The Graham’s Beautiful Country Wedding

Posted on August 19, 2010

Excuse me if I’m a little biased, but I am posting a LOT of beautiful wedding images in this post!  The bias comes into play simply for the fact that these were taken at my sister’s wedding… therefore I found it much too difficult to narrow down to only a handful of photos.  You may recall the engagement session, also taken at their farm near Warner.  Such a beautiful place in the country, with so many lovely backgrounds to use. 

This particular wedding story was made possible by a lot of quick planning and action, since Denise and Jeremy set the date a mere month before it was to happen!!!  WOW!  They did a lot of work (with our Mom and Dad’s support a lot of the time!) to get the farm and preparations ready in time.  The results were well worth the effort in my opinion, as you’ll see reflected in the photos! 

The wedding ceremony was held in the couples’ backyard, with immediate family and a couple of very special friends present… very beautiful.  Their officiant was so great too, pleasant, patient and just the nicest lady… she did a wonderful job of making the ceremony very personal and meaningful for Denise and Jeremy. 

My daughter was their flowergirl and boy oh baby, was she excited!!!  Being such a tomboy, we were all pleasantly surprised with, not only her willingness, but insistance on wearing the cutest little flowergirl dress, sparkly shoes and prettied up hair!  It was a special occasion indeed, and she was thrilled to finally be able to call our new family member “Uncle” Jeremy!

The Wedding Ceremony at the Graham Farm

The night before the wedding ceremony, we headed over to the farm to finish up a few last minute details.  I got to help make the bride’s bouquet, the flowergirl’s bouquet, as well as corsages for the groom and all of the couple’s immediate family attending the ceremony!  There’s just something I love about creating arrangements and floral pieces… fun!  Plus, a little ladybug settled itself into my sister’s bouquet that morning also… a sign of good luck!  Perfect timing.

Wedding Flowers and More Flowergirl Images!

Once the wedding ceremony was finished, we began the celebrations with a few bottles of champagne… that chose to open themselves one by one due to the heat we experienced that day.  Needless to say, we were all “on guard” with our heads up, making sure no one got popped in the head with a rogue cork!  haha!  Champagne in hand, we took lots of family photos and then of course the majority of Denise and Jeremy’s wedding portraits around the farm.  The wedding reception was held at Ric’s Grill which is located in Lethbridge, Alberta… it’s really cool there!  The restaurant was built inside the old water tower, and while we were there, we were able to watch some of the Snowbird’s Airshow through the huge windows… it was an unforgettable experience!

Wedding Reception and Celebration

Wedding Portraits

Once we got back to the farm, the party really started with the arrival of many of Denise and Jer’s awesome friends!  Lots of people brought their trailers and stayed overnight, including us!  We visited, watched the kids playing on the wonderful playground and had a great bonfire late that night as well.  It was probably the BEST midnight lunch EVER… hot dogs and roasted marshmallows… mmmmm.  Even our little flowergirl stayed up into the wee hours of the morning, having the time of her life!

I can’t go without mentioning the very unique wedding cake as well… which I offered to make, not knowing fully what I was getting myself into!  Oh boy.  Apparently I told Denise to challenge me, that I could make absolutely whatever her heart desired… haha!  (It’s true though, I really wanted her to have exactly what she wanted that day… and was willing to do whatever it took to make it so.)  She and Jeremy decided on a two-tiered, square cake with a western flair!  Covered in fondant layers, made to look like leather, with leather straps, stitching and even heart-shaped conchos… completely edible from top to bottom.  Well, minus the bronze saddle and rope cake base which our Dad created!  The cake was a success, and everyone enjoyed eating it up… although most were horrified that we were going to cut into it at all!  haha!

The Western Wedding Cake

Close to sunset, Jeremy, Denise and I took a little trek to the top of their huge hill behind the farmyard… just to get a few more wedding portraits with the amazing view!  I have to say that I am THRILLED we got to do them… this one is possibly my favorite!

I hope you two enjoyed the day as much as we did, and want to say thankyou for making Hayden a big part of your wedding especially.  She will remember that day forever, I have no doubt.  I was honoured to be able to make these images for you, as well as standing up for you as a witness.  You have our support in every way, always. 

We love you guys xoxo

 

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Gorgeous “Geldreich” Maternity Session in Bow Island

Posted on August 2, 2010

I had the pleasure of getting together with Ellen and Todd last week, to get one more item on their “List of Things To Do Before Baby Arrives” checked off… a beautiful maternity photo session!  These first time parents have less than one month left before their little one makes her debut into the world… and isn’t Ellen seriously looking gorgeous?!  Wanting more traditional photos, we started this session in my “home studio” with a simple white background… perfect choice, I just love how these ones turned out!  Although, I also really like the natural setting of the park that is located right down the back alley from our house!  We chose an area with an “alley” of beautiful trees to finish our photo session… really love these ones too, and they still have a traditional feel to them I think.

With the combination of these parents, this baby is definitely going to have beautiful blue eyes also I’m sure… I can’t wait to meet her!  Ellen and Todd, I hope that I honestly captured this piece of time for you, so you can always look back and remember what it was like.  Enjoy your next month of preparations and waiting ;)   Make sure you take the time to go out for dinner at least one more time together… just the two of you.  Ellen, take as many nice long baths as you can, read a great book and rest up.  You are heading into the best time of your life, and you will need as much energy as possible to enjoy every sweet minute of caring for and loving your little girl… best wishes for her safe arrival.  Take care xo 

Maternity Photos Taken “In Studio”

Outdoor Baby Belly Photos!

 

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