Horsethief Canyon Engagement / Carli + Neil

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I first met Carli while shooting Ryan & Caitlin's wedding in Canmore, at the stunning Cornerstone Theatre! Carli was one of Caitlin's Bridesmaids (the whole group was absolutely amazing to work with...the best part, I booked three weddings from that one wedding!) and we hit it off right away!
At the reception that evening, Carli introduced me to Neil..her then boyfriend. We snapped a few portraits of them together and I remember Carli saying between pictures, "As soon as we get engaged, you are going to be one of my first phone calls!"  Well, she kept her word, and it was only a short while later that I got the news and inquiry from Carli, and started making plans to shoot their wedding!  

Fast forward to their engagement session that we shot in the breathtaking Horsetheif Canyon, in Drumheller, Alberta. The view out there is UNREAL and the land is so captivating to walk through. I remember feeling like we had transported far, far away from the familiar flat prairies of our farming province to the hills and deserts of Nevada! A more perfect sunset could not have been orderd to light our evening and while we were taking pictures, Dana flew the drone over us taking a video of it all!

This Saturday in front of all their family and friends, they become husband and wife at the beautiful Valley Ridge Golf Club in Calgary..and I already know I am going to be crying behind the camera.  I have said it before and I will keep saying it... getting to know my clients and then becoming friends with them is the coolest part of my job. 

Carli & Neil, 
Thank you again so much for asking me to be your photographer, for your friendships and for trusting me to capture your memories!  

J

Kicking Horse Mountain Wedding // Steven & Kirbi

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It was my first time going out to Kicking Horse Resort, and the drive alone is enough to make my soul feel filled, but when when we actually stepped on the top of that mountain, I was literally left speechless. This was the perfect location for this ski bunny couple, who happen to ski this hill like nobody's business! I was confused and asked Kirbi, "So....ummm where exactly are the runs that you take to get down this mountain?!?!?" She laughed as she simply and quite confidently said, "there are none, you just go!  Kirbi, an only child just like Steven, is one seriously fierce girl and learned how to ski like a rock star very quickly.  She refused to be left behind, same goes for everything in her life, and had to keep up with her very seasoned fiancee and his friends...which didn't take long! 

The morning of the wedding, we took our time touring around after the torturous gondola ride up. I am prettified of heights so I almost threw up about 29 times and poor Michelle wasn't that far behind me, as we were hanging, swinging in the wind up so freaking high! Ok, I would say "torturous" about ANY gondola ride as they scared me to death...but I refuse to let that stop me! 

The ceremony was absolutely breathtaking as it over looked a vast mountain line and the uninterrupted backdrop of all things mother nature. I kept thinking, "How blessed am I to be here right now capturing such beauty and happiness!"  I felt so small and humbled by the moment and I love that feeling, I crave it, because for me it defines that I am taking it all in, and not wasting the moments I am gifted. 

Steven and Kirbi, along with their families, were so openhearted and kind that it made everything so enjoyable the whole day. After the ceremony, and surrounded by another amazing group of people ( I just adore all the wonderful bridal parties that I have met this season) we took our time doing formals on top of the mountain! WHAT A DREAM TO SHOOT! Kirbi's cathedral vail was crazy entertaining in all the gusts of wind we had and made for some pretty funny pictures!  

I would have to say that the highlight of the day for us all was when Kirbi & Steven said they wanted to scale the rocks and walk out on the cliff for a few epic shots. It was freezing as I navigated in front of them the path we should take to get them out there. Taking every single step with caution, I got them safely situated and as I inched my way back we fired as many pictures as quickly as we could! It was an actual rush in my chest as having them out there scared my, but was a dream coming true for me and was a moment I will never forget and can't wait to try again! 

A delicious red velvet cake, indian leg wrestling leg competitions, laughter to spare and love overflowing the night was memorable and one I will be forever grateful to have been a part of. 

Thank you so much Kirbi & Steven for trusting in me and my work so deeply, and for giving me this amazing opportunity to see such beauty.  I adore you both and I knew from your Engagement Session that your wedding day was going to be so much fun! I also want to mention again how wonderful everyone at the wedding was! We felt so welcomed by both family and friend's and had an incredible time, thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!! 

InJoy, 

Janine

VENDORS

Venue/Catering: Kicking Horse Resort  

Rentals: Special Events & Rentals

Wedding Cake: Bland. Desserts

Florist: Golden Belle

Wedding Dress: From Cameo & Cufflinks {By Sophia Tolli}

Brides Shoes: Shoes of Prey 

Makeup & Hair Artists: Pretty Hause

Second Shooter: Michelle Marie Photography 

DJ: Southside Entertainment

 

Shannon Terrace Engagement || Krista & Marc

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 Meet Marc, Krista & sweet little Maggie!   

With Shannon Terrace being so close to their home, and a favourite location to walk Maggie, it was a stunning and easy location to shoot their engagement session at. I got there early and had time to walk around and enjoy the rainbow of everything Fall before they arrived. From the endless colours to the rich smell of the season that I desperately wish I could bottle up, I was filled with gratitude to have this wonderful couple to photograph on such a perfect evening! 
Marc and Krista showed up with huge smiles on their faces and ready to shoot! We took our time and moved between a few different places, but my favorite had to be the shots of them in front of the green barn door when Krista was wrapped in her plaid scarf...I am a huge plaid fan! 
The shoot went amazing and I really enjoyed getting to know and learn about these two as a couple. They are laid back and easy to chat with, which made me feel like we were already old friends!  
With their big authentic smiles and a willingness to love each other out loud, lI understood quickly that  Marc & Krista fit right into my vision of ideal clients. It truly is why engagement sessions are so important to me! I not only get the chance to know my clients as new friends but also how they are friends with each other...because in the end THAT is what I am there to capture! 

Enjoy!  

Kananaskis Engagement Photographer // Iza & Matthew

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MEET Matthew & Iza

SHE: is a Zoologist by trade

HE: played for the South African hockey team

SHE: loves Disney Movies 

HE: loves thrillers

SHE: is outgoing & crafty 

HE: is quiet, hardworking and dependable

I loved learning all about these two and what individually makes them amazing people. However, the coolest part of my job is seeing what makes couples thrive as a team. Matthew and Iza compliment one another so beautifully, and I loved reading in their questioner that they both think their loving nature is the best thing about one another. It was such a pleasure to spend an evening with them in Kananaskis (their favorite place to get away to from the city). Accompanied by their "kids" Lily & Rocko, and dog sitter/bridesmaid Trista, Dana and I got to know a lot more about this awesome couple!  

Matthew and Dana hit it off right away over their mutual love of fly fishing, while Iza and I got along like we had known each other for years. Both so easy to talk to and willing to love one other "out loud", made for a memorable evening,  to say the least.  Like so many of my couples, there was nothing needing to be forced with these two, you simply put them close to one another and their bodies naturally want to pull in close.  I think it's one of the coolest things to witness on my side of the camera. 

Along with Matthew's fly fishing rod, Iza brought one of her special heart shaped rocks. She finds a lot of them and collects everyone she can get her hands on,  so it only made sense to include one for her ring shot! Ps...crushing on her Rose Gold ring!

Thank you so much for being here.  If you are friends, family or simply checking out the blog, please leave some love for the couple below. 

On to the pictures, enjoy! 

Lyalta Alberta Wedding // Brenda & Jared

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 Their beautiful wedding took place in the small town of Lyalta, Ab, where Brenda grew up on the family farm. Surrounded by close family and friends, these two quiet and humble souls pledged their lives to one another and sealed it with a kiss, covered in floating glitter. No seriously, Jared {who is a Dr. of Physics & Astronomy} paused the anticipated, "you may now kiss your bride" moment, reached behind him to his brothers and they filled his hands with gold glitter.  He turned back to Brenda gave her a huge smile, tossed the glitter high into the air and pulled his new wife in for their first kiss.

Naturally I was in picture heaven!!

The entire day was filled with joy, laughter and smiles to spare, which was exactly what I expected after their fun engagement shoot {click here to see that blog post} a month earlier. For the wedding Brenda {who is one very talented artist} worked tirelessly on all her crafty DYI projects which truly left the stamp of her heart all over their wedding.  I remember Chelsie and I walking into the reception area before anyone else was allowed in, and it immediately felt like home in there. She hand designed and built these stunning wooden photo blocks which featured pictures from her live's journeys, as part of the table decor. After a reach under your seat to see if you are the winner game was announced, some very lucky guests got to take these pieces home! 

My favourite memories of the day would have to be first...Brenda's big laugh.  It might be because she's so tiny, but her laugh is so full and big that it made me want to laugh along with her every time I heard it.  Second would be the way that Jared treated Brenda.  Every single time he interacted with her, he was gentle, he was loving and he was aware of her needs...and that's something that any women lucky enough to find should cherish! The only thing he could have improved on was his wedding dress train holding duties ;) 

Huge thanks so my dear friend and second shooter Chelsie of Chelsie Graham Photography! Thank you so much for spending the day with us and helping me be in two places at once! 

Now on to the pictures, enjoy!  

VENDOR INFO

Venue: Lyalta Community Center 

Makeup/Hairstylist: Valerie Guzman

Florist: Hen & Chicks 

DJ: Outright Entertainment

Wedding Dress: Bellezza Bridal {Allure} 

Second Shooter: Chelsie Graham Photography

Okotoks Engagement Session // Kirbi & Steven

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Meet Kirbi & Steven! 

I had the joy of meeting and photographing this wonderful couple in their hometown of Okotoks on a warm summer evening! Turns out that Kirbi is like my sister from another mister, as our long legs and tall girl problems are very similar!  I was loving her tan trench and saw that it was from Long Tall Sally {still don't love that name} and immediately connected on our love of shopping there!  Also a huge fan of all things RED, she rocked a sweet pair of Long Tall Sally pants during the bridge pictures at the end and found a way to sneak red into Stevens paid shirt! 

Let's talk about this stunning ring...the Saphire ring that Steven purposed with! "It's someone's favorite stone, so it just made sense to ask her to marry me with it!" 

These two met on a mountaintop at Lake Lousie ski resort.  Kirbi, who was only on day two of learning how to ski, and had no business attempting the black run in front of her...but a friend took her up there thinking it would be ok! Not so much...

Steven was the ski instructor there to rescue Kirbi as he skied backwards the whole way down the hill guiding and making sure she got here safely!  When retelling this storey at the engagement session, Steve got a huge smile on his face recalling Kirbi's tucker mouth as the fearful and inexperienced skier slowly made her way down the hill to safety!  

I think it's amazing to look back at the moment when we first meet our "person" and we have no idea the journey that is yet to unfold.  This Saturday on another mountaintop, Kirbi & Steven will start a new journey of life together as husband and wife, at the scenic Kicking Horse Resort.  I can't wait for the day to unfold and watch these two say I DO!! 

Enjoy!

Drumheller Engagement Session // Carli & Neil

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Meet Carli & Neil! 

I had the privilege of meeting and working with Carli, at Ryan & Caitlin's wedding in Canmore last season. She was the MOH and survived the very chilly outdoor pictures that we captured for the wedding!  {pic below} It was at the reception that evening where I met Neil, and his awesome beard...which clearly I appreciate! The three of us popped out after dinner and I captured some couple pics of these two love birds.  I remember Carli saying, "I will be calling you as soon as we get engaged!" and that she did!  I was over the moon excited when I got the message that they were engaged and asking me to be their photographer!! YES YES YES, I was so thrilled!  There is something so wonderful about getting to work with couples that you already have gotten to know, and have already had in front of your camera as well!  

Dana and I met these two out at the scenic Horsethief Canyon, as it's close to where Carli grew up.  It was a dream to shoot out there and the landscape lent itself as the best backdrop possible. I am sure the session went about an hour longer, maybe more, than normal, but I couldn't help myself.  The setting sun, the soft breeze, and these two beautiful people, and my camera in my hands......the things that make up the perfect equation for amazing photos.  I was in heaven the whole time and so thankful for their willingness to let Dana and I indulge in the moment.  Dana brought out the video gear and we took some drone and ground footage from the shoot, which you can see here

 

Now, on to the pictures...enjoy! 

 

I want to give a huge thank you to my best friend and love Dana, for coming out and capturing some amazing drone & osmo video footage of our time in the badlands!

Your talent never stops amazing me and I can't thank you enough for all you do! 

CHECK OUT THE FOOTAGE HERE:

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You can't tell how high I actually am in this shot, that Dana took from with the drone, but I am at the highest point you can climb....almost peeing my pants I was so scared!  I had to go up there before Carli & Neil arrived so that I knew it was safe to bring them all the way up there as well!  

Here is a shot from R & C's wedding where I first met Carli! Shout out to all these amazing girls who I had the privilege of working more with after this wedding and will even be shooting another one of their weddings!! 

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Country Engagement Session // Kim & Ken

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Meet Ken & Kim!

From the moment that I connected with these two, it's been a wonderful & fun experience!  From their say it like it is personalities, to the many witty one-liners flying all over the place, they kept me on my toes for sure!  They are so obviously each others "person" and I absolutely adored how deeply in love they are! They are not afraid to love out loud and look ridiculous with one another wich is such a beautiful sign of comfort and unconditional love! 

Thank you Ken & Kim for asking me to capture your love story...after the fun we had at your e-session, I can't wait to see what the wedding holds! 

Enjoy!

Calgary Wedding Pavilion // Parvin & Todd

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Meet Parvin & Todd!  

He's from the small town of Olds, Alberta and she's from the 5 million plus city of Baku, Azerbaijan, and together they make one incredible couple!  It only takes a short time with these two amazing people to understand that they are truly each others best friends! Opposites attach, fits like a glove in this relationship, with the best part being that they compliment one another so well.  After dating for just over 2 years ,Todd decided one Sunday morning in a hotel in Calgary, to order room service. Once it arrived he secretly topped off Parvin's waffle with a stunning diamond! When she lifted the lid there is was....and in her shock and excitement she looked up, to see Todd....down on one knee asking her to share the rest of their lives together! 

One of my favorite moments from the wedding...if I had to pick one, happened at the end of the day during the night.  After Todd and Parvin had their formal dance {that dip at the end was a nice touch Todd!} Parvin and her dad took to the dance floor. She whispered quickly as they swept past me that this was going to be a "traditional" dance called Azeri Lezginka.  I had no idea what that meant, but my goodness was I ever blown away!  Parvin turned into this Azerbaijan goddess, and owned the dance floor like I have never seen before.  I stood there with my mouth open starring, until I remembered I had a job to do to preserve the beauty I was witnessing. Every inch of her body was so gracefully flowing right out to the tips of her fingers, as she effortlessly moved in sync with her sweet dad.  I felt so lucky to be there in that moment, seeing such incredible art!  Oh, I do also need to say that if I didn't love my own mama so much, I would try and steal Parvin's mama, Saida!  Her beautiful soul was so deeply evident in everything she did and it was such a joy to be around all day! As a matter of fact Todd's mom was wonderful and all smiles too...and so was every single person we had the pleasure to chat with, which honestly made for a perfect day all around! 

I need to say a very special THANK YOU to my dear friend Cassie for all her help and endless work second shooting on the day of the wedding, I love you friend and appreciate all you do!

Now, on to the pictures, ENJOY! 

  VENDORS:

Venu/Catering: Wedding Pavilion 

Florist: Dahlia Floral Design {Brides Bouquet} Lofty Design {Other arrangements} 

Second Shooter: Cassie's Camera

Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals 

Cake: Creative Cakes By Carol

Officiant: Tamara Jones 


 

Ed Worthy Park Engagement Session // Jared & Brenda

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Meet Jared & Brenda! 

I first met them via Skype all the way from Vancouver for our initial consult, and then again when they travelled to Calgary for their e-session at Ed Worthy Park.  From the moment I met them I have enjoyed them! Right away there is a beautiful sense of peace about these two, as well as an extremely caring nature, which I believe is an amazing quality to possess. Unsure of what to expect, they were up for anything I asked of them and quick to smile if something felt out of their comfort zone! It made for some wonderful pictures and a window into how they are as a couple. After spending the evening with them...and I know this happens a lot, but it made me so much more excited to see them get married in June! 

Thank you Brenda & Jared for being so great to work with, I can't wait to see you guys get married in June! 

Enjoy