Calgary Winter Club Wedding Photographer

I arrived as the bride and bridesmaids were finishing up their makeup and hair, grooving to the sounds of the Backstreet Boys and S Club 7. They were getting ready to party on the most amazing day of Megan’s life – their friend and sister.

After a flurry of tulle and hairspray, Megan’s mom helped button her up, and then watched as Megan went to see her daddy in her wedding dress. His reaction was absolutely priceless and I’m sure that was a moment for him that stood completely still.

The guests were seated, and Megan walked arm in arm down the aisle with her dad to the sound of “What a Wonderful World”. Dave received his bride with joy and they made their love official with vows, a set of rings, and a spectacular dip kiss.

We headed out to Nose Hill Park for our formal photos. The skies were angry and were threatening rain. We hid under umbrellas and I watched as a wall of water quickly approached. It poured for several minutes, and then it went away! Lightning was striking in every direction but we stayed (mostly) dry and finished the majority of our photos outside. On the way back to the Winter Club the rain poured so hard that I hydroplaned a few times over big puddles. But nothing could spoil their wedding day and these two wore their smiles through it all.

The reception at the Calgary Winter Club had a few unique features including awesome candy, childhood photos, grandparents ripping up the dance floor, and LOTS of Smirnoff Ice. You can read more about that as you go through the photos.

Dave & Megan – you guys are awesome! I had such a great time with you on your wedding day and Megan I especially loved your awesome dance moves to Sir Mix-a-Lot:) I hope you have an incredible honeymoon and an even better happily ever after.

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Megan and her bridesmaids were all for jumping up and down on the bed before getting their dresses on!BridesmaidsI Do Robe | Happily Ever AfterBridesmaids Getting ReadyBride Getting Ready | Calgary Wedding PhotographersBride Getting Ready | Lace Back Wedding Dress

Megan you are such a stunning bride!!!Bride Getting Ready | Calgary Wedding Photographers

This first look with Megan’s dad left everyone a little misty eyed, including me. First Look with DadGroom Getting ReadyGroom getting ReadyGroom getting ReadyGroom getting ReadyCalgary Winter Club Wedding Photographer

As Megan’s dad walked her down the aisle, the guests were asked to stand as she passed by to show their love and honour.
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And… we got caught in the rain at the tail end of our photo session and on the drive back to the Calgary Winter Club we could barely see out the windows because it was coming down so hard. Wedding Photos in the RainSo we took a few more photos inside and the bridal party enjoyed a champagne toast.
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I love how Dave & Megan decided to display their custom photo guest book! It suited their decor perfectly.
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The tables were numbered with photos of the bride and groom at the corresponding ages. Such a cute idea! I love that they both have a Santa picture at age 6. Table Numbers with Childhood Photos of Bride and Groom

This kissing wheel game was so funny. As you’ll see later on in the photos, if someone spun a 4 they had to chug a Smirnoff Ice. It turned into a little competition of who could do it the fastest and I believe that the sister of the groom took top place! Wedding Details

This candy bar was SO pretty, and had some delicious candy that I’d never even heard of before (which, being a total sweet tooth, is saying something).Candy Bar by the Sugar Cube YYC | Calgary Winter Club Wedding PhotographerWedding Cake | Wedding Cupcakes | Black Forest Cake | Best Day EverPiggyback Cake Topper

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While they were planning their wedding, Dave & Megan casually asked all of their friends and family what their wedding songs were (to get ideas for their own wedding song). And during dinner all of those wedding songs were played and the couples were invited to the dance floor as it played. It was really beautiful.
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And here’s the promised Chugging Contest…Kissing GameCalgary Winter Club Wedding PhotographerCalgary Winter Club Wedding PhotographerCalgary Winter Club Wedding PhotographerCalgary Winter Club Wedding PhotographerMaid of Honour SpeechCalgary Winter Club Wedding Photographer

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Megan surprised her mom by having a special mother daughter dance!
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Then all the couples were invited to the dance floor for a “Generations Dance” or “Anniversary Dance”. The DJ begins asking couples to sit down if they’ve been married for less than 24 hours, then 1 year, 5 years, and so on, until the longest married couple is the last one standing.
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And it was Megan’s grandparents! Aren’t they sweet?Generations DanceCalgary Wedding PhotographersWedding CakeWedding CakeCalgary Wedding PhotographersBouquet Toss | Calgary Winter Club Wedding Photographer

Instead of finding a garter under Megan’s dress, Dave found a Smirnoff Ice:)Garter Toss

…and then found the garter…
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We snuck out at the end of the night for some last photos before the sun went down.
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Photography by Carlin Anquist. Calgary Winter Club Wedding Photographer. I am based in Calgary and am available for weddings across Alberta, BC, and other awesome destinations! You can get in touch at hello@carlinanquist.com or call me at 403-383-5804. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus.

A special thanks to Stefan Makwana for second shooting with me!

Thank you to all the vendors who made Dave & Megan’s day so beautiful!

  Ceremony & Reception Venue – Calgary Winter Club
Wedding Officiant – Maxean Brigley
Brides Rings – Spence Diamonds
Groom’s Wedding Band – Anne Louise Jewellers
Bride’s Dress – Ever After Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses – David’s Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Suits – Ed Williams Mens Wear
Bride’s Shoes – Arnold Churgin Shoes
Invitations – Wedding Paper Divas
Flowers – White’s Flowers
Makeup – MAC Cosmetics 
Black Forest Cake Cupcakes – Bliss Cupcakes 
Candy Bar – The Sugar Cube

 

You can view Dave & Megan’s Winter Sunset engagement session here. And make sure to check out their wedding video slideshow below!

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Knox Mountain Engagement | Kelowna Wedding Photographer

Willow trees, lake and mountain views, gorgeous sunsets and warm temperatures (30 degrees – I love you). It doesn’t get any better than this.

While I was in Kelowna at the end of June I met up with C&G to shoot their engagement session at Knox mountain – an incredible natural park in the middle of the city. We spent the evening laughing, getting to know each other, and chasing the sunset to the top of the mountain. There were a few moments that I actually gasped because the light was just that incredible.

Thanks you two for an amazing evening – I can’t wait for your wedding at Emerald Lake later this year!

*And just a note that while I am based in Calgary, I am available to take on several weddings and sessions in Kelowna, Summerland, Penticton, and the surrounding area each summer.*

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Isn’t this “I Do” wine bottle from Intrigue Wines so cute! A perfect choice to have on the tables at your wedding in wine country. And I just love this unique heirloom aquamarine engagement ring.Kelowna Wedding Photographer | Knox Mountain Engagement SessionKelowna Wedding Photographer | Knox Mountain Engagement SessionA champagne toast for the bride and groom to be:)
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  • Kelci

    WOW! These shots are just incredible!ReplyCancel

    • Carlin Anquist

      Thanks so much Kelci!!! I’m praying for a sunset like this at your wedding!ReplyCancel

  • GORGEOUS! They both have great smiles. Great location, Carlin! These photos are wonderful <3ReplyCancel

    • Carlin Anquist

      Thanks so much Michele! I wish I could shoot here all the time!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness! What a gorgeous location! That view is amazing. Love this session. And 30 degrees was warm?? Brrr!ReplyCancel

    • Carlin Anquist

      Thanks Erika! and 30 degrees celsius:) That’s 86 Fahrenheit and it’s my happy place:)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful
    Location and stunning photos!!ReplyCancel

Earl Grey Golf Club Wedding Photographer | Bar None Ranches | St James Chapel Wedding

It was a rainy day in May, when Greg and Angie stood in front of family and friends and said “I Do.” They were married at the gorgeous and unique St James Chapel at Bar None Ranches. It is the oldest Catholic church in the Calgary area (built around 1903) and was brought to the Ranches and restored in 2007.

We took photos around the beautiful property and inside the chapel before heading over to their reception at Earl Grey Golf Club. They had a traditional Chinese tea ceremony before dinner, and then partied the night away with laughter and dancing.

Greg & Angie – it was such a pleasure to be a part of your big day. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!

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Gorgeous cake from Decadent Desserts and I just love those cute hand painted cake topper dolls from licoricewits!Cake by Decadent Desserts | Cake Topper by licoricewits on Etsy |Earl Grey Golf Club Wedding PhotographerFirst Dance | Earl Grey Golf Club Wedding PhotographerCalgary Reception Venues | Earl Grey Golf Club Wedding PhotographerFirst Dance | Earl Grey Golf Club Wedding Photographer

Photography by Carlin Anquist. Earl Grey Golf Club Wedding Photographer. I am available for weddings in Calgary & Southern Alberta, Kelowna & the Okanagan Valley, and am always up for traveling to warm places for destination weddings:) Get in touch at hello@carlinanquist.com and follow along on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus.

Ceremony Venue – St James Memorial Chapel, Bar None Ranches

Hair & Makeup – Red Bloom Salon

Cake – Decadent Desserts

Cake toppers – licoricewits

Bridal Gown – Beautiful Bride

Suits – Derks

Flowers – Thalea Florists

DJ – Jason Smylski

Rings – Blue Nile

Marriage Commissioner – Marsha Doell

Reception Venue – Earl Grey Golf Club

You can view Greg & Angie’s Summer Engagement Session in the Okanagan here.

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  • What a BEAUTIFUL Wedding!! Just lovely. I loved the Tea Ceremony at the end. I love when they incorporate their heritage and culture in weddings!ReplyCancel

    • Carlin Anquist

      Thanks so much Molly! The Tea Ceremony was really awesome to be a part of:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Marie

    Wow. I love your deep, vivid, sharp style. It is stunning and so is this couple. Overall beautiful wedding at Earl Grey Golf Club.ReplyCancel

  • Angie

    Thanks Carlin for your dedication. We love the photos and are so glad you did such a wonderful job!ReplyCancel

    • Carlin Anquist

      Thanks for including me in your beautiful day Angie! You are a stunning bride:)ReplyCancel

Calgary Engagement Photos

We started out by heading to one of my favourite little hidden spots, only to discover that it had been levelled to make room for a new condo complex. Sad day. So we improvised and went up to Nose Hill Park as the rain came down and the winds blew. And we completely lucked out because not only did we get an awesome stormy sky, but things calmed down and we were able to get some beautiful sunset photos as well.

It was such a joy for me to see how much in love Trevan and Vanessa are. We pretty much just laughed throughout the entire session and they had so much fun enjoying each others company.

They are incredibly excited to be married and start their life together, and I’m so excited to see what the future holds for these two. Congratulations again Trevan and Vanessa! May you continue to grow in love – I can’t wait to see you become husband and wife!

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Vanessa’s gorgeous Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring is from Spence Diamonds.

Photography by Carlin Anquist, Wedding Photographer serving Calgary and all of southern Alberta, Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley, and any other destination where you are planning your awesome wedding! A free engagement session filled with love, light, and laughter is included with every wedding collection. These photos can be used for your wedding invitations, save the date cards, or a custom photo guest book with lay flat pages. I also photograph portraits, families, births and newborns. Get in touch at hello@carlinanquist.com or 403-383-5804 and let’s chat over coffee!

Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus.

Calgary Engagement Photos

 

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  • Oh my, Carlin! The first image on the hill! I love this location. I love the stormy sky, but the light in the warmer photos is gorgeous as well. Amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Carlin Anquist

      Thanks so much Michele! I love a good stormy sky:)ReplyCancel

  • What a power collection of photos! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • I feel like you used those storm clouds the best you could and I LOVE the results!
    These two are adorbs. love itReplyCancel

  • these are all stunning!ReplyCancel

Elbow Falls Engagement Photos

 Kyle & Meryl met at a running club while training for Triathlon, and Meryl asked Kyle to go cross country skiing with her and some friends. As fate would have it, the friends never showed, and it ended up being just the two of them. It didn’t take long for them to realize that they wanted to spend their lives together, and are planning a summer wedding for later this year.

We met up early one Saturday morning and drove out to Elbow Falls in the beautiful Kananaskis mountains. While managing to beat the rush of tourist buses, we played in the trees, on the rocks, and by the waterfall to create these images together.

Congratulations you two! It was such a joy getting to know you both and I am so looking forward to capturing your wedding!

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Photography by Carlin Anquist – wedding and engagement photographer for real couples in love. Engagement sessions are included in all of my wedding collections and are some of my favourite sessions to shoot. They allow for tons of flexibility for wardrobe, location, and time of day – and I would love to work with you to make your vision come to life. Get in touch at hello@carlinanquist.com and follow along on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus

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  • What a beautiful session!!! They sound like quite the adventurous couple! I can’t wait to see their wedding pictures!ReplyCancel

  • As I scrolled through this blog, I had a few “whoa” moments.

    WHOA- this location is incredible. I only wish I lived closer to places like this! That ring!! The photos of the two of them are gorgeous. Beautiful work, as always Carlin!ReplyCancel

    • Carlin Anquist

      Thanks so much Michele! This location was actually on one of the Bourne movies! It’s pretty awesome:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Marie

    The landscape is stunning, and so are the couple. I love the black and white photos.ReplyCancel

  • These two are naturals! What a gorgeous Elbow Falls engagement session =] That location is perfect!ReplyCancel

    • Carlin Anquist

      They sure are! Thanks Clara!ReplyCancel

  • Love the location… And this sweet session. Beautiful! <3ReplyCancel