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Rita + Shawn - Winkler Manitoba Wedding Photographer

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Rita + Shawn - Winkler Manitoba Wedding Photographer

Back in June I hopped in my car on what looked to be a beautiful sunny day in Winnipeg, and started my drive out to Winkler. About 30 mins before I made it to Winkler the clouds had covered the sun and rain was coming down. As you’d imagine my heart got a little bit sad that we wouldn’t be getting many beautiful outdoor photo’s, and I didn’t really know what was around for alternate indoor locations nearby.

Walking into Rita’s parents home I wasn’t sure what reaction i’d get about the rain, but one of the first things Rita said was that she was more than ready to head out for photo’s in the rain! YESSSSS!!!! now thats the attitude I love. I was all for it as it wasn’t pouring, but it was still coming down enough to get rather soaked. I took a chance with the camera gear and tried to keep it as dry as possible.

We started off with a really cute first look just outside the house under the cover of the chicken coop, the best looking chicken coup i’ve ever seen too! After that, we hopped in their old civic and booted down some gravel roads and found some absolutely breathtaking places for photo’s with them.

If you ask me the rain made these photo’s way better than a sunny day. They embraced it, had a great time with it and I couldn’t be happier with the results. We did get a few breaks from the rain while doing family photo’s and photo’s with the wedding party, so that was nice.

Rita’s parents also have a herd of Bison at their place, so clearly we had to get out there and get some photo’s with the herd. We couldn’t get too close for obvious reasons, but it was nice to incorporate them into some shots.

The rest of the evening was spent celebrating Rita and Shawn with their closest family and friends around. Countless good laughs during the speeches were had.

If you’re having your wedding in or around Winkler i’d love to shoot it, its just too beautiful out there, and for all the brides out there worried about rain on the wedding day, just take a scroll through these photo’s and don’t be too worried about it. The rain can sure make things just as stunning!

You can check out the slideshow with some music, or you can scroll on through the photo’s.

Enjoy!!!

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Kayla + Jason - Bridges Golf Course Wedding

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Kayla + Jason - Bridges Golf Course Wedding

WHAT A DAY!!

Kayla and Jason celebrated their wedding on an absolutely gorgeous May day.
We started off with a first look at the Leo Mol Gradens at Assiniboine Park with a quick appearance from Chompy!
We made our way out to Bridges Golf Course for the rest of the wedding day. We took some more photo’s with the two of them, some with the wedding party. Had a lot of fun with this crew.
It’s not too often in May that you get a beautiful day and can have your ceremony outdoors, but they sure did!
The rest of the evening was spent capturing some fun reception action, with a quick dip outside for some sunset photo’s.
Enough of my banter, take a look at the photo’s below and enjoy!

- Corey

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Sara + Travis - Royalton Riviera Cancun Wedding Photographer - Wedding Day

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Sara + Travis - Royalton Riviera Cancun Wedding Photographer - Wedding Day

Back in March, a few days after getting home from a wedding in Montana, I packed up and made my way to the Royalton Riviera in Mexico with Sara, Travis and a great bunch of their family and friends. I had a couple days to get to know their entourage and they were indeed a good group. Lots of good laughs were had. Their wedding day was perfect, the weather was HOT!!, the staff at the Royalton Riviera had everything taken care of and decorated perfectly for their beach ceremony, and rooftop reception. The resort had so many great spots to take photo’s (I did some location scouting the days before the wedding and had a good game plan for the day) Sara and Travis treated me like a good friend that they’d known for years and I felt like one of their people.

The gallery below is from the wedding day, i’ll be posting another one soon of their day after shoot.

Enjoy.
Corey :)

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Carolynne + Cody - Red Lodge Montana Wedding - Rock Creek Resort

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Carolynne + Cody - Red Lodge Montana Wedding - Rock Creek Resort

Remember that crazy blizzard that ripped through North Dakota back in March, well that almost made things rather difficult for us to get to Montana. Luckily Amanda spotted a sign just as we left Winnipeg that the highway was shut down at the border. We checked the road conditions for an alternate route further west and it was smooth sailing from there for our 13 hour drive to Red Lodge Montana. What an absolute beautiful drive it was, watching the landscape progressively get more and more beautiful kept us going on that long drive. We finally made it to Rock Creek Resort that evening and got settled in.

The next day we did some location scouting and checking out Red Lodge and obviously eating some delicious food at the local restaurants (Seriously Bogarts was amazing! and we highly recommend it)

Day 3 was wedding day for Carolynne and Cody. We spent some time capturing the getting ready part of the day and made our way down to the creek for their first look. From there we took off to the locations we scouted the day before. The weather was amazing and the mountains we’re covered in beautiful white snow. Its always fun being able to work with Amanda at weddings, we’ve got our different ideas and different perspectives on shooting plus she’s way funnier than I am and add’s the good humor to the day.

Back at Rock Creek Resort the room was decorated to perfection! Make sure you scroll down to see the beautiful work by all of the vendors involved.

They had their ceremony outside on the patio overlooking Rock Creek, with a stunning circle archway behind them. With the ceremony over it was back inside to get all the wild fun happening. We even ran into some familiar faces from weddings we’ve shot in the past. The party was great fun and I may have even gotten out on the dance floor, and maybe just maybe had a few sips of the champagne out there too.

Amanda and I had a fantastic time with Carolynne and Cody and all of their family and friends that joined them in Red Lodge for this special day. We would for sure go back out to Montana and check out more of the sights! We even snuck in a day of Skiing at Red Lodge Mountain Ski Resort before coming back home.

There’s a lot of photo’s below, its worth scrolling through we promise!

Vendors:

Photography: Amanda and Corey - Cojo Photo.
Venue: Rock Creek Resort, Red Lodge Montana
Wedding Dress: Willowby by Watters - Stella’s Bridal Winnipeg
Wedding Planner: Lea Vlaming
Hair and Makeup: Ethereal Hair and Makeup Artistry
Florist: Macs Floral (Billings, MT)
Cake/Desserts: Wild Table (Red Lodge, MT)
Event Design and Decor: Better to Gather | Event Decor (Billings, MT)

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April + Rhys - Hawthorn Estates Wedding Photographer

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April + Rhys - Hawthorn Estates Wedding Photographer

April and Rhys had their ceremony and reception at the absolutely stunning wedding venue Hawthorn Estates! Before the ceremony we spent some time outdoors on a warmer than usual February afternoon at Birdshill Park. To make things even more magical we had a fresh snowfall the day before, and really while were at it, lets bring horses along too! It was like something right out of a fairy tale!

They had their ceremony at Hawthorn Estates after the sun went down, the decor was fantastic, and it look stunning. Not to mention Tammy and Robert from Hawthorn are always so wonderful to work with.

Im going to stop writing and just let you enjoy the photo’s below!

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Jill + Cody - Whitetail Meadow Wedding Winnipeg Wedding Photographers

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Jill + Cody - Whitetail Meadow Wedding Winnipeg Wedding Photographers

Jill and Cody got married this past February out at the beautiful Whitetail Meadow. We braved the cold (I may have gotten a shoe full of snow on more than one occasion) but we had some good fun! They celebrated their big day with a whole lot of their family and friends. The house was packed and everyone was having a great time!

All these winter weddings this year have been so much fun, and beautiful. Take a look at the photo’s below and enjoy!

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Anastasia + Scott - Manitoba Club Wedding

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Anastasia + Scott - Manitoba Club Wedding

It was a pretty darn chilly February day in Winnipeg when Anastasia and Scott got married, we started it off in the warm comforts of Aspire pro studio’s. The guys kept things extra warm with a few sips of some fancy scotch that Scott waited in line for that morning (One of the groomsmen may have regrettably drank it like it was a shot.)

When Anastasia and her bridesmaids showed up we kicked things off with a sweet first look between her and Scott. From there we had lots of laughs, a few donuts (Thanks to Oh Donuts) and a bunch of good fun!

We made our way to the Manitoba Club for some more indoor photo’s and a few outside in the cold as well. We timed it pretty perfectly with the sun just peeking through the buildings before it was gone for the night. A beautiful ceremony, a fun cocktail hour and a crazy good time at the reception finished off the night. The Manitoba Club and their staff we amazing as always!

These two and all of their friends and family we’re nothing but a great fun time! It was such a blast spending these special moments with them.

You can also check out the slideshow instead of scrolling through if you’d like.

Enjoy!

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Kelsey + Todd - Winnipeg Wedding Photographer

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Kelsey + Todd - Winnipeg Wedding Photographer

We have no shortage of really fun couples that we get to work with. Kelsey and Todd are no exception. Full of big laughs and even bigger smiles these two made the best out of the -30 weather we had on New Years Eve. They had their first look, ceremony and reception at My Church Winnipeg and we spent some time at the Red River College downtown campus as well as outside at The Forks for photo’s.

Once we were back at My Church we warmed up (I think I briefly lost the sense of touch in a few finger tips) they had their ceremony and made the marriage official!

For the reception they had Thom Bargen on hand with some delightful coffee, and some amazing soups and chili with all the fixins’ to warm up your insides.

Enjoy the photo’s below!

Corey :)

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Shayna + Mark Day After Shoot - Grand Sunset Princess Mexico Destination Wedding

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Shayna + Mark Day After Shoot - Grand Sunset Princess Mexico Destination Wedding

Well, the fun wasn’t over after the wedding day. We headed out with Shayna and Mark for a Day After shoot. We started it off with a few fun photo’s of Shayna and her bridesmaids.

The day after shoot gave us a bit more time with the two of them, no rush, no wedding day stress, etc. and we got to head out around sunset. Knowing we’d be out and about for a bit we packed a few drinks from the bar fridge, and a bottle of cheap tequila (like there wasn’t enough of that consumed already).

This shoot was an absolute dream, the conditions were perfect a bit of wind, an amazing sunset, and heck we were in Mexico after all, it could have rained and it would have been fine!

On our walk down the beach we found an old pier with nobody around, so obviously we walked out on to it and snapped some pics. It wasn’t long until a security guard starting telling us to leave. So ff we went to another one not far away. This time there was already a security guard there waiting to stop us. He was successful in doing so until I happened to slip him a $20 bill… then it seemed to be ok to shoot there. Odd.

After having plenty of fun shooting, getting our shoes soaked, dress wet and full of sand we made our way back, but not before that cheap bottle of tequila made its appearance and was slightly consumed.

This trip was all kinds of fun for us. Amanda and I had a chance to work together (I really do love working with her, she see’s things I don’t or see's them in a different way than I do, which makes for a great mix of photo’s in the end.) We got to meet all kinds of new friends, enjoy some time on the beach and by the poolside. I can’t wait until the next time!

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Shayna + Mark - Grand Sunset Princess Mexico Destination Wedding

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Shayna + Mark - Grand Sunset Princess Mexico Destination Wedding

Back in November we made our way to the airport to hop on a plane with 80+ friends and family of Shayna and Mark and head to Mexico. If the flight was to be indication of what the next 7 days had in store for us, we were in for a fantastic time.

I got to sit next to Mark’s dad on the plane, and we spent some good time chatting and sharing stories and laughs.

Over the week we were out there we shared a lot of stories, and laughs, a bit of tears, and a whole lot of great times with everyone that was there for the wedding. They made Amanda and myself feel like we were family. Clearly Shayna and Mark have a lot of good people surrounding and supporting them.

We spent our first few days at the Grand Sunset Princess resort hanging out at the pool with everyone grabbing some fun photo’s of the group hanging out, enjoyed a few pina colada’s and other tasty beverages together while we were at it.

When the big day for the wedding came around, there was some rain in the forecast and they had to decide whether or not to move the wedding indoors or take the chance and keep it outside on the beach. They went with the beach option, which turned out for the best as it didn’t rain until the beach party was over at the end of the night.

Getting to know everyone over the few days before the wedding made things a bit more intimate and emotional for us on the day of. We found ourselves fighting back some tears a number of times through the day. I was full on crying with a couple of bridesmaids during Shayna’s dance with a few of the very important men in her life.

Shayna and Marks destination wedding is one that we will always remember. We had one heck of a great time, and made a lot of new friends. I know I could keep writing for a long time about our week out there, from the foam party on the beach, to staying out till 5am by the Sports Bar with everyone, to the crazy fun conversations we had, and how amazing it was to be part of such an amazing moment in the lives of these two wonderful human beings. I am going to let the slideshow and photo’s below do the talking though, hopefully they help you feel a bit of the emotions and feelings that were had on this special day.

We will have a second blog post with their day after session soon, so be on the look out for that too!

Corey & Amanda

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The 2018 Review! - Winnipeg Wedding Photographer

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The 2018 Review! - Winnipeg Wedding Photographer

Well, we’re getting a couple months into 2019, so this is a bit on the late side, my apologies.

I thought it would be fun to look back at some of 2018’s shoots. These are just couples, engagements and weddings. We also did a ton of family, newborns, maternity, and other shoots that aren’t shown here.

As you’ll see we had a pretty crazy busy year, and wow did we get to meet a lot of amazing people. Worked with some of Winnipegs best wedding vendors, got to shoot at venue’s we haven’t been to before, checked out all kinds of different locations around Manitoba and Ontario for engagements and weddings.

2018 was a year of growth, not just with the amount we shot, but with many other parts of this business. Amanda and Michelle both shot weddings and engagements this year. We’ve all grown in the way we shoot and interact with our couples. Amanda set goals for herself with her newborn photography and went way beyond those goals (Super proud of her!!). We worked with a number of talented photographers that second shot with us on a number of occasions. Its been pretty fantastic!

It was also a year of figuring out how to handle this increased workload at home, and we’re still working on having that healthy balance. We’ve got two kids, two dogs, and we still need to make time for each other. We’re learning that we need to make time for ourselves, for our health, to have fun and enjoy as much time together as we can. I think that will also make us better at our craft at the same time. We did manage to get out camping, fishing, hit the beach, go on adventures and have as much fun as we could with family and friends. This year we are going to try and make even more of that happen.

So what kind of stuff did we get up to this year?
We got to shoot a proposal in Vegas. Shot a wedding in Hawaii (we also stayed out there a bit longer to have a little vacay time), shot another wedding in Iceland (will gladly head out there every year!) and we shot a wedding in Mexico (We may have cried the most at that one).

We also shot one heck of a lot of weddings in and around Winnipeg and Lake of the Woods, Clear Lake, etc. We got to see so many familiar faces from previous weddings as guests or in wedding parties, so that is always fun! Each wedding was so special and unique and made for some really great times for us to work at. We can’t thank everyone enough for having us be part of such special times in their lives.

Engagements and couples shoots… holy smokes did we get out and do a lot of these. Did we ever have some good times while doing them too. From all the good laughs (mostly at my expense), the spectacular locations, and getting to know every one just a little bit better along the way.

2018 was something else! and we’re excited to see what we get up to in 2019. Im going to stop rambling away and let you get to scrolling through all of the photo’s. These are just a small sample of some of our favs from 2018, you’d be scrolling for far too long if we posted them all.

You can also check out the slideshows, they are a bit more fun to watch with the added music!

Enjoy!
Corey :)

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Erin + Kyle - Bridges Golf Course Wedding

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Erin + Kyle - Bridges Golf Course Wedding

Erin and Kyle, a couple of super friendly and fun people! I very much enjoyed spending the day with them and their close family and friends out at Bridges Golf Course. We spent some time outside doing their first look, wedding party photo’s and photo’s of just the two of them, some of those photo’s included the two of them showing me their best dance moves (super fun right!!)

The rest of the day was spent inside, with them surrounded by all the people that love them. Great touching speeches, lots of laughs, and donuts… so many delicious donuts. Oh yeah, and then a crazy good time on the dance floor. Im pretty sure I seen a girl catch a random hand in the head, im pretty sure she survived though.

Enough of me chatting about it, scroll down and start looking at the pics or hit play on the slideshow!

Venue: Bridges Golf Course
Makeup: Myuz Artistry