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Ian & Travis’ Wedding at Chateau Lake Louise

Gawd dammit. It’s 4 AM, and I’ve been sitting here in front of this bloody screen for hours! I literally CANNOT think of what to write. Why is this so hard? If I didn’t already love Ian and Travis to death, I sure as heck do now. I’ve practically been living and breathing their wedding photos, day and night, for weeks and weeks. And yet here I sit, and here I stare, without any words that feel right. I keep scrolling down through the images below, and I just can’t stop smiling. But then I scroll back up here to the top, determined to write all about it, and—nothing.

I finally realized why! Every damn thing I think of writing, is unbelievable—as in, nobody’s gonna believe me. How can I say the things I want to say, without sounding like I’m full of shit?

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Taylor & Zach’s Winter Wedding in Banff, Canada

We haven’t photographed a wedding with more than 10 guests in over 14 months. To say that we were excited to get back to shooting is an understatement. If Covid has given us anything, it’s a new perspective. The mundanity of life is the beauty of life.

Taylor and Zach’s wedding can hardly be described as “mundane.” They got married in a freakin’ castle, surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains! It was truly spectacular. BUT, the understated “normal” moments are what really brought Taylor and Zach’s wedding to life. It was Taylor’s Mom (a dance mom through Taylor’s childhood), doing her hair and makeup on her wedding day, for the 213th time. It was an impromptu game of poker. It was Zach’s grandmother, suffering from dementia, knowing exactly what was going on during brief moments of lucidity. It was hugs, smiles, glances, gestures, laughs. It was the little things that we experience every single day, that go unnoticed. But, on this day… it was all noticed. And it was beautiful.

Taylor, Zach, and family, thank you so much for trusting us to notice.

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A Story of Tartans

These photos tell the story of Nikki, James, Heather, Finlay, and Otis. It’s the story of an intimate, relaxed, family wedding in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s also the story of someone who is not physically present in the photos, but present nonetheless.

Elaine had the kind of quiet wisdom you didn’t necessarily notice in the moment, but its absence is loud. Like her family’s tartan, from her Scottish heritage, her wisdom was strong. It was bold while being subtle and understated. It was a distinct pattern of white, green, and dark blue, with the most beautiful vibrant yellow lines running through it. Its tight weave thick, protective, and rugged. A little itchy next to the skin, letting you know it’s there. Durable. Dependable. An heirloom passed down for generations.

Elaine’s tartan, with its yellow streak of wisdom, weaved into its pattern, blanketed James, Heather, and Finlay, in warmth and protection.

As she got closer to death (from esophageal cancer), the tartan’s protection became tighter, more enduring. As the yellow got brighter, the wisdom got stronger. So strong you could feel it in the air that surrounded her, without even exchanging words. When Elaine passed into another world on Feb. 3, 2015, the tartan’s yellow streak shone brighter than ever. The tight weave of the fabric, steeped in warmth, knowledge, and durability, wrapped around her family as tight as it could.

Slowly, and unknowingly at first, the tartan began to loosen its tight weave. It still protected the family, but the weave loosened just enough for another, completely unique fibre to weave its way into the already bold pattern. The new fibre was different than the yellow streak.

It was silky. It was smooth and it was a bright blue. It felt nice against the skin. It was also durable. And it was also wise, but in a completely different way. It was warming, comforting, protective, accepting, non-judgemental. It was pure. Pure love.

This is also Nikki’s story.

Nikki’s love became woven into the tartan, making it stronger, with a brand new bright streak next to the yellow. It became a pattern so beautiful for its inclusiveness, commitment, and its vibrant contrast.

This is the story of Nikki, James, Heather, Finlay, and Otis. And of Elaine. A beautiful, technicolour family of many weaves and dreams.

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Getting Weddy

The anticipatory moments leading up to a wedding can be hectic, emotional, hilarious, and downright ridiculous. Documenting it all, can be a challenging adventure, to say the least.

Here are 100 getting-ready photos from the trenches…

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Best of 2019

Our 2019 adventures in wedding photography gifted us extraordinary experiences with extraordinary people.

These 2019 numbers made possible by a whole lot of trust from a whole lot of people:

123,000 km traversed across 4 continents and 5 oceans.
10,300 hand-crafted photos delivered.
12 sold out workshops in 8 countries on 4 continents (alumni from 42 countries).
11 more Oscars from Fearless Photographers.
9 countries travelled by plane, train, automobile, bicycle, kayak, canoe, ski, and paraglider.
8 keynote performances in 6 countries on 4 continents.
7 diverse weddings celebrated in 5 countries.
2 kids world-schooled through 5 countries across 4 continents.
1 epic Alumni Reunion.

Below are just some of our (and your) favourite wedding photos from this past year.

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