Friday, July 24, 2015

a quick but blissful maternity leave


Happy Friday, friends! 

To be perfectly honest, I have no idea how we are here already. It seems like just a few weeks ago I was posting a little personal announcement about how we are expecting a baby girl in the middle of Summer. And now I've shot my last wedding pre-baby and I'm officially starting a mat leave!


Three weeks may seem like a pretty quick maternity leave to some, but it's the nature of this crazy wonderful business :) I have such an amazing lineup of Fall weddings that I can't wait to photograph and share. Everything will die down by the end of October, and that's when it'll really feel like I'm on maternity leave.

There are a few notes I want to leave for anyone who has stumbled across my blog with a question...

IF YOU'D LIKE ME TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR WEDDING:

The answer is, "I'd love to!" 

I have an FAQ website that's set up to answer pretty much any question you have about the wedding booking process, from packages and pricing to tips on what to wear to an engagement session. Please fill out this contact form so that I can get in touch with you when I'm back at my desk. In the meantime, happy wedding planning!  

IF YOU'RE ONE OF MY AMAZING BRIDES FOR THIS FALL:

I know you, oh sweet bride-to-be, and I know you're probably worried about contacting me with questions about wedding stuff when I could be in the middle of a delivery. But I want you to know that you can reach out any time! You have my cell number, feel free to shoot me a text. If I don't reply, maybe I really am having a baby. But if this delivery is anything like my last, I'll be happy to have some text messages to reply to between contractions. 

You're important to me, so please keep me in the loop! <3

Lastly, if you're sitting here thinking, "how can I keep up to date with baby related news?" then allow me to link you to my instagram account, as well as our Family Blog! I'll be updating both fairly regularly as we turn our family of three into a family of four. 

With that being said, Coop and I are headed to the park to soak up the sunshine on this beautiful Friday morning!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

stephie + brian | brockville wedding


She's one of those people with a zest for life that's surely contagious. He's a country boy with a kind and generous heart. They found each other, and knew very quickly that it was a perfect fit. 

Stephie and Brian were married this past Saturday on an incredibly hot but beautiful day in Brockville. Well, we started the day in Athens...I'm pretty sure we hit Brockville at some point, and when it came time for me to GPS my way home, apparently we were in Spencerville. It was a whirlwind of a day and I couldn't be happier to share some of my favourite photos from it. 

S+B...thanks for being so wonderful! You made the heat bearable and even better than that, you made it look easy. Enjoy!







Instead of writing heartfelt cards to her parents, Stephanie had these gorgeous handkerchiefs embroidered with sweet messages.









OFFICIALLY MARRIED! I love that Stephie and Brian chose to mingle with their guests outside the church before driving away in the vintage '69 Impala. All of their guests were so happy to be able to hug the newlyweds right away!


















My favourite photo from the day:






THE CREATIVE TEAM

Hair: Luxe Spa (Ottawa)
Makeup: Spa Jada
Florals: Karen DeJong
Ceremony Venue: Christian Reformed Church
Reception Venue: Roebuck Hall
Photography: Laura Kelly Photography
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Dress Store: Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique Canada
Bride's Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction
Menswear: Tip Top Tailors

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

a punch of colour | styled shoot


This shoot has sat on my heart since probably my second year shooting weddings. I had this vision of brightness, punchy pops of colour, happy people throwing confetti...and I held it there until I thought I was ready to execute it the way I wanted to. I needed the right team on my side, and I needed them to buy into this whole idea of over-the-top vibrance. 

When this shoot finally came together in January, I remember taking a moment to soak it all in. It was magical to me that something I'd been picturing for years had come to life right before my eyes.



All of the decor and decor styling was done by Melissa of Makin' It Lovely. You'll remember the romantic tablescape we worked on together over the winter (and I'm stoked to see that those photos are all over her new website!).




My wonderful friend, Alyssa Beltempo took over control where I needed her most: fashion. She chose our models, their wardrobes, and arranged everything from hair and makeup to the wedding bands they'd wear for the shoot. She's a genius and I wish we could work together every day. 



The next person who requires a major shoutout is Tanya from Presh Floral. It was my first time working with her and I was BLOWN AWAY with her creations. I am crazy excited that she will be doing the florals for some of my upcoming weddings.  










Okay, time to obsess over this INSANE cake by The Cake Whisperer. I mean...does it get any better than this?! Cat is an artist and I consider it a privilege to photograph her work :)







It was such a treat to see these photos featured on Wedding Chicks -- what an amazing blog for a bride-to-be! 



THE CREATIVE TEAM:

Fashion Styling and Coordination by Alyssa Beltempo
Photography by Laura Kelly Photography
Florals by Presh Floral
Decor and Styling by Makin' It Lovely
Dress Designer: Pure Magnolia
Dress Boutique: Luxe Bridal Boutique
Hair by Salon Bliss
Makeup by Ashley Dawn Pro Makeup
Bridal Accessories by Stunning Accessories
Menswear by L'Hexagone
Cake by The Cake Whisperer
Invitation Suite by Alex Perlin Design
Rings by Magpie
Models: Rachel and Matt from Models International Management