A wedding full of laughter and tender glances, Jason and Anthea were married in March on a day that started rainy and cloudy and ended with nothing but sunshine. The rain persisted in the morning, but the clouds parted just as these two stood before their family and friends and promised to love each other above all others.
Jason and Anthea were married in the beautiful and historic First Baptist Church of Calgary and then had their reception at the Wainwright Hotel in Heritage Park. Choosing these two locations allowed them the flexibility for indoor photography locations in addition to giving their wedding a wonderfully vintage and historic feel. After all, a Canadian wedding reception really isn’t complete without a moose head.
Anthea is an elementary school teacher and several of her students came to the ceremony and one even presented her with a special drawing that is currently proudly displayed on their refrigerator. Her niece and three sisters she nannied for were her adorable flower girls.
The flower girls were so excited to be a part of the wedding and quietly observed what was going on around them. I loved photographing their reactions. I laughed when one of the girls was clearly delighted to discover a candy on the floor during the receiving line.
There were many moments during the day that stand out to me. The sweet gesture of an older sister running her fingers gently through her little sister’s hair. The way Anthea’s mom was continually struck with emotion at watching her first daughter getting married. The way Jason was greeted by Anthea’s grandmother following the ceremony and also by how Anthea was tightly embraced by his family. The excitement of Jason being able to finally call Anthea his wife. The heartfelt gratitude that they both expressed to their parents for raising them with love and affection.
These two are some of the kindest and most gracious individuals you could hope to meet and I was so happy to be able to document their day and the beginning of the lives together. Congratulations Jason and Thea, I wish you many more happy days of the clouds parting and the sun shining on you both as man and wife.
Can’t get enough of the rustic wedding style? Check out Ryan and Alli’s wedding in Pincher Creek for some great rustic DIY details and beautiful locations.