The Crawford’s Engagement Session at Calgary’s Edworthy Park

An Engagement Session in the Late Spring Thaw

Kenadi and Alex’s #Engagement Session at Edworthy Park along the Bow River. #EngagementPhotos by Calgary Engagement Photographers JM Photography © 2018 #JMweddings #JMstudios #JMphotography #EngagementPhotography #EngagementPhotos

At First Sight

In the summer of 2016, Kenadi was living in Lethbridge and was going to a party with her friend Lindsay. Lindsay knew Alex and thought the two would make a good pair.

For Alex, it was love at first sight. He knew he wanted to be with Kenadi, right from the beginning. For about a month after they met, Kenadi insisted they were just friends, even as he insisted on going to the movies or having dinner together.

Alex’s Mom knew something had changed with him, because in the weeks following the party, she heard from him far less than usual. It was clear there was a girl involved.

In September of that year, she introduced Kenadi as Alex’s girlfriend. It may have been a slip of the tongue, but it worked. The two had the conversation about where this was headed and decided to make it official.

Her family also sensed this relationship was different. In preparation for a family holiday to Costa Rica, Kenadi’s Dad suggested inviting Alex along, a mere three months after the two had started dating. Kenadi and her Mom were taken aback because her Dad even offered to pay Alex’s way! It was clear that this was more than the average relationship – in the short time they’d been together, he had endeared himself to the family and become a comfortable addition.

Boxes in Boxes in Boxes

Fast forward to 2017; Kenadi and Alex took a trip to Disneyland. Everyone was convinced he was going to propose. Their Moms were both along for a holiday, and even they thought it was coming. But, Disneyland came and went with no proposal.

Unbeknownst to Kenadi’s Mom, Alex had already asked permission from Kenadi’s Dad and had even shared the proposal plan with him.

When it came to selecting a ring, his Mom clandestinely shopped for jewelry with Kenadi, casually uncovering her tastes and feeding the intel to her son.

On Christmas Day of 2017, Alex set up an arduous set of boxes like Russian nesting dolls. Within each box was another wrapped box, and so on and so forth. Kenadi’s Mom joked that he didn’t think it through because Kenadi meticulously unwraps everything.

So there she was, growing steadily frustrated at the endless chain of boxes within boxes. Alex, understandably, was becoming uneasy with nervous anticipation and asked her to pick up the pace. She laughed and slowed down.

When the final box was revealed, she immediately knew what it was, and tears sprang up in her eyes. She looked up to find Alex already on one knee, asking her to spend the rest of her life with him.

The ring that he chose was perfect.

The Engagement Session at Edworthy Park

For Kenadi and Alex’s engagement session we met at Angel’s Cappuccino and Ice Cream Cafe at the edge of Edworthy Park. We walked from there down across the bridge that spans the Bow River and into the heart of the park. Before our session, Kenadi injured her ankle, but even sporting an air cast, she was a trooper. She swapped out the cast for boots whenever we took full-length shots!

Just over the bridge, we came to a beautiful treed area. Alex and Kenadi’s little pug Frankie was there to greet us; super excitable and full of life. She came around to say hi to everyone, and let us take a few photos with her human parents before heading off with her caretaker Colin for the evening.

The best thing about Edworthy Park is that it affords so many diverse shooting locations. After the bridge, we came across a patch of scraggly trees and brambles, the polar opposite of the groomed, tree-lined pathways we had come along.

The sun was starting to set, so we took advantage of the filtered light and set up Kenadi and Alex amongst the sun-dappled branches. We sat them on a bench, and took a few sunset shots, before moving into the woods.

We did a bit of offroading, and even though Kenadi was injured, she kept right along with everyone. We got down by the water, where the recent cold and snow had created thick sheets of ice upon the shoreline. Using the ice sheet as a platform, we had the couple stand at the water’s edge and got some spectacular images of the reflective Bow River.

Initially, the next location was to be down on one of the airstrips so we could capture a shot of a plane flying overhead. Alex is a mechanic for WestJet and services their aircraft, so we wanted to incorporate that into the shoot. Unfortunately, because the wind was blowing in the wrong direction, the planes approached further off, which meant our planned location wouldn’t work.
Instead, we stuck around Edworthy Park and wrapped up the shoot there. Kenadi brought along a formal dress, but because the weather has been unseasonably cold in Calgary, we waited until the end of the shoot to change the attire. That way, she didn’t have to freeze the entire time! Down by the vehicle, she switched into the dress, and we quickly shot a few final photos of the happy couple.

To end the shoot, we took several photos of her beautiful ring. To the delight of Kenadi, but much to the dismay of Alex, we used the red rear lights of their car as a backdrop for the shot. The car has always been a humorously divisive issue for them, so it would have been a shame not to include it!

We had a great time with Kenadi and Alex, and hope they love their photos as much as we loved taking them.

Online Gallery

There is an online gallery of all their images that will be available for the next 14 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 Kenadi and Alex directly for their secure password.
We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to photograph Kenadi and Alex’s engagement photos and we are really looking forward to joining them on their wedding day.
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A Couple of my Favourite Photos from Kenadi and Alex’s Engagement Session

The Crawford Engagement Session Credits

Date | 4.17.18
Location | Edworthy Park
Photography by Jeremy Martel
Hair and Makeup by Michelle Walsh with Michelle Suffolk-Walsh Hair & Makeup

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