I arrived. With beer, all kinds of delicious, interesting beer. Their sweet little Bostons met me with vocal furror that can only be associated with wild love and excitement for life…and new visitors. Emma and Robert (Oggie) were skeptical. She giggled and sipped. It was nice. Then we found some light. It was a perfect little session. Oh! Then when all was said and done, the last drips were being sipped Emma and I realized we knew some of the same childhood friends. Good End.
It is clear to me now that winter is the best and only time to make pretty pictures of lovers. Saturday, sunny (snowy) Sundridge was magnificent. Despite the slippery roads, the coolish temperature, boots filled with snow, and a frozen trigger finger – Trevor and Renee’s winter engagement session could not have been anymore delightful. On Saturday afternoon they packed their car and ventured south. I love shooting with clients in my neighbourhood. Not only does my sweet little town have great scenery (and the most beautiful fresh water lake in the world) but I already know all the best spots.
We ate a delicious lunch at Danny’s Justa Pasta, drove ALL over Sundridge, making sure to take secret, only locally known routes to sparkling forest locations. We shot well into sundown on Lake Bernard.
Trevor and Renee, I’m so looking forward to shooting you two again. Cheers to your April wedding in North Bay.
I have waited WAY too long to blog this awesome beach wedding party!
Meet the sweet and soulful couple, Kristin and Jon. They found me by accident, we met when they were oh-so-sick, and it was love at second sight (I think because they may not have remembered our first sicky meeting?). As it turned out we knew a number of mutual Midland peeps and once they found out I was shooting for Jon…”Jonny Main”, they were thrilled. Everyone loves Jon. Not only do Jon and I have a collection of Midland friends in common but his Gram is from Sunny Sundridge, where I live. Finding K and J was meant to be. I just knew it!
This wedding day was nuts, amazing nuts.
Kristin was the most smiley-smiling bride I had ever seen. Ever. And brides are happy people as a rule. No one, however, has been more obviously-expressively-deliriously happy than Ms. Kristin. It was a perfect start (at the Charters Inn) to a Georgian BayWedding day.
It was a wedding at the beach, the family cottage in fact, overlooking the bay with a collection of curious kayaking onlookers. Jon’s dad married them, Jon’s mom toasted them and we all celebrated their union. From the beach, to the bridge, onto the tandem bike and a swinging rope, then deep into the sparking forest we ventured. It was my dream wedding afternoon, not gonna lie. I poked around in bare feet all day. MY DREAM WEDDING!
And then we danced. We danced all night at the brand new Midland Cultural Centre. Everyone danced. Jon and Kristin lead the pack through song after song. I couldn’t believe it, no breaks. Then Kristin drank tequila, her friends drank tequila, and then they all danced some more.
Big fat cheers to Kristin, Jon and their delightful families for celebrating love in the most memorable way I can think of.
Thanks to my invaluable and talented second shooter, Mr. Dave Sloan. Last year, 2012 would not have been the same without you.
I was so flippin’ thrilled to photograph this day for them. I’m not even sure what to tell you. I think by the images you’ll be able to see how passionate I was about this wedding and this beautiful couple. I’ve worked with the Hatleys many times (I shot Michael’s sister’ wedding, 2 of her friends weddings, a colleagues wedding, their families, their neighbours…) and seeing so many familiar faces at Michael and Joël’s Lumina Resort wedding made this day even more spectacular. Instead of me rambling on about this AWESOME day I will leave you with just a few words. LOVED IT!
Glorious dresses. Midnight messes. And everything in between. Your wedding makes me want to do this job forever and ever and ever.
Cheers to you both, sweet Michael and Joël. You both have a very special place in my heart, on the dance floor of my dreams, and now a gigantic place on my blog. See you very, very, very soon for a night of food, drinks, and pretty wedding pictures on the big screen. xoxoxo
A few big fat wedding day “Thank Yous”, Lumina Resort on Lake of Bays – how I love your nostalgic details and low slung ceilings. In Carnations, you crazy florists, you! I’m always thrilled to see you girls at a wedding and shoot your work. All of you INSANE guests who partied well past bedtime, showed me why I love the dance floor so much, and gave me some of the best party pictures I’ve ever shot. And lastly to my super, awesome, always thrilling, never disappointing second shooter, Dave Sloan. Love having him with me and love editing his work. He teaches me something about light every time we shoot together.
Michael, who happens to be a talented designer (FYI she was a contestant on Runway Canada!!!! WHAT! I KNOW, RIGHT!) slipped out the door and into her party dress.Meanwhile back at the ranch Joél was hosting a great party.