Jaclyn & PJ | 2.15.2014 | Fort McMurray Wedding Photographers

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Jaclyn must have said a dozen times “this is such a special day!”.

The first time I remember hearing Jaclyn squeal this with excitement was when her mom surprised her with earrings with teardrop snowglobes, just as she had gotten into her beautiful dress.  The last time I heard her say it was when she realized that her brother had surprised her with the ice sculpture that she was hoping for.

It sure was a special day, just as we all knew it would be.  Jaclyn and her mom were bursting with excitement when we met last Spring.  We talked a few times a month in the beginning, and then a few times a week as we got closer to the date, about all of the details and (unfortunately) about all of the challenges they were facing because the wedding was so close to Valentine’s Day.  We shared Pinterest boards, tossed ideas back and forth via Facebook messaging about possible locations for photos (what until you see where we ended up!), and anxiously checked the Weather Network for two weeks leading up to the wedding.  Regardless of the challenges, regardless of the weather, it was going to be Jaclyn’s dream winter wedding, and we were all going to make sure of that!

Jaclyn’s mom played a huge role in the planning of this wedding.  It was classy, timeless and beautiful.  She wanted nothing but the absolute best for Jaclyn and PJ’s day, and she worked hard to make it happen.  The location we used for the bride and her maids came about after a series of messages back and forth between her and I one night, while I was laying in bed (I sleep, but I believe she does not!).  She said: Showhome, I said: OMG…Chestnut, she said: OMG…I’m emailing them right now.  Two days later we had confirmation that the awesome people at Qualico Homes would, not only let us use their gorgeous showhome, but were super excited about having us!  Jaclyn’s bouquet came from an idea that her mom found on Pinterest (she is a Pinterest Queen).  She actually emailed Preston Bailey (yes, THE Preston Bailey) to get more information about the types of flowers used, then the ladies at The Personal Florist made it come to life!  All of the bouquets were absolutely stunning.

While all of these details were classic and feminine, they didn’t forget to include PJ’s love for hunting throughout the entire wedding.  PJ was looking pretty dapper in his suit that included a gray camo vest;  Jaclyn surprised him with a groom’s cake that was topped with bride and groom deer;  and every table had a cap gun for guests to shoot a request a kiss from Fort McMurray’s newest married couple.

With so much love between these families and so many fantastic, creative and thoughtful personal touches, I am so happy to have had a team to help me capture it all.  Thanks so much, Virginia and Crystal, for all your hard work!

Oh my.  I could go on. Honestly, I could.  I could talk about the perfect weather; about the amazing bridal party; and, about how Jaclyn had food prepared to make sure everyone didn’t forget to eat while getting ready.  But, I will end my gushing right here.  There’s a good chance you went straight to the photos anyway.  I don’t blame you 🙂

The amazing vendors who helped pull all of this off:

Limo Bus – Fort McMurray Party Bus
Show home – Qualico Homes
Cupcakes – Oil City Cupcakes
Wedding Cake & Groom’s Cake – Sweet Moments Custom Cakes
Fruit Bouquets – Blossoms
Ice Sculpture – Sawridge Inn & Conference Center
Decor – A Special Occasion
Floral – The Personal Florist
Horses – Tour North Ranch
DJ & Video – Epic Productions Inc.
MUA – Ruby, Colour Me Famous
Hair – Janelle & Suzanne, Belleza Hair & Tanning
Reception – Sawridge Inn & Conference Center


See other gorgeous winter weddings here:

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Hi, I'm Chrystal (she/her) and I'm so happy you're here! 

If you're looking to feast your eyes on couples in love, raw emotion and vibrant scenes, you've come to the right place.

I'm an Edmonton wedding photographer for couples madly in love, and those who love to laugh right from their hearts (and bellies).  Over the past 10 years I've been very lucky to photograph weddings of all kinds and sizes including Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Fijian, Chinese weddings and all sorts of fusions.  I've photographed teeny tiny elopements to grand celebrations, LGBTQ+ weddings and inter-racial weddings, as well as destination weddings in places like Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Las Vegas, Canmore, Banff, and Newfoundland - in addition to the beautiful Edmonton weddings and Fort McMurray weddings I've had the privilege to be a part of.  

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