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All I have to say is WOW! We had the honour and pleasure to spend an amazing day with an amazing couple! I had such fun with the whole crew and these guys were up for absolutely anything I suggested including a Wendy’s stop for food and sitting on a rather gross chair in an alley. Congratulations Danette and Sabu! Hope you’re enjoying your honeymoon in the sun.

Big hugs!

Rachel

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Taken during the Indian Christian Orthodox Ceremony.

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At Wendy’s downtown waiting for our food…

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This little guy at Wendy’s couldn’t keep his eyes off of Danette. He was there with his older brother and dad and I asked permission to take his photo and here is one of the shots I got. His eyes and lips are so adorable and he’s just soooo cute!!

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Check out the airplane in the sky.

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Father and daughter dance. I just LOVE Danette’s smile here!

Kristy and Trevor are perfect for each other. I really enjoyed witnessing their written vows and ceremony on Kristy’s parents property out in Sturgeon County. They had an early evening ceremony followed by a short portrait session and reception. We took photos in the field on the property and both Kristy and I tripped but I ended up spraining my ankle. 😦 I also sat with my old junior high social studies teacher, volleyball & basketball coach. It was so fun to catch up with Ms. Kennedy! Kristy and Trevor had the most elegantly decorated tent and I thoroughly enjoyed all the details that went into this big day. Congratulations K & T and I hope you’re having a fabulous honeymoon in Jamaica!! Enjoy my favorites from your wedding.

Hugs, Rachel

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One of my favorite images of Kristy’s shoes.

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Before the ceremony….

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Nervous and happy!! It’s about to happen!

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Trevor getting ready…definitely more relaxed than the ladies as he’s playing wii!

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The boys on their way to the ceremony.

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The ladies before the ceremony…

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This is definitely one of my favorites from the day as Kristy is coming down the rocks to meet Trevor for the first time during the processional. Their smiles are huge with the sun in the background casting a warm glow.

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This is the second wedding on my double header wedding date of July 25th. Here are my favorites from details to fun candids on their gorgeous wedding day. I seriously am in love with Jill’s hair piece and really enjoyed giving her images a more vintage look and feel. Thanks for an amazing day despite the scorching sun and heat we experienced! Congratulations to you both and I look forward to seeing you soon when you’re in Edmonton again.

Big hugs,
Rachel

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Taken at the Westin Hotel’s Saskatchewan Room during the ceremony.

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Blake, my assistant, bought the bridal party popsicles when the ice cream truck pulled up while I was photographing Jill and Vinesh.

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Yay! I love the Sugarbowl!!! Such refreshing drinks and fabulous atmosphere. This is where Jill and Vinesh had their very first date. 🙂

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Jill is a die hard Riders fan!!

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The incredible candy table! Mmm…caramels.

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Come on everyone! Let’s party!!

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And that’s exactly what they did!

I have finished editing J and PC’s wedding today and am so excited to share some of my favorites from their big day that took place on July 25th. This was a wedding I personally did not photograph, but I’ve done all the editing. My colleagues Aaron and Lane did the capturing of this amazing day. They got married at Laurier Heights Baptist Church where my husband and I got married 8 years ago on the very same weekend. Their reception was at the Hotel MacDonald in the Empire Ballroom.

Thanks for trusting us Jenny and Pierre-Charles to capture your wedding!

Lots of love, Rachel

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Aaron and Blake did a fabulous job capturing Jason and Jessica’s outdoor wedding. Jessica looks fabulous on the hood of the corvette and the shots at sunset turned out so warm and splendid. Thanks Aaron and Blake for getting all the moments of J & J’s wedding.

J + J: Congratulations to you both and I look forward to completing the edits and designing your album.Here are some of my favorites from your wedding day from beginning to end!

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Here are the guys before the ceremony.

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The series of the “watermelon splat” on the highway from the wedding car.

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Jessica’s detail of her dress…

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The bridesmaids before the ceremony.

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Waiting for the train to pass…

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This was my first Indian Orthodox wedding and  I had a fabulous day! From the prayers in the morning with all of Deepti’s family to the New York Yankee’s themed entrance at the Radisson, it was a fun day! Here are some of my favorite images from the day. Congratulations Deepti and Jake and I wish you all the best in NYC.

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Yes!!!! These ARE the shoes…ok – only those of you who are shoe lovers will recognize these. They are the blue shoes from the Sex and The City movie (Manolo Blahnik’s). 🙂 They are gorgeous!

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Before the ceremony Deepti was blessed in her family home with friends and family present. Her sister and parents are behind her.

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The ceremony was held in the church St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish.

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I love this image of Deepti’s younger sister and maid of honour during the ceremony.

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The priest is blessing Deepti during the necklace ceremony.

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Deepti’s gorgeous Sari is placed on her head. It was very heavy and weighs about 5-10 lbs.

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Jake ties the min pendant around Deepti’s neck during the ceremony. The threads used are from Deepti’s sari and she wears the necklaces all day.

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First stop was the second last day of the Fringe Festival in Old Strathcona. We had fun walking through there briefly and taking photos.

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The awesome bridal party!

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I loved the light at Commerce Place – the sun was setting and bouncing off the red/orange glass of Scotia place.

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Hilarious family, fun bridal party, loving couple….what more could one need on a wedding day? We certainly had an amazing time with Felice and Jon today and I hope you enjoy the images I chose from the day. We’re off in the morning to shoot the tea ceremony and banquet. It will be a great day!

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Grandma taking a photo of Felice while she was getting ready at the Campus Tower Hotel.

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A kiss overlooking Folk Fest and the downtown skyline. We enjoyed listening to the music while taking family portraits this afternoon on Strathearn Drive.

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Blake, my awesome assistant, took this one and you can see me shooting on the edge in action. 🙂

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We stopped for a quick drink at the Sugarbowl before the wedding ceremony which was at All Saints Cathedral downtown early in the evening.

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Blake took this shot of Jon and Felice as we were driving side by side on our way to the church. So fun!

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Considering two of these guys are engineers and one is a Dr. in cell biology they had a bit of a tough time figuring out the new parking machine. Thanks for paying for my parking btw!

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I just love this image of Felice five minutes before the ceremony is to begin.

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We followed J & F immediately following the ceremony on the way to their cars and got this shot of them turning around and smiling at us. It was a beautiful ceremony with glorious music sung by their friend Mel with Jeremy Spurgeon on piano. Splendid!

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The cake. Mmmm….tiramisu cake.

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Their unique wedding rings that separate. Very cool! I love this shot on the tips of the fence posts.

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What an amazing day! It was seriously one of the most fun and laid back weddings I’ve ever been to – ever! We had an early start to the day and had a noon ceremony at the Royal Glenora Club followed by multiple locations for portraits and then back to the Club for the reception. Here’s a visual sneak peek at their wedding day not necessarily in chronological order!

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Doris putting her gorgeous Swarovski earrings on.

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At the ceremony in the Strathcona Room at the RGC.

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This is one of my favorites of the day!

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Yep! Climbing the wall at MEC…we all had so much fun in there and the MEC employees were really helpful and were very enthusiastic along with us. Thanks Blake for setting this up for us!

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I love how you can really see the length of Doris’ dress and how it hangs so elegantly in this shot.

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You have to get a shot in the tent of course!!

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And one with the bridal party hiding in between the sleeping bags poking their heads out. 🙂

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Then off to Second Cup for some iced drinks…

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The dashing fellows at the U of A.

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Another absolute favorite one of mine!

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Off to Da Capo for some gelato….mmmm…I had the bacio (hazelnut and chocolate) and the lemon was a favorite amongst the party. This was a much desired and needed stop after we took a lot of photos on campus.

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Eating their gelato inside the air conditioned cafe….Sigh.

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Cliff at Redbike was gracious enough to let our couple go for a little bike ride together. This was super sweet!!! Thanks Blake again for making this happen and to Cliff and the guys there as well. You rock! PS. If any of you are ever shopping for bikes, definitely check out Redbike. Awesome guys, service and bikes!

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The first dance.

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