"I've Got Your Name Written Here, in a Pineapple Tattoo." - Karly + Rodney

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

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Wintery Fairytale + A Touch of Darkness - Dani + Warren!

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!

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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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An Engagement of Punk Rock Proportions

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!

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Chelsie + Eric.

These two. Where do I begin? I met Chelsie years ago through one of my best girlfriends and I instantly fell in love with her love for life and easy-going nature. Not long after, I met Eric. He's genuine, kind and has a zest for life that matches Chelsie's. Their wedding day was exactly that!

It was a warm late October day (superbly warm, actually!). With a love-filled ceremony tucked away at a golden golf-course spot we then left for photos behind the Varscona Theatre. Smoke bombs, a train, confetti and a wedding party so beautiful they belong in a magazine - this was a dream day! We ended our photo journey back at the golf course with tons of tear-filled speeches, delicious food and bountiful drinks. It was truly the perfect fall day! Congratulations Chelsie and Eric, I am so honoured to have been a part of your day! #BeckGoesHam

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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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Ashley + Justin.

Greetings and my biggest apologies on such a delay sweet friends! 2017 has been a year unlike no other, truly. One day I'll locate the proper words to talk about it all - but this month I am dedicating my time to blogging ALL the amazing couples from this year! 

I connected with Ashley over Instagram back in 2016 - we chatted over email then met for a tea one night to discuss their wedding. As soon as I saw her - bright purple bob, bright and bold tattoos and the eyes of an old soul - I knew this was going to be a couple I would vibe with.

So, their special day rolls around, I pack up my gear and head out to New Norway. It was a beautiful Alberta prairie day - dry heat, rolling skies, all the lush colours of a good spring. The country drive was soul soothing. We gathered in the cutest tiny chapel with their closest family and friends, snapped some photos at the farm Ashley grew up on and finished out at the lake for a BBQ. I swear, I tell every couple they're my favourite, and I genuinely always mean it! But Ashley and Justin hold a special place in my heart. They're genuine. Their connection is stunning. The only thing more stunning are their warm, welcoming hearts. Here's a few of my favourite snaps of the day!

Heather and Ben - Country Love at Home

I was blessed enough to meet Heather through our beautiful mutual friend Dani White (a killer hairstylist from Rock It Out Salon if you're in the market!) back at Bridal Fantasy in January. Heather and Ben are getting married next summer in New Brunswick and wanted to capture some cozy at-home snaps for their engagement photos. Their adorable dog Opey couldn't resist stealing the spotlight! Thank you both for welcoming me into your home, it was truly an honour to spend the afternoon with you both!

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A Surprise Proposal, Matt + Jaimi.

Some of you know, and many of you don't... but I get the great pleasure of having dual careers and packing my weeks with a ton of different projects! Variety is truly the spice of life. My day job introduced me to this amazing couple back in the summer and I've had a (minor) obsession with them ever since. They're wonderfully smart, quirky, talented, hilarious and they share the most charming romance I have seen in a long time! So when Matt asked me if I would photograph his surprise proposal I was "100% head and shoulders" in! It was a very chilly Friday afternoon in December and the stage was set by my beautiful boss, Kristin. We had tricked Jaimi into this adventure by telling her I needed lifestyle winter couple photos for some ads coming up in January. This is what happened next:

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Congratulations Matt + Jaimi - I couldn't think of a more perfect match! XO Bre

Congratulations Matt + Jaimi - I couldn't think of a more perfect match! XO Bre

Tatiana + Adam, Engaged.

There's nothing quite like Canadian winters. Unpredictable, bone-chilling and breathtaking. This gorgeous couple reached out to me and asked for an engagement session that included all their favourite spots: a coffee shop, a book store and the Legislature. Our day rolled around, it was -27 and snowing and they rocked it! Here's some of my favourite snaps of the day. XO Bre!

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Atop a Foggy Mountaintop

I sincerely wish wedding season / utter life chaos left me with a lot more time to write... but it never does! But I promised myself I would take more time to share some photos and thoughts this year, so let's try keep that up - shall we?

Panorama has always held such a special place in my heart. It's the place we learned to ski, snowboard, drink beers in the hot tub, hit jumps and run straight into trees. I think my best "growing up" memories with my cousins reside at the top of this mountain. Thus, you can imagine how giant my heart swelled when Kara and Corey asked me to photograph their mountain getaway wedding - with group photos at the top of the chair lift!

This ghost fog. It's too much for words.

This ghost fog. It's too much for words.

I know I always "mush on" about how much I love weddings. But it's seriously the best job in the world. And THIS DAY. This rainy, foggy, love-filled, new-friends-everywhere day was no exception. Total highlight of the summer! Getting to share this magical day with all of you was truly special. We laughed, we cried, we scoured the candy bar, and we definitely drank too much (that's not even professional, is it?)

     “I love you as high as the sky and as deep as the sea.”

Thank you, Corey and Kara for letting us share your special day with you! Panorama will never be the same. XOX

Move on over, Valencia. 100% necessary selfie.

Move on over, Valencia. 100% necessary selfie.