Up

Bridal Boutique: Dior Bridal Salon

Bride’s Dress and Shoes: Maggie Sottero and Jimmy Choo

Bride’s Rings: Birks Canada

Bridesmaid’s Dresses and Jewelry: Dessy Twist Dress and Kate Spade

Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Hugo Boss and Salvatore Ferragamo

Groomsmen: Collins Formal Wear

Cake and Cupcakes: Kelly’s Bake Shoppe

Most of the little extras: Etsy

Car: 1963 Porsche 356

 

This is the second blog post for my year in review. I was hoping to post this last week, but I had an incredibly difficult time picking from my favourites from this breathtaking Canmore wedding.

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