I thought I was a sentimental person. And then I had my son. A whole myriad of emotions now consumes me with every wedding I photograph. The moments between the parents and their children especially get me. There is certainly a deeper level of understanding of how deep the emotions go on this very special of days. In particular, every single mother-son dance I stand for a few seconds in between shots and let myself daydream to the future when it’s likely I will be that mom dancing with my little boy. I loved Anessa’s tears, which probably sounds terrible, but really, I loved the emotion that she felt and that she embraced or probably just couldn’t hold in and longer. I kind of had to eventually giggle a little as it seemed the slightest look or word from her dad sent her over the edge once again. Seriously though Anessa, just the best! I was treated with the pleasure of photographing Anessa’s getting ready at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel. It is definitely one of the most beautiful rooms I have ever shot in and I definitely took full advantage. Their wedding was held at a gorgeous and architectural Parkdale church and offered one of the coolest urban forests I have ever seen. Steven and Anessa really liked the idea of incorporating the skyline into their wedding day, as a way to automatically create some nostalgia. I always like to say that they should go back every 10 years or so and repeat the image to contrast how the city and they themselves have changed. The reception was held at the Croatian Centre and the room was perfectly set up for their guests. By the time dinner finished the children were literally vibrating with excitement over the dance starting. And dance they certainly did! Dancing, air guitar, break dancing, twisting and bopping to the music. Seriously so much fun to shoot! It was a fantastic culmination to a really wonderful fall day in Calgary. Enjoy!