bridal fantasy

Alden + Kelsey, An Autumnal Romance

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

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Matt + Jaimi, Romance on the Rooftop.

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!

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Rocky Mountain Fairytale - Bridal Fantasy 2018

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:

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Smoke on the Mountain

My dearest dreamers, this might be my favourite memory of the year! Three days ridiculousness and wedding magic at Jasper Park Lodge! How does the story start?

It starts back in April with my first meeting with the FaBLOOMosity team. Every now and then a moment will stop you in your tracks, and you know that life will be different from here on out. And this was one of them. Finding a team of local madhouse geniuses that see magic in the mundane, live to create and have dark romantic souls just like you... well that's one in a million. We were instant friends and this Bridal Fantasy magazine shoot marked our first project out together!

Next up, the Bridal Fantasy team... holy BANANAS! Words do no justice for how much I love you all! I remain in a state of sheer gratitude for getting to join the team on this project. Meeting you all was the best part of it all! Glass Stone Cinema Brandie Sunley Grant Olson Photography you are all major rock stars, major

If this trip was a flip book, you would see: frozen models in elegant furs, a rose garden of dreams, two stunning grooms roaming the grounds, giant bouquets straight from a dreamland, sun-laded days to snowy mornings, Janine scaling a mountain, pastel smoke bombs and Janine scaling a mountain, a herd of mountain sheep, more of Janine scaling a mountain and the entire team creating a confetti storm of rose petals.

The cherry on top of this all was that I got to share this experience with my photo warrior and sister, Donna! We've travelled the globe together. We got bed bugs together. We drink too much whiskey, laugh and cry together. This was the ultimate way to end of the wedding season together! Until next time, XOXOX!

Huge thanks to Harrison from Glass Stone Cinema for this amazing video! Immortalizes the memories, forever! Check out his Vimeo channel here.

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