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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A Backyard Wedding Fairytale, Shelby + Steven.

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

Wedding Dress: Bridal Debut | Suit: Derks | Bouquet: Fabloomosity | HMUA: Glam Artistry Inc. | Antique Couch: Stagecoach Rentals

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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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Kat + Dallas, Tofino Elopement.

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.

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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.

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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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"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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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!