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Ryan + Sonya

Calgary has always felt like home.
Getting off a plane and driving up Country Hills Blvd feels all too familiar. Certain neighbourhoods and streets are filled with vivid memories and I get incredibly defensive when anyone so much as badmouths Calgary (the city, of course, the hockey team is another matter). But, this day I saw a new side of Calgary. 


Ryan and Sonya had a list of killer locations they wanted to hit during their engagement shoot. They brought me to new areas of Calgary I had never seen before - from gorgeous views of the cityscape to tiny historic corners of jazz history. They were down for anything - even climbing all over a children's park. The result were a set of photos that I feel incredibly proud of. 


I could gush about the genuine love that these two humans have for each other, but I'll save that for their wedding blog post. Let me leave you with one of my favourite moments from this day together: Ryan excitedly pushing Sonya on a cart we found in the middle of ContainR. 

Joining Two Souls

Dearest Kuya Chris and Chelsea,

Thank you for one of the most memorable wedding ceremonies of my life. 
The rainfall over night and weather warnings in the morning couldn't stop us from celebrating your beautiful love. The beach sparkled with purple and pink hues in the sky as the bride came down the aisle. Your ceremony was truly touching. Weddings always make me cry, but yours made me think. As I watched you stare lovingly into each other's eyes, holding your breathe, I felt the love surrounding you and between both of you. 

Kuya - Thank your for always teaching me of balance. Your words never go wasted on me as I try to discover a path towards balance that you have found for yourself. Thank you for leading by example and always showing unconditional love to the family and never giving up on any of us. 

Chelsea - Thank you for all the cigar talks. You are one of the realest women I know. You teach me to reach for my dreams that are just outside my reach and to believe in what I am capable of doing. Our big, bad-ass, crazy family just got a hell of a lot stronger because you are now are "officially" a part of it. 

When I think back to your wedding day, I feel both of your spirits. I see the chill relaxing environment that you created. I appreciate the attention to detail in all of the decor and every element in the reception. I see the dance floor full of bodies grooving to the music and laughter seeming like it will never end. 

Chris and Chels - May you find yourselves always embodying the island life and find comfort in the fact that you found true love.

With endless affection,

Kauai, Hawaii

Hawaii was never on my "list". I heard of it's beauty and wonder, but never really felt the need to see it for myself. The latest Josue wedding brought us to these breathtaking islands. It was there that Chris and Chelsea fell in love, embodied the spirit of island life, and got engaged. Chris only spoke excitedly about Kauai and convinced me with his every word that it would be a place I would fall in love with. And that I did. 

I roomed with Ron, Liz, and Ryan in a beautiful airbnb on Kauai that had a vintage Hawaii feel. We had a short few days on the island before exploring Oahu, but it was enough to appreciate the beauty of the area. The bright colours, unreal beauty, and laid back aura of the area really stuck with me. 

Check out a few photos from the first few days of our trip! 

xx J