Yet another day where there was rain in the forecast, but we soldiered on. AG & I drove up to Glassville to meet and photograph Kara & Kyle, and it it worked out perfectly. The black flies were the worst I’ve ever seen, but the people were among the best!
A bird in the bathroom. A 90s playlist for the ages. Getting snagged in the aisle on the way to the altar. The antics of a barbershop quartet. Something something TOMMY HILFIGER! Unlikely paparazzi in the park, and a pseudo-sunset despite the rain. The candy bar that really did fuel some amazing dancing. “Come to Me.”
It’s been a few years now since the last time I had the pleasure of meeting up with this family. In that time they’ve grown and expanded and changed, but one thing that hasn’t changed is how NICE they are! I’m not just saying that because they sent me home with muffins that tasted like donuts… but seriously.
Behind the scenes: a crew of fire-stoking, marshmallow-providing, kiss-critiquing family members who kept everything running.
Just off camera: thunderstorms and rainshowers rumbling in the distance, but that held off for exactly the amount of time we took to do this shoot.
In front of the camera: just this insane gorgeousness.
Tailgating for breakfast. Swigging JD on the wedding bus while rapping along with – who else – Will Smith! A surprise dance to get the garter off. New lyrics to “Uptown Funk.” Giving up on personal applications and just blasting the air with cans of OFF! Getting The Worm going early. Now the adventures they have will be together. “Forever.”
They used to go to Irishtown Nature Park for runs, the scenery whipping by. This time they went to snuggle and enjoy the view!
“I don’t care, I just want to get married!” was the refrain from the beginning, and indeed we blew up the whole timeline right away so that they could just get married!! Surprise limo. (Surprising the limo driver with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”) Looking into the eyes of each guest and telling them how much they’re loved. A Canadian wedding so Canadian that the cake was a donut tower. Getting cheered at the Snooty Fox. Drinking blueberry ale with your brand-new husband.
Nearly every day someone asks me if I’m busy. I probably just sigh dramatically, but the answer is certainly yes! Nearly every day I shoot, edit, or write. I shared Melissa & Adam’s Magnetic Hill winery wedding and exploits in Charlottetown with Stacey & Craig and Stephanie & Tyler, as well as the Smith family’s portraits just to share the work I did at the end of May. Then for actual July I shot 4 weddings in 3 weekends… in 3 cities. That was something! Alycia & Jason rocked the Fundy coast, Naomi & Dan were classic in the city, and the celebrations of Amanda & Tony and Desiree & Bradley are still to come. The Armstrong family wowed me at sunset, the Holt family prove that a 10am shoot is totally doable if you can be this loving. You’re definitely keeping me busy, and I’m having a lot of fun with it!
Meanwhile, it’s important to close the computer sometimes and make sure that I’m making the most of summer. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like I’m achieving that… until I review the evidence. There were fireworks and the Fundy trail, kayaks and beer and a baby birthday party. I got a haircut. We experienced power outages, internet outages, and my laptop melted down. (Okay, none of that last bit was fun.) I took AG to Magic Mike XXL and he took me to Zappa Plays Zappa because that’s how this marriage works. We re-dipped our toes in the “buying a house” pool and this time we’re in it to win it. We hiked every major trail in Odell Park, cracked bottles of rosé, and I’ve checked out a half dozen books from the library because I seem to think that at some point I’m going to drop all that other stuff to sit back and read them. Maybe this weekend. Maybe I’ll find a beach.
This summer already seems to be flying by. AG & I have been busy with the heart of wedding season, and then suddenly found ourselves in the process of buying a house (!!!). That’s added about a million more appointments to our schedule (and please cross your fingers that everything goes well!), but we’re still trying to devote time & energy to the summer fun list. We saw several minke whales in Saint Andrews, battled the fog on a visit to the Fundy Trail Parkway, pet sting rays, and discovered a completely new-to-us trail system outside of Woodstock… to say nothing of revisiting the Oktoberfest platter at the Old Bavarian. Mmm.
We still have (at least!) two months of warm weather fun times ahead of us… let the #explorenb adventures continue!