Emerald Lake Lodge // Christina + Adam

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They met on TINDER!!
Back in 2014, Christina and Adam exchanged text messages for a few weeks before Christina finally decided she was ready to meet Adam in person. After their first date at the Yardhouse in Kensington, a couple of beers turned into many more, and seven months later they moved in together.

Fast forward to June 2016, when Adam planned a special trip to the mountains, their favourite place to get away to, and make up for being away with work longer than usual.

"I remember at one point during the drive I held his hand and it was ice cold and Adam's hands are never cold, so I teased him about being nervous about something...little did I know what was coming next!" Christina shared.

They stopped at the viewpoint on Mount Norquay and Christina noticed a woman setting a table outside on the grass, she didn't think the table was for them until  Adam led her towards the table after the lady left. There was a sign with Christina's name on it, pointing towards the table, which was beautifully set with champagne, sandwiches, and chocolates!  There was a card under her plate that was handmade by Adam's sister, and written from Adams heart.  At the bottom of the message it read those four life changing words,

"Will you marry me?!"

Christina recalls that those were the first words that she saw and she read nothing else that came before them. She looked up and there was Adam down on one knee asking her with how owns words to marry him! Of course, with overwhelming joy she said YES!

Followed up with champagne and an evening in a cozy cabin at Storm Mountain Lodge, the day was a perfect one and it marked the beginning of their new journey together.

Christina and Adam are two of the kindest, and most gentle hearted people you will ever meet. There is an incredible strength which they both possess that is shown in the softest and most respectable way, and it's what makes them such a tremendous match for one another. Their wedding day was intimate and filled with impactful blessings that we could help notice and find great joy in.

My personal favourite moment of the whole day, was when Christina's big brother took her arm to walk her down the aisle, and suddenly behind them, the sky opened up from the overcast sky and a warm beam of sunlight shone right over them. They had lost their mom to cancer only a few short years prior and I knew in that moment, as crazy as it may sound....that it was her mom letting her know she was right there with her, by Christina's side as she walked towards Adam.

I was a MESS behind the camera and even had to step back and compose myself. When you see as many weddings as we do, you learn to understand and see the enormity of life whispering to you. You learn to see what's not too evident to everyone else and you learn that those are the moments that need preserving the most.  

I could go on and on about how much I love these two, and how wonderful...and literally PERFECT their Emerald Lake Lodge was (including them braving the canoe's for pictures!) but I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking! 

 

Enjoy, 
J
 

 

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VENDORS:

Venue: Emerald Lake Lodge
Florist: Willow Flower Co.
Second Shooter: Michelle Marie Photography
Makeup / Hair Artist: Jenah Walcheske The Pretty Haus
Wedding/Bridesmaids Dresses: Dunrand Bridal
Grooms Suit: Custom Design from Indochino

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