A sweeter couple than this pair you will not find.  These two beautiful souls came all the way out from Switzerland to tie the knot in the Canadian Rockies.  They were both so happy to be able to experience the mountains of Canada, but truly they would have been happy anywhere at all so long as it was with eachother.  Beryl (the marriage commissioner) and I have had the pleasure of being a part of a number of intimate elopements like this, but the union of Susanne and Christian was one of a kind.  I wish these two the very best that life can bring on their adventure together.

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– Brian

I really love these two.  They are both so kind, thoughtful, and professional, and I can’t wait for their wedding at Jasper Park Lodge this summer.  We first met in Calgary and hit it off right away.  Within a couple of months they managed to find time to sneak off up into the mountains where we met up to take some engagement photographs.  I was determined to get the best afternoon light possible, as summer was coming to an end and the days tend to offer the most beautiful horizontal light.  As we drove out from Jasper, most of the valley was already in shadow.  Luckily, the spot I had chosen has a fortunate break in the mountains where the sun shone through, highlighting the forest and gracefully painting the mountaintops.   They coordinated perfectly with the subtly changing fall colours of the rockies, and we came out with some great results.

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– Brian

Candice and Kevin had a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony with their two best friends and their two beautiful children on Pyramid Island in Jasper.  We had planned to go to Medicine Lake with just the two of them for portraits afterwards, but as the ceremony finished rain clouds were closing in over the peaks.  Candice asked me if it was worth driving all the way up to Medicine Lake with the weather as dismal as it appeared.

Yes, I said.  It’s always worth driving up to Medicine.

With the peaks and meandering river channels fading into the mist, I think we made the right choice.

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Ceremony: Pyramid Island

Marriage Commissioner:  Gloria Kongsrud

Photography:  Brian Van Tighem, White Leaf Photographs

 

– Brian

Mandy can make a schedule like no other.

She and Trent were moving from northern Saskatchewan out to Vancouver, which as any Canadian knows is a hell of a long way.  She got in touch a couple weeks before they were going to be passing through, hoping they would have a chance to set up some engagement photographs with me on their way.  They planned to split the trip by spending the night in Hinton and heading on in the morning.  I suggested we get an early start and meet part of the way between Jasper and Hinton to make things simple for them.  We agreed to meet at Pocohantas before sunrise so that we could get the very best of the day’s light and they wouldn’t lose any time on their transit.

As it turned out, they rolled into Hinton around 1AM, not leaving much time for sleeping before our early start.  However, cowboys aren’t afraid of early mornings, so everything worked out perfect (if maybe a bit sleepily).  Here are a few photographs of the pair and their dogs in the soft sunrise light along the beach at Jasper Lake and at the airfield.

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– Brian

Andrea and Andrew’s wedding was a little different than most.  They chose a unique place off in the forest along trail 7 near Old Fort Point in Jasper for their ceremony.  They had more cameras in the crowd than I have seen at a wedding since the tour bus crowds at Lake Louise.  They had the most well behaved canine ring bearer I have ever witnessed.  They also were the first clients I have had who held their reception at the Pyramid Stables, a venue that in my opinion is too often overlooked.

Jackie of Life Unscripted Photography came up from Calgary to shoot with me, the first opportunity we had since taking a workshop together in the Spring from our friends Two Mann.  The laid back pace of the day gave us plenty of opportunity to play around with different views and different lighting.  I, for one, was pretty happy with the results.  You’ll have to take a look below to make your own opinion.

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Marriage Commissioner:  Gloria Kongsrud

Cake:  Cakes by Kim

Reception: Pyramid Riding Stables

Catering:  Mountain Park Lodges

Photography:  Brian Van Tighem and Jackie Ho Lyckama

 

– Brian

 

Carlene, Nick, and their colourful entourage were all smiles and laughter last summer in Hinton, Alberta.  Carlene and Nick were high school sweethearts, and their wedding party of close school friends made sure there wasn’t a moment of boredom.

I drove down from Derek and Alyssa’s wedding in Grande Prairie, and Ashley Kennedy drove up from Jasper to photograph with me.  We had a blast with this group, and with the exception of a brief downpour during the formal family portraits we had beautiful weather.  This was the first time we had photographed in Hinton, so fortunately Nick and Carlene had a beautiful location in mind for the portraits.  They knew my style of photographs, and they knew what they wanted, so after scouting the spot near Brule on my way to Grande Prairie I knew we were in for some magic.

Here is a touch of that magic, and just a few of those endless smiles.

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Ceremony:  Our Lady of the Foothills Catholic Church

Reception: Hinton Center

Photography:  Brian Van Tighem and Ashley Kennedy

Sarah and Rick chose a spectacular summer day in August for their wedding at the Jasper Park Lodge.  The sun shone bright and hot over their ceremony at Whistler’s Plateau.  Everything was executed smoothly as usual by the Fairmont staff, allowing the newlyweds and their friends to relax and enjoy the day.  As the heat of the afternoon began to settle, they joined their friends and family for a dinner and reception in JPL’s Golf Clubhouse.

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Hair + Makeup –  JPL Salon, now Wild Orchid Salon + Spa

Marriage Commissioner – Gloria Kongsrud

Ceremony – Whistler’s Plateau

Cake – Cakes by Kim

Reception – Jasper Park Lodge Golf Clubhouse

 

– Brian

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