images by Toni Kay Photography
not long after yegwed.com was born, i stumbled across Toni Kay Photography’s website, and i was instantly a fan. Toni has the ability to freeze a moment of intimacy in a stunning, character-rich photograph, and catch natural light like nobody’s business. no really, go check out her website right now! a few weeks ago, i had the pleasure of meeting Toni for coffee and learning a bit more about what makes her job as an edmonton wedding photographer awesome.
not long after first delving into photography to document her newborn daughter, Toni realized that this was much more than a hobby. she sought out further training, and by the time she moved to edmonton, her business was beginning to sprout. with a love for all things romantic, and a gift for creating incredibly intimate moments, Toni’s work is amazing. we are so happy to share some of her tips for couples, and her favourite things about being a wedding photographer in edmonton. enjoy!
top 5 things you love about your job:
– doing what i love every day
– flexibility in my schedule
– meeting people, old & new
– scouting locations (a.k.a. exploring!)
– i get to create something new every day
vendor shoutouts – who are your favourite people and places for weddings in edmonton?
what are some ways a couple can make their wedding unique:
– put your own spin on it – i love country weddings because they’re usually filled with handmade decor
– do something that represents you as a couple. from a photographer’s perspective, when you’ve got a 13-hour wedding day, you’re going to have plenty of intimate romantic shots… don’t be afraid to do something adventurous during your photo session!
– don’t be swayed by what everyone else wants – be true to yourselves!
– cut down on the number of guests and have an intimate wedding (my favourite weddings are often the small ones!)
what’s your best advice for couples planning a wedding in edmonton?
– plan for extra time! you’re always going to be running low, you don’t want to be stressed out on your wedding day about something like time. you don’t want to be rushed and stressed out, so plan for extra time!
– double check with vendors – confirm, reconfirm, and confirm again. you only get one wedding day, and it’s too late to do anything when it arrives on the day!
– opt for small, intimate and unique. less people means less stress, and that you can do more with your budget.
– make back up plans and be prepared for things to go wrong – just in case!
– do your research! particularly when choosing a wedding photographer – ask to see a whole wedding, not just the 1 or 2 best shots of each day. i re-shot an entire portrait session for a couple because the portraits that their original photographer took on their wedding day were devastatingly far below their expectations!