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Diane and Tony celebrated their marriage on the long September weekend. Because there was so much going on during the day, I’m going to blog into two parts. Their wedding day started off with a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony with bright red colors, gift presentation to the bride’s family and tea to parents and relatives.

At Diane’s house, there was a flurry of activities to make food and decorate the alter with flowers. I was expecting many relatives would be there to witness the union, but I underestimated how many people would fill the house! When Tony rolled up to Diane’s house with gifts, all of Tony’s relatives were right behind and lined up down the block. I’m not exaggerating when I think over 50 people were there.

Without further ado, here are the highlights for the tea ceremony.

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The gifts are exchanged and pass to the bride’s relatives, who then bring into the home.

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Another newborn baby girl arrived on the scene in early August in Calgary! Summer’s are always busy with wedding season but it’s always a refreshing change to photograph newborns in the mix.  Newborn sessions photographed at the studio with the curled up posey look, are generally held when newborns are five to ten days new.  As a result, the newborns retain their flexibility to stay curled up longer so it’s much easier manipulating them into different poses.

Baby K was four days fresh when she came to see me in the studio. Mom wanted a princess girly color theme since her nursery was airy, bright with pastel colors. Sorting through my collection, we decided pastel purple and a pink would be the predominant colors with accessories, such as headbands and tutus, to compliment the look. It was a refreshing change to bring out the girly colors because I’ve had a string of newborn baby boys!

 

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Beautiful family photo of Baby K with her two older brothers and parents. She’s definitely going to be protected with two older brothers looking after her.

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I’ve known the Steiner’s for over 15 years. I met Yen in University first, and then Ian when we all started dragon boating.  We’ve remained close friends over the years from playing a major role in each others weddings to family vacations together. I was honored when I was asked to photograph Alyssa’s first photo session.  I wasn’t able to photograph Alyssa right away, so at nearly 4 weeks old, she had her first photo session.  I thought it would be mostly lifestyle because older newborns don’t stay asleep for long and don’t like being curled up. But Alyssa was very much like a brand new baby, and snoozed through the entire session while I moved her around. No doubt it must be Yen’s love of sleeping that got passed down to her!

Congrats on another beautiful addition to your family! I look forward to seeing what kind of personality she will have as she gets older.

Alyssa giving a little smirk, just like her big brother at his newborn session (click here for link).

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Stephanie and Corbin are honestly one of the nicest and happiest couple I will remember for a long time. Their Calgary wedding was filled with so much laughter and tears from the start of getting ready prep to the bouquet and garter toss. I am truly lucky to able to photographer their fun filled wedding.

Stephanie got ready at the bridal suite was an absolute dream with floor to ceiling windows. The dress was gorgeous and fun to wear with the frills and sparkly belt.  On the other side of town, Corbin got ready at their home with all his buddies and their cute beagle looking on. Before we knew it, it was time for the ceremony and wedding photos. The reception was held at SAIT and there were an abundance of details to note as soon as you walked in. Stephanie and Corbin wanted an elegant rustic theme, so they combined the classic colors against wood. The main colors were burgundy, gold and ivory, next to wooden details like the seating chart, their initials, signing plaque and the flower boxes Stephanie’s Dad made.

I had a hard time narrowing down key photos to highlight their day, but there were too many. Stephanie and Corbin, congratulations and wishing you all the best in your new adventure together!

Thank you Ashley Critch for being an awesome second shooter as usual!

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This is what I meant by lots of laughter! Bottle 1 of 2.

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Jump 1 of 3, to show off their coordination and colorful socks. They were pretty impressive to watch!

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Let’s get the party going!

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 Wedding dress: Pronovias

Groom’s tux: The Bridal Centre

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bill Levkoff

Hair: Hedkandi Salon

Makeup artist: Dana England. Does fabulous work!

Flowers: Occasional Bloom

Cake: Family friend

Reception: Impressions Catering – SAIT

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Normally June would be the rainy month in Calgary, yet it’s July that’s been raining non-stop for two weeks. We already postponed the engagement session once before because of flash floods, and I was scared it would happen on the second time. I kept checking the forecast every hour to see if there would be any thunderstorms in the evening. When I made the call at 3:30pm, it was all clear. Then at 4:30pm it started spitting and dark clouds rolled in. I kept thinking, “omg Kate and Mike are going to kill me for wasting their time coming out here!” By 5 pm when we met up, there were lightning and thunder, so we decided to wait it out and chat about their wedding decor and what calligraphy work I can do for them. Yes, insert shameless plug in, I have a calligraphy and watercolor art business too. 😉

30 minutes later, it stopped raining and we decided to go ahead with the session. After the storm, the trees were so green that it made Kate and Mike pop when they stood against it. I’m so glad we decided to wait it out because there was no one around.

It was such a fun session with these two and I can’t wait until their September wedding.

 

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