My phone rang and a friendly, giddy girl on the other line began to pour her heart out to me. We talked for well over an hour about life, how we got to where we are and most importantly what her and her love had envisioned for their wedding day: something outdoors, surrounded by the forest, and intimate setting with family & friends. Their most important element was capturing unstaged & unscripted moments. They were in the beginning stages of planning their Ontario wedding from their home in Alberta. When Matt and I flew to Alberta to shoot a mountain engagement last summer, they were bummed that they were going to be out of the province in Newfoundland (amazing right?) but when I had the chance to return to Calgary for another wedding they jumped at the chance to meet for their engagement shoot. They picked me up and we headed to the mountains. I have to admit, I have a bit of a girl crush on Kayleigh. Every song that play on her ipod was either something I loved already, or a song I had to have. A growing list of artists to check out filled up my phone’s home screen as Calgary disappeared behind us and the mountains danced in the sun in front of us.
We were greeting with warm spring weather and the shore was nearly deserted as we explored Lake Minnewanka for the first time. We then jumped in the car and raced the sunset as we navigated through the winding mountain roads in Bow Valley Provincial Park to an incredible landscape of tree stumps and mountain views at Spray Lakes Reservoir. Kayleigh hiked in her dress as we scaled the steep roadside 100ft down to the shoreline and watched the sun disappear behind the mountains. It was truly breathtaking.