2016 was an amazing year of weddings and celebrations of love. I honestly could not have asked for a better group of brides and grooms to document and in every way feel a certain connection to each and every one of you. So thank you. One million thank you’s.
Stacey and Derrick’s Valley Ridge golf club wedding photos and in downtown Calgary was the perfect way to end my 2016 wedding photography season. They were every bit the couple I cherish and adore. An impeccable sense of style, class and grace from the first time we met for their engagement session at the University of Alberta. The epitome of relaxed and there-for-the-pictures, they let me drag them all over downtown Calgary creating images in back alleys, the plus-15 walkways and finally over to the beautiful Valley Ridge golf club for some stunning sunset photos and generally giving me full access to explore and create. I never promise your feet will feel great after a session with me – we’re here to wander and create one-of-a-kind stuff here! Fortunately, no complaints, save for a few confused looks as I brought out some unconventional tools to create some truly unique images – but take a look below – my clearly unbiased opinion is these are smashing. And if your name is Stacey or Derrick you’re probably loving these right about now too (imagine me brushing my shoulder off).
A massive high-five needs to be thrown in the direction of Marisa at Details Events. Not only for her incredible execution of detail and scheduling, but almost as importantly, this was her sign-off wedding. She’s officially retiring and moving on to her next great adventure and I want to wish her all the best – our industry will miss your wit and humor (maybe). I’m looking forward to working with the new owner Faith and her team of talented planners and designers in the future!
Alright, back to the important stuff – Stacey and Derrick. From the first moment these two saw each other, it was game on. All the tears, all the time. Someone had tears. But not Stacey nor Derrick – they were too busy laughing, and giggling at each other like high schoolers on their first date who snuck a sip of peach schnapps. Giddy. Dare I say it…adorably so. Photographing a wedding day story is so much more fun and adventurous when a couple opens up and lets you in to their lives and lets you see their true selves. Stacey and Derrick, thank you for drinking the schnapps and being yourselves – it was truly exciting and an amazing day. Thank you for letting me photograph your wedding and thank you for helping me finish my wedding season with an absolute bang! My only regret is not staying late enough at your reception to see Derrick thrust anything with two legs on the dance floor. Yeah, I heard all about that.