I've never been one to recreate what I see all over Pinterest and Instagram or to put it bluntly, what I see a million other photographers doing. When I approached several talented individuals with my ideas, we were all on the same page and wanted to showcase something different.
We began brainstorming a style of wedding and details that we would love to see more of in Alberta... and everything just came together magically. I challenge brides to be unique. You don't have to do what everyone else is doing!
The major inspiration I had for this shoot is to inspire brides to be creative with their venues. We are in Alberta and so many people I know have family that have acreages! There is so much possibility in those hidden gems to make weddings special to you... and the photography? Well I always go nuts with excitement in new locations!
Another bonus? If you are able to have your wedding on an acreage or farm you can use the extra money saved towards amazing design and decorations! That leads me in to boasting about Natalie Noel- a local event decorator. She is simply incredible at what she does! She not only set up three extravagant set ups for this shoot, but the details she put into this cannot even be explained. She has such an eye for the little things - it gets me every time! Her work is a photographers dream!
Next on the boasting list is Brenda at Fresh Flowers. She is my number one florist in the city- I have gotten the privilege of photographing her work many times at many weddings. Basically, her florals never disappoint and I cannot figure out how someone can even do what she does! Seriously. I got to take the bouquet and head wreath home after this shoot and I kept staring in awe. Brenda will do AMAZING things for your wedding!
Next I have to talk about the models- yup. Aren't they ridiculously good looking? Chantelle Ball and Shawn Champagne blew me away! I never met Chantelle before the shoot but her modelling skills are obvious- she came to my house before the session and I knew right away I was going to have endless inspirations while shooting. Beautiful on the inside and out... I seriously didn't want to stop photographing her!
I met Shawn a few years ago through Medicine Hat Musical Theatre and I knew he would be perfect. His outgoing and friendly nature just made everything so fun! Honestly, I was scared it would get awkward between them because no, him and Chantelle do NOT know each other! But right away when Shawn started talking and making everyone laugh... I knew magic was going to happen through my lens!
This shoot wouldn't have happened without the gown- I have been in love with Sweet Pea + Noelle Bridal Boutique for a year after I discovered them on Instagram. I approached them and they trusted me enough to ship me a dress they wanted to feature! I am SO very grateful! I encourage brides to go to Regina and pop in their store if you're wanting to travel to look at gowns! This dress is Amelie by Anais Annette!
Hair is another crucial thing to any photo session. Michele Coen at Hair Confessionz did Chantelle's gorgeous do and it was SO DARN GOOD. Her talent with hair is something I will NEVER understand- she just gets it right every time. Seriously. I met her through theatre as well and she was the only person I wanted doing my hair! She is something else!!!
Next up is the one and only Makeup By Dakota! I cannot stress enough how important makeup is to any session! This talented young woman has such an eye for what she does and she makes ALL her subjects look so natural and never over done. I trust her with everything and all I did was send her a photo of the bouquet- she matched the tones to the makeup she used and I'm so thankful she knew what colours to use! If you're needing a makeup artist, check out Makeup By Dakota!
Lastly, I met the Ziegenhagel's many years ago- they have a beautiful acreage just outside of the city (Willowbend Equestrian) and they were kind enough to let me use their property for this shoot! I cannot express enough how thankful I am! The location added so much to this session- somewhere else wouldn't have been the same!
Once again, thank you everyone for your contributions. I feel like the luckiest photographer in the world to have such stunning images to share with the world. It's an amazing thing to work with people both skilled AND kind- I value positivity in everything I do and I am so happy others do as well!
Here's to amazing weddings and being unique. But mostly... to being you and straying from what is normal.
More photos below!