Darren and Katie | Buffalo Mountain Lodge Wedding | Banff, Alberta

There are not enough words to express how much I enjoyed my time with this beautiful couple. Katie and Darren are two of the most kind, considerate and loveable people you could ever be fortunate to meet. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them from our winter engagement session at Lake Louise and Emerald Lake, to their beautiful summer wedding at Buffalo Mountain Lodge

To start us off, I wanted to share some photos from our engagement session that took place at Lake Louise and Emerald Lake. We could have asked for better winter conditions. The sun was warm and inviting while we strolled Lake Louise, and Emerald Lake. These two soaked up the rays, each other and the incredibly beautiful mountain scenery we wandered in.

Their wedding day had a slightly different tone to it. We had rain, sun, moody skies and a whole lot of surprises throughout the day. The first surprise came when it started to pour rain just as  their ceremony was about to begin, and came to a full stop as they started sharing their beautiful vows to each other. The sun came out through the clouds and blessed them with some truly beautiful light as they exchanged their rings. It was quite the experience to witness. 

The rest of their wedding unfolded beautifully. From moody skies during their portrait session to emotional speeches during their reception, to one of the most lovely, choreographed first dances I have ever photographed. All of it was simply a pleasure to photograph. 

I loved their wedding day and getting to work with them as a couple. I feel very fortunate to have met, and now call them friends today. I hope you enjoy my favourite frames my time with them. Katie and Darren, I wish you both as much joy, love and happiness you felt on your wedding day, all of the days that you share together. You two are perfect for each other! xo

They shared some truly lovely words from their time with my services:

"Hey Jody! Wow! We were absolutely amazed by the photos. All of them are spectacular and tell every detail of our day. Looking at them, we were instantly transported back to the day and were even reminded of the small moments we were too overwhelmed to notice the first time.  There is absolutely no way for us to put into words how appreciative we are of your hard work and pure talent. We are so lucky to have found you! It was such a pleasure working with someone as passionate and warm as you are. You were always able to make us feel comfortable being photographed and your laugh is so infectious that it was impossible not to smile with you around. Thank you for helping us immortalize the memories of our special day! We are really looking forward to sharing these with our family and friends! We know everyone will love them as much as we do. ~ Much love, Katie and Darren."

Special thanks to Lara Shea, of Shea Studios, for offering some amazing help during their wedding day. It was a pleasure having you along to keep us all giggling, and me dry during the ceremony. ;)

Here are the vendors who played a role in their wedding day:

Venue & Catering: Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Hair & Makeup: Botega Salon in Banff
DIY Flowers
Ceremony Location: Tunnel Mountain Meadow
Bride's Dress: Delica Bridal - Ti Adora Ivory and Cashmere lace gown.
Grooms suit: Moores. Calvin Klein
Bridesmaids dresses: Davids Bridal

A year in Review | My favourite moments from 2016

2016 was a great year! So many wonderful couples joined me in 2016 to create one of my best years since starting my business in 2012. This was my first year going full time and what a wonderful year it has been. 

Entering year 5, I am filled with lots of inspiration and new creatives ideas for photographing weddings all over Alberta and British Columbia in 2017. With 2017 close to being booked solid, I find myself feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude for starting out on this path. I have been blessed with some really incredible couples and moments since starting my business, and I am so pleased to be gearing up for another busy year ahead. 

Here are my favourite moments for wedding photography and engagement photography from 2016. I loved getting to work with each and every one of these couples. All of you were truly a gift to join and photograph. I thank you for bringing me along to capture some of your highlight moments in life. I wish all you the very best life has to offer. 

Warmest wishes for wonderful year ahead in 2017. Happy New Year everyone!

Jody

Wedding Photography 

Engagement Photography

Rimrock Resort Hotel Wedding | Banff, AB | Vintage Wedding

I loved getting to photograph this vintage style wedding at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta this past July 2016. Carlee and Mark wanted to have an intimate roof top wedding among close family and friends, surrounded by the the beautiful Canadian Rockies.

I also very much loved getting to photograph this couple within the beautiful Rimrock hotel. The couple had requested a first look within the hotel, and we found the perfect room to host this part of the day. Divas Cocktail Bar provided the perfect backdrop to host this very vintage looking wedding. It was a real treat getting to photograph this couple within a room full of black and white photographs of hollywood actors and actresses from past to present. It was the perfect backdrop for this couples first look.

These are some of my favourite photos from the day. Between the bubbly excitement the couple felt for each other getting married, to the lovely ceremony Robin White provided on a beautiful rooftop patio in the sun, all of it was a joy to photograph. 

Once the ceremony and diner had passed, the couple asked for one more bride/groom portrait session at sunset. We could not have asked for better conditions for this. We had sunshine, rainbows, a beautiful sunset bride/groom portrait session and a full mood rising on a warm, clear evening in the Rockies. To add to this magic, it was a true pleasure to get to photograph such a loving couple within all of this. Thank you for bringing me along to capture your intimate wedding within the beautiful Canadian Rockies, Carlee and Mark. I wish you both a life of love and happiness together. xo

Mount Norquay Ski Resort Wedding | Banff Wedding Photography | Banff National Park Wedding

What a pleasure it was to work with Jared and Chandra for their wedding in Banff, Alberta. To say this wedding was of Olympic proportions would be an understatement. Jared and Chandra made sure the day flowed absolutely flawlessly. From choosing the elegant Paintbox Lodge in Canmore as their getting ready/accommodations site, to a beautiful ceremony and reception held at Mount Norquay Ski Resort in Banff. The day was really beautiful. 

The weather on this particular weekend was quite tricky, however. We had everything from rain, snow, and sunshine. A very typical Canadian Rockies day! I'm sure it is of no surprise to those who know the couple, they handled it with style, grace and sense of adventure. We took advantage of the gondola at Mount Norquay and did some snowy bride/groom portraits up high. I was more than happy to oblige!

When it came to celebrating the union of this incredible power couple, the night was full of great moments. Killer dance moves, Giant Jenga (in use to make the couple kiss), a choreographed dance performance by the wedding party and an extremely well done video curated by the bride's father. All of this adds up to a very memorable, special and beautiful wedding to photograph.

Deepest gratitude to Chandra and Jared for bringing me along to capture their momentous wedding day. I wish you both so much love, light and promise for the years I know you will cherish together. You two are so perfect for each other. Also, many well wishes for the next exciting chapter you two are about to enter. I can not wait to capture another beautiful milestone in your lives this coming fall. Many blessing to you both! xo

Huge shout out to Andrew Lunt Photography for assisting me with this wedding. It was so great to have you on board for the day! 

Here are the vendors who played a role in Chandra and Jared's special wedding day.

Food and Venue: Mount Norquay Ski Resort

Hair and Makeup: Simply Me

Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller

Accommodations and getting ready location: Paintbox Lodge

Videographer: Mike Quigley

Beverage Supplier: Crush & Cork

Transportation: Rocky Mountain School District.  

Buffalo Mountain Lodge | Banff, AB Wedding | Jody Goodwin Photography

Oh how I loved this wedding... So much HEART! I think it would be safe to say that there was not a dry eye in the house during their ceremony. I still get teary eyed looking through them. Prepare yourself. Seriously, it was special.

Their day did come with some tricky conditions... 25 millimetres of rain, and a 60% chance of snow showers. Yes. We experienced all of the types of weather you can imagine and they handled it like champs. Being the outdoor lovers that they are, they went outside and made the absolute most of it. They made a wise choice and chose to have their ceremony inside the beautiful wood walls of the Buffalo Mountain Lodge. If I had to get married inside, this would be the place. It is stunning!

My favourite part of the day had to be when I looked outside around dusk and saw that the rain had switched to snow. I then noticed the huge grins of both Erin and Jeremy's faces. They asked if we could go outside and try some shots. I was more than keen to oblige. Those images are some of my most favourite shots from the whole wedding season. I am so glad these snow and outdoor loving souls reached out and had me capture their day. 

Thank you so very much, Jeremy and Erin for getting to witness and capture your beautiful wedding. Such a gift getting to work with you both! I hope you enjoy each other and every first snow fall that arrives in the Rockies from this point on. Many Blessings! xo

Special thanks goes out to Andrew Lunt Photography for assisting me with this wedding. Thank you so much for standing in the rain with us and offering such great help!

Here are the vendors who played a role in Erin and Jeremy's Banff, AB Wedding:

Wedding Venue: Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Design & Decor - Down to Earth Mountain Weddings 

Wedding Dress - Novia Mia in Calgary 

Hair and Make Up - Albion Room

Bridesmaid dresses - J Crew

My Favourite Moments from 2015 ~ A Year in Review

I love this time of year. I love getting to look back and reflect on all the great times you shared with friends, the adventures you par took in and the work that you are proud to share. There is much to be grateful for! 

I'm happy to share a sample of my favourite moments and images from 2015. The collection starts with some images from engagement sessions, then wedding photography, and finishes with a few lifestyle photos. It is a mere sample of the many blogs yet to come. I look forward to sharing more images, and the stories that go with them, in the new year. 

From getting to photograph weddings and portraiture sessions in Golden BC, Edmonton AB and a variety of places within Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and Kananaskis country; it really has been a great year for engagement photography, wedding photography and lifestyle photography. Looking back on these photos I can not help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It feels pretty great to have had the opportunity to meet these wonderful people, get to know a bit of their story and show them how beautiful they are. I know this sounds corny, possibly a bit too bubbly, but I really love this path. Deeply. Getting to share this passion with so many wonderful people has left me enormously happy, grateful and driven to do better each year. 2015 has been a great year, and I am super pumped to see what is in store for 2016. 

To each and everyone of you, Thank You for bringing me along to share in your intimate celebrations. It has meant the world to me to get to photograph your special occasion. I wish you all nothing but the very best life has to offer and a continued path of love, joy and happiness together.

Happy New Year and New Beginnings! 

Warmest regards, xo

Buffalo Mountain Lodge Wedding ~ Banff National Park

Oh how I loved getting to photograph this incredible couple! Let me tell you the ways...

I first met Greg and Victoria more than a year prior to their wedding, and knew immediately they would be a joy to work with. Our first photography session happened back in the fall of 2013, when I shot their engagement session in Banff and Canmore. The way these two love one another is really special. No guidance was ever needed to capture their love for one another. Not only are they a joy to watch together, they are also very easy on the eyes. True beautifies inside and out! If I had to choose their best qualities though, it would have to be their openness, patience and full trust during our sessions together. It seriously felt like I'd won the photography lottery getting to work with these two. So great!

I feel extra bonded to these two for another reason. I also got to photograph Greg's sister's wedding (Heather and Jon) in the winter of 2014. After working with both couples and their families, it was a great feeling showing up at Greg and Victoria's wedding feeling like an old family friend. Such a gift!

The wedding day played out like a well orchestrated symphony. Every detail was meticulously planned with loving attention. From the start of the day, I knew it was going to be memorable. From his suit to her gorgeous dress, these two were bringing class and great fashion to the Rockies. The wedding party... What a super fun group of people to work with! They kept me on my toes and laughing until my abs hurt all day. Greg and Victoria are surrounded by incredibly loving family members and friends. Lots of laughter, genuine hugs, happiness, joyful tears and candid moments were expressed all day.

The set the stage for their ceremony: imagine dark, looming clouds, pierced with the occasional strike of warm sunlight painting it's way along the landscape. Add to this, the boom of thunder rolling all around the surrounding mountains. That was the start of their ceremony. It was electric! (no pun intended ;) With a stage like that, only magic could from of it and that is exactly what unfolded for the rest of their wedding day. Between the warm breeze and soft skies that welcomed us during the bride/groom portrait session, to a very heart centered reception, the day was perfect. The reception brought animated speeches, tears of love, and great belly laughs that echoed off the warm wood walls of the beautiful Buffalo Mountain Lodge. The day didn't stop there though... The night came on hot and heavy with one heck of a good party, courtesy of DJ Strength of Solid Beat Productions! If you are looking for a great DJ who will keep your toes a tappin', look no further, he is great!

To say this was a favorite wedding, is an understatement. It was a privilege to be the lucky one who got to capture their undeniable love for one another, amongst a group of truly loving and welcoming family and friends. Enjoy the photo collage from their beautiful day in Banff National Park!

Many warm wishes and blessings to you both, Greg and Victoria! A lifetime of love and laughter to you both! xo