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Magical Moments at the Calgary Zoo: Madison & John’s Enchanting Wedding Day

Magical Moments at the Calgary Zoo: Madison & John’s Enchanting Wedding Day

Enchanting Vows and Joyful Celebrations at Calgary Zoo

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
— Aristotle

Their Wedding

As a Calgary wedding photographer, there are moments that truly stand out, and Madison Ritchie and John Bjartveit’s wedding on May 18, 2024, was one of those extraordinary days. The enchanting setting of the Calgary Zoo, with its lush landscapes and vibrant wildlife, provided the perfect backdrop for this beautiful couple’s love story.

A Love Story Rooted in Heritage

Madison and John’s journey together began in September 2022, thanks to a serendipitous match on Coffee Meets Bagel. Their first date was a charming stroll through Heritage Park, complete with lunch and a serene walk by the lake. Fast forward to June 2023, and John was down on one knee in the same park, asking Madison to spend forever with him.

Madison, an exploration geoscientist, and John, a computer science enthusiast with a passion for Dungeons & Dragons, planned a wedding that was a true reflection of their personalities and shared interests. Madison’s love for dinosaurs naturally led to capturing stunning photos amidst the prehistoric creatures at the zoo, while John’s enthusiasm for D&D was cleverly incorporated with unique six-sided dice pins for the groomsmen.

A Ceremony to Remember

The ceremony was nothing short of emotional. As Madison walked down the aisle with tears in her eyes, the Enmax Conservatory was filled with love and anticipation. The couple exchanged vows under the guidance of officiant Harold Aitkenhead, surrounded by the lush greenery and vibrant flowers of the conservatory. When the ceremony concluded, Madison and John walked back up the aisle to the delightful sight of their loved ones blowing bubbles in celebration.

Capturing the Joy

From the iconic giant red chair to the adorable red panda and flamingos, every photo captured the essence of Madison and John’s day. The bridal party, all smiles and laughter, posed for fun and memorable shots that showcased their deep bond and shared excitement.

The couple’s love for nature and adventure was evident in every frame, from the cherry blossom-laden walkways to the dynamic dance floor where the night came alive. The heartfelt speeches during the reception brought tears and laughter, adding another layer of emotion to an already perfect day.

Online Gallery

An online gallery of all their images is available for the next 90 days. From the online gallery you are able to favourite images, order prints and share the gallery with your family and friends. The gallery can be accessed via the link below and you can contact the couple directly for their secure password.

Wedding Vendors & Info

Date: May 18, 2024
Location: Calgary Zoo / Wilder Institute in Calgary Alberta
Photography by Sharyar Memon and Melissa Bodnar of Box Cube Photography
Ceremony Venue: Calgary Zoo
Reception Venue: Calgary Zoo
Officiant: Harold Aitkenhead
Makeup and Hair: Tiff Doherty

Everlasting Memories

Every wedding has its unique charm, and Madison and John’s celebration was a testament to their love and the beautiful journey they have embarked on together. As they danced the night away, surrounded by friends and family, it was clear that their love story was just beginning.

If you’re looking for a Calgary wedding photographer to capture your special day, look no further. From the stunning cherry blossom shots to the intimate moments under the conservatory lights, my expertise ensures that your wedding memories will be cherished forever.

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