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DREAMY VINTAGE BRIDAL INSPIRATION

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I had so much fun teaming up with a group of Edmonton-based creatives to create some bridal inspiration for this spring. Here's the first of four looks we shot, a clean and cozy vintage look featuring a pastel blue lace 50s gown, a romantic bouquet of roses and dusty miller, nude peep-toe shoes, and a simple but lovely hair and makeup look. Special thanks to our wonderful model, Hazuki of Numa Models.

Model: Hazuki/Numa Models

Styling: Retail to Riches

Bouquet: Therese Lopez Florals

Dress: Lux Vintage Apparel

Stationary: Mihos and Maple

Photography, makeup and hair: Dallas Curow

ST. JOSEPH'S BASILICA EDMONTON WEDDING | MEGAN & JORDAN

Megan and Jordan were married on a gorgeous day, when the last of the spring cherry blossoms were floating through the air here in Edmonton. They exchanged vows in the breathtaking confines of St. Joseph's Basilica, then we explored some of the city's most picturesque locations for their portraits. They were kind enough to allocate three hours (!!!) for portraits, which was a photographer's dream! It was wonderful to explore at a relaxed pace, taking photos at several locations throughout the city while allowing time for laughter and lots of champagne breaks for the bride and groom and their best friends.

Afterwards, we all headed to Leefield Community Hall for their beautiful, love-filled reception. The majority of Megan and Jordan's family had travelled to attend their wedding, so the mood was festive and ebullient at this "destination" affair. After sneaking outside for some sunset photos, the happy couple joined their loved ones on the already hopping dance floor and swayed along to the sweet sounds of local band Uptown 780.

Megan and Jordan, I wish you all the happiness in the world. You are such wonderful people and it's clear you will make each other deeply joyful. Take care of each other and keep having lots of fun and adventure. Thank you so much for choosing me to document your amazing day!

Credits:

Ceremony: St. Joseph's Basilica  //  Officiant: Father Martin Caroll  // Reception: Leefield Community Hall//  Photography: Dallas Curow Photography, assisted by Lyndsay Touchings  //  Catering: Elizabethan Catering  //  Baker: The Art of Cake  // Favours: Greenland Garden Centre  //  Bride's dress: Sophia Tolli, purchased at Pure Bridal  //  Bridesmaids' dresses: David's Bridal  //  Groom and groomsmens' attire: Derks  //  Band: Uptown 780  //  Makeup + hair: Icon Hair & Body  //  

EXPLORING EDMONTON | LONDON TEA BAR

Exploring Edmonton is a series in which I share adventures and discoveries in my new home in Alberta's capital city. View previous Exploring Edmonton features.

Given that my last big vacation was based completely around drinking as much tea as possible in Scotland, it's safe to say my love for all things steeped runs deep. When I heard that Edmonton would soon be graced by the presence of a new hotspot for tea devotees, I was ecstatic!

London Tea Bar is a haven for those of us who love anything brewed from the camellia sinesis plant, as well as flavourful herbal infusions, and even tea-flavoured ice creams. Visually speaking, what sets this place apart from other tea rooms is the utter lack of floral print, doilies and tchotchkes scattered about. Owner Shannon Mikolas describes her business as a contemporary tea bar, and the expansive, bright, and minimally adorned space certainly feels more modern and fresh than your average place to take tea.

Here, the emphasis is on serving the highest quality tea blends free from any sugars or additives. Mikolas believes the focus should be on the natural taste of the tea which, I can attest, is superb. They offer an extensive in-house line of teas, as well a selection from Toronto-based purveyor, Sloane Fine Tea Merchants. There is also a wide array of tools and accessories, from teapots to infusers. A recent collaboration with Edmonton farmer's market favourite Revolution Ice Cream resulted in the creation of several ice creams flavoured with their house blends. Stop in for a scoop for the perfect pick-me-up on a steamy summer afternoon.

Since opening its, London Tea Bar has been hosting a variety of special events, such as a showcase of work by Edmonton-based painter Amy Dixon (see below) as well as private tea tastings, and shopping pop-ups with other local businesses.

I for one am so happy to welcome London Tea Bar to Edmonton. It's a welcome addition to the vibrant Old Strathcona neighbourhood, and its products will be quickly filling up my cupboards.

INSTAGRAMYEG PHOTO WALK

A few days ago, I joined my first photo walk in Edmonton. This one was organized by the folks behind the @InstagramYEG account, and had the cool theme of "Bridges & Balloons." We gathered on the steps of the Legislature Building, were handed balloons, and began our walk. 

I can't tell you how novel and relaxing it was to shoot with absolutely no pressure. To just walk and talk with fellow photography enthusiasts of all ages, exploring corners of my new city. Taking portraits of people I'd never met before with no expectations, just for practice and and for the sheer joy of it. Wandering for hours on a beautiful springtime day. I loved it, and can't wait to do it again. Here are a few of my favourite shots from the photo walk. You can view the work of other attendees by searching the hashtags #igyegspringwalk and #bridgesandballoons.