Monthly Archives: February 2014

kristel & aidan: married | edmonton wedding photographer


I can try to tell the story of how Kristel & Aidan fell in love, but probably wouldn’t be able to put it as perfectly as they did when I asked them:

“We met during our first year of University in 2003. We both lived in the university residence and were friends for the first few months of school. We were unlikely friends – Kristel spent the majority of her time in the library and Aidan spent his time…well…anywhere but the library! But, as the weather got colder in November, we found warmth in each other and have been enjoying the seasons together ever since.”  

As avid snowboarders and mountain lovers, it was only fitting that they wanted a winter engagement session, and then a beautiful weekend wedding at the breathtaking Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise near Banff, Alberta.  Typically my schedule and family life doesn’t allow for me to take on destination weddings, but this one worked out perfectly and I was beyond stoked to be a part of it!  And of course, since it’s not every day that I get to shoot at this amazing venue, you can expect that this blog post will without a doubt be super-sized and full of gorgeousness.   Definitely a wedding I’ll always hold dear– and that’s also due a lot to Kristel & Aidan themselves, two of the most all around awesome human beings ever!  Now sit back and enjoy some of my favourites from their stunning wedding day– I hope by the end you feel like you were right there with us 🙂

Kristel and Aidan got ready in separate gorgeous suites at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise— and both had breathtaking views of the lake.

I’ll tell ya– it’s not a bad day at work when you get to call this place your office!  The up close view of the mountains and stunning emerald/turquise coloured lake meant that I literally didn’t need or want for any other photo locations– it was just TOO perfect.  Like something out of a dream!

These 2 were seriously TOO cute.  Aidan, in between cracking me up, was just always the perfect gentleman looking after Kristel.  And even after 10 years, these two were still stealing sweet little moments and kisses with each other all day and treated their friends and family with so much love and affection.  I can tell you it really inspired me to want to come back here with my husband for a romantic getaway!

These next few shots are some of my favourites ever ever ever!

The reception just blew my socks off!  The amazing team of Sheryl Boury of Lynn Fletcher Weddings along with the incomparable Janine Sabastian from FaBLOOMosity transformed the Victoria Ballroom into a vision of warmth and romance.

Their cake, which was a surprise for them and designed by Aidan’s parents, was made by Cake Couture.   It was a replica of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland where Kristel & Aidan were engaged.

I don’t normally blog a ton from the dance part of the reception but just couldn’t help myself this time because Kristel & Aidan hired some of the coolest entertainers I’ve ever seen at a wedding– “Dueling Pianos”!  Jesse & Jenesse wowed everyone (including myself) with their incredible on-the-fly song requests and impromptu piano riffs.  They bantered, sang their butts off, and entertained the crowd with well-known hits all night.  This was NOT like your grandpa’s piano bar!  Soooo awesome.

Kristel & Aidan~ I’m sad to see our time together come to an end!  You’ve both been so incredible to work with– generous, kind and so fun– and I hope our paths will cross again in the future.  Thank you for always taking care of us and making us feel like welcome guests at your wedding.   Truly a class act through and through.

Special thanks to my second shooter and DEAR friend Sharon Litchfield for not only accompanying me to the mountains for the weekend but for driving me too!!  I’d happily share a bag of trail mix in bed again with you any day lady 😉

And thanks to all the amazing vendors who helped bring their vision to life:

Wedding Planner:  Sheryl Boury of Lynn Fletcher Weddings (based out of Calgary)
Kristel’s wedding gown:   Allure Bridals from Pure Bridal (based out of Edmonton)
Kristel’s custom veil: designed by Rachel Radmanovich of Beveiled Custom Bridal Veils (based out of Edmonton)
Kristel’s earrings: Birks.  Bridesmaids earrings: Stella & Dot
Bridesmaids dresses: Anthropologie
Aidan’s suit:  Van Gils from Derks
Groomsmens suits:  Kenneth Cole from the Bay.  Cufflinks: Burberry from Holt Renfrew
Hair & Makeup: Avenue Beauty (based out of Calgary)
Florist: FaBLOOMosity (based out of Edmonton)
Venue: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Lake Louise, Alberta
Wedding cake: Cake Couture – Edible Art (based out of Edmonton)
Music:  “Dueling Pianos”  Jesse Peters Music with Jenesse Graling (based out of Calgary)
Stationary:  Designed by Chao Zhang, printed by McCallum Printing and West Canadian Printing
February 12, 2014 - 11:04 am

sharon SO SO SO beautiful. You captured it perfectly and I think this might be my favourite wedding of yours yet!!

February 12, 2014 - 11:05 am

sharon And yes, trail mix in bed was awesome. Let’s up the ante and do chips next time.

February 12, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Jennifer Mind. Blown.

February 22, 2014 - 11:50 pm

miranda you always continue to blow my mind!! you are SO inspiring and this wedding was so incredibly beautiful!

April 7, 2014 - 10:37 am

Melissa This wedding is perfection. Plus love that they had it at Lake Louise-my parents had their honeymoon there and returned for their 40th wedding anniversary 🙂

June 30, 2014 - 11:50 am

Stacy Squires Photography simply stunning 🙂

new branding | edmonton wedding photographer

For about a year now I’ve been struggling to find myself through my branding.  For those of you that are photographers too, you can probably relate– in those first couple years of business you’re really just flying by the seat of your pants.  After a couple years, those first business cards you designed, that website you put together, the packaging you use for your products… maybe just isn’t cutting it anymore.  And if you’re me– you spend countless hours in front of your computer obsessing and fiddling around until one day it all just comes together (admitted Type A personality here).  This post is just to share with you some details in case any of you too, are branding junkies and would like a little more behind-the-scenes info 🙂

Thanks to Photoshop and some inspiration from Pinterest,  I first designed a new logo and business card for myself.  It was tricky!  Trying to encapsulate everything that is “Katch Studios” into one little design was not easy– but in the end, it couldn’t be more perfect– right down to the fact that the wood grain background is inspired by the white wood floors in my studio!  I think the new branding is everything I love and strive to represent in my photos: chic & modern, but with touches of rustic & romantic.  I then took my design and got my cards ordered from — they did such an amazing job with the gold foil printing of my logo– I nearly jumped for joy when I first opened the box!  Then as a fun little DIY finishing touch project, I spray-painted the edges gold myself and saved a bit of money.  Find me on Instagram (“katgill_”) to see a bit more on how I did it.

And from there, I used this new design to update everything across the board with a similar look- my website, blogs and all the packaging I use for my products.  I hope you’ll take a second and check out the new looks here:  I’d love to hear what you think!



February 5, 2014 - 10:18 am

Carmen Hi Kat! Thanks so much for sharing!! I love the combination you used of gold and white. So beautiful! I’m also working on my branding as well, and I’m more of a DIY person – so I’m glad you share this with us. I like the idea of using spray paint for the edges, how genius! I’m actually following you already on instagram, so I’ll be visiting you there pretty soon to check out how you did it. 😉
Thanks so much!

February 5, 2014 - 10:40 am

ariane db Wow! It is perfect! it really describe your photographic personnality now! Cheers!

February 5, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Shannon @ Shannon Kate Photography These look amazing. I love that you designed your logo yourself – after spending a tonne of money on designers who didn’t end up giving me what I wanted, I ended up doing my own as well and I couldn’t be happier – sometimes you need to put down exactly what’s in your head not someone else’s!

I think the gold and the woodgrain compliment your photography perfectly. Very elegant, just fun at the same time!

February 7, 2014 - 10:09 pm

miranda i think they are beautiful! and the DIY touch…love!

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