Nancy & Luke | St. Andrews-By-The Sea, NB Elegant Algonquin Wedding

Last month I celebrated the most special of days with Nancy & Luke, the nicest couple you could probably ever meet. They had decided to come home from Timmins, ON (Luke is originally from Sussex!) to have a casual but elegant ‘Maritime’ wedding, and they chose the perfect location to do so: the Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea. It was my first time shooting there and I can’t wait to go back, it was stunning! Their day was incredibly casual, with the main focus being on family and friends, and they emphasized their desire for many candid images, so I had a lovely time standing back, observing and capturing their day as it happened, which is the perfect kind of wedding for me. And, the weather cooperated (despite the crazy wind and accompanying chill).

Couple: Nancy Girard & Luke Scott

Ceremony Location: Carleton Rotunda, Algonquin Resort, St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, NB

Reception Location: Carleton Rotunda, Algonquin Resort, St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, NB

Photo Location: New River Beach, NB

Florals: Goold’s Flowers, Ltd, Sussex, NB

Dress: Oui-je-le-voeux, Montréal, QC

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Erica & Matt | Saint John, NB Elopement/Courthouse Wedding

I started the 2017 wedding season in the most perfectly lovely way: I joined Erica and Matt as they quietly, and with only 2 friends by their sides, got married at the Saint John courthouse one Friday morning. They had kept it a secret since the Fall, and although they wanted to keep it simple, they absolutely looked the part and we had a lot of fun taking photos uptown and at Lily Lake. It was quite chilly but they toughed it out, and Monica and Andrew were also a great help! I LOVE photographing courthouse weddings (this is my 2nd), it’s such a nice alternative to the big affair, and I hope to do more this year!

Couple: Erica Brown and Matt Hall

Ceremony Location: Peel Plaza, Saint John, NB

Photo Locations: Uptown SJ and Lily Lake

Hair and Make-Up: Patience Cole Professional Artistry & Studio

Dress: “100$ from China” (Erica’s first words to me, lol!)

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Personal | Behind the Scenes-Wedding Season 2016

Last weekend I kicked off my 2017 wedding season (yay!) and as I took the 4,597th photo of my assistant Sara for a ‘light test’, I suddenly remembered that I forgot to share the “Behind the Scene” images from last season! I love seeing BTS stuff, so it’s always fun (embarrassing? funny? awful?) to see how I look while at work, and to highlight all the fun things that Sara (and sometimes Glenn) does for me.

So, without further ado, a look back at the 2016 wedding season, from behind the lens…(and yep I still need to share my Favourite wedding images from 2016, working on it!)

She loves dresses…

 

She loves babies…

 

The look on my face 80% of the time (panicking/thinking about what to do next…)

 

Working vs. slacking off…

 

He loves working with me…

 

Most awkward shooting position award goes to…me (ugh.)

 

(Mostly cell phone shots, pardon the quality!)

She loves holding the light(s)…

 

Despite the look on my face I actually LOVE photographing weddings and spending the day with my couples!! It’s an amazing job,

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EMBRACE | Sarah & Dan [Sussex, NB Intimate Lifestyle Photographer]

So excited to be sharing these! Last month I had the chance to photograph a real-life, truly, 100% “ole married couple”. And I say that with the utmost respect, happiness and excitement, because this is exactly what I want my EMBRACE sessions to be; I want the people who are already on their path together to take a moment out of their busy, crazy (and mostly kid-filled) lives to focus on just themselves and what brought them together in the first place; I want it to be about them, their marriage and their love. It’s somewhat easy to draw out that giddiness and lovey-dovey-ness in newly engaged or dating couples, but to see how it has matured and changed in a couple who has been together for 3,5,10 (or 15!) years, that’s what I want to observe and capture. Sarah and Dan are the perfect example of that: they’ve been together a long long time and with the exception of family photos, they have never had images of just the two of them taken. So I joined them in their (gorgeous) home one morning to see what I could see. I loved the subtle touches of ‘real life’ all around them (the Easter decorations for the kids, the dog Taco chewing on a bone in the corner), I loved hearing about how they met and how their stories differed a little bit (they always do!), I loved Dan’s uncertainty of the whole thing but the being drawn in by Sarah’s laugh, I loved how they joked about falling asleep on the bed (that is parent talk right there!), I loved how they placed their hands, and how got closer and closer as the session ended so that when we got outside, they were rocking it. Many many years in, they are still rocking it.

****I asked them some questions about their marriage, you can see the answers below!****

-Ages: 34 (both)

-Number of years married: 7

-Number of years together: going on 16

-Number of children and their ages: Holden (5) Oliver (7)

-Ages when married: 27 (both)

  1. Describe your wedding day.

Our wedding day was perfect; it was such an incredible day- it felt as if we had thrown a backyard party with all of our closest friends and family! Some of our favourite memories include: the sand ceremony, cell phones ringing during the ceremony, mini burgers and  a special guest (you know who you are!) skinny dipping in the pool to end a perfect evening. We chose July 2 as our wedding date as we celebrate our ‘dating’ anniversary on July 1st, this date coincides with our first ‘real date’ outside of the skateboard park; also fireworks to celebrate!

 2. What are your hopes and dreams for the future of your marriage?

Our hope is to grow old together and to share as many adventures, laughs and create as many, many, many more memories.

 3.  Why do you think that so many marriage fail?

Marriage is challenging, not every moment will be filled with magic and rainbows; understanding this from the outset is important. Communication is key, listen with your whole heart, be open and honest with each other and your self.

 4. Has having children (if applicable) affected your marriage, and how?

Yes- absolutely! The love and connection is amplified beyond belief; it is hard to explain until you are in that moment; being a parent is the most amazing; challenging and rewarding adventure to date; I am so lucky to have an awesome partner to help guide me through the uncharted territory of parenthood.

5. How much of a priority is your marriage at this point in your life? (Be honest.)

Marriage is an absolute priority at this point in our lives; it is the anchor.

6. Has marriage been what you imagined?

Not at all; I mean have you watched any romantic comedies; I thought it was all sex, candles, fast cars and dinner dates- reality check !

Marriage for us is about partnership, adventures, choosing happiness and each other each and everyday.

7. What has changed in your relationship since getting married? Have you changed?

Parenthood has definitely had an impact on our marriage and brought us closer together as a team; you have to be a team when conquering the various ages and stages of children and I am so lucky to have Sarah as a partner!!

Since getting married I believe I now understand how to love more deeply and appreciate the moments that each day brings, I look forward to what the next brings.

8. What makes a good marriage?

Communication; laughter and adventures!

 

 

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Meet Penelope | New Brunswick Newborn Photographer

We’ve all been waiting to meet this little lady for awhile and I was happy to finally meet her last month: sweet Penelope! Jackie and Dave are totally smitten with their daughter and I can really see why, she’s so sweet and a little bit spunky already (as you can see by how she did not want to sleep for her entire session…) I loved incorporating a lot of purple and girlie elements, and Jackie brought some sweet props to use too, so all in all a great session, I can’t wait to watch her grow up and watch Jackie be the PRETTIEST mom ever (she looked more put together 9 days postpartum than I ever have in my life)!

Everyone, meet Penelope.

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