Sonia and Mike

Last week I photographed Sonia and Mike on their big day – and what great weather for an outdoor wedding it turned out to be! Calgary went from ‘Severe Thunderstorm Watch!’ to ‘Meh.’ to ‘Awesome!’ in under 24 hours, which is pretty much normal… but no less stressful.

They chose simple and beautiful locations; from the hotel suites for their preparations, to Baker Park; which is a really popular spot in the NW that has a ‘sunbowl’ designed for just these kinds of gatherings, and Triwood Community Hall, which has a huge curved window wall that gives a ton of light in the evening. Thanks, guys – you made life for your photographer just a little bit easier! Here is a little bit of their day…

 

When the brides expression is this positive with just a couple of hours until the ceremony, you know good things are in store.

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They were going for the full hair-and-makeup treatment in their suite. Just one floor up the guys hadn’t even arrived yet!

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The gown has waited months for this day; their original date had to be postponed, and so they chose July 11th – they met at a 7-11!

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I’m really digging the retro film look. It really brings a serenity that surrounded her. No bridezilla here!

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Amanda is also a photographer – she managed to keep her dSLR handy all day, despite being in the wedding party!

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Some last minute preparations, and she is almost done… time to head upstairs and see what the boys are doing…

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The guys were almost ready… so a few tie-and-cuff shots later, and they were looking spiffy.

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Time for some quick portraits before the ceremony…

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…and then back downstairs again for the girls…

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Did I mention the harp player? No? I should have… another one of the simple touches that makes a big difference.

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The look on Mike’s face says it all… they managed to not see each other until now.

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Why do they call them the ‘Best Man’? They do things, often without being asked, that keep things running smoothly…

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Perfect weather. The ceremony started a bit late, but to me the timing was perfect.

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They were a fun bunch… it didn’t take much prodding to get them to loosen up…

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Let’s fast-forward a bit… at Triwood Community Hall and it’s mammoth windows…

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With her dress and her veil, Sonia really, really resembles the cake topper bride… Mike? Not so much… which is probably for the best, guessing at what’s in store for this little guy! ;)

 

Just a little time left for some relaxed retro-styled images …

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Congrats!

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8 Comments

  1. Charity blunden

    Thank you so much for doing such a great job to commemorate my brother and now sisters big day. The pictures are absolutely amazing. Great job!

  2. Irika Haywood

    The photos are absolutely beautiful!!

  3. Lori Haywood

    These are beautiful shots. The composition and lighting are perfect. That’s why you’re the professional…

  4. Absolutely brilliant! Cheers Noel

  5. Vicki Wearmouth

    Stunning! All of it!

  6. Par Bayat

    Love the Pictures!!

  7. Sonia Haywood

    Amazing work! Honestly couldn’t ask for better! Thank you Noel!

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