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Jenny is one of the sweetest gal I’ve met during my photographer career. I met her five years ago and what struck out most to me, was her friendliness and determination. That time I photographed her and her three best friends, Justine, Kim and Tracy, in downtown. Fast forward to today, they added another gal, Ashley, to join their sisterhood. Jenny traveled back to Calgary from Toronto to celebrate Kim’s birthday, and she thought a photo session capturing the gift exchange would be perfect. It was great timing we had the session mid September because the leaves were already changing colors and it was still warm.

Meet the best friends and sisterhood family, Justine, Tracy, Kim, Jenny and Ashley.


I thought only Kim would get presents but it turns out, everyone got one too!



  • Linda - What a great concept for a photo shoot. Love it. You did a fantastic job of capturing their friendships with each other.ReplyCancel

    • Debbie - Thank you Linda for the kind words! It was a really fun session and to see the gals again after so long.ReplyCancel

Kate and Mike tied the knot on a gorgeous September long weekend at the Calgary zoo. Their wedding was a photographer’s dream because they allotted plenty of time for wedding photos pre-ceremony and post-ceremony. It was so relaxing because of their easy-going nature. They were open to going to a few different spots for photos.  Their wedding was great timing with Illuminasia. The Illuminasia displays were setup on the Calgary zoo grounds ahead of the grand opening, and all the displays definitely made a stunning background!

Once the photos were done, it was time to photograph all the details. I was in love with the candy bar, all those sour delicious candies in their cute little jars. I know I shouldn’t spoil my dinner but I couldn’t resist eating a few of them before the buffet.

Their wedding color schemes were blush pink and navy, with ivory and brown burlap touches on flowers and their décor. All the wedding details were cute, and personalized with calligraphy and watercolor artwork on the table seating chart, place cards and table numbers. The chalkboard artwork was done by Mike’s daughter, amazing work!

Now some words and advice from the happy couple:

  1. How did you get engaged?  Mike proposed with ice skating at the Olympic Plaza.
  2. What is your most favorite part fo the wedding planning process and why? Cake tasting, because it was delicious!
  3. What advice would you give to couples who are planning their wedding? Plan early, especially booking your venue as soon as possible1

Kate and Mike, all the best in your new life together!

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calgary-zoo-wedding-photographer_0002calgary-zoo-wedding-photographer_0003calgary-zoo-wedding-photographer_0004Speaking of surprises, Mike had a few tricks up his sleeve! Not only did he gift them all with luxurious bathrobes, he prepared a gorgeous bouquet for Kate and a Tiffany present. You’re one lucky gal Kate!

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calgary-zoo-wedding-photographer_0057Great selection of music by Pez Productions!


Bridal dress: From The Bridal Centre, Allure Bridal line

Groom’s tux: Moores

Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal, Vera Wang line

Hair and makeup artist: Haley Jacobsen and Laura Del Rizzo

Floral: Deer Valley Florist

Ceremony and reception venue: Calgary Zoo

Caterer: Calgary Zoo

Wedding cake: Whippt Desserts and Catering

Wedding stationary: Etsy

Calligraphy: Debbie Wong Design

DJ: Pez Productions

Second photographer: Ashley Critch

Candy buffet: Sugar Cube YYC








Before we could head out for their wedding photos with architecture and greenery garden spaces, it was one more stop for Diane and Tony. After their tea ceremony, the religious ceremony was held at their church. Once the official papers were signed, it was off for some fun wedding party photos! It’s a breath of fresh air when I’m given 3 hours for wedding photos. With that much alloted time, there was time to go to two different locations.

Before we start looking at part two of their photos, I always like to get a few words from the bride and groom themselves.


  1. How did you get engaged?

We got engaged in Paris at the Love Lock Bridge.


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

Inviting our guests and seeing all of the planning come to life.


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

Just have fun. It’s okay to be a little selfish and keep in mind that the day is about you two. You can’t please everyone.

*Well said Diane and Tony for #3! Asian weddings tend to be extremely large, and is normal to have over 250-400 people. With that many people involved, it can be stressful when you get many opinions and they want you to implement it. At the end of the day, you want to be happy the way the wedding turned out. So listen to your heart!

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Bride’s dress: Jessica and Belle Rykiss

Bride’s shoes: Prada

Groom’s tux: Harry Rosen

Groom’s shoes: Church’s

Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal

Flowers: Serenity Florals

Hair and makeup artist: Deanna Zhao, Sahar Rafiqzai

DJ: June

Ceremony venue: St. Vincent Liem Church

Reception venue: Regency Palace

Cake: Nancy

Videographer: Waras Productions

Decorators: Affordable Chair Covers and Chair Affair

Photobooth: Click Click Booth






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.

calgary-cultural-vietnamese-wedding-photographer_0010I’ve counted around 32 (visible) people in this photo. And there were plenty more standing behind me and in the house!

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calgary-cultural-vietnamese-wedding-photographer_0018calgary-cultural-vietnamese-wedding-photographer_0019Standing on a chair gave a great view of Diane and Tony’s tea exchange! Their relatives were very chivalrous to ensure I didn’t fall off.

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calgary-cultural-vietnamese-wedding-photographer_0027calgary-cultural-vietnamese-wedding-photographer_0027bcalgary-cultural-vietnamese-wedding-photographer_0028I love this photo. Tony’s mom couldn’t stop smiling the entire day.







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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