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We’ve been having so many crazy weather patterns in Alberta from sun, snow and very high winds.  This weekend it was extremely high wind but we pressed on to have Joycelyn and Dennis’ couples session done and it worked out well! I’ve known Dennis for an incredibly long time when we all went house boating with our group of friends. Fast forward to last month, Dennis wanted to have a couples session done with his girlfriend and I was happy to setup a time with them.  Because Joycelyn’s hometown is far from mountain views, they always try to see the mountains and lakes as much as possible.  Here are some of the highlights from their weekend session.

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Last look at the mountains before heading back to Calgary.

Seriously, Amanda and Matt are hands down, one of my most favorite couples I’ve worked to date! With so much creative freedom from the wedding photography to the calligraphy side, I had a blast working with them for their Charbar wedding in the heart of Calgary.

The stationery was one of my favorite things from the wedding details side because we narrowed down which elements they wanted to use for the wedding and what was important to them. When their first engagement session got postponed because of a thick fog covering the downtown, it obscured any hopes of an urban look. So we took that chance to hang out and talk about their invites. I met their little hedgehog pet Wonton and I suggested he should play a part. When I got to their reception, I was pleasantly surprised to see a charming hedgehog cake made by their friend baker Shana. Their reception was gorgeous decorated with those terrariums that ended up being the mystery prize at each table based on who was the youngest and oldest at each table.

Congrats Amanda and Matt on your beautiful wedding day! I’m always grateful to be a part of a wedding day, and this one will always hold a special place in my heart.

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The first look was one of the highlights as it allowed them to get a glimpse of each other privately before anyone else did.  You can definitely see all those happiness overflowing when Matt turned around.

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Flower girl Isobel is efficient distributing those flowers. So cute tipping the entire basket in one go!

Calgary Wedding Photographer Charbar WeddingVendors:

Photography: Debbie Wong Photography, www.debbiewongphotography.com

Second shooter: With Love From Near + Far, https://www.withlovefromnearandfar.com/

Wedding dresses: David’s Bridal http://www.davidsbridal.ca/

Wedding shoes: Converse low tops from Nordstrom

Groom’s suit: Huey Lam http://www.hueylamsuits.ca/

Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal http://www.davidsbridal.ca/

Bridesmaids’ earrings: Lacebrick Design  https://lacebrickdesign.com/

Bridesmaids’ necklaces : Dibbidy Designs  https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/DibbidyDesigns

Flower girl dress: Nordstrom http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/canada-department-stores

Groomsmens’ suit: Moore’s https://www.mooresclothing.com/

Hair and Makeup Artist: RedBloom East Village http://redbloom.ca/east-village/

Stationery, vow books, calligraphy, mirror seating chart, agate favors: Debbie Wong Design www.debbiewongdesign.com

Florist and centerpieces: Kensington Florist http://kensingtonflorist.com/

Cake: Cakes by ShanaJane https://www.facebook.com/CakesByShanajane/

Ceremony and reception venue: Charbar http://www.charbar.ca/

Officiant: Ceremonies by Design http://judyweddings.wixsite.com/ceremonies-by-design

Linen and cake stand rentals : Chair Flair http://chairflair.ca/

Guest Book: Hannah Abma https://www.instagram.com/hannahabma/

DJ: Local DJ http://localdj.ca/

It was such an incredible whirlwind day for Tracy and Thong’s wedding day from morning until night time. Surrounded by a large entourage of their friends and families, they started the day with a tea ceremony followed by their wedding ceremony before whisking off to the reception in Calgary. Here are some of the photos just to show how much went on during this hot summer day.

Congratulations Tracy and Thong and wishing you much happiness on this new journey!

Some super pretty shoes from Badgley Mischka!

Crushing hard on these details on her dress for the tea ceremony <3

I wasn’t kidding you when I said entourage 😉 Two roasted pigs and several dishes filled with traditional gifts for the bride’s family.

It wouldn’t be complete without some door crashing games. Passing a card from groom to groom takes skill and timing to make it work.

Game #2, eat the spring roll while doing pushups.

Some tears when remembering loved ones who couldn’t be there on this day.

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Something about this fluid movement caught my eye and I kept this image. Reminds me very much of the film look.

Vendors:

Wedding dresses: Custom Ao Dai from Saigon Vietnam, Bridal Boutique and David’s Bridal

Wedding shoes: Badgley Mischka

Suit: Harry Rosen

Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal

Makeup Artist: Mylynn
Hair: Donavan Tran

Florist: Creative Edge

Cake: Laurier Restaurant by Chef Eric

Reception venue: Forbidden City

Decor: Chair Flair

Videographer: Next Episode

DJ: DJ A (David Akinnuoye)

It was a gorgeous summer evening when Heather and Sebastian had their engagement session done. Even with the smoky and hazy sky, it created soft lighting and worked in our favor. As we walked around, I am reminded how lucky we live in Calgary with plentiful greenery and clean water. These two lovebirds are going to tie the knot very soon and I look forward to seeing all the details they’re putting into their wedding! Here are a few highlights from their session.

I first met Lyn when she was the maid of honor for Yvonne’s wedding and I thought she was super helpful with fluffing Yvonne’s dress, carrying her bouquet etc. Just the little things make the day so much smoother for everyone as we all know how busy a wedding can be. Fast forward to September last year when she contacted me that she’s getting married to Alex. I was honored to capture their special day with so many of their friends and families traveling from many different places to witness the celebration. After the ceremony, I took them out for their wedding photos in nature on that summer day in Calgary. That day was very hot and humid, reaching almost 30c. Everyone in their wedding party rocked it with the heat, and Lyn and Alex did amazingly well for their portraits. Because they’re from out of town, we didn’t do an engagement session to break the ice and get used to the camera. Despite that, we worked really well for the first time!

  1. How did you get engaged? (always my favorite thing to know about my couples!)

Alex and Lyn skipped Valentine’s day this year (2016) with the promise from Alex that he would make up for it with a cute date at a later day. The following month, Alex made plans to take Lyn to a nice outdoor spa and a fancy restaurant for dinner on a snowy day. After a relaxing afternoon at the spa, Alex insisted to go for a walk near the Museum of History by the river, despite Lyn’s pleas that they would be late for their dinner reservation. After a bit of convincing from Alex that they could get some nice pictures of the city to add to their date, Lyn agreed to go for a walk but would not stop complaining about the cold.

When they finally got to the river, Alex was making conversation about how lucky and happy he was to have Lyn in his life and what a perfect day they were having… then he briefly turned away and got down on one knee, while saying “There is something I have been meaning to ask you”, while opening a ring case with his hands: “will you marry me?” Lyn was so shocked and excited and nodded while gathering herself to say “yes!”

  1. What is your most favorite part of the wedding planning process and why?

Knowing that everyone we care about will be able to come celebrate with us

  1. What advice would you give to couples who are planning their wedding?

Hire a wedding decorator/coordinator!

 

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Absolutely swooning over the details on her red dress!

Vendors:

Wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses: Custom ordered from China

Suit: Hugo Boss

Hair Makeup Artist: Aprille Lu

Florist: DIY

Ceremony venue, reception, cake: Carriage House Inn

Decor: Elegant Décor

DJ: Outright Entertainment