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.
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. So we took a few more photos inside and the bridal party enjoyed a champagne toast.
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.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!
You can view Dave & Megan’s Winter Sunset engagement session here. And make sure to check out their wedding video slideshow below!