Riley and James – Marine Corps Wedding – Fredericksburg, VA

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The rainy weather finally broke last week just in time for Riley and James’ Marine Corps wedding. James is visiting from being stationed in Okinawa and what better treasure to travel back with than a beautiful new bride. Can I just preface this with the fact that I am in love with the uniform and gown? So beautiful, simple, crisp. It was a quiet, family oriented wedding that began in Stafford and ended up in downtown Fredericksburg for a brunch at Foode and photos. Riley and James have known each other since high school and after we were finished they were on their way back to their old stomping grounds to visit their teachers. How lucky for the teachers to see their pupils back as young adults together on one of the happiest day of their lives!

At some point during the afternoon I proudly walked forward, leading the way to the Sunken Road. A spot I had discovered a few days before and was itching to shoot at. Noticing I could not hear the pitter patter of newly weds in step with my own, I turned around and I caught James leaning down picking a bouquet of dandelions for Riley. The look on her face was probably one of the most priceless and adorable moments of my career. You just can’t stage those romantic moments.

Besides seeing how undeniably cute they were together, my favourite part of the walk was learning about the Marine Corps. For instance, I had no idea they had to salute the flag if they came across it. Don’t be too hard on me for not knowing – I am Canadian… but I’m learning! We ended off with a visit to the Fallen Heroes memorial where James saluted the flag and explained what the Navy anti-aircraft gun was. I had previously driven by it one time and assumed it was a prop from a Michael Bay film (okay not really but cut me some slack I was driving and paying attention to the road!).

I could go on and on about how cute these two are together – so I will just end this post with photographic evidence. I wish Mr & Mrs Booth all the best in their travels back to Okinawa and am grateful to have been a part of their wonderful wedding.

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Kt & Kam – A Calgary ReWedding

Guys.

Seriously, guys.

Is there anything better than a cute punk rock couple that wants you to shoot their photos on a beautiful autumn day? Is there? I challenge you to come up with something. Kt and Kam put the warmth in my heart and the squees in my camera. I’m not going to hide it, I have been looking forward to  shooting with these two ever since Kt contacted me. There are those couples and their personalities that you fall in love with right away and you KNOW you’re going to have fun.

Needless to say, autumn comes early on the west coast. The leaves start to turn and fall in September, and are gone by the middle of October. There is a very short window to get fall pictures in. This day felt as if it was made for capturing photos of them. Kt and Kam were married in the fall of 2009, and never had an official wedding photographer. So this was an opportunity for them to do professional formals and have a re-wedding photo shoot! I couldn’t reconstruct the guests or the cake, but the most important thing was present this day from the day they got married. The love and affection between them, and their dogs of course!

I would like to introduce you to KT and Kam through a nice family photo…

Eeep! I love these two. Beautiful, colourful, serene. That doesn’t sound very punk rock – so let’s bring out a different family photo we got that day…

Oh yeah. That’s more like it. I can’t say the fun stopped with aviators, leather jackets and hardcore dogs. Because we had an empty playground all to ourselves. The fun had just begun.

Who needs gazebos made of white lattice and flowers when you have one like that?? Not I.
Among the other things we had fun playing on, and believe me there was way more than this, we found these yellow beat up tubes you could talk to each other through from opposite sides of the park. I couldn’t tell what was being said, but there was a plethora of facial expressions that came from this particular piece of the park. I’m just going to assume they were talking about the weather and what to eat for dinner.

Moving on to another part of Calgary, we hit up The Barn in Shawnessy. I used to work at The Barn when I worked as a landscaper for the city. I knew this was going to be a prime spot for big, old, beautiful trees to ensure we captured autumn at its peak. And it was. Yellow and orange hues are about the extent of the fall colours by the Rockies, and the short-lived beauty isn’t taken for granted.

We had fun. I can’t tell you who won the leaf war. It seemed like a fair fight. Kam mastered what I call the ‘kitty litter” throw and Kt used the dress to her full advantage.

I was so happy to have been asked to capture the fun and love between these two beautiful people. It was one of those days where I felt like everything had been made and done for these two to express themselves. From the empty playground to the just-right-amount of untouched leaves. The warm sunset to bask in and the smiles on the dogs’ faces.

But wait, there is one more thing I had to capture before the day was over. Kt has a secret.