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Michelle & Donald’s Edmonton Art Gallery Wedding with Urban Photographs

Michelle and Donald’s wedding was one of the smallest weddings I have ever photographed.  Smallest, but full of emotion, and so very sweet and intimate!  Michelle and Donald invited their closest friends to stand up for them.  The weather was warm even though some fresh snow covered the ground.  I’ve decided that boutonnieres made with a simple ranunculus flower are my favourite.

I am so in love with ranunculus! The Art Gallery of Alberta was so much fun to photograph in as the light came in through the windows.  It is truly one of the indoor places we enjoy photographing the most for a great modern feel.  The structure is so beautiful and full of great natural light.  The colours are so unobtrusive that it makes a perfect backdrop for photographs! We headed to a parking lot downtown for a few outdoor photographs before taking some photographs by a pool in the couple’s apartment.  I absolutely loved the beautiful reflections.  It was truly so much fun to share in the intimacy and beauty of Michelle and Donald’s wedding.

A tip for students and new wedding photographers: Before taking a photograph, examine the natural light you have to work with.  If you have any pockets of light, consider using these for dramatic lighting (see image of bride alone looking up).

A tip for bride’s and grooms: When choosing a ceremony or reception site, consider selecting a place that is open to and beautiful for photography.  If your ceremony site and reception site are not great for photographs, then consider booking a place to have photographs taken in should the weather not cooperate on your day.  There are many spaces in and around Edmonton that are really beautiful to fit a variety of “feels” or themes, so when we meet to plan your details we’d be happy to recommend some of our favourite spots!edmonton-art-gallery-wedding-photographers-001edmonton-art-gallery-wedding-photographers-002edmonton-art-gallery-wedding-photographers-003edmonton-art-gallery-wedding-photographers-004edmonton-art-gallery-wedding-photographers-005edmonton-art-gallery-wedding-photographers-006edmonton-art-gallery-wedding-photographers-007edmonton-art-gallery-wedding-photographers-008

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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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  • Chris Anderson - 2014/04/19 - 11:13 am

    Awesome series! And glad you could make it on time! Great to hear that you shed a few behind the camera during this session. We’re lucky in that we get to hide behind the camera sometimes ;)ReplyCancel

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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