Archive for the ‘Weddings’ Category

Norland Estate 1920s Themed Wedding [Kaylene & James]

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Kaylene & James, Norland Estate 1920s Themed Wedding

Kaylene and James held a Norland Estate 1920s themed wedding on the most memorable date of 2020 – the leap year! The girls rocked the vintage look the best of all with beautiful head piece jewellery and lots of fringe. Kaylene added a stunning beaded piece to her open backed wedding dress to tie everything together. They even loaded up on discount Halloween items the year before to supply their reception with themed props for their guests to wear!

We started the day at James’ parents’ acreage, then headed to the Norland where the girls were getting ready. I love that the Norland has such beautiful space to use for photos inside the house so we could protect everyone’s hair from the wind as much as possible. (If you were wondering why this winter wedding looks a lot like spring, the usual wind is to blame!)

Their couple’s portraits took place just as twilight was setting in and the pretty stringed lights around the Norland property had just turned on (which is so amazing for photos). Once away from the distraction of their guests, the sweetness of James and Kaylene’s relationship had a chance to shine. All of their silly faces at each other started to come out!

To maximize the number of guests who could party with them, Kaylene and James reserved the dinner time exclusively for their extended families and had the rest of their friends show up later in the night. Instead of staying for the big crowd, we planned a private fake first dance while they had the Norland’s reception room all to themselves! It’s pretty exciting being able to tell a couple directions as they are dancing ;)

Congratulations, Kaylene and James!

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Best Wedding Photos of 2019 – From Photography by Tanya Plonka

Monday, December 30th, 2019

best Lethbridge wedding photography 2019

2019 was a busy one for us with Cam and I travelling all over the province! We got to take photos in some fun new places this year, including Heritage Acres and Boulder Run in Pincher Creek, the town of De Winton, and the rooftop patio of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. Waterton was a very popular destination this year and we spent so much time there, I considered setting up a tent!

The winter weddings started in September with our first huge snowfall of the season, giving their Brazilian guests a real taste of Canada.

Animals stole the show many times this year. One couple was stalked by a cat, another bride included her pet cow in photos, and so many dogs got to witness their people get married.

From a red wedding dress to Harry Potter magic to alleyway beer shotgunning, 2019 was an unforgettable year.

I hope you enjoy looking through our best wedding photos of 2019 as much as I liked choosing them!

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Lougheed House Evening Wedding [Lisa & Skylar]

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Lisa & Skylar, Lougheed House evening wedding

Lisa and Skylar had a romantic and festive Lougheed House evening wedding in Calgary. The Christmas decor of the Lougheed House matched their red colour scheme and Lisa’s gorgeous red wedding dress. With the historic site already being decorated for the holidays, no extra decorating was needed for their wedding!

The wedding festivities began just after dusk with their ceremony. Their 14 year relationship in no way diminished their passion for each other, judging by their reactions! Skylar started loudly sobbing when he saw Lisa walk down the aisle, which resulted in her sobbing, and I almost joined them it was so intense! The crying soon turned to laughter as Lisa’s brother David performed the hilarious first part of the ceremony. Not only was it the funniest wedding ceremony I have ever attended, but it definitely hit a record for the most swearing during a ceremony!

After a quick toast to their guests, we explored the house with Lisa and Skylar for their photos. Luckily the weather was just warm enough to get a few photos with the beautiful exterior of the historic house.

We finished off the evening with their over the top family speeches which had everyone in tears of laughter, followed by some equally hilarious dance moves for the first dances. Lisa, Skylar, and their families fully embrace their humour and wackiness and it made for such a joyful wedding!

Congratulations, Lisa and Skylar!

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Waterton United Church Winter Wedding [Candace & Davis]

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Candace and Davis, Waterton United Church winter wedding

Candace and Davis wanted to keep their ceremony small and decided on an intimate Waterton United Church winter wedding. Their immediate family was there by their side, and everyone else will get to join them for a bigger party next year!

It was a beautiful day in Waterton with fresh snow and clear skies. We could see the amazing mountain views, and Candace surprised herself (and all of us) with how warm she was outside for photos in just her dress! The town workers were busy clearing paths around the park, allowing us to go to some of the most beautiful views despite the huge snowfall the day before.

Congratulations, Candace and Davis!

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Twin Butte Wedding Elopement [Mackenzie & Scot]

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Mackenzie and Scot, Twin Butte wedding elopement

Mackenzie and Scot knew they wanted their wedding to take place somewhere with a view of beautiful mountains. After hunting through the cutest places on Air BnB, they decided on a Twin Butte wedding elopement! They found an adorable cabin at the Drywood Creek Hide-A-Way, located in the foothills just outside of Pincher Creek.

Scot had been kicked out of the cabin just before I arrived so Mackenzie could get ready without spoiling her finished look. When she emerged and Scot saw her for the first time, a huge grin washed over his face! They had their private ceremony in front of the wood cabin, then we went right into photos.

The cabins are located down by the winding creek, and the nearby highway was just out of view. We found some beautiful pops of autumn colour that the snow hadn’t stolen, and Mackenzie and Scot kept each other warm with lots of snuggles and a blanket on hand nearby.

If you know that area, you know it’s windy, and that day was no exception! Mackenzie wore a cathedral length veil that was so perfectly dramatic in the wind. We were also on high alert and had to chase it several times when the wind tore it out of her hair! We saved the windiest spot, the mountain view, for last and it was worth every gust we had to endure.

Congratulations, Mackenzie & Scot!

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Snowy Norland Wedding Portraits [Janita & William]

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Janita and William, snowy Norland wedding portraits

This may look like a Christmas wedding, but these snowy Norland wedding portraits were part of the wild fall weather we’ve had! Janita and William didn’t let the cold temperatures or second snowfall slow down their wedding plans. They were just as enthusiastic about the snow, which looked amazing with the rich reds in their colour scheme.

The wedding party and their spouses tag teamed keeping the couple warm by picking up hot chocolate, being ready with blankets behind the scenes of the photos, and parking their truck nearby so everyone could warm up in shifts.

Janita’s family lives just down the road from the Norland, plus the venue is only one block away from their church, so it was the perfect place to do their wedding photos! There were still a few autumn colours here and there while the beautiful beams of sunlight provided welcome relief from the cold for everyone.

From the time Janita’s father started laying on the dad jokes during getting ready photos to siblings lightly teasing the couple during their reception, everyone was in a constant state of laughter and joy all day long.

Congratulations, Janita & William!

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