stephanie+tyler | edmonton wedding photographer

Stephanie and Tyler were married on a gorgeous January day. We woke up to the coolest fog and frosty trees. It made for such an incredible ambiance all through Edmonton. If you’re going to get married in the winter this was considered a jack-pot. I have had gorgeous falling snow for wedding days; but this was something different and rare. It doesn’t happen too often. Usually when it DOES happen, you’re doing the “ah man I wish I was shooting today”.

The wedding was held at the Fantasy Land Hotel which was a first for me. I was not disappointed at all. The staff and service was fantastic. Stephanie and Tyler decided to have a first look which is so important I find for winter weddings especially with the short amount of sunlight we have.

The first look was so special because they involved their sweet little girl. I loved the anticipation as it built up, and getting to see Tyler’s reaction when he saw his girls. The formal photos followed in the Edmonton river valley. This bridal party was hilarious. I had such a good time and we even had a small acrobatic moment and a pair of pants was blown open by a groomsman. I photographed it. I of course had to share it with you all. Do enjoy those.

The formals were a mixture of bright filtered sun; and then as the sun began to sink to dusk we were given this moody atmosphere. I loved the combination of classic, sweet and playful given by Stephanie and Tyler. Between Stephanie’s gorgeous choice in dress (for her bridesmaids as well), her jewellery and just the connection between these two, it made my job incredibly easy.

The ceremony and reception were small, intimate and filled with close friends and family. It was the perfect way to end the day.

Thank you again for having me!

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lisa+david | banff engagement photos

I met up with Lisa and David in the scenic Banff National Park and we got hammered with snow. It was in the middle of a huge wave of snowfall – I’m talking a few feet not just a light dusting. But alas this couple worked it and made the best of it. We got to take some stunning photos about 10 minutes from Banff. It was too bad we didn’t get to have any mountain views, but being trapped inside a life sized snow globe was wonderful. I love getting to chat with my couples and hear about their days; how he proposed and goof around and joke. David I can already tell you’re going to make the day memorable just having spent 45 minutes with you!

Thank you David and Lisa for traveling down to Banff to work with me. I can’t wait for your wedding!

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jd + iza | emerald lake wedding photographer

This wedding is from a few winters ago (yes, and by winterS I mean this wedding occurred years ago). Almost 3 years ago to be exact. I remember it quite well because I photographed this wedding in February on a Friday – and I delivered my daughter the following Tuesday. Yes, I photographed a wedding 3 days before I gave birth.

As much as you all wanted to know about when I delivered my baby, that’s not why it has taken me so long to blog this wedding.

Truthfully; I have been nervous and afraid to put this wedding up. This will be a long blog post because I can’t do this wedding injustice. There is just something about this wedding that holds a grip on my heart. By blogging it; it means its over. I have shared it with the world.

I met Iza a long time ago when my career first began. She is the sweetest human I have ever met. She is funny, kind, drop dead gorgeous and was a gem to work with. I had Iza hanging upside down in a tree sitting in a chair. She was game for anything and went along with my shenanigans without question. Iza was always game to work with me and offered to be a model. I couldn’t believe someone so successful, kind and busy would take the time out of her life to let me photograph her. To be honest, these shoots benefited me the most. It allowed me to push my career and put photographs out into the open. Iza; how do I ever thank you for that?

I met JD when Iza volunteered for a couples session. It was James Bond theme when JD rocked the most epic tuxedo, and Iza in a killer gown. It was a beautiful shoot; published and left me in awe. JD was a true match to Iza, their chemistry and love was beautiful. It made photographing them together simply effortless.

Then came a day when Iza and JD were engaged. I am lucky to be friends with Iza on Facebook and I rejoiced and was so excited and happy for them. What I didn’t expect was when they reached out to me to photograph their wedding. I am a confident person when it comes to photography; however this wedding made me beyond scared. Nervous. Uneasy. I felt novice. I felt like I was going to photograph my first wedding again.

I had built a friendship and relationship with these two, and to be handed down such an enormous blessing like this wedding; it was hard to swallow. However; I knew I had to; I knew I could. So I did.

I’ve sat on these images for nearly 3 years now. I have seen these photos grace the pages of Blush Magazine Inc. – they were featured as well in the Edmonton Journal. They are beautiful. I know I didn’t disappoint.

I have photographed many weddings now. Well over 200 weddings and sometimes, a handful of weddings have resonated deep down to my core. Where that wedding turned a key in my heart, in my creative soul, and it unlocked something special. Something I am able to carry with me and take on to the next wedding. A new puzzle piece in my journey as a photographer.

This wedding was like the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I didn’t care if I delivered my baby on the side of a road in a ditch (sorry Finlay…). I was photographing this wedding. I literally did not give doubt a single chance to derail me from this day. Thank you to Picture That Photography for being there by my side second shooting and being so super supportive.

I believe the images speak for themselves. When you combine beauty, kindness, and grace you are given the couple who were married. Combine the wedding planning talents of Atmosphere Wedding Planning, florals by FaBLOOMosity, and decor by Special Event Rentals you are provided with the talent of Edmonton’s finest in the wedding industry.

It is a bitter sweet moment to share this wedding, but I feel as we near the 3 year mark it’s time to share. I have watched this couple move across the world, and welcome two babies into their family. And now I want to share their wedding day.

Surrounded by close family and friends, they were married at Emerald Lake Lodge. A gorgeous, remote resort deep in the Rocky Mountains. It was such a snowy wedding; but that just made it much more beautiful. The food was delicious, and the guests were unforgettable. Many laughs were shared, stories told and new memories made.

Iza, JD – this thank you is well over due. However; thank you. Thank you for trusting me with your day. Thank you for giving me the opportunity, I will never forget it.

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a year in review: 2016

It’s hard to believe that 2016 has come and gone. I can truly say that 2016 was a mixture of ups and downs for me. I have experienced incredible growth as not only a human, but as a photographer.

I used to take on oodles of weddings every year; but I can truly say I ran myself into the ground. I noticed my health was failing, my friendships became distant and my soul was bleak. I lived vicariously through the happiness of others – I missed being truly happy. I missed feeling my cup half full at all times, being positive, laughing and finding joy in the everyday life.

I put my heart and soul into photography; but I never stopped to replenish my happiness. I paid for it dearly. I paid for it in my personal life and I lost valuable time with family and friends.

When 2016 began I swore off working so much. I realized that I would rather concentrate on more aspects of life and bring that joy back into my photography as opposed to leaving everything I had out there with photos.

I can truly say that I saw a spark back in my own eyes when I looked in the mirror this year. I remember reviewing my weddings this year and just going “wow”. I was amazed at the relationships, photographs and love I was able to produce with clients this year. I truly feel like this year rewarded me for stepping back. For breathing. For finding an internal peace again.

I just wanted to stop and take a moment and say thank you to everyone over the last year. You’ve been my sounding board, my support system and my on going cheerleaders. You’ve allowed me to lean on you all; I never once fell. Thank you for embracing this “new” me. I can’t thank you all enough. It is hard to believe that I will close my 7th year as a photographer feeling so light on my feet. It feels so good to be back, feeling and craving this craft like I did at the beginning.

I raise my glass to all of you, and here is to a fond and welcomed good-bye to 2016, and an anxious and gracious hello to 2017.

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Cannot wait to met and work with all my new and returning clients for 2017 – much love! xox – Becky

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