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Throughout December I will be blogging a few of the weddings from this past season. My Fall was filled with editing and getting the final product to my clients, and I’m so happy to finally have the chance to bring some of these photos to you.

I’m starting with Jalisa and Travis in Rosebud, Alberta. An unconventional destination wedding spot just outside of Calgary. This tiny town has a lot of heart. It is actually a thriving artist’s colony. The Rosebud School of the Arts and The Rosebud Theatre have turned this little community into a prime destination for the arts. With its incredible charm, Rosebud served as the perfect destination for this wedding.

Jalisa and Travis chose this destination because their roots are in the prairies. They currently live in Calgary, but have family and friends from all over Alberta. It was fitting to have everybody meet in Rosebud.

I still can’t get over the special bond that these two wonderful people share. It was easy to just let them do their thing while I clicked away. Jalisa and Travis were happy to let me shoot in my own creative style. Their only request: I had to get shots in the wheat fields because Jalisa’s father is a wheat farmer. It was scorching and the sun was bright, but we got some incredible shots. I am still thanking my lucky stars that the owner of the field didn’t catch us flattening his crops. I hope that my good karma from the past will make up for our mini crop massacre.


Below are some links to the incredible companies and people who helped put this beautiful wedding together.

Bride Getting Ready: Rosebud Country Inn 

Groom Getting Ready: Rosebud Golf Course and The Actor’s Studio in Rosebud

Ceremony: Rosebud Church

Reception: Rosebud Mercantile

Bridesmaid’s Makeup: Libertee Muzyka

Bridesmaid’s Makeup and Hair: Libertee Muzyka

Bride and Flower Girl’s Dresses: Sonias Bridal Calgary

Groomsmen’s Tuxedos: The Bridle Centre

DJ Services: Outright Entertainment

Flowers: Candace Schmidt (Friend of the couple)

Cake and Cupcakes: Crave Cookies and Cupcakes

Rentals: Special Event Rentals

 

I am so happy that the people who come in and out of my life are so impacted by the work I do and have such fond memories of what is one of the greatest joys in my life. 

Most of the weddings I photograph are through recommendations from friends, past clients, and guests at the weddings I attend. I want to send a huge thank you to Robert Lee for giving out my name to Becky. It’s incredible how such a huge wedding for me had its roots in a very simple gesture.

I have included photos by Adrian Wong from Calgary, who was a fabulous second shooter. Our styles are very closely related, making his photos fit seamlessly into the blog!

Thanks to Becky and Phil for giving me the chance to come down with Adrian and shoot   their phenomenal wedding in one of my favorite cities. Going through the photos made me want to go back. We couldn’t have had a better experience – shooting this remarkable couple was enhanced by the way Adrian and I were treated like family. It made shooting the wedding that much easier. Their relationship started off in a cable car, so it was quite fitting that they ended their wedding day by taking one back to the hotel! They are also very loyal to their respective baseball teams as you can tell by the photos near the end. I made them bring their ball caps to the wedding…it wasn’t that hard to convince them!

There is an extensive list of vendors with links to their websites at the end of this post. If you’re planning a wedding in the bay area, make sure to check them out.

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Florist: Tanjeeryn Designs

Hair: Sheila Vegara

Makeup: Batol Yacoub

Cookies: Anthony’s Cookies

Cake: Sweet On Cake

Lion Dancing: Leung’s White Crane

Caterer: McCalls

Hotel: The Westin San Francisco Market Street

Wedding Dress: David Bridal White by Vera Wang

Cheongsam: Dragon Seed

Bridesmaid Dresses and Groomsmen ties: J. Crew

Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse Black by Vera Wang

Invitations, programs, cookie stickers/escort cards: fish+cake design

Wedding Planner: rb from Duet Design Events

There are bridezillas…Then there are the brides that I’ve had the fortunate chance to work with over the last few years. Kailey is no exception. Kristjan found the perfect match for his incredible personality. And they’re both hot to boot.

The day before the wedding was almost as epic as the wedding itself! The rehearsal was followed by a picnic with family and friends. There was a quick barber session for Kristjan and his best man during the picnic. To end it off we all went to a Toronto Blue Jays game. 50+ people in the nosebleeds drinking beer and just having a blast. So much fun.

The wedding…

Incredible food at Archeo coupled with the extraordinary atmosphere of The Distillery District made for a wicked wedding celebration. There is a list of vendors with links to their websites at the bottom. Make sure to check them out if your wedding is in the GTA!

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Venue: Archeo Restaurant, Toronto, Sandra Torres, Events Coordinator. From Kailey, “She was amazing. She met with us as many times as we wanted and offered a ton of helpful advice.”

Kailey’s Dress: Romatic Bridals from the Elite Bridal Boutique, Lacombe, Alberta

Kristjan’s Suit: Samuelsohn  from The Bay, Toronto

Getting Ready Location: Grand Hotel and Suites, Toronto

Bouquets and boutonnieres: Coquette Studios, Toronto

Hair and Makeup, Kelly McGoey and Kristen Munro: mcgoeykm@gmail.com

Barbershop: Bellwoods Barbers, Toronto

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.
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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)

 

 

 

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.