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On  warm fall day last September we were invited to photograph Justine and Dylan’s Faculty Club wedding at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

We met Justine and her wedding planner Jennifer just a few months before her wedding. When we met and started chatting and there was an instant connection – Justine is creative, organized, and so thoughtful.  So when she handed us her tentative timeline (Conni loves a good timeline) – we knew we would be a perfect fit!

Though the forecast was originally for rain we enjoyed a beautiful fall day for Justine and Dylan’s wedding day!  Conni and I love starting our day at the bride’s acreage – there is always a flurry of activity, as well as so many beautiful details to photograph.  Justine’s family runs South Cooking Lake Greenhouse, and so we started their day at their home just behind the greenhouses.  It’s no surprise that Justine planned out her getting ready space complete with matching robes for her and her girls.  From personal details – to the bridesmaids gifts, it was clear that thought and planning had been put into everything.

Although Justine and Dylan planned to have a very traditional Catholic ceremony, they really wanted to have an intimate first look before hand – to stave off some of the nerves and have a moment just the two of them.  So we found a beautiful area beside the Parish where they could meet and we could snap a few photos – and I’m so glad we did – they are some of our favourite photos ever!

After the ceremony, we all drove into Edmonton to the U of A campus for some food, photos – and some fun with the bridal party.  After photographing the bridal party we sent them back to the limo for for, drinks and a little rest before the Faculty club reception.  Justine and Dylan enjoyed having a few moments alone just to soak in being married and a few photos around the U of A Arts Building before we all headed to their reception at the Faculty Club.

The tables were dressed beautifully, topped off with their wedding favours – which were succulents grown in the family run South Cooking Lake Greenhouses and the reception that followed was a testament to how loved Justine and Dylan are by their family, friends, and church community.

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The whole day was wonderful.  These are the awesome vendors that help make this day amazing! MUA: HP Makeup Artistry Videography: A Love Story DJ: Edmonton Wedding DJs Wedding Florals: Laurel’s On Whyte Venue Florals: South Cooking Lake Greenhouses Cake: Pastries and Prada Wedding Planner: Kingmaker Events Parish: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Venue: Faculty Club, University of Alberta

Being wedding photographers in Alberta, we have seen all kinds of weather, at any time of the year. A big question we hear asked is “What do you do about rain on your wedding day”?  When you are planning your Alberta wedding it’s always a consideration because truthfully we never know when we are going to end up in a snow storm in June, or a hot day in November.  It happens!

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Supposedly the superstition for rain on your wedding day comes from the days of growing our own food and needing the rain for prosperity and growth.  Over the years this has morphed into the idea of cleansing and renewal as well.  So rain on your wedding day represents all those things for your marriage!

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Unfortunately while rain is considered good luck, it does require extra planning for what is already a busy day.  Because let’s face it, weddings are expensive enough without having to add the cost of backup plans that you may or may not even use.  So how do you plan for the potential for inclement weather, without letting it dictate your day, and what do you do for photos if it does rain on your wedding day?

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1.  Accessorize

If you suspect you might get some rain or snow on your wedding day, pop out that week and pick up matching umbrellas for you and your bridal party to use.  We, ourselves always come prepared with a few clear umbrellas, but it’s fun to get matching ones that go with your colours!  (Pro Tip – if you don’t end up using them most places will let you return them).

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2.  Reserve a free backup indoor or sheltered area for your photos.

If there is only a few rain showers any outdoor location that has a little shelter in the form of an overhang will work for your wedding photos.  It’s nice to have the option of ducking under an overhang if the rain picks up.

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In rare occurrence the rain comes and does not let up – in those cases we recommend:

Commerce Place – Manulife Place (Jasper Ave)

While this location has a commercial feeling to it, it is open and has a fair amount of natural light.  You will need to obtain a permit, however it is free

Downtown Parkade (we have a couple of of Jasper Ave we love to use)

While you might not think about it as a great wedding photo location, the light we can get in a parkade is actually really beautiful and focused.  Because the background is dark it usually falls away leaving you and your groom as the main focus.  Pro: You can drive right into it without having to walk outside.  Con: If it is windy and/or cold you are only sheltered from the elements, not removed completely.

Local Restaurant or Coffeehouse

We’ve ducked into Starbucks, MKT, Parlour, The Tea Girl, Block 1912, and Ampersand 27.  Most places will let you come in with your photographer if you ask nicely – and I know a heads up is preferred.  Ask them if there is a less busy time that would not inconvenience their regular customers.   (Just be mindful that it’s one of the items on our “5 things that take longer than you think on your wedding day” list!

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Unusual venues

Some smaller greenhouses will work with couples if you call ahead and ask – it would be worth the ask if you like that kind of a look!  Also look into Libraries, Movie Theatres, Shopping Mall.

LifeDotStyle home based Studio  Located in South Millwoods, we have a beautiful neutral white studio that is perfect for our couples and their smaller sized wedding parties.

3.  Indoor Fee per hour or use options:

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Of course, like most things in life, the more desirable indoor locations cost some money.  However we would be remiss not to at least mention them!

Citadel Theatre

City Hall

U of A

Muttart Convervatory

McKay Avenue School

Winspear Centre

Fort Edmonton Park

Enjoy Centre

The Matrix Hotel Lobby

Devonian Botanical Gardens

Renting a studio loft space downtown (usually around $40 per hour)

If you want versatility of both indoor and outdoor options we recommend booking the U of A, Fort Edmonton Park, Devonian Botanical Gardens or Muttart Conservatory.

We love natural light for many reasons – even the cloudy rainy variety.  It’s relatively easy to work with and lends itself well to our style of clean, classic, romantic photography.  But we want you to have the best wedding day ever.  If indoor photography will help you maintain a stress free day, we are happy to set up our lights and photograph you as creatively as we can in your chosen venue.  If you are the type of couple that is ok with heading outside in a little weather – we would love to help you embrace all that your wedding day is.  We are hardy and our cameras handle most kinds of weather – even if that means that one of us is holding an umbrella for each other or our couples.