Real Wedding


by Shirleen Burnett | Burnett Photography | Banff, AB
Published:  May 19, 2016

   The marriage of Basia Porczyk and Christopher Marshall took place at 3pm at the Majestic Elegance Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Between the creamy silica sand beach with its unbelievably turquoise water and the gorgeously lush grounds of the venue, it was a dream location to say "I do".
   It was 30 degrees C and the sun was shining despite rain and thunder storms being in the forecast. Apparently, Basia's contagious smile and sunny disposition can influence even the weather!
   The couple had decided to meet with each other before the ceremony. We blindfolded them to add some drama to their first peek.
   The ceremony took place on the beach where a lovely gazebo had been set up for the occasion. There were plenty of good humored heckles and congratulations from sun bathing on-lookers.
   Basia and Chris did their first dance inside a "stage" of rose petals in the shape of a heart traced in the sand.
   The next day, we meet the newly weds at sunset for a "Trash the Dress" Session. It started out modestly as Basia didn't want to get her dress wet. By the end of the photo shoot we were all fairly soaked!
   They both agreed that the "Trash the Dress" Session was one of their favorite memories of the entire wedding.
   Basia & Chris rinsed 3 buckets of sand out of the dress in the hotel shower & packed it in a plastic bag for the flight home. They had it professionally cleaned and I'm happy to report that the dress cleaned up beautifully. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too!

   Videographer / second shooter: Troy Burnett
   Officiant: Pastor Rick York
   Wedding coordinator: Andreina Calderon
   Basia's hair: The Majestic Elegance Salon
   Decor & catering: in-house vendors of the Majestic Elegance Resort

Real Wedding: Basia Porczyk & Christopher Marshall by Shirleen Burnett


by Esther Gibbons | Esther Gibbons Photography | Montreal, QC
Published:  January 19, 2016

   After 6 years of dating long distance, with lots of travel across Canada and the U.S., Mollie and Johanu finally decided to get married in one of their favourite cities: Montreal.
   They were looking for a photographer to capture the spontaneous moments and all the fun emotions of their wedding.

Here are a few highlights:

   Their wedding venue was Restaurant L'Ambroisie's Espace Canal, near the Lachine Canal.
   The bride and groom saw each other before the wedding with an emotional first look.
   A friend of the groom's officiated the wedding ceremony giving it a personal touch.
   Mollie released balloons into the sky as a heartfelt memorial for her father at the beginning of the ceremony.
   Their huge bridal party (16 friends) played a big role in the wedding ceremony and reception.

   Second photographer: John Koo
   Mollie's hair: Martha Arena
   Floral arrangements: Atelier Carmel
   Cupcake tower: Veronica's Sweetcakes
   Venue: Espace Canal, L'Ambroisie

Real Wedding: Mollie & Johanu by Esther Gibbons


by Brian Di Croce | Brian Di Croce Photography | Montreal, QC
Published:  July 12, 2015

   Having photographed Sarah's sister's wedding a few months before, we knew hers would be just as authentic and exciting. It's always an honor to capture precious moments for different members of the same family and this one was no exception.
   Though the skies had a warning presence of rain and thunderstorms throughout the day, it actually held itself from pouring up until the very last minute of the portraits session. For that, we're all thankful to the gods of photography.
   The morning started with capturing moments of the guys getting ready at David's place with his friends and family. We then resumed the morning at Sarah's home as she got into her wedding dress with the help of her best friend and her mom.
   The ceremony was held in a beautiful, rustic church in the city of Westmount in Montreal. Their pastor did an awesome job in inviting everyone to partake on the celebration of these two. For their portraits session, we took advantage of the beautiful surroundings that Westmount already offered us to make timeless photographs for them.
   We love these two a lot and wish them a most wonderful adventure as they walk on the path of life together as one.

Real Wedding: Sarah & David by Brian Di Croce


by Carol Gillis | Carol's Photography | Regina, SK
Published:  April 14, 2015 read more »

   Vanessa & Matthew's wedding was held at the Delta Regina, SK on August 23-rd, 2014
   It was a hectic time for both Vanessa & Matt trying to plan a wedding from their home in Calgary, it's not easy but they pulled it off, everything was beautiful.
   Vanessa loves pink and her whole wedding theme surrounded around the color. Most of the photos were shot at The Leg and surrounding Wascana Park.
   We had so much fun with Vanessa , Matt and their rockin wedding party. A day full of happiness and laughter.
   It was predicted 30 mm of rain for the afternoon but thank goodness it didn't start raining till we finished the photos. It was a awesome day for them both.

Real Wedding: Vanessa & Matthew by Carol Gillis


by Christina Craft & Gwen Ewart | FunkyTown Photography | Victoria, BC
Published:  January 4, 2015 read more »

   Erin & Tom's Wedding at Church & State Winery in Victoria, BC
   After photographing hundreds of weddings, I have to say that Erin & Tom had a lot of unique and totally fun touches I've never seen before.
   Here are a few things they did differently:
1) The guys rode quads for their processional, all with the theme colors of orange and neon yellow!
2) Erin's daughter and son were in the wedding party and I loved that they all walked down the aisle as a family for the recessional.
3) There were tons of kids at the wedding, so they set up a huge pirate bouncy castle. We had a ton of fun doing some portraits in the castle.
4) They had one of the neatest wedding cakes I've ever seen - featuring a giant tire full of chocolate mud splashing the neon yellow cake.
   Tom's favorite color is orange, and they tied that in with neon yellow for all the accessories worn by the wedding party, including the shoes, socks, sashes and bouquets. And the vibe at this wedding was just as colorful, with one of the best cake-in-the-face smash I've seen in a while too.
   Church & State Winery is a great venue for a wedding in Victoria, B.C. As you can see from the photos, it made a perfect backdrop for the entire day and guests were able to try some of the famous award-winning wines during dinner. Plus, executive chef Desiree Perrin creates a custom menu for every event.

Real Wedding: Erin & Tom by Christina Craft & Gwen Ewart


by Adeline Leonti | Avant Garde Studio | Montreal, QC
Published:  March 26, 2013 read more »

   The first time I met Golnar and Pedram in Montreal, I knew I'm going to love them. I was excited to photograph their wedding.
   Golnar is so beautiful and elegant that I think each photographer would love photographing her. She looked gorgeous in her wedding dress!!!
   Each time I meet Pedram, he makes me laugh. He told me, you'll see all my family is like that. We are funny people; we laugh a lot and enjoy the life. And he was right!!!
   I enjoyed every moment on their wedding day and was so fun working with everyone involved there. I had the chance to be part of a beautiful and touching Persian ceremony. I must admit all the Persian weddings I've done before were filled with emotions. People were laughing and crying. They were natural. I loved capturing all those precious moments filled with emotions and LOVE!!!
   Golnar and Pedram, you were such an awesome couple to work!

Real Wedding: Golnar & Pedram by Adeline Leonti


by Sophie Asselin | Sophie Asselin photographe | Montreal, QC
Published:  March 5, 2013 read more »

Here is the photos from a wedding day I photographed in November 2012. It was a cold and rainy day. We did all the getting ready, first look and couple pictures in the new house of the bride and the groom. It was empty and fresh painted. I also give you the informations about the wedding planning:
   Date - November 3rd 2012
   Bride and Groom - Laurence & François
   Flowers - Gian Rocco (Centerpieces), Les petites excuses (bouquet)
   Wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses - Vera Wang
   Shoes - Badgley Mischka
   Venue - Auberge Saint-Gabriel (Old Montreal)
   Church - Sainte-Madeleine, Outremont
   Cake and pastry - Cocoa Locale

Real Wedding: Laurence & François by Sophie Asselin


by Haley & Michael Shandro | Shandro Photo | Edmonton, AB
Published:  January 9, 2012 read more »

Anu & Rajeev's wedding has been one of the most talked about wedding on our blog, we get multiple requests each month for brides inspired by the wedding and wanting to plan their wedding in a similar style.
Anu & Rajeev did something quite different for their wedding - they had a traditional Sikh wedding in an untraditional location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! Anu's sisters applied her wedding mehndi by the beach, and each pre-wedding ceremony was held in a romantic, tropical setting on the patio of the infinity pool at the Dreams Los Cabos. Anu & Rajeev took advantage of the beach setting to start a trend, by having a 'trash the lengha' session in the surf - definitely something daring for an Indian bride! Anu switched to a traditional white bridal gown for their open-air reception complete with fireworks. A couples session the following day found Anu & Rajeev contrasted against huge sandy cliffs - a breathtaking location.

Real Wedding: Anu & Rajeev by Haley & Michael Shandro


by Elaine + Kenneth Soong | Just Married Photography | Edmonton, AB
Published:  December 23, 2011 read more »

We were very excited to showcase Kristin + Josh's fabulous wedding! Kristin found us quite a few years ago and told us that ever since then, she's wanted us to be her wedding photographers. Hearing those kinds of words and having the chance to connect like that really makes our job so amazingly fantastic! The thing that really stands out about this wedding are the couples' SMILES. The couple never held back! These are the moments we live for :) There's nothing better than a super happy bride and groom who aren't afraid to smile, cry, dance, and burst out laughing! And smile, laugh, cry, and dance they did - all day, all night. Kristin's hair was beautifully done by Jen Li from Kevin Murphy, and makeup from Tania El Zahr from Illuminate Make-Up. Her gorgeous wedding dress was from Allure Couture, and her flowers from La Piazza Dasee. The ceremony was at the ultra modern Alberta Art Gallery in their Ledcor Theatre, with plenty of tears of joy :) We definitely had a blast using the architecture of the Alberta Art Gallery and ventured to some nearby spots for formals. The reception was held at the trendy Packrat Louie just off of Whyte Ave. The fabulous cake was made by Cakes by Cassie and their martini luge from Frozen Memories. The food and service was amazing by the way, and everyone had a great time!

Real Wedding: Kristin + Josh by Elaine + Kenneth Soong