Hillside Lodge and Chalets was the stunning back drop for Heather and Rays nuptials on May 20th. The weather was stunning with the first intense bit of sun Golden has seen all spring. The lovebirds shared their ‘short but sweet’ vows with their guests above the cool Blaeberry River. Afterwards we walked down to take advantage of the views by the river and in, some of us took our shoes off to capture better angles and cause it felt really nice. While I was capturing the bridal party the rest of the guests were enjoying lawn games, appetizers by Whitetooth Bistro, sangria by Good Libations and each others company. The set up and decor in the Barn was very whimsical and practical and put together beautifully by Golden Dreams Wedding Planner, Sue. Delicious dinner, glass raising speeches and continual laughter filled the Barn while I kept an eye on the sun setting. Timing is everything, I was very great full when Heather and Ray fled the party to capture the sun set from the field with me. We returned to the party for donuts by Tim Hortons and a fun slide show about the bride and groom. Mike from Elite Sound and light entertainment started the evening off with the couples first dance then rolled into some classic tunes that got every one dancing, and apparently kept them dancing into the wee hours of the morning.
Working with Heather and Ray was a very fun and relaxed day. They were constantly cracking jokes with their entourage that had me giggling the whole time. I hope this compilation puts a smile on your face the way it does for me. Enjoy
Looking for a Photographer that fit our wants for our big day (May 20, 2017 Hillside Lodge & Chalets Golden) and someone that we were comfortable with was a hard task initially. After several meetings with other photographers and not being totally satisfied we came across A Barrett Photography. Our wedding was only months away we inquired with our wedding planner (Susan Bateman, Golden Dreams) who absolutely confirmed she was a good fit and encouraged us to contact her, we contacted Amy immediately.
First off she was a local to Golden which was more than we were expecting from our photographer, reasonably priced and available. After some short back and forth online correspondence and her suggestion of taking our engagement photos while boarding at Kicking Horse (seriously? heck ya!). We went all in and planned a trip to Golden to do our engagement session snowboarding at Kicking Horse. We met Amy for the first time that day and although nervous at first as soon as we found her at the chair lift and rode up we knew we made the right choice. She knew the ‘right’ places to have the photos taken, was easy to work with, be around and also a pro skier so beware (jk). Seriously though we got professional photos taken while snowboarding and it was only a couple hours out of our day!
We didn’t want the standard wedding photos and my husband was apprehensive of the typical and often not natural staged wedding photos. We were looking for a laid back, natural, candid and personal feel; all these elements were accomplished both during our engagement photos and on our wedding day.
The Big Day. Amy was professional and fun throughout. She kept everyone in line and gave direction when needed. We hiked down to the Blaeberry River and the pictures were so crazy good that they look fake, blue sky, river and mountains with a bunch of our well dressed best friends. Im guessing many photographers wouldn’t have wanted to make the hike or even thought to go to the river but her local expertise and adventurous attitude is so special. I cannot emphasize enough that her local knowledge benefited us along with her love for the outdoors. She encouraged us to stay on site for our photos vs leaving the venue and taking time away from our guests, bonus. We got things done as quick as we could and did not feel rushed. Amy snuck us away at dusk to take some one-on-one photos that again have an unbelievable back drop especially when combined with the sunset, they’re pretty spectacular. Amy was able to capture the details that were important to us that included decor, guests and all the smiles and candid shots of our loved ones; the backdrop to our pictures at Hillside Lodge & Chalets could not be beat on May 20, 2017!
Amy’s fun, adventurous and familiar with Golden’s special spots. Amy was easy to work with and captured our day that would have otherwise been a simply a blur of awesome. When we look back at the photos it takes us back to that sunny mountain May Long Day with all our family and friends and we can relive it through Amy’s work; we didn’t even notice her taking most of these wonderful pictures. If we were looking to have professional photos taken again family or otherwise we would make the 6 hour drive from Sherwood Park to use A Barrett Photography in Golden, no question. Thank you, Amy we look forward to another adventure with you one day.