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Ok, so maybe winter is almost over. Maybe as of today it’s pretty much over. Who cares ’cause winter in Ontario is awesome, puppies are fun, and this couple’s snowy engagement session was a treat to shoot in my back yard. I’m so looking forward to their weekend long wedding in Sudbury at the end of October. Hopefully…maybe…there will be a little less snow…?

Cheers to you, dear Michelle and Frank. You were true troopers. Your dogs were a riot and both J and I enjoyed our afternoon together.

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This was a pure delight. This entire experience from beginning to end.

She called me Sunday afternoon. In fact I was just packing up from a winter engagement session. She asked about wedding photography. I asked about the date. She said “Thursday, this Thursday. In the forest, it’s a bit of hike. We’re eloping.” YES! YES! YES! Pick me! Pick me! And it started, the brainstorming, the calls, the witness, the officiant. Everyone had to be ready in just days and it was long weekend. This bride had 3 days to plan her wedding. Most brides I know have at least 365 to gear up! After countless messages, texts, and people finding I met with them early Thursday morning at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville. We drank coffee and talked about why eloping was important to them (since they’d already been engaged for a year). We talked about how they felt about each other, their families, and their future. Then we talked about photography and art. He is an incredibly talented artist – his medium is glass.

And finally it was time to get married.

We met at the entrance to Hardy Lake Provincial Park in Gravenhurst. A few layers later, some sweet hellos – an “are you ready?”, and snowshoes for the newly weds, it was time. The five of us, the newlyweds, the officiant, the photographer, and the witness (also a photographer), hiked through the woods and across the lake to the most beautiful wind-blown pine  I’ve ever seen. This was the ceremony site, it was where they kissed for the first time as a married couple, where they exchanged their vows, their written promises to each other, and where they enjoyed their first dance (he sang to her). Every second of this chilly adventure was sweet, meaningful, silly, romantic and at times quite hilarious.

Here are a few of the sneakiest frames. These two are back at home and sharing their news slowly.

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I’m very happy to finally be blogging this beautiful forest wedding! I was pretty happy to shoot it too! What a day it was. I met Toni for the first time almost 10 years ago…more! Her and I went to college together, in Ontario. When she contacted me to photograph her wedding (which was this past September 2012) I was thrilled. We met in Ottawa one (maybe two) weekend and talked about all things wedding. The property was beautiful and her vision seemed simply dreamy. You can tell she’s an inspired woman with a lot of love in her heart.

I hope you enjoy this sweet little Sugar Shack – Ottawa Valley Wedding as much as I did. These two were fabulous!

Huge thank you to my friend and colleague Alanna Govenlock of Stollen Still Photography. It was such a great time shooting with her. She’s quite a talent! And of course – Christina O. from The Flower Factory, who did amazing job with the planning and design. Beautiful work, gorgeous team!
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“We did it! We did it! WE DID IT! Yeah, we did it!” Anyone know that tune, let me know… Points to whoever can name it first. My sister excluded.

I am over-the-moon-happy about this session. I am so happy about it for a couple of reasons; we got lucky with weather, blue skies, light, and sunset but beyond all of that Stephanie and I may have convinced Michael that he is NOT in fact, horrible in front of the camera. I’m hoping when he sees this he’ll realize how great he looks in front of the camera. How fantastic his piercing blue eyes are, what a great jaw line he has, that it’s ok to let his guard let his guard down just a little bit and maybe, just maybe let a smile out…a small one. I hope from now until forever Michael, in fact no one, will ever utter these words again “he’s not great in front of the camera…” We did it! We did it! Michael!

Ok, so that’s plenty about his awesome-ness.

This Muskoka Wedding can’t come soon enough. Not true actually, it could come too soon, winter would be too soon. I’m so looking forward to their SPRING wedding at Port Cunnington Lodge. Their details, her dress, the venue (a very favourite of mine), and to top it all off it’s going to be a full day of documenting! I really do love shooting a wedding day from beginning to end.

We had such a ball playing in the snow yesterday. Riely, their sweet Golden had the most fun of course. From his family cottage on Lake of Bays, to the neighbour’s beautiful sparkling pine forest and even Port Cunnington it was a full afternoon. Loved it lots. Got to wear my new shooting pants too!

Cheers to you both. Stephanie, tell Michael he’s awesome. Michael, your bride is flipping stunning! She’s awesome too but not just because she’s pretty. This girl is running a successful business in the heart of the city, in a field that is wickedly competitive. You two should be very proud of yourselves!

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Such a contrast between our first meeting downtown Toronto and their wedding day at his parent’s Fishing Lodge on the Montreal River. It was a mini Destination Wedding (in Northern Ontario) and we loved it so much. For the first time in 2 years my hubby, Jay joined me in shooting a wedding. I knew if I was going to get him working again it better be for something pretty spectacular. Once wee baby Charlie arrived in January of 2011 Jay became a full time-working-stay-at-home-on-weekends dad. A wedding, on an island, in Northern Ontario, at a fishing lodge was just the ticket. It’s always such a pleasure to shoot over an entire weekend.

As I’ve mentioned before, Loni and Ben are sweet, kind and understated. They love being together in the most authentic way-a true friendship and it’s such a joy to experience. Loni is a city girl who’s becoming more and more curious about a northerner’s life and Ben, well…Ben is a diehard Northerner already, who happens to live and work in Toronto. Before I met Ben I was told about his dramatic love of his hometown, nature, wilderness, and the outdoors (if you know my hubby you now know why this was the event for him!). I was not lied to. Some would say I live in the North (Muskoka)…but no, not like this. There is so much more to experience in Northern Ontario and many fewer people. If you’ve been to Haileybury you know about the expansive fresh water lakes, epic fishing (Ben tried to trick Loni and I into fishing all afternoon once, weeks before the wedding), you know all about the massive rock cliffs, the spruce forests and (all along the way) each delicious chip truck!

This wedding day was all about their friendships, their loving families and supportive friends, and most of all their love of one another and the North. Married on an island, sleeping at Fishing Lodge and partying under a red and white circus tent. Such a great weekend!

Cheers to you, Loni and Ben. It was an honour attending and photographing your wedding day.
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