Be The Bride :: Lifestyle Wedding Photography, Brooks, Alberta ::

This is a project I have been sitting on for a little while – well a long while… 9 months actually.
Last June I put together an awesome Photo Shoot Day (that’s what I called it) and collaborated with some amazing artists; hair, make up , stylist, models…
It was a glorious day. My purpose for these photos was for my wedding shows this year and for something I wanted to call:
BE. THE. BRIDE.

Not like ‘bride’ which can sometimes mean crazy, over controlling and… (hey, I can say that, I was a bride last year ;)
By ‘BRIDE’ – I wanted to mean ‘YOURSELF’. Be Yourself. Have a wedding that is a reflection of you (and your groom – obviously.)

The concept of this photo shoot was to photograph different brides… dramatic brides, classic brides and in an area that is so… Alberta, local.

I love weddings, originality and an expression of the bride and groom.
Weddings in rural Alberta are a treat and I mean that sincerely, I want more and more people to know that they can create a wedding day that celebrates
themselves and their roots and their place. This year I get to photograph a wedding in the middle of a corn field!! HELLO!

This is an example of a wedding I loved that Sarah Rhoads Photography did.
I like the idea of stepping away from all the shoulds and needs and haves of the industry wedding and creating a uniquely YOU day.
(With a professional wedding photographer there to capture it all, of course)  ;)

Am I making any sense? Any sense at all?
I had seen the so totally cool Jasmine Star do a styled shoot way back when and thought to myself – YES! I can create this, I can show this idea.

I wanted to show what we can do in Brooks, Duchess, Rosemary, Rainer… anywhere. Anywhere that is you.

These images wouldn’t be possible without the amazing talent of:

-The Adora Day Spa in Duchess – Amanda & Lindsay gave me their whole day to make the girls look hawt.
-Vermehlo Hair – Crystal rocked the looks I was looking for!
-Angela’s Weddings & Things for lending us a few dresses.
– Mireille Stettler – She helped me bring my vision to life so I could concentrate on being behind the camera.
– Connie, Aleks, Melanie & Nathan who got up early and spent the day being bossed around – they were incredible models.
–  Harry and Catherine who let us spend the day on their farm, crawling over all their cool stuff.

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Please, tell me what you think – and post a link if you have a cool wedding share.

March 17, 2010 - 12:52 pm maria lang - Rachel! I love this!! I love the photos, I love the locations, the model, the CONCEPT! great work!

March 17, 2010 - 1:33 pm Lisa Ochowycz - Rach! They are beautiful! All the photos, and all the concepts. I love the 20's inspired shots. Fab!!! Great idea! Keep it UP! Lis

March 17, 2010 - 6:59 pm Dana - Love this idea :) Here is to 2010 being the year of being YOURSELF!!!! This location is seriously awesome. Love the first two the most(oooohhh and the flare, of course).

March 17, 2010 - 9:23 pm Shannon - i LOVE the first frame, so gorgeous! Great to meet you in vegas, hope we can catch up again soon!

March 18, 2010 - 8:38 am *theo - such a star....

March 20, 2010 - 6:58 am Marise - I do love the brides, BUT THE ROOSTER IS THE STAR !!!

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