We are so excited to share the wedding of Sabrina & Stefan with you. Sabrina and Stefan were married on a wintery March day at the iconic Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. Sabrina has been a huge supporter of our work for many years, so when she contacted us to tell us of her engagement we were beyond excited. This is truly one awesome couple. Not only are they super talented athletes, and unbelievably generous, they are HOT. Most importantly, they brought us homemade chocolate expresso cake, when we had them over to view their images for the first time. For this alone, we will be forever indebted. Sabrina and Stefan naively gave Lanny and I full creative license when photographing their wedding. As always, we jumped at the opportunity to get the most creative and fearless images possible. At one point, this even involved discretely taking a few pictures of Stefan in the shower (I would have gladly traded places with Lanny for this;). As Lanny was capturing the peaceful bliss of Stefan taking his last shower as a bachelor, I was trying to keep my head above water in the room Sabrina was getting ready in. At one point, I counted 17 girls in the room! Yes…. 17 girls in one hotel room. You don’t have to know Sabrina for very long, to understand why she has so many wonderful girlfriends. It was fun capturing the chaos of girls practicing their dance moves, mothers doing last minute alterations to the dress, and Sabrina getting hair and make-up done, all at the same time! At the peak of the chaos and confusion, when Sabrina was getting her dress on, her very sweet parents passed her a note that read, “Enjoy the moments and the memories.” I am so grateful that I was in position to capture this 1/4 second interaction. The remainder of the day was just pure magic with wonderfully infused elements of music and dancing. A flashmob of Sabrina and her girlfriends started the reception, which set the tone for the remainder of the evening. Sabrina and Stefan, Lanny and I are so grateful that we were given the privilege to photograph your wedding. You two are such great people and we look forward to sharing many more chocolate expresso cakes. Almost forgot…. Huge thank you to our buddy Joel, for helping us out for the day!
It is an understatement to say that Lanny and I are incredibly excited in the days leading up to a wedding. Our excitement leading up to Cathryn and Cliff’s wedding was especially exciting, as it was our first of 2012. We were so fortunate to have had such a gorgeous couple to debut our 2012 season. Cathryn and Cliff got married at one of our favourite venues, The Post Hotel, in spectacular Lake Louise. One of my favourite parts of photographing a wedding is being in the bride’s room, as she’s getting ready. The energy in the room is always so exciting and, inevitably interspersed with a little drama. The drama in this particular wedding had to do with a faulty steamer, which after a very long struggle, eventually started to work. Cathryn looked absolutely radiant. Their small and intimate ceremony was held in the up-stairs library of The Post. You can tell a lot about the bride and groom, as a couple, by looking at the wedding guests during the ceremony. I couldn’t take my eyes off Cliff’s three brothers; all sitting in the front row beaming, with the biggest and proudest smiles. I get emotional just thinking about it. It was more than obvious how happy everyone was for Cathryn and Cliff. After the ceremony, as we were capturing some bridal party images, Lanny upheld his reputation of doing absolutely anything to get “the shot”. At one point, I looked over to find him lying on his stomach, in his nicely pressed dress shirt, in the middle of a wet slushy puddle. The post-reception party was absolutely “epic”, and I don’t use that word lightly. We have really, really enjoyed getting to know Cathryn and Cliff. They gave us full creative license, were super down to earth and a complete joy to photograph.
Please allow a few seconds for this slideshow to load. We had a really tough time narrowing down our favourite wedding images from 2011 to a reasonable number for this blog post. So many photogenic couples, authentic smiles, emotional moments and epic parties made 2011 one hell of a year for Two-Mann Tent Photography. As we head into our third year of business, we have three goals in mind; we want to blow your minds, melt your hearts and leave you speechless. Stay tuned for our favourite 2011 engagement shots.
Few couples can say they got married in a castle. And fewer yet can can claim that they were married in a castle nestled within the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Jason and Lisa did just that. Everything about their day was elegant, romantic and aesthetically spectacular, including the couple themselves. Jason and Lisa are truly beautiful people, inside and out. Their Jewish wedding ceremony took place at sundown under a beautifully adorned Chuppa. The traditional ceremony was full of love, support and intimate moments. The party was truly epic, with the best wedding band we have ever seen and heard! There is very little else we can say about this couple and their wedding day that will do it justice. Hopefully the images below will do a better job conveying the romantic elegance of this beautiful celebration, than my words…. enjoy!
Wedding Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Stunning Florals by: Enchanted Florist
Wedding Planner: Debbie Krygier
Band (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE): Livin’ in Swing
Rob and Rebecca are one of the most authentically casual, relaxed, and laid back couples we have ever had the pleasure of working with on a wedding day. The couple opted to do most of their photos before the ceremony and were so laid back in fact, that they planned to do their “first meeting” in the parking lot of the hair salon. We carefully suggested that perhaps a more scenic location might be in order. Thankfully, they appeased us. When we awoke on the morning of their wedding, we were treated to a glistening layer of sparkling snow. Lanny and Rob headed to the meeting location at a prearranged time and ended up waiting… and waiting… and waiting some more. Lanny got some great shots of Rob checking his watch as they both tried to stay warm and began to worry… But, just as they were beginning to think the worst, the beautiful Rebecca literally emerged from the mist. It was a truly gorgeous moment and we’re ever so thankful that it didn’t take place in a parking lot Before long, the snow had melted and we enjoyed a truly magnificent autumn day. The Ceremony and cocktail hour reception was held at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club. Below are just a few of our favourite images from the day!
Serena and Fraser’s wedding was one seriously fun event. Shooting from 8:00am to 12:30am, Lanny and I captured over 9000 frames of candid laughter, loving glances, passionate kisses, and epic partying. There are many perks to our jobs, as photographers (editing down 9000 images isn’t one of them:). One of my favourite perks, is experiencing the different types of ceremonies and traditions associated with each unique couple. The pastor that conducted Serena & Fraser’s wedding was an absolute hoot! Often quoting song lyrics, from bands such as U2, he captivated the guests with metaphors and analogies that created a truly memorable ceremony. After the ceremony, we headed to an area of Calgary, where the last colours of fall remained. Serena and Fraser worked their magic as Lanny and I ran around trying to get the best perspective through our respective lenses. At one point, Lanny accidentally weaved his way into a dense growth of aphid infested willow bushes. He emerged unaware that he was covered in 100s of purple aphids, but excited that he got “the shot” he was looking for. I’m sure there are still a few of those purple creatures stuck in that hair of his. The reception was held at the Pinebrook Golf Course on the outskirts of Calgary. This was a huge treat for Lanny and I. As we are usually shooting in the mountains, sunsets are an anomaly. However, in the foothills we were treated to a gorgeous lingering sunset, during which we kindly asked Serena and Fraser to part from their delicious dinner for a few shots. I think it was well worth it. See for yourself below. A slideshow featuring images from their day can be viewed here.
A full slide show of Serena & Fraser’s image can be viewed here; slideshow.
The wedding of our good friends Cate and Ian was planned in less than 3-weeks. Ian’s father has an uncurrable form of leukaemia. As the doctors only gave him 3-6 months to live, planning a wedding in 16 days was a necessity. Lanny and I were so happy that we were able to help them out in the best way we could; photographing the event. It was a small, intimate and classy affair with a select group of friends and family. The connection between these two amazing people is undeniable. We’ve worked our butts off to get these images up in a timely manner so that they can be shared with Ian’s father. A slideshow of their images can be viewed here. Enjoy!
UPDATE: It is with sorrow that I write Ian’s father Don passed away this evening (November 3rd) at 9:08 pm, 10 hours after posting these images.
Casey and Lydia’s engagement session took place in the late spring, amidst swarms of hungry mosquitoes. In contrast, their wedding was in the opposite season, on a cool and rainy fall day. Despite the obvious challenges presented on both of these days, Casey and Lydia rose to the occasion, braving the elements, all in the name of good photography. For this, Lanny and I are truly grateful:) Surrounded by the love of their friends and family they exchanged vows at The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, in the heart of downtown Calgary. Conducted by Lydia’s talented sister, their ceremony was personal, unique and true reflection of them as a couple. The reception had many wonderful elements, including a song written and recorded for the couple, by Casey’s uncle. Below is a small sample of some of the great moments throughout the day.
We’ve come to know and love some truly awesome people in our life. We’re ecstatic be featuring two of them here today. Becky & Duane’s Kananaskis Wedding was epic! 13 years in the making, every part of this day was spectacular. When Becky & Duane decide to do something, they do it right. And they do it, quintessentially them. They chose to surround themselves with the mountain country that they fell in love with and within – the magnificent, Peter Laugheed Provincial Park. And, of course, they surrounded themselves with the many wonderful people they hold close to their hearts. While some weddings require a limo, this one required a golf cart, school bus, and RV. Arriving by golf cart with a bouquet including wheat from her grandpa’s wheat field, Becky’s shining beauty lit up the Elkwood Amphitheatre, which was adorned with loving smiles and beautiful sunflowers (grown by her brother). A beautiful & hillarious ceremony ensued. From there, Becky & Duane travelled by RV to the wildest and raunchiest bush party in the history of Kananaskis Country, complete with live music by The Mocking Shadows, hundreds of guests, and genuine love. It was a party for the ages! A huge thank you to our third shooter for the day, Julie Williams, who’s camera, lenses, and creative flare helped us capture many of the images below.
We’re also pleased to share Becky and Duane’s full slideshow with you here.