Calgary Wedding and Engagement Photographers
Want to see the latest photographic adventures that Patton Photography have undertaken lately. From Weddings, to families, to product, and even weddings in beautiful destinations outside of Calgary, this is where you will find all the latest work. On occasion we will also add in a behind the scenes article on how we did a particular shot.
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Charmaine and Chris are such an awesome couple. They wanted to ensure there was snow for their engagement session and wow do we have it. They were total troopers as they braved the chilly afternoon in Fish Creek Park. We made several stops in Fish Creek before heading to Lina's Italian Bakery for a coffee and delicious pastry. This hidden gem is a great place that everyone should check out. We had a great afternoon with you both and look forward to photographing your wedding this summer.
Before you read this blog, understand that we truly believe there are some amazing wedding planners and 'day-of co-ordinators' and that they truly add great value to your wedding day. However, if you want to plan your wedding day, there are some definite details you want to consider.
It can be a lot of fun to plan your wedding, anything from portions of the day to the entire event. just parts and pieces. There are some potential snags that every bride and groom should be aware of to prevent any problems from developing.
We have been to many weddings, from small intimate gatherings to large scale elaborate affair, and with the proper planning, you will eliminate many of the pitfalls that some couples fall into.
Here are 10 things you need to know to DIY your wedding:
Your wedding day will be crazy busy and intense! With all the things you have to do on your wedding day, there are things you do not want to do so that you can fully enjoy your wedding day. After all, your wedding is a day that you have been looking forward to and likely planning since you were a child. You’ve been concentrating on finding your perfect dress, a wedding photographer, what to have on the menu for all your guests and all the million other things that make up your day. To help ensure you have a great wedding day, here is a great list of 10 things not to do on your wedding day so you can relax and remember all the great moments for many years to come.
1. Do Not Wear Crazy High Heels.
You may love your Stiletto heels but wearing them all day and night isn’t realistic. No matter how much you try to break in your favorite new pair of heels, your feet are going to get tired and swollen. Have your heels handy for photos, but slip into a pair of flats or sandals for walking to and from locations.
2. Do Not Forget To Eat And Drink Water.
The craziness of the day and the stress might make it hard to eat a large meal, add on a couple of drinks you could be in trouble. Make sure you or someone else is in charge of having snacks and water so that you can pick away through the day. Also, with a couple of drinks or hot weather, it’s easy to forget to drink a lot of water but be sure to stay well hydrated.
3. Do Not Forget to Take Regular Bathroom Breaks.
Yes it is hard to go to the washroom in a dress but don’t be afraid to ask for help! Most times it is far more funny than embarrassing! Besides, if you follow the rule about staying hydrated, you will have to go at some point. Don’t suffer, just go!
4. Do Not Forget That It’s Your Wedding Day.
It can feel very overwhelming to have a room full of people who are there to be a part of your day. You can absolutely visit with everyone and still have time to enjoy the party. Try to thank each table as a group shortly after dinner before people start to get tipsy, this avoids long one-on-one conversations with everyone.
5. Do Not Lose Your New Husband / Wife in the Crowd.
Visit each table and greet your guests together as a newly married couple, you can always visit separately later in the evening. It can be really easy to lose your new wife or husband in the crowd with everyone wanting attention from the both of you. Make an effort to try and have a good time together and enjoy your wedding day and all the fun associated with it!
6. Do Not Argue or Get Annoyed With Parents.
Despite the best of intentions, sometimes parents can ask a lot of questions or interrupt frequently. Understand they are simply trying to do their best to make sure everything runs smoothly to make sure you have the day of your dreams. As easy as it can be to get annoyed, have a quiet conversation with them and ask that they direct questions to your maid of honour or best man so that you can focus on having fun, instead of wondering why the caterer isn’t there yet, or why your favors aren’t on the tables.
7. Do Not Complain.
Your wedding day didn’t go perfectly as planned…that is fine. I’ve never been to a wedding that has! Try not to focus on the little details that may not have worked out. The day is about having fun and celebrating your new marriage. Ask yourself – is the thing you are complaining about something that will totally ruin your wedding? Will it be something you really care about or remember in 30 years? Chances are it’s not - move on and enjoy the day!
8. Do Not Fret About The Timeline.
I have also never seen a wedding that followed a timeline properly even with a wedding planner. It’s normal for things to run fifteen to thirty minutes behind or more. Typically, speeches are when the timeline falls apart a little. If time is truly an important factor, remind guests that speeches have a set limit and do not have an open mike where people may come up and tell a thirty minute story. Try not to stress about everything being perfect and go with the flow!
9. Do Not Facebook All Day.
It’s okay to take a break from social media for the day. Besides, all your friends at the wedding will be letting all your social media friends know how things are going. It’s hard to be present in the moment when you are staring at your phone all night. Enjoy yourself and let your professional photographer capture all of those special, candid moments.
10. Do Not Get Too drunk.
Your wedding day will be full of your guests simply trying to have a drink with you to celebrate the special day. Set yourself a maximum number of drinks until after your speeches and then let loose a little – but not so much that you can’t remember your wedding! Have a great time but be sure to remember the wedding as well. Unfortunately we have seen many extremely drunk bridal party and family members, all of whom have regretted it later.
Anything I missed? Feel free to comment below!
2017 was a great year for us as we had the opportunity to photograph so many amazing weddings all around Calgary and the surrounding areas. We had many special opportunities as we photographed large scale weddings at the Banff Springs Hotel and took a helicopter to capture photos atop a mountain in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. Not every wedding went off perfectly as we were caught in a sudden downpour on St. Island as we photographed the newly married couple, however we quickly adapted and captured some amazing photographs in a parkade that we knew of....yes you read that right...a parkade.
We met some amazing new people and got to spend wedding days with existing friends. We reconnected with some of our favorite vendors and once again I was shown why I absolutely love all the amazing photographers that I am so fortunate to work with....Florian, Erin, Nathalie, Taylor, and Mike....you guys are absolute rockstars and I am continually amazed by your talents and am so fortunate to consider you all friends.
Once again we had photo booths set-up for some large Christmas parties and for a corporate event were able to design and build an automated Photobooth which allowed guests to get some great photographs of themselves. We were also fortunate to be invited back once again to photograph the Calgary Firefighters Underprivileged Children's Party, with over 4000 people in attendance, it is a humbling and rewarding experience to get to participate in.
With all that has happened in 2017 we are looking forward to what is already looking to be a busy 2018 photography season. We are looking forward to working with so many great new people that we have met over the past number of months as we prepare for this year's wedding season. We are also excited to announce that we will be developing a new composite photography service that we will be offering in the next couple months. With this we will be able to take a photograph of a person taking part in their favorite hobby, a high school football player for instance, then using specialized software, combine the photo with others we have to make it appear they are standing in a sold-out football stadium. We will have a variety of backplates that we can adjust to make each photo specific to the individual person. Whether it is playing a major soccer match, climbing a mountain, or being immersed in you favorite book, we will be able to create an individualized photo for you.
In the coming months, we will be asking for a few people who would allow us to photograph them to create our new portfolio and be featured in our new photography line. We are super excited about this endeavour and are looking forward to bringing it forward.
We thank everyone for their continued support of us and we look forward to what will be an exciting year moving forward.
Chelsea and David are a fun loving couple who we had a ton of fun with as we spent time in Kananaskis photographing their engagement session as we prepare for their wedding this summer. While we had bright blue skies there was a cold wind that had warming up in our vehicles as we changed locations. Both were troopers as we walked between locations around Mt Lorette and the beautiful Kananaskis village.
In true Canadian fashion, we had to incorporate the hockey jerseys of their favorite teams into a few of the photos. We love when our wedding couple bring props that help make the photographs truly unique to themselves.
We look forward to photographing your Calgary wedding this coming summer. It will be a lot of fun for sure as this special couple celebrate their wedding day.
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