This was a special day for me. Having friends that have the courage and faith to trust in what I do truly does mean more than anything.
Tanis and I have known one another for 8 years. We spent 4 years together in University and since then have made the effort to keep in touch after she moved home to Calgary. So to say I was thrilled when she sent me the message saying she wanted me to be a part of her day really would be the understatement of the year. Since then Tanis has met Danielle, a wonderfully intelligent, funny and genuine human being and I am over the moon happy for them both and what they share together. It was during my trip to Calgary for their wedding where I met Danielle for the first time and while we knew very little about one another at the time, I truly felt like I left Calgary a day later with a new friendship.
Tanis and Danielle's day started on a wonderfully casual note where the entire wedding party spent the morning getting ready in the comfort of family. We shared laughs and mimosas for several hours before a quick backyard first look with the happy couple. We spent the day travelling in style in a rather "pink" limo that toured us to their theatre ceremony. Never before have I had the opportunity to photograph a ceremony and bridal party moments in a vintage theatre with a red carpet! Definitely one for the record books. Following a quick stop at a local park for family shots and some unbelievable bridal moments, we made our way to the reception where the real party took off without a hitch. A remarkable custom playlist constructed by the bride herself certainly allowed for quite the dance party!
It was during the time spent processing their images where I really took the time to reflect on what it is that Tanis and Danielle share. It finally hit me. They are just two people meant to find one another. I may have 8 years of friendship under my belt with Tanis, but I can truly say that she has never been as happy or fulfilled as she is now. As a friend I have Danielle to thank for that. The connection that two of them have with one another is inspiring.
Congratulations you two!
Check out some of my favourite from Tanis and Danielle's big day...