Allison & Dave Engagement Session ~*Windsor Wedding Photographer*~

I can’t wait to photograph the wedding of these two beautiful people! It was freezing the day we went out to do their engagement session-but these two braved the weather to show me some love.  (Since I was 34 weeks pregnant, I loved the cold weather!)  I don’t know if you could find two more genuinely sweet and kind people- which makes sense why they would both be nurses and work in the medical field. So much compassion.  And bring them together and we have an infinite amount of love towards each other.  Their wedding day is going to be so much fun and so full of family and love. Yippee!

Ashley & Jim Engagement ~*Windsor Wedding Photographer*~

This adorable couple came to me after a dear friend of theirs got them a gift certificate for this session- how sweet is that!? What I got during this session was that Jim seems like a very quiet, reserved sort of man but I think he really is a silly, funny guy….perhaps even a little goofy?! But whatever type of man he is, one thing is for sure, he loves Ashley! You can see it in his smile when he looks at her. Awww.  And Ashley, wow, what a beauty! I can only imagine how she will look on the day of her wedding!  And should they ever have children, I hope they get her sweet dimple! 🙂

Congratulations! Wishing a lifetime of happiness and love to you both! ❤


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Erin & Kyle Engagement ~*Windsor Wedding Photographer*~

Many, many moons ago, Erin and I became cousins through marriage and although the “cousin status” is not longer official, we have always kept in touch with each others lives (oh the magic of social media!).  I have photographed Erin & Kyle’s family on numerous occasions over the last couple years, and their youngest daughters newborn shoot last year.  They are a beautiful family (which I think is a vast understatement).  These two are also huge inspirations to so many around them, both of them helping others gain control of their lives and their health through KPK Fitness.  I see their posts on a regular basis, different exercises that can be done at home, with small children and at the gym.  Their physiques are those to be envied (and trust me, being 18 weeks pregnant, I certainly envy them!).  So I was excited they wanted to include that portion of their lives in their engagement photos.  We had fun at their fitness studio with a series of fun shots between them and with their beautiful daughters.
I am looking forward to shooting their wedding, it’s coming up so quickly!  And I’m also looking forward to having one of my dear and talented photographer friends, Stephanie from Stesha Bella Photography, shoot along side of me!
This wedding is going to be so much fun, I just know it!

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Brandon & Amy Get Engaged ~*Windsor Wedding Photographer*~

This past fall I was happily involved in a surprise engagement! My dear friend Brandon was planning to propose and we talked about doing a ‘family’ shoot with the two of them and their dog during which he would pop the big question.  I don’t know who was more nervous, me or him! The first half of the shoot we spent just shooting some nice couple photos with Harley.  Then off in the seclusion of the little forest, we wrote a little message from Harley to his “mama”.  I still laugh as I recall the sweet expletive that Amy used when he got down on one knee.  Of course, we both were lovingly “yelled at” but the true happiness shined through.  I am so blessed to be part of this and so happy for my friends.   Amy is a very lucky woman, Brandon is the real deal. A real catch.  But getting to know Amy over these years, we know that Brandon is also very lucky. Amy is a beauty, inside and out.  She is his perfect match.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two!

 

 

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Chantale & Russell Get Hitched!

I have known Chantale since we were 5 years old.  We went to the same grade school and high school and many of my memories include her as one of my closest friends.  We were goofy and funny and got into trouble (not much) and did silly things….oh boy! After high school we kind of went our separate ways and our lives ran in different directions.  Then, through the magic of Facebook we reconnected a few years ago and our friendship has returned.

When she contacted me to ask if I wanted to photograph her wedding in Mexico I was ecstatic! Of course I would! Up until this point I had yet to meet her lovely groom so we set up a get together to talk and meet.  Honestly I felt so nervous meeting Rusty! I mean, it’s not everyday I get to meet a radio personality local celebrity!  And he’s just as cool and funny – in fact, he is quite truly the perfect match for Chantale.  His personality is exactly what I would have always pictured for her- a person who compliments her completely.  And after a wonderful meeting I was getting ready to go, all excited and pumped….and then Rusty said those dreaded words that brought me back to earth and never truly left my mind “haha, I hope you do a good job as I wouldn’t want to have to talk about you on the radio”.  He was completely and utterly joking but it put something in my head that had never even crossed my mind: “Oh. My. God. He COULD talk about me on the radio. Omg.Omg.Omg”.  Ack!

When I did their engagement photos, the shoot just solidified my notion that these two were perfect for each other. Per-fect.  I had such a blast (you may remember their session – it was at the farm and awe-some!)

So the big day came and off to Mexico we went! I was super excited to fly in with Chantale’s maid of honour and her husband; who we dubbed my “Mexico husband” for the week.  (And I must say, he was a FANTASTIC Mexico husband, he was super sweet and helpful on the day of the wedding, helping me out, holding my flash when my stand broke and even making sure I wasn’t thirsty during the day).  We even went para-sailing together (I HAD to do something that I could not do back in Canada – and although I screamed like a banshee on the jetski ride out to the boat, in the air, I was pretty calm).

The first 2 days were spent getting to know some of the wedding party & guests, reminiscing with her family and the other friends I knew and enjoying the water.  And perhaps, just once, indulging in the “all-inclusive” aspect of the resort.  (I think we all overindulged just a tad on one or two occasions)

The day of the wedding it was a balmy 39 degrees Celsius at 8AM.  EIGHT IN THE MORNING!  Luckily the ceremony didn’t start until 5pm so it was “still only” 39*C at that time.  BUT it was GORGEOUS !   I’m used to being up at 6am everyday so I was up and out of my hotel room around 7am every morning (why, I have no idea, a room and a king size bed to myself- I should have taken more advantage!).  One would assume that at 7am there would be lots of hustle and bustle around the resort but let me tell you it was SILENT.  And VACANT! There were only a handful of people I saw at that time in the morning- which allowed for some awesome photos of the resort with no people in them!  It also allowed me to write in the sand unbeknownst to Chantale, resulting in photos she “wished she had” but didn’t know I did 🙂

I was with the girls getting ready for the afternoon, enjoying laughs, drinks & fruit.  I headed off to see the boys about 25 minutes before the ceremony was to start….and they were still in their underwear! Oh to be a guy on a wedding day!
Everything about Chantale, her bridesmaids, the day, the decor, the guys….it was all incredible and beautiful.

After the ceremony we had just over an hour to shoot- so off we went.  We had lots of fun, especially when we found the mechanical bull!  Of course we had to jump on and have a little “ride” 🙂

This was one of the most amazing experiences – I had an incredible time and I couldn’t have been happier to see a dear childhood friend say I do to the man of her dreams.  And we all came home with funny stories, wonderful memories…and in Chantale & Rusty’s case; a new shiny ring of love.  Congratulations Chantale & Russell!

 

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Shawn & Melanie Take The Next Step *~E-Session~*

Listening to these two talk, it appears the last 6 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind of crazy.  They contacted me shortly after Shawn popped the question and we booked the session right away.   I have known Shawn through mutual friends for a few years, he has a strong dedication to health and fitness (I think he might be a machine when it comes to working out!) and he has a great way of making people laugh (if you saw the silly faces during our session, you would instantly understand!).    Just a few weeks prior to our session, Shawn was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia.  I know what I thought when I heard it, I can imagine what they were thinking.  With the thought of the what could be to come, procedures, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants, they decided they wanted to have their session done before this potentially started.   And I was only happy to be able to do this with them.  I had yet to meet Melanie, until our session and I almost felt like I was an intruder on their love during the photos!  Their love and affection was intoxicating and refreshing.  Nothing would or could stand in their way.  And although they have yet to officially declare their vows, these two are already living the vow of “in sickness and in health” as they support each other and love each other.
I believe that love is a very powerful healing tool.  Love has the power to make us forget.  Forget that the world can be a scary place.  Forget that life can throw shocking curve balls.  Forget that sometimes we can fall victim to “what ifs” and “should haves”.  Love also has the power to make us remember.  Remember that we have those around us that help us up to be the best that we can be.  Remember that we have those around us that live their lives to be in our company.  Remember that no matter what or how we feel, the feeling of love will overpower all else.
And I can see that love with these two.  I look forward to their wedding and the future.

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Amber & Nick

I was so excited when I was asked to be part of this special day.  Of course, as always, the year flew by and before we knew it the day was upon us.   I felt so at ease and comfortable with this family – and it helped that I knew a great deal of guests too!  The groomsmen had me laughing the entire time, as only some groomsmen can do!  There was even a “saying of the day” which for the guys, seemed to apply to everything.  Then it was off to see Amber just before she left for the ceremony.  When I walked up to Amber’s mother’s house and saw her for the first time, she literally took my breath away.  I couldn’t imagine how Nick, the love of her life and her soon to be husband would feel when he saw her! Such a beautiful group of ladies, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree that’s for sure!  There is a reason why the Canadian Club Hiram Walkers is such a coveted place for a wedding ceremony, it’s just so beautiful!  And we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day.  Shooting weddings (or attending them) is always such a wonderful excitement, seeing the final product from many months, sometimes years of planning, is something I look forward to each time.  I love seeing the diversity between brides and the choices the bride & groom make for their special day.   I love seeing the beauty play out that was their vision.  And Amber & Nick’s wedding was no different.  The reception hall was almost as stunning as the bride!  Another favourite part of mine is listening to speeches.  Honestly, for me, they could run on forever and I wouldn’t get bored.  I love seeing the reaction of the bride and groom, and hearing some wonderful sentiments (and of course, funny recollections from the wedding party as well of their friendships!)
I am so excited for Amber, Nick and Wyatt and this next path their are on.  Congratulations to your beautiful family!!!! xoxo

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