Meet Lindsay, Shledon and their fur baby Doug. Since Doug was an integral part of Sheldon's proposal to Lindsay and the future ring barer at their wedding this summer, he clearly had to be a a part of their engagement session as well. Doug did so well during his close up's I can't wait to see him rock his ring barer duties on the big day!!
Rachelle and Steven met through a friend while Steven was living in Jasper. Nine years later while hiking in Arizona, Steven popped the question and Rachelle said YES! Steven was so excited, or maybe it was nerves, that he almost dropped the ring down the mountain! Luckily he managed to place it safely on Rachelle's finger. Their wedding day was absolutely beautiful in every way. The only hitch was Steven's wedding ring being too small for Rachelle to put it on his finger during the ring exchange, there's just something about these two and rings! The Celebration continued at Blue Meadows where the fun and festivities went long into the wee hours of the morning and everyone had the time of their lives!
Rachelle & Steve thank you so much for choosing us to capture your big day and making us feel like part of the family. Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Bilawey!!!
When Doug met Chloe he knew she was the one but she wasn't so sure. Doug perused Chloe for an entire year. Being in the Canadian Military and having to travel a lot he wrote her letters and told his friends she was the one he was going to marry. Once Chloe agreed to go on a date with Doug the connection was instant, and on Canada Day during the fireworks Doug knelt down and asked Chloe to be his wife. I got goosebumps when Chloe told me their story and I can't wait to capture their Wedding Day this June!
Cat Cafe on Whyte opened up this spring and I finally got a chance to check it out. Two of my absolute favorite things in life are a good cup of joe and cuddly kitty cats and Cat Cafe combined them to create a magical little spot I just can't get enough of. In exchange for a fifteen dollar admission fee, patrons get to choose a delicious beverage of their choice and spend one hour with the kitties who have the run of the Cafe. Oh! And all the cats and kittens at Cat Cafe on Whyte are up for adoption and looking for their furever home!
For more information on how it all works please follow the link HERE
Go check it out, I dare you not to fall head over paws in love.
My biggest goal for 2017 was to become more comfortable with medium format film and incorporate it into my workflow. So when we traveled to Sayulita and Puerta Vallarta Mexico in January I challenged myself by only bringing my film camera, light meter and a couple rolls of Fuji 400 film. As we walked through the streets I captured anything and everything that caught my attention which was quite a lot, the colors and textures in Mexico are just stunning! I honestly had no idea what to expect from what I shot but when I got my film scans back I was instantly hooked! Film loves light and captures details in the shadowed areas like digital just can not do. Needless to say you can expect to see many more film posts throughout the year.
Jesse proposed to Valerie on a winter sleigh ride in Banff so when it came time to plan the wedding day they knew a January winter wedding was a must. The ceremony was held at the Radisson Hotel and was adorned with beautiful burgundy and gold winter details. They even had a hot chocolate bar for their guests! As temperatures plummeted to -35* with the wind chill, the bridal party piled into the limo and headed to Fort Edmonton Park where they not only braved the cold but made it look effortless! I was seriously impressed by these ladies, I was even cold in my winter coat and boots but these gorgeous girls faced the cold head on in their gowns with effortless grace. Alberta girls are tough ya'll!
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Laurin xoxox
Mike proposed to Natasha over a home made dinner so what better place to do their engagement photos then in their new home with their brand new puppy! Henry was full of energy so we took him on a little walk through a nearby ravine to wear him out. Apparently we exhausted him because the poor little guy was out cold within minutes of returning home. I LOVE Natasha and Mike's Interior Decorating style and couldn't stop photographing them and their fur baby in their gorgeous home. I think I wore poor Mike out as well as Henry but we had a fantastic time and I can't wait for their wedding this fall!
Courtney and Ed have the cutest story ever! It seems their mothers had joined forces to set them up because according to Ed's mom, Ed needed friends. They were both told to come to a family dinner the evening after they had both seperately been out on the town with friends (needless to say they were not feeling their best.) Well it just goes to show that mothers really do know best because they have been together almost six years now and are tying the knot this fall! We met out at Courtney's aunts cabin at Gull Lake where we spent the afternoon touring the area and playing in the snow. Ed and Courtney's dogs even joined in on the fun! I can't wait to wittness these two say their "I do's" this September, it's going to be a fantastic wedding!
The styled shoots from the Forage and Fern Workshop were such a dream. Each every morning the field by our cabins was covered in a light frost and soft misty fog rolled over the hills, we knew we had to set up a shoot that embraced this mystical feeling. Kate from Magnolia Rouge and Aimee from the Wells Makery took inspiration from the Island itself and all its raw natural beauty and everything came together so perfect, even Maja's (our model) fern tattoo fit the theme! Floral's were were a combination of purchased flowers and natural elements foraged from the island. The gorgeous brown and rust tones in the gown complimented the rustic and natural surroundings of the location. My favorite part of the shoot was watching Maja leap through the tall grass, she looked as if she were actually floating. My second favorite part was at the end of the shoot when the sun came up over the hills and the fog parted, the light was amazing!
Creative Direction: Magnolia Rouge/ Stying: The Wells Makery/ Hair & Makeup: Jessica Wilcox/ Floral's: Ponderosa & Thyme/ Model: Maja Rohling/ Gown: Leanne Marshall/ Venue: Bodega Ridge
Imagine a young bride on her wedding day waiting on the island shoreline for her fiance to return home from a long sea voyage. A lot of the inspiration for the shoot came directly from our surroundings on the island. We wanted to embrace and reflect the natural beauty all around us and did so by using foliage in the bouquet that was foraged right from the island itself. The indigo tones in the paper reflected the color of the ocean as well as the overall feeling of mystery. The rusted elements represented time that had passed and the nautical fishing items were symbols of her fiance and where he had gone. We started the shoot in the early evening and finished as the sun was almost behind the horizon to show she had been waiting all day but had still not lost hope. It's kind of a sad interpretation but also one of strength, hope and love.
When the shoot was in its planning stages, we were planning for a more moody style with clouds and fog typical of the pacific northwest but the entire week ended up being very sunny and warm so it was a bit of a challenge to accomplish a cohesive look. The shoot took place at Bodega Ridge which is on the northern coast of Galiano Island in British Columbia Canada.
As seen featured on 100 Layer Cake
Photography: Minted Photography/Creative Direction: Magnolia Rouge/Styling & Stationary: The Wells Makery/Hair & Makeup: Jess Wilcox/ Floral's: Ponderosa and Thyme/Jewelry: Rye Grass Studio/Gown: Leanne Marshall/Model: Heather Hockley/Silverware: Something Borrowed/Silk Runner & Ribbons: Seidenband/Location: Bodega Ridge
I recently attended the Magnolia Rouge Forage and Fern Workshop this past October, it was held at Bodgea Ridge on Galiano Island British Columbia. I had such an amazing week, I felt the need to share it with the rest of you! When we first arrived at the cabins we were greeted with a gorgeous welcome package filled with delicious treats and beautiful fine art prints from Brumley and Wells. The cabins themselves were a little slice of heaven each with 3 private bedrooms, a fireplace complete with complimentary firewood and cozy Pendleton blankets. I would love to tell you all about the food at Bodega Ridge but there are no words strong enough to describe the delicious gourmet meals we were served each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner (Seriously, I gained 5 lbs and it was so worth it!). Our classes started each morning after breakfast, we poured ourselves a cup of warm tea and immersed ourselves in the wealth of knowledge and creative inspiration from Magnolia Rouge, Brumley and Wells, Ponderosa and Thyme, The Find Lab, Jonathan Canlas and Belinda Olsen. Kate from Magnolia Rouge and Annie from The Wells Makery created several styled shoots for us all around the island, which I will be sharing with you in the coming months. Our models Maja and Heather were amazing to work with. These women modeled in some very cold conditions with very little to keep them warm and they made it look effortless and beautiful. Jessica Wilcox provided hair and makeup for the styled shoots and is a master in her craft. I wish she lived here in Canada so I could have her do my hair and makeup everyday! When we weren't learning or shooting we were gathered around the bonfire making s'mores and getting to know each other. I met some of the most amazing people in the industry and made some great new friends that I miss already. By the time the workshop was at an end none of us wanted to leave. If you haven't been to Bodega Ridge I highly suggest you take a little vacay there. I have never been more relaxed and inspired in my life! And I can't wait to return soon.
Rachelle and Steven met through a mutual friend while Steven lived in Jasper. Nine years later Steven planned to surprise Rachelle with an adventurous proposal, he found the perfect engagement ring and hid it in the basement ceiling in their home. Rachelle and Steven took a trip to Arizona and while on a hike Steven popped the question (while almost dropping the ring down the mountain) so sweet!! Steven and Rachelle live on an acreage just outside of the city so it was only fitting we embraced the country feel for their engagement session. Rachelle came across an abandoned rustic barn and knew it was the perfect location. They surprised me by showing up with perfectly matching outfits and a beautiful matching couch (which Steven accidentally broke the leg off of, he really has the worst luck) and magic was created! I simply can not wait for their wedding at Blue Meadows next Spring, I just know its going to be pure magic as well.
While in Mexico for Stephanie and Ramsey's Wedding Jordan (Stephanie's brother) surprised his long time girlfriend Kaithlynn with a proposal during a family photo session. During our last meeting, Stephanie told me all about Jordan's plans and we began to scheme to help him pull it off without Kaithlynn knowing. The day after the wedding we had set up an extended family session. Stephanie, Jordan's mom and sister all held "Will you marry me" signs behind the couple while I "posed" them for photos. When Kaithlynn turned around she was completely shocked! When she turned back to Jordan he was on one knee and asked her to be his wife. Of course she said yes! I mean how do you say no to a perfect proposal like that!? When I asked Kaithlynn if she wanted to do engagement photos while we were in Mexico she said "of course!" and when I asked her when she would like to do them she said "right now!" so we headed to the beach just as the sun was setting to capture all the joy and excitement that was still very much fresh for everyone. I am so glad I was there to capture all theses special moments and I can't congratulate the newly engaged couple enough. Congratulations again guys!
Stephanie and Ramsey's wedding was a very special affair, a celebration and union of not only the couple but their families as well. The couple chose the Grand Riviera Princess resort in the Mayan Riviera for their wedding week and they couldn't have picked a better spot, this beautiful resort was made for weddings! The day started with a trip to the spa for the ladies where they enjoyed some much needed frozen drinks while they had their hair done. After we went to the bridal suite where Stephanie pinned the hair combs she made for each of the girls into their gorgeous updo's and her mom buttoned her into the dress she would say "I do" in to the love of her life. For a special finishing touch she pinned a brooch that belonged to Stephanie's late grandmother on the bow of her dress, how beautiful is that! While the bridal party headed to the ceremony site Stephanie and Ramsey met to do a first look. Their ceremony was held in the gazebo on the beach just before sunset where the bride and groom exchanged vows surrounded by their closest friends and family. The family and formal photos followed and then it was off to the crystal ballroom where the party really began..... I can honestly say this was the most fun reception I have ever photographed, these guys know how to break it down!
Megan and Chris were married on a stunningly beautiful fall day in September. The ceremony and reception were both held inside the Old Timers Cabin and was a perfect choice for a cozy autumn wedding. We traveled downtown to capture some fun formal photos and then headed back to the cabin for the reception where guests were treated to a milk and cookies bar with a variety of cookies that Megan and her bridesmaids stayed up until the wee hours of the morning baking....... and I have to say they were delicious!!!! Thank you so much for including us in your big day, and congratulations again to the new Mr and Mrs Lechance!
Bride's Dress: Delica Bridal /Flowers: Two Buds Artistry /Coordination and Decor: Forever Enchanting Wedding & Event Planning /Cake: Tripple L Cakes
All images captured at the Justine Milton Luminous Workshop this past spring
As seen featured on Rocky Mountain Bride
Photographer: Minted Photography /Styled By: The Well Styled Life /Dress & Jewelry: Pearl & Dot /Dress Designer: Tatyana Merenyuk /Groom's Accessories: Daniel Wellington / Hair & Makeup: The Pretty Haus /Floral Arrangement: Fleurish Flower Shop /Cake: Pretty Sweet /Location: Emerald Lake Lodge
When Rochelle contacted me about doing a session with Lucas and her two Rottweilers I was super excited! And when she told me that she didn't care how high the grass was at our barn location because she would bring a weed whacker if need be I knew It was a match made in heaven. We started out with some casual fun shots with the doggies and then Rochelle and Lucas did a quick wardrobe change and we headed back into the field for some beautiful formal shots while the sun set around us. Such a fantastic evening with a fantastic couple.
Amanda and Piero Have one of the most "meant to be" stories I have ever heard. They met when they were 7 years old and Piero was living in Italy. Piero traveled to Edmonton with his family for a wedding and that's where him and Amanda met for the first time. Two years later he and his family returned to Edmonton for another wedding and guess who was there again... Amanda! Now if that's not fate I don't know what is! They became quick friends and stayed in touch through Facebook until Piero decided to move to Edmonton when he was 19. They dated for a little over a year and then in 2014 Piero popped the question in beautiful Banff Alberta. Now since they are planning to tie the knot aboard the SS Sicamous in Pentiction B.C next year, it seemed only natural to do a water themed engagement session. We met at Elk Island right before sunset for a super fun Canoeing engagement shoot. When we arrived the rental shop was closed due to high winds and cool temperatures but luckily the wonderful owners at Haskin Canoe made the trip back to the lake to help us out. And again as if it were meant to be, the sun came out, the winds calmed down and it turned into a beautiful evening. I can't wait for your big day in B.C. next year guys, I have no doubt that it will be a perfect day.
Taryn and James have been together for 13 years and on the September long weekend they made it official and tied the knot. Now usually I am a huge advocate for fresh flower bouquets but Taryn's fabric bouquet has a special place in my heart, it was made from pieces of her mothers and James's mothers wedding dresses and Taryn's mom made it for her! If that doesn't bring a tear to your eye wait until you hear how James proposed... James took Taryn to a field in Saskatchewan that him and his grandfather used to play in when he was a young boy. It was there he asked Taryn to be his wife. Their entire wedding day was filled with so much love and sentiment it was impossible not to smile every second of the day.
Meet Navreet and Kevin! Kevin popped the question at home last Halloween while Navreet was putting the finishing touches on her Darla costume..... you know Darla from Finding Nemo... "Fishy why are you sleeping!!!!" We planned to do their engagement session in the ravine but after being attacked by what was quite possibly the entire Edmonton mosquito population we decided to go to plan B and check out an out of town gorgeous green house location. I absolutely adore this fun loving couple and I can't wait for their big day next summer!