Enjoy this latest instalment of The Photobooth, featuring Dani and Andrew and all their amazing guests. Their Island Lake Lodge wedding in Fernie was amazing despite a little rain…but once the party started, these guys heated up the night! See for yourself with this fun photobooth video for your viewing pleasure!
You know it’s a good wedding when you can’t get your guests off of the dance floor! In honour of Milton’s cultural background, the newlyweds invited a Latin band to perform a song for their first dance and continue to play throughout the evening, alongside one of Edmonton’s finest DJs. This was a party
that started hot, and sizzled all night long. The overflowing dance floor, filled with guests of all ages, and of varied levels of dance experience(!), was bursting at the seams with joy! Jen recalls that it was lovely to see how much fun Milton had during the reception: “I couldn’t even get him off the dance floor!”
“My favourite thing about being married: we’re starting a family together this October!”
Jen and Milton’s fun wedding was a perfect reflection of them. They selected a vintage theme, with hints of glamour, and special touches unique to them. After they determined their theme, Jen was on a mission to channel her inner Martha Stewart. She collected vintage teacups that had been passed down to her from her grandmothers and found vintage birdcages and books. Along with painting all of her treasures, she also convinced Milton to build and stain a “LOVE” sign
which was used as a backdrop behind their sweetscape. Milton jokes that they can still smell the paint in their house from all of Jen’s projects! Fitting with their theme, they exchanged vows at the top of the steps of Magrath Mansion, one of Edmonton’s historic homes and, as a reflection of one of Milton’s favourite past times, they hosted their reception at the wonderfully picturesque Royal Mayfair Golf Club.
This party was incredible! Jen and Milton were wonderful hosts — they wear their hearts on their sleeves and ensured their day was a true reflection of them. On their wedding day, they focused on what matters most — uniting their families and having fun. Ultimately, I think FUN was really the theme of this wedding. It was wonderful
to see the exuberant guests dancing all night — the room was filled with joy, from the minute guests arrived, to the minute they left. Congratulations, Jen & Milton on the upcoming arrival of your new family member — I hope you share many dances together!
What would you do, if a week before your wedding, you were told you had to completely change your plans? After months of careful planning toward a sunset ceremony in Mexico, Kim and Pierre had a week to conquer their greatest wedding test — turning a relaxing week of wedding festivities into a single, unforgettable day. Why? A week before their group was to depart from
Edmonton, Pierre learned that his work schedule had changed – something he simply couldn’t adjust. And due to this, Pierre would be in Mexico for less than 24 hours. What would your response be to a situation like this, with your dreams dashed and a year’s worth of planning completely unraveled? How they handled the situation was truly marvelous.
Kim recollects that it wasn’t a tough decision: “we’re in love, and we were getting married” — the rest was just the icing on the cake! Instead of panicking, Kim and Pierre set aside their disappointment and quickly began the process of (re)planning their wedding in just one week. With the assistance of their fabulous wedding planner,
Jennifer Bergman, Kim and Pierre created an impressive surprise wedding! They opted not to share the news with their guests, but rather invited them to a pre-Mexico breakfast event in the Plaza Premium Lounge at the Edmonton International Airport…which turned out to be their official wedding ceremony!
“At 6AM, while our family and friends sipped coffee and wiped the sleep from their eyes, Pierre and I made our entrance. We arranged to have a marriage commissioner whisked through security, and we shocked everyone by getting married right there in the airport!”
Before they had even boarded the plane, Kim and Pierre were officially husband and wife. The wedding was a huge success, despite (or possibly because of) all of the complications they had faced. Early in the planning stages, when Hurricane Odile devastated the region of Los Cabos, they learned that their original venue was unable to open in time for the wedding. The second resort they booked also had to close due to the extent of the damage. With just over a month until
take off, Kim and Pierre were forced to book their wedding at a third resort. So, when plans changed again, a mere week before they were to say “I DO,” they shrugged it off and honoured their mantra: “you can’t stop love” — a slogan they coined early on in their relationship. If they couldn’t have the sunset ceremony they had been planning, well, a moonlit candlelight ceremony by the ocean was pretty amazing too!
Happily, their wedding day went off without a hitch. Early the next morning Kim, Pierre, Luis (our driver), and myself enjoyed a day after photo session. Luis toured us around to some wonderful remote locations and one amazing taco stand, before circling around to drop Pierre off at the airport for his return trip home. 24 hours after
landing in Mexico, Pierre was on his flight home (followed by an all-night drive, so he could start work the following morning), while Kim and all their guests soaked up the rays and enjoyed the sights and sounds of Los Cabos.
But…it doesn’t end there! As a surprise happy ending to the whirlwind wedding, Kim entered into a singing competition at the resort. With Pierre watching live via Skype, Kim stole the show and took home
first place. Her prize? A free stay for 2 at the resort! And 6 weeks later, Kim was able to return, this time with hubby Pierre in tow, and they were finally able to enjoy the resort as they had planned all along.
“Watching Kim and Pierre adjust their plans with such grace — and how they surprised their guests with an airport ceremony — was awesome. When we arrived in Mexico, I could understand why they selected the Sunset da Mona Lisa as their venue, as it was one of the
most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! It was great to see this wedding pulled off so magnificently in spite of all the challenges they faced. And I’m so happy to have been a part of it”
Kim & Pierre // 31 January 2015 // Edmonton, AB + Cabo San Lucas, Mexico // Ceremony Venue: Plaza Premium Lounge, Edmonton International Airport + Sunset da Mona Lisa Restaurant (Cabo San Lucas) // Marriage Commissioner: Marcia Loder (Edmonton) + Reverend Diego Vidal (Cabo San Lucas) // Ceremony Musicians: Trio Los Mosquitos // Reception Venue: Sunset da Mona Lisa Restaurant // Caterer: Sunset da Mona Lisa Restaurant // Wedding Planner: Jennifer Bergman Weddings // Photographer: Kelly Redinger | Photographer // Transportation: Transpeninsula Los Cabos (wedding day transportation) + Luis Enrique from The Cabo Agency (day after transportation) // Stationery: Pink Polka Design // Floral Designer: Cabo Floral Studio // Design & Décor: Jennifer Bergman Weddings // Rentals: Special Event Rentals (Edmonton) + Linens, Things & More (Cabo San Lucas) // Gown Boutique: Novelle Bridal Shop // Gown Designer: Allure // Shoes: Benjamin Adams London // Make-up Artist: Blanc Bridal Salon (Cabo San Lucas)// Hair Stylist: Blanc Bridal Salon (Cabo San Lucas) // Groom Formal Wear: Derk’s Formals (Edmonton) // Shoes: Kenneth Cole // Groomsmens’ Attire: Derk’s Formals (Edmonton) // Travel Agent: LY Cruising & Adventure Travel // Wedding Guests Stayed at: SECRETS Puerto Los Cabos Resort, San Jose del Cabo
Jessie and Scott were high school sweethearts. Together, they had enjoyed many adventures, but the one that was most significant was their trip to Bali. In the most picturesque setting, Scott surprised Jessie with a proposal. Coinciding with their love of traveling together, they opted to host a destination wedding. They exchanged vows with Alberta’s Rocky Mountains as their backdrop. Nestled atop a mountain in Canmore, Silvertip Resort lent
itself as the perfect venue for Jessie and Scott’s wedding day — they shared vows underneath an outdoor gazebo, fitting for a rustic inspired celebration. As their friend performed live music, Jessie and Scott sealed a vintage wine box filled with love letters they wrote for each other and a special bottle of wine — which they plan to open on their fifth anniversary.
“It was the best party I could have hoped for, surrounded by our family and friends that love us the most.” // Jessie
While family and tradition were at the heart of Jessie and Scott’s wedding, they beautifully embraced traditions with their own unique flair. To suit their theme, they hired a vintage 1952 Bentley to travel throughout the mountains for the day and created DIY projects, as well as incorporated special vintage décor items. From the cake box to the mason jar centerpieces, and the handmade wooden signs and table runners, Jessie and Scott considered every detail. Jessie’s favourite
project though were the welcome bags which included some of their favourite things: homemade wine made by the father of the bride, homemade maple fudge by the mother of the groom, popcorn, starburst candy, chocolate covered almonds, and information brochures about the Rockies — all of the things they wanted to share with their guests.
They ensured to include an abundance of special details, such as family heirlooms. Jessie and Scott included personal items to honour their loved ones. Jessie wore family heirloom earrings that were owned by her great great grandmother — earrings that have been passed on from one generation to the next and have been worn by the women in her family on each of their wedding days. At their reception,
they also displayed antique wedding photos of their family members’ weddings. As guests arrived, they were invited to type words of wisdom and congratulations on Scott’s grandmother’s typewriter. While including family traditions, Jessie and Scott have now created traditions of their own.
“Jessie and Scott’s love for each other, for their families, and for their friends was apparent, on their wedding day. Along with their guests, the newlyweds radiated with joy — they laughed easily, and often. As a photographer, I love when a couple’s laughter and excitement is so genuine that it cannot be contained. Their family and their friends
shared a beautiful day together and once it was party time, they sure knew how to celebrate! I hope that through their wedding photos, their memories, and their fifth anniversary wine box, they will be able to relive these moments for years to come.”
Jessie & Scott // 02 September 2012 // Canmore, AB // Marriage Commissioner: Patricia Compton // Ceremony and Reception Venue: Silvertip Resort // Reception Entertainment: Class Act DJ Services // Wedding Planner: Signature Weddings By Ashley // Photographer: Kelly Redinger | Photographer // Second Photographer: Karmen Meyer // Transportation: Highland Executive Chauffeur // Cake Shoppe: Cake Creations Inc // Floral Designer: Willow Haven Flower Shop // Rentals: Special Event Rentals // Gown Boutique: Bridal Debut // Gown Designer: Karena Royale by Maggie Sottero // Make-up Artist: Lana Rae Makeup Artist // Groom Formal Wear: Hugo Boss // Bridesmaids’ Attire: Noir by Lazaro from Delica Bridal // Other: DIY components — burlap table runners by the Bride’s Grandmother + wooden signs made from the Bride’s Grandfather and Mother of the Bride
Their family, their friends, and Annie (their dog) proved to be the inspiration behind Kirsten and Dustin’s wedding plans. Together, they imagined a day motivated by those they love most and a day inspired by a marriage of vintage décor and DIY touches — all while ensuring their personalities were apparent.
The wedding party wore an eclectic assortment of outfits — all of them coordinated, but it was important for Kirsten and Dustin to allow their wedding party’s personalities be reflected in their attire as well. Even Annie was adorned with a sunflower collar to complement the wedding décor!
“We knew that we wanted our wedding day to be filled with warm memories of friends, families and dogs – and it truly was!”
Sometimes, even with the most detailed planning and preparation, surprises arise. Although Kirsten and Dustin had dreamt of an outdoor ceremony in the quaint courtyard of a small Church, mother nature had other plans for them. Instead, only minutes before the ceremony was to commence, they agreed to move their wedding
ceremony indoors. As they walked into the Church, they were blown away by how perfectly it suited their vision — with a vaulted wooden ceiling and large oak doors, they were welcomed into a warm, intimate space — not quite what they had intended, but exactly what they had imagined it would feel like.
The warmth and intimacy continued at Kirsten and Dustin’s reception venue, where they decorated with white twinkle lights and candlelight. The eclectic DIY projects were apparent — there were mason jar candle holders adorned with dog tags, each of the centerpieces shared part of Kirsten and Dustin’s love story — images from places they had lived and photos of their childhoods. They also shared a video of how they met. With the help of their family and friends, Kirsten and Dustin
ensured that the DIY elements were reflective of their personalities. No detail was forgotten. They even invited family and friends to contribute homemade cookies and cupcakes to their dessert table. And, of course, when they designed their candy bar, full of their favourite treats, they didn’t forget about Annie — there were plenty of her favourites too!
“Kirsten & Dustin are a fun and genuine couple. I’m sure that all of their guests will attest to the fact that their love and happiness radiated on their wedding day. Together, they laugh easily and they ensured that their personalities were apparent in their wedding plans.
I enjoyed seeing all of the personal touches, as well as seeing how the couple’s family and friends all came together to contribute to this special day. It was a privilege to photograph their wedding, as it felt like I was simply spending the day with longtime friends!”
Kirsten & Dustin // Date: 28 June 2012 // Location: Edmonton, AB // Photographer: Kelly Redinger | Photographer // Second Photographer: Karmen Meyer // Ceremony Venue: Christ Church // Reception Venue: Whitemud Creek Community Hall // Wedding Planer: Atmosphere Wedding Planning and Design // Florist: Studio Bloom Floral Design // Wedding Dress: The Bridal House // Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss // Catering: A Capella Catering // Cake: Christina Kim
I am looking for some help this year, and you may be just the person I’m looking for. My summer will be spent working with some amazing wedding clients, and I am looking for a some skilled people to help me out with three different part time positions: Second Photographer, Retoucher, and someone to help me with my Blogging and online presence. I am open to any number of scenarios, whether it is a single person who helps me out, or 3 separate people, or some combination in between. Based out of Edmonton or Sherwood Park. Here is what I’m looking for:
- At the moment, there are 5 dates (locally) that I need help with, and a few more out of town ones that *may* require your help.
- Someone with experience shooting 5-10 weddings ( as the lead or 2nd shooter…experience is helpful, but exceptions can be made, and I will train)
- Similar shooting style as me (check out my work)
- Available to help out Saturdays during the summer (really important!)
- Have a car, and know how to drive it
- Great personality, must like to have fun, enjoy working with people, have a sense of humour, but still a hard worker
- Have some of your own camera gear (at least a basic setup)
- Commitment? The dates I need help with are: July 4, July 25, Aug 15, Aug 22, Aug 29, and June 27 and Sep 26 out of town weddings that I *may* need help with also
- I will provide you with the files shortly after a wedding, and require them back from you in a timely fashion
- Good knowledge of color correction and related exposure adjustments, etc. in Lightroom 5
- You do not need to be an expert…training will be provided…but you must know your way around the program, and have an eye for seeing color biases
- Commitment? Each group of images could take anywhere from 3-5 hours
Blogging/Online Presence Assistant:
- Copywriting for blog posts
- Collecting information and other various communication with clients
- Assist with social media promotion
- You do not need to have a degree in journalism…I’m simply looking for someone who gets excited about weddings and will help me in getting images off of my computer and out into the world.
- BUT – if you have some ability and can write a bit, that is what I’m looking for!
- Most of this I foresee being accomplished through email – you do not necessarily be from my area to apply
- And…as this is a new position for me, there may be other things that we can wrap up into this position as well. Think of it as a Virtual Blogging/Social/Sharing Guru.
- Commitment? I am looking for only a few hours per week, but as this is a new position, we’ll see what happens and adjust as we go!
These positions are open to anyone who thinks they have the qualifications to be successful. For the Second Photographer, you can be professionally trained or self taught – what matters most to me is that you can prove you have talent.
If you are interested in either one or both of the positions, I’d love to hear from you. Here’s what you do…
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following:
- which position(s) you are interested in
- a few images or a link to a gallery or website (if interested in second shooter position)
- your camera gear (if interested in the second shooter position)
- your retouching expertise and some examples (if interested in the retouching position)
- and why you think you are a good fit
Please respond no later than February 13. Looking forward to hearing from you!