Category archives: Engagement & Wedding

David & EricaBragg Creek, AB

Have you ever heard of a Getaway & Photography package at a forest surrounded five-star chateau that will serve you piles of fresh berries on home-made french toast for breakfast as you look out over the Elbow river?? The Riverside Chateau and I partner to offer this incredible package that incorporates rest and luxury, adventure and captured memories.

David and Erica booked their romantic getaway at the Riverside Chateau in Bragg Creek, AB to celebrate their first wedding anniversary! As a part of their celebrations they pulled out the wedding dress and tux for our session. The chateau, a western style log mansion, is a beauty situated along the Elbow River. As you can see, the surroundings provide so many options for photos. I had a blast using my knowledge of the property to creatively capture this milestone for David and Erica.

Interested in a session? Message me at ashleydaphnephotography@gmail.com!

Check out the Riverside Chateau at www.riversidechateau.com

Madeline & AustinTurner Valley, AB

After the ceremony and celebratory high-fives, we were happy to explore the surrounding area of Millarville and Turner Valley including the YWAM base where these two met. There was no shortage of laughter and the tender moments paused time – which you can only hope for on a day you want to remember for the rest of your life. Make sure to scroll to the end to see their beautiful outdoor reception and energetic dance that kicked off in the golden light of sun set.

  

If you are interested in chatting about your wedding, send me a note at ashleydaphnephotography@gmail.com!

Emily & JamesKananaskis, Alberta

I am always so pumped to meet couples who are just as excited to be in the mountains as I am! We got up while it was still dark and headed out to photograph in the early morning light. We got a moody day – wind, cloud, and fog appearing then subsiding – which made for some hair blown, blanket wrapped cuddling to start. These two were just so sweet to each other and so fun to hang out with for the day. Not to mention they suggested we stop in for some poutines at La Belle Patate in Canmore before heading home!! Pretty awesome day if you ask me.

Katrina & BraydenLake Minnewanka, Alberta

Katrina and Brayden are such a lovely young couple and I am just thrilled they are getting married this coming fall! We were all set on a winter engagement session in the mountains and just happened to choose the best and worst day to head out to Lake Minnewanka. Although the temperature was zero degrees Celsius (the best part!), the humidity was abnormally high so we FROZE in the breeze. I can’t imagine what it would have been like if the temperature was any lower. These two toughed it out being positive and absolutely adorable the whole time. It was wonderful, as always, to catch up on life and hear about all the life and wedding plans coming together. Your wedding day will be here so soon!

Enjoy!

Melissa & DarrenToronto, Ontario

December 17, 2016

Congrats to my beautiful cousin and her husband!

I was so honored that they asked me to help capture their winter wedding celebration. The snowfall from the night before gave us a beautiful white world. It was picturesque for a winter wedding with cranberry red accents SO thankfully this AWESOME wedding party was willing to brave the cold (and freezing rain) to grab some outdoor shots!

Enjoy Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” as you take a look at their day!

Creative Team:

Wedding Dress – Wtoo gown purchased at Felicia Bridal
Make Up Artist – Marisa Augusto
Hair Stylist – Rose Corbo
Florist – Astilbe Floral Boutique
Bridesmaid Necklaces – The Silver Wren
Venue: Paradise Banquet and Convention Centre
Videographer – NG Studio
Additional Photographers – FM&Co. photography

Hannah & BraydenEdmonton, Alberta

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These sweethearts have been waiting a long time to exchange their wedding vows and the day could not have been more perfect.

Tangible energy from morning to evening.
Everybody contributing in their own way to make the day special.
Happy tears, sad tears and cheers of joy.
Communion and family prayers.
Hannah hiding under her own dress
to avoid the sudden downpour!
(How is that possible? Scroll down to see those photos!)
Hilarious poses, photo-bombs, and speeches.
An outfit change to signal their marriage.
And (although it has been the case for a long time…)
an official wholehearted embrace into each other’s family.

To say they danced the night away is an understatement! Their party was one of the best I have seen! I was torn between photographing it all and putting down my camera to get in the middle of the party and dance with them!

Thank you so much, Hannah & Brayden, for having me photograph your engagement and wedding! It was an absolute pleasure and I know you two have all the support you could possibly dream of. Have a fun and lasting life together. I hope these photos will always be a reminder of what an amazing wedding day you had, how in love you are now, and a marker of how your love grows deeper with each passing day.

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Creative Team:

(My AMAZING) Second Shooter – Bethany of Eye of the Beholder Photography
Make-Up – Renee Hopkins
Hair – Jerica Wheaton
Flowers – Graham & Lane Florists, selected by the bride’s Uncle, Anil Perera.
Dresses – The Bridal House
Suits – Moores
Ceremony Venue – Calvary Community Church, Edmonton, AB
Officiate – Paul Eisentrager
Reception Venue – Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort
Cake – Bake My Day
Rentals – Special Event Rentals Edmonton

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So… when the rain hits, it’s always good to have layers and MORE layers to protect your perfect hair and make-up!

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While we waited for the rain to pass, we took a stop at Tim Hortons & Wendy’s for snacks!

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And off to the ceremony! Don’t miss the EPIC dance shots near the end!

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Congrats you two!

Want to see more? You can check out Hannah & Brayden’s relaxed engagement session here!
Or, visit the BLOG!

James & CharityCalgary, Alberta

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June 11, 2016

CREATIVE. That was the word I kept in mind as I photographed James and Charity’s wedding day. As creative people themselves involved with beat boxing and hip-hop group Legacy One, they wanted their wedding photos to be completely unique, something they had never seen before. We went to a variety of locations, took creative risks, played with shadows, laughed a lot and created some of the best memories I have as a photographer. It is so wonderful to have a couple trust you completely… even when you are lying on a cement floor to photograph them or standing on driveways in the middle of a seemingly boring community (*if you see the wildflower pictures below… that’s what I am talking about!) There are amazing shots of their day from the ceremony to the portraits to the guests dancing the night away so make sure you scroll all the way to the end! You can also check out their forest sunset engagement session here!

As you scroll, enjoy one of my favorite songs, “Something In the Water” by Brooke Fraser.

 

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Meet the creative team:

Flowers: Avenida Grower Direct
Bride’s Dress: Ethos
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Suits: The Bridal Centre
Caterer: Distinctive Catering
Videographer: Jill Tranquilla
DJ: Bryce Plante

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I have never seen a wedding party have so much fun. While we were taking pictures of the bride and groom, the wedding party created a ridiculous music video complete with dancing scenes, team push-ups, and, obviously, sandwich breaks (because the best wedding parties keep the bride and group well fed and hydrated)!

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Karisha & JuanBragg Creek, Alberta

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May 28, 2016

Welcome to the Riverside Chateau – a beautiful, secluded lodge in Bragg Creek. It is a perfectly romantic place for an intimate, rustic wedding. Karisha got ready in their wood paneled honeymoon suite while guests gathered on the veranda waiting for the ceremony to begin. Take a listen to this upbeat, joyful song that the couple played during their day as you look through the photos.

Meet the creative team:
Location: Riverside Chateau, Bragg Creek
Dresses & Shoes: David’s Bridal
Tux & Suits: Black and Lee
Make-Up & Hair: Jamie Rankin
Flowers & Rentals: Simply Elegant

“Fine, Fine Life” by For King and Country

 

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Blessing spoken by Pastor Ed:

“May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship and empowerment of the Holy Spirit
be with you for all of your days as you journey together,
learning to love as God loves.”

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I first met Karisha & Juan briefly at another wedding last year. I saw Juan swinging Karisha around on the dance floor and thought to myself “I hope they are together… they make a cute couple.” Little did I know they were a couple and that Juan would soon be PROPOSING in THAILAND during their elephant ride!! I was thrilled to receive their inquiry for wedding photography just a few months later. Meeting Karisha and Juan, I instantly noticed that they are both sincere and kind in an unmistakably authentic way. The atmosphere and kind words shared throughout their day reflected this. I was so grateful to be a part of their day, become friends with them along the way, and honored to share their memories here.

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May the joy of your love continue to grow with each passing day.

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Catherine & DaveyMayan Riviera, Mexico

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After spontaneously second shooting this amazing beach wedding with the lovely Melissa of Bespoke Photography, I am in FULL support of destination weddings! How amazing is it to spend a whole week with the friends and family you love, not feeling rushed to say hi to everyone, and making the wedding a week-long celebration! Jeff (my amazing husband) and I enjoyed every moment of this vacation celebrating with our friends Davey & Catherine. We wish you all the love and joy in the world as you adventure through life together!

Resort: Barcelo Maya Beach Resort

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James & CharityGriffith Woods Park, Calgary

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It is always exciting when you get to photograph friends. There is a freedom to create and capture a story because it is about so much more than a client-photographer relationship. It is a personal touch of heart and care as I not only document these significant moments but participate – even ever so briefly – in the story. I want every session and wedding to be personal. I don’t think of clients as clients – I think of them as incredible people – potential friends – that I have yet to meet. So, let me introduce you to two wonderful friends…

James has been a friend of mine since… well… a while ago it seems! Since we met, my husband and I have enjoyed seeing James balance a career in accounting and achieve his dream of professional beat boxing! He has developed his art from wining the Calgary Stampede talent competition to winning the 2013 Canadian Beatbox Championship! (Watch his beatbox battle here: 2013 Canadian Beatbox Championship Finals!) He continues to perform, gives lessons, and visit schools, sharing his skills with people of all ages and challenging himself to greater heights.

Through James, I have had the privilege of getting to know Charity; a hip-hop dancing sweetheart who also uses her art to inspire. Charity is a member of the motivational hip-hop crew, Legacy One (www.legacyone.ca) – and if you haven’t heard of them, take a look and listen to the insightful spoken word poetry!

James and Charity, you are both such genuine people. There is a sincerity and kindness that runs deep in each of you and is tangible when we interact. It is no wonder you are using your lives in the ways you are. I can only imagine what will come as you support each other and bring your creativity and passion together in life and marriage. I am so excited to join in on a piece of your journey. Looking forward to celebrating with you in June.

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Heidi & RichardOlympic Plaza, Calgary

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Engaged at last! Hearing about Heidi and and Richard’s news, I suggested an engagement session at Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary where they could go skating. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that Richard has played hockey for many years and Heidi has always had a love of figure skating. This was the perfect, laid-back and fun setting for the two of them. Just prior to this session, I happened to curiously wander and find the most beautiful hanging lights in a downtown building. I was thrilled when Heidi and Richard were up for extra adventure. It was totally worth it.

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Tammy & PeteBowness Park, Calgary

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June 27, 2015

Tammy & Pete pulled together a beautiful wedding in just FOUR weeks! From the moment they started planning, this day was just around the corner and the excitement was crazy. After taking some pictures of Tammy’s daughters helping her get ready, I met up with Pete and walked with him and his kids through Bowness Park to a private path in the trees for the ‘First Look’. Every bit of joy you expect from a groom was evident in Pete’s smile. The forest-like area shaded us from the hot sun and gave dramatic light for portraits. After portraits, we arrived at Peter’s sister’s home for the ceremony and reception. Upon walking through the gate, white chairs tied with champagne sashes drew your eye down the isle to a stunning wooden arbor decorated with white flowers and greenery. Family and friends found their seats. Tammy walked down the isle toward Pete with a daughter on each arm. Pete led Tammy to the arbor to share vows, a written prayer and to exchange rings – the two often smiling or laughing, sharing loving glances. With a kiss, a hug, and a few signatures – it was finally official! A sand ceremony symbolically joined their families and Tammy and Pete were introduced as Mr. & Mrs! The reception began immediately after. Chalkboards decorated the yard directing guests to enjoy ice cream and dress up for the photo booth. Rustic wood slices made the base for the centerpieces on each table displaying flowers, candles, and framed chalkboards. The buzz of chatter and laughter filled the backyard and the evening continued in celebration of this love.

Thank you, Tammy & Pete, for allowing me to share your day and capture these special memories. Congratulations. Enjoy every day you have together.

Press play to enjoy one of the songs from their wedding day: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.

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And so much more is yet to come. Congrats.