Who can forget the wedding images of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin? A glamorous couple saying their vows in the historic city of Venice…it was the epitome of romance. Their gilded hotel wedding was spectacular, but the images that jumped out at me were of the pair stepping out of the boat for their civil ceremony. Amal was radiant in a white, Stella McCartney pantsuit and wide-brimmed hat. George was well… “George”, in a classic suit and a grin. I remember thinking “if I were going to elope, that is how I would do it”!
Fast forward to May 2015 in Calgary, Alberta. This modern bride and groom were elegant but not traditionally bridal for their Calgary elopement. They show us how to skip the fuss of a big soiree without sacrificing the romance and sense of occasion.
In Canada, wedding commissioners have replaced courthouse ceremonies, but the façade of a grand building made a picture-perfect backdrop for the exchange of vows. The fact that local residents strolled by, enjoying the beautiful weather, just added to the charm. After the “I Dos” (and more photos of course), Ashley and Mark celebrated with lattes and wedding cake at their favorite Calgary café, Analog Coffee on 17th Avenue.
I do offer a photography package that’s perfect for elopements and intimate weddings. It includes 4 hours of photography with one photographer and an online gallery of high resolution images. Contact the studio for details and pricing.
Officiant: Jacqueline Hoare
Hair and make-up artist: Lyana Gibert from The Art of Beauty
Bridal attire: Banana Republic
Bride’s jewelry: Adorn Boutique in Inglewood
Bride’s hat and footwear: Nine West Canada
Groom’s attire: Ed Williams Menswear
Florals: Flowers by Janie
Stationery: Modern Pulp Design Studio
Wedding Cake: Cakeworks
Calgary elopement captured by Calgary Wedding Photographer – Tara Whittaker