Robyn and Todd drove from New Brunswick to do their engagement session with me. We had hoped the weather would have cooperate. Clearly Mother Nature did not get the memo as it poured rain through out the whole session! We took shelter in the beautiful woods at Clinton Hills, where their wedding will be held next summer. I will be excited to finally meet them both and I am 100% sure that this will be an amazing wedding to be a part of!
First Look has always been my favorite part of a wedding day. Always. I think I’m as nervous as the bride when the time comes along for the couple to see each other. I want everything to be perfect in that moment. I too get caught up in the moment, my heart races, and I’m screaming with excitement on the inside! I’ve definitely been known to shed a sappy tear or two while photographing. It’s somewhat rare for someone to see this side of me, with the exception of Kim Roach Design who can see it happening probably before it even starts.
A first look is a moment in time that couples’ will always remember. When I meet with couples prior to the wedding, we discuss possible locations, and then do what we have to, to get that location for their wedding day. Privacy is so important in order for this to be pulled off smoothly. Luckily some of my most favorite locations for the first look have been in the most unlikely of places like random roads, fields, and beaches on our beautiful island. Combine our island beauty with a bride and groom getting to see each other for the first time on their wedding day and you have nothing less than magical! See..MAGICAL!!!
I have to props to Sam and Steve for having an amazing wedding party. I know I have said this before but wedding parties are such an important part of a wedding day. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen play important supporting roles to the main characters. It is so important to have people who honestly care that this day should be perfect for their friends. After all, the bride and groom have asked them for a reason. Once Sam and Steve’s beach wedding was over, we headed back to the North Shore Community Center where the most amazing yumminess by James Oja of the The Big Orange Lunchbox and dessert by City View Bakehouse was served. How delightful and yummy was all that local food?
We had set up a photo booth to make sure the fun continued into the evening. As usual, when the photo booth is set up, craziness and laughter ensued into the night. My face always hurts after a photo booth evening. It hurts even more when I go through the photos that happened when I have left the booth for 5 minutes. There always seems to be some surprising photos hidden in the mix. This always cracks me up when I am not expecting to see these photos! #youknowwhoyouare
The sweet little canvas that Sam and Steve are holding in the first few images on the blog, are created by Kim Roach Design. I had her design one for each of my 2013 couples as a special surprise for a keepsake. You can check out the canvas’s as well as other amazingness in her Etsy Shop. Great place to start your Christmas shopping!
Most of you know I love to travel and that traveling the world inspires me. To me, it makes the world and its realities, a smaller place. I’m inspired everywhere I go. I always think to myself, why couldn’t we do that on PEI? Enter the Before I Die PEI wall!
The Before I Die wall is a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. This project was started by Candy Chang on an abandoned house in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved. You can watch her Ted Talk on this initiative here!
So back to travelling. Hannah Bell and I were recently sitting in a little random breakfast/coffee shop in Iceland named the Laundromat. We were on the same trip as a group of other Islanders, and I was glad to have had the chance to get to know such an amazing person.
This Iceland trip stirred up so many visions and I told Hannah some of my ideas and dreams that I had for PEI, including the wall. Hannah was ecstatic and took out her notebook. More often than not, my friends who are “do’ers” all have these magic notebooks that they always carry around. Hannah, Executive Director of the PEI Business Women’s Association, is one of these “do’ers.” I’m thankful for this conversation over coffee and the subsequent ones that followed. Hannah connected with Alana Jankov, the Executive Director at The Guild, and voila. A wall was to be built on the side of the Arts Guild in Charlottetown. Huge shout out to Ferguson Davies for doing the install, as well as Culture Days PEI for some funding to make this vision happen. And as the saying goes, the rest is history!
One weekend, my mother (who did more than her share), father, and nieces spent time building our beloved dream wall. Together we painted, stenciled and worked to make it happen, and along the way had many laughs, and learned a lot about each other as we chatted about life and its meaning. Those are the kind of memories that I will cherish forever! Thanks to Ferguson Davies for installing the board the way I envisioned it to be!
My first entry: Make a difference. I hope that by creating this dream wall, I will have made a difference and started the dream cycle for many other Islanders.
“Thinking about death, clarifies our life” – Candy Chang
Tyler and Allyson met at the University of New Brunswick during their undergrad studies. She was going to Dal next, he was headed to McMasters. Tyler says he knew they had to start going out, regardless of the distance, she was the love of his life. I love when a groom is seriously head over heels for his bride and doesn’t care who knows it!
I cannot wait to be a part of this wedding this weekend. It’s going to be simply amazing.
Photographing Allyson and Tyler was an absolute pleasure. One sweet moment that struck me was when as they laid on the ground for a photo (thank goodness my clients trust me) Allyson said that Tyler is like “the best pillow of life”. Of course I squealed with love when I heard her say this. What an amazing analogy! A cozy place endless in support, rest, comfort and dreams.
Tyler loves to play the guitar. He remembers that there was always music playing in their home. He wrote a song for their wedding (I cannot wait to hear it) and the lyrics will be part of their invitations. Allyson mentioned that Tyler built his own guitar (wow!) and I suspect that their fur baby’s name Gibson is no coincidence.
Tyler loves about Allyson:
-Funny/sarcastic, adventurous, caring, intelligent, beautiful, loves animals
Allyson loves about Tyler:
-His belly laugh, wit and charm, enormous heart, brains and “brawn”, easy going, how he fathers their fur baby, how he makes her feel
Makeup by: Michelle Cudmore Makeup