Meghan & Steven – Elegant and Classy Calgary Petroleum Club Wedding

April 21, 2017  |  by sarah

Meghan & Steven – Elegant and Classy Calgary Petroleum Club Wedding

From the first moment I met this couple, I was super pumped to be a part of their day at the swanky, downtown Petroleum Club in Calgary.

I can’t believe how much my heart melted when they exchanged their vows. Something about Meghan’s sincerity when she talked about her love for Steven makes me warm and fuzzy inside. I am always a massive sucker when tears are shed, and let me tell you, the day was full of those moments.

After I met up with the girls at Honey Salon, we headed to the Palliser for a few detail shots, and Meghan gave her bridesmaids gifts of love. From that moment on, I don’t think the happy tears stopped.

One of my favourite things to do in the morning is ask the bride’s mom to give her daughter words of advice for the day. Meghan’s mom’s reaction was a real tearjerker. The friendship between mother and daughter is something truly beautiful and special.

After a re-routed aventure to Devonian Gardens due to a big cement truck blocking us, we headed to the ceremony via freight elevator. There was nothing but giggles as Meghan walked down a construction zone to find her dad waiting for her to see his girl on her wedding day.

After the ceremony, we hopped into the limo and drove around downtown Calgary, stopping at some of the city’s most beautiful, old architectural spots for photos. I loved how Meghan’s classic style complimented Steven’s posh suit. The pair were what photo creativity dreams are made of. Add a beautifully dressed couple and stylish wedding party, plus all of the excitement and love of the day, and you really get my creative juices flowing.

I could have shot them all day but before we knew it we had to head over to the Petroleum Club for the big grand entrance. As the wine flowed, the couple was toasted upon entry and the love oozed all night, through the sweetest speeches and fun dances.

I had two favourite parts about their reception. The first was when Meghan’s grandpa sang to her. I literally have no words for his sweetness. It was actually an honour to be able to witness something so beautiful. Weddings are definitely about the couple joining together, but they are also about the well wishes from everyone who is there to join in your day of love. I personally haven’t heard a speech in many years from a grandparent that was something so special. It brought the room to tears. My next favourite moment of the night was when Steven and his grandma had a dance together. She is such a lovely person and her eyes literally lit up the whole room when she looked at Steven during their dance.

I am so humbled to be able to share such a wonderful day on my blog. Hope everyone loves the photos as much as I loved taking them.

Bride Getting Ready Location // Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Brides dress designer // 
Dress by Mikaella, purchased at Novelle Bridal in Edmonton
Shoes // Kate Spade
Jewellery // my mom’s pearls
Veil //Mikaella, purchased at Novelle Bridal
Bridal party attire // MoriLee, purchased at the Bridal Centre
Hair Stylist // Shelly Guerin, Honey Hair Salon
Make-up Artists // Rebecca, Honey Hair Salon
Groom Getting Ready Location // The International Hotel
Suit / Tux // Boglioli, purchased at Henry Singer
Tie // Eton
Shoes // Paul Smith
Wedding Rings/Bands // Blue Nile
Invitation designer & Stationery // Minted
Ceremony Location // Devonian Gardens
Officient // Bruce Halliday
Reception Venue // Calgary Petroleum Club
Caterer // Petroleum Club
DJ // Dance Shout Productions, Jason Cathcart
Cake // Cakes by Danette
 Limo // Quest limos

Words from the Bride & Groom:

Wedding theme and colours:
lavender, white, and silver. I wanted something pretty and summery, and since Steve wanted to wear a blue suit, purple seemed like the perfect complementary colour.
What theme or feel were you going for:
We didn’t have a specific theme, we really just wanted to keep the whole day simple and classy. Our venues were both beautiful even without any decoration, so we simply added some pretty flowers and simple touches to enhance the gorgeous spaces that were already there.
Top 3 best moments:
The whole day was so much fun for us and there really wasn’t a moment that we didn’t enjoy. Steve loved the fact that all of our family and friends were together in one place. I loved seeing him for the first time walking down the isle, and the fact that our dance floor was busy the whole night.
Wedding song:
For me this is heaven, by Jimmy Eat World. This is one of Steve’s favourite bands so we knew we had to pick one of their songs for our first dance. We also wanted to have a song that was a bit unconventional, but that still meant something to us, and this was the perfect fit.
BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY
How did you meet?:
We met in law school when he was in his third year and I was in my first. We started dating and were pretty much always together from that moment on.
Engagement story:
Steve proposed as we were driving through the mountains on our way to Kelowna. We had stopped to stretch our legs just outside of Golden, and had walked down to the river when he got down on one knee. I was so excited I could hardly sit still for the rest of the drive.
TESTIMONIAL
“Sarah, hiring you was without a doubt one of the best decisions we made for our wedding day!! Not only are you a fantastic photographer, but your experience and demeanour made us feel like everything was completely under control the whole day. We are so grateful that you were there with us to capture all the amazing moments, and I would, without a doubt, recommend you to anyone who needed a photographer!! You are AWESOME! Thank you so so much.”