Calgary Wedding Photographer - Southern California Beach Styled Wedding Shoot

Follow Your Heart Wherever It May Take You

When I close my eyes I see sun kissed skin, I can smell the salty air from the coast-line, and it is a place where I go to let go of all my worries. The beachside is where so many go to elope, get married and to just surf the waves to reconnect to all that is important. 

I wanted to do a shoot based on my love of the beach, the beautiful California sunsets, timeless fashion, and unsurprising beauty. When I also asked many of my Canadian friends and family where they would elope to, they almost always said California. 

Creative A-Team : 

 Dress - Adorn Boutique

Flowers - Rooted Florals

Model - Reanne Eisler

Hair - Pure Blow Out Bar

Stationary - Bloom Invites

Decore - Tile (Floor Store Encinitas)

Accessories - BHLDN

Calgary Boudoir Photographer - Southern California Beach Day

Hello There Darling Nihan 

Sometimes we just need to follow our  heart and the sound of the waves when life isn't doing what you had planned. Lets just say, if we spend more time letting go of the things we can't control and focus on what we can the amount of freedom we will obtain is endless.  Here is what happened when I did just that. 

Lately, I have been feeling, like many others I know, that the world is in a funny place. I don't mean funny in a ha ha way, but more that it just has being feels off to me. So, I did what I always do when I realize this, I hop on a plane and change my scenery. 

So, what does this all have to do with the lovely you see below and in this blog title?  Well, she was a total stranger to me. I was shooting a bridal shoot on the beautiful beach here and she was an on looker of it all. Then, my scheduled boudoir client that I had set up was running late and actually ended up not being able to make it in time for our sunset beach session. This is where Nihan comes in. I took a deep breath, walked over with my camera in hand and boldly asked if she would step in as my beach boudoir model as I had 15 mins and thought she would be perfect. 

Here is the results! Oh boy, I am so glad I listened to the waves calling me to San Diego, not allowing fear to rule over me this day. I trusted my gut, 'changed my stars', yes that is A Knight's Tale quote, and got these shots. Nihan, you are stunningly beautiful, and I'm sure I'm not the only person who has ever told you that but more importantly, you trusted a stranger. You took a leap of faith with me and for that I am forever grateful. You are now an official Darling, like all my Hello There Darling boudoir clients. 

Much love & respect, 

Christy

P.S. Y'al should check out her website if you love fashion, style and well all things pretty. 

www.stylewithnihan.com

Calgary Wedding Photographer - Southern California Wedding Engagements

Reanne + Michael

I will follow you anywhere for you know the insides and outsides of my heart. You accept me as I am today, yesterday and tomorrow. This is how love seeks adventure one step at a time; your hand in mine. 

Reanne and Michael have a love story that is full of adventure, exploring city by city, falling in love with musicians songs as they were written on their hearts, they've learned to depend on each other no matter what was around the bend and through it all they were each other's constant. That is how true love grows; when we evolve while holding on the hand to the one who gets us and encourages us to be our best. They are exactly this and when you take one look at them you just know, they were carved from the same stone to be each others perfect fit. 

Much love and respect y'all two. 

xoxo ~ Christy

Calgary Wedding Photographer - Traditional Filipino Wedding

Erin + Matt

Family, Love & Tradition

To be surround by those who love you, support you and only want to see you succeed in life is the greatest gift of all. Erin and Matt stood in front of all their family and friends and sincerely thanked each and everyone of their guests for their love and support. To start their new chapter in such a way made me weak in the knees.  

Sure, there love of Kate Spade and beautiful shoes made a debut throughout their wedding day but what was the constant theme through their day was family, love and tradition. You see they are two of the most loving, compassionate, funny, people who, are who they are, because of all the love and support they surrounded around them since they were born.

If only we could all come from a home where love is the common more important factor in everyone's lives, maybe our world would be filled with more empathy and kindness. My faith that good always wins, was never more strong than after this beautiful couple's wedding day. I wish you both all the happiness this life can give you both and it was a complete honour to capture your wedding story through my portraits.  

Much love & respect.

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Wedding A-List Team :

Wedding Planning & Coordination - Enriched Events, Sonia Ulmer

Wedding Ceremony - St. Albert the Great Parish

Wedding Venue - Pinebrook Golf & Club, Tuesday Poole

Videography - Ringtail Films

Entertainment - Jason Delaney

Makeup - Maison Blu

Hair - Glamaway Beauty

Wedding Dress - Novia Mia Bridal

Bridal Robes - Silkandmore, Etsy

Wedding Shoes - Hers - Badgley Mischka

Wedding Shoes - His - Johnson & Murphy

Suits - Eph Apparel

Stationary - Carmela Sarile

Florals - Philip Chong Floral Bar

Cake - Whippt Catering & Desserts

Popsicles - Family Freezed

Transportation - Dreams

 

Here is their video by Ringtail films

Rocky Mountains Wedding Photographer - Fairmont Hot Springs Wedding

Kaylee + Chris Married

When you know, you just know.

Kaylee and Chris have been together for quite some time and almost all of their friends are now either married, having kiddos, and are engaged to be married. They just knew that when it was time they would say I do.  What am I saying?!?! Chris was never in any hurry but Kaylee was chomping at the bit for years now to be married. ha ha Everyone knew that were meant for each other because they were cut from the same cloth and they can say a entire conversation without saying much at all to each other. Its sort of creepy, yet cool really.

When the time came and Chris made his plan on how to ask Kaylee to marry him forever, she was over the moon and I swear the rest was a blur.  Their wedding was all but planned in the matter of months. After all, she was planning it in her mind for years now. 

After looking at a few venues outside their Calgary home, the Fairmont Hot Springs quickly became their perfect get-away for them and their guests. They wanted a weekend away with everyone without having to go to Mexico like so many other Canadian couples decide to do. This also allowed them to have all of their family.  Kaylee dedicated her wedding planning to making sure every detail for their day was with respect of being together with their guests and laughing, A LOT! 

The day of their wedding mother nature proved to be bit of a concern on and off, but just like all things worth waiting for, we worked with what she gave us and their photos were a lot of fun and simply amazing. Its like they say, if you wait for the right moment, it will pass you by. So, live now, enjoy life now so you never have any regrets of your choices.

At the end of the weekend and their wedding celebration, one thing was for certain, their were never any dull moments and I have the photos to prove it. 

Cheers! ~ Christy

Calgary Wedding Photographer - Fish Creek Park Wedding

Emmylou + Shaun Married

So, this wedding is for all the DIY can-doers, serious Gilmore girl fans, lovers all teacups, men who can dress well, and love a good outdoor wedding and reception.

I will keep this short and too the point because I know y'all are here for the photos. So,  here is what I call the next best couple since Lorelei + Luke. Emmylou + Shaun are two of the most lovely, wittiest couples I've ever met. They get what life is really all about, they love their family and friends like there is no tomorrow and when Emmylou walked down the outdoor park path, I even wept. You see, Emmy is basically super talented in... well everything really and that is why most of their wedding decor, etc she made HERSELF and it wasn't Pinterest fails. Ha Ha Don't get me wrong she had some amazing help from Lisa & Peter, her wedding assistants but she had an amazing vision that she also shared with her now hubby, Shaun. After all, he made their backdrop frame for their ceremony. See, I told you, he is her Luke. He is handy and can make anything!!!

Ok, y'all see for yourself what I"m talking about folks!

What you need to know about these bottles of champagne, is that Emmylou's picked up her bottle of Perrier Jouet in France when she went to the vineyard and then told her momma about it. Her momma was stunned and immediately got her own bottle of champagne from her wedding  roughly 37 years ago!!!

What you need to know about these bottles of champagne, is that Emmylou's picked up her bottle of Perrier Jouet in France when she went to the vineyard and then told her momma about it. Her momma was stunned and immediately got her own bottle of champagne from her wedding  roughly 37 years ago!!!

 

Here's their amazing, beautiful video by THE Parfait Productions, because you need to see it folks. You NEED TO SEE IT!

Creative Team : 

Wedding Ceremony - Hulls Wood Amphitheatre, Fish Creek Park

Wedding Reception - Meadow Muse Pavillon

Cinematography - Parfait Productions

Marriage Commissioner - Brenwyn Cooley

Florals - Amborella Floral Design

Invitations - Minted

Wedding Dress, Headpiece & Ear Rings - David's Bridal

Wedding Ring - Brides - Heart on Fire

Wedding Ring - Groom - Crown Rings

Bride's Bracelet - Frilly Lilly

Suits - Moore's

Groomsmen Accessories - The Tie Bar

Champagne & Vintage Flutes - Perrier Jouet, France

Reception Decor & Design - Emmylou

Wedding Assistants - Lisa Barbetti & Peter Klein 

Wedding Couple's Portrait - Little Me Paper Co.

Entertainment & DJ - Pez Productions

Guests Shuttle Service - Ambassador Limo

 

"There is nothing more beautiful than seeing someone completely in love and knowing they are 100% compatible in every way. Emmylou + Shaun y'all are this through and through." - xoxo Christy

Calgary Boudoir Photographer - Hello There Darling Crystal

The mental prep for your boudoir darlings!

Crystal secretly pulled me aside one evening at a mutal friends house to ask me to shoot her boudoir. Of course, immediately, we both became giddy about it and the planning began. You see the mental preparation for a boudoir is the single most important part of a boudoir session. You are about to allow yourself to be vulnerable and truly look at who you are. The great thing about this is, your session is less about what you wear, or what you shave / wax but who you are deep down. There is no escaping it really. 

So, like all boudoir shoots, we have a few chats on the phone, there is a styling part of the shoot so you can be seen in every shot. There is even a boudoir prep kit on what to expect with treats sent out to your doorstep for the private full sessions. 

This is THE magic of a boudoir session and why no two are the same.  It is also why boudoir sessions are my favourite thing to shoot and why so many folks want to have them done repetitively. Getting to know yourself is the best gift you will ever invest in. 

So, here is what we came up with Crystal and I.

Hello There Darling Crystal

Special Thanks to the following creatives who helped make this session exceptional : 

Makeup - Love & Colour, Karlie Cyr

Kimono - Lost in Layers

Much Love,

Christy

 

 

Calgary Wedding Photographer - Charbar Resturant Wedding

Amanda + Andrew Married

When you know, you know. Life sometimes is just as simple as that. 

You can search all your life for a true love but it all comes down to trusting that voice inside you that is either whispering or yelling at you to respond. Amanda and Andrew know exactly what this is like. They found each other and just knew.

The wedding planning, however came when they were ready. After all, they are both very busy folks and have the most amazing lil'man-boy, Grayson I ever did met. This in turn allowed them to create their perfect day, where every wedding detail was centred around what is really important to both of them. As you can see, that meant, their love for their family and friends, especially their son. 

Amanda & Andrew, Thank y'all kindly for trusting me to capture your beautiful love story as it was so refreshing to see your commitment take place in such an intimate and endearing venue. Everything was just perfect. (Charbar, y'all killed it!)

Creative Team Vendors : 

Venue - Charbar

Florals - Amborella Floral Design

Wedding Gown - Pearl & Dot

Groom & Grayson's Suits - Ensemble & Atelier by Ensemble

Makeup & Hair - Katie Kerr Makeup

Banff Wedding Photographer - Mountainscape Wedding

Rachel + Mark Married

 

There is nothing better to me than two beautiful people in absolute love. 

When I met Mark and Rachel I could see instantly their connection they had with each other. They loved each other openly, without hesitation, and with great depth. When I see this in my line of work, just makes me giddy and overall just excited to capture everything I can about my couples. 

Next, came their wedding day - THE mountain-scape ceremony in front of only their closest family and friends. (Well, the officiant and myself too!) I will never forget walking up to their sought out, perfect little spot they found in Banff National Park, Massive Mountain. It took my breath away. It isn't often I am speechless but this time I absolutely was just that, speechless. 

There is something magical about slowing down life, isolating what is truly important and just be still. This is what Rachel and Mark had found. A place where they would commit to each for the rest of their lives and know they were calm, surrounded by love and their new chapter would be one of purpose and reflection of what is really important. 

I cannot tell you just how beautiful it was, because words can't do it justice, but I most certainly can show you. So, here y'all go... Rachel + Mark Married.

Thank you kindly to my beautiful couple, Rachel & Mark, their family and for Karlie Cyr for making Rachel just look glowing and flawless. May your new chapter be filled with so joy, love and unending blessings. 

Much respect, 

Christy

Creative Team : 

Wedding Dress & Hairpiece - Beautiful Bride

Marriage Officiant / Witness - Lori Rupert

Jewish Hoopa - Made by the Groom, Mark

Makeup & Hair - Love & Colour Makeup

Flowers - Debbie Lunt Florals

Custom Wedding Jewelry - Wild Rose Jewelry

Calgary Wedding Photographer - Wedding Engagements

 

This is the time of year when quite a few folks decide to make a commitment to one another to say, 'I do!'  So, congratulations to all of y'all who are recently engaged and here a few tips from a photographer who cares:

  • Like your who you invite to your wedding. 
  • Make sure your remind yourself that this wedding is about the two of y'all and not everybody else. 
  • Do go on a honeymoon after your wedding because you will be exhausted from all the planning and hosting of folks.
  • When you can, take engagement photos because you need to know how y'all will photograph BEFORE the actual wedding day.
  • Make the wedding day a reflection of your love and the fun y'all have together. 
  • The little details DO matter when it is MEANINGFUL to you and your guests.

Congrats again and here is a case in point below. 

What I mean about engagements and why you should do them. Both Alysa and Nick are absolutely lovely but taking an hour or so to see how the photograph relaxed them, reassured them what angles didn't work for them, how I would photograph their rings, no less and how to see their personalities come through so they would see themselves in the photos. 

Alysa + Nick Engaged

Calgary Boudoir Photographer - Hello There Darling Marcel

Male Boudoir

Its the new hottest thing on the market because gents want to celebrate being them too and why shouldn't they?! I might be a feminist but all the great men I've met in my time are also feminist. Its not about being better than the other sex but supporting all mankind through equality. 

So, to show support and celebrate all the amazing gents out there here is Hello There Darling Marcel. He happens to be a professional model and is one of the nicest gents I know but here is the catch y'all. Boudoir is not about being a model but yourself. I had to remind Marcel to relax, stop posing and get out of his own way. He had to just be him or else I wouldn't take the photo. I think that made him feel uncomfortable like every single person I get to photograph for boudoir. Each client starts out very vulnerable and they have to trust me completely. And, here is what trust looks like folks and getting out your own way.

Marcel

Calgary Wedding Photographer - Modern Rustic Elopement

Water Valley Church Modern Rustic Elopement

 

Lets just run away to our forever because I can't wait one more day without being yours. - CDS

I wanted to create what I thought a beautiful elopement from just outside the city limits could look like. What I didn't dream I would be able to create was setting the stage for a real couple to tie the knot in front of their closest family and friends. It was simply beautiful, carefully styled to reflect them and who they truly are while reminding me the whole reason I love shooting love stories in the first place, being around great people.

Please meet Kendra, Max and their beautiful daughter, Indie. Their elopement story is one that will inspire all of us to remember our purpose in life and how love binds us together when its genuine. 

 

Thank you kindly to :

Venue & Hostess - Water Valley Church & Events

Florals - Amborella Floral Design

Bridal Attire & Jewelry - Frocks Modern, Calgary, AB

Groom's Attire - Ed Williams Menswear

Makeup - Katie Kerr Makeup Artistry

Marriage Commissioner - Maxeen Brigley

Stationary, Elopement Announcements - Bloom Invites

Ceremony Backdrop & Paper Flowers - Prairie Love

Vintage Decor - Orange Trunk Vintage Rental & Styling

Photography - Lil'Ole Me!

Calgary Boudoir Photographer - Hello There Darling Tannis

She is inquisitive, she is quirky, she is what strength looks like and she is just beginning to learn how to fly on her own. May every young woman in her twenties be able to take a moment and look in the mirror and see themselves for who they are not who society wants them to be. May they also never stop searching to know more about themselves as they age. To embrace the exploration of who they are is what this life is really all about. 

Here There Darling. 

Tannis

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Makeup by - Karlie Cyr, Love and Colour Makeup Artistry

Vintage Bed - Orange Trunk Vintage Rentals & Styling

Styling & Photography - Moi!

Calgary Wedding Photography - Wedding Proposals

I will! I will! I will! or Yes! Yes! Yes!

Both are things Claudette WOULD have said but somehow all she got out was a squeal. It was priceless and I will never forget it as long as I live. Please take time to watch the video below, the link is provided. Thank you kindly Parfait Productions.

Shooting wedding proposals blows my mind and the rush you get from shooting it is incomparable to just about anything I know. More importantly being able to see someone pour their heart out for the person they can't live without is what is life is all about, in my opinion. 

It is these kinds of moments when I'm one part documenting and one part curating the perfect moment, that I feel like someone should pinch me as this is but a dream-kind-of-moment.  In return my couples will never forget what they felt like, what their personal moment looked like, and they will be able to enjoy it all over and over again. 

Without further adieu, I give you THE CLAUDETTE & JONATHAN wedding proposal. After all, it did go viral online via How He Asked, Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine, etc.

 

Creative Team / Vendors in Post are as follows :

Cinematography - Parfait Productions

Claudette's Skirt - Adorn Boutique

Proposal Area - Bow Valley Fish Creek, Ranche & Meadow Muse

Stationary & Balloons - Modern Pulp

Styling & Photography - Me, of course. 

Vintage Ring Box - The Mrs Box

Engagement Ring - Premier Gems, Liz Kranyak

Florals - Amborella Floral Design

The PINK Chair - Orange Trunk Vintage Rentals

 

 

 

 

Calgary Wedding Photographer - Spanish Wedding

**With all the white on white on white on white weddings out there, here is something to mix it all up and for those of y'all who love colour. **

Flamenco Inspired Wedding Shoot

 

No great wedding or wedding styled shoot would be successful without a top notch team. So, here is the full list of vendors that made this possible: 

Styling - Andrea Hodgson

Floral Design - Flowers by Janie

Stationary & Design - Modern Pulp 

Venue - Ox & Angela

Cinematography - Parfait Productions

Makeup & Hair - Caro Makeup Artistry

Wedding Gown - Cameo & Cufflinks

Groom's Attire - Espy Experience

Pastry Chef - Whippt Catering & Desserts

Bridal Jewelry - Stella & Dot, Jackie Brouchard 

Photography - Well, by me of course. LOL

 

Calgary Boudoir Photographer - Hello There Darling Sanja

Boudoir for Every Occasion, Especially Your Wedding

When Sanja asked me about doing a boudoir for her I immediately thought how flawless she was. Then, I needed to get inside her head, like I do with all my clients and find out what exactly was her version of boudoir. 

You see, we all have a different view of what boudoir is and what it should be. I want my sessions to be natural, fun and having you strutting out the door like you own the world. So, I took Sanja's obsession of cupcakes, her freaking amazing shoes, and focused on her playful personality.  What we have here is a snippet of her session but you get the point. She did amazingly! 

Thank you kindly Darling Sanja!

You are officially a Hello There Darling now. 

Hello There Darling Fall Apparel 2016

The leaves are changing colours, the sun is beginning to set earlier and earlier, and pumpkin spiced lattes are typically in my hand until they cut me off at my local Starbucks. More importantly, this is also time for cuddly cozy clothes in my wardrobe to come out for all to see. So, I’ve decided to give y’all two of the softest sweatshirts to fall in love with. 

Sweatshirt Facts

Y’all Aint Right & Bless Your Heart - they are both genuine phrases I say day in, day out. 

Y”all Aint Right - was inspired by this year’s Beyonce’s performance in Edmonton for the Formation Tour. There was so many of ladies who travelled to see her and she literally blew our minds. AH_MAZING.

Bless Your Heart - is a true southern sayin’ that can be used in a genuine kind reaction to someone or a down right insult to someone when they ain’t being right y’all. 

 

Happy Fall Y”all!

 

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Canmore Wedding Photographer - Silvertip Resort Wedding

Laura + Joel's Rocking Mountain Wedding

You want to know the secret to an absolute amazing wedding?

Take time to actually enjoy your day! Whatever you have to do to achieve this, will be well worth its weight in gold as it is simply priceless. 

Laura and Joel are two of the kindest souls I've ever met. They not only conveyed how they wanted to not rush their day, but they also wanted to be with their guests whenever possible. So, I promised them that I would ensure that we would take time for photos but I would get them to their friends and families as soon as possible. This in turn also allowed for them to also to take time to just be together a few times during the day as well.

So, here is what a non-hectic, rocky mountain, Canmore wedding can look like. I hope you enjoy their beautiful day as much as they did.

Thank you kindly Laura + Joel

Y'all are simply the best.

Christy

 

Wedding Team : 

Wedding Planner - Shannon Valente Weddings

Wedding Venue - Slivertip Resort

Florals - Flower Artistry

Sweets Table & Wedding Cake - Whippt Catering & Desserts

Hair & Makeup - Pretty Haus

Calgary Wedding Photographer - Bridal Shower

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Calgary Wedding Photography - Fish Creek Park & Rotary House Wedding

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