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Your most beautiful day. {thank you, Autumn} Open this post

Oct 31
2010

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Your most beautiful day. {thank you, Autumn}

Your wedding day is on the horizon. And it’s not just about that “to-have-and-to-hold” moment. On this Big Day, you will be your most beautiful: an exquisite reflection of inner joy, excitement, love. We wanted to post a sneak-peek of the SNEAK PEEK from this wedding we shot last weekend {thank you, Autumn + Chris…your [...]

Your wedding day is on the horizon. And it’s not just about that “to-have-and-to-hold” moment. On this Big Day, you will be your most beautiful: an exquisite reflection of inner joy, excitement, love. We wanted to post a sneak-peek of the SNEAK PEEK from this wedding we shot last weekend {thank you, Autumn + Chris…your real turn will be coming up in a few weeks}. Autumn’s dress, lovingly hand-made by her mother, inspired the look, tone and feel of these images. And we are posting them to inspire you.

Your day is coming… Please visit us at this year’s Wedding Wishes Show; next Sunday, November 7th from 11:30 am until 4:30 pm. We’re excited to hear your plans! Look for us at booth #40. –The Bliss Team {Alvis, Sam, Melissa}

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Keeping the fires burning: Jessica + Brad {one hot couple!} Open this post

Oct 29
2010

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Keeping the fires burning: Jessica + Brad {one hot couple!}

How do you know when it’s really love? How about this: getting in your car and zipping on over to Ignace for the chance to spend just one night with the man you love. Or this? Realizing you’re smitten and it’s only date #3. For Jessica + Brad there’s just no questioning. It’s love. Plain [...]

How do you know when it’s really love? How about this: getting in your car and zipping on over to Ignace for the chance to spend just one night with the man you love. Or this? Realizing you’re smitten and it’s only date #3. For Jessica + Brad there’s just no questioning. It’s love. Plain + simple.

Their beautiful September 10th wedding rolled around with nary a glitch {quite impressive when you consider their engagement was a succinct six months… no time for stress! Just efficient decision making!} As usual we get excited with each of our client couples… but for this specific wedding we were über eager. To start, Brad is a firefighter and managed to convince his superiors that incorporating the fire engine into their wedding photos would be nothing short of genius. And it totally was! These are smokin’ hot photos; and Jess — you deserve some major kudos for throwing away the shyness and just going with the flow. There are very few brides — we believe — that would lie across the bumper of a fire truck on their actual wedding day. And given that this is one fun-loving couple whose list of fave things to do together includes fishing and skate skiing, we knew the day would be full of adventure. In fact, the central theme of their Nor’Wester Resort wedding was *fun*.

So in the spirit of keeping things to the point {just like Jess will attest her loving Brad does}, we’re gonna cut to the chase and post these images. Rave reviews go to Maggie at Maggie’s Magical Occasions for creating a dramatic and elegant backdrop that punched out splashes of bright pink from her black and white colour scheme; and to Jessica + Brad’s wedding party of 10: you guys seriously made the day. It’s easy to see why those friendships are so important to you. Thanks for all your patience guys, and we know you know this already, but huge heartfelt thanks for having chosen Bliss. We know there are lots of fantastic photogs to choose from; but we consider it a distinct privilege when clients pick us. Enjoy this sneak peek! –xo from Alvis, Sam + Melissa

Alli: Omg I LOVE them! Alvis - these are gorgeous and you're an amazing photographer - we had so much fun that day - can't wait to see more from Jess! 10.29.2010

Sister of the Bride: LOVE them! The beauty of the day was captured wonderfully...not that that would be hard to do with these two! Great pics!! 10.29.2010

Jess and Brad: Alvis, once again you did a fabulous job! We love love LOVE the pics!! I cannot wait to see all the rest! Thanks to you and Sam for everything, you are an amazing team to work with. 10.30.2010

Dave: I thought firemen were supposed to put the fires out, not light 'em;-) hot Hot HOT! 10.30.2010

admin: Hi guys, thanks for all the kind words. So happy you're happy!!! We'll be chatting in the next week re: next steps etc. @Dave, too funny. Yup, he was hawt! 10.30.2010

Aaron: .... hello!!... 07.27.2014

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Bethanie + Marty {engaged! >> Punta Cana bound!} Open this post

Oct 19
2010

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Bethanie + Marty {engaged! >> Punta Cana bound!}

Bethanie adore Marty. Marty liebt Bethanie. Her roots are French. His are German. And this cosmopolitan couple is heading to the Dominican Republic in January to seal the deal, taking Bliss with them {so excited!}. But let’s just set the stage and give you some of our own insight on these two crazy {CRAZY} lovebirds!
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Bethanie adore Marty. Marty liebt Bethanie. Her roots are French. His are German. And this cosmopolitan couple is heading to the Dominican Republic in January to seal the deal, taking Bliss with them {so excited!}. But let’s just set the stage and give you some of our own insight on these two crazy {CRAZY} lovebirds!

Sam says she remembers for years not understanding why someone as amazing as Bethanie was *single*. Bethanie chalked it up to a string of bad luck and high standards {fortunately for Marty!}. But Sam, she literally just didn’t get it. Bethanie was a girl who had it all: brains/beauty/intellect/sharp wit/drive. What was the dealio?? Where were all the good Thunder Bay men?? And then one innocent day while working at her then Confederation College job {no doubt planning something} she fortuitously connected with Marty, a film student. And yes, the rest is history.

But there’s even more depth to this rad couple that we’d like to share. You see, for those of you who are newly engaged and don’t yet know Bethanie Foster of You’re Invited Certified Event Consulting… you really need to give your head a shake. This woman can plan the dickens out of any event and within any budget! She will organize, visualize, stylize, and idealize your Big Day. We’ve had many of Bethanie’s clients referred to us over the years {you rock!} and when she asked if we’d like to take a crack at her Destination Wedding we could not refuse. Taking place this January at the elegant Punta Cana Colonial Majestic Palace, it represents a huge slice of excitement in the middle of our freezing cold weather {and slow season}. Not to mention photographic nirvana.

And what can we say about Marty? Well, we know him quite well, too. He’s been a key member of the Bliss team during our cinematography shoots for those clients who had our Fusion package. This guy can roll with any punch thrown his way {hey Marty, could you lighten up a bit??? You really need to just loosen up.}. His work is captivating and authentic which is one reason we love him so much. Nowadays he and Bethanie spend their days enjoying the first big purchase they made together: their new home, and in the downtime, we suspect that there’s just a little bit of planning going on. Bethanie, you come by it honestly!

Enjoy this sneak peek from your Engagement session… thanks for giving us such breadth of character to work with! And let me just remind you that we are VERY excited about January. –xo Alvi, Sam + Melissa

melvin: .... tnx!!... 07.31.2014

jon: .... спс.... 08.22.2014

Bob: .... спс!... 08.22.2014

gerard: .... сэнкс за инфу.... 08.22.2014

Ronnie: .... good.... 08.23.2014

ted: .... thanks.... 08.23.2014

Ralph: .... сэнкс за инфу!!... 08.23.2014

eric: .... tnx for info!... 08.23.2014

kent: .... благодарствую!!... 08.26.2014

rex: .... thank you!... 11.18.2014

mike: .... good.... 11.18.2014

wendell: .... áëàãîäàðþ!... 11.20.2014

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Kate + Craig: Version 2.0 Open this post

Oct 18
2010

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Kate + Craig: Version 2.0

One guy. One girl. Effusive beauty. So much love and laughter. The right stuff! We’re not entirely sure how it happens here at Bliss; but it seems that every wedding couple we’ve had the honour to represent is blessed with *all the right stuff*. Naturally we’re not just talking looks.
Enter Katie + Craig Version 2.0. [...]

One guy. One girl. Effusive beauty. So much love and laughter. The right stuff! We’re not entirely sure how it happens here at Bliss; but it seems that every wedding couple we’ve had the honour to represent is blessed with *all the right stuff*. Naturally we’re not just talking looks.

Enter Katie + Craig Version 2.0. Our regular blog followers will remember their cliff-jumping, turtle-snapping, roof-climbing, boat-maneuvering engagement session. {If you missed it, you really ought to scroll back a few blogs ago to get a glimpse of their zest for each other and life.} This was one wedding we were dying to blog! Kate put her heart and soul into every charming little touch at their Stepstone ceremony and reception. From the Sweet Tooth Booth to the glittering array of masks and wigs available for glamour shots behind the hanging empty frames; every square foot had her signature on it.

Kate + Craig, looks like your wish was granted. Your greatest desire for this wedding was to “have everyone you cared about in one place to celebrate and have a few good laughs with.” Mission accomplished, indeed. Thank you for letting us share these magic moments with you… and hopefully you enjoy this sneak peek summation of the day’s festivities! Since we know that you guys are “go big or go home” peeps, we can only imagine where life will take you next! Here’s to a lifetime of adventure + love. –Alvis, Sam + Melissa

Carlton: .... ñïñ!!... 07.26.2014

Erik: .... ñýíêñ çà èíôó.... 07.26.2014

Gerald: .... ñïñ çà èíôó!!... 11.17.2014

Marshall: .... áëàãîäàðåí.... 11.19.2014

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Melinda + Ryan. A princess wedding with some urban flair. Open this post

Oct 11
2010

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Melinda + Ryan. A princess wedding with some urban flair.

If you live in Thunder Bay, have ever had your hair done professionally and you have a sense of style, chances are you’ve run into one of Melinda Minnella’s relatives, as this is a family that KNOWS HAIR. And we’re pretty sure we’ve not yet seen such beautifully coiffed creations in a wedding party before. [...]

If you live in Thunder Bay, have ever had your hair done professionally and you have a sense of style, chances are you’ve run into one of Melinda Minnella’s relatives, as this is a family that KNOWS HAIR. And we’re pretty sure we’ve not yet seen such beautifully coiffed creations in a wedding party before. But I digress.

Melinda + Ryan’s storybook romance began at — of all places — Future Shop. Once upon a time they merely worked together and had no interest in each other. Enter that proverbial spark, five years of dating and you’ve arrived at the crescendo of their relationship: a beautiful August 21st wedding celebration on one smokin’ hot day. When this classy couple first came to us with their wedding vision in July last year, we immediately we bought in. Melinda described her wedding as *traditional Italian meets urban Princess.* The more we chatted the better we understood what was important to her {and Ryan… poor grooms these days just have to show up!}. Upholding the timeless Italian wedding traditions was paramount but Melinda wanted to ensure that her photography captured the edgy/fun side of their distinctive relationship. Ummm…. yes please!

And what a day it was, including a lot of *firsts* for us. For starters, we’re pretty sure that we’ve not yet seen such a massive wedding party {eighteen enthusiastic peeps!}. We imagined that wrangling such a large group would be akin to a pressure cooker… trying to get in all those key posed shots while leaving time for the fun of what we call the *ham session*. But all involved were troupers and hopefully understood that our assertive approach was only meant to try and make the most of the time we had! We also ventured out to new, unknown territory when it came to locations for the shoot and that made for some interesting textures and backdrops in some of our group shots.

Melinda + Ryan live in Edmonton and have been patiently waiting their turn on this blog. Guys: the love you have for each other, for your friends/siblings/family members is almost palpable. You have been blessed to find each other. Thank you for allowing us this glimpse into your relationship and we wish you a HEARTY congratulations! Hope you are happy with this sneak peek of images; it was tricky to narrow it down. Happy Thanksgiving! — Alvis, Sam, Melissa, + Jeremy

Melinda: I love the pics they are amazing, Alvis you are truly talented!!!! 10.11.2010

admin: Thanks, Melinda! It helps to have gorgeous subject to work with; and also kind on the inside. All the best and tell Ryan there's a lot more with him but had to favour the bride in this case. Congrats! 10.11.2010

daryl: .... good!... 07.28.2014

Karl: .... ñïñ çà èíôó!!... 11.16.2014

Mario: .... ñïàñèáî çà èíôó.... 11.17.2014

leonard: .... good info.... 11.18.2014

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Alisa + Mark {a Tequila *fix-up*} Open this post

Oct 03
2010

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Alisa + Mark {a Tequila *fix-up*}

Tequila. It’s either the great matchmaker in life, or, the very thing that ensures you NEVER over-indulge again. It’s a love it or hate it-type deal. We suspect in the case of Alisa + Mark, this particular bevvy is the former, as it quite literally is responsible for bringing these two goofballs together forever.
And what [...]

Tequila. It’s either the great matchmaker in life, or, the very thing that ensures you NEVER over-indulge again. It’s a love it or hate it-type deal. We suspect in the case of Alisa + Mark, this particular bevvy is the former, as it quite literally is responsible for bringing these two goofballs together forever.

And what happens when said head-over-heels in love goofballs get together with one enthusiastic wedding party? A photo shoot that borders on an illegal dose of crazy. Crazy, I tell you! Such was the case for the vivacious Alisa and her dapper groom Mark this past August 14th. What we are about to show you illuminates the essence of their relationship and personalities: carefree, a lot of *sass*, unhurried, genuine, warm. Alisa, you were a stunning vision reminiscent of what we would call *vintage New York*. With that in mind, in our post-wedding discussions we opted to give your shots that very flavour in the editing room, wanting to create a sense of something timeless and lasting.

But back to our friend, Tequila. {Oh tequila: how we hope to never come across again you ourselves… but that is another tale that is already close to 20 years old!} We love this story because it’s just so raw and fresh… no hint of anything pretentious or embellished for the purpose of entertainment. A girl and a guy and a chance encounter with some gold stuff. Alisa — who has been said by her peers to put tequila in her cereal — found herself at a New Year’s party hosted by future hubby Mark and vowed to keep the drinking to a minimum so as to remain dignified and completely in control. Ahh the best laid plans. Eventually Mark pulled out the tequila and before long Alisa’s strategy evolved into a “I’ll show him what I can do!”: sans lemon or salt she took a shot and did not even bat an eye. This dazzling effort impressed everyone in the room and marked the start of a New Year and a new relationship. {Sidebar: although they also had a whiskey gargling contest, it is worth noting Alisa only came in *second* for this competition. !!!??!!}

So folks, the next time you grimace at that bottle of tequila, don’t discount its power. You just never know who may be watching and falling in love at that very moment.

Shout-outs to the White Fox for hosting their gorgeous tent wedding; to Maggie’s Magicals for her always tasty feast for the eyes; to Rollason’s for creating the incredible bridal bouquets; to Maverick for hosting one kick-ass, rock-and-roll dance party. Alisa + Mark: you’ve been incredibly patient and we thank you for that. If we could bottle up your boundless energy and sell it we could retire. It was an absolute blast working with you and I personally can’t wait until you see all your images. Very difficult to whittle it down to just a few of our faves {if you weren’t so darn photogenic!!}. Please enjoy! –xo Alvis, Sam + Melissa

alisa and mark: Whoa, these are so amazing! They are exactly what we wanted. Thank you so much Alvis + team! You guys really out did yourselves. Fantastic! Amazing! !! 10.03.2010

admin: Thanks guys! There are simply far too many shots to choose from. You've been ueber patient. Cannot wait for you to see the whole package. Hope married life is GRAND! 10.03.2010

JO AND NATE: Way to go Alvy you did it again, not only did you take some spectacular pictures but you made Alisa and Mark show off their personalities like no other. You take the ordinary and turn it to extraordinary, truly a one of a kind photographer. Bravo! 10.03.2010

Cheryl: So worth the 5.5 hours of dial-up internet waiting time it took to download them all but I just couldn't wait until Monday! Awesome shots Alvin! 10.03.2010

Kelly: .... ñïàñèáî!!... 07.30.2014

marc: .... спс за инфу.... 08.22.2014

peter: .... благодарствую.... 08.22.2014

Phillip: .... tnx for info!!... 08.26.2014

kirk: .... спс за инфу!!... 08.26.2014

Alan: .... сэнкс за инфу.... 08.26.2014

craig: .... ñïàñèáî!!... 11.18.2014

Wade: .... ñïñ çà èíôó!!... 11.19.2014

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