Friday, October 20, 2017

meghan + shaun | billings estate museum engagement photographer

I had tears in my eyes when I found out she was engaged, and I'll have tears in my eyes behind the camera as the events of their wedding day unfold. 

Meghan has been a dear friend for the last four years after meeting at my very first book club meeting. We liked each other instantly, probably because we look alike and share a thick layer of sarcasm, a similar sense of humour, and an obsession with Kylie Jenner.  

And part of the reason that her engagement season makes me so emotional is because she so clearly found her other half in Shaun. This guy loves big, laughs big, and is the life of the party. Somehow Meghan shines even brighter when he's around. And for this beautiful, intelligent, amazingly kind human being, I couldn't wish for anything more. 




















And on that, I wish I was drinking fancy champagne and watching the leaves Fall. CHEERS to the weekend, friends!! 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

katelyn + james + amelia | modern fall family photographer

Looking at this little family of three is reminding me how time passes too quickly! It seems like only yesterday I was meeting Katelyn and James and shooting their engagement session at Dow's Lake. And don't even get me started on their wedding, it was a day that changed my entire business!! 

She's one of the original Laura Kelly Brides and will always hold a special place in my heart. These family photos of Katelyn, James, and Amelia are giving me LIFE. Florals, fall colours, an adorable baby girl with a bow on her head, and the prettiest wheat field sunshine -- dig in my friends! 



This little nugget is 5 months and cuter than words!






I meannnnnnn. Favourite. 














The Fall season is coming to a close! I have 2 weddings to go and only a handful of sessions available for November and December. If you've been dreaming of family photos but putting them off for some reason or another, shoot me an email and let's make it happen!! Freeze this moment in time; you'll never regret it!
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

what's new and exciting in the kelly household

July was like my very own Summer camp. Only one wedding (it was a pretty one), and three full weekends off. We cottaged, we celebrated our little darling turning two, and we gave our backyard a makeover

And then August came. And survival mode kicked in. 15 weddings and 8 engagements in 10 weeks. Ohhhhhkay. I'm nearing the end of it now with only 3 more to go before off-season begins. What's striking me the most is how quiet I feel like I've been about my own life, what with being so busy sharing a hundred million photos of the gorgeous weddings and engagements I've been lucky enough to work on.  

So now that we're down to those final few, I thought I'd fill you in on what's new and exciting over in the Kelly household...


And I think the perfect place to start is by saying that I SAW, CREEPED, and MET Big Brother Canada Season 4 winner Phil Paquette. No big deal. I'm not obsessed with Big Brother or anything. I didn't go up to the girl who was with him at Le Nordik and try to befriend her organically while he was getting a fresh towel. OH WAIT. I did. 

And then she was a total bro and waded over to Brittany and I with a Mai Tai and Phil followed. She told us he doesn't really like to talk about BB or be fussed over by fans. So we played it cool. And by that I mean I avoided direct eye contact at every opportunity. And to answer your next questions, no we didn't get a picture, and yes, I'm disappointed to have met him wearing a bathing suit and no makeup. 


NEXT: Ryan and I are minimalists. 


We jumped on the wagon after watching the Minimalism documentary on Netflix one Sunday afternoon while the babies napped. We were instantly hooked, dying to declutter every square inch of our home. 

The hardest thing for us about the process was deciding where exactly to start. I hear this is a common thing, actually! We ultimately decided to devour our nightstands, closets, wardrobes, and the bathroom cupboards first. Slowly but surely we've been moving through the entire house and it's a very cleansing experience in more ways than one! 

Here's something that's not entirely aligned with minimalism, but I'd be lying if I kept it from you. I want a Marrakesh Pouf. There, I said it. 


Something about it makes my insides feel good. Is it wrong to want something so random? I dream of a living room that's perfectly fit for one...


I digress. 

Speaking of documentaries, we also watched "That Sugar Film" and we're really trying to cut out sugar in every way that we can. This lead to some pretty fun adventures in testing Pure Stevia... Apparently a dab will do ya. If I close my eyes I can still feel the sweetness in my brain from a test that went horribly, horribly wrong.

This was a test that went really right though...  


Switching gears a little bit, I was pretty excited to announce that I'm sold out for the 2018 wedding season! That has never happened a full year in advance until now!  I'm still able to add some engagement sessions, some mid-week elopements or civil ceremonies, and a handful of family sessions here and there. Oh and of course some small business shoots for my fellow boss ladies!  


2017 marks 5 years that Ryan and I will be married. How did that happen?! At the same time though, we did do a lot in those 5 years. A new house, a few new jobs, and 2 little bubbas. It's been real and I can't wait for the next 5! We will be celebrating on the beach in Cancun this November :)

Travelling is part of our minimalism journey too; the concept of collecting moments and not things. We are chasing family walks and time with friends over wainscoting and pimped out cars. New sights and meaningful memories over bags of new clothes and office toys. 


Some would say that marriage is about give and take. Ry and I are living this concept when it comes to our TV habits. I'm re-watching Game of Thrones from the beginning with him and listening to the BingeMode podcasts after each episode, and he's promised to watch Celebrity Big Brother in the new year. 

I think I got the better deal. I can't WAIT to talk about BB with him!! He hasn't watched since Season 2. And as you know, things are totally different now. I've also somehow managed my closest group of girlfriends to watch Season 1 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I don't know how I scored this, but I'm not questioning it. 

Much like the BingeMode podcasts (which, if you haven't listened to them, I'd personally recommend!!), I'll end this post with a lightning round of final thoughts. 

ONE: The new Kijiji App is awesome. I've been selling stuff like crazy these days.

TWO: Prince Edward County Girls Trip 2018 is already on the calendar and we've snagged a room at The June Motel! They've sold out quick, we all feel very blessed to have our reservation secured!


THREE: Here's Coop and Jilly lately. 


FOUR: One of my shoots from earlier this Summer will be featured on Style Me Pretty Living! More on that later... :)

FIVE: I used to not like Halloween, probably because my birthday was the next day and I didn't like wearing a Halloween costume at my own party. But now as a Mama I have a new appreciation for the excitement of this time of year. My little ones LOVE pumpkins, candy, costumes, and any reason to stay up late like Mom and Dad. 

SIX: 60% off sale at Michaels on Fall decor. You're welcome. 


SEVEN: A post like this takes abouttttt 3 hours to make. No wonder I don't find myself doing this during the busiest part of the year!!

Well, friend, that about sums it up. If you made it through this beast then you and I are officially caught up. Next time we go out for wine it'll be all about you and I'll just listen. LOVE YA!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

meagan + devan | code's mill on the park wedding in perth

#AboutTimeDufrenes.

That about sums up the wedding of Meagan and Devan. A loooong time coming, and worth the wait. I have a special place in my heart for couples who met in high school, and obviously there's an extra gold star if they choose me to capture and document their beautiful wedding day! 

Meagan & Devan, I hope this sneak peek into your Fall wedding at Code's Mill on the Park finds you while you're toasting a beer and backpacking through some romantic castle in Scotland. Your honeymoon is obviously a dream, but I hope you're still basking in the amazing day that was September 30th. 


There's a first for everything and in this case, the first time a bride and groom have shared the same house for their preparations. The White House Inn is right across the street from Code's Mill and offers two separate suites where there's almost no chance of them running into each other. With the help of the wedding party guarding each other's moves, this went off without a hitch. 


There really aren't enough long sleeve dresses in my life these days... 











Sarah Walsh everything <3













There's something so charming about this next photo. I don't know what it is, but if you told me it was taken in the 70s I would believe it. Timeless wedding perfection. 















Much to be thankful for, and many bottles of champagne to be popped. 





















One of my favourite details from this occasion: table numbers that were matched with a paragraph or two about the things they did, places they went, and friends they made in that very year. 








Spotted a 2018 couple that y'all have yet to meet. Kaylie & Pearson will be showing up on the blog soon enough after their Fall engagement photos <3 





Meagan & Devan -- You guys are the best. You were the most easy-going, lovely couple that I could dream of having on my calendar. Thank you for choosing me to capture your rustic-chic wedding in the quaint little town of Perth. I hope you're enjoying the heck out of your European honeymoon and I wish you a truly wonderful life together from here on out. All my love!


THE CREATIVE TEAM:

Event Coordination: Bluebird Weddings
Second Shot by: iDream Studios
Makeup: Parkside Spa
Bride's Dress: Anais Anette from Norde Bridal
Accessories: Sarah Walsh Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Signage: The Crooked Shed 
Cakes: Thimble Cakes