Month in Review: October 2014

Several times in late September and early October I sent messages to friends saying things along the lines of being busy, needing more time, and being unsure that I’d meet self-imposed deadlines before our wedding. They all said the same thing: focus on the now, and put yourself first. Everything else can wait.

In October I was able to share Jason & Angele’s Moncton wedding (a milestone – my 50th!) and the sweet family session with Shasta, Ross, and Archie, plus shoot three portrait sessions and my final two weddings of the summer season (coming in November!), but this blog was quiet because I finally listened to good advice and took three weeks off from editing photos. I’m glad I did.

Aside from constant travel throughout the Maritimes, and celebrating Thanksgiving with my family, much of October was filled with banalities. Fighting with my printer on a daily basis; knitting furiously on every car ride and deep into the evening in an attempt to finish myriad wedding projects, including my bouquet (finally outsourced to my sister 24 hours before our ceremony); emails and meetings with vendors; giving up and getting our place professionally cleaned (Molly Maid! Call ‘em!); seemingly daily shopping expeditions; packing and ferrying boxes to our wedding venue. Amid all that we found time for fun, like a dinner party with friends, our Cape Breton photoshoot, the return of Tuesday night trivia, and wedding-eve mani-pedis.

Then our wedding day. All of of those banalities and frustrations fell away, leaving only the most emotional, wonderful day of my life. I look forward to sharing more about it with you when we have our own wedding photos!

Afterwards? Packing and ferrying boxes… But seriously. Those happy, giddy feelings have stuck around ever since. Every time I look down at my wedding ring, or look into the fridge and see leftover pie and cupcakes, or when I walked into Chapters and found a pillow with an excerpt of one of our readings on it. When I saw graffiti that said “CROTCH POO!” and thought, I’m going to show this to my husband. Even then.



Autumn in the Maritimes

Over the past month, AG and I have driven almost as far as it’s possible to go in the Maritimes: from Edmundston to the Cape Breton Highlands, with detours to Annapolis Royal and northern Maine along the way. Maybe it’s partially due to this most special time in our lives, but the sights and sounds and tastes of the season seemed especially glorious this year.

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Fredericton Family Portraits: Shasta, Ross, and Archie

This little family might be one of the most beloved in Fredericton. It’s pretty easy to love them!

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Moncton Wedding Photography: Jason & Angele

A gloriously warm fall day. Fricot and shepherd’s pie, watched over dutifully by the dog. Nieces on parade. Batman pens and underoos. Stupid pet tricks. Not getting hit by any stray golf balls! Riding in the golf cart. Making the Facebook status change at dinner. “All of Me.

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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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