Desiree and Kyle’s engagement session was one of those one-off  days where everything came together perfectly.  We booked the May session way back in November hoping timing would work out, and it did, right down to the sunset mountain views we had imagined.  They were getting married in Edmonton, but wanted to come out to the mountains to get some photographs taken as a couple beforehand.

We met out at the south end of Talbot Lake a little ways northeast of Jasper, and proceeded to go for a little hike up Edna’s knoll.  We hit it off right away and had a great time.  I was so impressed by their ability to just simply embrace the experience of being together in the great outdoors, completely wrapped up in eachother’s arms, and forget about the giant lenses that we were hovering around their faces.  The combination of their participation, the spectacular scenery, and the gorgeous lighting, were a recipe for a very memorable experience.  A great many thanks also go to Ashley Kennedy, who joined me for the first time as an assistant/second shooter, for making it all that much more enjoyable for everyone.  We’ve had the pleasure of documenting a number of stories together since, and I am excited to share those in the near future.

I hope these photographs help to stir up your adventurous mountain spirit.  For me, they provide so many beautiful reminders of why my clients and I love Jasper so much.jasper-scenic-engagement001jasper-scenic-engagement003jasper-scenic-engagement002jasper-scenic-engagement004jasper-scenic-engagement007jasper-scenic-engagement005jasper-scenic-engagement008jasper-scenic-engagement009
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I spent five hours with Nik + Alyssa on their wedding day last spring.

Those five hours were crammed with as many laughs as I can remember at a wedding.  These two knew each other since they were mere months old, and their wedding party was a collection of their closest of friends and family.  Neither one portrayed even a moment of stress, worry, or impatience.  They were fully involved in the moment, wrapped up in their own beautiful story.

Lost in smiles, laughter, and friendship.

Just as a wedding should be.

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Hair + Makeup:  Wild Orchid Salon + Spa

Getting Ready:  Whistler’s Inn

Marriage Commissioner:  Gloria Kongsrud

Location:  Pyramid Island

Reception:  Jasper Activity Center

 

– Brian

 

Vibrant colours, and even brighter smiles were the themes of Emily + Jeremy’s wedding in the spring of this year.   Although you wouldn’t guess it from the general demeanour, we had clouds, rain, wind, and snow on that fine day in Calgary.

This was one of those unions that is truly amazing to experience.  Days of this nature are only possible through gatherings that are strengthened by deeply loving family ties, close-knit supportive friendships, and uninhibited expression of self.  Gunn’s Dairy Barn in Heritage Park provided the perfect venue for these two to celebrate with their friends and dance the night away.

The glow in the eyes and faces of Emily + Jeremy while in each other’s presence that day clearly showed the strength and respect they give each other, enabling each to grow into their own unique character.  It was the same glow that I see on Emily’s father’s face as he throws his arm’s around her after their father/daughter dance.  No judgement, never wavering, always supporting.  Patience, understanding, gentleness.

This is love.

This, is family.

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Dress:  Michelle Roberts of Emogene Couture

Ceremony:  Foothills Mennonite Church

Reception:  Gunn’s Dairy Barn, Heritage Park

Band:  Pear

Photography:  White Leaf Photographs

 

– Brian

Karen + Derek gave me the theme ‘Epic’ to work with for their photographs in Jasper.  Their goal is for 2014 to be an epic year, and with a big move to Germany coming up, they are off to a good start.  They were married in Edmonton and drove out to Jasper the next day for the weekend.  It was a cold grey morning when we got out, and the mountains weren’t even visible.  Karen told me that she always gets blue skies in Jasper, so we held out for awhile and sure enough the sun managed to break through clouds and light up a bright blue sky by the time our session was finished.  After playing around in a grove of Lodgepole Pines for some formal wear photographs, we moved on to explore the banks of the Athabasca River near the Airfield.  These two are kindred spirits, and I had a great time photographing them.  I hope these photographs will serve as an Epic reminder of Jasper and Canada while they are stationed in Germany for the next four years.  Best of luck Karen + Derek!

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– Brian

Morgan and Steve had a peaceful elopement in Jasper in March, with only two close friends joining them.  After the ceremony at Tekarra Lookout we went for a walk up the Pyramid Bench in the snow.

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Ceremony: Tekarra Lookout

Marriage Commissioner:  Marie Rushton Golka

Photographer:  White Leaf Photographs

 

– Brian

Alyssa and Derek came out to Jasper for the weekend to celebrate their recent engagement.  We got together early on a Sunday morning with a chilly -33 degrees on the thermostat.  We started the morning off slow, taking some photographs inside Jasper Park Lodge where the temperature was a bit more manageable.  By the end of the session we braved the cold for some bright sunny photographs along the Athabasca, but the sun did very little to warm us up!  I’m very excited to say that after Alyssa and Derek saw their photographs, they invited me to travel up to Grande Prairie to photograph their wedding this summer.  I’m looking forward to spending more time with these two.

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Heather and Scott were a blast.  They came out to Canmore from Vancouver to have a small quiet wedding with 19 of their family and friends, planning to have a larger reception when they returned home.  We were blessed with a beautiful winter day, although the temperatures dipped dangerously during our portrait session.  This wedding was full of laughs and full of unique touches that spoke volumes of Heather and Scott’s fun and humorous personalities.  It certainly didn’t feel like working to hang out with these guys for the day.

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Hair + Makeup – The Loft

Venue:  Grande Rockies Resort

Photographer:  White Leaf Photographs

 

– Brian

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