When Shawn met Tennille – Wainwright Wedding Photography

When Tennille and I met up for our first consult meeting I remember us chatting about how much we both hoped everything would be beautiful and green in time for the wedding. It was a winter meeting and all I could imagine was snow! As the months passed and May finally arrived, one day I looked outside and thought ‘What was I thinking! It’s going to be perfect!’

And it was! Everything about Tennille and Shawn’s wedding was beautiful and absolutely perfect. Not too hot, not too cold, not too sunny, not too rainy – and the best part of all – the day was filled with so much love.

MUA: Kelsey Wright
Hair and Makeup: Della Lischka
Catering: Just Like Mums – Trudy Busk
DJ: Sweet Soundz – Dan Augier
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Lukas and Mom – Mommy and Me Lifestyle Session – White Rock, BC

Last week I attended the Canada Photo Convention in Vancouver, BC. During the week I was inspired by so many amazing and talented photographers. The experience has opened my eyes and I am more excited to capture life’s special moments more than ever before. (If you’re a wedding photographer and have never attended you should absolutely check it out – the Wolfpack is an amazing family of photographers.)

With that being said… I was super lucky and got to visit one of my most dear friends and her little man in White Rock for a couple of days after the convention. It was perfect. These two are the best of friends and its spectacular to watch them hang out.

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Thank you for stopping by!
Laura Smiley

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2015 – Year in Review

2015 was a spectacular year with lots of beautiful weddings, adorable newborns, fun families and couples, brilliant graduates and everything in between. Thank you so much to all of my wonderful clients – you’ve made my dreams as a photographer come true! Thank you also to my amazing family for supporting me and believing that I could get it all done! It was a year for the record book!

I’m so excited for what 2016 will bring! I think it is going to be another busy busy year with wedding season already over half booked up with so many amazing couples!

Here’s a look-in at each of the milestones I had the opportunity to photograph this year!

When Greg met Heidi – Bashaw Wedding Photography

The wedding of Heidi and Greg took me back to my hometown of Bashaw, AB! Being part of Heidi’s wedding day was beyond exciting for me as Heidi happens to be amoung the first people I met when I was born! We spent hours upon hours of our toddler life hanging out together and the opportunity to photograph such a magical day in Heidi’s life was spectacular.

The details of their day were fantastic and so well put together –  including Heidi’s dress – which she made herself using her mom’s wedding dress! Can you say talented?! And then their was their amazing bridal party! They were a blast to hang out with (they made me feel like part of the family) and an absolute riot on the dance floor! ❤

This was my last wedding of the 2015 season and as I post this blog I am grinning from ear to ear thinking about what an amazing year of beautiful couples and great opportunities I was given. Thank you so much to each an every couple who had me capture these special moments for you.

Hair and Makeup: The Parlour

Officiant: Pastor Julianna Wehrfritz-Hanson

Catering: Royal Purple

DJ: Paradise DJ

Transportation: Hayes Transportation

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When Justin met Carmen – Pigeon Lake Wedding Photography

Carmen and Justin’s ceremony location was an absolute dream! Their guests were brought in by horse and carriage to the most beautiful open field with the gorgeous autumn colours in every direction. Some wicked storm clouds also added to the backdrop – thankfully the storm stayed away until a few moments after the ceremony and everyone stayed ‘mostly’ dry! This bridal party was a team of troopers – nobody let the rain or hail put a damper on this wonderful day!

Hair and Makeup: Deonne’s Salon

Flowers: Paula Jeans Garden

Officiant: Juanita Knight

Catering: Bob Ronnie Catering

Bakery: Shawna Cawley

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When Kyle met Chantelle – Calgary Wedding Photography

I met Chantelle and Kyle through my friend Courtney who I went to University with! I’ve photographed many weddings with Courtney by my side so I was quite excited to have the opportunity to hang out with her and meet her super awesome friends! Chantelle and Kyle have been together for over 11 years and they tied they knot this August at The Glenmore Inn & Convention Center in Calgary! These two were both so kind and welcoming and I hope I can visit them again soon!


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When Jeff met Chelsey – Wainwright Wedding Photography

Chelsey and Jeff got married on a weekend that was filled with sun, clouds, and some rain. We were lucky enough that the rain stayed away until after the outdoor ceremony and still have some time for family and bridal party photos. We were also quite lucky to have some amazing hospitality for a photo session at the 1979 Taphouse and Grill.

MUA: Kelsey Wright

Hair and Makeup: Shear Heaven

Flowers: Budding Florists

Officiant: Jackie Zajic

Catering: Veronica Desforges

Transportation: Vermilion River Limousine Services

DJ: Robin’s DJ Services

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When Kelly met Tina – Wainwright Wedding Photography

“Knots are stronger when they get wet. If you tie a knot (get married) on a day that rains that knot can never come unraveled.”

“This is the best person I have met in my entire life.” -Kelly Bosch (about Tina)

MUA: Torie Stang & Kelsey Wright

Hair: White Dahlia Salon & Spa

Officiant: Jackie Zajic

Catering: Sheena Larson

DJ: Robin’s DJ Services

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Photos by: Laura Smiley Photography and Brittany Gillman Photography

When Brody met Caitlin – Ribstone Wedding Photography

Seeing my friend Brody find the love of his life AND getting to share in their day by being their photographer was quite exciting. This group was so much fun to hang out with (even when we accidentally stood in a ant hill or two! haha)

Congratulations Caitlin and Brody! Your day was so beautiful!

Hair: Main Street Hair – Provost

MUA: Body Beautiful

Officiant: Jackie Zajic

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Slideshows by L Smiley Photography

As of this month L Smiley Photography will now be offering slideshows as an upgrade option to any portrait & wedding package! These video slideshows are a great way to share your images with your friends and loved ones.

Here is a little sample of what some of these slideshows might be like. 🙂