Weddings are happening again! As much as I have loved my couples who chose to elope this year (they have been pure magic), I was so excited to photograph D&A's outdoor wedding last week. Although still technically a "micro wedding", there was so much love in the air and it was so nice to finally be celebrating with a few extra people and take advantage of wide open outdoor spaces.
If you are wondering if you should elope (despite things opening up here in Alberta), I wrote this post here on why eloping is actually a great first choice (and doesn't always need to be a backup plan!). If you are looking for a wedding or elopement photographer, I would be honored to be considered. You can reach out here to connect and check my availability (I'm now booking for 2022), or learn more about my photography packages and services here.
A Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
For their wedding ceremony, they chose stunning, yet, simple decor. They reused church pews as wooden seating for their guests, and built a beautiful ceremony arch decorated with white linens, greenery, and baby's breath. They used a rustic wooden wine barrel as an officiant table. Because everything was kept more minimal, the absolute beauty of the location shone through. D&A's wedding ceremony was surrounded by trees and felt completely private - like their own oasis for their closest family and friends just outside of the city! I can't imagine a better outdoor wedding ceremony setup where the bride walked in - they had natural trees that kind of "hid" her until she was ready to come out!
Choosing an Outdoor Wedding Venue / Location in Alberta
As a Camrose wedding photographer (who farms and was married on an acreage myself!), I always love when couples take advantage of the space they have on their own property (or property of close family and friends). Traditional venues are beautiful, but we have so many incredible locations across Central Alberta. Because so many couples postponed and rescheduled for 2021 and 2022, availability for traditional venues (and other vendors) is extremely limited. I know that's true for me, because I am completely booked for 2021 and am booking well into 2022 already!
In cases like this, it's even more tempting to choose a family property or outdoor space as your wedding venue. Plus, your acreage or family farm can often play the role of a ceremony location, an outdoor location for your wedding party portraits, and a fun reception wedding venue. For D&A, we took advantage of the different areas on their property and took many traditional bride and groom portraits in the prairie fields!
Planning an Outdoor Wedding in Alberta
Although we got really lucky with D&A's wedding (you can see the clouds coming in!), if you are planning an outdoor wedding in Alberta, make sure you have a backup plan! We never know what we are going to get with our lovely Alberta weather. With stunning prairie landscapes like this, you can be sure it will be incredible either way though! If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Central Alberta, I travel far and wide (from Lloydminster to Banff - and beyond!). I would love to connect and talk about your wedding day vision and see if I would be the right fit for your wedding day. Contact me here!