You know how they say “good things happen to good people”? Well, that was proven to me over and over during this beautiful wedding, and I truly can’t think of a couple that’s more deserving of an amazing wedding. Krista and Paul’s relationship was really put to the test when Krista’s family lost their home and all their belongings in the devastating Slave Lake fire last year. Without hesitation –and after not dating for very long– Paul’s family took all five of them in to live with them. The bonds that have been formed through this difficult time were beautifully evident at their wedding in July, and I feel truly honoured to have been able to witness so much love.
I already got to photograph this stunning couple amongst the cherry blossoms for their engagement session, and it was there that I first witnessed how sweet and loving Krista and Paul were with each other. So when their wedding day rolled around and the weather forecasts were all calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms, Cheryl and I were a bit crestfallen. Up until this point, we’ve had some crazy luck and had never been rained out for any of our weddings. In the wedding world, that’s pretty insane! Well, remember how I said that “good things happen to good people”? Scroll through this blog post to see how Krista & Paul’s wedding day unfolded, and see why it’ll always go down in my memories as such an unforgettable day.
Krista had one of my favorite stylists doing her hair & makeup so I knew she’d be in good hands! Thank you so much Sunita Sumaru for always making my clients look their best!
Krista’s florals were done by my favorite florist in the city- Janine at Fabloomosity. She always does an amazing job!
The wedding all took place at Shalom Park a few miles south of Edmonton, and on our drive up it was POURING rain. I’m talking heavy, fat rain– so bad I could barely see where I was driving. I knew they had planned for an outdoor ceremony so I was really worried for them. And since we were out in the middle of nowhere, our options for indoor locations to do their photos were also pretty bleak. So when Cheryl and I arrived at the ceremony location to see that it was dry and still set up for outside we were stoked! The clouds were still pretty ominous above us, but it just had to hold off for a bit longer…
I love the shots below. That’s Krista’s mom crying in the foreground as her dad walks her down the aisle.
OK, so here’s where it got crazy. It started raining in the middle of the ceremony but Krista and Paul never let it faze them! And it was as if everyone was just determined to stay put and be there for Krista & Paul for their special moment– including us–so we just kept shooting! The pictures below just warm my heart and remind me of why I love shooting weddings so much. Because as quickly as the rain came, by some miracle–it went away just as quickly! I’ll always remember just being so happy and cheering along with everyone else as they came beaming back down the aisle.
And their luck just didn’t run out. The rain kept threatening us for hours with drops here and there, but never fully made it’s appearance. I later found out that it indeed had rained all over the rest of Edmonton. Everywhere except where we were! And to top it off, I got to shoot with 2 of my favorite things: clouds and wind. Clouds add so much drama to the sky and cut back on the harsh afternoon sunlight that we normally have to work around. And nothing is more romantic and adds more movement and life to a photo than wind. Swoon!
This wedding produced SO MANY new all-time favorites for me. This shot below is just so… well to quote celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe: I die. I die. (haha!)
OK so can we just address the obvious? Aren’t these two absolutely gorgeous?? You know what’s even more awesome? That they’re 2 of the nicest, most down to earth and genuine people you’ll ever meet. Through all the crazy weather, through all the random dirty and rough terrain, through everything, they were smiling, laughing and snuggling like 2 peas in a happy little pod. I can’t stress enough how much I LOVED photographing them.
Krista & Paul~ We laughed hard, we shed many tears, but most of all, Cheryl and I were honoured to play such an important role in documenting all the love that was at your wedding. We hope that these pictures will find a special place on the walls of your new home together, as well as in your parents’ new home as they begin to rebuild all that they had lost. We hope that they will forever remind you of this perfectly unperfect day.