Congrats, Rob & Julia!

These two are sweet, soft-spoken, very smart, and very funny. Their wedding day was the same!

My top five favourite things from their day:

1) Long Veil. Julia’s mother reeeaaalllyyy wanted her to wear a very long train. Julia was not into this idea. She hit the middle-ground perfectly and wore a long cathedral veil which looked beautiful on her; trailing behind her down the aisle, and later when the wind lifted it outside by the Rideau Canal.

2) High School. Julia’s two high school best friends, and now bridesmaids, were reminiscing about all of the sleepovers they had in Julia’s purple bedroom in her mother’s house where they all got ready. It was amazing for me to watch them get Julia into her wedding dress in this same room, years later.

3) Milestone’s. We made a stop at Milestone’s Restaurant on Rideau Street for a drink post-ceremony, pre-reception. This happened to be where Julia and Rob had their very first date. To make things even cuter, I grabbed a snap of them sitting in the exact same booth, years later on their wedding day :)

4) Before and After. Another before and after we executed was recreating a shot I took of them from last November during our engagement session on the steps of St. Anthony’s church where they would be married the following year.

5) Julia, the trooper. Julia didn’t feel well during their reception. She did not let this hinder her fun as she ignored any ill feelings by dancing, (attempting) to eat, mingling and overall enjoying herself.

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Recently Published . . .

I went over to Hannah and Steve’s house to photograph their beautiful newborn son when they surprised me with a copy of Ottawa Wedding Magazine! The Fall/Winter issue not only features a spotlight on their wedding from last summer, which I had the pleasure of photographing, ( but also featured Jack Loves Mary Photography as a vender winner for Ottawa Wedding Photographer, Wedding of the Year, at the Ottawa Wedding Awards!

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Happy One-Year Anniversary to Luke and Amanda . . .

There are so many (too many) weddings which I don’t have the time to make a blog post for.

I realised, when thinking of Luke and Amanda’s wedding anniversary, that I never did write a blog post about their wedding day! They had someone on their side when September 27th, 2014 hit as the rainy weather seemed to take a day off just for them. Out came the sunshine and the warmth, along with the coloured maple leaves – it was truly a dream. Aside from all of that and more importantly than the weather, the love and pure happiness among all who attended was palpable. The love between Luke and Amanda – well that was a whole other level . . .

Here are some of my favourites from their wonderful day:

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Congrats, Jenna & Evan!

You may remember Jenna and Evan from my engagement session with them this past summer: (I was so happy to see these photos scattered around their wedding day :) )
They are now married after a warm summer wedding in Dundas, Ontario.

Top five favourite things from their wedding day:

1.) Beauty and The Beast. While Jenna and her ladies were getting ready they had a DVD of Beauty and the Beast on loop, the perfect whimsical mood-setter for the day.  .  . We all realized we know every last word to “Tale as Old as Time”

2.) Jenna and her Dad. These two have so much love for one another. When Jenna came down the stairs to reveal herself ready to be married, beautiful as a bride, the love her dad has for her was palpable. He also walked her down the aisle with the proudest look on his face, and to top it all off during the reception, he made a speech which left every eye in the room wet.

3.) Penni. It was nice to see this pup a year older, never leaving Jenna’s side as she got ready.

4.) Pollen Fluffies. As we took the wagon around the grounds of Dyment’s Farm, I exclaimed at the sight of one of thier fields full of fluffy pollen; I think my exact words were “look at the fluffs!” each one lit up by the sun it was a gorgeous backdrop for these two.  Throughout the night, as the light changed, I continued to snap photos of Jenna and Evan, and even the bridal party as well. When the sun was setting we ventured out in the field and by the barn, as well once the sun was down, and Jenna put her hair up, we made sure to sneak in a candle-lit romantical photograph of the two of them stealing a moment together. I love getting photos as the night goes on because the vibe continues to change, moving from getting ready, to ceremony, to party-time.

5.) Pie. Dyment’s Farm makes their own pies (better than your grandmother guaranteed) and set up a dessert bar of various pies and whipped cream for Jenna and Evan’s dessert. Such a fun idea, I definitely saw some guests take one of each!

Here are some of my favourite photos from their day:

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Congrats, Heidi & Greg!

When I first met with Heidi and Greg, a few things were clear. 1. They are very much in love and in sync with each other. 2. They had a clear vision for how they wanted their wedding day to be; relaxed, fun, natural and low-key, just like them.

Top five favourite things:

1.) First Look. The “First Look’ is becoming more frequent these days as couples are preferring to have a private moment, alone, in order to see one another before the ceremony. Heidi and Greg not only had a first look after they were dressed and ready, they also met up during the morning in-between hair, makeup and all of the goings-on. A very cute moment was when they both said the same thing to me, but at different moments. The sentence “I’ve had more phone calls today, than any other day of my life” was said to me, by both Heidi and Greg, at different times in the morning. See? I said they were in sync.

2.) Priorities. Every bride and groom need to prioritize what is important to them on their wedding day. For these two it was ceremony, time with loved ones, and atmosphere. Their ceremony was personal and emotional, (lead by celebrant extraordinaire, Julia Kiska,, they opted out of floral arrangements and bouquets, made their own cake and cupcakes, and as avid campers and hikers, their decor perfectly circled the outdoors.

3.) Shoes Off! When Heidi landed at the top of the aisle for the ceremony, her legs were so wobbly she just had to kick her red pumps off of her feet, and land on solid ground. I love moments like this.

4.) Wagon Rides. When hosting a wedding, Saunder’s Farm offers many activities and fun on their grounds for all in attendance. There is a bouncy pad, ship wreck playground, corn mazes and wagon rides. Greg, Heidi and their wedding guests enjoyed all of these activities, including a wagon ride in the late afternoon when I tagged along, for the sake of photos of course ;)

5.) Sandy. One of Heidi’s bridesmaids, such pure fun and laughter, all day long. Thank you for making my job so easy, Sandy!

Highlights of the day:

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Congrats, Joel & Virginia!

Although I went to school with Joel a million years ago, I never met beautiful Virginia, or “Gin” until I arrived in her hotel suite on her wedding day where we instantly connected and felt like we had known each other for years. Joel and Gin planned their Ontario wedding from Alberta, which I always find amazing, as it adds a whole other level of uncertainty and stress. Luckily, after visiting Strathmere Lodge upon arrival, they knew all would be well for their wedding day.

Top five favourite things:

1) Joel and Gin’s daughter. She enjoyed her parents’ wedding day happy and content (except for the brief time when she had to be put in her flower girl dress) giving toothless smiles, flashing her giant blue eyes, and giggling, giggling, giggling. I could have photographed her, and just her, all day long.

2) Juxtaposition of getting ready and the ceremony site. There are so many ways to go about getting ready vs where a couple actually gets married. Joel and Virginia both got ready in the heart of downtown Ottawa, steps from the Peace Tower and Parliament. It was so much fun to take their photos in the city and send them off in their limo, only to meet them in the heart of the country of North Gower for the wedding.

3) Kissing Game Dice. If you were a guest at Joel and Virginia’s wedding and wanted to see them kiss, you had to get up, roll a giant homemade dice, and follow whatever side it landed on. Some options were “Kiss Someone of your Choosing”, “Do A Little Dance”, and “Charades: Act Out an Animal.” It was lots of fun.

4) Simple Ceremony. I think when planning a wedding the most important thing is to keep it true to you. For Virginia and Joel, a simple and short ceremony is what they wanted, and what they executed. Officiated by Virginia’s aunt, it was personal to them, and with their daughter up front and centre in her little wagon, they were married.

5) Slideshow. Joel’s mum put together a beautiful slideshow of photos and music for everyone to enjoy and reflect upon together. It even got me misty!

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Continuing a Family

Making and continuing families is an amazing aspect of life. Two years ago when a loving couple was not able to bring a child into the world they turned to a surrogate. That surrogate was Amy. After some chats, exchanges, tries, Amy finally came to carry and deliver a little girl, allowing this family to grow to three members.

Now here we are, two years later, at the birth of this little girl’s sister, who was also carried and delivered by Amy. She arrived happy and healthy, earlier than expected, to finally meet and complete her family.

Moments of the day:

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