Billie was nervous about getting pictures taken. She said she wasn’t comfortable. But man she is totally photogenic and beautiful. And it’s totally satisfying to capture people who say that they aren’t comfortable and get them to relax and chat with me and capture who they are. And how beautiful they are.

Billie said she knew on their first date that she was gonna marry Dallas.

Old Chief is special to Billie’s dad so I was happy we could get it in the background.

They loving watching sports together. And playing softball together. And supporting Billie’s three kids. At this session Dallas told Billie how much he loved her kids and how much he loved her kids and being in their lives. So so so so sweet.

I think their wedding will be LOTS of fun. They’re getting married in Sparwood in July. And I think it will be a fun time had by all.

Huge congrats to these two.

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We had planned to go to Waterton for their engagements but the weather was not co-operating. It was snowing and doing all kinds of nutty things in Waterton and raining in Lethbridge. And then just before we took pictures the clouds parted and we had a bit of sun. Not a ton. Just enough to capture each these two and their love.

They love to play basketball together, go on hikes, play tennis and hang out with family.

They met each other a year ago when he came back from BYU and have been practically dating ever since.

Teesha’s favourite date was when they painted pictures at Henderson lake, which ended up being where he proposed later too.

They are totally affectionate with each other and totally romantic with each other. It’s lovely. I love romantic couples.

This is one of my favourite shots from the whole session. Lovely light and a great looking couple!
Southern Alberta Wedding Photography | Just RhondaTheir wedding will be lots of fun!

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So a few weeks ago I got contacted thru instagram by SouthWest Alberta and asked if I wanted to participate in a summer program promoting Southern Alberta called Bucketlist AB. Wateron Lakes National Park
If you’ve read my blog at ALL for any amount of time you’d know I love Southern Alberta and we love exploring the area as a family.

I think there are SO many fun things to do here, especially family friendly things. We live in a very beautiful place of the world and I am a big big fan of it. So it was a BIG yes from me.  (My hubby Regan wrote my bio for me cause I’m terrible at writing them about myself!!)

You can see more about the other storytellers/ ambassadors over here and there is even lots of Southern Alberta stuff to see over on the Explore South West Alberta website.  I will be sharing lots of stories and places to see over the next 6 months. Especially on my Travel Instagram account @justrhondaleetravels.

I started this one separate from my regular one @justrhondalee cause I had so many landscaping pictures to share. And now it’s where I share most of them. All of this Southwest stuff will be on this account probably.

I get to focus particularly on both the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens (which is awesome because that was my first job out of college) and the Bird’s of Prey (which my kids love!). There are lots of cool things that happen at both of those places and I’ll be sharing and photographing lots at them. (Did you know you can go and watch a Japanese Sword martial art demonstration! Cool!! That’s new to me!)

Look at cute Alden in 2010 holding an owl at the Bird’s of Prey Centre!

I’ll obviously still be sharing lots of Waterton. It’s a big place we go a LOT. But also our summer plan is to spend a lot of time exploring southern Alberta and discovering more with our kids about this great area where we live.

I hope you’ll join me online and you’re welcome to actually join us and visit all these places. It’ll be a fun summer activity!!

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  • May 3, 2017 - 6:35 am

    Charmaine Puzey - Very cool. Can’t wait to see all your pictures and posts.

  • May 4, 2017 - 6:56 am

    Lorrie Gramllich - Just love the moments you share. Highlights of the day.

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I love doing bridals! I think it’s just so so smart. And it was so fun to get together with these two. They were just bursting with happiness and it was contagious. I was totally tearing up behind the camera at them and had to keep wiping my eyes so I could see. hahaha. These two are so good with each other. We weren’t sure if the weather was going to cooperate last week when we shot these. It was a lot of rain (and snow) and it just wouldn’t stop. But thankfully the precipitation stopped and we spent some time together. Now these two love birds are married and off celebrating married life.

i LOVE how happy they are! So so sweet. 

Huge congrats to these two love birds!!!!

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I follow Bon Appetit on Facebook and they share lots of fantastic recipes. And I am often saving the ones they share. This one was no different. I saw it and thought YES I need to make that.

And man are they so good. I have strong feelings about chocolate. If you put average chocolate into your cookies, they will taste ok. But if you put GREAT chocolate into them, it really can elevate the flavour and taste of the cookie. It seems like you shouldn’t “waste” your nice chocolate on them but it’s totally worth it. I am also a big fan of a thin slightly under baked cookie. That’s perfection to me.

BA’s Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

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20 cookies

Recipe by Kate Davis for Bon Appetit

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 chocolate toffee bars, chopped into ¼-inch pieces (preferably Skor)
  • 1½ cups chocolate wafers (discs, pistoles, fèves; preferably 72% cacao)
  • Flaky sea salt

Instructions

  1. Cook butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until butter foams, then browns, 5–8 minutes. Transfer brown butter to a large bowl; let cool slightly.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda, and kosher salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar to cooled butter. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter mixture, scraping down sides of bowl, until incorporated, about 1 minute.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to beat until mixture lightens and begins to thicken, about 30 seconds. Reduce mixer speed to low; add dry ingredients and beat, scraping down sides and bottom of bowl, until just combined.
  5. Add candy and chocolate wafers and mix to combine with a spoon or spatula. Let sit at room temperature at least 30 minutes to hydrate flour; dough will look very loose but will thicken as it sits.
  6. Arrange a rack in center of oven; preheat to 375°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a 1½-oz. ice cream scoop, portion dough and transfer to prepared sheet, spacing about 3½" apart (alternatively, form dough into ping pong ball-sized pieces with your hands). Do not flatten; cookies will spread as they bake. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  7. Bake cookies until edges are golden brown and firm but centers are soft, 9–11 minutes. Let cool on sheets 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  8. Do Ahead: Cookie dough can be made 3 days ahead; cover and chill. Let dough come to room temperature before baking.
http://rhondasteed.com/bas-brown-butter-and-toffee-chocolate-chip-cookies

They are so, so tasty! The Brown butter really makes the cookies have a slightly carmel flavour. And the GOOD chocolate really adds it up a notch. I used Skor bars as my toffee.

And…… You’re welcome.

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