Revealed: Devon and Beatrice's first-looks and some teasers from their wedding day while their album is prepared!
First looks always allow a couple to spend more time with each other on wedding day - away from hosting responsibilities and duties that inevitably pull the couple apart on a day when they should be together. Couples are able to relax with each other and calm the nerves before officially walking down the aisle. They're also able to more freely join their guests after their ceremony without having their guests wait long periods of time while photos are being taken. The final decision ultimately rests with the couple, but I'm a fan of first-looks - and, my couples, on the other side, tell me they are thankful for having gone that route.
Adam + Jessie: Married July 21, 2017, A Pop-Up Wedding aT Walter Baker Park, Stewart Park and Code's Mill
Adam and Jessie hadn't planned on getting married this year - they had their sights set on 2018 - but winning ITM's Pop-Up Wedding Celebration at this year's Love Is Proud wedding show moved their date up to the 2017 radar. Their intimate ceremony, held under the gazebo at Walter Baker Park, was complimentary of ITM Events and Julie Keon, Marriage Officiant -- and spoke perfectly to their personal histories, relationship, goals and commitment to each other. We met later at Stewart Park for couples' creatives and rounded off the afternoon with their elegant reception at Code's Mill in Perth. Congratulations, Adam and Jessie: I honestly can't help but smile when I remember your dry sense of humour, the sound of the two of you laughing together and the thought of you both racing around town like madmen in a racy red convertible to make your photos with me. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness! xox
Donna and Norm, Married July 22, 2017, A Backyard Wedding: finding & celebrating each other later in life
Donna and Norm traveled many separate roads in their lifetime until they finally crossed paths later on in life. There's no denying their souls compliment each other - their first-looks say it all. They work hard, laugh hard and dance hard together. Both are avid square dancers; it was no surprise to anyone that Donna would choose to have her dress shortened to accommodate a blue petticoat that would peak out and twirl throughout the day's and evening's dancing. Donna and Norm's yard was transformed into a ceremony and reception site - complete with a DIY arbor and hard wood reception dance floor -- that would comfortably house and entertain their siblings, children, grandchildren, friends and extended family. Their day was sunshine and smiles all-round.
Congratulations, Donna and Norm in finding each other. "Being someone's first love is great, but being their last love is beyond perfect." ~ Unknown
One look at Vickie Dickson, and you know she's doing something right: glowing skin, thick, healthy hair, toned physique, twinkling eyes, vibrant energy ... She's testimony to the life she lives and the health and fitness she teaches and shares with others. Vickie brings Holistic Nutrition, Yoga and doTERRA oils to her personal lifestyle with life-changing results and is willing to share that journey with you as well.
Vickie needed updated headshots and branding images to reflect her core values and the education and services she can bring to others. Her results are as energetic and as vibrant as herself.
More about Vickie Dickson and how she can help you take care of your body so it's a great place to live can be found on www.vickiedickson.com
Taylor was a stunning, classic beauty on her wedding day, reminding me of a Hollywood siren with her dark hair, striking brows, captivating eyes, fair skin, strong jaw and vibrant red lips. (Wade inconspicuously threw in some Star Wars memorabilia for a little whimsy, but nothing could match Taylor's presence on their wedding day.) Taylor and Wade set some time aside for their first looks, privately enjoying each other's company before the arrival of their guests and the start of their riverside ceremony under a gorgeous summer day. Congratulations, Taylor and Wade! Here are a few teasers from your day to enjoy ...
Despite the questionable weather forecast, Taylor and Caz were married under blue skies, with mild temperatures and a cooling breeze - the perfect July wedding.
Taylor was romantically stunning in her custom gown by Norde Bridal, accented with rose-gold accessories. Her bridesmaids were soft and feminine, pretty in pink. Caz made a dashing groom in his classic greys, a perfect complement to Taylor.
Taylor and Caz set the time aside to prioritize their wedding photography, recognizing that their captures would only grow in value over time. Their first-looks by the river - a place that holds special memories for them - was emotion-filled and the perfect start to their time spent together on their wedding day. Caz custom-built a floral swing for Taylor and had the groomsmen install it in their favourite forest location the morning of their wedding. There, Caz secreted Taylor away so she could become a romantic picture of bridal perfection with her handsome groom. A waterfall was the chosen site for their bridal party photo - each member braving slippery ground to make that one capture count.
Anyone concerned about first looks minimizing the impact of a groom's reaction seeing his wife-to-be walk the down the aisle need only look at Caz's face during Taylor's walk to him to know that's not true. There were few dry eyes for everyone as Taylor, on the crook of her mom's arm, made her way to Caz to officially tie the knot. Post-ceremony euphoria pics tend to be the most genuine, happiest captures of the day - and Taylor and Caz did not disappoint as they beamed ear to ear after the exchange of their rings and walk back down the aisle.
Taylor and Caz - thanks for your trust in me to guide you and serve you on your wedding day. I wish you many, many more years of love and happiness on your river and forest. xox
The following are personal favourites from Taylor and Caz's day. Those wishing to view the full gallery can view the video slideshow immediately following the blog post below.
A full gallery of images is available here:
Dark and moody was the inspiration behind this masculine styled shoot / mock elopement. The all-too-"forgotten" groom was pampered and highlighted this time, focusing on HIS rites of wedding day prep. Artisan butters and oils softened the beard his bride would later caress and kiss. A shave with a straight razor and hot towel had him truly groomed and ready to meet his bride. Fine details made our groom smashing from head to toe, right down to his Uptown Sox.
Our contemporary bride chose to wear midnight black - an outfit borrowed from a friend - to complement the secretive arrangements she made with her intended groom. Simple - but stunning - earrings and ring were her only adornments. Her bouquet was unstructured, like her spirit.
They exchanged their vows in the cover of darkness, unseen by passersby. They dined in secret, relishing in the fine details of their table and savouring each other by candlelight and mystery.
Unrealistic? I think not: Sometimes it's fun to zig when others are zagging. ;)
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J E M M A N | photography
Partner Weddings & Events
Richardson Hair Design
2Bu Esthetics & Makeup Artistry
House of Barons
Kings Own Reserve
Stor by Margot
Makin' it Lovely
Simply Steph Ko
Angies Models + Barry
Special thanks to Elise Schmitz for the procurement of the bridal gown
Erin + Dan's wedding was a blend of classic with a little bit of whimsy thrown in. (I personally love that Erin chose to not wear white - opting instead for a Needle and Thread mini-dress that suited Erin's personality to a "T"!) They had a magical day for weather (the classic June wedding!) exchanging their vows amongst the perfectly-timed blooms at Maplehurst Manor. Erin and Dan are refreshingly genuine, down-to-earth and quietly witty (listen carefully; otherwise, you'll miss THE funniest quips!). Erin and Dan, thank-you for your trust in me to serve you. I wish you and your wonderful families a lifetime of blue skies and happiness! xox
What do you get when 1 lady has a vision of helping others and 4 others step up to give their own help? You get a 100 Women Who Care, North Grenville Chapter, Leading Ladies team.
Ashley Vincent had the vision of bringing this effective fundraising concept to North Grenville and Anne Eves Kotlarchuk, Su Ouellette, Dawn Rodger and Diana Leeson Fisher quickly jumped on board to support her efforts.
The concept of 100 Women Who Care is: 100 women + 1 hour meeting @ 4 times per year + $100 quarterly donation each = over $10,000 donated quarterly to the community that they serve. The first chapter was founded in San Francisco, California in 2000 - and the concept is quickly spreading throughout North America.
The North Grenville Chapter has already donated thousands to Community Living North Grenville and the Beth Donovan Hospice. Membership and support are gaining momentum.
So, no stale headshots for these Ladies and their website / social media profiles! There's no stopping the care, warmth, commitment and compassion in these women. These truly are the faces of 100 Women Who Care.
If you'd like more information on the concept or would like to organize a team,
"Like" and follow along on the 100 Women Who Care, North Grenville FACEBOOK PAGE
check out the 100 Women Who Care, North Grenville WEBSITE.
Now, I don't have a team yet. Who's with me?
She said she was shy. He said he didn't like having his photo taken. I said, "Trust me."
Amanda and Jimmy's Toronto engagement session started in their new home where Amanda and Jimmy got comfortable with me and being in front of my camera in familiar surroundings first. We then took to the woods where I could push the envelope a bit more with a gown provided by Arroh & Bow and The Handmade Bride and a coronet from Jewel Feathers. I knew in advance those borrowed items would SING on Amanda in that particular location - and Amanda obliged, at that point feeling a bit more comfortable with me and the process of having her photo taken. By the time we got to the town of Kleinburg, Amanda and Jimmy had eased into their session, full of genuine smiles and laughter, my own heart smiling, sensing these at-first reluctant subjects might have completely relaxed and were truly enjoying themselves too. ;)
Thank-you, Amanda and Jimmy for your trust. I know you approached your session with more than a fair share of nerves - and overcame them. xox
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Although I typically specialize in weddings, I will do the odd in-studio children's session for special clients / repeat clients / clients with whom I have built a special relationship. I have had the honour and privilege of photographing Mackenzie's extended family (grandparents, great-grandparents, cousins), her parents before they were a bride and a groom and Mackenzie herself in the comfort of her own home when Mom and Dad first welcomed her. This little nugget is not a huge fan of the camera (just yet ;) ), but with some patience and determination Mackenzie will eventually give you some of her cutest smiley smiles. Thank-you, Marie and Graham for continuing to share the people who mean the most to you with me over the years. xox
As I type this, I know Taylor is anxiously awaiting the release of these photos, excited to share with friends and family. ;) What a FUN couple! Thank-you, Taylor and Wade for your trust as I put you through the paces of your engagement session. SO looking forward to photographing your wedding this summer! xox
Will YOUR wedding be one of the best? We're on the hunt for awesome couples for 2017 and 2018! Are you in?
Vickie + Trevor: Married December 2, 2016: Party of 12 for The Westin Hotel, Shaw Centre + The Courtyard Restaurant
Vickie + Trevor opted for an off-season (LOVE December!) small, intimate wedding ceremony and reception to officially tie the knot. Including the bride and groom, there were 12 people in attendance as they exchanged their vows, cheered on by their closest family members only. Extended family and friends joined them later to break bread and the bubbly at The Courtyard Restaurant, but they still kept it to a small party of celebrants. Vickie was absolutely elegant and stunning in her Sophia Tolli gown by All That Glitters, her hair and makeup perfection by ShowPony and One Fine Beauty. Step-daughter, Arlie, was angelic in her complimentary gown. Florals by Floral Reef Design provided that perfect pop and accent to Vickie's bridal white. Much thanks to the Shaw Centre for graciously allowing us to use their venue after a flood and unpredicted maintenance thwarted plans at the Westin Hotel -- J.J. and the staff were life-savers. Wishing you a lifetime of health and happiness, Vickie, Trevor and Arlie (+ now Phoebe!)! Thank-you for trusting me with your special day. xox
High school sweethearts, Erin + Dan, wanted to return to the scene of the crime for their engagement session. That was a little easier said than done as their well-loved high school is now closed due to age and disrepair. However, a few phone calls and connections later had us slipping into the empty halls and classrooms, Erin + Dan reminiscing about their days when the building was full of activities, friends and hustle and bustle. Enjoy a few favourites from our walk down memory lane. xox
Angie Peladeau is no stranger to having a book published. In 2012 she taught families how to homestead in her book, How to Homestead: Your Family's Guide to Simple Living and now, in 2016, she's teaching women how to transform their lives in her soon-to-be-released book that continues to take a whole-istic approach to living and earning a living. Angie had a particular vision in mind for her book cover that she wanted to achieve in her headshots and book branding session. Can you guess which image was her favourite? You'll know it when you see it on the shelves. ;) Congratulations, Angie!
After several years together - several years ;) -- Allie and Travis tied the knot on October 22, 2016 at the eQuinelle Golf Club in Kemptville. Not the warmest time of year to be married, truth be told, but Allie and Travis weathered the drop in temperatures on their wedding day extremely well: nurses and iron workers are, hands-down, tough as nails. ;) Enjoy some favourites of our time spent together. Wishing you only the best, Allie and Travis! xox
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It is a privilege and gift to have healthy, devoted grandparents in our lives and in the lives of our children. This fall, the Howell family took me up on my offer to include Grandma and Grandpa in their fall family session, honouring two individuals who unconditionally support their children and grandchildren at home and at a distance. The connections are real, the love, respect and admiration genuine. Thank-you, Howell Family, for allowing me to capture one slice of the family pie that makes up your support network. xox
Easton was just a newborn when I first photographed Lisa, Ken, Emilia and Easton. Since then it has been a yearly tradition for us to get together in the fall to capture the changes and development in this little family. The sessions keep getting funner, the images more amazing as Emilia and Easton play to me with their vibrant personalities and characters. Thank-you, Lisa and Ken, for your continued trust in me to photograph your family. It is an honour. xox
This is what love looks like. Family love, romantic love, love between friends - it doesn't take long to see that Melanie + Jacques are surrounded by it and supported by it. So wonderful to see, feel and capture. Look at the way they look at each other; look at the way they smile in each others' presence; look at the simultaneous expressions of joy reflected on the faces of their friends and family. Every couple and family has its share of obstacles - Melanie and Jacques are no different - but what they have is a genuine affinity for each other, their kin and chosen friends that helps get them through. Thank-you for sharing your special bonds with me, Melanie + Jacques and for trusting me to capture your connections. I wish you much continued health and happiness in your years to come! xox
After having spent some time apart, high-school friends, Danika and Matt, were reunited and realized their future was with one another. On August 27, Danika, Matt and 5year-old Ryden united their little family in an early evening waterfront ceremony at Weddings on the Rideau. Danika was sweet and romantic in her custom-made Maureen Patricia gown by The Handmade Bride. Danika's 15 bridesmaids - each in a unique gown of their choice - spent the morning with her in the venue's bridal cabin, helping Danika get ready, all the while sharing memories and laughter of their years growing up. Matt shared as many laughs with his groomsmen in the Kemptville Suites, squashing any nerves that really didn't even seem to exist. There is no mistaking there is a loyal band of long-held, dear friends behind this couple. Danika and Matt chose to see each other for a private first look -- witness the emotion and happiness on both their faces and how it DIDN'T take away from Matt's reaction seeing his bride later walk down the aisle! They then spent some quality time together for their portraits before uniting with family and friends for their Weddings on the Rideau waterfront ceremony. An informal late-evening reception followed with drinks and appetizers where Danika and Matt could casually mingle with their guests and celebrants. It was a laid-back, calm day for all. Thank-you, Danika and Matt, for placing your trust in me to capture the beauty and intimacy of your day! xox
It's that time of year: the weather starts to get cooler, the kids - big and little - are going off to school or work and thoughts begin to turn inward to getting the family back together again. The Boivins said enough is enough and put time aside in their busy schedules to "get the kids together" for photos outside of weddings or special events. The "kids" showed up at the family homestead, shared a few laughs, humoured me with my antics and mom and dad - both senior and junior ;) - now have a few keepsakes of their growing family. Thank-you, Boivin Family, for allowing me to capture your family circa 2016. xox
Wedding day rain can sometimes dampen spirits, but not for Sarah and Joe. Plans had to change on a dime based on whatever was happening outside the window, but they, along with their friends, families and bridal party, accommodated with grace, humour and never-faltering patience. At times, individuals were literally soaked, but the smiles and energy did not break - in fact, the weather seemed to only UP-lift spirits! All just seemed to give in and roll with whatever Mother Nature was delivering that moment. Sarah looked breathtaking - coming and going (that BACK!). For having planned their wedding from afar in Nova Scotia, everything seemed to come together beautifully. A lovely, heartfelt ceremony was held at Willowstone Church, followed by portraits at Willowstone Gardens. (Much thanks to Victoria and David Hutton for clearing their barn at the last minute so we could take refuge - and carry on with creative portraits at the same time.) An intimate reception was held at Weddings on the Rideau -- Kemptville's newest wedding venue -- where guests were sheltered from the rain in the glass atrium, but still dined and danced under the stars. Sarah, Joe, your friends and families: It was an absolute treat to work with all of you on a day that would have disheartened many a bride and groom. The love, support and regard you have for one another is at once tangible and inspirational. Much thanks for the support you also extended me on this wet day so that I could best serve Sarah and Joe. Hugs to all! xox
This lady threw vanity and caution to the wind, supplied a second large canopy umbrella and helped shelter my gear from the pouring rain so that we could execute photos outdoors -- and then followed me and my assistant around as we ran from location to location. Never underestimate a mother's love.
She wasn't the only one to throw caution to the wind. ;)
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