My best friend got married this year. And I can’t even explain how excited I am that I was the one to capture it.

I first met Ben over a decade ago when I was working as a Registered Veterinary Technician and he began to bring his dogs to my clinic.  I can vividly remember when I first met him as I thought to myself “this guy is such a stressed dog owner, I hope he never has children or he might have a heart attack!” 😉

Throughout the years I watched his life change and grow, eventually having 3 beautiful children of his own.  (and gasp, TWINS! how did do it!) He was the most incredible dad, both dog dad and child dad.  Our friendship grew, our banter and laughter was the number one aspect of our friendship.  When I left the clinic I was at, he trusted me so much that he chose to come to my new clinic with his pets.  And our friendship grew.  We both supported each other when our lives were turned upside down and “crumbled” around us (albeit at different times, not together).   And when he began to tell me about Robin, I knew this was it.  I knew she was “the one”.  He lit up when he spoke about her.  He had a completely different feeling and vibe to him.   He took with her, her 2 beautiful children and together they began to raise their 5 amazing children.  (who are all within 4 years of each other, so you can imagine how busy that house is!)

I can still remember my reaction when he proposed to Robin.  My excitement and happiness was through the roof.  And Robin is a kick ass woman.  Like truly amazing.  It takes a special woman to add three more children to her crew, and take on Ben! She truly is a special woman.  And she accepted me, our friendship and became my friend as well.  She, along with Ben, have been there for me, supporting me, guiding me, giving me advice through some of the hardest times of my life.  In so many walks of life, a friendship between a man and a woman aren’t always accepted.  It takes a very special, incredible person to accept, understand and support their significant other and the friendship they have with someone of the opposite sex.  No question.  And while my best friend found the love of his life, I found a new friend, one who can understand a truly incredible friendship.  (And of course, we bond over making fun of Ben on occasion, especially when he’s being so emotional) 😉

The day of the wedding was full of love and excitement.  I can say I have not attended a wedding that had more love, and true happiness from EVERY SINGLE PERSON.  You could feel the excitement and love.  Even looking through the images as I edited, you could feel it again.  The kids were beyond adorable. BEYOND.  And in one of the most heart touching moments, all five children signed their signature on their mom and dad’s marriage certificate, creating the most beautifully ‘decorated’ certificate we had ever seen.

There were tears all day (mostly from Ben), tears of extreme happiness, love and gratitude, especially when people began to discuss what an incredible dad he is (gets him every time!)  Thank you Ben & Robin for allowing me to be part of this amazing day; I love you both!

Shout out to my friend Dana, with Dana Marie Photography for second shooting along side me for the day! ❤

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Julia & Eddie ~*First Wedding Anniversary*~

I was so excited when Julia first contacted me. She told me that her and her husband (who are from the USA) were planning on a first anniversary trip to Windsor for a little getaway and asked if I was interested in doing a shoot with them.  She and I couldn’t have been more on the same wavelength if we tried! I brought items, she brought items and they worked perfectly together! She said it was exactly as she envisioned (which is music to a photographers ears).  They cut part of their cake, using their cake stand made with love for them and brought along some wedding photos. She told me how she has photos all over their place as well as makes books for everything. This is so nice as so many of us (myself included) forget to do this.  It was even more of a compliment when she said if they ever have a baby they will travel over for their newborn session!

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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!

Cam & Katie ~*Windsor Wedding Photographer*~

I am greatly looking forward to photographing this wedding next year! It will be my first wedding coming off my maternity leave in the new year and after spending some more time with this two; it’s going to be so much fun!  We laughed and talked the whole time….lots and lots of laughing and giggling.  Both of them were so adorable; I know nerves set in and it can feel awkward having your photo taken (I feel it every time we have our own photos taken!) but these two rolled with everything I asked and giggled and laughed the whole way.  I can tell their wedding is going to be full of love and fun; and I bet some major side hurting laughs!

“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.”
W.H. Auden

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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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Matt & Mandy’s Engagement Session ~*Windsor Wedding Photographer*~

I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this beautiful family’s present & future.  Considering I’ve been friends with this beautiful mother and bride to be for 10 years! (and such a small world that I have known dad for even longer!).  I’ve watched her grow from a teenager into a confident, beautiful, wonderful woman, mother and now soon to be wife! Their beautiful daughter is probably one of the most adorable children you could ever have a full conversation with (and she wasn’t even 3 when we did this shoot!). Seriously, the stuff she comes up with!  I am so excited and can’t wait to photograph their big day!

 

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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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Happy 50th Anniversary! ~*Windsor Family Photographer*~

As some of you know, I have a very large family.  My mother is from a family of 12!  My mom is #11 of the 12.  Recently her older sister Charlotte and her husband Tom celebrated an amazing 50 years together.  What an incredible feat.  Against what some may see as many life obstacles, for a couple to continue to love and remain together for 5 decades, what wisdom we could learn!  And from this beautiful union came 4 children. And from these 4 children came 10 beautiful grandchildren.  Wow.   I spent Thanksgiving morning photographing this part of my family.   We held the session at their home, with their farmland and beautiful red barn.  I can remember visiting this home as a child and always loving that red barn.  And even though the weather as of late has been a little warm, it was c-o-l-d that day!  Phew! Congratulations and Happy anniversary! xo

 

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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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