Calgary Wedding Photographer – Julia and Derek’s June Wedding

What a way to kick off my Summer wedding season in Calgary!  Julia and Derek promised a fun day that was going to be focused on enjoying the company of friends and family and I think they did a great job of delivering.  In their hunt for a Calgary Wedding Photographer, they realized that I had photographed a close family friend’s wedding a few years ago.  Julia’s parents were at the wedding.  I had forgotten about this fun fact and at the start of the ceremony as I was photographing the pianist at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church I realized that I knew her!  It took me a few moments before I connected the dots, it was Geoff’s mom! (Adrianna and Geoff’s wedding

Planning a June wedding in Calgary is not for the faint of heart especially if you are hoping for a good outdoor portrait session.  The day before Julia and Derek’s wedding it rained sideways for most of the day.  The forecast for Saturday looked better but still “unstable”.  There are probably too many good options for outdoor Calgary Wedding Photography within the city limits.  Julia had suggested the Weaslehead Natural area on the west side of Calgary as somewhere they would like to use for their portrait session.  I had my reservation only because if it was a sunny day the options were a bit limited.  The weather actually turned out to be almost perfect.  Just the right amount of cloud cover when we wanted it and some really great portrait light.  A small shower added a fun intermission to the session.  In the end, we were able to do their entire session there and didn’t have to deal with a pretty congested day of traffic around the construction on Glenmore. 

Their reception plans did away with tradition.  Things didn’t kick off until 7 pm and the format was focused on entertainment.  A couple of their friends did a great job of MC’ing the evening and kept everyone laughing.  The “unstable” forecast delivered in force that evening with big hailstones hammering down on the roof of the Strathcona Community Centre’s roof so hard it sounded like a train was running through the back of the building.  When I left that evening I had to push 4 inches of hailstones off my windshield.  Fortunately, it looks like the vehicles were ok.  June is never boring for weddings in Calgary!    

Julia and Derek wanted to hold hands for a bit before the ceremony without seeing each other.

I think it’s going to be hard hard for me to beat these two portraits in 2019!

Derek’s parents.

A special portrait with Grandpa.

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