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

There are so many things I could say about these two, but few words would give them justice.  I’ve been excited for this wedding since we first met in November of 2012.  I have to say that Kristen, despite planning a wedding where many things could potentially go wrong, was probably the most laid back bride I’ve ever photographed.  And that is seriously saying something.  Regardless, that was the attitude that she and Tyrell approached the whole day with.  They were there for eachother, equipped with their vows, and that was all that really mattered.

The night before the wedding we got one of the biggest snowfalls I’ve seen here at one time.  I woke up to huge drifts on my deck, and had to shovel my way down to my vehicle.  Overnight Jasper in January had transformed from it’s usual grey dreariness into a winter wonderland.  I had scouted some snowy forest locations to do their photographs at, so we had plenty of time to play in the snow.  At dusk, as darkness settled over the valley, Kristen and Tyrell walked down a candlelit aisle at Maligne Lookout and spoke their vows as snow fell peacefully down on the crowd gathered around with parkas and blankets.

Watching these two together is a true inspiration.  They don’t even need to speak to communicate, their bond runs deep.  They also happen to both be incredibly unique characters, and Kristen is an endless source of entertainment.  If one thing is certain in their future it is plenty of laughs.  The laughter got off to a great start at the Sawridge during their reception.  There were beautiful (and hilarious) speeches, as well as games and plenty of dancing.  I’m so lucky to have such creative clients, and this was definitely a very unique wedding to be a part of.

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Ceremony:  Maligne Lookout

Reception:  Sawridge Inn Jasper

Bouquet:  Elysion Florals

Transportation:  Sundog Tours

DJ:  Tommy K

Videography:  ZOKAH 

Photography:  White Leaf Photographs

 

– Brian

 

 

It felt a bit like Emily + Jeremy and I had been friends forever.  I was so excited when Emily first got in touch with me, as she is my cousin’s cousin (2nd cousin?), and she and Jeremy had some great ideas for their wedding.  They came out to Canmore for their engagement photographs, and we explored around Policeman’s Creek, the old Train Bridge, and then climbed up a ridge behind the Alpine Club.  We had a great time together and I know that their wedding tomorrow is going to be a blast.  I’m so happy for these two characters, and can’t wait to tell their wedding story through my lenses tomorrow.

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– Brian

This winter I had the pleasure of photographing two families that each spanned three generations.  Jasper is a great spot for families to gather in the mountains and it attracts all types.  The first family shown below were staying in the Outlook Cabin and were celebrating John’s 90th birthday.  They wanted some formal photographs of their beautiful family to remember the occasion.

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This brave family got an early start on a freezing cold morning in Jasper to get some photographs of all of them together.  Nicole (shown in the vertical photo with her dog Zoey) spearheaded the idea, as it’s not too often that this family all get together.  They have travelled to Jasper numerous times in the past, but now Jocelyn, Nick, and baby Ruth live all the way over in Africa.  For them, the temperature switch from Africa to Jasper was somewhere around a scary 50 degrees celsius.  Nicole + Jason had just recently been married in Mexico, so it was quite a switch for them as well.  I had a great time hanging out with this family (despite the cold), and it was such a great idea for them to get some family photos done on their holiday together.

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– Brian

Ashley + Mike are another local Jasper couple, and they were married on a beautiful autumn day at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.  Somehow I had never met either of them up until a couple of weeks prior to the wedding, despite us having a number of friends and acquaintances in common.  These two were completely laid back and a tonne of fun.  I don’t think Ashley stopped smiling for a single second all day.

I had never photographed a ceremony in the Great Hall at JPL before, but with the afternoon sun streaming in the wall of south facing windows there was an ethereal glow about the place that matched the mood of couple and guests alike. Following the ceremony, Ashley and Mike had a relaxing dinner tucked away in the Moose’s Nook, and invited many more friends from town out for dancing later in the evening.

It was a great opportunity for me to be a part of their wedding, and I look forward to getting to know this pair better in the future.  These two have found their niche in Jasper, and with a baby on the way the excitement for them is only beginning.

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Ceremony:  The Great Hall at Jasper Park Lodge

Reception:  The Moose’s Nook at Jasper Park Lodge

Marriage Commissioner:  Gloria Kongsrud

Wedding Planner + Rentals:  Tanya at Live the Dream Events

Photographer: White Leaf Photographs

 

– Brian

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