The Szarmes’s Wedding at Calgary’s Sirocco Golf Course

A Family Oriented Occasion

Michael and Donna Getting Ready

We began the day by meeting the bride and groom out in the Pine Creek Valley at Sirocco Golf Club. Downstairs we met with Michael, his two daughters, and Donna’s two sons. When we arrived, the family was enjoying a platter of food provided by the venue. Michael was pretty much ready to go when we got there, so we shot some of his details before moving into family photos. Michael’s mom, who is 90, even made the trek downstairs for some photos.

Michael then opened up his turquoise Tiffany ring box surrounded by his daughters.
Then, the extended family came down into the locker room and joined us for a big group photo. Because many of the family members aren’t local to Calgary, this was like a family reunion. We got to capture everyone’s big smiles as they were reunited.

We left the men and headed over to the ladies’ locker room to meet up with Donna. Katie from Curious Salon was putting the final touches on her hair when we arrived, and Donna’s friend Erika was doing makeup. After we had photographed the final touches, she and her sons opened her Tiffany ring box. We then also photographed her whole family, including Donna’s father and five siblings. Michael’s daughters popped over as well to join in on the photos. We wrapped up with the bride by focusing in on the details. Close-up, we captured the buttons and bow on her gorgeous Mori Lee dress from the Bridal Centre.

Their Ceremony at Sirocco Golf Club House

Next, we headed up to the ceremony room to take some establishing shots. With décor from Events by Maria and flowers by Midnapore Flower Magic, the room was full of gorgeous florals and charming accents.

The ceremony began. Michael led first, with his two daughters. Then Donna came down the aisle accompanied by her sons. In front of the stone fireplace, Michael and Donna met and became husband and wife. Judy Wiltse with Vows by Judy officiated a lovely ceremony. It was succinct and beautiful.

During the ceremony, it was so clear how much Donna and Michael care for each other. They exchanged a set of vows and rings, and then shared an affectionate kiss. As they receded down the aisle, they performed an impromptu waltz in their happiness. At the very end of the ceremony, everyone gathered together for a big group shot of all 65 guests.

After that, it was into family pictures. We photographed everyone in all kinds of groupings, in front of Sirocco’s ornate wine cellar.

The Creative Formals at Sirocco Golf Club

Once the family shots were wrapped up, Donna and Michael prepared to head out into the cold. The wind made the temperature feel well below the reading of -16, but they braved it anyway. Donna wore a lovely white shawl around her dress to keep out the chill. With the snowy valley as a backdrop, Michael leaned Donna into a low dip, prompting huge smiles to spring onto both of their faces.

We retreated into the entrance hall, where the happy couple danced across the hardwood floor. The last few shots we did before the grand entrance were of their beautiful Tiffany rings.

The Szarmes Reception at Sirocco Golf Club

Donna and Michael did their grand entrance to great applause. The general mood of the place was happy and relaxed. Everyone was there to celebrate the union of these two well-loved people.
The Sirocco Golf Club put together a fabulous dinner, with a plethora of salads, mains, and side dishes.

Speeches were in an open mic fashion, and everyone who participated was respectful and timely. There were some lovely speeches from various members of the family. Michael then followed with a beautiful speech of his own. He and Donna have been together for 13 years, but they took things slowly to make sure that their two families would click. It was clear how proud he was of how well the kids have bonded. He then went through each guest, and thanked them all. He praised the team at the Sirocco, and all the vendors, making it clear how appreciative he and Donna were of everyone.

Next, they cut their beautiful cake. It had a flowing tower of flowers at the top, which cascaded over three layers of white and chocolate sponge.

Dessert came next, with a sundae bar full of ice cream, fruit, and chocolate. We followed dessert with our same day reception slideshow. The night wrapped up with a popcorn table, full of caramel corn, chocolate, and salty snacks. It was a beautiful family-centric wedding.

Online Gallery

An online gallery of all their images is available for the next 30 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 Donna and Michael’s directly for their secure password.

The Szarmes Wedding Day Slideshow

Above is the beautiful Wedding Slideshow that came with Donna and Michael’s wedding package. It was created from a selection of their best photos captured on their special day, mixed to their wedding song When I Saw You by Mariah Carey.

We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to share Donna and Michael’s special day with them and we wish them many years of happiness together.

Want to share in the experience? Contact us today for a free consultation or to book a portrait session!

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Some of my Favourite Photos from Donna and Michael’s Wedding


The Szarmes’ Wedding Credits

Date | 03.11.17
Ceremony & Reception Location – Sirocco Golf Course
Hair and Makeup – Katie with Curious Salon

Wedding Cake – Marcia with Forever Cakes
Florist – Midnapore Flower Magic
Photography by Jeremy Martel & Amy Cheng

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