Category Archives: weddings.
Last weekend Shawna and Erik were married at the always-charming Emerald Lake Lodge in the heart of Yoho National Park. Over the years I’ve learned that April weather can be completely unpredictable and to be ready for ANYTHING on a wedding day. We completely lucked out – beautiful temperatures, calm skies and soft light…what a great way to kick off my 2015 shooting season.
Wonderful second shooter: Jennifer Jones ..many of the images below are by her.
The girls’ makeup was done by Jenna Anderson, they all looked so great.
We decided to leave the Lodge area and head to the Natural Bridge and town of Field for the photo shoot.
Stationery by Pink Umbrella.
Callandra from Postcard Weddings had the lodge looking great.
Erik and Shawna rented the entire island on Emerald Lake…every nook and cranny of the lodge was decked out so nicely.
In case you were curious…the Flames win!
If you’ve been following along for a few years now, you’ll know that it’s become a bit of a tradition for me to wrap up year by digging through the JWPhoto archives to put together a little collection of my favourite snaps from the year past. […Okay, it's usually pretty long-winded…HIGH FIVE if you make it to the bottom of this one!] Over time, this has become quite an exercise in gratitude; just check out how happy, beautiful and in love all these people are. I sure am lucky to do what I do. So, as always…I must extend a huge thank you to each of the fun-loving, creative and incredibly kind couples who fell in love and invited me to their party here in the Rockies.
This year was a very special one for our family. [CLICK-CLICK for some personal highlights!] We welcomed Little Morris in January. This kid changed the dynamics in our life more than we could have ever imagined. His arrival prompted a beautiful slowdown in so many ways. I was so grateful to keep this business that I love so much up and running as I entered motherhood. At the same time, I was also thankful for a more relaxed pace that inspired us to get out and appreciate family time and our beautiful backyard more than ever before. [Is it just me, or does it seem kind of nuts that my life slowed down considerably when I added a newborn to the mix?!]
As we roll over to 2015 the focus will be much more of the same around here. I am accepting a few more wedding commissions for extra-awesome duos…and am wide open for all you lovely families hoping to be documented here in the mountains.
Here’s to 2015. XOX. Julie.
Pat and Alex were married the day following the best blizzard I’ve seen hit the Bow Valley in many years. It also happened to be one of the chillest days we’ve had in some time as well…even with the extreme temperatures it was such a perfect day. There’s no better place in Canmore for an intimate cozy winter wedding than the Bear and Bison Inn.
Second shooter: Lindsay Ross
Pat has so much man-style. He gave his dad a brother a bow-tie lesson.
Alex’s dress came from Frocks in Calgary and it was PERFECT on her. Seriously, this dress was made for this girl.
First look! It was a good one.
The bouquet including magpie feathers [Alex's favourite bird!] was made by a friend.
I don’t know what more you could hope for when planning a winter wedding…besides, maybe an extra 10-15C on the thermometer!
It was SO cold…but these guys were total troopers.
Before the ceremony, they shared their vows privately in a little nook back at the Inn.
Minus a bazillion degrees Celsius and they still settled on an outdoor ceremony…I love winter couples!
Following the ceremony there was some nibbles, mingling and speeches inside the cozy Inn for their closest friends and family.
The newlyweds had rad brand new Chucks for the party.
…after speeches wrapped up, everyone headed downtown to the Miner’s Hall where all their friends were waiting for the festivities to kick off.
…Pat had kind of been the emotional one all day…but when the walked in, I think it all finally hit Alex.
A sure sign of a very chilly winter wedding in the mountains…
As always, my friend and amazzzzing second shooter, Lindsay, did a top-notch job shooting along side me. Lindsay, you are great! Sooo many of these photos are by her…I can’t even keep track anymore.