There’s just so much about today’s photoshoot designed and captured by Kristyn Harder Photography that I utterly love. It’s absolutely on point right now, as it shows gold at its finest, paired with hues of soft pink and mint. Literally colour combinations that describe my life right now. Kristyn paired up with some talented Calgary vendors to create two bridal looks that bring together glitter and gold, along with jeweled accents.
Says Kristyn: The concept for this styled bridal shoot was very personal – in fact, it was based on my own branding. I have just transformed my website, logo and overall look to better represent myself – I love gold, glitter, classic poses and looks, and natural concepts. I wanted two distinct looks for the brides – one slightly more fresh, young and natural with glitter/gold, and then the other look revolved around the gorgeous colored gown with sparkly, jewel accents. The natural light studio in Calgary that I rented was beautiful and bright, and the additions such as the bouquet, invitations and the props added a special touch to my vision.
Photography: Kristyn Harder Photography
Hair and makeup: The Studio by Jai Basi
Bouquet: Amborella Floral Studio
Dresses: Essence of Austrailia and Stella York (courtesy of Beautiful Bride)
Vintage props: Vintage Loved
Stationary: The Social Page
Feathers and gold/white taxidermy piece – DIY Projects
Often brides and grooms choose out-of-the-box ideas for their engagement sessions. But today, Lisa & Gabe had Laura Clarke Photography to capture them in their element, an ordinary day doing the things they love most. And I must say, it’s kind of refreshing.
Says Laura: They really wanted an engagement session that captured them in their element and what they love most: cooking, enjoying their urban neighbourhood and each other. We worked together to create a “Day in the Life” type session where we started at their home enjoying a typical weekend morning, then we went to the park where Gabe proposed to Lisa, and we finished with a grocery shop at Ruby Eats.
My fiancé and I met four years ago on a night out in the town. At first glance, I knew there was something special between us. After playing email tag we finally planned our first date and since then we’ve been happily together.
Just thinking back to the day Gabe proposed to me brings a huge smile to my face. The emotions that came through me during the proposal reassures me that we are meant for each other and that our love is unconditional. I found out after that the date of the proposal was actually moved around quite a few times due to weather. Gabe planned a dinner at the Ritz Carlton Toronto Hotel as it’s location is along the walking path to our home as well as Berczy Park, the location of our second date. As we were walking home Gabe stopped me at the fountain in Berczy Park and went down on one knee. Still in awe and excitement we decided to go across the street to our favorite local bar, Pravda, for celebratory drinks. Gabe lead me upstairs and drew back curtains to a back room to reveal our entire wedding party. I was speechless and thrilled that we could share this moment with our closest family and friends.
When we booked our engagement shoot with Laura from Laura Clarke Photography, we knew we wanted every aspect of the photos to reflect us and our life together – something we could look back on and remember our lifestyle at this time. With our busy lifestyles we both spend a lot of time at our work and away from each other so our home is where we unwind, relax and share our love for food and cooking. A typical weekend starts with us hanging around our kitchen island sipping coffee and nibbling on an easy, put-together charcuterie spread. We chat and catch up with each other and enjoy planning out our weekend and creating a grocery list based on our recipes for dinner. Our favorite place to shop for local and organic ingredients is at Ruby Eats.
We knew that Berczy Park had to be one of our photo shoot locations. It’s not only the spot where we had our second date and where Gabe proposed but we often have picnics there and relax on sunny days in the summer. It’s also a beautiful spot that makes up our neighbourhood that we’ll always have fond memories of.
I’ve been aching to share a wedding and today’s shared by Jennifer Bergman Weddings is just lovely. Captured by Nicole Ashley Photography, Lindsay and Ben’s wedding is dressed to the nines in detail in a cream and gold statement. Gotta love the playful addition of colourful hunter rain boots on the bridesmaids!
Ceremony Venue: St. Albert Parish
Reception Venue: Matrix Hotel
Coordination: Jennifer Bergman Weddings
Photographer: Nicole Ashley Photography
Rentals: Special Event Rentals / River City Event Rentals
Stationery: Bride’s Sister
Transportation: Revolution Limousines
Duelling Pianists: Jesse Peters and Tiff Hall
Hair: Jennifer Chivers
Makeup: Anita Gill
Gown: Novelle Bridal, Tara Keely
Alia and Jamie are avid campers. So it was only fitting that they asked Julia Park Photography to capture a camping engagement session. The two will be backpacking across Thailand for their honeymoon!
Says Julia: We created an inspiration board, and made started working on it! Alia and Jamie chose the location themselves, based on their camping experience. Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area in a beautiful place, yet really close to the city.
Location: Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area, Toronto Area, ON
Photographer: Julia Park Photography