What to Wear to Your Engagement Session 

We all want to look great when we have our picture taken, and the number one way to look great is to FEEL GREAT! So make sure you wear clothes you are comfortable in, that make you feel like yourself. Aside from that, these tips will help you put an outfit together that will look great on camera:

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Local Talent

 *Photo by Blake Loates 

*Photo by Blake Loates 

Coffee Jockey
Sarah + Sylar

A married duo that will tailor your playlist to your music taste, and mix it like the pros. // They also share their love for great coffee openly and offer a Barista/DJ combo that allows your guests to enjoy a pop-up cafe (espresso machine included!) along with their dancing shoes. 

www.coffeejockey.ca

      

     

Makeup By Julia
Julia Johnston

Julia is a mobile hair+makeup artist that will travel to you. I recommend hiring an on-site HMUA above all other wedding-day decisions. It will make your morning peaceful and keep you on schedule. Julia's skill set is broad, and she will make your whole bridal party feel at ease with her charming personality! 

Julia: 780.446.1465

     *Photo by FO Photography

    *Photo by FO Photography

Wedding Design by Anika
Anika Loewen, Stationer

Anika can bring any of your paper dreams to life. She is a designer with a varied catalogue of pre-made templates, who is also keen to take on a custom project. She specializes in a new line of laser-cut papers that mimic the texture and grace of flowers or lace. Invitations, place cards, programs, she does it all! 

www.weddingdesignbyanika.com


Venues + Decor

The Old Timers Cabin
A log cabin nestled in Edmonton's river valley provides great opportunities for woodsy photos on-site. 

 

 
 Bunting:  Something that can enhance any design motif, and can be made out of paper or fabric, and at any budget.   The first image above is from a DIY blog on  Green Bride Guide .  The black + gold fabric bunting (top right) is  handmade in South Carolina .   The vintage floral fabric bunting (bottom right) is from  Merry Go Round Vintage  in Melbourne.   

Bunting:

Something that can enhance any design motif, and can be made out of paper or fabric, and at any budget. 

The first image above is from a DIY blog on Green Bride Guide.

The black + gold fabric bunting (top right) is handmade in South Carolina

The vintage floral fabric bunting (bottom right) is from Merry Go Round Vintage in Melbourne.

 

Moonlight Bay Centre
Recreation + dining hall, commercial kitchens and cabins on Wabamun Lake. All proceeds support summer camps for the Bissell Centre in Edmonton.

 Photo: moonlightbaycentre.org

Photo: moonlightbaycentre.org

 Cake-Toppers!   Handmade in Vancouver, BC, by Mika. Find  Mika's Party Shop  on Etsy - her creations are so beautiful (and very affordable!) 

Cake-Toppers! 

Handmade in Vancouver, BC, by Mika. Find Mika's Party Shop on Etsy - her creations are so beautiful (and very affordable!) 

Fort Edmonton Park
If you have 150+ guests you can have a fully animated 1920's midway wedding. I can't think of a better way to celebrate. 

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 Table Decor:  These rose gold sequin table runners look stunning when photographed!   Get them on  ETSY

Table Decor:

These rose gold sequin table runners look stunning when photographed! 

Get them on ETSY

Rowley Alberta
A genuine ghost town with a population of 6. There is a saloon right on main street, and you can have an indoor or outdoor wedding here. This is Alberta's best kept secret! 

 Photo: Alex Robinson, cinematographer

Photo: Alex Robinson, cinematographer

 
 Cupcakes:  These delightful cupcakes were made locally by  Cakes by Jessika . She is a cupcake vendor in Edmonton who runs the Midnight Bakery!  

Cupcakes:

These delightful cupcakes were made locally by Cakes by Jessika. She is a cupcake vendor in Edmonton who runs the Midnight Bakery!  


LIGHT - The Key to our Success!


What's the recipe for a great photo? It can be summed up in one word...

LIGHT!

Plan your event with adequate lighting in mind!

Lighting is the single most important element to a great photo. If photography is important to you on your wedding day you are going to want to consider the following situations while booking venues and making decisions:

  • Does this venue have natural light?
  • Is my photographer allowed to use a flash here? - An important question in historical buildings + churches!
  • Do we have the opportunity to step outside for family formals? 
  • Are we heavily back-lit? - In most cases you would want to avoid having the main source of light placed right behind you during the ceremony or at the head table - especially if you are hoping for detailed photos of your faces. When the only light is shining from behind you, the camera will mainly pick up your silhouettes - beautiful, but not always what we're going for!

Be Prepared For Everything!


Show up on the day with a plan to make formals go quick and comfortably for your family! 

 


Don't let a little rain spoil your party! 

 

 

Make a plan for Family Photos

It is a good idea to assign one member of your bridal party the role of managing this part of the day. Choose someone who knows both sides of your family and will be able to fetch people when they wander off. The bossier the better! 

I always send a questionnaire out a few weeks before the wedding that will help you plan this portion of the day. 

Click here to download my family formals planning sheet!

Make a plan for Mother Nature

We choose our wedding date long before any forecast can give us a guarantee of a perfectly sunny day. If there's a chance of rain or snow on your wedding day you'll want to consider the following: 

  • Umbrellas and jackets can keep you warm between photos
  • Some photographers have a studio that you can use as an indoor shooting location, otherwise you may need to book a public or private space.
  • Don't panic when you see a bad weather forecast. Some of the most beautiful images are taken in the rain and snow! If you have chosen the right photographer they will be prepared to get the shot in any weather. 

Customize Your Invitations & Wedding Party Favours

I can help you bring your own personal flair to your wedding invitations, save-the-dates, bridal party favours, thank you cards... anything really. Your imagination is truly the only limit!

Put More YOU Into Everything You Do!

Custom Design for Your Reception

The best way to give your guests a cohesive experience at your wedding, and pull all the design elements together is through your custom signage. Menus, programs, posters, if all of these elements are designed cohesively it will deliver on your aesthetic with the most detailed precision possible. 

In the example below I chose the fonts with Michelle (the bride) and we kept them consistent throughout all print material so that details even as small as the drink ticket matched the aesthetic of her design. After all, when you've worked that hard on curating a wedding party, why not put your mark on everything? It's not as hard as you might think! Contact Me if you need help with the details! 

Invite Your Guests Into Your Life

I designed the wedding program below for my own wedding in 2015. We rolled them up and tied them with ribbon like little scrolls and handed them out for guests during our ceremony on the Tall Ship Mar. What I love about these is their ability to let guests in on the small details they might otherwise miss, like what that reading really meant to you, or why you chose that ring... how many dresses you tried on before you decided! If you have a big idea I can help you bring it to life! 


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