Feature : Garden Weddings & First Looks | Ashley & Adam's Dean House Wedding in Calgary, Alberta

What better timing for a garden wedding than at the end of May when everything has come back to life after a long winter! Ashley & Adam's garden wedding at the Dean House in Calgary, Alberta was elegant, intimate and full of laughter!

Ashley and Adam chose to do a first look at the Reader Rock Garden which we were so excited to capture. While the tradition of seeing each other at your ceremony is also amazing, It's so special to be able to capture that first moment when the bride and groom see each other and have the opportunity to interact candidly.

Reader Rock Garden is one of the most stunning locations with cascading hillsides of pink florals, carefully placed rock paths and artisan bridges and benches. My sister Amanda photographed this beautiful day with me - and we were sure to arrive early to find the best first look location for our couple. We also stopped at Readers Garden Cafe for a bite to eat which is quite photographable as well! If you are planning to come to Reader Rock - consider pre-ordering some prosecco and snacks for you and your wedding party! (It is worth mentioning as well - that you or your photographer will need to obtain a permit with the City of Calgary for professional use of the garden to avoid any fines.)

Ashley & Adam had an intimate ceremony in the garden at the Dean House followed by a champagne toast for all their guests. The Reception followed in the private room on the top floor of the historic house- and we loved how the intimate celebration between family and close friends was full of laughter, heartfelt conversation, delicious food and custom cocktails!

As the sun was setting we even got to enjoy some extended family photo time by the river. The evening was so warm, peaceful and beautiful. The Dean house has jumped up our list of favourite venues in the City after seeing how well everything was taken care of and how beautiful (and delicious!) everything was from ceremony, reception to providing beautiful backdrops everywhere we looked.

Ashley & Adam just celebrated their two year anniversary last month! Cheers to you beautiful people! Thanks again for having us be a part of your amazing day.