Category archives: Engagement & Wedding

Dylan + SuzieBarrier Lake Snowfall Couple Session

I have learned that when adventuring – you just go! No matter what the forecast says, you just bundle up and go! As a wedding, couple and family photographer I am always encouraging my clients to not be afraid of unpredictable weather. Stormy or cloudy skies can create some of the most dynamic backdrops and interesting light! This day was no exception. Just epic. The light continually shifted, hiding behind the clouds and then breaking through in a heavenly glow over the lake. I wish I could convince everyone to adventure out to the mountains on days like this! You don’t need to know what you will see, you just need to go and experience what nature offers you.

Barrier Lake is a great option for photos in the mountains! It has many views to work with and the bonus is that it is only 45 MINUTES from the edge of Calgary! We are so lucky as Calgarians to take ‘day trips’ out to the mountains but I know that isn’t always realistic for families. That is why a location like this is just a perfect opportunity! In just 3 hours, you will have driven there and back AND had the Rocky Mountains as the epic background for YOUR photography session! It doesn’t need to take all day. It can be that simple. And if you can make a day of it, why not!?

If you are hoping to head out the mountains and experience some stunning views, 1-2 hours after sunrise or before sunset are ideal on sunny days! If you happen to be an early bird who wants to catch that sunrise and snap a few photos of the sun peaking around one mountain and glistening off the peaks across the valley – do it! It is one of those experiences that leaves you in awe of the glory displayed in nature. It is breathtaking. It pauses the rush. Stops the chaos. Pulls us into one glorious moment that places us exactly where we need to be – a small observer participating in a world much larger than ourselves. I need that perspective. The mountains are a place where I am reminded of what matters and the fact that I can hop in my car and experience that in just 45 minutes is such an amazing gift.

You gotta have some fun, right?! I love when couples don’t mind being playful and going along with whatever goofy instructions I give them because I really love how it helps everyone relax and be themselves. I open most of my sessions letting everyone know that I will offer instruction when it is needed and otherwise, it is all about them just hanging out!! You can feel free to talk, laugh, be goofy, cuddle up – and if I want you to look at me for a moment or stand a certain way, I will let you know! As long as you are interacting with each other, you are doing exactly what you are supposed to do! It can be hard to forget about the camera and truly be yourself so silly instructions and little games are exactly what we need to help us focus on making memories with the people who are right beside us.

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Carly + MattSurprise Proposal in Romantic Banff Snowfall

Matt and Carly had traveled from Chicago for a mountain vacation together with a special surprise part way through! As wedding photographer, I am most often invited to photograph a couple once the wedding plans are already in the works so it is a thrill to be a part of capturing the exciting moment that sparks a new season of life for a couple!

When you travel to Banff in the fall, locals know you plan for all kinds of weather! Even though they weren’t from the area, Carly and Matt seemed prepared! Matt, for sure, wasn’t hesitating to pack up that picnic and ensure his plan went through without a hitch. Although the view wasn’t quite the yellow leaves and golden sun you might imagine for a fall proposal, the most romantic winter snowfall surrounded them as Matt got down on one knee!! I couldn’t hear if Carly said yes (I was hidden far away in the trees so I wouldn’t spoil the surprise!) but there was a huge smile on her face, shrieks of joy, and lots of hugs and kisses!

As you scroll through and enjoy the development of this precious moment, please note that the snow in these photos is 100% real!! I swear there is not a single snowflake overlay or any Photoshop work done at all. As I said, it was the most romantic snowfall – perfect for a surprise proposal!

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Biancha + DanRustic Autumn Wedding at Spruce Meadows and Heritage Park

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year and this day did not disappoint. As a wedding and family photographer, I regularly check in on the weather to make sure everyone is prepared! With a threat of snow, wind and rain we planned for the worst! Heels were exchanged for cowboy boots, the girls got matching shawls, the guys brought along warm jackets and the family had steaming Tim Hortons coffee and some delicious add-in’s (like BAILEYS!!) to make sure everyone would be comfortable outdoors during the photos. Although it was chilly, the snow held off almost the entire day with just a small bluster of light flakes that fell on Biancha and Dan at the end of their day reminding them of Striker. Their day was full of beautiful sentiments and you can see the love in all of their photos. Scroll through to see their incredible first look and private vow exchange surrounded by Calgary’s golden yellow trees.

Officiant: Carole Bedard (French & English)
Ceremony Venue: Spruce Meadows 
Reception Venue: Heritage Park Wainwright Hotel
Make-Up: Obsidian Artistry
Wedding Dress: Novia Mia
Bridesmaid Dresses: LuLu’s
Tux/Suits: Tip Top Tailors

When your family decorates your vintage ride for the wedding day…

When I first met Biancha and Dan, they told me that they wanted to do a private vow exchange prior to their ceremony. I love when couples know themselves well enough to honor the significance of their marriage in ways that are both personal and celebrated with friends and family. For some, the best thing is that first look at the isle. For others, having all those eyes watching can be overwhelming, distracting you from being fully present with the person right in front of you. For Biancha and Dan, a first look and private vow exchange in the autumn beauty of Fish Creek was just perfect. It gave them space to react and interact, to say what needed to be said, and to share the intimacy of their commitment.

The British House at Spruce Meadows blew me away! It is an elegant wedding venue with white walls and stunning chandeliers and – best of all (ESPECIALLY as a wedding photographer) – it has an entire wall of windows letting in so much natural light!!

And off to Heritage Park for the party!!

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Phil + MeaganDrumheller, AB Sunset & Smoke Bomb Engagement Photography Session

A little while ago, I mentioned on Instagram (@ashley_daphne) that I would love to adventure with a couple around the Albertan badlands. A few days later Meagan and Phil messaged me about doing this for their engagement photos! I WAS SO EXCITED! As a couple and wedding photographer, this is pretty much the dream. Having the complete trust of your couple and complete creative freedom… it’s incredible.

I grabbed my gear and we carpooled out, enjoying the beautiful drive. We tried new things and explored one of the most overlooked landscapes in Alberta just for them. There was so much to see and try, I couldn’t help but give them a little bit of everything – intimate poses, fun interaction, epic smoke bombs, large landscape, sun glow, hoodoos and cacti – well, little cacti anyway haha. Enjoy the variety and creativity! And if anyone else wants to head out to this stunning landscape for a session… please contact me!!!

…and now for wandering deep into the badlands for the perfect spot to use the smoke bomb!

Doesn’t it look like they are under the sea?

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Katelyn + BrodieAdventurous Calgary Zoo Wedding

Ever wondered what to do for your guests to avoid an awkward break between the ceremony and reception? How about choosing a venue where your guests get to wander the amazing sights of the Calgary Zoo! It was a stunning location for Katelyn and Brodie’s wedding day and I was ecstatic about every single sight we chose for their wedding photography. I must admit, as a wedding photographer, I have had my fingers crossed hoping that one day I would get the privilege of photographing a wedding at the Calgary Zoo! I mean, you can’t just walk in with a bride and groom and take photos any day of the week… otherwise every photographer would be doing that! The venue is that incredible!

From the manicured gardens where Katelyn and Brodie said “I do!” to the dinosaur jungle and tropical rainforest, the ladies posed with class and the guys were totally suave… at least for a split second until they were back to being goofs and making Star Wars references. (See if you can find all the Star Wars references as you scroll through!) I think my favorite moment from the entire day was when Brodie admitted that he had originally filled his speech with as many Star Wars references as he could think of but, as he gave his wife-edited speech, he told us that he couldn’t decide whether he was disappointed Katelyn wouldn’t let him use the references or proud of the fact that since they started dating she had learned enough about Star Wars to find every single one and cross them out of his speech!

Oddly enough, I think their cake topper says it all. (Another reference you might recognize!) At the end of the day, there is so much significance in knowing by someones actions how loved you truly are. The trust and freedom that comes in not needing to hear them say “I love you,” but rather hearing those words as one act of love amidst a thousand others is the greatest experience of love – an experience that leaves you saying, “I know.”

 

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Ana + AlejandroMoraine Lake & Rimrock Resort Wedding, Banff, AB

Ana and Alex chose what is arguably one of the most picturesque locations in all of Canada for their first look and wedding photography. But why wouldn’t you when you have traveled all the way from the UK? You can bet I was THRILLED when this incredible couple asked me to be their wedding photographer!!

The Rocky Mountains meant more to Alex and Ana than just the stunning view. Living on separate continents while dating meant that visits were rare and treasured. One of these visits was their first road trip together in Kootenay, BC in the Rocky Mountains. They decided to welcome family from all over the world to celebrate with them at this unforgettable location – many who would meet for the first time.

It was so easy to get swept up in the excitement of their day as every guest evidently shared in the emotion of this significant day in Ana and Alex’s relationship. It is such a pleasure to photograph people who are so fully present in a moment – especially one like this long-awaited milestone and the celebration to follow. It was THE BEST celebration we have ever photographed! Scroll through to the end to see what their family planned for la hora loca – the crazy-hour! A Peruvian tradition to reignite the energy at 11:00pm to keep the party going!

 

A family member so kindly lent the couple this car for their wedding day! So, of course, we stopped on a roadside pull-off with a great view to snap a few shots as a thank-you!

 

Venue: Rimrock Resort Hotel
Officiant: Greg McCombs
Florist: Stephanie Tiani of Lavish YYC
Wedding Dress: Riki Dalal London
Bridesmaid Dresses: Coast London
Tux/Suits: Moore’s
DJ: Ben Marasco of Velocity Entertainment Experience

 

A little backstory for you…

In our consultation, Ana and Alex told me they were going to do a choreographed tango as the entrance to their reception! Uh… HECK YES I would love to photograph that! Here is the best part: while they were dating, Alex took secret dance lessons for a YEAR so he could dance with her. He said to me, “I could either sit on the side and watch her dance with other people for the rest of my life, or I could figure this out.” And he did. Their self-choreographed routine was captivating and definitely stands out as the most epic reception entrance I have ever seen!

 

 

Well if that isn’t spectacular, I don’t know what is! Who needs TLC wedding shows when you get to see this… and photograph it!!! Haha. Now, onto speeches and slideshows! And, of course, the long-awaited reveal of the “la hora loca!” Which may have involved Darth Vader doing the limbo…

 

I hope you enjoyed experiencing a glimmer of this incredible day. Congratulations to you, Alex and Ana. It was our honor to be a part of the such a significant day in your lifelong adventure.

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Mark + JoyTwo Families Become One, Al Azhar Wedding, Calgary, AB

There is something sweet about helping your daughters try on your veil as you get ready, having your son walk you down the isle and listening to your kids steal the show sharing hilarious stories at your reception. As a wedding photographer, these are the moments that have us holding in all the sappy feelings behind our cameras as we watch the day unfold. These two families became one and it was a long awaited day full of celebration. Some might say it was a joyous occasion marked with many memorable moments. Or at least that’s what my husband said with a ‘punny’ grin on his face. But in all seriousness, it was one of the best days. Surrounded by friends, family, and their children, Joy and Mark – a perfect match as their friends would say – sealed their commitment to each other and their wonderful kids.

Wedding Dress: Alfred Young Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Nine West
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Young Bridal
Make-Up: Adoniaa Beauty
Hair: Hammerheadz Salon
Suits: Moore’s

 

Ceremony Venue: Glamorgan Church
Officiant: Pastor Dawkins

Reception Venue: Al Azhar Shrine Centre
Wedding Day Coordinator: Ryan from Al Azhar Shrine Centre
Caterer: Indulge Catering

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Meghan + DrewIntimate Reader Rock Garden's Wedding in Calgary, AB

Meghan and Drew have this energy together. They seem to thrive off each other and their zest for life. You can see it in their genuine laughter and authentic reactions. They are in this together. In fact, they had to make a decision whether to have a large wedding or buy a home and together they chose to buy a home which meant they had to re-envision what a wedding could look like. Meghan bought her dress from Mod Cloth, picked up her flowers at Costco that morning and arrived at their simply beautiful ceremony venue, Reader Rock Gardens, where the couple’s family and two best friends awaited the celebration. Unlike the many styled shoots and grand weddings we see online and in magazines, the pictures below show you the wedding everyone really wants. The one with love that is alive between two people and celebrated by their loved ones. No matter what your guest list looks like, where you get married, or how many DIY projects you did, it really is about the two of you, your love, your commitment, your vows and those who vow to support you.

Officiant: Susan Hamilton
Venue: Reader Rock Gardens
Wedding Dress: Mod Cloth
Bridesmaid Dress: David’s Bridal
Suits: Derks

And just one more for kicks…

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Vance + DawnElegant Rouge Restaurant Calgary Wedding

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You know love when you see it. Vance and Dawn, along with her daughter and son who walked her down the isle, officially became a family and the joy on their faces as they embraced in a family huddle after the ceremony was one of the most beautiful things I have witnessed this wedding season. Vance and Dawn had an intimate wedding in the gardens of Rouge. Despite pending rain clouds, the sun broke through. (Although I am pretty sure if you collected all the tears during the ceremony it may have made up for it :P) Even if it had been pouring, nothing could have dampened the joy or significance of this moment.

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Venue: Rouge Restaurant
Officiant: Jerry Stilson
Bride’s Rings: Designs by Manuel
Groom’s Ring: Calgary Jewellery
Florist: Oasis Flowers
Wedding Dress: Ted Baker
Tie & Pocket Square: Harry Rosen

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If you like what you see, come follow along on FB and Instagram @ashley_daphne!

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Heather + TylerUrban and Vibrant Non-Traditional Deane House Calgary, AB Wedding

When we are looking for our soul-mate, we dream of the adventure.

Then we meet them and dare to live it.

Make-Up: Angela McIntosh | Makeup Artist & Pro Makeup Mentor
Hair: Annah Gagnon from RedBloom Salon | East Village
Wedding Dress: The Bridal Experience Boutique
Rings: Alberta Diamond Exchange
Ring Boxes: Dark Horse Gifts
Florist: Fern & Frond (Chelsea Hogan)
Hankerchief: LovelyHankies2015
Bride’s Shoes: John Fluevog Shoes
Tux + Suits: Derks Formals
Bridesmaid Dresses: eShakti

Invitations: Pink Umbrella Designs
Venue + Catering: Deane House
Wedding Officiate: Jerry Stilson
Cake & Macaroon Favors: Pretty Sweet Bakeshop
Welcome Sign + Guest Book – Little W Studio

 

To your forever, congratulations Heather + Tyler.

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Elise & JordanSophisticated Downtown Calgary Engagement Photography Session

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As a wedding photographer I have been asked, “What would you rather do: attend the wedding of a super close friend or photograph it?” I can’t decide! There is something so special about just taking it all in but one of my favorite ways to celebrate is to get behind my lens and capture the moment! However, when Elise asked if I would be her Maid of Honor, it was hands down a no-brainer! I cannot wait to be a part of her wedding party and support them as they exchange some “toit nups!”

Since I will be in the photos with Elise and Jordan (wahoo!), we couldn’t miss out on doing engagement photos together! Elise had always dreamed of photos at these arches in downtown Calgary and it was honestly the perfect spot for this couple. Classy. Sophisticated. Romantic-stylez. Unfortunately, I can’t share our favorite photos because they are a secret for their STD’s (save-the-date’s). Which is totally cool. Coolcoolcoolcoolcool. So, pop on over and follow me on Facebook or Instagram (@ashley_daphne) where I will share them as soon as I am allowed to!! (And if you didn’t catch on, we are Brooklyn 99 fans! If you haven’t seen it, binge watch that magic now!)

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Emily & Graham

The picturesque Rocky Mountains never disappoint. I have driven out to the mountains for my own maternity photos, for engagement sessions, for senior portrait sessions and more but this was my VERY FIRST time as a wedding photographer, photographing a destination Rocky Mountain wedding in Canmore and Kananaskis!!! It is a wedding photographers dream! And what was even better is that I have a connection to this couple from years ago so being able to witness and photograph this wedding was extremely special.

Enjoy looking through the photos and sharing in these special moments with Emily & Graham!

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Venue: Bill Warren Training Center
Florist: Willow Flower Co.
Hair: Lilies and Lace
Wedding Dress: Urban Bride Delivered
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tux & Suits: Le Chateau
Stationary: Vistaprint
Cupcakes: Crave Cupcakes
Caterer: Bow Valley Gormet
Officiate: Tim Moore

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I love when couples are bold enough to include the most significant relationships in their wedding party – even if it means they have to forego the traditional “guys on one side, girls on the other.” Worried about colors? Look how seamlessly the groom’s sister’s grey dress fits in! I love it!

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Emily and Graham planned their day so thoughtfully. They incorporated the bride’s grandfather’s typewriter, hand painted details and the cross of Jesus to symbolize the significance of their faith in marriage. There were excited nerves all morning but an overwhelming peace going into the ceremony. They knew this was exactly where they wanted to be.

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A wedding reception can’t happen without a surprise or two! The first was from the bride’s parents who decided to sing and play the ukulele to “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler as a surprise first dance for E & G which was so incredibly sweet.

The second surprise was unexpected and hilarious. This wedding was classy, don’t get me wrong. But it was also full of goofs. And nerds. So let’s just say that when the Father of the Bride and Best Man start a spontaneous speech with “We didn’t know until today, but both of us really enjoy doing Yoda impressions!” you know you are in for a good time! Apparently, great marriage advice, Yoda gives!

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Congrats Emily & Graham!!
It was such an honor to be a part of your day. May God be the one that binds you together in all of your love, your adventures, your struggles and your joys. Continue being your sophisticated goofy selves. Love Ashley.

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