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Best Wedding Photos of 2020 – From Photography by Tanya Plonka

Friday, January 8th, 2021

best Lethbridge wedding photos of 2020

What a year 2020 was! By the time March rolled around, we weren’t sure if we were still going to be able to call ourselves “wedding photographers” this year, or if COVID was going to cancel weddings and events completely. Quite a few of our couples decided to postpone their weddings until 2021, but the rest decided to shake up their plans and go for it!

We saw a little less travelling this year, but still managed to visit Waterton many times and went as far as the Pioneers Cabin in Edmonton. Many of the weddings were made more personal by cancelling venue reservations and moving the festivities to family’s and friend’s farms and ranches, where we found some stunning views of the Alberta landscape.

With 2020 being such an oddball, it was totally fitting that it was also a leap year! We started out the year with James and Kaylene’s leap year / 1920s themed wedding before we had any idea of what was to come.

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Halloween Sunset Wedding in Orton [Jessica & Dustin]

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Jessica & Dustin, Halloween sunset wedding

Halloween is by far my favourite holiday, so you can imagine my excitement when Jessica and Dustin contacted me while planning their Halloween sunset wedding. Jessica adores Halloween and she was not about to let the rare Saturday it fell on go to waste!

They wanted their ceremony to take place outdoors to incorporate the setting sun and chose a friend’s farm just outside of Orton. We got lucky with a gorgeous Halloween evening, and the farm had such great curvy trees to go with the theme.

Jessica wore a beautiful black wedding dress with lace accents and a black veil, and had a friend build them a coffin for a very dramatic bridal entrance. This is definitely the first wedding coffin I’ve photographed!

Congratulations, Jessica and Dustin!

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Outdoor Waterton Autumn Wedding [Emily & Cody]

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Emily & Cody, outdoor Waterton autumn wedding

When Emily and Cody’s plans for a destination wedding in 2020 didn’t pan out, they kept the idea of a destination but made it a little more local! Their families joined them for an outdoor Waterton autumn wedding at the Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort. With perfect weather, they were able to have their ceremony outside on the resort’s green space. Emily’s dad performed the ceremony, making it extra special. It was such a joyful day for everyone involved. The couple weren’t the only ones smiling and laughing non-stop!

Their wedding was incredibly timed with the fall colours this year! Waterton was covered in rich yellows, reds, and oranges with still a bit of green left, and all of the new growth is so vibrant as it bounces back from the Kenow Fire. We took them to the entrance of the Bertha Lake hike to take full advantage of the colour. Emily and Cody were totally down for a small hike! They even received a few bonus congratulations from the last hikers of the season.

Congratulations, Emily and Cody!

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Edmonton Pioneers Cabin Wedding [Francine & Clayton]

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Francine & Clayton, Edmonton Pioneers Cabin Wedding

Francine and Clayton are such an amazing couple for how easily they rolled with the changes thrown their way! Their wedding was originally planned for Castle Mountain Resort, but once the event size and distancing rules started being announced, they decided to scale back and keep their wedding small and local to them. That meant a roadtrip was in store for us! Their new plan of an Edmonton Pioneers Cabin wedding turned out beautifully and they were able to keep all of the important parts of their day.

It was so cute seeing how nervous each of them were while they got ready, but that soon melted away once they saw each other at their ceremony. We explored along the edge of Nellie McClung Park for their portraits and didn’t have to go far to get the Edmonton cityscape in the background.

With the size of the venue, they were able to have the fun reception they had always wanted with lots of space for dancing.

Congratulations, Francine and Clayton!

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Intimate Bayshore Inn Wedding in Waterton [Margie & Daryl]

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

Margie & Daryl, Intimate Bayshore Inn Wedding in Waterton

Margie and Daryl decided on a Waterton destination wedding in the late summer when planning their event. Their intimate Bayshore Inn wedding ceremony was held outdoors in the hotel’s yard overlooking the lake. They made the day special for their children by having them come along for all of their portraits and letting them have a full tour of the national park.

We were so excited that Red Rock Canyon reopened this year and we could finally go back there for photos! Margie and Daryl loved it from the samples I showed them and were ready for adventure at the end of their portraits. Margie was so excited to get down into the water that she asked about it before I suggested any rock climbing! It always give the tourists quite a show to see people in formal wear scaling the rocks and gingerly stepping over the wet pebbles in the stream.

This couple hardly needed any direction, which is especially impressive once you see their huge upside down dip!

Congratulations, Margie and Daryl!

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Waterton Lakeshore Elopement [Alyssa & Israel]

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Waterton lakeshore elopement

After being engaged for several years, Alyssa and Israel had a big wedding planned… and then COVID hit! Not wanting to extend their engagement another year, they decided to turn their big wedding into a destination elopement in Waterton. They had their Waterton lakeshore elopement in the late afternoon. The spot they chose was their favourite view from their nearby accommodations at the Bayshore Inn, and conveniently the area had the fewest tourists!

Alyssa and Israel were adorable and fawning over each other from the moment I first met them in person. They constantly made each other laugh, could rarely be found not embracing, and Israel frequently stole kisses. Half the time I barely had to pose them because they’d naturally fall into each other’s arms once I told them where to stand! Their elopement was an amazing chance for them to get away for a weekend together and focus only on each other, which they were obviously very happy to do :)

Congratulations, Alyssa and Israel!

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