Beckie + Robert’s Beautiful Wedding at The Gibson Centre – Alliston Wedding Photographer

Do you ever have those moments where you just can’t stop smiling? That was me on this past Saturday at Beckie and Rob’s wedding at the Gibson Centre.  Their wedding day was a day that will be cherished in their hearts for years and years to come.  Not only did they have the most beautiful weather, their day was filled with love and smiles throughout.  From the busy moments of getting ready to the most tender first look I’ve ever witnessed, you could feel so much love and happiness.

We started out the day with the bridal parties getting ready at The Nottawasaga Inn and Resort.  This group was the most on-time and chill bridal party I’ve ever walked in on!  The entire bridal party looked so beautiful and handsome!  From there we headed to The Gibson Centre for a First Look between Rob and Beckie in the beautiful boardroom.  There is just so much charm and beauty in this building and it was a great privilege to shoot a wedding there!  Their first look was so incredibly sweet!  I think there were just a few nerves before hand but once they had those moments together the nerves were gone.

The bridal party photos were done at The Museum on the Boyne in Alliston.  It was a just wee bit hot at that point but they were troopers!  Their bridal party was a mixture of family and friends and you could tell they were surrounded by awesome people!  We headed back to The Gibson Centre for the remainder of the day.  The ceremony was simple and sweet and filled with so many blessings of love.  Because we had the opportunity to do all the formal portraits before the ceremony because of the first look, we were able to spend a good chunk of time with just the bride and groom for their portrait time.  These two were so confident and natural during pictures that we rarely had guide them.  We just spent time capturing their interactions.  The expressions and moments captured here are truly genuine!

I love receptions because I feel like I get to be part of something so special.  This is where you truly get to learn who the bride and groom are through the lenses of parents, friends and family.  It’s such a privilege and keeps me smiling behind the camera the whole time!  There were a few moments during the day when I almost teared up (yes us photographers are emotionally invested in the day too!).  But the moment that totally got me was the mother and son and father and daughter dances.  I can see myself one day when my kids are grown and are marrying the love of their lives.  When looking at the immense of love in the eyes of the parents as they are dancing with their son and daughter it brings me right to the love that I have for my kids.  Seriously, gets me every time!  (I may have tears right now just remembering that moment!)

At the end of the evening we snuck Beckie and Rob out of their wedding reception to get a few sunset set shots.  This is hands down one of my favourite moments during a wedding day.  The nerves are completely gone for the bride and groom, they can’t smiling (or touching one another!) and its just them and those moments.  This was the first sunset that they got to watch together as husband and wife!

Congratulations Beckie and Rob!  I wish you so many blessings of love and happiness as you begin the adventure of married life together.  It was truly an honour and privilege to spend the day with you and your loved ones.  Have fun in Hawaii together on your honeymoon!

Thank you as well to Amy of Amy Cheshire Photography for working alongside me for the day! It’s so much more fun to spend the day with another photographer! Some of her incredible images are sprinkled throughout this blog post!

For a full list of vendors they are linked below.

Venue:  The Gibson Centre

Flowers: Flowers by Lady Di

Music: DJ Mastermix

Caterer: Custom Catering Events

Decor: Stunningly Dunn Designs & Decor

Makeup: MBM Makeup by Michelle

Hair:  Studio Hair Design

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I am now taking bookings for 2018 Weddings.  I would love to chat with you if you are in need of a wedding photographer for your wedding!  Please drop me a line here and I look forward to hearing about all the amazing things you have planned for your special day!

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Ashley and John’s At Home Engagement Session – Kitchener Wedding Photographer

A few weeks ago, I was able to spend some time with Ashley and John at their home that they will live in together once they are married for their at home engagement session.  This was my first time shooting an at home engagement session and I’m totally sold on these types of sessions!  There’s just something special about being in the comfort of your own home and in spaces that mean so much to you.  If you are thinking about an in home engagement session, I hope this blog post will help convince you to do one!

I started out capturing some images of them just hanging out on their couch reading the latest Acts of Synod book.  They literally had me smiling the whole time behind the camera!  These two were a blast to hang out with!  In these pictures you can tell they love to have fun together and love making each other smile.  Behind their house is a park where they often have picnics so we headed there as well for a picnic complete with Challah, Gouda cheese and good craft beer!

John and Ashley have such a great story on how they met and rather than me trying to re-tell it, I’m going to open up this blog post so they can share their story with you all!

How did you and Ashley meet?

Ashley and I met, of all places, at synod (the general assembly of the Christian Reformed Church). I was a pastor delegate and Ashley was a young adult representative. We had a mutual friend who brought us together, and hung out almost every night.

Tell me about how your relationship developed?

After synod was over, we continued to stay in touch, texting and talking on the phone, and it quickly became clear that this was developing into more than a friendship. A month after synod, I was on my way to visit my sister in Houston, Texas, and Ashley asked me out. I was very impressed by that, and things moved quickly from there. I asked her if she wanted to get married in October, and got her a ring in December.

What are you most excited about for your wedding?

We will be getting married in August, and are very excited to see our friends and family from all over the world…we have guests coming from Ontario, Michigan, Arkansas, Seattle, California, even as far away as Thailand! Mostly, though, we are excited to begin our life together as a married couple.

Congratulations again Ashely and John on your engagement! I wish you many blessings over the next few weeks leading up to your wedding day!

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If you are in need of capturing some of your life’s important memories, I’d love to chat with you further!  I love being able to hang out with awesome people (just like these two!) and would love to photograph some lasting memories for you and your loved ones.   Drop me a quick email here and I look forward to hearing from you!

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Why You should sneak out of your Wedding Reception – Golden Hour Photography – Alliston Wedding Photographer

I’m sure that when you read the title of this blog post you are wondering what is she talking about?  I think you should sneak out your wedding reception and I’m here to tell you why!  Trust me, its a good reason!barrie wedding photographer, alliston wedding photographer

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If you have invested in a full day of photography coverage, a special bonus I like to encourage all of my couples to consider is photos during golden hour.  What’s golden hour you ask?  It is by far a photographers most favourite light to shoot in!  The light softens and its shadows are less harsh.  It takes on an ethereal, heavenly glow and everything it touches turns to magic.  Being able to photograph subjects in this light always results in gorgeous images!  Golden Hour is the 45 minutes or so of light that happens before sunset. This is the light that makes us photographers giddy with excitement!

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During the summer months golden hour is much later than the fall or winter months.  Oftentimes it falls right smack in the middle of your wedding reception.  I will often ask (or suggest!) that they take advantage of sneaking out of their receptions for 10-15 minutes to capture a few moments together in that golden light.  Not only is it a magical time for photos, it gives you a bit of a breather in the busyness of the day.  This is one of very few quiet moments in your wedding day and I know all my couples have really cherished this time together.  It’s like a breather before heading into celebrate the night away with family and friends.

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Have you thought about doing this for your wedding day? I’d highly encourage you to take advantage of the golden hour light to capture some moments of the two of you together!

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I am currently taking limited wedding bookings for the 2018 season if you think we would be a great fit and would like some more information about my wedding packages, I’d love to hear from you!  Please contact me here and I look forward to getting to know you better and hearing about your love story!

 

Arlene Marston - Great job taking advantage of such beautiful light!

Shawn Moreton - Agreed! I tell my couples this all the time! Great work. Cheers!

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Tuesday’s Truths ~ You Have Value Because You Exist

 

 

“The world that made sense to me was a world of earning and proving, and I was gutting it out just like everyone around me, frantically trying to prove my worth.” ~ Shauna Niequist – Present over Perfect

I have this habit of never finishing a book.  I literally have at least five books on the go right now.   An even worse habit, is that if I cannot find a book that I’ve started reading (meaning I don’t spend more than two minutes looking it!) I’ll simply pick up a book that I haven’t read yet.  This week I ran into that problem.  I picked up Present over Perfect.  Do you ever get the feeling that a book was written specifically meant for you? I get it a lot.  You know that feeling when something happens to you and you get the full body goosebumps?  It’s like little shivers of whoa all over your body.  This book is giving me all the shivers of whoa.   I’m not even more than 50 pages into it!

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The above quote is something I deeply resonate with.  We live in world of measures and benchmarks.  We learn it from young and it continues with us until we are grown.  My kids grab my attention daily by saying, “See what I can do mommy?”  and then another voice will pop up, “I can do it better, watch me!”  I think as kids this is something natural and it’s just part of the make up of who their little beings are.  Kids learn things at  breakneck speeds and so its only natural that they are proud to show off their accomplishments.  As parents, we praise them, we encourage them and we applaud them.  But as parents we should never hinge this praise on proof of their worth.

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As adults we should never hinge our worth on accomplishments and busyness; or as so many in the industry call it- the hustle.  Our value does not come from how tidy our house is, how we we totally rocked a work deadline, crushed a work out for the eighth day in a row or how we threw the best Pinterest birthday party for our kids.  Those are all good things in themselves, but if we are placing our value in accomplishments alone we will continue to feel depleted.

“You have value because you exist, not because of what you do or or what you have done; but simply because you are.” ~ Max Lucado

earl rowe provincial parkI love flowers, I always have.  I worked in the greenhouse industry for a number of years tending roses, gerberas, gardenias, and snap dragons.  It wasn’t always the most exciting job but it was always filled with beautiful colour.  Flowers gives me joy.  An individual flower doesn’t give me joy because its brighter than all the others, it grew the quickest or smells the prettiest.  It simply gives me joy because it just ‘is’.  And think of how much more joyful that flower is when it joins with many other beautiful flowers.

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We bring joy to ourselves and those around us when we give ourselves the permission to be just as we are.  We are beings that have been designed to be imperfect.  We are most likely going to fail at somethings and maybe more than once.  Give yourself grace.  Give yourself the permission to not be perfect.  ‘Perfect’ is over rated my friends.  Joy and beauty is always found in the messiness of life.  We need to allow ourselves and those around us the freedom to live messy, imperfect lives!

Angenise Rawls - Very helpful post! Thank you!

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Rebecca + Nick Engaged – Nottawasaga Inn & Resort Engagement Photos

A few weeks ago, I was able to meet up with Rebecca and Nick at the Nottawasaga Inn and Resort for their engagement photo session.  We had rescheduled from a few weeks earlier when we had that crazy cold, wintery weather!  It was a bit chilly during their session but you can’t tell because Rebecca and Nick were so cozy together!

Rather than me telling their story, I asked Rebecca if she would share a bit of their story on my blog!

Where did you two meet?

Nick and I met October of 2011 up near a small town called Lac La Biche, AB. We were both working in the oil fields and both resided at the same camp. Nick was working out in the fields as a Drill Rig Operator and I was in camp at the front desk and I was that smiling face everyone saw after coming home from a 12 hour shift. There were at least 1,500 people in our camp.  One day Nick decided to come over and talk to me. After that, everyday for almost three months, Nick being his charming self, would come over and chat and would even wait up until my shift was over to play ping pong. He would pull pranks on me almost everyday.

Three months after we met we both knew we wanted to be with each other. We both left the camp life and moved to Calgary together.

How did the proposal happen?

Being from Ontario myself, in September of 2015 we decided it was a perfect time for our family to all move to Ontario. Nick was still working in Calgary so for the longest time he was flying back and forth when he could to visit us. Thanksgiving weekend, not knowing he was coming home, he surprised us all. Thanksgiving day Nick proposed and even had our daughters a part of it. It was beautiful.

What are you most excited about for your wedding?

Nick and I are very excited, grateful and looking forward to all our friends and family who are able to make it especially those who are flying out from the east and west to spend our special day with us.

I’m so excited to have been chosen to be their photographer for their August wedding and to be able to document their special day.  Rebecca and Nick are going to be having their ceremony at Rich Hill United Church in Tottenham, Ontario and will be having their reception at the beautiful Nottawasaga Inn and Resort.

Here are a few of my favourites from our session together.  These two have so much love and fun together and it was evident in our time together.  At the end of the engagement session, we headed inside the Nott and captured some pictures of them playing ping pong together- something that they really enjoy to do!

Congratulations again Rebecca and Nick, I cannot wait for your August wedding!

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