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!