Trina first sent me a message about being their wedding photographer as I was driving out of Fernie, about to head out on a backcountry skiing trip with Duane and a few others to Jumbo Hut. (You can see a few shots from that trip here) She immediately messaged back, more excited about my ski trip then her own wedding plans and that she was excited to chat after I got back. Oh yeah, and she was getting married at Island Lake Lodge in April. I knew right then and there that I was really going to enjoy working Trina and Kale. I think we spent more time talking about biking and skiing on their consult then we did about photography.
If you were a skier you know just how dreadful the snowpack was this year. When early April rolled around Fernie had been completely snow-free for about two months. I didn’t have particularly high expectations for what Island Lake was going to look like on the wedding day. But then a cool thing happened – the night before, it started snowing for the first time in months! When we got up to the lodge, both Duane and I had to immediately go down to the lake to capture a few landscapes. It was really beautiful.
Okay, I’ll try not to bombard you with landscape shots. There was a wedding still to come! Scenes from their first-look. Then we went for a walk to create some portraits. This is kind of funny. It was absolutely perfect snowball weather. (Calvin and Hobbes perfect) so after Trina lobbed one at me, I asked them both to throw a snowball just over my shoulder. The first throw wasn’t very good, so I asked them to bring it in a little closer on the next go round… Kale succeeded. It was a perfect shot, if by perfect you mean centered on the lens of the camera. The amazing thing is that it fell right out about ten seconds later, and there wasn’t even a single drop of water on the lens. He couldn’t have placed his throw any better if he tried. Next two shots are a perfect example of how Duane and I cover portraits together. He hiked up on the hillside to get a wide shot. And I stayed close to get something tighter. The ceremony was beautiful – a perfect reflection of Trina and Kale.
Lots of laughs during the reception. And a strangely hilarious (and lengthy) presentation/dramatic skit that was all about family and mother in laws. I don’t think I will be able to do it justice here with words, but I was howling. (It was very well done) Scenes from the dance floor. It was such an incredible night, that I had to sneak away for ten minutes to do a few long exposures. This was one of my favourite weddings from recent years. Thanks Trina and Kale for including us as part of your wedding – can’t wait to hit the bike trails with you guys this summer!