Life by Selena Photography
Montreal portrait & wedding photographer


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Blog 76 : Emily and Royden

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A fact: I've never cried before a wedding ceremony started.

A secret: I had tears in my eyes before Emily had even met Royden at the front of the aisle.

I wasn't the only one. I already knew Emily's dad was an emotive man from when I did a family photo session in Edmonton with the Kaliel's last summer. But there were tears from both sides of the aisle and across the stage throughout the ceremony. I have never seen so many tears from all sides before. As a photographer, I love to capture rich emotion, which this wedding provided in ample supply.

Before the wedding I envisioned an outdoor photo session with lush spring foliage, but weather provided an unexpected challenge. The late start of Edmonton's growing season meant that spring leaves were just beginning to unfurl the weekend of Emily and Royden's wedding. My initial vision of shots verdant with lush foliage had to shift towards using man made structures in each of our locations. The teal green bandshell at Borden Park provided a retro frame for the family photos, and white and blue squares became a backdrop for wedding party portraits, along with the sandstone bricks of the old Alberta Museum. I was happy to find a few spring blossoms to use as framing elements during our final shots.

Emily and Royden have forged a strong partnership over the past decade, supporting each other through changes of cities and life goals. The strength of their communication is in their gentleness, the tenderness they show each other, taking time to listen even as other layers of life jostle for attention. I'm excited to see your lives develop over the next ten years, and beyond!

This Life by Selena Photography blog post about wedding photography was produced by Montreal photographer Selena Phillips-Boyle. This summer Edmonton wedding was photographed at Borden Park, the old Royal Alberta Museum, and Whitemud Creek Hall. Here you can see a couple's session with Emily and Royden. Selena often travels to Edmonton for photographic projects and accepts commissions worldwide. Here's a link to another Edmonton wedding with unexpected weather and this St. Albert wedding. 

Cet article de blogue sur la photographie de mariage Life by Selena était produit par Selena Phillips-Boyle, photographe montréalaise. Selena voyage souvent à Edmonton pour des projets photographiques et elle accepte des contrats dans le monde entier.