Monday, February 26, 2018

mary clare + rick | rideau canal engagement session

I first met Mary Clare on the set of a styled shoot wayyyy back in 2011! She was there to provide some really beautiful paper goods including an invitation suite, and we were able to connect just a few months after I had started my business. Since then so much has changed. I've been able to take photos for Mary Clare and her partner Rick, as well as their two lovely children, and she has watched my business grow and change each year :) 

Since day one, Mary Clare had always told me that when the time comes for them to plan a wedding, I'd be the first to know -- and she wasn't kidding! I am so excited for this sweet couple to make become officially husband and wife this Fall. I'll be there to capture it all. Until then, there are hot chocolates and beavertails and a darling Valentines Day engagement session on the Rideau Canal. Congratulations Mary Clare & Rick! 

See you in September! 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

krissy + shayne | dream wedding at riu palace cabo

Their chilly October engagement session was delightful, but I'd much rather be taking Krissy & Shayne's photos in 28 degree weather with the sun on our shoulders and cocktails in hand. Seriously some of my favourite wedding photos EVER appear in this latest blog post, and I'm so excited to finally be able to share them! 

Surrounded by so much love, after 12 years together, two of the kindest people on the planet exchanged vows in paradise and started the next chapter of their love story. It was my great honour to be there to witness it, and celebrate by their sides for the other 6 days of the trip. This is one I'll never ever forget! 

So with much anticipation, Krissy & Shayne's dream wedding in Cabo San Lucas -- enjoy!

On a typical wedding day I get to meet the ladies of the bridal party over a handful of hours together. Being a destination wedding, these girls became my dinner dates, disco dance partners, and poolside companions for a week straight. I adore each one <3

I can't even tell you enough good things about this girl. Krissy is honestly one of the sweetest people I've ever known. 

I wish everyone got a chance to reconnect with the people they went to high school with; the ones you didn't actually get to spend any real time with the first time around. After this incredible experience, I know she is a dear friend for life. 

The girls had silk robes and champagne, the guys had bathing suits and flip cup...

And approximately 5 minutes later, they were suited up and ready for the real events. Not actually, but compared to the ladies who hit the spa at 8am, it seemed like 5 minutes. 

An emotional first look for these two <3 When you wait 12 years to see your other half as a bride, it's bound to be good...!

After the first look, the three of us toured around the resort looking for every beautiful thing we could find. We didn't have to go very far.  

Okay hi. Is it our buddy Shayne or some fancy GQ model though? A photo like this is the reason why I would roll my eyes every time Shayne told me he wasn't photogenic. 

My absolute favourite right here:

Just a few minutes left until the ceremony would begin... I was having too much fun shooting this group and could have easily spent another half hour.

Looks like a pretty perfect day to become Mr. & Mrs. Curley... 

Officially official! This was such a happy moment!

Guests were sent up into the resort for cocktails while Krissy and Shayne made the most of the golden sun dipping behind the Cabo mountains. 

Aaaaaand this was the moment I died and went to heaven. 

When Krissy told me the reception would take place on the beach, I hardly pictured this elaborate setup under a canopy of palm trees and twinkling lights! 

Krissy & Shayne -- I am so grateful for the chance to follow you down to Cabo and check out your favourite place in the world! I can tell you that from here on out, your love will only get stronger now that you can call each other husband and wife. I loved meeting your crew of amazing people and getting to know you both better along the way! LET'S GO BACKKKK!


Hair: Kristie Pilon
Florals: Baja Flowers
Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Bridesmaids Dresses: With Love Bridal
Menswear: Moores
Invitations: Minted
Wedding Decor: Riu Palace
Photography: Laura Kelly Photography