Crystal & Jason’s Pineridge Hollow Wedding

This will easy go down as one of my favourite weddings for so many reasons. The biggest being that Crystal & Jason are just about the absolute loveliest people you will ever meet. I’ve been lucky enough to shoot not only their wedding but also the weddings of some of the most important people in their lives. Each curated detail of their wedding day held such important meaning to the both of them, and honestly every little detail couldn’t have come together more perfectly.

Jason and Crystal drew their wedding theme and colours of  Burgundy, Slate Blue, and Brass as inspiration from their many winery trips to vineyards they visited over the years together. They wanted to incorporate deep burgundy to represent the colour of wine; Crystal’s beautiful Essence of Australia dress featured beautiful rosettes and raw organza in a soft colour called Moscato – as I said, it all couldn’t have been more perfect for their shared love for wine which shone on their wedding day. They subtly incorporated slate blue into their hand dyed muslin table runner and the beautiful raw silk ribbons used for the boutonnieres and bouquets created by the ever so talented Stone House Weddings. During their engagement, Crystal searched many different antique shops and estate sales in search of the various vintage brass pots and goblets to be used as centre pieces.

I absolutely adored capturing all the details of their day especially all the laughter, fun, and love these two shared together and all the love  their friends and families have for these two gems of human beings. These two just radiate together and I’ll truly miss seeing them every month lol. So, i’ll just leave this lovely wedding to feat your eyes on and maybe even gather some inspiration from. xo

 




VENUE: Pineridge Hallow | FLORALS: Stone House Weddings | DRESS: Bliss Bridal TUX: EPH Apparel MAKEUP: 2 Chicks and a Bag of Makeup

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Jessica & Steve Elmhurst Golf Course

Easily one of my favourite weddings of all time, this beautiful Elmhurst golf course wedding is not to love. Aside from all the beautiful aesthetics & details brought together by an amazing team of talented local vendors, this bride & groom and their whole wedding party really are some of the sweetest & most memorable individuals I have yet to have in front of my camera. What’s even better, I’ve gotten to see this sweet bride Jessica and hubby for both Maternity photos and Family photos over the last couples of years since they tied the knot. I love seeing my couples grow together and their family after their wedding days.  Couples like this who keep in touch and ask me to capture more of their biggest life moments make me pinch myself and ask if this is really what I get to do as a career.

Enjoy Jessica & Steve’s beautiful wedding – all the talented vendors can be found below if you love the style and how everything came together.


 

This beautiful photo above of Jessica & her Bridesmaids won a top 30% award in a photo competition that hosted over 332,768 photos from various photographers all over the world!


 

 

VENUE| Elmhurst Country Club    FLOWERS| Beyond Flowers   DRESS|  7th Avenue Bridal  DECOR & RENTALS| Simply Perfect Decor CAKE & CAKE POPS: Sweet Impressions

 

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Beautiful Hawthorn Estates Wedding

Each year Shoot n’ Share holds a lovely contest for photographers from all around the globe, and when I say all around the globe I truly mean it – we are talking 141 different countries to be exact – how cool is that? It’s actually quite amazing that a community comes together for a whole month of the year to submit their “best 50” photos, and have hundreds of thousands of others vote for their favourite photographs from all different categories; from senior portraits, to family, newborn, styled shoots, wedding parties, pets, the bride, the groom and a few other pretty great categories just to name a few. In 2017 the contest started out with a submission of nearly 332,768 photos with voting  open to anyone and everyone for an entire month – that means you too could vote.  Things get pretty fun & inspiring as a photographer and the month of February can be difficult not getting into a habit of simply just eating, sleeping, and voting all day long. The wonderful team at Shoot n’ share whom host this amazing contest go above and beyond to make sure voting is fair and at random, they really have created such a great space to share talent & inspiration.

For me, 2017 was my first year submitting to the competition and I am still in awe of how far I placed in the competition with a number of my photos. Individuals can simply choose your photos out of the 4 that pop up, but if they really love your photos they can “heart” them and this is the only way to know whether you might have a photo still left once you get in the higher rounds. With each passing round and eliminations I would sequel with joy that my hearts were still increasing and not knowing which photos they were almost killed me. Anyhow, the photo contest wrapped up and I was so pleased that a good number of my photos made it through all 10 rounds of voting and some of my favourites placed higher than I ever could have dreamed and hoped for in my first year submitting. I even made top 100 photos with this beautiful bridal Portrait below out of 332,768 and over 49 million votes cast. I have also entered for 2018 some of my favourites from 2017 and even some older ones from the vault. We are currently at round 7 and my hearts are still slow and steadily moving up, so that gives me hope I am doing as well as last year. I’ll keep posted on this post for each year to share all the beautiful images that place in the competition. My fingers toes and eyes are crossed for 2018 – two weeks left for voting. In the meantime, you can take a peak at some of 2017’s photos and where they placed.


 


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The Big Day Wedding Expo

What an incredibly amazing, exciting, and much anticipated weekend it was at the Big Day Wedding Expo March 4 & 5th at the Assiniboine Downs. This was my very first time being apart of any type of wedding trade show so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Preparing for the wedding was like preparing for a very large and important University presentation x 20!  I can tell you it’s definitely been a long time in which I’ve had to put together a “visual presentation” for others let alone one that represents my career, love for visual arts and something that would resonate with potential brides and grooms.

I had so many supportive & lovely friends, family, and industry vendors whom helped bring my vision for booth #12, Aimee de la Lande Photography together. Most notably,  the constant support and tremendous amount of time given to me by my partner of Osborne Construction who put up with my non-stop “wedding booth talk” for over a month and whom built me the bones and beauty of the wainscotting walls that really contributed to my branding of my business. Looking back, I am almost certain his craftsmanship of my booth walls were ‘almost’ more talked about than my actual photographs, but i’m ok with that, they were incredibly beautiful and deserving of all the accolades.

A big thank you to Lauren at Stone House Creatives for designing the most beautiful garland chair swags, fireplace garland, and floral arrangements for the booth. Everything looked stunning and everyone was talking about the lovely chair details looked which were kindly provided by C & T Rentals. Not only were they gorgeous to look at, but I even had a few people test the chairs out and proclaim them to be some of the most comfortable in the industry. A special thank you to Ashley Lotecki Design for the beautiful Bride & Groom signs hanging from the garland swags. They were designed and handmade out of beautiful Baltic Birch Wood by Ashley herself. If you loved the signs, she makes the most amazing cake toppers and currently holds an exclusive line at High Tea Bakery right here in the city. A very huge thank you to Sheryl at Vantage Studios whom worked closely with me to make sure my large format prints were sized and printed to perfection for my feature gallery walls. A very big thank you to the talented Linger at Parasayo Co for making me the sweetest and most attractive chalk board sign that helped welcome attendees into my booth. If you need signs, seating charts, table numbers, guest placards or whatever you little heart desires, Linger is your woman! I was going to attempt making my own sign myself, but I know all to well that i’m a perfectionist and it’s guaranteed that I would have hated looking at my chicken scratch every time I would have made eye contact with the thing.

How lucky are you when Joy Coffee Bar sets up adjacent to you at a show? Alex the owner, saviour, and artist not only makes incredible tasting coffee, but the attention to detail and the designs of his beverages are none to others. I actually hope to do some personal work with him sometime in the future. Let it be said,  I absolutely love love love the idea of a coffee bar at a wedding. I was lucky enough to shoot two weddings this past season with coffee bars and I tell you, it’s so wonderful to be able to get a good cup of coffee at any time of the night, any photographer will know the struggle of their coffee disappearing from the tables before I can even get a sip in after photographing speeches.

Also a big thank you to my close friends Dan, Britt, and Chris for helping me take down one of the heaviest and complex set-ups in record time after the show, not even kidding, this puppy was down and loaded in a flat 45 minutes after the show – it’s the perks of having some very large strong friends! Lastly, thank you to Cory and Alyssa for being such helpful hosts at the wedding show, they made my first experience as a vendor pleasurable and I would absolutely recommend others in the industry to partake in this show.

What drew me to partaking in this particular wedding show was the venue and attendance. It is a fair size show, but not too large that it is overwhelming to attendees or over saturated with too many vendors offering the same service. While it had it’s moments of high traffic and many people being in my booth at one time, there was also plenty of time for some really good one on one conversations with potential clients. I certainly left there feeling like I made some great connections with couples and also some other vendors and I appreciate the more intimate atmosphere.

I thought i’d share some pictures of my booth and some of the lovely details provided by the lovely vendors that helped bring this all together, so again, a big thank you to everyone that helped make my first wedding show a pleasurable and successful one!

VENUE: Big Day Wedding Expo | BUILDER OF BOOTH: Osborne Construction | FLORALS: Stone House Creatives |CHAIRS & TABLES: C & T Rentals | BRIDE & GROOM SIGNS: Ashley Lotecki Design | PRINTS: Vantage Studios | SIGNAGE: Parasayo Co

Thanks to all the amazing vendors Aimee xx

 


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