Introducing . . .

Since starting Jack Loves Mary in 2010 I have had lots of help along the way. A roster of talented second photographers to help at weddings, getting the groom’s face as I get the bride’s during those first moments of seeing one another as she walks towards him, those who help wrangle the children during family photos, who simply lend a helping hand to carry an umbrella over the bride, the one to remember the extra batteries, the one to take the reigns as I run to the bathroom. I am so grateful to these amazing people, giving their time and talent to Jack Loves Mary.

I never thought I would see the day that I would mesh so well with another photographer that I would happily and confidently hand my clients over to them. This day has arrived. Kamara, (who also shares a challenging ‘K’ name which serendipitously sounds like “camera”) has been working for Jack Loves Mary for almost two years now, starting as an assistant, then second shooter, then editor and organizer – and now takes on full Jack Loves Mary photo sessions. When I first shot with Kamara, it felt meant to be. Often we don’t have to use words to communicate; I go left, and she goes right, I go wide, and she goes tight – in the end, sometimes our vibe is so alike and we compliment each other so well that I feel as though it is meant to be. We are now at a point in time where some of our clients specifically ask for her to be their photographer for their family sessions. This could not make me more proud! For those of you who have met her and worked with her, you know what I’m talking about. She is hilarious, passionate, creative and as positive as can be!

I wanted to officially welcome Kamara on board as a Jack Loves Mary photographer by sharing some of her fabulous images shot for JLM over this past year:

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Thank you Kamara for all of your hard work and support of Jack Loves Mary! Here’s to many more years to come
– Kaja.

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Jess and Dave, Vineyards and Sunshine

I realized that this past week marked one year since Jess and Dave’s beautiful wedding day in Niagara. They had an intimate wedding on Vineland Estates Winery, complete with cocktail party, surprise ice cream cake, first look between the vines – and of course fabulous wine. These two are beautiful inside and out, with the most wonderful families and friends. Let’s reminisce through some of my favourite photos of their day:

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Congrats, Erika & Dave! (& Sawyer)

Erika and Dave were married in a tiny white church down a long road, they had a first look that still makes me cry.
Top five favourite things from this wedding day:

1.) The Little White Church. The beautiful church where Erika and Dave were married has personal connection, history and meaning to Dave’s family, it looks like it is out of a movie set, an absolutely idyllic piece of the world.

2.) First Look. First looks, whether they be at the top of the aisle during a ceremony, or pre-arranged at a location, always make me emotional. The heightened moment between Erika and Dave was so full of love, not just between the two of them, but also with their son Sawyer, myself and my second shooter Kamara were shooting through tears. When Sawyer turned around in his dad’s arms and saw his mom all dressed up walking toward them, he reached up his little hand and gave her a wave and a smile, a moment that was so simple and beautiful. Once Erika and Dave saw one another, their faces said it all.

3.) Salt of the Earth. “Basic, fundamental goodness” is the definition of Salt of the Earth, and perfectly describes Dave and Erika, as well as their loved ones. Such positive, not over-the-top, nothing to prove, pure love for one another people. I am so happy to have met them.

4.) Luxury Vehicle. Always fun to see the vehicle of choice used on a wedding day. A limousine, boat, van, Honda Civic or Rolls Royce – anything goes. For Erika and Dave, there was a little moment where we weren’t sure if the old convertible Buick they drove would actually get going, but once it roared up it was such a fun and perfect ride into the sunset.

5.) Expecting/Love/Expectations. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage, right? This is so not the case for majority of couples these days as love brings us all kinds of gifts and surprises. One of my favourite moments of their day is when Erika and Dave quietly told me that Sawyer’s little sibling was also there with us, growing inside of Erika’s tummy.

Some of my favourites:
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Happy One Year Anniversary, Melissa & Yannick!

Sometimes time flies and getting to blog all of our lovely weddings isn’t possible.

Happy to finally share some of Melissa and Yannick’s photos of their downtown travel-themed wedding day, on their one-year anniversary!

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Congrats, Beth & Adam!

Beth and Adam were married in the small Southern Ontario town of Kingsville on a beautiful Spring day.

Top five favourite things from their wedding:

1.) Honouring Beth’s father. Although Beth was without her father on her wedding day after his unexpected passing a few years ago, she found the sweetest and subtlest ways to include his memory and honour his presence. A photo of him as an Olympic Torch runner accompanied her as she got ready and prepared to go down the aisle, so she knew he was cheering her on. A small locket of his smiling face was attached to her bouquet and kept close. Instead of a father-daughter dance she danced with all of the important men in her life who support her, each taking a turn to cut in and take her for a spin. Beautiful.

2.) Siblings. Beth and her brother, and Adam and his sister, are so close it is inspiring to watch. When Beth’s brother Tyler saw her all dressed up and ready to walk down the aisle, their emotional embrace left every witness misty-eyed.

3.) Music. Adam happens to be an amazing wedding DJ who knows the importance of music to set the tone. Whether is was the ceremony procession or the party get-down, each song was perfectly paired with the setting.

4.) MOH Speech. During Beth’s Maid of Honour speech she brought out a blown-up photo of Beth as a little girl all dressed up as a bride, and on the flip side was her also as a little girl, all dressed up as an expecting mother – so cute!

5.) Late-Night Snack. S’More Station and Poutine Bar with every topping imaginable, need we say more?

Some highlights from their day:

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Donna and Richard Engagement in Montreal

After Donna and Richard’s beautiful wedding day, I wanted to share the photos that started it all. We planned an epic engagement shoot in Montreal which showcased their creativity and love of fashion and architecture. It also involved roof-climbing (in heels in Donna’s case), graffiti painting, and getting a bit lost only a couple of times😉

Since they used these photos as decor at their wedding, as to not ruin the surprise we have yet to share them and are excited to finally be able to!
Some of my favourites below:

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