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Little Kaleb’s Birth Story

There is nothing that is more of a miracle than birth.  Even when Krister and I were convinced we did not wish to have children, I loved witnessing a brand new baby coming into this world.  The first time I photographed a birth it was for a former bride/groom of ours.  I loved the couple, and witnessing them go through the anticipation, pain, love and wonder of their little boy coming into the world hooked me on photographing births from that time on!

This story was similar.  Oksana and Ryan were a wonderful couple that Krister and I had the privilege to photograph on their wedding day in the Dominican Republic.  On our 3 hour drive to some amazing trash the dress locations we got to know them better, and when Oksana let me know she was pregnant I was so excited for them!  Now a friend of mine, I knew I’d love to be there for their miracle.  Luckily they wanted me there too ;).

Oksana was called into the hospital without any notice, and I made it to the Grey Nuns Hospital in time to be a part of the anticipation, the eagerness, and witness the beauty of the moments just before the two became a unit of three.  When Kaleb was born I could barely contain my excitement.  It is great at moments like these to have a lens to hide behind.  I’ve shed not a few tears on wedding days or baby photo shoots behind my camera.  Kaleb was so little, so amazing… so perfect.  As family entered and met the little one for the first time ever I had the amazing job of capturing all of these firsts.  “Special K” will always hold a little place in my heart.  Thank you so much Oksana and Ryan for allowing me to capture his beginning!

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Edmonton Wedding Photographers | Orange Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

I was thrilled to create and collaborate on an orange bohemian wedding inspired photo shoot.  The day was a flurry of events and Becky and I could not have pulled it off without the help of many awesome vendors.  When I drove up to Fabloomosity’s loading dock to pick up the flowers my jaw literally dropped.  The floral necklace and headband were absolutely inspired.  I find Janine to be one of the best florists in Edmonton.  Her work not only has personality and individuality, but it also awesomely “polished”.  Her bouquets last for days and do not come apart (I know, because I took one of her bouquets on an airplane and used it for a shoot a few days later!)  Kristina, from Special Event Rentals was amazing at putting together some great table fabrics, chairs and table to set off our theme.  This lady knows her stuff and can really get behind any theme I have put her direction.  The yummy table of food was my favourite thing to design.  I absolutely love food, and shopping at the Italian Centre before the shoot was probably my favourite part ;).  I had been collecting vintage-looking dishes, cutting boards and items for an entire summer, and was excited to be able to put them to use!  Our models, Melanie & Greg were amazing.  It was great working with them as they are a true husband and wife, and were cool with snuggling ;).  Creative photo shoots have become a fun thing for us to do as it gives us time to be be inspired and hopefully inspire some other brides out there to try something bold, or something new.  Enjoy!edmonton wedding photographer - flower wreath inspiration - orange - bohemian edmonton wedding photographer - flower wreath inspiration - orange - bohemian edmonton wedding photographer - flower wreath inspiration - orange - bohemian edmonton wedding photographer - flower wreath inspiration - orange - bohemian edmonton wedding photographer - flower wreath inspiration - orange - bohemian edmonton wedding photographer - flower wreath inspiration - orange - bohemian

Collaboration: Becky Veasey & Susan Temme

Set up: Crystal Budgell & Susan Temme

Floral: Fabloomosity

Rentals: Special Event Rentals

Food: The Italian Centre

 

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Now Larimar, Dominican Republic Destination Wedding Photographers | Oksana & Ryan’s Wedding!

Oksana met Krister at The CPLC, where we teach.  Oksana and Ryan are photographers themselves, so we were very excited when they chose us to capture their wedding at the Now Larimar in Punta Cana,  Dominican Republic!  We LOVED the resort a lot.  It was truly a gorgeous spot for a wedding, or for just a vacation!

Oksana and Ryan met at the Funky Pickle in Edmonton while waiting for their orders.  They noticed each other, and connected a few days later via facebook.  They are so incredibly gorgeous together.

There was a nervous/excited vibe during the getting ready, and Oksana couldn’t wait to see Ryan for the first time.  Ryan got emotional when he saw Oksana walk down the gorgeous aisle along the fountain at the Now Larimar.  The ceremony was super emotional and gorgeous.  Oksana’s choice to ask guests to dress in beiges and whites really added to the beauty in my opinion.

Ryan and Oksana’s wedding reflected them beautifully.  Every detail was planned out.  A gorgeous ceremony location, amazing appetizers, delicious food, and fire dancers at night!  We’d highly recommend the Now Larimar for destination weddings.

Are you looking for a destination wedding photographer?  We love photographing beach weddings and would love to photograph your wedding in the Dominican Republic at the Now Larimar, Punta Cana, or wherever your love takes you!  We’ve also photographed destination weddings in Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba and Hawaii. We’d be happy to travel to new places too! Please get in touch with us at: info@picturethat.ca

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Hilton Rose Hall Wedding in Jamaica | Edmonton Destination Wedding Photographers

Hilton Rose Hall Aqueducts – Jamaica Wedding

Krister and I were fortunate to be able to photograph Aimee & Craig’s wedding in Jamaica last winter!  We absolutely loved the resort.  It was small, and easy for guests to find each other and mingle.  The food was amazing, and I still crave the jerk chicken they serve on the way to the pool!  Aimee & Craig had a blast on their wedding day, and kept things light and fun.  Most destination weddings tend to be a lot of fun, and less stressful than local weddings, and that’s one reason why we love them so much.

Aimee had carefully selected details that she purchased on Etsy, and a cool shell necklace made for her by her sister-in-law.  The getting ready was full of laughs, champagne and a few teary moments – like when Aimee’s mom stood back to look at her in her dress for the first time.  Craig and the boys got ready quickly and had some fun strolling around the hotel grounds.

The ceremony at the aqueducts was absolutely amazing!  For this backdrop alone I would recommend the Hilton Rose Hall in Jamaica for anyone looking for a spectacular, not your run-of-the-mill destination wedding location.  As the violinist played, Aimee walked down the aisle.  Just then a flock of birds flew up right behind her.  The moment was perfect.  The setting was intimate and the personalized vows were beautiful.

We spent some time at the aqueducts to take wedding photographs of the bridal party and Aimee & Craig before we decided to hit the ocean for photographs on the rocks.  Kudos to the bridal party for braving the rocks to get some awesome photographs!  Thank you to Trevor, the groomsman who came up with the snail ring photograph and arranged the snail ;).  To the bridal party: we truly had a great time with all of you.

The reception was held outdoors at one of the a la carte restaurants.  The food was amazing… especially the butternut squash soup.  The couple danced by the light of the tiki torches, which was a perfect ending to a wonderful wedding day.

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