How often is it you get to see the groomsmen arrive at the wedding ceremony galloping in on horseback? In my eight years experience filming weddings, I can say not very often!

That was one of many reasons why I was so excited for Josh and Melissa's big day. Part of the joy of my job is going on adventures with couples, and the badlands were a new experience for me. Being based in Edmonton, I don't get to see the southern part of the province very often, and this was my first time ever in Medicine Hat. It was a lot dustier than I'm used to, that's for sure!

I love the vast open landscapes, they set the scene of an epic romance. In fact, I felt like I was living in a real life western throughout the day! It was breathtakingly beautiful.

I was very saddened to hear from Melissa that she lost her brother several years ago and he would never get to see her wedding day, but she did drive to the aisle in his black truck, which was an incredibly moving moment.

My second shooter John and I had fun after the ceremony getting some amazing shots of the groomsmen riding their horses. This was such an exhilarating experience for me as I grew up around horses and miss them enormously. Give me a saddle and stirrups over a fast car any day!

As the evening finally came to a close, I felt warm and fuzzy after spending the day with beautiful people and capturing their most precious memories on film. Once again, I feel like I have the most incredible job in the world. There is nothing I would rather be doing, and no adventure I would rather be on than telling another love story in this beautiful country.

Courtney and Dustin contemplated downsizing their wedding due to the pandemic and my heart really went out to them. They ultimately decided to keep their date and have their wedding day as normal as possible. They moved their reception from a venue to Courtney's parents back yard and, I have to say, I think I preferred the backyard! It was beautifully decorated, personal and intimate. We had the gorgeous natural light and warmth of the setting sun. What more could you ask for?

I began my day with Courtney at her parents' house in Stoney Plain. I couldn't have hoped for a better location, with bright and airy walls and large windows the lighting was so beautiful!


Photography |

Ceremony Venue |

Florist |

DJ |

Caterer |

Cake |

Make-up |

Bride Attire |

Bridal Boutique |

Groom Attire |

Rentals |

I was so excited that Kim and Cosam were still able to go ahead with their wedding this year. They had to make to difficult decision to postpone their reception to next October, but they were still able to tie the know this summer as planned!

Excitingly, they had two outfits to wear for their big day.


Photography | Jillian Ila Photography

Ceremony | Hope City Church