Where do I start with this day? Oh boy.
Let’s start with how Cloe and Travis are like happy, exceptional puzzle pieces that fit together just right. They light up when they’re near each other and they’re up for anything.
The morning started with the men. I’m not sure how Travis was really feeling when I arrived but he seemed cool as a cucumber. His smile was relaxed and easy as he kidded around with his groomsmen.
The ladies getting ready portion of the day always has this excited, slightly nervous energy. Last minute details are wrapped up. Hair and make-up are carefully applied. Jewelry and shoes are lost and then found back. At Cloe’s home, things were busy and even the chubby ring bearer was getting a last minute hair trim as he munched his macaroni and cheese. Cloe looked amazing and kept her composure through it all, or at least, until we lined everyone up for a final group photo before the day really got started. Cloe looked over at her bridesmaids and that’s when her eyes welled up with tears.
I love private moments between the bride and groom before the ceremony and they’re frequently in the form of the “first look”. However, Cloe requested something a little bit different – she didn’t want Travis to see her before the ceremony but she did want to have communion and prayer together. The solution was to blindfold him and lead him into the room where she was waiting. They held hands tightly and quietly took communion together, then Travis was lead back out to wait for Cloe at the church.
The rest of the day flew by, from the first kiss to the final portraits. We spent some time in downtown Red Deer on Little Gaetz taking portraits just before sunset and getting honked at by passing cars. Special thanks to Dose Coffee Company for letting us come in on the fly and take a few portraits inside. At the reception, the speeches were sweet and the dancing was enthusiastic. It was a day of genuine fun and love.
Cloe and Travis, I hope that you find marriage as fulfilling as it is fun and that you remember those days of long-distance dating and appreciate each other even more for them. I wish you the best of luck in the future. Merry Christmas!
*All portraits taken at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club, Little Gaetz Ave., and Dose Coffee Company
Hair & Make-up Artistry: Tasha at Chopped Hair Studio, Red Deer
Bride’s Dress: Novia Mia, Red Deer
Menswear: Moores Clothing for Men, Red Deer
Florals: In Bloom – Creative Florals, Hamilton, ON
Ceremony Venue: First Church of the Nazarene, Red Deer
Reception Venue & Catering: Red Deer Golf and Country Club, Red Deer
Limousine: Arrow Limousine, Red Deer
Décor & Rentals: Copper Cloud Events, Lacombe
Videographer: Allison Wiigs