AG and I spent this weekend being serious road warriors.

Fredericton to Annapolis Royal, to photograph the wedding of Allison & Jason, our final celebration of the summer/fall wedding season. I’m thankful for all of the incredible opportunities we’ve had this year: places we’ve been, and people we’ve met. The wedding of A&J maybe epitomized our entire approach to weddings when – oops – we won the “how well do you know the couple?” trivia game.

Annapolis Royal to Cape Breton, via Halifax and Pictou. We spent a weird, half-sunny, half-rain-and-blustery day with Cole & Jakob, two photographers whose work I greatly admire, but really never imagined having an opportunity to hire. Thanks to my friend Christine that opportunity arrived, and we stood on many a cliff in the Cape Breton Highlands. I’m thankful for these kinds of friends, colleagues, a grand photographic adventure, and for the patience of AG, who heard my travel plans for this weekend and didn’t call me insane even once.

Cape Breton to Fosterville, via Fredericton. Despite an oven mishap, Thanksgiving dinner surrounded by my family as a perfect lake sunset happened in the background. I’m thankful for an abundance of food, for the smiles from my baby niece (somewhat less abundant, she makes you work for it) who delights me endlessly, and for my family, who are ready to be there for us.

Fosterville to home, finally. This week we will put the finishing touches on a months-long process of transition; do those final shopping trips and list checks. Everything else can and will wait, because it’s our turn. Saturday we’re getting married. I’m most thankful for that.

Month in Review: September 2014

Lately I find myself thinking of things in terms of first and lasts, and I just realized that September is the last month of me being unmarried. How about that? We started the month by jetting off to Alberta, which was a wonderful trip, and included my first wedding shot in the west, with Brendan & Amanda! I also shot the Saint John wedding of Kady & Seth and Pictou Lodge party celebrating Ceilidh & Rory, and shared Catherine & Marc’s Magnetic Hill Winery festivities. September also saw a major milestone as I photographed my 50th wedding with Angele & Jason, which I’ll be sharing soon. Amid all that wedding travel and wonderfulness, a few engagement shoots at home seem like the cream on top, so check out Melissa & Nick and Megan & Steve for the pretty. Also, since I think I failed to mention this before, Robyn & Ross’s early summer wedding and Amanda & Tony’s not-an-engagement shoot were both recently featured on Styled in Lace!

For the second month in a row, I didn’t manage to make a single personal post all month. In between the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival and FREX, there were meetings with our own wedding vendors (plus a wedding shower thanks to AG’s coworkers!); surprising gifts arriving in the mail; a day spent driving luxuriously home via the Sunrise Trail (sheep!); visits with our nieces, who are endlessly delightful; scanning piles of childhood photos that had been lost to my memory; attending a friend’s first gallery exhibition (check it out at Fredericton Public Library!); a provincial election to get excited about; and AG and I celebrated our 7th anniversary. It may be the last time we celebrate this day in late September, because a bigger, better occasion to celebrate is coming soon.

Bring on October. Let’s get married.



Summer Fun, Revisited

I… what? Summer happened, I know this to be true because I have photos dated 2014 in which the grass is green and so on. Yet it flew by, and part of me wants to claw it back. We had 31 items on our official list of summer super fun times, and actually accomplished a third of those things. Now some of those things we did again and again (like coo over our new niece), and some of those things got thwarted by weather (getting rained out of our only opportunities to catch Hamlet and an Under the Stars flick), and a few things that came up despite not being on the list (driving the Sunrise Trail, catching a FIFA game in Moncton,  one magical weekend where I spent two days in a row with friends), not to mention wedding planning, but still. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my summer, so much as I feel like I didn’t really stop to appreciate it, and if there’s a single lesson I learn again and again, it’s the importance of taking time to prioritize our lives, our interests, and our friends and family. The importance of simply getting outside, away from the computer, to let the sun shine on my face. We have a serious lead on next year’s list.

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Postcards from Alberta

From Calgary to Lake Louise and back again. Tooling around Banff and doing an unplanned 10k hike to a tea house, where we drank café mochas and sat close to the clouds. Snooping around the Chateau Lake Louise. Getting completely run over by chipmunks. Doing laps around the airport trying to figure out where to gas up the rental car. Up to Drumheller to see the hoodoos and the dinosaur bones, pit stop for buffalo burgers & beer in an old saloon, then on to Edmonton for more food, fun, and of course, a wedding. A great trip that went by too quickly!

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Pictou Lodge Wedding Photography: Ceilidh & Rory

Kicking the day off with “The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac.” Blustery winds coming in over the harbour. The flower girl who practiced her technique all morning and then, in the moment, simply upturned her basket of petals into a pile on the aisle. ALL the happy crying. Mid-afternoon barbecued sausage. X-rings everywhere you looked. A proper Cape Breton “square set.” The lovely sound of Inuktitut floating through the background. Two people who are very happy to be married. “Thank You.”

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Killarney Lake Engagement Photography: Megan & Steve

Dreamy light, a fun-loving couple, and a canoe that remained upright at all times. Engagement session perfection.

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Fredericton Engagement Portraits: Melissa & Nick

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. :)

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Edmonton Wedding Photography: Amanda & Brendan

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.”

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Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club Wedding: Kady & Seth

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…

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Magnetic Hill Winery Wedding: Catherine & Marc

“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.”

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