Kasondra & Greg’s Engagement {Taber Engagement Photographer}

Posted on January 6, 2011

Kasondra and Greg are good friends of my sister and brother in law… you may have seen them here and there in THIS post from my sister’s wedding this past summer!  They are a fun loving, crazy couple who seem to be completely meant for each other and I’m so happy for them as they plan their wedding for later on this year.  We took their engagement photos on a chilly day at the beginning of December, but the cold fingers and toes were worth the beautiful photos we created!  Enjoy, and Congratulations you two!

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Snowy Engagement Session {Medicine Hat Engagement Photographer}

Posted on January 5, 2011

I don’t think that we could have had a colder day to take these engagement photos near the river in Medicine Hat… seriously.  These two were so tough though, and really wanted to see through our ideas for their session, so we braved the cold and snow for the beautiful results!  I am really happy that the couple’s love and silliness were captured in their photos.  Congratulations once again to the two of you!

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Ready for Christmas? {Medicine Hat Photographer}

Posted on November 5, 2010

Soooo, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but… there are only 49 shopping days left until Christmas!  EEP!  I haven’t even gotten as far as asking my loved ones what they would like this year.  Seriously have to get on top of this situation soon…

But don’t worry, I have a great idea for you!  This is a gift for your… parents, grandparents, children, best friends… really, anybody.  (And if you’re the lady of the house… send this link to your hubby, they need a little help in the “perfect gift” area sometimes ;)

Call or email for more details on how you can give “The Perfect Gift” this Christmas!  I look forward to hearing from and working with a lot of happy “Giftees” in the New Year!!

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Anniversary Photos by the River {Medicine Hat Photographer}

Posted on November 3, 2010

You might remember this awesome couple from a session I posted last November to celebrate their wedding!  We found a beautiful variety of locations in Elkwater last year, but this time around, to celebrate their One Year Anniversary, we stayed a little closer to home.  These photos were taken near the Torres’ new home, along the river in Medicine Hat where they often walk their adorable dogs!  We had such a beautiful evening and caught the prettiest light… LOVED this session so much and can’t wait until their 2nd Anniversary ;)   Congratulations guys!

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Any Roughrider Fans Out There?! {Medicine Hat Wedding Photographer}

Posted on October 28, 2010

So… on pretty short notice, I agreed to second shoot an awesome wedding with Kristen in Medicine Hat back in September (if you check out her link, you’ll see her sneak peek from the same wedding… and you might see a few of my shots from the day there too :) ).  The ceremony and reception were held at Higdon Hall, and the decor that this couple arranged was just the coolest… from the drapes, lanterns, the Bride’s prized truck collection adorning the tables to the “buffet candy table” all in Roughrider green… it looked amazing in there!  Despite the extreme wind we had to venture out in for portraits, everything turned out really well and it was a wonderful day.  Thanks to Kristen for inviting me along, and thanks to Kristin and Derek, and their families for really making us feel welcome and sharing this awesome day with us!  Cheers!

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Unique Downtown Medicine Hat Wedding {Medicine Hat Wedding Photographer}

Posted on September 18, 2010

When Marie contacted me well before her and Graham’s wedding, and told me all the details that they had planned… I was so excited to take their wedding photos!  The park, the unique use of peacock feathers in decor and floral arrangements, the sand ceremony, the music… everything was incredible.  Riverside Veteran’s Memorial Park in Medicine Hat, the site of the wedding ceremony itself was perfect… and little did I know that Graham’s Mom would have had SO MANY beautiful baskets of flowers brought in and arranged around the fountain, especially for them.  It was absolutely stunning!  They also had lots of personal touches in the ceremony, including a wonderful minister, beautiful music supplied by a close friend, and of course their three dogs… dressed appropriately for the occasion!  Too cute.  Once the ceremony was finished, the bride and groom, along with their awesome wedding party, spent a couple of hours with me in downtown Medicine Hat for the wedding portraits.  They were such good sports in the extreme heat that afternoon, and we had a great time getting some awesome photos and making memories for Marie and Graham.  I am so happy with the way these photos tell the story of the entire wedding day, and sincerely wish the new Mr. and Mrs. Hart the best of luck for a wonderful new life together!  It was a beautiful day guys, and thank you for letting me be part of it.


“Getting Ready”, Wedding Day Preparations

Unique Wedding Details

The Wedding Ceremony, Riverside Veteran’s Memorial Park, Medicine Hat

Wedding Portraits, Downtown Medicine Hat

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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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Samuel & Marjorie’s Sweet Wedding in Medicine Hat

Posted on July 29, 2010

Another wonderful wedding… Oh my gosh!  I was so excited to once again be second shooter for Melissa, and really happy that it involved taking Marjorie and Samuel’s wedding ceremony photos.  The main reason I was so excited about this one in particular, was that Melissa had told me in advance, “This Bride and Groom are so easy going, and really just want to BE married!”  She was absolutely right.  I didn’t notice nerves of any sort before they walked down the aisle… only pure love and giddy happiness to become man and wife.  It was so beautiful and refreshing!  The ceremony was held at Temple Baptist Church in Medicine Hat, and although those rain clouds were threatening, everything turned out perfectly.  The church looked amazing, with lights all over the walls and ceiling, lit up like stars in the sky… divine.  The flowergirls and ringbearers stole the show (with their ties, frilly gowns and flower adorned little red wagon)… until the bride entered the room.  Samuel’s face lit up and Marjorie was so excited just to see him waiting for her at the altar, that I actually thought she might take off running to him :)   Good thing her Dad was there by her side to keep everything in check!  haha!  The wedding dress was to die for too… and suited Marjorie for sure.  The corsages for the groomsmen were unique too, using bamboo for the base.  Really cool.  AND their “getaway” car was fabulous too!  Extremely cool, and complete with a gift of champagne for the couple, from their driver!  Anyways, I could go on and on about the special details of this wonderful day, so for now… here are some of my photos to show not only some details, but also a few special moments.  Thank you for letting me be part of your day, it was truly an honour and a joy!


The Groom and his Groomsmen, hanging around being “boys” before and after the ceremony!


The touching wedding ceremony at Temple Baptist Church in Medicine Hat


Beautiful details… wedding car, bridal bouquet and champagne to celebrate their marriage!


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Beautiful Engagement Photos, Country Style

Posted on July 12, 2010

I had the privilege to take these beautiful engagement photos in the country on a huge farm near Warner, Alberta.  This is possibly the cutest engaged couple that I have photographed to date, and just being around them for five minutes will tell anyone how madly in love they really are.  They bought their farm a year ago, and it is so incredible!  Aside from all of their land that surrounds it, the yard is full of mature trees, bushes, perennial gardens and great little “coves” tucked in here and there… perfectly designed for taking awesome photographs.  It was so much fun hunting around for the best places to test out for Denise and Jeremy’s engagement session!

We started out front in their trees, in a few of the secret hideaways we found (trying to stay out of the light rain that just had to grace us with it’s presence that day).  It didn’t take long for them to get comfortable and just “be” together, so I got a lot of great images right off the bat!  We did have to relocate two of their dogs however, who just couldn’t resist getting cozy with their family while I had the couple sitting on the ground for a few casual shots.  It was pretty funny!  Then, when we were sure the rain had passed, we headed out to the barn.  The light was so nice in the doorway, and I just loved the photos we got up in the barn’s loft too… so gorgeous and romantic.

I loved being able to take your engagement photos you guys… and can’t wait to try out a few more of the great locations out there for your wedding very soon!  A wedding on the farm… what could be better?  So excited!  I hope you adore and cherish these images as much as I enjoyed creating them for you.  You know that I love you and am so grateful that you have found the love of your life and best friend in each other, and I feel blessed to be a witness to your marriage and happiness.  xoxo

p.s… for those of you who don’t know this yet… Denise is my sister, and Jeremy is my soon-to-be brother!




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