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Cayleigh & Austin, Snowy Farm E-Session in Ponoka

Cayleigh and Austin are crazy sweet, crazy relaxed, and crazy about each other.  They picked the snowiest, yet warmest day we’d had in November and invited me out to the farm for their engagement session.  We trucked through the fields in four wheel drive down to the iced-over river and wandered through the snow.  If you look closely, you can see the snow packed up around their legs.  These two are no complainers and they made it fun.

They wanted to include both of their dogs in the photos and wrangling four playful dogs into not only sitting still but also looking at the camera was no easy feat.  Cayleigh got creative with a bag of treats and we eventually got our perfect shot.

It always shocks me after Daylight Savings Time ends how quickly the sun goes down.  We were wrapping up our shoot before suppertime and it was nearly dark out.  As soon as that light disappeared, the air instantly turned freezing cold and a breeze picked up.  While these two were definitely tough enough to keep going for a few more shots and still somehow make themselves look warm and relaxed, it was a sign to head inside and truly warm up frozen fingers.  If Cayleigh and Austin can handle snow and cold like that, I have no concerns for their summer wedding…but I still have my fingers crossed for a warm, sunny day where they can truly relax and enjoy.

Cayleigh and Austin, I had a great time getting to know the two of you that much better.  I can’t wait to see that river valley again with you two in it.  Without all that snow.

 

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Tamara & Tadd, September 16, 2017

Tamara & Tadd picked Lake Pofianga as the perfect setting for their relaxed, rustic wedding day.  The intimate ceremony was held on a brisk, fall afternoon overlooking the lake in the middle of the trees.  Tadd’s father played the bagpipes and then their closest family and friends looked on as they literally “tied the knot” in a knot binding ceremony.

Of course, the theme of the day was “Bears and Butterflies”,  and it showed up in all kinds of details throughout the day.  Not only that, but Tamara’s bouquet included white daisies in reference to an inside joke between herself and Tadd.  It was sweet.

Following a delicious pig roast and the cutting of the cake, everyone gathered outside in the fresh, chilly air as night fell.  Tamara and Tadd danced their first dance as husband and wife on a wooden porch surrounded by candles and glowing string lights.  By the time I left, the firepit was crackling and everyone, including the bridal party, had bundled into warm sweaters and sweatpants to sit around the fire and simply spend time together.  It was a fitting end to a sweet, relaxed day.

Tamara and Tadd, since you’re family, I’ve gotten to both see you and hear the stories as you fell deeper in love.  You’re clearly so happy together and from the moment Tadd proposed, I was excited for your wedding.  I wish you all the best in your marriage…but I’m sure I’ll be seeing you around plenty.

*All portraits taken at Lake Pofianga

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Dresses:  David’s Bridal

Hair:  Ponoka Hair Loft

Make-up: Altitude Laser Spa, Ponoka

Florist:  Flowers for You, Ponoka

Officiant:  Sylvia Morrison, Red Deer County

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Lake Pofianga Clubhouse, Ponoka

Catering: Bob Hepp & Company Catering, Ponoka

Rings:

Brides Engagement Ring – Costco

Bride’s Sleeve – Paris Jewellers, Red Deer

Groom’s Ring – Premier Jewellers, Edmonton

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Melly Queen’s Birthday Cake Smash

Most people wouldn’t know this but I have a part-time job where I meet some of the coolest people on the planet.  One of those people is this gorgeous lady right here.

Mel, better known to her coworkers as Melly Queen, is spunky, sweet, and lionhearted.  When she tells stories, which is often and loud, you don’t actually need to hear the words (though they help).  You just need to watch her face and she’ll completely crack you up.  She is there for each one of us on the rough days.  The office wouldn’t be the same without Mel.

This shoot was to celebrate a milestone birthday and I won’t say which one.  However, when we walked into the J.J. Collett Nature Area lugging balloons, cake, and a sparkly, fluffy tutu, other hikers first stared and then finding out it was for her birthday, said, “Happy 30th birthday!”  Mel burst out laughing and said something along the lines of “Thank you!  I wish!”

We laughed until we cried through this shoot.  There was cake EVERYWHERE.  Worth it.

Mel, you are the greatest and I’m so glad that I know you.  Happy birthday!  This is going to be your best year yet.

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