Melissa and Paul were married on August 4th, with a ceremony and reception at the Calgary Zoo.
Melissa is good friends with two former clients of mine—Shannon and Teddy, whose wedding I shot in May 2016; and Courtney and Matt, whose wedding I shot in May 2012. It’s a truly special feeling when friends of clients seek me out. It lets me know that my work as a wedding photographer was appreciated enough that my clients trust me with their friends’ weddings too!
These two had a whirlwind of planning before their wedding, as they wanted to be able to have Melissa’s grandparents there. They had to move fast so they could be married while her grandparents were in town. Even with a shortened timeline, Melissa still managed to find time to do all the décor and favours herself. She is simply amazing.
On the day of the wedding, I met up with Melissa and Paul to stage a first look at Nose Hill Park before we went to the zoo to get some pictures. My favourite picture by far is the one of them making the lemur face. It absolutely cracks me up. When couples aren’t afraid of just letting go and being themselves, it makes the day so much fun.
Of course, this bride and groom could do romantic just as well as funny, so I also loved the image of the two of them holding hands as they hiked up the hill. We’d gone down to the Bow River for a few more pictures and as they walked back up the bank, their hands intertwined. This easy, natural affection between the two of them was just as much fun to capture as their silliness.
The real star of the show here was their 2-year-old son, Cason. He was so clearly excited to see everyone at the ceremony. But the best part was during the ceremony itself when he grabbed both Melissa’s and Paul’s hands and started swinging back and forth. Little Cason’s adventures didn’t end at the ceremony—oh no. He wanted to take pictures with a random family at the zoo… he started to take off his clothes during the speeches… he was hilarious throughout the whole night.
Once again, this wedding was the perfect blend of funny and romantic, as Melissa and Paul balanced out their hilarious son with their intimate vows. All their friends and family were sure to make reference to them “finally” being married during all the speeches.
Paul & Melissa, thank you so much for a day full of laughs. I’m so grateful that you decided to let me be the one who told the story of your day.
Dress: Taffeta and Tulle Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Moore’s Clothing for Men
Hair Stylist: Lindsay from Fingerwave Salon & Spa
Makeup Artist: Maria from Bittsnpieces. firstname.lastname@example.org
Floral Artist: Helene from Just Love Flowers
Rings: Blue Nile
Rentals: Moore’s Clothing for Men
Caterer: Calgary Zoo