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Falling for her. Literally. {Katelyn + Craig} Open this post

Aug 30
2010

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Falling for her. Literally. {Katelyn + Craig}

This one was for the books! Record books, that is. There are not too many things I won’t do to try and get the shots I visualize, and lately, getting soaking wet has just been par for the course. And so… like my jump in the lake out on location at Quetico — neck-high with [...]

This one was for the books! Record books, that is. There are not too many things I won’t do to try and get the shots I visualize, and lately, getting soaking wet has just been par for the course. And so… like my jump in the lake out on location at Quetico — neck-high with the snapping turtles and all — I’ll just jump straight to the good stuff.

Kate + Craig are getting married this Saturday and they are STOKED. Can’t say as I blame them…. they’ve been blissfully in love since the summer of ‘06. But their story actually starts WAY before that when Craig’s parents fortuitously met Kate’s mom while she was pregnant twenty-five years ago {their first formal introduction to the future daughter-in-law!} Fun-loving and full of adventure, our couple is always up to something. They share a passion for riding the quad, hanging out at camp, boating, watching movies and admittedly, falling asleep while watching movies! My particular favourite *Kate + Craig* anecdote is Craig’s quirky marriage proposal… faking a broken leg while skiing in Lutsen, a concerned Kate attempts to comfort him only to realize he’s *just kidding*, but while still on bended knee asks her to marry him. Classic!

For their engagement shoot they wanted to go somewhere completely indicative of them… outdoors, a place that meant the world, with water, boating, casual elegance, private, fun. These were the themes we worked with and could only mean one option: Craig’s gorgeous Quetico camp. Kate being Kate was up for pretty much ANYTHING. We prepared for a change into some more formal clothes and she opted for something a little vintage: her high school graduation dress. Yes ladies, it still fits. Upon seeing said dress — a beautiful white, strapless gown — I thought to myself, “self, this is looking like it could turn into something reminiscent of a Trash-the-Dress shoot!” And so that was pretty much the approach we took as she and Craig made a run off the cliff and went FREEeeeee, FREE-FALLING for several dramatic seconds. I gotta tell you, I was loving it. *It* being this free-spirited take on love.

Guys: enjoy. I’m excited to look after you on this day that means so much. Get some sleep. Ok, who am I kidding… relish the adrenaline! — Alvis

Justin Loesser: Absolutly STUNNING!!!!! These pictures are breathtaking! Great couple, great ideas, GREAT SNAPS!! The picture with the couple standing on the rock and where you can see the rock under water is ..... i cant even think of any words that describe how cool it is. and the one 'for the books'. Yes it is!!!! WOW!!!! 09.02.2010

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If you’re dressed like a cow, and a woman pulls your udders, she might just be the one. {Renee + Ryan} Open this post

Aug 27
2010

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If you’re dressed like a cow, and a woman pulls your udders, she might just be the one. {Renee + Ryan}

This story and this couple are so colourful and downright delicious it’s hard to know where to even begin. And yes, I’m using the word *delicious*… Who’d have thought that chum you ride the school bus with at age 12 could wind up being the one? In Renee + Ryan’s case, this was reality. Our two [...]

This story and this couple are so colourful and downright delicious it’s hard to know where to even begin. And yes, I’m using the word *delicious*… Who’d have thought that chum you ride the school bus with at age 12 could wind up being the one? In Renee + Ryan’s case, this was reality.

Our two lovebirds began their relationship some 18 years ago when they both attended Sacred Heart school and eventually the same high school. In their own words, they were definite *buddies*. Renee knew she could always count on Ryan for rides to class since she was perpetually late and knew he had a rep for oversleeping. Not a bad deal if you ask me! The years following high school went by, but on random occasions the two would bump into each other and the conversations would just flow. Renee recalls one specific Halloween at a local watering hole where she spotted the dapper Ryan dressed up as a cow. Yes, as in *mooooooooo*. Without hesitation she flew over and yanked on his udders, thinking she must be the most hysterical person on the planet. Naturally, he did not complain. Moments like this kept cropping up over the years, including the memorable *bump-in* at Tony + Adam’s one evening when they both, very coolly, exchanged business cards, each thinking the other would be ueber impressed with said card! They then vowed to catch up in a different setting.

Eventually Ryan did call Renee, but his timing always was just a bit off. Who gives a girl 5 minutes notice to hop on a motorcyle and go for a ride?! {As Renee says, “Hellooooo!  I’m a girl! I need to prepare for such adventures!!!”} Well his persistence paid off,  they got that ride in and have never looked back since.

Although admittedly our couple prefers to be spontaneous and dodge planning when at all possible {thus driving their respective mothers crazy}, you would never know this from the lavish + lovely evening they created in celebration of their marriage July 30th. Everything was perfect: from the flowers and décor to the weather holding up to an afternoon that was, truly, F-U-N.

Guys, in looking at your imagery there are a few things that leap to mind. #1 you are madly in love with each other… even after all these years; #2 you can laugh at yourselves and let loose… thereby letting the real you shine through; and #3 Renee you are drop-dead gorgeous and shattered my 50 prime 1.2 {it’s little wonder you were crowned Ms Hawaiian Tropic} and #4 family and friends mean the world to you {as illustrated by the cameo appearance of *cinematographer extraordinaire* Mr. Mike Fazio… who drove in from Winnipeg without hesitation to capture these long-time friends memories on film}.

To sum, you were a treat to work with and your wedding party… they R-O-C-K-E-D. We know you and your adorable son Luke have much to look forward to in this next stage of your lives. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into the beautiful life you’ve created thus far. Stay tuned for a bucket-load of images!

–xo from Alvi + Sam

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Tony: .... thank you!... 08.23.2014

Francis: .... спс за инфу.... 08.23.2014

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Lynette + Craig {and the stuff that lasts forever} Open this post

Aug 23
2010

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Lynette + Craig {and the stuff that lasts forever}

In the hallway. In the cafeteria. On the stairs. In class. At dances. Lynette + Craig were *that couple*. You know their kind… the ones who were aware of each other’s presence all throughout high school {thank you, PACI} but just never got around to speaking to each other. Fast forward to mutual jobs at [...]

In the hallway. In the cafeteria. On the stairs. In class. At dances. Lynette + Craig were *that couple*. You know their kind… the ones who were aware of each other’s presence all throughout high school {thank you, PACI} but just never got around to speaking to each other. Fast forward to mutual jobs at the Great Canadian Superstore and Craig finally mustered up the nerve to ask Lynette out a week before he quit. And the rest, as they say… is history!

For the past five years the two have been inseparable, quickly learning that a deeply rooted friendship must come first. There isn’t anything they don’t share together. In their own words, they “complete each other.” Craig, an RN at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is stoked to take his blushing bride Lynette — a dental hygienist of the *gentle* kind — on their honeymoon somewhere in the Caribbean. For now, the plan is to quite literally *chill-ax*; well-deserved considering the stunning affair that was pulled off at the beautiful Nor’Wester Hotel on July 17th.

This was one particular wedding I could not wait to shoot and for them it was the full enchilada: cinematography coverage and multiple camera coverage. Guys; it’s been a long time coming since we first sat down to discuss your vision two years ago. I hope you are in the full-on throes of your chill-axing and that this preview imagery reminds you of the lifetime of memories that are yet to come. And one more thing, we know you had a huge decision to make in selecting your photographer… thanks for picking me!   xo from Alvi, Sam + Melissa

Alisa: These are absolutely fantastic! The creativity is fab. Craig and Lynette, you guys are beautiful. I had tonnes of fun at your wedding! 08.23.2010

Joanna & Nate: Awesome pics! Love them! Congratulations again, and thanks for letting us be part of your special day! 08.23.2010

Irene: Beautiful. Absolutely Great Photography. You captured the fun time we all had. Looking forward to seeing the rest. 08.23.2010

Chris & Alissa: Beautiful pictures!!! The whole wedding was a blast! We are so glad we got to share all those special moments with you wonderful people :) They will be remembered forever! 08.24.2010

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Fun + Frolic in the Forest: The Hachey Family Open this post

Aug 20
2010

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Fun + Frolic in the Forest: The Hachey Family

To our loyal blogstalkers (you know who you are!); you have come to know Bliss as a boutique photography company with a deliberate focus on wedding imagery. But from time to time, our cameras will be wooed away to enticing offers from long-time friends who happen to have the world’s cutest children and we then [...]

To our loyal blogstalkers (you know who you are!); you have come to know Bliss as a boutique photography company with a deliberate focus on wedding imagery. But from time to time, our cameras will be wooed away to enticing offers from long-time friends who happen to have the world’s cutest children and we then find ourselves powerless… surrendering to the intensity of said cuteness and thus making a date for a family photo shoot. Ok, that was wordy, but you get my drift!

This is one such story. Erika Bergman-Hachey and I have known each other for… ahem… we’ll say 22 years now. That puts us right about the early years at FWCI, I do believe? Thanks to the marvels of social networking, she and I have reconnected after all these years on Facebook, and when she mentioned that her family would be up from Illinois (where they now reside) and were hoping for some family photos that reflected the beauty of our boreal forest, it just had to happen.

Erika — an RN with a penchant for competing in and winning triathlons — married the love of her life, Peter — also a Canadian, originally from Saskatchewan — and together they are raising their three adorable life’s masterpieces: Liam, Kalum and daughter Brielle. And although life is grand down in Illinois, they do grow weary of the incessant 40 degree weather and regular tornado warnings. So visits back north to see friends and family are a welcome relief! Ironically, the day they arrived here mother nature wanted to ensure they did not forget what awaits them at home: she served up a tasty thunderstorm and some whopping tornado warnings {just for good measure}. Even way up here there was just no escaping the possibility of being swept over the rainbow!

Erika + Peter: this is just a quick sneak peek from your shoot and thanks for all your patience. Wedding season is no-sleep season but eventually we are getting caught up! And despite the wiggling bodies, your photo session captured the happy and relaxed nature of your family. You are blessed in all things money cannot buy.

–xo Sam (+ Alvi, busy working away in the editing room!)

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Sabrina + Torleiv {and their self-described *Bliss*} Open this post

Aug 16
2010

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Sabrina + Torleiv {and their self-described *Bliss*}

Sabrina + Tor, you’ve been exceedingly patient and this one’s finally for you! In your own words, July 16th 2010 was best summed up as *bliss*; and in our world, we’ll tack on a few other superlatives when we hear our clients describe the feelings they have for each other, their wedding day and the memories [...]

Sabrina + Tor, you’ve been exceedingly patient and this one’s finally for you! In your own words, July 16th 2010 was best summed up as *bliss*; and in our world, we’ll tack on a few other superlatives when we hear our clients describe the feelings they have for each other, their wedding day and the memories they created using such a meaningful word.

Where to start… well, the beginning seems logical enough, n’est pas? The moment we received our first email from Sabrina, we were struck by two remarkable things, (1) that the email was coming from Norway and (2) that she put a serious amount of energy into describing what she was looking for and whom she was marrying. We were riveted, to be frank. Who was this articulate and romantic Canadian woman and how did she end up in Norway? What was her story? And just who was this “Tor” chap that had captivated her heart?

It turns out that both Sabrina and Tor (short for Torleiv) were destined to be together when they both made the decision to study at the renowned St. Andrew’s University in Scotland. Despite initially laying eyes on each other during a student fashion show (to be clear, it was Tor who was modelling… an important part of the story!), years would go by before they finally were officially introduced at a Christmas dinner party. What started off slow and steady, eventually deepened into a true love and their commitment to each other became obvious by the end of their final year; not long after plans of a future together were already in discussion. Tor proposed four years later in the most idyllic of settings: on the cliffs outside St. Andrews, with vistas of the old University, the beach and the North Sea.

Fast forward to today and our beautiful married couple already have one month under their belts! There were so many important elements we wanted to incorporate into our strategy for representing Sabrina + Tor’s Big Day. The vibrant Norwegian culture and symbols notwithstanding, another key element would be to try and arrange for their photo session on the water somehow. Growing up in Northern Ontario, Lake Superior would be so meaningful to Sabrina, and because its vastness is akin to an ocean of sorts, it would tie in perfectly with the oceanview proposal that set everything in motion. Not to mention the fact that Tor is a sailor… which meant their private photo session aboard a beautiful 42 ft sailboat (thank you, Captain Brett Clibbery!) made perfect sense. The images reveal a couple that radiates such authentic joy; it was near impossible to choose from the hundreds shot.

Our best wishes to both Sabrina + Tor, as they take a brief hiatus from their life in Norway to further their studies in Amsterdam (Tor will be completing his third masters degree but this time in Environment and Resource Management, and Sabrina will complete her two-year masters degree in GIS). Guys: it was our honour to be a part of your wedding day, and we hope this brief glimpse back will evoke all those intense emotions once again. Vi ønsker deg en livstid av helsen, lykke, fred og balanse.

Shout-outs to Maggie at Maggie’s Magicals and the Flower Shed for the outstanding work transforming the Valhalla Ballroom. Stunning work!

–Alvis, Sam + Melissa

admin: {repost from email - part 1} -My dear friends Sabrina and Tor. Your engagement and Wedding photos are absolutely stunning! and such a true depiction of you as a couple and the very genuine love you have for each other. Sab, visiting you in Norway a few years back and meeting Tor and his family for the first time was such a wonderful experience. 08.16.2010

admin: {repost from email -part2} - Lee and I are so much looking forward to celebrating life with you two for many years to come, (even though we are many miles apart). It was wonderful sharing your Wedding day with you and seeing both of your families again. Sab, you were the most beautiful Bride and Tor you were very dashing yourself! Much love, Alli and Lee Thanks very much! Alexandra P.S. Alvis - Your photos are absolutely stunning!!! 08.16.2010

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Nina + Terry. Best friends. Soulmates. Open this post

Aug 06
2010

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Nina + Terry. Best friends. Soulmates.

Well, dear friends… we are smack in the throes of wedding season, mustering up all our reserves to try and keep up with the blogging! We have six more weddings to post to bring us up to the end of July and are working feverishly at the editing to get caught up. For those of [...]

Well, dear friends… we are smack in the throes of wedding season, mustering up all our reserves to try and keep up with the blogging! We have six more weddings to post to bring us up to the end of July and are working feverishly at the editing to get caught up. For those of you couples who might be new to this little piece of literature we humbly call our BlissBlog, thanks for stopping by; and please do stick around! We hope that these images will inspire you as you begin to plan for your own Big Day…

But let’s talk about our couple du jour: Nina + Terry. It seems that all of our brides this year share a common *killer* trait: a drop-dead gorgeous smile. Nina can certainly hold her own in this category! This particular love story goes back to an innocent long-distance introduction over phone/e-mail at the tender age of 16. One of Nina’s best mates from high school had moved to Calgary and as fate would have it, became friends with Terry. But fate did not stop there as her friend made the introduction to Nina, and thanks to modern technology the two formed a closely knit friendship despite the boundaries of geography. Eventually, Nina decided that Calgary should be her home and she made the move in July of 2005. Who do you think helped her move all her stuff? Yup. It was Terry. We like to affectionately call them “Beauty + The Braun” thanks to this little piece of info.

Four years later a romantic proposal at the Minowanka Loop in Banff ensued. This place holds special meaning to our bride and groom; one of their favourite couple pictures ever was taken there… that picture and that out-of-the-way little spot keep them mindful of the happiness they share together. And if you ask Nina what she attributes as the foundation of their relationship, she will most heartily profess it is the strength of their friendship.

Nina + Terry: thank you for letting us share this glimpse into your wonderful relationship. Your July 3rd 2010 wedding will go down in history as one of the hottest days we’ve ever shot; but that certainly did not stop you from relishing in the joy of the step you were taking. As you build on your life in Calgary, we hope your wedding images will always evoke those feelings of giddiness and excitement that you experienced when you went from best friends to husband and wife. Our warmest congratulations to you both.


Nina & Terrance Anderson: Thank you so much for the amazing pictures, the previews look great and we cannot wait to see more. I think I look at these at least once a day and can't help but show everyone how great they turned out. Alvi you were a pleasure to work with and you made the day so enjoyable for all of us. You captured the true us - which is exactly what we were looking for. Can't wait to see more. Thanks again!!! 08.22.2010

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