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After our session, in the restaurant, I asked Jordan, “So you two have been together since you were 16. When did you KNOW you wanted to marry her?”

With a little smirk, Jordan replies, looking at Tara, “It was the hives.”

THE HIVES? It was truly  a great moment during our afternoon together. I got the whole story. “I LOVE this woman…” Jordan continues to describe his interaction with the hospital staff. At that moment, in that hospital, Jordan repeated that sentence, “I DO love this woman”. That is when Jordan knew that Tara was it for him.

I loved it. We laughed over lunch, chatted about family, and all of the fantastic wedding details Tara is planning (shout out to our common addiction, Etsy.com). No doubt this will be an epic day of love and detail.

Thanks Tara and Jordan (and their chocolate lab Hudson) for a great afternoon. Another wee shout out to Mother Nature, she dusted the GTA with a skiff of snow and a few wisps of cloud in an otherwise blue sky. We actually cancelled our first shoot date because the weather was “too nice”. Ta Da! Some city snow.

Toronto Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Toronto Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Toronto Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Toronto Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Toronto Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Toronto Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Toronto Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Toronto Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Toronto Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Toronto Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Mississauga Wedding Photographer

Toronto Wedding & Engagement Photographer

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Tarron and Francesco are hilarious! Such a riot to photograph…

As so often happens couples wonder what the heck they’re suppose to do in front of the camera. It didn’t take Francesco very long to figure it out. They were fantastic. I’d like to hire him to coach some of my grooms through our sessions. I’m not one for the contrived posed stuff, making these two perfect clients.

We weren’t too sure about the weather, but we ventured to the cottage on Trout Lake in North Bay anyways. We were fine, the lake was great, the island was beautiful, and we even got a few shots in the boat on the way back from the island. Then off to cottage number two on Lake Nipissing. It was all fantastic, even that last bit in the rain. Can’t wait to photograph their North Bay Cottage wedding in June next year.

Have I told you I’m lucky? I’ve been pretty clear with the Universe about what I’m looking for, who I am, and the kind of work I want to produce. She’s delivered. I really love my job, like a lot. All of the lovers we’ve captured over the past year (and the one’s we’ll capture next year) have been perfect. If you’re one of them, I want to say “I love you! I’ve loved working with you, meeting you. I appreciate that you’re playful and kind and very cool, that each of your loves is unique, and that you’re willing to take risks…and giggle through the whole process.”

I feel like I’ve spent the last 48 hours rooting myself for a few upcoming Muskoka weddings (Alex & Nathan, Jon & Charlotte, Lindsey & Jamie, Melissa & Rick-marrying on Saturday, and Pam & Ken-on Sunday). This post in particular I’d like to share with you images of  Lindsey and Jamie who are to be married on August 22, on the beach. They are pretty much awesome. We shot for 4 hours and I was the only one yawning come 2pm (P.S. not out of boredom, oh no…these two have serious stamina!!!). We did it everywhere, so to speak. First the ponies, then the barn, then the field (the first field), then the forest (the first forest), then the gravel pit and the KOMATSU, then another field, then forest at their house, then to train tracks. On top of that they changed for every location.

Just one last thing, the eve prior we spent some time together about to shoot, drinking champagne, dreaming about the wedding, and planning the actual shooting day. It was lovely. Thanks J and L. Here is just a taste of their images, I could keep going…if you’re looking for more take a peek at the slideshow on smugmug.

All of our couples have made my summer! I’m feeling freshly inspired. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Oh, Jon and Charlotte! How I love theeeeeeee…well, I was lucky enough to get in another little Ottawa weekend before summer is over. J & C will be married in Muskoka but will be living in Ottawa full time after the wedding. We had not yet met, which is usually the case pre pre-wedding. Charlotte was painting nails and Jon was waiting patiently went I arrived. We chatted, and planned, and did a little dreaming. When it was time to leave they began packing! I get REALLY excited when couples “pack” for a photoshoot. It means we’re doin’ it up right! Costume changes, posy posing, lovey loving, and location, location, location. I knew we were meant to be when Jon began packing the bag and Charlotte told me how wonderful, creative, and organized he his! We went everywhere, we shot for hours from Capitol Hill, to the Market, and then back along the Canal.

Pre-wedding sessions are so important to me! I can’t stress this enough, getting to shoot with a couple before the wedding teaches each of us so much. I learned that Jon and Charlotte are uber silly and very sweet. They love to play and pose and ham it up a little. It was awesome. They are awesome!

Cheers to J & C and there HUGE wedding party of fun on Sept 26. I anticipate jumping, wading, golfing, laughing, running, and maybe even some boating! Can’t wait. I really love my job. Jon and Charlotte, I had a perfect day!

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Alex and Nathan {almost married}

Can I just say, I am so lucky! This season has been incredible not just because of the weather (it’s rained for every wedding) but because I have the most fabulous brides (and grooms too). Yesterday I met with Alex and Nathan at Port Cunnington Lodge in Dwight. They found out about me early this year from a mutual friend (shout out to C. Poch, also recently engaged and super duper lovey dovey). They all live happily in New Zealand…Alex is Canadian and Nathan is a New Zealander. I’ll try to keep this short because their photos are awesome and my writing is not.

I can’t wait for their wedding! October 3, Muskoka, love, and 200 happy people makes for some incredible wedding photography. So yesterday I met with them. We had never met face to face, only Skype to Skype and Gmail to Gmail. We’ve been in contact so many times before it was like we knew each other already. We walked and talked and planned and waited for the rest of Alex’s fam who all cottage and live locally. After about an hour of dreaming on the dock we found her parents and sister…..aaaaaand the family friend who is doing flowers and decor. Although we were all in relativley close proximity to one another I couldn’t quite see the whole group through bushes. I was warned early in our meeting that the “flower lady” is excitable, like really EXCITABLE! I immediately thought of one of our wedding guest, Janie. There is always one, one fabulous, dramatic, excitable guest. For weeks our friends were asking us about Janie. She is my father’s cousin and a close family friend of my husband. I was well prepared to meet the crazy flower lady. As I was chatting up Alex’s sister Michael, I turn to check out the flower lady…I realized it’s Janie! The flower lady is Janie!!!!!!! My fabulous cousin Janie is doing flowers! We both screamed and got all excited. And begin to giggle about how crazy this whole thing was! JANIE. You’ve met Jane in a recent blog post. I photographed a wedding shower in Brampton, she was there. She’s the one who’s mouth I captured wide open toasting the brides. It was once said about Jane, “you haven’t really had a conversation with Jane until she’s made you cry.” Jane is AWESOME and emotional and sentimental and so kind. It was truly a treat to discover another wonderful connection.

Just one more thing…Alex and Nathan are great. Easy to be with (I think we spent 5 hours together talking and shooting?) and very good looking. Funny too. Nathan was pretty much not into pictures. He hates cheese and described to me many levels of cheese photography. I think mine fell under “cheesey sexy model hot” cheese, at least I’d like to believe it does. Nathan rocked it and even began suggesting placement and composition (maybe he just wanted it to be over?!). In any case I loved the entire day. October 3rd will be FANTASTIC!

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