emma + erik | backyard tented wedding

You might remember their YOW engagement in December...well ever since that day I've been excited for this wedding. I can't believe it has actually come and gone, because it seems like yesterday we were running up that escalator and fake-dodging security...  
So here we are, their wedding day. I usually leave a wedding feeling quite tired, emotionally drained, physically drained, ready for a bath and a long sleep in the next morning. But leaving Emma & Erik's wedding...I just felt lucky.

Lucky to be heading into Le Spa knowing that I would surely be photographing the most gorgeous bride in the entire salon. Lucky to have spent my afternoon with an amazing set of families and friends. 

But mostly, lucky to have witnessed the lovely wedding of Emma & Erik. Two of the sweetest people I have ever met. 

I love Emma's engagement ring, it totally suits her...

All of Emma's ladies helped her get ready, and her Mom had the most special job of all, doing up each and every button on Emma's GORGEOUS dress :)

Emma's sister Liz is no stranger to this blog either, remember her shoot?

Emma and Erik trekked up a mountain with a bottle of champagne on the day of their engagement, and other than forgetting the wine glasses and having to drink out of the bottle, it was absolutely perfect. 

Erik sent over the perfect gift for his bride, with a little envelope that read "to my wife on our wedding day..." Inside was a set of travel wine glasses. You know...for their future adventures. 

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Erik and his boys were hanging out and getting ready...

I absolutely LOVE the set of anatomical heart cufflinks that Emma bought for Erik... they suit him and his skills as a paramedic perfectly :)

And the custom suit...love.

As the preparations came to an end, and Emma prepared to walk down the aisle, I caught this shot of Erik looking patient but excited...

And the second photo from this next sequence is one of my favourite shots of the day, because Emma's mother, Valerie, brought a tear to my eye with how excited she was.

Erik's brother, Chris, did an unbelievable job speaking at the ceremony. It was one of the most touching wedding ceremonies I've ever witnessed.

They're a good looking group, no?

Ugh...cannot handle how gorgeous this wedding party is. There are no words.

Miss Julia was a huge help to Emma during all of her planning, it was only fitting she get a special mention. Plus, she was giving me some great moves on the dancefloor to photograph ;)

The tented wedding reception was absolutely beautiful, and all of Emma's copper and navy details looked lovely...

The speeches were touching, as always. But this particular moment from Emma's father's speech was particularly sweet. This would be the part where he told her how proud he was that she turned out to be such a kind and loving person. 

Erik's best friend and Emma's sister also gave some beautiful speeches...

And after dinner, I stole the bride and groom for a few sunset shots by the river. I didn't want to keep them out of the reception longer than necessary, but I could have photographed them forever. 


After dark, time to party :)

Most party shots make it impossible to figure out the song they were singing...but this one is SO obviously Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepson.

"...and this CRAZY!"

And I will end this post with my favourite shot of their first dance...

Congratulations you two, I wish you the BEST of all the good things in life. 

Thank you for letting me be a part of your amazing wedding day, from beginning to end 



  1. such a lovely wedding, emma you were such a gorgeous bride, and erik you were a handsome groom :)

    laura, this might be your best work yet!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS!! I love every single one of these photos. LOVE.

  3. These are some great shots! I love the sunset shots the best - great idea to steal them away for those! And where on earth did Emma get those cuff links? I need some for my paramedic sidekick!!

  4. Sunset shots are my favourite part of the formals because it's just the three of us and the light is just magical :) Emma -- you MUST share where you got these cufflinks, because Lindsay is right, they are awesome.


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