Angela & Eric: Paris Elopement | Destination Wedding Photographer

Opening an email from one of your upcoming brides with the question “If we decided to get married in Paris and wanted to bring you to photograph it, would you come?” is not the worst way to start your workday– I can attest to that!  With their Edmonton wedding only months away, Angela & Eric decided that what they really wanted instead of a big traditional wedding was an intimate and romantic elopement in Paris instead, so they scrapped all their plans and followed their hearts.  Along with just a handful of close family members (and me!), they made their dream come true and got married in the most romantic city in the world.   And putting aside the obvious beauty and romance that IS Paris, the greatest thing I can take away from this day was just how incredibly connected Angela and Eric were all day.  They truly made it all about celebrating the love they shared and being IN the moment.  They were also so ridiculously good to me and did everything they could to help me capture their day as beautifully as possible– dream clients in every sense of the word!  This day was such a gift, and I was sure to not let the huge honour escape me for one minute.  This elopement also marked a pretty cool first:  the first time my husband ever assisted me on a wedding!  With it being also our 10th wedding anniversary, we couldn’t resist having him come along, and after I put him to work all day carrying my gear and catering to my every whim (holy I could get used to this!), we then enjoyed an unforgettable few days in Paris alone together.  This elopement produced some of my all-time favourite photos and was without a doubt, a trip I’ll always cherish.  I’m so grateful to Angela & Eric (and their last-minute plan change!) and I look so forward to more amazing travels documenting love all around the world.

 

Angela got ready in the most beautiful and classically “Parisian” apartment– from the minute I walked in I wanted to pinch myself.  For anyone getting married in Paris or just visiting, this is definitely the way to go if you can!  Look for great options on VRBO or Air B&B.

After the intimate ceremony, we were whisked away by a personal driver that Angela & Eric hired for the day.  This was my personal dream come true!  It took all the stress and guess-work out of the day so we were all able to just relax, have fun and focus on what was important.  I loved that we could just tell him where we wanted to go, hop out, shoot and then text him when we were ready to be picked up again.  He even made a beer run when the crazy summer heat got to be a bit too much.  One of my favourite memories from the day was Angela, Eric and my husband cheers-ing their ice cold  beers along the Seine River just like true Albertans!

Every wedding is different and special in it’s own way.  The perfect weddings to me though, are when the couple makes the day truly about what is an authentic reflection of them as a couple– whether that’s celebrating in their hometown amongst 500 of their friends and family or alone together across the world in their favourite city.  Just make it authentically you.  Angela & Eric will now always have Paris, and thankfully, so will me and my husband.  La vie est belle!

Angela & Eric~ Thank you so much for sharing your amazing day with me.  Your whole-hearted trust and crazy generous natures really touched my heart and made this one of the most rewarding and memorable weddings I’ve ever had the good fortune of shooting.  Wishing you both a lifetime of love, good health and croissants!  SOOO many croissants!!!  <3

 

Special thanks to the amazing vendors that made their day so perfect:

Bouquet and boutonniere:  Elegant Wedding Decor

Bridal Gown Boutique:   Pronovias

Groom’s Formal: Ermenegildo Zegna

Makeup: Angela did her own makeup but took a private lesson from Sen Studios

 

Coming up next– Angela & Eric’s Day After Session in front of the Eiffel Tower!

XOXO,

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 19, 2016 - 12:35 pm

Girish Beautiful pictures! Urban portraits are so much fun & challenging at the same time. Well done.

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Jean & Nick: Married Pt. 2

As promise, here’s Part 2 of Jean & Nick’s beautiful wedding day!  Being that Jean is the gorgeous style maven behind the popular blog Extra Petite, and her handsome fiancée Nick is a talented writer and photographer, their wedding day promised to be FULL of style, details and sentiment.   I had to split their blog post into 2 parts so that it wouldn’t feel like the world’s longest blog post– (here’s Part 1 in case you missed it) but I’m not sure that even helped much because Part 2 is still crazy long– eep!  It was just too hard to cut it down though– there were so many great ideas, details and moments that I thought might inspire other brides.  Another reason for the super long post is that I was just so jazzed about shooting in Boston– such a great city!   And their venue (The Boston Public Library) was an absolute photographer’s dream!  So in conclusion, I really struggled to cut this post down, but then just figured– Hey it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want!!!  haha

So grab a drink, sit back and enjoy as I take you through Jean & Nick’s romantic, vintage-inspired Boston wedding!  I hope you enjoy 🙂


Jean & Nick opted to have a First Look outside a nearby cathedral and it was perfect!  They then followed that with photos with their bridal party and their portraits, before heading to the Ceremony.  It’s always a nice option to do things in this order so that your pictures are all finished and you can go straight to spending the rest of the evening with your guests, rather than doing the photos in between the ceremony and reception.



What a dream!  I’ve never been in an empty gorgeous library before after it’s closed to the public– let alone had free reign to shoot wherever I wanted!  There’s something so magical and so romantic about it– the history, the grandeur, the mystery.  And then to top it all off with such an elegant, beautiful couple?  Pinch me.

The ceremony took place in the library’s courtyard which was just stunning.  Definitely one of the most epic walks down the aisle for a bride I’ve ever seen!

Jean and Nick then headed upstairs to the Juliet balcony to do their First Dance overlooking the courtyard and all their guests.  All while being serenaded by close friends down below who singing an acoustic version of “Love me like you do” by Ellie Goulding.  Swoon!!

After their First Dance, the party started!  Guests enjoyed special signature drinks, hor d’oeuvres, and a pre-dinner Noodle Bar, complete with Take Out Boxes! (it was delicious!)

While their guests enjoyed the cocktail hour in the courtyard, I stole Jean & Nick away for a few more photos now that Jean had changed into her 3rd gorgeous gown of the day.  I love when couples opt to do this as it gives us a chance to get some beautiful photos during the very flattering light at sunset, and also gives the couple a few minutes alone to soak in the fact that they’re now officially married.

The reception was beautiful too of course, but my favourite detail was probably the donut tower which took the place of a more traditional wedding cake.  I mean, Maple Bacon?  Yes, please!  Jean & Nick also chose to do a sweetheart table at the front of the room and for their Seating Chart, they used old school library cards to further compliment the vintage theme and library setting.  I love it when couples add touches of their personalities throughout their wedding, and a highlight for me was when Jean & Nick made their grand entrance into their reception.  They came in with iPhones in hand, recording their guests amused reactions– so cute!  And since they had their First Dance already, after dinner they led their guests back outside to just dance and have fun under the twinkly hanging lights.

Jean & Nick~  I could never thank you enough for everything.  Your faith and trust in me meant so much and I’m so incredibly honoured to be the lucky person that got to capture your vision and bring it to life through photos. I think I can speak for both Sharon and I when I say that the kindness and generosity you and your families extended to us during our time in Boston truly made this whole experience one we’ll always remember and hold dear.  Congratulations Jean & Nick!  Anyone that spends even a few minutes with you two can feel the love and respect you have for each other– it’s a beautiful thing and I wish you a lifetime of happiness & cupcakes <3

 

Special thanks to all the incredible vendors that helped bring Jean & Nick’s vision to life:

Bridal gown:  LAZARO Style #3415

Reception dress:  AIDAN MATTOX

Bridal accessories:  DIY veil & belt

Floral Robes:  PLUM PRETTY SUGAR

Bridesmaids dresses: BHLDN

Florist: POLLEN FLORAL DESIGN

Hair: TRESEMME

Makeup: LISA CHY

Tuxedo:  J. CREW LUDLOW

Men’s Accessories:  THE TIE BAR

Bridal Suite: Judy Garland Suite at THE LENOX HOTEL

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Catering & Day of Coordination:  THE CATERED AFFAIR

Donuts:  UNION SQUARE DONUTS

 

XOXO,

 

 

Previous related posts:  Jean & Nick’s Co-ed Bridal Shower Brunch, Jean & Nick’s Wedding Part 1

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Toronto Wedding Photographer WOW! Everything about this wedding is just so beautiful! The locations, the details, and of course, Jean & Nick!!! Gorgeous couple!! You did an amazing job documenting this wedding!:)

jean & nick: married Pt. 1 | Boston Wedding Photographer

 

When I first met Jean & Nick, it was through FaceTime– they were in Boston and I was in Edmonton and I found myself wondering, how lucky that they somehow found me all the way from there!  I thanked the powers of social media and eagerly anticipated their big day, knowing that it was going to be an incredible wedding for so many reasons.  The obvious one is that anyone can see these two are the cutest ever!  I recognized Jean immediately from her uber-popular Style Blog “Extra Petite” and then quickly learned that the talented photographer for her blog is none other than her handsome fiancée Nick.  Talk about a match made in blogger heaven!  And if you check out their super cute engagement story on Jean’s blog HERE, you’ll fall in love with them too!  I also just shared all about their chic co-ed garden-themed bridal shower HERE.

The pressure was on to capture their wedding day well because as you can see, they’re both so good at making everything look awesome!!  Along with my good friend/work wife Sharon (who’s also crazy busy with her own photography business but was kind enough to join me on this adventure!) we got to capture their perfectly intimate day.  Jean, Nick and all their friends and family were incredibly gracious and made us feel so welcome in Boston.  Because I just had waaaay too many favourites, I’m splitting this day into 2 parts just so it doesn’t wind up the world’s longest blog post!  Here now, is Part 1, which features their morning, a First Look and a traditional Tea Ceremony.  Jean wore a gorgeous not-so-traditional chinese gown that was custom-made for her by her very talented friend/bridesmaid/designer Khatu Ho.  It was just one of the 3 amazing gowns she wore that day.

OK so I hope you’ll enjoy Part 1!  And stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon… I promise you won’t want to miss it!

 

Special thanks to all the incredible vendors that helped make their morning so perfect:

Bridal Suite and Tea Ceremony venue: Judy Garland Suite at THE LENOX HOTEL

Tea Ceremony coordination:  THE LEMON DROP TEAM

Floral robes: PLUM PRETTY SUGAR

Jean’s gown: KHATU HO

Jean’s jewelry: vintage earrings

Bridesmaids dresses: BHLDN

Nick’s suit: THEORY

Florist: POLLEN FLORAL DESIGN

Hair: TRESEMME

Makeup: LISA CHY

 

XOXO,

 

 

Jean & Nick: Bridal Shower | Boston Wedding Photographer

As you may know if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, a few months ago, I was lucky enough to have shot a beautiful wedding in Boston for Jean and Nick.  As an avid follower of Jean’s Blog “Extra Petite“, I can tell you I was definitely feeling both excited and nervous to meet her (and her super talented photographer fiancee Nick!)  As it turned out, we actually ended up meeting for the first time in person at their co-ed bridal shower the day before their wedding, which I was also hired to shoot.  Along with my good friend/work wife Sharon, we hit it off immediately and realized we all shared a love for food, photography, fashion and pretty things (OK well, maybe that last one was more us girls and not so much Nick haha )

We spent that afternoon with them at their super chic garden-themed bridal shower on the outdoor patio at Precinct Kitchen+Bar, along with all their closest friends and family.  Guests were encouraged to wear their floral finest and each got to make their own fresh flower crown to wear throughout brunch (what a great idea!)  The flowers were by Pollen Floral Design.   Thanks to Jean and her creative friends and family members, there were cute little DIY touches all over the place.  The food was also amazing and for a foodie like me who’s guilty of always being THAT person who posts pictures of her food on social media– I went a little crazy with my camera 😉

OK so enough of my rambling, check out some of my favourites from Jean & Nick’s beautiful bridal shower!   Stay tuned for a full blog post on their gorgeous wedding soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie & Kyle: Married | Edmonton Wedding Photographer

Well with wedding season slowly winding down, I’m finally finding some snippets of free time to get back to blogging again!   First up– Julie & Kyle‘s beautiful wedding at Fort Edmonton Park– which also happens to be one of my favourite venues in Edmonton.  It’s full of old charming buildings and beautiful nature spots.  Julie & Kyle’s wedding had a gorgeous rustic meets romantic theme– think tons of wood and log details, soft pastels, lace, succulents and antlers.  Seeing everything come together, I think I died and went to prettythings heaven!  And being the fun-loving, spirited people that they are, Julie & Kyle’s wedding day was full of fun, friends, laughter, music, dancing and a whole lot of love.  You really can’t hang out with this crew and not have a blast…  I mean, it’s not every day that your bride changes into seafoam green sneakers mid-way through the day!   Their wedding was so awesome in fact, that it was featured in the upcoming Fall/Winter issue of Blush Magazine!

Hope you’ll enjoy looking through this kinda huge blog post (sorrynotsorry) as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

Special thanks to my amazing second shooter for this wedding– Christina!  XOXO

Julie & Kyle~ I’ve had the most AMAZING time working with you two!  From your engagement session to your wedding day, it’s been my absolute honour to be able to capture this special time in your lives.  You’re both super fun awesome people and I’m so happy you found each other!  Julie~ see you at yoga on Freestyle Friday!!

XOXO,

 

 

 

 

August 25, 2015 - 9:10 am

Jennifer Bergman Weddings Kat, what a great post! Absolutely loved working with Julie + Kyle, you’re so right that they are AWESOME!

August 26, 2015 - 5:03 am

Girish Beautiful pictures

February 3, 2016 - 6:35 pm

Jessie Larson How much do you. Charge? And do you take photos of wedding guests

February 20, 2016 - 11:34 am

Michal The visual antidepressant 🙂 Well done!

April 10, 2016 - 12:43 pm

Ophelia Beautiful and creative photos.

August 22, 2016 - 2:54 pm

Fotograf slubny Wroclaw Lovely work!

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Rakesh Khot Wow. Amazing photography and ideas…

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