Boudoir Photography - Destination Boudoir Session

Destination Weddings - Destination Boudoir Sessions

Have you ever contemplated if it was or wasn't completly worth it to spend the money on wedding florals when you having a destination wedding?  Well, I'm here to show you why it can be some of the best money you will ever spend.

Think about it, you have dreamed of this wedding at your dream destination, you can envision it all in your mind but you, are worried about wasting money or flowers that although they are beautiful, they will wilt sooner than later.  Well, here is my secret. If I'm shooting your destination wedding, I will gladly take all your flowers, draw you a nice warm bath, get you come champagne and take some stunning photos for you of you with all your wedding flowers. This way you can literally enjoy them to the last possible moment.  It is that easy. And, now you can rest assured you didn't waste any money, you actually used your florals more than most would have and you had a spa like morning because you worked so hard to plan your wedding dream. 

Is your mind is blown with this genius idea?!?

Now, lets get married folks, I'm packed and ready. 

Hello There Darling Scarlett

 

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Venue - De Tierra Vineyards

Flowers - Christine Cater

Destination Planner & Designer - Matthew Oliver Weddings, Matthew & Ceri

Calgary Wedding Photography - Mehndi Ceremony

Alia + William

For the love all things bright, inspiring and full of colour I give you a beautiful Mehndi Ceremony that was here in Calgary, AB.

Who says you can't celebrate if you are having a destination wedding? Alia and William had the best of both worlds. They celebrated here with their loved ones AND got to get away to a beautiful beach to say they do. I however, didn't fit into their suitcase but I will never hold that against them. I wish y'all both all the happiness this worlds has to offer y'all both.

Much love & respect! 

 

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Calgary Family Photographer - Family Portraits

The Skulsky Family

Sometimes you just have to have fun no matter what. 

That's pretty much what this family did and I am so glad. After all, isn't that what we teach our children for the most part? Stay youthful at heart and live the most joyful life you can while being good humans. 

Here is there fun filled family portraits.

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Calgary Family Photographer - Newborn Photography

Welcome Nash Hart

New beginnings and new adventures. They are what makes the heart skip a bit, make your palms, and sometimes your eyes, sweat a bit. he he Ok, sweat, tears... they are the same thing really.

Janelle & Jody are now well on their way to their newest beginning with their new manboy. He is exactly what they wanted but more importantly exactly what they needed. Seeing them as new parents was one of the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Sure they fumbled a bit through this or that but what they nailed is their abundance of love for their manboy. So, please join me in meeting their Baby Boy Nash Hart. He will take your breath away.

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Calgary Wedding Photographer - Gay Wedding Inspiration Shoot

One Love is the Best

To know love, to express your love and to know that you can have a partner that was created for you for all the days, shouldn't be for just some. It should be for everyone. It is fundamentally how human kind was created; to have a companion. As social beings, humans will forever seek connection. Its why so much is written about the human connection and love. We ALL need love.

This is why I am still shocked at why same sex marriages are still considered taboo in many places of the world. I am going to get very honest here. I love, love. I don't care what others think concerning this and that will never stop me from shouting from the rooftops that LOVE, IS LOVE. 

I'm still hear stories of how my fellow wedding industry folks receive emails from same sex couples asking if they are 'LGBQT friendly'. This is a question that shouldn't have to be asked if you serve in the wedding industry in my opinion. If you are good honest folks who love, love, come my way. I will do my utmost to capture your day with all I have because YOU ARE LOVE.

** Every vendor on this creative team, without hesitation, signed up to showcase just how beautiful same sex marriages are to us. **

We hope y'all love this shoot as much as we do. 

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Much Respect, 

Christy

 

Creative Team : 

Venue - The Nash & Off Cut Bar

Creative Director & Designer - Kismet & Clover, Jessica May

Floral Designer - Antheia Floral

Caterer - The Nash

Cake Designer - Bake My Day YYC

Stationary Designer - Bloom Invites

Vintage Decor - Orange Trunk Rentals

Dishes - Gathered Table Supply / Modern Luxe Rentals

Groom's Attire - Hudson Bay & H&M

Canmore Wedding Photographer - Rocky Mountain Wedding Inspiration Shoot

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Every spring I am drawn back to my childhood memories of watching a Sound of Music with my grandma Duncan. She loved, loved, loved Juile Andrews and she loved the mountains and every spring we would watch the movie after our Easter church service. We would also watch it on rainy May days too! It was our thing. I find I am more and more like her as my days carry on. So of course, when I was asked to partake in a wedding inspiration shoot based on the love of the movie the Sound of Music, I was all in, no questions asked. 

Now for y'all brides-to-be out there, finding the right inspiration for your wedding is essential. I say this all the time, but I can't seem to say it enough, it must hold near and dear to your heart. It can be the most beautiful event ever but if your heart and your personality are not clearing seen and reflected in your whole day, its could have been just another person's wedding. 

What inspired Claudette Marie Events is her genuine love of Julie Andrews, the songs and love in the sound of music movie she too grew up watching and those majestic rocky mountains. Its simply about what it means to have beauty, grace, playfulness and to find your love. She is a hopeless romantic after all. 

So, when asked all of us vendors came together and made what I call one of the most beautiful mountain-scape wedding inspiration shoots I have ever done. And, as such, It has been featured in a few places already but alas, here are a few of my favourites shots from it. I hope you are inspired to make your wedding reflect what makes you happy because your wedding is all about sharing your love with all those who come to celebrate the two of y'all.

Enjoy!

 

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Creative Team

Wedding Planner & Designer - Claudette Marie Events

Floral Design - Always Sunny Floral Design

Stationary Design - Modern Pulp

Wedding Dress - The Bridal Boutique, Calgary

Flower Girl Attire - Stephanie Kids Clothing

Makeup - Jaimie Rankin Makeup Artistry

Hair - Top Knot Brides

Models - Kolby, Zoe & Jessica's May's Horse

Table - Cd Vintage Rentals

Misc. Decor & Styling - Claudette Hogan

Vintage Decor - Orange Trunk

 

 

Calgary Family Photographer - Mini Fall Family Portraits

The Messer Family

Oh the Messer's y'all are extra special. 

One of my rules when photographing families is they have to be cool enough that I can have a glass of wine with the parents and joke with the kiddos. Life is too short to not work with the best. The Messer's are THE BEST. I swear I just want to go on a holiday with them and bring my camera because I like them that much. 

Thank you for having kids Dawn & Tony

Much love & respect, 

Christy

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 So much love in this fam jam!

So much love in this fam jam!

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Calgary Wedding Photographer - Fall Calgary Engagements

Amanda + Marc Engaged

What happens when you are ready to get married and you have a kiddo? You have your engagements with the three of you of course!!!

Amanda and Marc are getting hitched this year at one of my favourite hotels here in Calgary, Hotel Arts. But.... they wanted some relaxed family photos for their family of three in addition to some traditional engagement portraits. I mean who I am, to say no to love, giggles and some cuddling time?! he he 

So...I give you Amanda, Marc & their lil'lady LaMadeleine. 

 

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Calgary Family Photography - Newborn Sessions

Sakai Family 

The best gift you can give is the one that shows you care. Sometimes folks buy families sessions from me and I must say, its the gift that keeps on giving. I am always honoured to meet and serve new families, especially when I'm the gift! Lucky me!

The Sakai family, welcomed their baby boy into their lives and I have a very certain thought that they will never be the same. This baby boy will be so loved and handsome too. (His parents are gorgeous!)

Take a look see. 

Cheers, 

Christy

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Destination Family Photographer - New Orleans Louisiana Family Portraits

The Staton Family

Well, well, well... when I travel, I also work. It is a simple as that. If I post I'm going somewhere you can bet I will also be shooting boudoir and family sessions too. And, I absolutely love it!!

So, here is the Staton Family. They are near and dear to my heart, as well, they are some of my cousins. When you are asked to be hired by your own family two things happen in my mind. One is are they kidding me, why me? The other is, how do you charge your family? Well, someone made a very valid point to me one day. If your family values you and what you create they are showing their love and support by hiring you. Its not different than when you are paid a compliment and you learn how to say thank you instead of hiding. 

So, Dana, Tony, Riley and Daphne, thank you for cheering me on, loving me so much y'all allowed me to capture your family and for reminding me, I'm worth it. I owe y'all everything.

xoxo Much love and respect. 

Your Christy (your cuz/aunt christy)

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Calgary Wedding Photographer - Winter Wedding Engagements

Susan + Brant Engaged

Everything single thing happens for a specific reason. 

It is that simple, and yet, we try to control so much of our lives. However, we will find is to no avail everything that will be, will be. 

Susan and Brant, are two very kind people, who when you see them together, it is transparent that they don't have to say much for you to know that they respect and love each other very deeply. It is because of this, when I was taking their wedding engagements last weekend, I caught myself just wanting to let them be. They don't need much guidance, although maybe Brant does. he he He is like most guys, who are not quite sure what to do in front of a camera but when you tell him his one job is to love on his girl, he like all good gents, jump in with both feet and make their session amazing.  I think she would agree. Right, Susan?! 

With all my wedding engagement sessions, there are very obvious-to-me moments when I can let go and let the couple just be them. Its the simple part of engagements but also THE most important part. Couples need to be allowed to be themselves even if they aren't used to doing so in front of a camera. 

So, thank y'all kindly Susan and Brant; I cannot wait until your big day this September!!!!

Much love and respect, 

Christy

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Love is simply the best. 

Calgary Family Photographer - Outdoor Family Portraits

Lojo Family Portraits

Watch me explore everyday. Watch me fail and try again. Watch me see this world for the first time for it is because of you that I am here. 

Being a parent can be stressful, exhausting and expensive but seeing your children see the world through their eyes, is what dreams are made of. So, when its hard, when its so consuming remember that you get to hold their hand, cheering them on and you are the reason why they exist. Love them with all you have and stop and watch them experience it all. Its magical.

Charisse, Serge and now their mayboy, Luka, y'all are exceptional. I'm so honoured to have been sent y'all as clients. Seeing y'all is a treat and photographing your family is inspiring. I say this because you see your son's and the magic he sees. You see his brilliance, his curiosity and his determination. Y'all love his smile and laughter with all y'all's might. But, my favourite part is how y'all laugh at yourselves often and truly embody what a parent should be like. I want to be parents more like y'all. 

Thank you both for staying young, being real and great humans. We need more folks like y'all. 

So much respect and love, 

Christy

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Ok.... as if this family wasn't the bestest in the whole world, they also decided to gift some full family photos for their parents with all the kiddos and their kiddos!!! Yeah, y'all are da bomb!

 
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Calgary Wedding Photographer - Syria Meets Calgary Wedding

Nicole + Nasib Married

May we all find that other soul created for us. For it is then that we realize that we have found our home that no longer determined by four walls, a street address or a geographical location. It is more of a theoretical place that is bound by a connection from their soul to ours.

When I met Nicole about capturing her wedding day, she told me of this man she had fallen in love with and basically the rest was history. Basically, that is how all love stories go. You meet, you realize that they are very different from everyone else that came before them and then well, you must submit to loving each other for all the days of your lives. Its simple. Its beautiful. Its amazing.

Nicole and Nasib, I adore y'all both and may all y'alls' years together be filled with so much love, passion, and laughter. 

Much love and respect, 

Christy

 

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Calgary Family Photographer - Harder Family Portraits

The Harder Family

You never know what lies ahead of you but if you follow your intuition and dreams you are sure to have the universe provide everything you will ever need. So, tell the universe what your dreams are and what you need so it all can come to fruition right before your eyes.

Background Info : Nicole and Graham one of my very first wedding couples EVER and yet, here they are still putting up with me. Thank you isn't enough but it will have to do this time around.

Nicole and Graham now have two beautiful little ones and well, lets just say they laugh at lot, are entertained daily and are busy parents. See what I mean, check out their mini fall family session below. I might want to add, their lil'lady is a lot like her uncle Mike and god help us all. She is going to be what stories are written about. Oh, and bless her momma and daddy! Y'all are all gonna be tough. he he I adore her to bits.... well the whole fam jam actually.

Until next time Harder Family.... Thank you kindly. xoxo Christy

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Calgary Wedding Photographer - Fairmont Palliser Wedding

Sanja + Scott Married

When you know you just know. That pretty much sums up Sanja & Scott. They met and well, the rest is history.

One of my favourite things about the two of them, is how unbelievably perfect they are for each other. As it is with most of my clients, I have to get to know them both as quickly as possible. Both Sanja and Scott, have the most sarcastic sense of humour, they have this unspoken kindred spirit thing going on between them, and their commitment to be there for each other is down right beautiful. 

With their daughters, their families and their friends, they celebrated in style at the Fairmont Palliser hotel in downtown Calgary. Their first look was perfect. Their portraits were so much beautiful because they brought it. They looked stunning y'all. Their bridal party time was so much fun for everyone. Their reception viewing was jaw dropping. The dancing was off the hook and not just because I got called out and was told to drop it like its hot, now, but it was that good. Their guests enjoyed hours of Photo Booth photos by Flashco Booth. The food was amazing and it was one of the best overall wedding nights a lot of guests were heard saying. I say what is a job well done indeed. 

Sanja & Scott, thank you so much for allowing Cole and myself to capture your amazing day. We will and do both cherish being there and we wish y'all all the love your hearts can hold. 

Much love and respect, 

Christy 

Please enjoy some of my favourites from their unforgettable wedding day.

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Creative Team

Wedding Designer - Lynn Fletcher Weddings, Sheryl Boury

Wedding & Reception Venue - Fairmont Palliser Hotel

Wedding Stationary - The Social Page

Wedding Dresses - Novelle Bridal, Ever After Bridal & Tiger Mist

Grooms Attire - Suits by Curtis Elliot

Rings - Carat Jewellers, Cartier

Makeup - Trena Laine Makeup

Hair - Avenue Beauty, Chrissy

Florals - Fleurish Floral Design

Special Features - Aisle Runners Co., Solid Champagne, Frozen Memories

Catering & Cake - Fairmont Palliser Hotel

Officiant - Engaging Weddings, Bruce Adlington

Videography - Parfait Productions & Cinematography 

Photo Booth - Flashco Booth

Entertainment - Pez Productions & Bel Canto Strings

Lighting - Stardust Event Group

Rentals - Special Event Rentals, Great Event Rentals, Linen Closet, Bella Linens, One Wes Events, Susan Murray International 

Transportation  - AM/PM Limo

Magazine Feature - Confetti Magazine, previously Calgary Bride Luxe

 

Calgary Family Photographer - Calgary Maternity Portraits

Roz & Sheldon's Greatest Adventure

Soon-to-be parents. The are some of my favourite kind of people. They ask questions like, "How in the world will I be able to love this child more than I already do right now? And, they say things like, "I sure hope I have everything we will need. I'm getting so excited to meet my little sweat pea!" It is one of the most amazing stories I get to capture; when love becomes three, or four, etc.

I'm often caught saying how spoiled I am because I have had a front row seat my client's lives. And, I'm so am spoiled rotten. I get to see love firsthand in everyday life.

Rob & Sheldon, may y'all's home be filled with joy, laughter, memories of little yawns, lots of snuggles and pricesless memories y'all can be grateful for everyday. It is what keeps me blissfully happy in my own life and I'm so thrilled to welcome y'all to the club of parenthood. 

Much love & respect, 

Christy

 

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Calgary Family Photographer - Fall Family Portraits

Peters Family

 

I've known you before you were born. I've loved you more than I ever thought I could love anything or anyone. Now, I have to learn how to watch you grown into the person you were born to become. May my heart stand strong.

Raising two boys, balancing all things life throws at you, all the while trying to laugh out loud as often as one can. I must say, these are the folks that are my heroes. As I am too entering the teenager phase in my own home, I can completely relate to Tammy who's son is now a teenager. While having a younger kiddo who still looks at you in thinks you are the knees bees.  

What I'm learning about teenagers, is how they still have you in the back of their mind as we are their first impression of what is the highest standard, however, they tend to keep THAT to themselves. Take note, those teenagers are watching us even closer than ever before because they are beginning to see themselves like you see yourself, human, fallible and vulnerable.  They are comparing their world with the rest and the serious questioning is just starting to begin.

To make things a bit harder, lets teach our child how to become a young adult whilst navigating in a world that isn't always so kind. This is what I call the most challenging of them all. So, lets hold our breath, because I know we all do at times, hope that they talk to us when they need anything and be ready to listen but, answer all the why(s) other folks do what they do. 

Tammy, I want to sincerely thank you for being a mom who loves her boys with your whole heart, you know when something is wrong and you care, you takes time to explain to your kids that you are not perfect and you show them that to truly live means being we must be honest, seek positivity always and that no matter what, you will always be their mom who loves them some kind of fiercely. 

Much respect, 

Christy

 
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Calgary Wedding, Boudoir & Family Photographer - Undisclosed Letter To Me Previous Self

 

Dear Christy, (*BC Days)

Girl, girl, girl you have no idea what you are getting yourself into. Here is a snippet of what is to come. Now, calm the f'ck down and focus, focus, FOCUS!!!!  What I am going to tell you because this will save you from yourself more times than you will realize. 

1. Shit is going to happen, a LOT!

2. Getting married, you will do it twice and it will all be ok. Trust me! OH, and you WILL have two healthy children, despite what the doctors will tell you.

3 The treadmill.... not the physical one but the mental one... Yeah, you know what I'm talking about, get off it when you start to circle in on your thoughts about what if, why, why now, but, or its not how I envisioned it. 

4. You are enough and when you feel like you aren't enough, STOP EVERYTHING and breathe.

5. ASK FOR HELP!!! No one cares about your ego but be careful who you ask. Some folks are waiting to see you fail. F'ck them! Here's a tip : Make a 1x1 inch piece of paper and carry it with you. On it place only the very few people who get a say in your life. You. Are. Welcome.

6. Everyone is doing the very best with what they have been given, today. So don't prejudge, don't assume and don't pretend you understand them until you do. 

7. Expect nothing. Don't get me wrong have goals, visions and dreams but don't go into things expecting things from others until after you have talked about these expectations. 

8. Travel, travel, travel but budget, budget, budget. Its called balance girl, you NEED IT.

9. Credit cards... don't get a lot. Hell, only have one and pay it off every month. (This should be no. 1 of this list)

10. Have a tribe of your own. It will take time to really understand this but you will get there. And, you probably want to have a few tribes to belong too. Thats ok!

11. You will feel more alone than not and that is completely normal. You are a creative! Hey, I bet you didn't even know that!?! Surprise... and you won't suck at it, so PRETTY PLEAE DON'T GIVE UP.

12. Stay relevant with your kids. They need you to want to be involved. Listen to their music, read their books, listen to them don't just talk to them but do answer all of their questions no matter how hard it is to do so. You have only a short time when they still listen to your advice.

13. Invest in good skin care products. 

14. Exercise 3-4 times a week, preferable outside when you can. Especially after you have your kids.

15. You are more than the scared little girl who feels dirty, poor, fat and stupid. You are so much more. You are greatness, you just have to fight to see it in yourself. 

16. Seek out education at least 3-4 times per year in some facet. 

17. Listen to your elders but trust your intuition. They are not always right. Ex. Discrimination and Segregation in the south girl... it is wrong, wrong, so wrong! Choose love always.

18. Sign up for dance classes no matter how old you are; you will not regret it.

19. Date your spouse. Date our kids independently. Spend quality time with your friends. 

20. Technology is not always your friend. This thing called social media is coming for you and it will consume you for a while, but you will figure it out. Remember everything is about balance over insanity. 

21. You will have to travel a great distance to know what home feels like to you. 

22. Letting go. This one of the most important things to always work out. You will loose so much and you will survive it all. So, when you ache all over, you don't want to get out of bed and you cry sometimes because it is f'cking hard to imagine a tomorrow, let go and allow yourself to be mad, sad and call these days 'dip days.'  It will help you.

23. That pain I was just talking about, well you need to resist sometimes because you will use that pain to help others. It will in the end heal you but you will feel like you are traveling through a fog for a while....you will be able to function but it won't be with full cylinders as per usual. 

25. Love yourself so you can have a heart that is full of love for others. 

You got this girlie!

Love you more, 

Christy Lynn 

*BC Days = Before Children Days

 
                                                        Photo by Dana Cole Photography

                                                       Photo by Dana Cole Photography

                                                         Photo by Two Mann Studios

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                                                       Photo by Dana Cole Photography

                                                      Photo by Dana Cole Photography

"After every storm I've navigated through, I awoke tired but I knew my strength was mighty. I used to be good but know I'm walking toward my greatness. Let today be the day I know that I am enough. " - Me, Christy D Swanberg

 

Calgary Boudoir Photography - Greenhouse Outdoor Boudoir

 

Hello There Darling Alaina

"She knew she was different but what she didn't know is how that would be her what made her strive for more out of her life. "

Alaina, she isn't all just femininity and pretty smiles, she is strong, indecisive yet confident, ambitious and curious, a bit impatient, but basically she is a powerful woman. She also is always doing some soul searching but man oh, man she can be a tiny bit stubborn at times. Does any of these sound familiar? I'm sure it does because, she is like so many of us. So, take heart that you are never alone. She, we, are also more hard on ourselves, than anyone ever needs to be. So, when others start to judge us or offer their advise when its not warranted, just say, thanks, but no thanks. 

When I asked Alaina why she wanted to do this shoot, she said, "This one is for me, just me." You see  sometimes doing something just for you isn't just opening a bottle of wine at the end of a long day, or getting your nails done, it can be an life altering experience, like a boudoir session but the key is, you must be open to it. Alaina, brought her whole heart, her past, her present and her hopes for her future to this shoot. And, it all paid off. This is one of my all time favourite shoots for a client. I'm sort of in love with it all. 

Life Lesson : Like Brene Brown, says, vulnerability is about having the courage to show up. Here is to showing up. Here's to folks like Alaina choosing to live this life with a full heart, accepting her past, being present now and creating hopes for her future. 

Alain, may this next chapter you are stepping into be full, rewarding, challenging and full of love for yourself. 

xoxo, Christy

 

 
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Shoot Credits

Florals - Amborella Floral Design

Macarme - Wool and Waves

Kimono - Adorn Boutique

Greenhouse - Private Residence

Calgary Wedding Photographer - Sheep River Falls Engagement Session

Ashley + Brett Engaged

Your hands guide me toward your lips like it knows how I thirst for your kiss. This feeling you orchestrate is like no other and you must be mine as soon as humanly possible.

Ashley and Brett wanted to do their wedding engagements out somewhere that wasn't on the normal beaten path. They searched high and low for it even and had 'scout' days to find the exact location that spoke to them both. They found Turner Valley's Sheep River Falls and knew instantly that it was the perfect spot. So, like any adventurous photographer, I jumped in their big ole truck and off went to capture their love amongst the amazing views of Turner Valley. 

I always want to know my couple's story and by story, I mean stories. We each have a different memory of how it all went down. So, I want all the details, the good, the embarrassing and the sometimes twisting stories of how they because a couple. You know why. I need to know what makes them tick so when they get in front of my camera I tell their story as authentically as I possibly can.

Here is what I saw, how I could tell they are both passionate souls who will never bore of each other no matter the circumstances.  

 
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Thank you kindly Ashley and Brett for trusting me, spending quality time with me and letting me into your world. I cannot wait for your wedding day next summer in Strathmore as I know it will be nothing short of amazing. 

Much love and respect to you both.

Christy

 
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