My husband and I were definitely nervous to be photographed, and we were worried about our photos being too staged, or forced. With Melissa and Jared, we felt comfortable and at ease. They are both so down to earth, kind, creative and hilarious. The two of them together, play off of one another to perfect each shot.
They themselves are such an awesome couple, and they were able to capture what I believe to be a true reflection of us as a couple in all our photographs. They were willing to try anything we suggested, and were quick to suggest amazing ideas that turned out beautifully. On our wedding day, they had the perfect balance of presence and stealth. They were awesome at keeping our family photos on track, which is not an easy task due to the size of our family. We were able to enjoy the day fully, and there was absolutely no stress related to photography.
Melissa and Jared were truly one of the highlights of our wedding experience. Starting with the engagement shoot, and through to the reception, we had so much fun working with them, and made some friends in the process! We would recommend Melissa Rae Photography to anyone looking for engagement/wedding photography.
Sarah and Fraser Duncan
We are lost with words with how beautiful the photos turned out. Thank you so much for capturing our day. We absolutely love them! They look amazing and we appreciate your kindness, professionalism, and expertise in your field of work. You guys are truly exceptional photographers and were so fun to hang out with at our wedding.
Thank you again,
Kim and Roddy
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Melissa Rae Photography was an absolute pleasure to work with and if you are looking for a couple who is cool under pressure and knows how to get the job done… they are the couple for you! My husband and I got married last July at the end of the horrible flooding in Calgary and the entire time leading up to the wedding I was in denial that there would be rain on my day. The morning of the wedding Melissa called to see if I had rain boots just in case we went into a field … I had not even thought of a shoe alternative! Also, due to my denial I completely forgot to buy umbrellas just in case… but Melissa and Jared were prepared. I was having an outdoor ceremony with NO backup plan and in came the rain. Through the entire experience they were calm and collected and ensured the ceremony went off without a hitch. All the pews had to be put away which left a crowd of people who’d need to part to make an isle for me to walk down. I later found out that Jared walked up and down telling people “that it was already stressful enough, please make sure you leave an actual isle and don’t lean in for photographs” to make sure that I got some beautiful ceremony shots with out a million cellphones in the frame. As sad as I was that there was rain, looking at the stunning images Jared and Melissa captures… I wouldn’t have it any other way. The rain added a romance and a vibrancy to the colors that they captured perfectly. I am so in love with my images and the entire experience, they took care of us in regards to the images but in so many other ways as well. I have recommended them to a number of friends and will continue to do so.
Emily & Josh
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Tom and I first saw Melissa Rae Photography’s stunning work online and fell in love almost instantly. We knew right away that we wanted them to shoot our special day and this feeling only grew stronger after we met up at a coffee shop to discuss details. We had them shoot our engagement photos as well and that is when we were really impressed. Their ability to work so well as a team is incredible and it shows in their pictures.
We wanted photographers that knew the Calgary area as well as Canmore because we had recently moved to Calgary and didn’t know of many locations that would work for us. Jared and Melissa gave us several options to chose from and incorporated any suggestions we had to offer too. They were so easy to work with and made us feel comfortable throughout the photo sessions. We were guided on how to pose and they provided us with techniques on how to feel and act natural. After we received our engagement album in a very timely manner we had no doubt in our mind that we found the perfect photographers for our wedding.
During our wedding day, Jared and Melissa were amazing! We had a blast with them, especially during our bridal party shoot. They listened to every idea we had and they came up with some pretty neat ways to shoot all of us. We personally like to do things that are unique and different from anyone else, and they helped show that in our pictures. Again we received our wedding album and canvases super quick and once we looked through the product we couldn’t believe how breathtaking it all was.
Our friends and family were amazed with the pictures and even a couple months later they are still talking about how great our photographers were. So needless to say we would all highly recommend them! Thanks so much for capturing our special day and giving us incredible pictures we can look back on for the rest of our lives.
Stacie and Tom
Anyone looking for wedding photographers, look no further! These two (husband and wife) are amazing! They captured us and our wedding day perfectly. They knew exactly how to get us to relax during our engagement shoot. And best of all? They have such amazing personalities and they really do love what they do!
Nick & Christine
Our wedding day was so exciting to plan. We had selected a beautiful venue with lots of water, sun and forest, and we knew we needed a photographer who could capture the day using these amazing natural wonders. Sandra had known Melissa for many years and seen her and Jared’s work develop on their website, and we believed they could make all this work. We were amazed at the results, which are evident from the photographs, but it’s the process of working with Melissa and Jared that is the real story.
The most important part of the process is to get them booked, so we contacted them early and arranged for them to arrive at the venue and entire day early. They requested this so they could follow the light and select the locations and their shots for the next day. We also arranged our wedding day so they had as much time as they needed for the sessions. In our case this was four hours split between ocean views and two forest venues. Jared also suggested an optimal setup for the outdoor seating area so he could better capture the ceremony.
For 36 hours, Melissa and Jared were completely and totally focused on us. We were so calm on our wedding day because they were in our heads about what we wanted in our special day photographs. Melissa and Jared are incredibly kind, patient, and never made us feel rushed throughout our photo shoot with them. We laughed lots and felt at ease to just enjoy our day and the process. We’re so glad we did.
Our best advice for anyone using this couple is to get them involved as much as possible, arrange your days to give them time to create their magic and then trust them to capture your day in a most amazing way. We did and we have memories that will last us a lifetime.
Sandra & Paul
Melissa & Jared, we just opened our coffee table book from our wedding pictures. Not only is the book amazing and such a special treaure for us it is so classy and elegant. This book will be enjoyed by many generations in the years to come I am sure.
Thank you for providing us such beautiful pictures of our special day with family and friends. We enjoyed doing business with you right from meeting you at the coffee shop, to the engagement session we had so much fun with, to sharing our day with you right from morning til night. Our Wedding Party, Family and Guests had a great time and many laughs with you as well.
The day went by in a blur but we having amazing images to last forever thanks to you two.
5 Stars to Melissa Rae Photography, Cody & Amanda Stevenett
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I can’t believe those pictures are ours! They are simply amazing. The color, the love, the emotion, the personality. You honestly captured it all. They are the perfect balance of elegance and romance, which is actually what we hoped to be reflected in our wedding photos. We are so thrilled with the images you captured!
Thank you again so, so much for doing such an amazing job! We knew when we hired you and Jared that you were incredibly talented but when you get to see the talent through your own wedding photos, its unbelievable and there aren’t any words to describe it. It felt like we were re-living our wedding day and now we get to do that every time we share these images with our friends and family! Thanks again sooo much!!!
Stacey & Ron
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Choosing a wedding photographer was so hard for us until we met Jared and Melissa. The moment I met them at the bridal show I knew there were the right match for us!
We had a blast with them at our engagement shoot and had so many outstanding photos to choose from, that we were confident that our wedding photos we going to be amazing as well and they definitely were!
Our wedding photos turned out beautifully and we have so many different ones, that it was so hard to choose which ones we wanted for our album and throughout our home.
Jared and Melissa were a pleasure to work with as they are extremely professional as well as personable and just a blast to work with. We are now expecting our first child and without a doubt will have Melissa Rae photography capture those special moments too. We look forward to working with them again!
Thank you Jared and Melissa!
Isabel and Scott Smitke
We discovered Melissa Rae Photography through a mutual friend and were extremely happy with what we found . Melissa and Jared were quick to respond to our interest and were always available for questions or clarification . Despite it being our first meeting at our engagement session, they were very easy to interact with considering the intimacy engagement sessions require . As our wedding date came closer , they were very organized and on time. They were very clear with what we could expect on our wedding day and were very considerate in our suggestions – one specific of ours was bridal photos on horseback . It was a first for both us and them , and the turnout was fabulous . We received many compliments for Melissa and Jared from their work during the ceremony and reception, many of which complimented that they were not invasive and not distracting during the ceremony. We recommend Melissa and Jared to anyone interested in having amazing wedding photography!!
-Luke & Rachel
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Even before we were engaged, I had been looking at wedding photographers. When I came upon the Melissa Rae website, I fell in love with their images. I knew, when the day came I would want to at least interview them to photograph my wedding. When the day finally did come, and we met with Melissa and Jared we booked them on the spot. Their good nature, experience and do whatever it takes attitude had us from hello.
During the planning stages Melissa was amazing. She answered any questions I had in a very timely manner. Her obvious love of weddings made it easy to talk to her about details. Her experience was invaluable during the whole process. I even came to her once to find out what the typical order of events was, I had no clue, thanks Melissa!
Our engagement session was a total blast. They even managed to make Jason feel at ease in front of the camera, not a simple task! It gave us a real insight into how our wedding day was going to go, and we were stoked! They were in control and yet, always open to suggestions. After sharing some yogurt covered raisins, and a chat with Melissa and Jared we drove home and talked the whole way about how amazing our photos were going to be, and were they ever!
The day of our wedding, an absolutely perfect, and magical day, was made even more so by Melissa and Jared. The day went by in such a flurry of excitement and emotion that I find myself looking at the images, and thinking oh wow! I remember that. and smiling to myself with tears of happiness in my eyes. They were invisible, yet present all day. They took charge when need be (like during family photos) and faded into the background to capture our most intimate moments (like our first look). It was like having an extra 2 people in our bridal party, who were there absolutely and totally for us, no matter what. We are so over-the moon ecstatic with our images, I cannot say enough about their creativity and obvious passion for capturing the love between two people. Melissa and Jared create the perfect mix of friendship, passion and professionalism. We know we made the right choice by hiring them as our photographers, because now we have hundreds of beautiful images to last a lifetime. I can just see us now, old and wrinkly and still so much in love, sitting on the couch gazing through our wedding album and reliving every minute!
With love and immense gratitude,
Jason & Samantha Teske xo
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Melissa and Jared photographed our destination wedding in Punta Cana. They were incredibly professional and a ton of fun to be around. There are no words to describe how beautiful the pictures turned out. Melissa and Jared are true artists and work wonderfully together. We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for quality photographers.
Annie & Kyle January 20-27, Majestic Colonial, Punta Cana.
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When I first contacted Melissa to inquire about having them capture our wedding day, she convinced me to meet up with them earlier to do engagement photos with them as well! She promised that getting to know each other in a smaller photo shoot before the wedding would enable them to capture the magic on the big day that much easier. Melissa was absolutely right- the engagement pictures that her and Jared produced were absolutely breath-taking and more beautiful than I could have ever hoped for! Melissa and Jared went above and beyond my expectations when they drove hours into the mountains to scope out potential photo locations a week before our wedding. Their choices were fantastic and it took the stress of planning that off our shoulders! I would recommend Jared and Melissa to everyone and anyone who has a special day or moment they want captured! A picture says a million words- and their work speaks loud and clear!!
Nick & Linette
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CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS!
Now that everything is settling down after a huge trip and two weddings I finally have time for this well deserved outstanding review!!
Craig and I wanted to let everyone know how awesome Melissa & Jared are!! We are from New Zealand, we traveled all the way to Lake Louise to elope in December. We spent our wedding day with these two and we had a fun, fabulous day!
They are both kind & funny and make you feel perfectly comfortable in from of the camera, with plenty of direction if needed. We were definitely well taken care of. They went over and above for us and we are so very grateful.
Our photos are amazing! And our friends and family are raving about them. Absolute 5 star duo!!
Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!
Mr & Mrs Melody
Matt and I met Melissa and Jared for the very first time on the morning of our wedding this summer. Just several hours earlier, I heard the words every bride would dread to hear on her wedding day, I am really sorry, but I cannot shoot your wedding today. Our beloved photographer was experiencing a family emergency. She came to my hotel room at 7 a.m. that morning to let me know she was unable to do our wedding photography, but that she would provide us a capable stand-in. I was in shock and tried my best to hide my disappointment. I really was more worried about her; I knew someone would take pictures and just hoped this replacement would be ok. Well, they were MORE than ok. Melissa Rae Photography was absolutely amazing and made us feel so comfortable. We felt like super stars, exactly how every couple deserves to feel on their day. The pictures they took are out of this world, we have had so many compliments and we could not be more thrilled with the end result. Melissa and Jared are truly gifted photographers and moreover, incredible people. We will no doubt be calling on Melissa Rae Photography for any other big events in our future!
~ Lara & Matt