Ariane & Scott hosted what I think was a nearly perfect wedding at Emerald Lake Lodge. The whole day was filled with incredible friends and family who had traveled from far and wide. The entire event was all about the two of them and their most favorite people. The day included a real-live choir [composed of talented family and friends], a house band [also made up of their multi-skilled family members and friends] and a sing along around the campfire. Ariane even had the foresight to schedule a naptime for herself halfway through the day so she would be able to party all night long – wisest bride EVER. The truth is, it rained for much of the day and the ceremony had to be moved from the patio to the indoors. These two were seriously so happy and unaffected by the less-than-ideal weather. I just love a bride and groom that can go with the flow while grinning from ear to ear.

Ariane and Scott worked alongside Callandra of Cherry Tree Occasions in the months leading up to their wedding to build an aesthetic feel for the day. They came up with a woodsy, eclectic and fun design that complimented the rustic, rich feeling in Cilantro, the room where their ceremony and diner party was held. It turned out just perfect!

Photos below by my great second shooter for the day, Peter.

Stephanie Roy was onsite to do hair and makeup for the gals.

Photo on the right by Peter.

Ariane looked just gorgeous, and I absolutely loved her chunky Swarovski necklace – it was her something borrowed.

The first look. I just LOVE the photos that come from doing a pre-ceremony reveal like this. Peter’s image.

The ceremony was performed by a very close family friend, Dittmar.

After the official ceremony was complete, Ariane’s father led the choir made up of close friends, family and the wedding party. Amazing. Music was a huge part of this wedding.

Every guy needs a photos of his bride looking at him like this, I think.

Just pouring. Time to call it quits and head in…

…wait, the sun! And a rainbow…a double rainbow! The newlyweds clearly cooperated for a couple final frames. Well worth it, I’d say.

Vases look familiar? Callandra and Ariane decided to use a selection of the vases, bottles and jars collected for our own recent wedding. I was so pleased to see these beautiful vessels get another use! Willow Haven provided the incredibly unique and quirky florals and the table runners were sewn by Ariane’s mum.

Remember their bicycle-themed engagement session? The couple carried the feel over to their stationary…designed by Scott himself! This talented duo possesses countless skills. I was so lucky to be seated with the Mundel family, who happen to live in Camrose….across the street from my Aunt Marian!

Callandra set up a cute little sweetheart table in the bay window of Cilantro for the newlyweds to share dinner.

Scott made this birdhouse which was their cardbox; the best part though, is that it’s actually a functioning birdhouse!

Callandra arranged a cozy s’more lounge out on the patio. Luckily it stopped raining later in the evening and guests were able to bundle up and enjoy a campfire.

This is exactly what I had imagined would have happened at our wedding if the weather would have been on our side – only this group is infinitely more talented in the voice department than our crew would have been. I’m so glad the rain finally let up after dinner so everyone was able to bundle up and head out to the patio!


  1. Wow, Julie – the photos are INCREDIBLE! We had SO much fun with you and all our dear friends and relatives. Love love love it!

  2. What fabulous photos! You caught and held the emotion and the spirit of the whole event and of Ariane and Scott sooo well. We were there for their day — such a gift to be transported right back to enjoy all the details and fun we all had through your artful photos. Merci.

  3. Julie, you did such a fantastic job here! You really nailed this one from start to end! I love so many of them that I cant pick a fav!

  4. I’m sat in the extremely rainy, wintry, UK, watching an electric storm – these are glorious reminder of an amazing weekend. You are such a talented photographer. kx

  5. ps. tweeted about it on my website! xx

  6. Gorgeous images! Really great scenery and amazing moments!

  7. Hello les chéris de l’ouest,
    Nous venons de “visiter” vos photos du jour J. BRAVO à chacun et merci de nous avoir communiqué ces belles images qui nous permettent de mieux imaginer cette belle fête. On vous attend par ici maintenant. Je vous embrasse fort de la part de toute notre petite famille.
    Petite , pas si petite !!! Claire et Johanne et Céline viennent de passer3 jours à la Fouly avec un temps superbe mais froid. Ici aussi, l’hiver arrive, cette nuit -2 et de la gelée blanche et du soleil dès le matin. Une merveille. On vous souhaite un bel automne et bises à vous deux. Béatrice et Bernard.

  8. We’re not sure how we missed seeing these lovely photographs for so long – but we’re glad to see them now. They are lovely reminders of a lovely marriage of lovely people in an altogether lovely setting.

    It sure would be nice to see a bit more of the two of you! We understand though how full your schedules are, including the excitement of a new house. Congratulations!

    Warmly (on a rainy May afternoon at Story’s Way)
    Jane and Jack