Scottish Groom Partying

Spectacular Australian – Scottish Wedding

I always thought Irish and Newfoundland weddings were the big party weddings. Let me say that I have found a new contender….Australian – Scottish weddings. They are amazing!!!!!

When Kelly first called us from Australia asking about photographing their wedding, we were super excited. You may remember Kelly and David from our Troll Falls engagement shoot a few weeks previous. We had a fantastic day celebrating their wedding at St. Micheal’s Church, which included a bagpiper during the recessional.

We headed to Bowness Park to do their wedding photos, and while the smoke from the forest fires tried to darken the skies, this couple shone as brightly as ever. For the reception, we headed to Crestmont Hall. We were treated to an amazing meal prepared by Red Seal Dining and great music by our friends at Pez Productions. The party was in full swing when we called it a night and no doubt continued well into the night. Beautiful custom wooden signage by Nella’s Signs & Designs. Many thanks to Leya for your help.

We have done many weddings now for people from out of country and communications is key. In some cases, we have not even met the couple until their engagement session. Despite the distances, we have developed a workflow that allows us to create perfect wedding photography plans.

Australian Bride getting ready
Australian Bride getting ready
Australian Scottish Wedding party
Australian Scottish Wedding party
Scottish wedding groom and bride
Scottish wedding groom and bride
Australian Scottish Wedding Dance
Australian Scottish Wedding Dance
Australian Scottish Wedding Reception
Australian Scottish Wedding Reception
Bride and Groom quiet moment
Bride and Groom quiet moment
Australian Scottish Wedding
Australian Scottish Wedding
Scottish Groom Partying
Scottish Groom Partying

Australian – Scottish Wedding


Patton Photography is a professional photography studio based out of Calgary, Alberta. Our signature style offers a clean and modern look to your photographs while maintaining a look that is romantic and whimsical. Contact us anytime to sit down over coffee for a stress-free conversation.

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Our Fantastic Photography Toolbox

Photo via Good Free Photos

Ever wondered what equipment a photographer carries with them? Our photography toolbox list hopefully offers some insight into what it takes to be a professional photographer. As with anything, it takes a lot more than expensive equipment to produce beautiful wedding photographs.  However, having that professional equipment offers a level of performance and capabilities that lower-level gear does not.  Here is our list of professional equipment.  Besides the equipment listed, we have a full set of backdrop stands, backdrops, and miscellaneous equipment.

OUR CAMERA SYSTEMS

Our list starts with camera bodies. We only use high-performing camera bodies that are ideally suited for top of the line photographs.  The Canon 5D line is the workhorse of photographers across the world.  Recording to two separate cards, the Mark III ensures that no matter what happens on one card, all your images are safe as they also exist on the backup card.

  • Primary camera body:  Canon 5D Mark III
  • Backup camera body: Canon 5D Mark II
  • Photobooth camera body: Canon Rebel XSi

OUR LENSES

Our lens collection consists of high-end lens all designed for working in low light conditions, perfect for a wedding ceremony or corporate speaking session.  The use of telephoto lenses also means that we can stay stationary and zoom in or out for the ideal shot.  This is one of the ways we ensure that we are not disruptive during your event. 

  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Telephoto Lens
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Telephoto Lens
  • Canon 50mm f/1.8 ‘Prime’ Portrait Lens

OUR LIGHTING

We are equipped with a full array of lighting equipment and remote triggering systems.  The majority of our systems are battery powered to eliminate power cords running across your floor. They are also remote-controlled…to keep us from running across your floor. 

  • Godox AD200 Pro
  • Godox TT685C Speedlight
  • Godox XPRO-C Multi-Channel Radio Trigger
  • Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II Speedlight
  • Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Multi-Channel Radio Trigger
  • An assortment of studio lights as well as handheld lights

OUR PHOTOGRAPHY ACCESSORIES

We have a wide variety of gear designed to help bring out the best of our camera and lighting systems.  From light meters, which help ensure lights are calibrated perfectly for your space, to specially designed filters that control how much light enters the camera.

  • Sekonic L-358 Flash Light Meter
  • Evecase extra-large gear backpack
  • Macro-tubes of varying lengths
  • Tiffen Neutral Density 0.9 Filters
  • Tiffen Ultra-Violet Filters
  • Geekoto Professional 77” ball-head Tripod
  • Multiple light-stands ranging from 7 feet to 10 feet
  • 5 in 1 portable reflector
  • Rapid Pro Parabolic Softbox
  • Rapid Speedlight Softbox
  • MagMod Light Modifier System

OUR WORKSTATIONS

Once your images have been captured, we ensure that they are treated with the utmost respect and protection.  Our dual-drive laptop ensures that we can work quickly as we edit each photo.  Likewise, our 18 button mouse ensures that the common keyboard shortcuts are accessed even quicker with the press of a button.  Finally, our NAS storage system ensures that there is always a backup of your images. 

  • ASUS Vivobook Pro 17 Dual Drive Laptop
  • Red Dragon M908 – 18 Button Mouse
  • DataColor Spyder Screen Calibration System
  • Synology 2 Bay Network Attached Storage System

OUR PHOTOGRAPHY SOFTWARE

We utilize business subscriptions to the world’s leading photo management and editing software programs.  Having the subscription ensures that we always have the latest versions of the software.

  • Adobe Lightroom (Business Subscription)
  • Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud (Business Subscription)
  • ShootProof Gallery Hosting and Protection

As you can see, it takes more than just having a nice camera to offer a professional level of service. Our photography toolbox section is a rough list of the equipment each of our photographers has. While the list will differ as to the brands and quantities, our photographers all utilize professional equipment to ensure the best of service.

So, which vendors do we use when we are in need of equipment? If you are in need of camera gear, we highly recommend these great vendors


Patton Photography is a professional photography studio based out of Calgary, Alberta. Our signature style offers a clean and modern look to your photographs while maintaining a look that is romantic and whimsical. Contact us anytime to sit down over coffee for a stress-free conversation.

Banff springs bride and groom speech

Fairmont Banff Springs – an amazing castle wedding

Check out this beautiful wedding at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel!  This really was a perfect Banff location for a perfect couple.  The weather was beautiful and you could feel the love in the air.

It all started with Chelsie and Mike getting ready at the always amazing Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.  One thing you quickly realize about our amazing wedding couple is they always have a smile on their face, and during the preparation for their big day, the smiles never stopped.  The room in which we met the girls seemed like it was specifically made for photographers.  With perfect light, the furniture and decor were excellent and everything lined up beautifully for our getting ready photos.

First Look and Ceremony

Prior to the ceremony, there was a first look session which we did in one of the many beautiful corridors of the Banff Springs.  The winding marble staircase provided the perfect location for Chelsie to make her way down to where Mike was anxiously waiting. After our couple spent a few minutes together, we made our way to Mount Stephen Hall for the ceremony.

For those that are not familiar with this stunning venue, Mount Stephen Hall is the ultimate in wedding venues. A large marble room with huge vaulted ceiling, a wall of windows and multiple balconies, this is a dream location. The beautiful wedding ceremony was officiated by Carl Shields, one of our favorite officiants.  We love seeing Carl Shields at our weddings as he always has a smile and is absolutely amazing to work with. A relaxed and confident demeanor ensures that all our couples have nothing but the best of ceremonies.

Wedding Photographs

The hotel itself offered many incredible locations for the wedding photographs. The many marble hallways and balconies provided beautiful backdrops. Large windows with provided lots of natural light as we incorporated some of the green foliage throughout the hotel into the photos. We finished our photos with a quick ride to the nearby Bow Falls. Having photos inside the hotel as well as at an outdoor location ensured that couple received the widest assortment of photos that we couple provide.

Reception and Party

We arrived back at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel with time to give our wedding couple a chance to relax before starting the reception.  We always encourage our couples to build a few moments to relax into their timelines. Wedding days are hectic at best and without a chance to catch your breath they can quickly become a whirlwind. We once again headed to Mount Stephen Hall where it had been decorated with incredible style. Having your reception in a castle is a sure way to create that ‘Wow’ factor.

Our couple surprised everyone as they made their entrance into the reception with a full traditional ballroom dance which they had been rehearsing over the weeks leading up to the wedding. There were many laughs with the wonderful stories and speeches from an assortment of people. As with any wedding at the Banff Springs, the meal was spectacular.

With the formalities concluded, the party extended into the wee hours of the night. Cocktails were served chilled as they were poured through a custom made ice sculpture while the dance floor was kept packed.

An Amazing Wedding Day

Chelsie and Mike are one of those couples who you feel like you have known for years, even if you have just met them.  It was such an amazing day as we got to spend their special day with them and their families as they celebrated their wedding at the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.  It was a great day seeing several of our favorite vendors once again and a very big thank-you to the amazingly talented Erin who second shot for us.

Banff bride getting ready for wedding
Bride in Banff getting ready for wedding
Bride in Banff next to window
Bride in Banff sitting at window before wedding
Wedding rings
Wedding rings
Wedding at Banff Springs
Wedding at Banff Springs
Bride and Father at Banff Springs Wedding
Banff Springs wedding with bride and father
Bride and groom first kiss
First kiss for Banff Springs wedding
Banff Springs bride and groom
Banff Springs bride and groom walking
Banff wedding bride and groom reflection
Above Mount Stephen Hall
Banff Springs wedding speech
Banff Springs wedding speech
Banff springs bride and groom speech
Banff Springs wedding bride and groom speech
Bride and groom wedding speech
Bride and groom wedding speech
Custom ice sculpture at wedding bar
Custom ice sculpture for chilling drinks at wedding

We would love to talk with you over coffee about your upcoming wedding or engagement. Contact us anytime to arrange a coffee

Calgary bride and groom together

Amazing Saskatoon Farm wedding

We love photographing a Saskatoon Farm wedding. While always beautiful, this one was absolutely breathtaking. This summer has been so crazy busy that we are running behind getting our ‘sneak peek’ images out. I think they have been worth the wait as we get them onto our social media for people to see.

A little coffee shop in Kensington was the perfect place to meet Sarah and Tanner. When you meet a couple for the first time, sometimes you just know that they are meant for each other. These two people are definitely one of those special couples.

Sarah and Tanner seem to always have a smile on their faces and are always up for an adventure. You may remember them from our winter waterfall engagement session earlier this year.


The Wedding


The bride got ready at Lakeview Inns & Suites – Okotoks earlier in the day. For a beautiful room, this is a location we definitely recommend. Obviously, we hope to return there soon. Located in the center of Okotoks, it is an amazing facility in a perfect location. We can say enough about the great people here and highly recommend them.

A beautiful ceremony in the upper covered location, in addition to the fresh flowers and greenery made the area absolutely magical. Sarah’s relative officiated our Saskatoon Farm wedding making it extra special. With rows of stunning flowers and a , this particular location is one of our favorites.

Michelle at Li’l Mam Flowers crafted all the flowers and bouquets. This was our first time working with her and she is INCREDIBLE. Certainly give her a call if you are looking for flowers and bouquets.

The Wedding Reception

After spending some time taking photos at Saskatoon Farm, we left for Riverbend Campground Okotoks. The rustic log reception was the perfect venue for this couple. We also had another first with a food truck being used to cater the reception….and it was awesome. Individual orders were submitted in the days leading up to the wedding. As table numbers were called, the catering already knew who was coming and had the custom made pizzas hot and ready.

Daniel from Savino Pizzeria did “made-to-order” wood fired pizzas right on site and it was delicious. As always, the great ladies at Envious Events, Breanna and Meagan, kept everything running on schedule.

This wedding was the perfect rustic wedding while still being just outside Calgary city limits. It is a great example of combining an amazing vision in addition to locations. From Sarah’s stunning wedding dress, to the outdoor wedding, to the wood fired pizzas. This was a beautiful wedding that was perfectly customized to our couple.

Finally, thank you again to Nathalie for your amazing photography skills as you work with us over this crazy busy summer. This has been one of our busiest summers on record and we have pulled it off without a hitch. It is a testament to the amazing work that our second shooters do. I can not express our true appreciation to them.


Calgary Wedding Photography


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If you are interested in having us photograph your engagement or wedding, check out our wedding photography page.

Farm Wedding

Calgary farm wedding

Beautiful Saskatoon Farm Wedding

Amanda and Taylor’s wedding day was unbelievable.  Incredible blue skies looked over an amazing wedding at the always beautiful Saskatoon Farm. Following a wonderful meal, a night of music and dance ensued. Obviously, this wedding was one to be remembered.

Hair and Make-up were provided by Miranda at MSlay Studios. We have worked with her many times and she is phenomenal. If you want an amazing hair and make-up artist, this should be one of your first calls.

Following a wonderful ceremony at the garden wedding site, it was time for photos. We were able to capture a few photos at the Saskatoon Farm before moving to a new location. In addition to the incredible ceremony site, we also had access to an incredible acreage nearby. Finishing our photos we moved to our reception site in nearby Okotoks. A delicious meal catered by Soul Sugar Catering followed by a night of music and dancing.

For those that don’t know of it, Saskatoon Farm offers a beautiful location for a wedding, in addition to offering beautiful photo locations.  If you are looking for a venue for your wedding, be sure to check this location out.  It was our first time working with Okotoks Best Western as well as Soul Sugar Catering, and I truly hope it won’t be our last, the venue and staff were amazing to work with and the meal was AMAZING.

It was great to see one of our favorite hair and make-up artists, Miranda from MSlay Studios.  As always, her work was beautiful and should be top of your list when looking for a hair and make-up artist.  

Lastly, it was a great day and we wish you both all the best


Calgary Wedding Vendors


Venue: Saskatoon Farm Wedding

Make-up Artist: MSlay Studios

Catering: Soul Sugar Catering

Reception: Okotoks Best Western

Beautiful Saskatoon Farm Wedding


Patton Photography is a professional photography studio based out of Calgary, Alberta. Our signature style offers a clean and modern look to your photographs while maintaining a look that is romantic and whimsical. Contact us anytime to sit down over coffee for a stress-free conversation.

Bride and groom under a blue sky

Beautiful Wedding in the Rockies

Meet Jen and Sean, two fun-loving amazing people who have been living their lives to the fullest.  Their beautiful wedding in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains was nothing short of stunning.  The bride and groom got ready at the fantastic Silver Creek Lodge. Miranda with M-Slay Studios was amazing with the bride’s hair. Similarly, the incredible Julia Joy Makeup Artistry did the bride’s make-up. We were thrilled to work with several vendors that we recognized and always provide incredible service.

The amazing Canmore Golf and Country Club provided an amazing location for our wedding. We encourage all our Canmore couples to look at this fantastic facility.   The Flower House provided incredibly beautiful flower bouquets. EPH Apparel made our groom and groomsmen look their absolute best. Similarly, The Bridal Boutique provided gorgeous dresses for our stunning bride and bridesmaids.  The amazing music was provided by the great people at Outright Entertainment.  One of the best DJ services in the city, we love seeing Outright Entertainment. You can be sure a great time is sure to follow when they are on site.

This is a couple that loves being in the outdoors. With this in mind, we visited several beautiful locations. The scenery of the Bow River and mountains is one of a kind. Similarly, the Canmore Reservoir backdrop can not be beat. Incredible scenery, blue sky, and a wonderful couple made this a photographers dream.

Meanwhile, the party was in full swing as we packed up and left for the night. Ultimately, it was a magical night under the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.


Calgary Wedding Photographers


Mountain Wedding


Patton Photography is a professional photography studio based out of Calgary, Alberta. Our signature style offers a clean and modern look to your photographs while maintaining a look that is romantic and whimsical. Contact us anytime to sit down over coffee for a stress-free conversation.

Calgary bride standing on fallen tree

Valley Ridge Incredible Wedding

What can I say about Lyndsey and Jordan’s Valley Ridge wedding other than……AMAZING!!!! From the moment we met these two for their engagement session in the mountains, I knew they were going to be so much fun to work with. There energy continued through their wedding day. Scrambling across a river on their engagement session to literally climbing across a fallen log in her wedding dress. Lyndsey and Jordan are the definition of adventure session.

The day started with the girls getting ready at the INCREDIBLE Honeymoon Suite at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Suites Calgary West in Bowness. If you are looking for an incredible room to get ready in….this is it!! The ceremony and reception were at the stunning Valley Ridge Golf Club. The outside venue is beautiful and their incredible dinner service makes this one of my favorite venues in the city.

Alberta Marriage Commissioner – Pam Davidson officiated the service, her amazing demeanor provided the perfect touch to the incredible ceremony. Pam has quickly become one of our favorite officiants and highly recommend her anytime we can. Bowness park provided the perfect background for their photos with AMPM Limousines providing limo service. As we wandered through this spectacular park in West Calgary, the love between Lyndsey and Jordan was obvious. Whether it was walking along a paved path, to strolling through the trees, they had a smile on their faces the entire time. Lyndsey didn’t bat an eye as she climbed up onto a fallen tree in her wedding dress for some incredible photos.

After leaving Bowness Park, we headed back to Valley Ridge Golf Course for a delicious meal. Provided by the great kitchen and staff at Valley Ridge, everyone raved about the meal selections. As the speeches drew to a close, Split Circuit Sound Dj Service provided a great party that lasted well into the wee hours. The perfect selection of music kept the dance floor full and had something for everyone.

This was a wedding that we can honestly say, came together perfectly. Definitely check out the amazing vendors from this wedding, every single one provided a level of service that was incredible!!!

Wedding Vendors

Beautiful hair and make-up were provided by Bellamore Beauty. The stunning dresses Novia Mia Bridal Boutique for the bride’s dress and Cameo & Cufflinks for the beautiful bridesmaids dress. The Bridal Centre provided suits for the groom and groomsmen. Pretty Petals Floral Designs created incredible flowers and bouquets for our wedding. Every person we worked with truly set a new standard for incredible service.

We hope you love your photos as much as we loved taking them!! If looking for a beautiful wedding venue, we highly recommend Valley Ridge Golf and Country Club. This wedding venue offers incredible indoor and outdoor options. The outside patio overlooking the golf course and water feature, with an indoor ballroom lined with large windows ensure your views are never interrupted.

A big shout out to the amazingly talented Erin for her second shooting on this Calgary wedding.

Valley Ridge Wedding Photography


Patton Photography is a professional photography studio based out of Calgary, Alberta. Our signature style offers a clean and modern look to your photographs while maintaining a look that is romantic and whimsical. Contact us anytime to sit down over coffee for a stress-free conversation.

Bride and groom on bridge with dramatic sky

Beautiful Wedding in Downtown Calgary

Ashleigh and Steve’s wedding in downtown Calgary was an incredible experience.  A beautiful venue in downtown followed by photos at St. Patrick’s Island and the new downtown library. This offered a set of photos with both the natural beauty of downtown along with some of the incredible new architecture.

Wedding in Downtown Calgary

The couple’s beautiful wedding ceremony and reception took place at the incredible Modern Steak restaurant. Situated in the center of downtown Calgary, right on Stephen Avenue, it is a dream venue. This amazing venue allowed us easy access to some of the great photo locations. Downtown Calgary and East Village are next door and have lots of beauty to offer. Next, we travelled to the nearby St. Patrick’s Island ensured we captured some amazing images as storm clouds slowly worked their way over. Lastly, a quick stop at the nearby National Music Center and even the downtown library rounded out photo locations.

Afterward, the reception was held at one of Calgary’s newer steak houses. Modern Steak offers a wide variety of foods, with their Modern Ocean and Modern Burger menus. Undoubtedly, no matter what your taste may be, this location has it.

Looking forward to 2020

ith our 2020 wedding photography season starting, we are excited to be introducing some new techniques we have been busy learning and perfecting.  We will be covering weddings from Invermere, BC to the always incredible Canmore in the Rocky Mountains.  Watch for some amazing new images in the coming days as we start shooting this week with a winter engagement session. If you are engaged, or thinking of getting engaged, give us a call to find out how you can have us photograph your engagement session and wedding. Check out our wedding information on our wedding photography page

Calgary bride quiet moment alone on treed path
Calgary bride quiet moment alone on treed path
Soft image of bride and groom under veil
Soft image of bride and groom under veil
White and purple wedding bouquet
White and purple wedding bouquet
Bride and groom on bridge with dramatic sky
Wedding in downtown Calgary
Wedding bride and groom cuddling on bridge
Calgary Wedding bride and groom cuddling on bridge
Calgary bride and groom in front of textured metal wall
Calgary wedding bride and groom in front of textured metal wall
Calgary bride in front of metal textured wall
Calgary bride in front of metal textured wall
Calgary bride and groom in front of curved wooden wall
Bride and groom in front of curved wooden wall
Calgary first dance at downtown restaurant2
Calgary wedding first dance at downtown restaurant2
Calgary wedding at beautiful Fish Creek Park

Perfect Fish Creek and Brewery Wedding

We love the opportunity of seeing exciting new wedding venues around Calgary.  Shawnee and Matt’s wedding ceremony was at the always beautiful Fish Creek Park, and this wedding was no exception.  With bright blue sky and perfect weather, it was an amazing day for a wedding. 

A special treat was getting to use a fully restored WildCat convertible in our photos.  With a few stops around Fish Creek then various locations in the city for photos, we made our way to a new reception venue for us….Railyard Brewery on the North side of Calgary.  It was an awesome venue, with a beautiful bar area and lots of open areas to accommodate a large wedding reception.

If you need a unique location to hold your event, be sure to check out Railyard Brewery in the Airport Industrial Park. It is fantastic and will provide a unique background like your guests will not have seen before.

We also got to work with one of our favorite catering companies ‘An Affair to Remember’, when we see their vans pulling up, we know it will be an amazing meal.  As the sun set for the evening, we wanted to do a nighttime photo with our bride and groom, unfortunately, the Airport Industrial Park doesn’t offer a lot of beautiful views, instead, we used some special lighting techniques and created what I think was a great photo for our awesome couple.

The party went well into the night with our saxophone playing DJ:  Bass Panda


Hair:  Hair by Danielle Wesche

Make-up: Joanne Black

Bride’s Dress:  Novia Mia Bridal Boutique

Groom’s Suit:  IndoChina

Florist:  Incredible Florist YYC

Officiant:  Abby Charchun

Catering:  An Affair to Remember

DJ:  Bass Panda

Reception:  Railyard Brewing

Fish Creek Wedding


Patton Photography is a professional photography studio based out of Calgary, Alberta. Our signature style offers a clean and modern look to your photographs while maintaining a look that is romantic and whimsical. Contact us anytime to sit down over coffee for a stress-free conversation.