The original plan involved getting married several months ago. Plans change, and this one changed for a great reason… bringing little Connor into the world. So our shoot was part engagement, part family, all love. The wedding is next month.
The kitten – Judith Light – tearing up and down the halls and into boxes and around bouquets. Grabbing a beer in the bar where they first met. Putting coins in the jukebox and punching for Taylor Swift. Tooling around downtown Edmonton looking for parking spaces. Home-sewn napkins. A surprise performance by the Bird family singers. A hush of librarians. Ra-ra-rasputin and dancing until the wee hours. That throaty, head-thrown-back laugh echoing through the hall and through the night. “First Day of My Life.”
Sparkly shoes (one fell into the bay) and giggly girlfriends. “Kady face.” Dressed up boats on the harbour. Navigating photobombers and pigeons in Kings Square. A hypothesis: “lighting all of the sparklers at once will be fun and efficient!” that turned out to be not quite accurate. Squinty-eyed identification of deep-fried things. Slow dancing to Sam Cooke “I Love You (for Sentimental Reasons).” Finding dad just in time for the last verse of their song. Then tearing up the dance floor the rest of the night…
“Great weather is our favourite!” Full Catholic mass. Wine & cheese deliciousness. $5 payouts during the speeches. Kissing demonstrations. Every choreographed dance song of the past 15 years. “Together in Faith.”
You can really enjoy something and still be glad it’s over, right? That’s how I feel about August. I went all out, and had a great time, but phew I am tired! 5 weddings, 7 portrait shoots, meetings, and so much editing! That means plenty of fodder for the blog, and so I shared Maggie & Darryl’s glam Hollywood Regency styled wedding, this intimate St. Andrews Algonquin Resort elopement, Amy & Matt’s classic celebration, Alex & Sean’s mid-week party, and Ashley & Brody’s barn-burner of a backyard wedding, plus the two weddings I photographed most recently and have yet to share. Writing all of those out really illustrates what I love about my job… so many weddings, and while certain things are always the same, each is so unique.
I went to Woodstock for John, Kathy, and Colby’s family portraits; Rusagonis for Amanda & Ryan’s engagement; Sackville to roam with Allison & Jason; Yoho to hang with the Quicks; and First Eel River Lake to go boating with Naomi & Dan. You guys really know how to keep things interesting. Meanwhile here at home I met up with Amanda & Tony, the Dickerson bunch, Catherine & Marc’s last-minute engagement; and Michauds in the morning.
With all that work to share, I didn’t make a single personal post all month! AG and I enjoyed a big family reunion in honour of our upcoming wedding (less than 2 months to go! Marriage licence procured!), a day trip to Campobello Island, visits with our nieces, a perfect afternoon at New River Beach, the unexpected opportunity to catch a semi-final math of the women’s under 20 FIFA tournament in Moncton, and most excellently, simple hanging-out time with friends. It’s been a wonderful month, but all things have their season. I’m ready for September, and ready to cool down. Literally AND figuratively!
Capturing life the way it is right now. Monkey bars, canoeing on the lake, tossing the mini football, story time. Parents sneaking in some alone time?… okay, we called in reinforcements and set that one up.
A sunny morning on the lake, paddle-boarding, boating, being chased by silly kittens… fun!
As AG and I drove towards Sackville from Fredericton, and Allison & Jason drove towards Sackville from Nova Scotia, each of us admired the huge, dark and puffy clouds in the sky. Yet it wasn’t raining… until we got to Sackville, where it was pouring. Because of course. Luckily in the time it took to devour one giant schnitzel, the storm pushed through. We were left with amazing evening light, and our feet only got a little bit wet!
Last minute bridesmaid dress shopping. Shooting pool and shooting beer. Two first looks. Chasing rain showers and driving into a rainbow. Tearing around Stanley at won’t-say-how-fast. Crossword puzzles and maple syrup. Late night fireworks. “Everything.“
These two hadn’t been alone in years. (Or something like that.) Sure made my job easy!