We met Della while shooting creative black and white portraits for a Grade 9 farewell at Lakeland Ridge School. She was in charge of organizing the youth in a timely manner and making sure everything went smoothly. We started some small talk and eventually got into the conversation of our main focus, which is obviously weddings and creative portraits. She mentioned she was getting married in Canmore and hadn't had a photographer yet. We've shot Canmore before and fell in love with it right away. A few weeks later we got a phone call from Della and set up a meeting. We met Corey for the first time and we all clicked instantly. We booked the date and a B&B and had an amazing weekend that went something like this...
Corey and Della had booked a gorgeous suite at the Grande Rockies Resort in the heart of Canmore, 15 mins from Quarry Lake. They had a beautiful ceremony at Shepard of the Valley Lutheran Church. The lighting was heavenly and Della glowed in her elegant dress and veil. You could see the infatuation between the two dance in the air like static electricity. You could feel the love lift the hair on the back of your neck and right then you knew the universe matched a perfect balance. They sealed their vows with a heart-felt kiss and were cheered on down the aisle and out of the church.
It was a beautiful autumn day at Quarry Lake and the leaves were painted gold and shimmered in the sunlight. The mountains stood iconically guarding the lakes as if they were their protectors. The teal blue of the lakes is always invigorating to stare at. After we all breathed it all in, we snuck out into the forest and took some photos of the lovebirds in the trees as the sun set behind the peak. Every minute was like we were hanging out with our friends. They were so down to earth and fun that there was never an awkward moment. We were always laughing and cracking jokes and I think those make the best photos and thats what makes our job so incredible. We get to experience the most beautiful moments in peoples lives and capture it for them.
The reception started off with a bang and Corey & Della engaged in their first dance, eyes locked, engulfed in one another. You could see it in their eyes that for that whole dance, there was no one else in that room. It was just them, enveloped in carnality, affection, and endearment. Everyone had to sing a song of love instead of tinking glasses for a kiss from the couple, which lead to some pretty hilarious and rather cute song choices. Once the speeches began of antiquated childhood memories and nostalgic experiences of one another, tears of happiness strolling down the faces of bridesmaids and parents alike, family history flooded the room. Speeches are always my favourite part of weddings. There's so much heart and emotion conveyed through words and gestures that the actual script of the speech is surface. It's everything in between the ink. It's the eyes joyfully swelling up, the shaking in voices, the quiver in the lips; the direction of emotion. It's the most raw and beautiful aspect of human beings. The reminiscence of those beautiful moments, the real things that people hold true and what make them so special. And everytime speeches happen, we cry. We are truly blessed to be involved in these fractions of time and give it back to them in a frame. It's an incredible feeling.
Speeches finished and with all the tears shed, there was only one thing left to do. DANCE. Corey and Della had a second dance, followed by, of course, the dance with the parents. But Della and her bridesmaids had something up their sleeves that nobody knew about. They busted out a little dance routine just for Corey. They spent weeks learning every move and shake that it went off without a hitch. It was pretty neat to watch and you could see how much fun they had making it up for that special night. Once the bridal dance finished, the dance floor was never really empty. Ever. There was always someone busting a move or doing the twist annd having A LOT of fun doing it.
We also had a second shoot in Banff the day after Corey & Della, though the weather wasn't nearly as co-operative as it was the day before. We spent half an hour hiding under a tree waiting for the rain to subside, and darted out as soon as it was light enough to not drench us instantly. We went to Bow River Falls and then travelled up the hill for some cool shots of the Banff Hotel in background. Though it was raining on and off, when we reached the top of the hill we were lucky enough to get a little sunshine and even a little rainbow behind them. It was a wedding that was full of a little bit of everything; sunshine, rain, rainbows, high winds, dresses tearing, music skipping, and everything in between.
Congratulations again to Della & Corey for tying the knot and bringing to amazing families into one. We wish them the very best in whatever the future has in store for them.