Nikki & Adam’s beautiful summer wedding was so relaxed, fun and genuine to them in every way. Ambrose University in Calgary is where they fell in love and spent a majority of their time together so it made perfect sense to have their wedding on the university campus.

Just before their ceremony, Nikki & Adam met in the university chapel and shared a powerful 15 minutes together in prayer, surrounded by their wedding party who shared blessings and prayers for the couple’s marriage. It was by far one of the most moving things I’ve ever witnessed.

Their ceremony was held outdoors on the lawn in the centre of the campus. Adam surprised everyone by walking down the aisle in a Star Wars mask which resulted in many laughs. I love when couples add things they love into their wedding day, it makes for some fun and authentic images!

For portraits, we headed to King’s Fold Retreat & Renewal Centre about 35 km northwest of Cochrane. This location had great meaning to the couple so it was cool to include it in their story. The view was incredible from the retreat property and the weather was absolutely perfect for us.

Nikki & Adam, thank you so much for including me in your amazing day. I had the best time with your family and friends and am thankful for all the laughs we had. Congratulations again and all the best!

Erin xo

Vendor Credits

Venue – Ambrose University

Officiant – Paul Verhoef

Bride’s Dress –  The Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids Skirts Mod Cloth

CateringAramark Catering

RingsArthur’s Gem Set Studio

 

Maria & Matt’s wedding day started with rain …. sooooo much rain. But just as their ceremony ended, the sun came out and the rain stayed away until later that night so everything ended up working out perfectly on the weather front!

I met up with Maria at the stunning Marriott South hotel where I spent some time with her sisters, niece, Mom and best friend while they prepared for the wedding day. From there we headed to St. Albert The Great Parish where Maria & Matt were married in a beautiful ceremony, surrounded by their family and friends. Afterwards, we went to Fish Creek Park for wedding portraits and then over to the amazing Sirocco Golf Course where the reception was taking place.

The reception was beautifully put together with so many personalized details included. Maria is an Olympic athlete and trains in the steeplechase event so her Dad made mini steeplechase centrepieces for each table. They also included several race bibs from previous races they’d run as the table numbers around the room. For their favours, they worked with Mealshare to provide a free meal to someone in need on behalf of each guest – amazing.

Congratulations to the happy couple! Check out some images from their gorgeous wedding day below.

Erin xo

Vendor Credits

VenueSirocco Golf Course

Groom’s AttireTip Top Tailors

FloralsSweet Pea Floral Design

Bride’s DressThe Bridal Boutique

Bride’s Hair & MakeupThe Pretty Haus

Bridal Party AttireThe Bridal Centre

CakeCake Bake Shoppe

MusicHype Entertainment

FavoursMealshare

Accommodations – Marriott South

On a rainy day in June, I got the call that Amy was in active labour. When I arrived at South Health Campus, Amy was starting to feel her contractions quite strongly but this being her first baby, it’s always hard to know how fast or slow things will progress. I ended up being at the hospital for 7 hours before sweet Harrison was born but when he arrived, everything changed. No matter how many times I document a birth, I continue to be so amazed and in awe of how strong and incredible women are and what our bodies are capable of.

My biggest congrats to the White family! Thank you for allowing me to be there with you to capture Harrison’s arrival.

Erin xo

Here is Harrison’s birth story slideshow ::

I met Caitlin & Shaun a couple years ago when they came to Banff all the way from Nashville to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Fast forward another year and they called me again to do another anniversary session! I was so excited to see them and work with them again.

The first time around we went to Moraine Lake so this time we met up at Lake Minnewanka and Cascade Ponds which were both incredible scenic locations late in the day with that soft light. Enjoy some images from their time with me!

Maureen & Bret were married at the stunning Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant in Fish Creek Park. Their closest family and friends were there to celebrate with them and it was such a beautiful and intimate wedding. After the ceremony on the front lawn, we walked around the park for some bride and groom photos and funny story – ran into a police officer who handcuffed the couple to make them laugh.

Maureen & Bret, thank you so much for having me there to capture your amazing wedding day! Congratulations – wishing you the very best, now and always.

Erin xo

Vendor Credits

Ceremony & Reception VenueBow Valley Ranche Restaurant

OfficiantAbby Charchun

Groom’s AttireHenry Singer

Bride’s HairMslay Studio

Bride’s MakeupObsidian Artistry

This wedding was extra special to photograph as the groom is my cousin! The entire day was so much fun as I got to hang out behind the scenes and document such an important day to my family and visit with lots of people I hadn’t seen in a long time.

Laura & Ian put so much time and effort into this DIY wedding. Laura was organized and on top of everything from the very beginning and it showed. The best thing about their day was the feel of it all – everyone was relaxed and having a great time celebrating the couple. There were so many laughs all day long and the speeches at the end of the night were amazing and had everyone in tears.

Here are some of my favourite images from Laura & Ian’s Edmonton wedding, enjoy!

 

Vendor Credits

Ceremony & Reception VenueBonnie Doon Community Hall

Pub Hudson’s

Food Truck North Fork

MusicHappy Wife Happy Life

Tina & Trevor planned a city wedding so we switched it up for their engagement session by heading to the mountains. We met up at Lake Minnewanka about a month after my previous engagement session there and it looked so different. It was greener and the water was completely thawed. I love that about most locations, they look amazing no matter the season or time of year for a variety of reasons.

Check out some of my favourites from this session below!

So I’m a bit behind on my blogging but … better late than never, right?

This April engagement session was a stunner. The weather was amazing, the mountains looked incredible and Brittnee & Jeremy rocked it out in front of the camera.

Here are some of my favourite images from their time with me. Enjoy!

 

When I got the news that Sarah was in active labour, it sounded like things were moving quickly so I drove from south Calgary out to their Cochrane home, as fast as the speed limit would let me haha. When I arrived at the house, Sarah was hanging in there and just about to move to the tub for the rest of her labour and delivery. I ended up having the perfect amount of time before Cal was born but it was definitely a guessing game until I got there!

Sarah had amazing care from the midwives at Shifra Centre For Wellness and her doula, Kerri. There was so much support from them and of course from her husband, Rick and their two older kids, Mila and Leo. I’m always so blown away by the gentle and loving care that women receive at a home birth.

Congratulations to this incredible family on the birth of their son. Thank you for allowing me to be right there with you to document such an important day in your family’s life story.

Erin xo

Here is Cal’s birth story slideshow to music ::

Ashley & Paul’s beautiful March wedding at The Nash was an incredible way to kick off my 2018 wedding season! I actually met Ashley in 2013 when I photographed her sister Meghan’s wedding in Cranbrook and I’ve also photographed her sister Katie’s family a few times. It was fantastic to see the entire Donahue family again, I love that part of my job the most.

I spent the first part of the day with Ashley while she got ready in her beautiful home she recently bought with Paul. She gave her sisters the most thoughtful gift – a Tiffany’s necklace with the coordinates of the home they all grew up in engraved on the front.

Once Ashley & Paul saw each other for their first look, we went to a couple locations close by in Inglewood for formal photos. Shortly following was their beautiful ceremony at The Nash, which Ashley’s sister Katie officiated perfectly.

The reception space was decorated elegantly and the family style dinner was incredible. Many kind words were spoken about the couple as family members got up to speak throughout the night. We moved over to the Off Cut Bar for their first dance followed by some seriously awesome dance moves provided by their family and friends.

Congratulations Ashley & Paul, thank you for asking me to document such an important day in your lives. Wishing you health and happiness for years to come!

A huge thank you to my amazing second shooter, Maribeth, for shooting with me all day! xo

Vendor Credits

Ceremony & Reception VenueThe Nash

Hair & Makeup – Avenue Beauty

Bride’s Dress – Pearl & Dot Boutique 

Groom’s AttireTip Top Tailors

Officiant – Katie Robinson

Florals – Leslie Bannon

Stationary – Meghan Bannon

Wedding RingsCalgary Jewellery

MusicLocal DJ