Congrats, Alisha & Bryan!

Alisha and Bryan had a relaxed wedding day with family and friends who joined them from around the world.

My top five favourite things from this day:

1.) Make Your Own Rules. Alisha and Bryan didn’t have a wedding party as they wanted everyone in attendance on an equal level. I love when couples do what feels right to them, whatever the reason may be. There are no real “rules” to wedding planning, the most important thing is to make it true to who you are as a couple.

2.) Bride and Groom gifts. You can tell a couple is meant to be when they give one another seemingly random gifts (painting of a cat and Ancestry DNA Kit) which they, in turn, absolutely looove!

3.) Celebrant. Alisha and Bryan didn’t want a long ceremony, and it was important to them to have someone who they love marry them. In the end, this made their intimate ceremony that much more special to them.

4.) Pizza. Need I say more? Alisha and Bryan had Ottawa’s “Mobile Pizza All’Antica” food truck come to Orange Art Gallery to make delicious gourmet wood-fired pizzas onsite. I cannot describe how incredible these pizzas were, in the end, everyone at this wedding was FULL… yet, still found room for one more slice.

5.)  Photo Walkabout. Alisha and Bryan love graffiti and urban settings, so we planned to have a quick walk through some local Ottawa neighbourhoods after they said I do. We stopped when the graffiti and the light was right and it was so much fun to chase them through the city.

Here are some highlights from the day:

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Congrats, Samantha & Dylan!

Not all weddings come in large packages. When Sammi and Dylan decided to get married they knew just how they wanted their wedding day to be: personal, intimate, spiritual and warm. So on a Tuesday afternoon in the backyard of Sammi’s mother’s home, they stood in a sacred circle and were married by Dylan’s mother. Witnessed by close family and friends, their ceremony was followed by a delicious lunch catered by Strawberry Blonde Bakery, barefoot dances in the grass, words of well wishes from all in attendance, and of course, so much love!

After saying “I do” and being covered in glitter by their guests, we took a quick walk around the block to snap some portraits of the happy couple.

Here are some of my favourite photos from their day:

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Congrats, Nara & Andrew!

Andrew and Nara’s wedding day was just like them; welcoming, warm, fun, creative and full of music.

Top favourite things from their wedding day:

1.) Music & Dance. Music and dance are a huge part of Nara and Andrew’s lives, individually and as a couple. Nara said to me “Every musician you see on our wedding day we know and love” and this could not have been more true. Bagpipe players, fiddlers (young and old), guitarists, accordion players – this beautiful live music was prevalent throughout their day, and the dancing, of course, easily followed.

2.) Bride & Groom Fashion. Andrew in a Munro plaid kilt, sporran, kilt pin, tie, hose & brogues. Nara in a long-sleeved vintage lace gown, beaded belt, veil and red lip. They each brought their personal style to their wedding day, and as a couple looked simply amazing together.

3.) Rides. Nara and Andrew love vintage automobiles, which showed throughout their wedding day.  Andrew arranged for a friend’s vintage car, one which Nara loved, to pick her and her dad up for the ceremony. Andrew drove their old Firebird to the ceremony, and this also served as the “Just Married” car for Nara and Andrew. Aside from cars, Andrew is also a Harley Davidson fan and I was asked ahead of time about the possibility of doing photos with his Harley. Of course, I said “YES!”

4.) Photo Locations. When thinking of where to do their photos, we didn’t have to stray far from where this couple call home. Andrew and Nara live down a sun-speckled dirt road that they just love, with farmers fields and trees along either side. We had a relaxed wander around the area, snapping photos as we all walked. Natural, easy and fun 🙂

5.) DIY.  Nara and Andrew being so creative themselves, it’s no surprise that their circle of friends and family are chalk full of talent as well! Andrew’s mother did every last bit of decor for this wedding day, turning an empty reception hall into a homey space, filled with vintage details and beautiful personal touches. Nara being no stranger to doing hair and makeup for dance competitions did her own 40’s inspired look. The bridesmaid’s made their own bouquets of red roses, and Nara even made the party favours; a family recipe of shortbread cookies.

Some highlights from their day:

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers, step-fathers, uncles, missed-fathers, grand-fathers, god-fathers, fathers-to-be, and any special men in your life who play a great role.

Some snaps from the past year to celebrate these wonderful relationships:

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers, step-mothers, missed-mothers, aunts, grand-mothers, god-mothers, mothers-to-be, surrogate mothers, and any special woman who you call Mom in your life.

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Ottawa Wedding Awards 2017

The Ottawa Wedding Awards is a great time to get dressed up, have a night off, and connect with other members of the wedding industry. We all work so hard, and love what we do, it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate together. Winning an award is just icing on this already delicious cake!
I am humbled to say that last night Jack Loves Mary Photography won TWO awards as we took home the trophies for Best Scenic Wedding Photo, and Best Live Moment. I want to take a moment to thank all of our amazing clients for allowing us to capture these important days and moments in your lives. It is an honour to be recognized for doing something that we so love.
Here are some snaps from the night, as well as the two winning photos:
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Chantelle & Peter Are Engaged

Although Chantelle and Peter have been in a relationship for many years, they giggle, flirt and smile as if they are in the beginning stages of love together. We spent a perfect winter afternoon at Peter’s family cottage, a place they both hold dear, hiking, playing and wandering through the beautiful land. After a (hilarious) snow fight, these lovebirds went inside, started a fire and opened a bottle of red wine to warm up.
I had such a delightful time being the fly-on-the-wall of this wonderful relationship, here are some of my favourites:

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