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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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Noelle + Donald, A Dino-Sized Love.

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.

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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

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Love on Two Wheels

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

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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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Rachael + Sean.

Rachael and Sean, where do I begin! I met these two literally ages ago when we were back in high school through my beautiful cousin, Jen. I've seen them grow from a a teenage punk rocker + dancer to two beautifully accomplished adults with a really solid connection. This day was SO fun. From the Disney infused details, their bulldog fur baby walking down the aisle with them, smoke + confetti cannons, to the epic thunderstorm chasing us that served for the most magnificent backdrop. I couldn't love the two of you anymore and it was truly an honour to be a part of your day! Wishing you all the golden moments that life can bring.

We got to shoot alongside the very talented Morgan Gold - this was his first attempt at a wedding! I think you will all agree - he did a dynamite job! I've attached the video below:

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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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Lovers Alone Wear Sunlight

A little more than a year ago I met the most talented, ridiculous, kind-hearted, genius, metal/history buff couple that you could EVER FIND. Legitimately, I tell everyone that Amy and Tanner of Paragon of Design were born in the wrong lifetime. They are the definition of "Renaissance" in the modern day! Masters of All Trades, there is nothing they can't do! Back in the summer we were chatting about how rad a goth wedding editorial would  be (stick with us...you wouldn't be this far if you too didn't have a dark soul!) Picture Apocalyptica meets wedding! Before you know it, the team was assembled and as per usual we were already too far off into our photoshoot dreamland!

This is Amy's wedding dress, can you believe it! Top hat, cake topper, guest book, entire outfits, accessories and styling all handmade by Paragon of Design. You just don't meet people who have this many incredible skill sets anymore! Special thanks so my forever teammate Donny Lynn Photography for shooting this with me!! You always keep my laughing and keep my energy checked when I am spinning out. And to you, sweet Kaespo, thank you for painting my cello! I know that was a terrifying, nail-biting experience! You did a stellar job. Even more amazing now that I get to keep that as a memory to tell my kids about when they pick it up! Stunning makeup by Ashley Skrocki and hair by Stephanie Herwynen. Enjoy XO!