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Kelly and Darren invited their friends and family to join them for a beautiful destination winter wedding at the Banff Springs Hotel this December!

Winter weddings make my heart go pitter-patter already, and being able to return to the gorgeous region of Banff National Park was the icing on the [very cold] cake! And these two are made of the warmest love ever – thank you, Kelly and Darren, for inviting me in to share this celebration with you!

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Those following along on Instagram will have learned I have some close ties to Banff – namely in the neighboring town of Canmore. I lived there in the Rockies in the summer of 2011, found amazing friendships in Julie and Adam, and later spent a month in Italy with Julie last spring. She and I are both photographers, and I was lucky to have her alongside for this beautiful Banff wedding! In turn, I went back to Banff again this March to help her with two weddings! Yep – getting my excellent fill of winter weddings in the mountains – perfect!! Maybe we’ll have Julie out this way for some New England weddings soon! (credit to Julie for the above right image! I love knowing she’s capturing creative mountain angles!)

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Kelly and Darren got ready with friends at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. It was a festive morning filled with laughter!

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The wedding ceremony took place in the stunning Cascade Ballroom of the Hotel. And my absolute fav was them turning to call their dog, Charlie, up to the top of the aisle to walk out with them!

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Below is the view from the ballroom as we moved back indoors for an evening of toasts, stories, dancing, and a photo booth! So much of this gorgeous setting, and the smooth planning of the day is attributed to Callandra of Cherry Tree Occasions! Always such a pleasure working with her and her team!

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I didn’t want to sign off on this post without sharing a few peeks from Kelly and Darren’s rehearsal dinner at Rocky Mountain Flatbread in Canmore! An ugly-sweater party, just days before Christmas! BEST. EVER.

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A heartfelt congratulations to you both, Kelly and Darren! You share a beautiful love and a beautiful community of family and friends! It was an absolute pleasure to share this day with you!

Also a HUGE thank you to this incredible team!

Assisting Photographer: Julie Williams Photography | Planning & Design: Cherry Tree Occasions | Florals: Flower Artistry | Catering: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel | Invitations: By Invitation Only | Music: Ben Miles | Hair: Botega | Officiant: Family Friend | Dressmaker: Vera Wang | Shoes: Kate Spade | Suit: Tiger of Sweden

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  • April 7, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    Lauren - Beautiful! The lighting for the bride & groom portraits is LOVELY!!

It’s always the coolest when a guy contacts a photographer before proposing to his girlfriend… and this past August I was there to capture the moment for David and Tyler!

David reached out to me in August about his upcoming trip to Cape Cod with his girlfriend Tyler, his family traveling up annually from Dallas, TX for more than 22 years. My job was to hang out on Kingsbury Beach in Eastham, like any normal photographer would, and start snapping away when I saw David get down on one knee!

Anyone who follows me on Instagram knows how this story went… the family’s dinner was taking FOREVER and the sun was setting. I waited almost two full hours for the lovebirds to come walking down the beach! “Should I leave? Should I stay? Did something go wrong? Am I at the wrong beach?? I’m at the right beach, right???” Thank goodness everyone on Instagram was on the edge of their seats along with me, ha ha!

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Finally, after the sun dipped below the ocean, there they were! I wasn’t close enough to hear their words, and I hoped that my snapping wasn’t obvious until the right moment!

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(Above shows my pathway back to the car… gulp! But thankfully someone BBQing in a big family party on the beach gave me a ride down the road after all was said and done!)

She said yes! After their happy words and embraces, I got to meet David and Tyler for the very first time. Such sweethearts, and I couldn’t be happier for them on this exciting adventure!

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Setta and Tim are getting married this summer at the 1824 House in Waitsfield, Vermont. I was so excited to meet them there in the snow last weekend, and to explore a bit of the Waitsfield area in the chilly sunshine! And such a great chance to bring their pup, Tucker, along to chase snowballs!

We left the 1824 House to trek up to a gorgeous overlook of Sugarbush [North] ski resort!

Finally, we drove toward Bridge Street in the historic center of Waitsfield, enjoying the backdrop of the town’s very active covered bridge!

Setta and Tim were so great to bear with me and a bit of hobbling around for these photos. I tore my ACL on Christmas Eve and had surgery three weeks ago. Perfect timing, as far as wedding seasons go, but I’m normally SO excited to romp around in the snow! Such an excellent time of year for photos!

Can’t wait to meet up with these lovebirds again in August for their beautiful Vermont wedding!

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Geni and Sam were married this summer at the Taj Boston Hotel, along the gorgeous backdrop of Boston’s Public Garden!

This family is extra special to me, having first photographed their son’s Vermont wedding the summer before. For another stunning celebration, Geni and Sam chose locations that are very close to them, both geographically and in their hearts!

They said “I Do!” at St. Mary of the Assumption in Brookline near their home! Such a stunning church, creating the most perfect wedding day memories to look back on. Much the same, our walk around the Public Gardens couldn’t have been more beautiful! Swan boats and all!

The Taj has a few options for reception rooms, but heading upstairs to the 1927 Dining Room was new for me – and absolutely gorgeous! I loved the cream and blue!

Geni and Sam, and the entire family – thank you truly, for the honor of celebrating and capturing some of life’s most beautiful moments with you! I look forward to keeping in touch and watching your family grow more and more! Congratulations!

Venue: Taj Boston Hotel | Ceremony: St. Mary of the Assumption | Flowers: Winston Flowers | Invitations: Crane & Co | Hair & Makeup: Ashley Brecken of Marc Harris Salon | Catering & Dessert: Taj Boston Hotel | Band: Shine Band | Transportation: The Original Party Trolley of Boston | Dress: Amsale | Shoes: Kate Spade | Suit: Joseph A Bank

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We absolutely love walking around Eagle Pond near our home – a great place to let our dogs play and swim – and I’ve always wanted to photograph there in the fall! Lucky for me, Julie and Dave love spending time at their family’s home nearby and we chose to capture their engagement photos at the pond!

When I first met these two, I walked into a home FILLED with family. Intimidating perhaps, but they were immediately the kind of loveable, huggable family I’ll have a hard time calling just “clients”. I can’t wait to celebrate their incredible wedding day next August in Chatham!

Late fall makes for beautiful photos. There’s still foliage on the ground, and the trees are twiggy and gray. We also made our way out to a beautiful field for its yellow November display! Julie and Dave are just the most natural snugglers :-) I love that they were so willing to lay down in the grass!

And we made our way over to the nearby town-way-to-water just a half mile away, on the road back to both of our homes. Pretty cool for me to be approximately 2 miles from home on a Saturday morning!

Julie and Dave, thanks SO much for a morning full of laughs and great conversation! It’s so fun having “clients” like you to spend a year with in this exciting adventure! I’m so happy for you guys! XO

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  • November 19, 2013 - 1:31 pm

    Deborah Sloane - Stacey,

    These photos are absolutely magnificent! Not only is the setting gorgeous and a wonderful choice for the autumn engagement shoot, you really captured the essence of Julie and Dave. They really are snugglers and love to play around; at the same time they are hugely romantic. The pictures reflect it all! I can’t wait for the whole family to spend August 2nd with you!

    Deb

  • November 19, 2013 - 3:22 pm

    Lucinda Graham - Once again, Gorgeous pictures!!! If any of your couples are looking for an Officiant, have them check out my website. Wonderful photos. Cindy