Exploring Canmore and Kananaskis with these two was a whole lotta fun! They're getting married this upcoming weekend, I can't wait! Woo! Congrats Jon and Sarah!
I've known Angela since she was a teenager because I LOVE her family's amazing vegan restaurant in Edmonton, Padmanadi. Every single thing on the menu is delicious (a blend of Indonesian, Chinese, Thai, and Indian veggie cuisine, please go there if you've never been) But more importantly, Angela's family is amazing - the most friendly, big hearted, loving people you will ever meet. I've spent hours chatting with Angela's father Kasim about everything under the sun, they treat all the people who have dined at their restaurant as family.
Wandy met Angela when he began working at the restaurant years ago, and their love blossomed over time, much like the lotus that grace their beautiful restaurant. If you've eaten at Padmanadi, you've been a witness to this special relationship. I was SO thrilled when they were engaged and beyond honored to photograph their wedding. It was also my first traditional Buddhist temple ceremony. I had a hard time making this post a reasonable length because this day was so emotional and special, but here are some of my very favorites !
AN ALL CORGI WEDDING PARTY.
YOU HEARD ME CORRECTLY. ALL. CORGIS.
There is not much I can say that would make this wedding sound more awesome than an all corgi wedding party already does, but as you'll be able to tell by the photos below, this day was AAAAAH-MAZING. Talia and Jake did a first look, then we wandered around her parents pretty acreage for some photos, with their doggies running around being cute. Jake and Talia exchanged sweet gifts and heartfelt cards before they got married in the front yard. The wedding reception was at Characters Restaurant in Edmonton, where I had one of the best meals I have ever had. YUM. Then of course we all danced the night away. Big heaps of thankyou to Talia and Jake for everything, you two are so great together!
Ok folks, I hope you're ready because this wedding was literally a dream come true!
Nicole and Colm spoke their gorgeous vows in their own magical back yard, then we all ate breakfast for dinner, and partied into the night. Every single detail of this wedding was so filled with love - Colm's aunt hand-beaded his traditional Indigenous vest and Nicole's bridal Mocassins; a talented friend made the shirts and ties for the (cute AF!) attendants! Colm's mother and family members also performed a Indigenous smudging ceremony before the ceremony. The couple shared a handmade quilt during the recessional, another beautiful cultural detail. Edmonton is in Treaty 6 territory, and we have the second largest Indigenous population in Canada, and yet I haven't seen most of these traditions before. It was so interesting and beautiful - I really love when couples go the extra mile to research and include culturally significant details in their wedding, it makes the day extra meaningful for them and so memorable for the guests.
My favorite moment, however, is a funny one - as soon as Nicole and Colm walked back down the aisle after the ceremony back into their home, Nicole walked straight over to a box of pizza and devoured a slice, her face absolutely blissful (the photo is below) - there is so much rushing around and things to do before a wedding, it's a pretty rare bride that gets the chance to eat with all the makeup and hair - even more so when the wedding is in your own backyard!
Of course, there were also super cute dogs and super fun kids, and just heaps and piles of love everywhere. I could honestly talk forever about this day, but I'll stop and let some of my photos do that for me! Thanks to these two gems for having me along for the ride! I completely loved every little bit of your wedding!
Reinette and Adam got hitched in Adam's parents front yard on a warm autumn afternoon, on the family grain farm an hour west of Edmonton.
Usually, when I photograph weddings, the bride is scurrying and hurrying to be ready on time, hair, makeup, all the things... meanwhile, the groom and his friends have been ready for hours, having drinks, playing videogames, watching TV.
Well, this time, Reinette and her besties were the ones drinking whiskey and chillin'. No rush at all, all anyone had to do was walk outside and boom - wedding time! Loved it! Backyard weddings (or front yard weddings in this case) are so chill!
And if you have the hugest crush on these two after seeing their photos, don't worry, I get it, they are kinda the best. And you can see more of them and their awesome engagement photos right here.