At the heart of every great relationship, is trust. And trust is what brought us (and our cameras) to Rana and Madi’s Montreal Science Centre wedding in Quebec. Madi himself, is a highly sought-after professional wedding photographer (no pressure). Rana is a professional interior designer (yes please). Together, their combined vision for their wedding was ambitious, to put it mildly, especially considering that they took it all on themselves!
The twists of fate and circumstance that brought Allyson and Ryan’s search for Rimrock Resort Hotel wedding photography to us, are wonderful and mysterious. We’ve learned that being able to truly “see” our couples, their loved ones, and their stories, is critical to being able to tap into the meaningful, storytelling imagery that inspires us most. We “saw” Allyson and Ryan! And we loved what we saw! Our mutual roots in sports and Canada’s North West Territories, made it so easy for us to just fall right into their relatable story.
On the morning of Ashley and Dan’s winter wedding in the Canadian Rockies, we all awoke in our cozy chalets at Emerald Lake Lodge to a winter wonderland. The surrounding mountain landscape was cloaked in a white blanket of snow, while big fluffy flakes fell incessantly from the sky. By first light, Dan was already outside shovelling out the benches he’d dug into the snowbanks for their outdoor ceremony on the frozen shores of Emerald Lake. That’s right, outdoor ceremony! Ashley and Dan were absolutely determined to have their mountain ceremony outdoors, amid the most beautiful of mountain backdrops, no matter what Mother Nature threw at them! And they would have, except for one tiny little scientific fact… water freezes and thaws at 0℃.
Our first wedding in India was not just any wedding (as no wedding ever is). It was the highly-anticipated wedding of Joseph Radhik and Devika Narain, two of the hottest wedding professionals in India. Joseph; a legendary wedding photographer, and Devika; a legendary wedding designer. But that’s not what made their wedding legendary. Joseph and Devika are literally overflowing with contagious optimism and unfiltered love for each other, their friends, and their family. Their energy (and that of their families), is what catapulted this celebration to legendary proportions.
2016 was a crazy year. Our cameras took us to 12 countries on 4 continents. We taught Balls Out Workshops on each of those continents to photographers from all over the world. We spoke at Mystic Seminars in Portland, USA, FotoFem 2 in Ubeda, Spain, Fearless Conference in Porto, Portugal, SILK Inspire Festival in Goa, India, and Egadi Wedding & Glamour in Sicily, Italy. And we embarked on a round-the-world adventure with our kids (ages 6 & 8).
But this post isn’t about any of that. It’s about the 15 weddings we were entrusted with in 2016.
We flew half way around the world for Bailey and Tyler’s wedding at Teatro Restaurant in Calgary, Canada (even though it’s just one hour from our home), giving it all the familiar elements of a far-away destination wedding for us… six international flights, alluring cuisine (Teatro is a destination in and of itself), and the celebratory vibe of an exclusive group of friends and family, gathered for an occasion for which they all care so deeply.
Oh man, we don’t even know where to start with Michelle and Gur’s extraordinary Indian wedding celebration. Their Punjabi wedding took place over 4 remarkable days in Edmonton, Canada. Lanny and I are “Indian wedding rookies,” so we didn’t exactly know what we were in for; the crazy dancing (4 nights in a row), the flavourful, never-ending buffet tables, the uniquely beautiful cultural traditions and ceremonies, the kaleidoscope of colourful outfits, the singing aunties (I believe Gurpreet had 9), and the contagious, tireless energy!
Alyssa and Greg’s wedding, atop Kicking Horse Mountain, had it all… majestic vistas, exquisite food, alpine weather (rain, sun, wind, snow, and everything in between), a magician, and even a dramatic firework grand finale. But what we remember most about Alyssa and Greg’s wedding, was the pervasive feeling of love and affection between Alyssa and Greg, reflected back upon them by all their friends and family. It was a beautiful joining together of lives, dreams, and families. Thank you, Alyssa and Greg, for trusting us to document this celebration for you and your families. Here are a few of our favourite frames…