ALYCIA + CJ | Steamboat Springs, CO

When you think of destination weddings you tend to picture a beach and palm trees… and that’s exactly why Alycia and CJ chose to get married in the mountains of Colorado; they wanted to mix it up! Alycia visited Steamboat Springs on a business trip years early and she loved the sweet little town and thought it would make for the perfect location for her small, low-key wedding to CJ. Alycia and CJ actually live in different cities; Alycia in Houston and CJ in Chicago, so a third, neutral location for their wedding was a great choice.

While it wasn’t the typically snowy scene one might expect from a Colorado mountain location, the massive log home and stone and wood church where the ceremony and reception were held made for a warm and cozy setting. Since music is a huge part of CJ’s life, his friends who happen to be world renowned musicians serenaded the small crowd with a private concert that had everyone singing along. It was a completely unique experience for us and everyone absolutely loved it. Some of the catering staff even stayed long after their shift ended so they could listen to the show. My personal favourite was their rendition of Elton John’s Daniel, which they improvised to modify the lyrics to make it about a photographer. I don’t think Daniel’s ever been personally serenaded at a wedding before!

We often brag about the keenness of our couples to trek through less than ideal terrain for their day-after portraits, but I think Alycia and CJ deserve extra shout-outs for trekking through feet and feet of snow… in the cold… AND the rain, for just a handful of portraits! CJ and Daniel both rocked some Moon Boots for the occasion, and Daniel took one for the team (the team being he and I, as I was several months pregnant) when he unexpectedly fell waist-deep into a pile of snow, got one of his boots stuck and had to shovel it out with his bare hands! It was an adventure, to say the least!

We certainly felt the weekend vacation vibe that Alycia and CJ were hoping for, and it was a pleasure to spend a few days in the quaint town of Steamboat Springs to celebrate this couple in a really unique and down-to-earth way. Thank you for inviting us along, Alycia and CJ!

{5 Comments}

  1. Victor

    Love your work! Amazing photos, great light

  2. Renee Ryan

    Wow! You guys just kill it everytime!

  3. Anthony

    Awesome work as always!

  4. Arnau

    Amazing shots! It is always a master class seeing one of yours wedding!

  5. Francisco Tabasco

    Un gran trabajo lleno de sentimiento, la luz espectacular .

JOANIE + CASSIE | Montreal, QC

I’ve known Cassie my entire life. She is my cousin, but also one of my best friends, and she works for Daniel and I at our post-production business, The Image Salon. A few years ago, she stood in our kitchen as I poured her a glass of wine and said, “I’m seeing someone new… and it’s a woman.” We were surprised, for about a minute, and then we weren’t. Cassie’s an open minded person, and she fell in love with someone who happened to have the same gender as her. Big deal. What was a big deal, however, was how incredibly happy she was in her new relationship. I had never seen her this way, happy, but also just her best self. When we met Joanie and saw the look on her face as she looked lovingly at my dear cousin, we knew this was the real deal.

About a year later I was walking to the subway (I actually remember exactly what street corner I was standing on) when I got a call from Cassie. She wanted to tell me something she hadn’t told anyone yet… she wanted to propose to Joanie. It took almost another year before she did it (she wanted to do it right!) but when she did, it was perfect and of course Joanie said yes. In fact, a few months later, she proposed right back.

Shortly after the proposals, wedding planning was put on hold for a very important reason. The government was about to change the law on in vitro fertilization so the baby they had planned on having after the wedding couldn’t wait (or they would have to pay out of pocket for the procedure as the government would no longer cover it). So in what felt like a flash, Joanie and Cassie selected a donor, started hormone therapies, had Joanie’s eggs extracted, fertilized, and implanted into Cassie. Just like that, or almost, there was a baby on the way! It wasn’t the way they planned on getting married, with a 6 month pregnant bride, but it was perfect.

I was bestowed the honour of mutual bridesmaid (sporting my own 6 month baby belly!) and Daniel was uncharacteristically nervous to be their solo photographer (even though, I may have picked up a camera a few times…). They hosted both the ceremony and reception at the Lion D’Or theatre – a venue that I had told Cassie about 7 years earlier when I photographed a wedding there and thought would be perfect for her if and when she ever decided to get married. Their dog Vienna got tangled in Cassie’s veil, whined loudly a few times, and then sat and observed attentively as her moms exchanged rings and vows. There was a perfect mix of laughter and tears, and it was one of the most effortless, natural, wedding ceremonies I’ve ever had the privilege of witnessing. Our dads’ band Minuit reunited once again to play at the reception and an epic dance party ensued – not bad for a bunch of old guys, as our dads said!

A few weeks ago we had a date planned to share their photos with them for the first time, but on that day, Nova Clark Gregoire decided to show up 5 weeks ahead of schedule! She is healthy, and so beautiful, and both moms are doing great. We payed them a visit at the hospital where they cuddled up in Cassie’s hospital bed and viewed their wedding slideshow for the first time on our laptop. Things don’t always go according to plan, especially for Joanie and Cassie, but they somehow happen exactly as they are meant to… and the surprise can be even better.

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  1. Jennifer Palik

    Beautiful love story ! Congratulations Cassie !

  2. magali

    You couldn’t have told this story more perfectly Davina! I love it and I love the pictures and I love everyone involved in this story!

  3. Joanie

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. Yvonne

    Lovely, so touching!

  5. Jen Hibberd

    I love this story, so well told! I don’t know Cassie but we emailed back and forth regarding the image salon, and discovered we were both pregnant! I was just thinking about her too, and then this post was in my feed ❤️
    You photographed her wedding beautifully Daniel.
    Congrats Cassie!!!

  6. John Hope

    Well this is just straight-up stunning guys!

RINA + ANTHONY | Koh Samui, Thailand

Whenever we have the immense privilege of photographing other wedding photographers’ getting hitched, we know it’s going to be good. And not just good, but different,  because let’s face it, they’ve seen hundreds of weddings first hand and when it’s their turn, they want to do it their way!

Rina and Anthony, wedding photographers out of Edmonton, Alberta, thought long and hard about how they were going to make their wedding special. They knew they wanted a very intimate, destination wedding, where they could relax and enjoy with their guests. When they couldn’t find the perfect venue in Hawaii, they searched the island of Koh Samui, Thailand and found exactly what they were looking for: a modern house with stunning views and room for everyone.

So in early November, just as it was getting cold in Canada, we all headed way East and way South to the beautiful island of Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. We met up with Rina, Anthony, and a dozen of their closest friends for a week of fresh fish, Pad Thais, snorkelling, walks on the beach, massages, and a boat trip of course.

On the wedding day, the men went through a series of challenges and traditional Chinese games hosted by the women before both sides went their separate ways to get ready. Following a first look, for which Rina wore a casual dress to save her wedding dress for the ceremony, guests gathered for cocktails and speeches by the pool. Every single guest in attendance got up to say something about the couple which resulted in a lot of laughs and a surprising amount of tears (Rina didn’t think Anton would cry!). The testimonials pointed out many traits we had witnessed ourselves over the last few days: Rina’s infectious, bubbly personality (she actually physically bounces around when she’s excited!) and the couple’s generous and giving spirits. A touching twilight ceremony on the beach officiated by their best friend as well as the release of balloons and Chinese lanterns perfectly wrapped up the emotional part of the day and set the stage for their colourful and lively dance party reception back at the house. A packed dance floor is hard to achieve at any event, yet this guest list of merely a dozen managed to accomplish this daunting task! The night ended with a much anticipated, refreshing swim in the pool.

Rina and Anthony placed a lot of trust in us, including choosing their ceremony location, and when we suggested a visit to an elephant farm for some portraits, they didn’t even bat an eye. The elephant proved to be much more unpredictable and messy than any of us had anticipated, but Rina and Anthony laughed their way through everything. We had a blast documenting this fun week in paradise and we thank Rina and Anthony for taking us along for the ride!

 

{20 Comments}

  1. Víctor

    Congratulations!. great job!
    Love it!

  2. Rina

    AWWWWWWWWWW. Love you both. I’m crying with your beautiful words as well . You both are truly awesome!!!!!!! Love you

  3. Lanny Mann

    Holy crap! Insanely good work, you guys.

  4. Beena Tohani

    Wow!!! Every single image is stunning!

  5. Jason

    I held my breath all the way to the end. Wow! Just amazing.

  6. Andreas

    wow, really beautiful. Love it

  7. Connie

    Awesome job the way you captured Rina and Anthony’s relationship. The pictures brought tears to my eyes

  8. Helena

    Beautiful pictures for a beautiful couple! Amazing!

  9. Erin Chrisman

    REALLY love this one!! Beautiful emotion, pure, original photographs. And I can tell how hard you guys worked every scene. Fantastic job.

  10. Rahul

    WHAT! Amazing, amazing, amazing work! Jaw dropping!

  11. Arnau

    Wow! Great great job! Congrats!

  12. Lanty

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! So powerful and stunning!

  13. Adams

    Beautiful and creative, amazing work! Congratulations!

  14. Patryk

    Amazing photos! Its a beautiful wedding story!

  15. Boutonnet

    Guys it is good to see your pictures! As always, really beautiful and inspiring. I especially love the one in the shower with the blue tones, magic.

  16. Vancouver Wedding Photographer

    Thanks for sharing these. Found you from the SLR Lounge top 100. Nice to see your work and get some inspiration!

  17. Jay Hoque

    Just went through your 3 of your most recent posts and I’m speechless. Truly inspiring work. 🙂