Emily + Stephen

There is nothing that I admire more in this whole entire world than someone who follows their heart with vigorous courage and strength. Emily and Stephen are a resounding example of two completely individual human beings who wake up each and every day and follow their paths all the while being supported by the arms of one another; their safest home. Emily is a photographer. Stephen is a barber. They met over three years ago in New York, both pursuing post-secondary education while simultaneously playing competitive soccer. One year into their relationship, Emily returned to Alberta due to a soccer injury, which left them over two thousand miles apart from one another over the course of the next three years. They withheld such a rich relationship during their years apart, writing each other love letters, and pooling their pennies to fly back and forth between the two countries. These two share something so rare; they share a seriously palpable soul bond that can't even be put into words. If you know these two--or even if you've spent time around them--you've seen the light in their eyes when they're around one another, the unspoken support, and the most incredible sense of ease and comfort when they're in the same room as each other. After three years apart, Stephen and Emily both moved to Calgary, where they share a glorious little apartment together.

There are endless streams of words that I could continue to fill up your screens with about these two, but I know the images from their elopement this past Saturday will aid in giving you the most beautiful insight into the life these two are creating together. I just wanted to leave you with this: you cannot make these two up; they are the realest examples of honesty, simplicity, ambition, love, courage, strength, vision, drive, faith, creativity, and trust. There was almost no direction from me throughout the entirety of their morning together; I was so honoured to be able to share in that space with them, and I can't thank them enough for simply being the truest versions of themselves with me. They read each other love letters, Emily made her bouquet out of peonies cut from her mother's garden, they complimented each other and held tight to the embraces that they shared, they wiped away tears, they shared a first dance in their living room, they laughed, and talked, and laughed so much more. They were totally and wholeheartedly one another's dwelling places on that morning--and forevermore--and I am forever grateful to know them both.

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Press play on the following song (and look out for another song part way through the images!) and take your time soaking in the palpability of the emotion strewn throughout.

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No One's Gonna Love You More Than I Do - Band of Horses kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4028 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_3999 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_3998kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4001 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4002 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4003 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4004 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4005 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4008 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4010 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4011 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4012 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4009 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4013 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4014 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4016 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4015 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4018 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4019 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4020 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4021 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4022 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4023 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4024 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4025 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4026 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4027 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4032 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4033 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4034 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4035 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4036 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4037 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4038 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4039 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4040 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4041 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4042 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4043 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4044 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4045 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4046 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4047 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4048 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4049 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4050 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_4051 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_3995 kaihla_tonai_intimate_wedding_elopement_photographer_3996

Push play (again)....The Mtn Song by Rayland Baxter

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Push play one last time....All is Well by Austin Basham

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Still want more? Check out the video that I made from footage collected from their elopement down below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAaOfZtuon4