Since creating the Yegwed Vendor Community, we’ve had the chance to connect with so many fun, friendly wedding business owners. It’s always a treat to hear their take on the best parts of their job, what they love about living in Edmonton, and more. It’s our pleasure to introduce one of our vendor friends, Johanna of Silverlight Studios, to you (she’s pictured in the bottom right image, below)!
All images by Silverlight Studios.
Tell us a little bit about yourself & what you do in the edmonton wedding world!
I’m a photographer in the Edmonton wedding world, well, St. Albert really. I have an insatiable sweet tooth and my latest obsession is warm bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. I have a busy 2 year old son and aside from photography, I also moonlight as a teacher. I love weddings and have considered being a wedding planner, but am not self disciplined enough to stick to just one idea because I get so excited at the possibilities!
Top five best things about your job:
5 – The adrenaline rush from shooting a live event.
4 – Being one of the vendors clients book early on in the planning process, I often get to refer my clients to other vendors I love.
3 – Wedding photography is challenging because you are constantly adapting to the situation: the lighting, the backdrop, the people. It allows so much room to get creative and try out new things.
2 – I get to see a side of my clients on their wedding day that not everyone gets to see.
1 – I get to spend the day in the presence of joy. How amazing is that!?!
Top five edmonton wedding vendors you love working with:
(In no particular order) I have recently discovered and fallen in love with: Two Buds Floral Artistry, Wedding Design by Anika, Triple L Cakes, Forever Enchanting Wedding and Event Planning and love the Prince of Wales Armoury as a venue.
For photographers: top five things to do when you’re not taking photos:
I have a 2 year old. We spend a lot of time at the splash park in the summer or indoor playgrounds in the winter. I love going to the mountains whenever the opportunity arises. On Thursdays, I volunteer with a group who prepare and serve food to the homeless and this fills my bucket for the rest of the week 🙂 I also love to travel and hope as my son gets bigger I can add to a few more countries on my bucket list!
top five ways to make a wedding unique:
I’ve been to a lot of weddings. They are all unique in their own ways, mostly in the details. The more of your personalities that go into the wedding, the more unique it is.
– Neat locations: Santa Maria ship with a real live penguin as ring bearer
– Hunting-themed wedding complete with a custom camo tuxedo and bejewelled shotgun casings in the bride’s bouquet and the boutonnieres
– Destination-inspired weddings: E.g. Paris (hello made-to-order crepe station!)
– Intimate weddings: In a small historic train station or at a small local park or garden with a gazebo
– Using the talents of people you know: handmade and custom made decor, music, food, etc
Top five things to do in Edmonton:
– Festivals (Heritage Days, the Fringe, K-Days, Street Performers)
– Cruise on the Edmonton Queen Riverboat
– Christmas Memories at Fort Edmonton
– Horse racing at Northlands