Katie and Patrick were engaged last year during an afternoon boat ride at Patrick’s family cottage. Katie said “yes!” and the celebrations began.
There was, however, a bump in the road.
Katie was diagnosed with Lymphoma and the long road of chemo treatments ahead of her brought fear of the unknown. As chemo treatments began taking her hair and her energy with them, she and Patrick realized they wanted to make sure they had a fun engagement photo session to mark this happy stage in their relationship while Katie was still feeling up to it. Although wedding season was in full swing I quickly and happily shifted things around to meet them for a sunset engagement session full of love, laughs, warmth, and of course, Patrick’s Harley Davidson motorcycle:
I was reminded that, as of today, Katie is now officially done chemo treatments and on the mend. She is one of the strongest and most positive people I have met, while Patrick is an unfailing partner and caretaker. Thank you and congratulations!
I have always loved Ottawa Bride Magazine, a fresh and fun publication focusing on the modern bride here in the Ottawa area. So of course I jumped right on board to shoot this beautiful editorial for the Winter 2016/17 issue. We teamed up with Beauty Editor and makeup artist Klava Zycova to create this romantic and dreamy editorial which on focuses three different looks for the winter bride.
Go pick up a copy!
Photography: Kaja Tirrul assisted by Kamara Morozuk for Jack Loves Mary Photography
Makeup: Klava Zycova
Hair: Christopher For Hair
Models: Amy D., Amy L., & Jordan M represented by Angie’s Models and Talent Management
Dresses: The Handmade Bride
Headpiece: Jewel Feathers
Jewelry: Sarah Walsh Bridal
Venue: Luxe Bistro
Aleah and Jeremy had a backyard wedding, and not the type of backyard wedding that you see in the movies, rather they turned Jeremy’s childhood home into the ultimate wedding venue. The front porch and walkway served as the ceremony site, the backyard for cocktail hour and a big white tent in the front yard held everyone for dinner and the reception. It was personal, beautiful and fun!
Top five favourite things from their day:
1.) Wedding Party. When Aleah and Jeremy told me that their total wedding party equaled twenty-two people (22!) at first I was afraid. And then, I was excited. First of all, to be so blessed as to have that many people in your life whom love and support you is a beautiful thing. Secondly, I always stress to couples that there are no rules, and that your day is about you – so do what feels right. To Jeremy and Aleah, that meant surrounding themselves with this amazing group of people, and in turn majorly testing my grouping skills! I adore their group photos and thank them all for being so on board.
2.) First Looks. Jeremy and Aleah had a first look before the ceremony and it was beautiful and emotional . . However . . Nothing can top the first look she shared with her dad . . . Except . . the first look she shared with her brother.
All of the love and all of the tears! So sweet.
3.) The Yellow Truck. This restored vintage yellow truck seemed to appear throughout the day and perfectly fit in with all of the wedding decor. It was also what Aleah and her dad drove to the ceremony.
4.) All of the details. For Aleah and Jeremy, everything was in the details. Every time I turned around there was another amazing detail to photograph, from their photos being spotted at the bottom of beer cups to the canoe full of drinks – every last detail was perfectly and amusedly executed.
5.) Secret Dance. After a few moments of Aleah and Jeremy’s first dance to a slow and romantic tune, the music suddenly changed into an up tempo medley of songs from the musical Grease, with Jeremy and Aleah perfectly acting and mouthing every word – such a hilarious and cute surprise!
Highlights of their day:
Starting at Rothwell United Church for their ceremony, moving onto The Lord Elgin and Mackenzie King bridge for photos, and ending with their reception at the Army Officers’ Mess, Amber and Nathan had a classic Ottawa wedding day.
Here are my five favourite things from their day:
1.) “It’s like raaaaain on your wedding day”…Alanis got this whole thing wrong. Rain can happen and did happen to Amber and Nathan on their wedding day. However, a change in attitude made this happenstance a positive one. When I asked Amber how she was feeling about the rain she said “If it rains during photo time, we will dance in it.” And with that, they have some of the most beautiful wedding portraits because nothing could stop them from enjoying their wedding day.
2.) Great Gatsby. This was the underlying vibe of Amber and Nathan’s wedding day and was subtly yet perfectly executed by creating an atmosphere, rather than overtly pulling from the 1920’s tale.
3.) What once was old is new again. Amber got her dress second-hand and reworked it to make it her own, changing details like adding jewelled straps. This helped her stay within the budget she had chosen, and also gave new life to a garment otherwise dormant.
4.) Venue. The Army Officers’ Mess is a historic building, with a mix of both quirky yet grandeur decor spread among multiple rooms – it was so much fun! Guests could find themselves in various areas of the same building, sometimes never in the same place twice.
5.) Walkabout. Sometimes my favourite way to do photos is to have no plan. And by that I mean taking the day as it comes with the couple trusting me to produce great photos, leaving me in complete creative mode. Amber and Nathan did just this.
I am someone who would rather react to something visually, react to the light, the mood, the emotion – than pre-plan it and pose people down to their pinky finger. This wedding day was such a great example of this as we wandered the streets and hotels of Ottawa, umbrellas in hand, capturing tender, funny, dramatic and simple moments between this beautiful couple.