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Small Town & Big Dreams…{Josh & Laura…Engaged!}

I am a HUGE fan of weddings…ummm…clearly! So, naturally I get excited for each and every one of them as if it’s the first wedding I’ve ever been to. This is because every one of them is different from the next and has something different that I am looking forward to. Now why am I looking forward to Josh and Laura’s big day coming up later this summer? Beautiful resort in Muskoka. Enough said. Laura and Josh are a riot to hang out with as well, so I am sure we will have a blast with them and their family and friends!! Can’t wait!!

Anywho, back to the task at hand! Their engagement session! We met up in Ayr, and given the craziness of the weather, surprisingly, it was a beautiful evening!! A little breezy, but it was warm and the sun did pop out every now and again! We toured around Ayr and found some great spots…some I’d been to before and others are new! It never ceases to amaze me how you can shoot in the same place multiple times and still find new places or new ways to shoot! We did lots of laughing and had lots of fun, so I have no doubt that their wedding will be a GOOD time! Hahaha Even if some HUGE raccoon-sized feral cat jumps out of the bushes while we’re trying to take pictures…yeah it happened.

Enjoy the sneak peek guys and we cannot wait for the adventure to Muskoka later this summer!!

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Slugs & Snails & Puppy-Dog Tails…{Welcome to the World Baby T}

Wow! It’s been a long time since I have gotten to post some itty bitty baby shots!! BUT, I was SUPER excited to be headed back to the Embro area a couple weeks ago…not only would I get to catch up with Jess and see the ever-cute B & T…I also got to meet the newest addition to the fam!!

Meet Trent! What an absolute cutie pie and the spitting image of his big brother!!

One thing I’d forgot about photographing babies is that they RUN THE SHOW! Haha Fortunately for us, Mister Trent was in fairly good humour….not at all a sleepy little newbie, but he was content and taking it all in! And boy were his big brother and sister proud to show him off!

Congratulations Jess, Doug, Brooklyn and Tyson on the arrival of Trent!! I was very honoured to be a part of Trent’s very first photo shoot!

 

Congratulations again guys!!! He is one pretty handsome little dude!

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She can wear high-heels or flannel…{Whitney & Butch…Hitched!!}

We haven’t really had winter all winter…if that makes sense. In all honesty, pretty much the only days with cold temperatures and snowflakes, are the days I have scheduled to take photos!! Whitney and Butch’s big day last weekend was no exception to the rule! There wasn’t a lot of snow, but boy was it cold and WINDY!! When Nicole and I pulled into the lot at the hotel, I moved from my initial parking spot…I was SURE the wind was going to blow my Journey into the van parked in front of me! Yikes! So it was definitely a coat and hairspray kind of day!

BUT, the weather did NOT put a damper on the festivities that were Whitney and Butch’s wedding! Everyone got ready at C Hotel by Carmen’s which I must say is a GORGEOUS new hotel in Hamilton. Given the crappy weather outside, thankfully there was no shortage of great spots around the hotel to take photos!

Bridesmaid/Sister-in-Law/Florist-extraordinaire, Sarah and the crew at McCormick Florist & Gift Shoppe did the flowers and did a wonderful job! And the “Phil Proofing” that was done to the guys’ boutonnieres also held up very well…I believe there is photo evidence that Phil was in fact still wearing his for the grand entrance at the reception! Success!

The ceremony and reception were held next door at Carmen’s Banquet Hall with a chilly trip to Dundurn Castle for some photos between the two. There were some great spots at Dundurn, even with the wind! I definitely give two thumbs up to Butch, Whitney, their wedding party and families for braving the cold!! They kept us in stitches all day and it was one heck of a party!!

Shout out to Nicole, my right-hand woman for the day, who got some fantastic shots as well!! Thanks darling!

Check out some of our favs from the day!

We loved the decor of the hotel! It definitely made a great backdrop for a number shots!

What can I say…these girls had us laughing from the word go! And Whitney’s megawatt smile and laugh are definitely contagious!

Whitney was one lucky bride…not only a florist in the wedding party, but a hair stylist as well!! Martha did a fantastic job making the already beautiful bride look GORGEOUS!!

Nicole took the fantastic ring shot while I was busy with something else! Check out that bling!

Despite some worries about the lingering after effects of the night before’s festivities, the guys were dressed and ready to rock ‘n roll right on time!

The groom was looking quite dapper in his grey suit with his entourage of groomsmen!

There was some great furniture and some incredible up-lighting that the guys had to take advantage of!

The bar upstairs in the hotel became our hangout for the pre-wedding photos!

Not only is she hilarious, but she is STUNNING!!!

Butch’s niece made one SUPER cute little flower girl!! All the girls looked awesome in their purple dresses!

Whitney may be a beautiful bride, but she is also a farm girl with some serious guns!! She’s pretty proud of those pipes! Haha

The bar may or may not have sounded like it was going to break…

Whitney’s dad is a riot. She is the only daughter, so he didn’t pass up one last opportunity to give her some fatherly advice before following it up with an exploding fist bump! Loved it!

It’s official!

What better way to keep warm than to do a bit of jumping! Look at the air some of them got!

Quite the ladies’ man

We loved this porch for two reasons: 1. It is beautiful and 2. it was COMPLETELY out of the wind! Yay!

Last group photo…

I’ve never seen girls in heels move so fast…we said done and they were off like shots to the limo! I guess freezing in a cocktail dress and bare legs in the cold is a serious motivator!

I LOVED the sign that Sarah had made for the newly-weds!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this photo!!

GREAT shot Nicole!!!

Just like the hotel, Carmen’s banquet hall had some seriously awesome lighting!

One last shot that I couldn’t resist sharing…it pretty much sums up the par-tay!!!

Great shot Nicole! I LOVE it! I laugh every time I see it…yes, Reid, I am laughing at your expense! But great photo buddy! Bahaha

Congratulations Butch and Whitney!!! All the best and thanks for including us in your big day!

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland…{Jessica & Matt…Engaged!}

So, it really hasn’t been a very wintery winter this year…however, if you looked through all of my photos from this winter, you would probably call me a liar! There is strong photo evidence to support that we have in fact received a lot of snow. However, those of you flipping through the pics and dreaming of a snowy wonderland should know that it actually only snows on days when I have some sort of photo shoot…seriously!!

My shoot with Jessica and Matt was no exception! In fact, it was a blustery and stormy morning as I headed out to meet up with them at Matt’s family’s farm. Between the wind and the snow, we decided against our original plan of doing the session at the farm and headed down the road to a conservation area that offered a bit of shelter from old man winter!

We ignored our cold fingers and toes and hiked through the snowy trails. Heading back to the car, we discovered that we weren’t the only ones braving the weather. Our fellow nature enthusiast?? A friendly neighbourhood bow-hunter! Eeek! I suppose flourescent orange would have been a better choice of colour for our outfits. Thankfully we finished our session without incident!

We had a great time and actually…Jess tells me that Matt admitted that having his photo taken wasn’t as painful as he had imagined! Yay! Score one for me! I am really looking forward to their hopefully-much-warmer wedding this summer!

Check out some of my favourites from our session!

 

 

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Calling All 2013 Brides-To-Be….

February is the month of love…cinnamon hearts, cupid and all things lovey-dovey! What better way to celebrate the season of love, than to offer a new promotion!

From now until April 1st, I will be offering 10% off all 2013 weddings booked! This applies to all pre-fab and custom packages…after April 1st? No deal:)So, if you are getting hitched and are looking for a photog to capture your day, shoot me an email for more information on the packages and pricing!

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