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Shawnessy Barn Wedding

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Scans by: PhotoVision Prints | Venue: Shawnessy Barn | Dress: A Vintage Affair

From the lovely bride:  The whole idea behind our wedding was to have a huge celebration of our love for one another and bring in the New Year with all of our friends and family. We wanted it to be very laid back and relaxed with games and ice hockey, and we really could not have been any happier with how it turned out! Steven and I are very adventurous and have a passion for being in nature, wether it is canoeing, kayaking, hiking, ski touring or fishing and hunting. We felt that it would be cool to bring that out in our wedding through writing our own vows and the overall décor of the wedding venue. Most of the decorations were hand made by myself and Steven using birch bark and pin cones collected from our various canoe trips to Churchill Rivers in Northern Saskatchewan, which was represented by a small canoe paddle displayed with the taboggan. The birch bark was used to wrap around mason jars and the pine cones for my bouquet and to hand from all of the chairs with twine rope. With that being said, we really wanted a DIY wedding not only because of our meager budget of $4,000 but to really represent whom we are as a couple. We also wanted our ceremony to involve all of our family and friends with the smudging ceremony and have it represent what it means to us. The smudging ceremony symbolizes the start of great new beginnings, it is a ritual that cleanses the mind, body and spirit. Recapping our wedding together, I think our favourite parts of the day were sharing our vows with one another surrounded by all our family and loved ones. The hockey and ice skating was awesome. It was great to get outside and play, that was half the fun of having a winter wedding.The poleroid Photo Booth with the silly props for our guest registry was ridiculously fun, we were able to capture some great moments and felt that it was a fun way to keep track of everyone who came out!  We loved the Go Pro mounted to a 40 ounce bottle of Appletons rum, it was used to film all of our guests partaking in the fun, plus we got some great footage of peoples grimacing faces. The vintage ski, donate by my grand-mother, reclaimed into a shot ski really represented our passion for the mountians. The Minute to Win It games to get Steven and I to kiss, the speeches our family and friends prepared for us and of course pigging out on all the Boston Pizza! I am sure we could just keep going on and on about the day and into the night, the count down to the New Year with fire works and sparklers, watching the fireworks and dancing till we couldn’t stand anymore.

Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Justine Milton, Calgary based destination wedding photographer is currently booking for 2016 & 2017 dates! We book weddings all over the world & love to travel so no matter where your wedding is taking place, if you love our style, give us a shout! We only take on a limited number of weddings each year to ensure we are giving each couple our absolute best! If you would like to chat with us about possibly photographing your wedding, get in touch with Justine here: e-mail me

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