St. Joachim Catholic Church Wedding. Mary & Elijah’s Traditional Filipino Wedding.

Modern downtown wedding

Mary & Elijah were married on a beautiful fall day in October surrounded by so much support and affection from friends and family. This incredible couple’s special day was full of beautiful Filipino wedding traditions and culture, lots of laughter, emotion and celebration. Plus a little art and a lot of love!

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Mother share a laugh with bride as she dresses

Black and white photo of Bride in window lightBridal portrait in window light

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Their ceremony included many Filipino wedding traditions including incorporating important guests as wedding Sponsors, the coin, veil and cord ceremonies and the lighting of the unity candle. Elijah also chose to wear the traditional groom’s attire of the Barong, a lightweight shirt traditionally worn for formal events.

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Bride and Groom exit St. Joachim Catholic Church

My beautiful bride Mary’s portrait won 3rd place for Bridal Portrait in Professional Wedding Photographers of Canada Fall 2019 awards!

Bridal portrait at Modern building

Bride and Groom walk in relaxed wedding photo

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Candid wedding photo in Edmonton park

You won’t find a more sweet and loving couple than these two. Mary lights up every room and has the more incredible laugh. Elijah is kind and talented and creative (we even made some art during their engagement shoot)!

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“Lauren was so great to work with! She did our engagement and wedding photos. My husband and I have never done any photo shoots before so we were a little nervous about our engagement photos, but Lauren made us feel really comfortable with her, and we got a chance to bond with her. She is an amazing person! The engagement photos were stunning! It’s been a year since then and I still look at them every week!

Now onto planning our wedding day photos! Lauren was super super helpful with choosing photo locations, even going as far as scouting one of the locations to make sure I was happy with the background!

Day of the wedding, Lauren was with us all day, from getting ready to getting rowdy! Our wedding was full of traditions, and she captured all of em, perfectly! She was such a joy to work with! Everyone loved her!

My husband’s words:
Lauren’s photographs captured the nuances and the grandeur of our most special day together. When we first looked at our wedding photographs we were eased back into the warmth of nostalgia – a most beautiful fleeting day – documented with the care, sentiment and artistry of our photographers. I know we will feel this way every time we happen upon them in our journey. From the bottom of our hearts – thank you.

Thank you for blessing us with your talent!”

– Mary Reyes Escalante

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Bing EscalanteMarch 28, 2020 - 7:00 pm

We are at awe with the beauty and natural actions of people during the wedding as it captured important emotions at that moment. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Fr. Parents of the groom

laurenApril 1, 2020 - 11:54 pm

thank you so very much. It was an honour to capture such a wonderful day . I am so happy to hear that the photos will be cherished by your family 🙂

Irene GarciaApril 1, 2020 - 3:12 am

Absolutely beautiful picture!!

laurenApril 1, 2020 - 11:54 pm

THank you Irene 🙂

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