Every time I get a chance to create with the queens at FABloomosity I know it’s going to be magic … and this time was no different! I was able to score some gorgeous pieces from my pal down South Madonna Enchanted for the shoot to adorn my sisters Emily and Heather. The theme was gothic renaissance revival, a forever favourite of mine. Scroll through to see all the the epicness all these gals created - and make sure to go send them all your love!
Alden and Kelsey… where do I begin? I met these two gorgeous souls what feels like a lifetime ago through our mutual friends Cam and Karla! Many house parties and halloween gatherings later and we’re here ;) They are both so incredibly kind and genuine, and they have a connection that makes you feel so at peace whenever you are with them. Their beautiful day was held at sunset on the patio at the Edmonton Convention Centre surrounded by candlelight and all of their closest souls. Beforehand we were able to sneak in some photos at the Hotel Macdonald and our favourite Pichiavio art wall downtown. (And of course, their Frenchie, Ellie, had to be a part of the photo journey…we love our fur babies!)
Scroll through to see more from their special day! Kelsey and Alden, it was truly an honour to capture your wedding - wishing you both all the happiness this life can bring! XO
I had the pleasure of meeting Matt and Jaimi through work - and anyone who knows them knows the magnitude of energy they carry as a couple. Jaimi is an angel on this earth, calming and wise; and Matt feels like a cartoon come to life - he literally jumps off the page! The two of them have such a beautiful chemistry - I knew I wanted their wedding even before they were engaged. The queens at our office planned this beautiful proposal winter scene for Matt (we staged it as a lifestyle photoshoot for work) and the rest is history! Fast forward a year and half and were basking in the Okanagan sun on a rooftop watching these two beauties exchange their vows.
Super thanks to my pal Kaitlin for always being my number one partner in crime and to Kristin & Ryan for the hilarious weekend - making us your “pseudo- children” and carting us winery to winery! Sending all my love you to Jaimi, Matt and the beautiful future this life holds for you guys!
I met Shelby last spring at Fleur de Villes; after a few minutes of our chatting and a whisper of her backyard elopement wedding I had insisted that I join the party as her photographer! She caught me right in the heart when she said, “We were going to elope, but I really just want my Dad to walk me down the aisle, you know?” Girl, do I ever! That’s one of the major life moments I sincerely wish I could still have my Dad for! That one statement had my heart won forever!
The following week we met for a few wedding details at Cibo downtown (if you haven’t been, you must)… a bottle of wine later she was the fabulous friend I didn’t know I was so missing in my life!! Thank you, Shelby and Steven, for letting me just bombard my way into your wedding day! I loved every minute of it! Your connection is so incredible and raw, everyone is better around you for getting to witness it. Enjoy X
Where do I begin with these two?
I met Stephanie over four years ago now when I started working at Sarasota Homes. From the moment you meet Stephanie, you know she’s an angel on earth. We heard lots about this handsome “Lorenzo" figure that had consumed her heart - and when I finally met him I knew he was the perfect match for her! Genuine, hilarious and a shared love for really experiencing life! (If you’ve seen Lorenzo on the dance floor, you know what I mean).
Their day started with a traditional ceremony at Santa Maria Goretti, followed by photos at The Parlour and one of my favourite hidden spots at White Mud Park for some smoke bomb + confetti madness. The whole day was magic (and went far too fast!) The weather was warm for November and every vendor, every detail was absolute perfection. Steph’s dress got MAD LOVE on Instagram so we have to make a shout out - it was a custom gown made by the one and only NRT Fashions out of Calgary!! Congratulations Steph + Lorenzo - Ryan and I absolutely adored being a part of your day! I know that the universe will bless you both with lots and lots of love - because that’s what your souls attract! XO
One of the greatest blessings of this job is the amount of magical people it brings into my life! Karly, aka, Soo She is a prime example! From photographing her from the start of her drag career to her wedding in Vegas, this queen won my heart from the start! Here’s a few snaps from our shoots in her apartment over this past year. Follow her on Instagram to catch all her upcoming performance dates XO.!
I met Noelle at Bridal Fantasy last January and was struck firstly by her beauty and secondly by her adorably quirky sense of humour asking how I felt about a dinosaur-themed wedding. Fast forward a few weeks and I met her and Donald for a coffee where I asked, “So you guys are dinosaur people?” To which Donald responded, “Are you asking if we’re hybrids?” LOL. As you can tell, relationship was off to a hilarious running start.
So as their September wedding day approaches - Banff was graced by a beautiful early fall snowfall making the whole day seem like a true wedding fairytale! Not the autumn colours Noelle was hoping for, but I think the snow actually made it extra magical. Complete with dinosaur centrepieces, dino-topped donuts, and I think the best wedding playlist I’ve heard yet - their wedding day felt intimate and authentically them. I hope you love these images as much as I do! (and YAS, her dress, the bouquet, the furs, everything was to die for!) Thank you Noelle and Donald for including Allison and I in your special day, wishing you all the happiness this world can bring! XO
When I was en route to Tofino for Kat and Dallas’ elopement Brayden of Lost Coordinates contacted me about setting up a video the following week for the YEGGERS Instagram. Instantly a few thoughts went through my head:
Poor Brayden has no clue how bananas awkward I am.
How am I going to pull together a super fun shoot in a week that’s video worthy?
Who is even available on a Friday night in our short, short summers and would like to donate their time to the cause?
Enter stage left: The Sissy Fits! I have followed The Sissy Fits on Instagram for quite some time but never had the gusto to contact them about a shoot - but this video feature seemed like the perfect opportunity! Turns out the girls are everything I dreamed them to be and then some - they are true rock queens! Kudos to Brayden for making me feel super comfortable and not like the awkward turtle I usually am. And extra special thanks to Justine Ma for letting us use her garage door as a backdrop for the festivities! Here’s a peek at the video and some of the images from the shoot. XO!
I met Kat about nine years ago when we were both working in the pro shop at Victoria Golf Course. She is a stunning fine art painter, old world heart and we’ve always had a soul connection - I often refer to her as my little sister. But as our twenties are filled with growth and searching - Kat went off to school in Montreal and then settled in on the coast living on a boat with her dreamboat, Dallas.
I had only met Dallas once prior to this magical elopement - but Kat said from the moment they met she knew he was the one! And I think he felt the same too because their engagement came pretty quick after they started dating. The two of them made me feel so much love - so much confidence in the journey we are all sharing together - their love is so solid and full! It’s mesmerizing, truly!
Our day started with getting ready in a GORGEOUS Air BnB very close to Cox Bay - which was both their engagement location and our set vow location for the following day. And in true “good luck” nature, the wedding day was filled with heavy rain, thick gorgeous fog and some pretty low temperatures. But we didn’t let that get us down! We still hiked up to the vow location and carried on as we had planned - and I must say, my goth soul always loves gloom for photos. I hope these images bring you as much joy as they bring me! A huge congrats to both of you Kat + Dallas, I can’t wait to see where your wanderlust hearts lead you next.
Chris contacted me back in September asking if I would be a part of his engagement set-up with Heather! Our plan was to set up a fake photoshoot for a Friday evening at a location where Chris would be waiting in a suit, with the dogs, ready to surprise Heather! But, as the weekend approached the weather forecast was hinting at a necessary location change.
One of the perks of working with a batch full of romantic women for a gorgeous home builder is the ability to snag a show home last minute for such a photo set-up. My boss, Kristin, was so excited about the set-up she ran over early to lay rose petals, place candles and have champagne ready for you! A few hiccups along the way - a door that wouldn’t unlock, some panicked phone calls to my co-workers and some gale force winds - and then we were on our way! Congratulations Heather and Chris, I couldn’t be more excited for you both! You deserve all the love and happiness this world can bring! XO
Okay friends... let's note a few things here.
I'm writing this three glasses deep on a Saturday night thinking about how magical all our little soul-intertwine-action in this life really is.
I could BAWL my face off for how amazing this night out was with Randy, Jen + the Cyclepaths crew!
I feel like I blinked and it became May. Who's out there dancing the Time Warp? I am trying to slow my roll, by at least ten speeds.
So, let's get down to the story behind this images. I met Randy many moons ago through our beloved pal Donna Lynn Photography and I ALWAYS had a major lady crush on girlfriend, Jen. I remember walking into Rowena on Whyte and thinking, "Hot DAMN, she is as cute as a doll!"
Fast forward through a few shoots + many bonding moments and I was bugging Jen and Randy a couple weeks ago to take some shots of them on their bikes together just for some Instagram love! Randy messaged me privately and said, "It's so funny you'll be coming on the Saturday bike ride with your camera.... I'll call you later. Don't tell Jen."
I think I screamed in my office cubicle when I read the message because I INSTANTLY knew a proposal was in the works. The next few days flew by and alas, it's Saturday - and I'm standing on Randy's patio planning the proposal logistics with him - and the rest is history! I couldn't think of a more lovely and deserving couple of all this mad romance, truly and sincerely! And to the Cyclepaths family, thank you ALL for welcoming me in for the night, lending me a bike, and proving to me that punkers are the best people that roam this earth! A million hugs, high fives + wine swishes from me XO
Some loves just knock the wind out of you - and these two gorgeous humans DEFINITELY have one of those amazing "holy-shit-how-did-you-two-magical-souls-even-find-eachother" connections. What started as an Instagram friendship (if memory serves!), then a casual Facebook message about maybe booking Vegas as their wedding destination.... fast forward a few months and we're all down in the desert dancing our way through what I think might have been one of my favourite trips ever.
The desert is always a spiritual experience. But having my friend June fly out from Scottsdale to spend the day with us before the wedding meant so, so much to me. I felt like someone had plugged me back into the outlet, finally, and my soul hit the recharge button. Wandered our way through the beautiful hotels that Saturday evening, picked up two of the cutest dice suckers you've ever seen - and next thing I knew I'm waiting in the garden at The Flamingo with Rodney for the first look. Few more hops + skips and were strolling through the Martian-esque land that is Red Rock for this lusty wedding session. Please scroll through + enjoy! I hope these images bring you all even a morsel of the joy they have brought me. XO Bre
I've had the pleasure of having Lindsay in my life a few years now and she's proven herself to be a superb wine-slingin' + psych chattin' pal! And up until now I've only "heard" about her gorgeous Italian beau, Leonardo. When we were planning this shoot Lindsay said, "I just want it to feel like us and we hate posing." I instantly knew the key to the success of our session .... a bottle of red and the cutest wine spot in town, Bottega.
All my sessions leave my heart full, but this one "filled my cup" to the very top! Meeting couples and getting to experience their connection, for even a brief moment, is the ultimate high. Lindsay and Leonardo have the most special of connections. They met across the world and have made a long distance relationship work for a long time now! If I could sum up the emotions I felt coming out of this session it would be adoration + inspiration. Thank you, to both of you, for letting me capture a few moments in your already-very-rushed time together! XO
My darlings, when will the winter end! I'm downright itching for some sun, long runs without ice patches and never shivering again. Taking sometime on this blustery afternoon to share my last shoot for the Bridal Fantasy 2018 magazine - I loved this set! Simple, sweet + loaded with rock n' roll details. My friend from Grant MacEwan, Amelia of Wink Ink Design Co. started making this rad leather coats for brides and I am OBSESSED. I want one just for me, sans wedding LOL. I hope they inspire you all as you're planning your wedding, elopement or anniversary! Your day, your way baby! XO
Location: Mercer Tavern / Bridal Attire: David's Bridal / Leather Jacket: Wink Ink Design Co. / Jewellery + Accessories: David's Bridal / Floral Design: Flowers by Merle / Bike: Daymak Cameleon Ebike / Models: Elizabeth Varga + Graham Hansen
If you're brave enough to get married in -30 and troop through the snowbanks in your gown, punch rock boots and a leather coat.... then you are TRULY a queen in my books! Dani and Warren had so many rad details in their day, I'm not even sure where to begin!
Their ceremony location ROCKED - I didn't even know you could rent out The Princess Theatre nor that they would throw your names up on the marquee! From there we snapped some winter wonderland photos in Hawrelak Park then stopped for drinks and more photos at the forever stunning Jasper Ave bar, Blvd. Choreographed first dances, one giant pink beer bong, hairless cat table markers and just the appropriate amount of skeletons poking out everywhere... this was truly a wedding after my own heart! Thank you Dani + Warren for including Allison and I in your special day! We have no doubt that you guys, your hairless cats, and troupe of amazing family and friends are on your way to many more hilarious adventures!
Greetings dear friends, seriously, where did 2017 go? I cannot believe a whole year has passed and I am sitting here once again, getting ready to prep a booth for the expo, to meet all your gorgeous brides and to also gather all my thoughts and gratitudes for this amazing experience.
This past year was defined by truly amazing, genuine relationships in my life. Through grieving the loss of my dad - it's not that immense loss that stands out in my mind but the golden hearts that expand big enough to fill that empty space back up. I would never have been at The Fairmont with the Bridal Fantasy family in the first place if it wasn't for Janine and her team at Fabloomosity for taking a chance on me many moons ago over a bridal editorial for Instagram. I cannot express my gratitude or love enough because truly - where would I be without you guys?
The whole Bridal Fantasy team that they assemble for these shoots is just .... downright gobsmacking. I wish I was a poet in moments like these. But I'm not, I'm just a tiny Ukrainian girl with a laptop + a glass of wine trying to put together something that might one day resemble a functional blog. Thank you ALL from the very bottom of my heart for including us in this whirlwind. Here's to 2018!
Check out Harrison at Glass Stone Cinema's incredible BTS video of the shoot:
I reunited with Chelsey and Zach for a fun morning session at Mercer's Tavern during the holiday break amidst the freezing cold snap blustering around us outside! Chelsey is one of those golden souls that dances into your life and you know you have to keep her around forever! This was my first opportunity to meet Zach (the whole long distance thing makes it even more difficult to get all your buds acquainted!) and truly, I was blown away by his kindness and openness. I've said it before, and I will say it again - but getting to see your friends live their best life is one of the truest joys I've known. I'm endlessly happy you two rock n' rollers found each other despite the seas of chaos that life presents us. Always an honour! XO
Karly and Rodney are possibly my favourite couple combo I have met this year! They are two young, amazing parents with a connection that warms your soul all the way to your very toes! I love couples like this because they challenge the stereotype of what "awesome parents" look like in our heads - proving to us all once again that tattooed beauties are forever the kings and queens of the world! I was honoured when they asked me to join them for their engagement session at The Holy Roller with their punk rock son. I hope these images make you smile as much as they do to me!
Halloween is a very special holiday for some of us. For me and my troupe of spooky pals - it rivals Christmas! I always like to do something different just to celebrate this magical time of year! This year it was a shoot with all of the amazing people I could wrangle together by bribing them with hugs, high fives and a guaranteed adventure! This awesome set would be nothing without all of you and I hope you know how much I appreciate you guys! Please enjoy this Southern voodoo inspired love story editorial! Let the credits roll: Floral Creations by Fabloomosity, Hair + Makeup by Behind the Blush, Real-Life Lovers + Beauties: Heather + Chris, Styling + Props: Rhonda of Simply Green Style and BTS Video and Shots by my doll Kaespo.
A week away in paradise with these babes! Jamaica, you stole our hearts (and broke our livers!) Truly, this place is paradise. The white sand, turquoise waters and rolling skies - in my mind, this is what heaven looks like! Michelle has been a long time beautiful soul in my life, we met through work and I'm truly honoured to be one of the sixty-eight magical humans that travelled down to witness this beachy union! These photos make me smile because already I forget how beautiful this setting was... I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Michelle and Jesse, wishing you endless golden years! Thank you both so much for opening your arms and welcoming me into your family for the week. XO