Jeans, tee & flip flops kinda summer lovin' girl. Complete and total definition of an Aries, extroverted introvert, music industry obsessionist and hopeless romantic. Lover of cathedral veils, kittens, country music and first dances. Sucker for campfires, fireworks and summer carnivals. Never a bad time for a smoothie. Seeker of bright, white, southern elegant weddings in the north. Obsessed with the colour teal and lit airy spaces. Frequenting Urban Barn with this brand new house of mine. You know that girl who keeps every concert ticket, movie stub, polaroid, beach sand, you name it? Yeah, that’s me.. I keep it all because those are the tangible pieces that take me back to the exact moment, letting me relive it over again.
On my days off, you’ll find me curled up on the couch au natural in my sweats and a messy bun, hanging out with oversized teal mug full of tea, my laptop and probably a cat or two. And maybe my husband. That doesn't pull me away from a good cup of favoured coffee either though! Pull up beside me at a red light and you’ll most likely find me singing to T-Swift or Garth Brooks at the top of my lungs. The whole music industry owns me; down to the songwriters and labels, along with that concert adrenaline addiction. You can always guess my mood by the playlist.
Since I was in high school, I knew I wasn't fit for a desk job or fulfilling other people's dreams. Somehow I landed here. I didn't know I could spend every day with couples on their happiest day.
I love having a personal connection with each and every one of my couples in order to serve them best and make them feel the most comfortable! Before all else, THAT is how you get images you love, not just by finding a photographer who does beautiful work. This means not just getting to know you; it's letting you into our lives as well! To me, an 'about page' shouldn't just me about why or how I got started into photography, it's suppose to be about us. You can begin to get to know us and our story here! Let's go all the way back to high school.
Max and I met at 17 playing recreational league hockey. Yup, I played guys' league. We would have met in October but didn't start actively talking until the day I dyed my hair brown ;) The early days were filled with many late nights of Facebook chat after finally scoping each other out online. We went on a skating date January of 2011 and the rest is history. We spent the whole later half of our senior year of high school together, surviving final exams and going to prom, and then starting college at the same time. Definitely wouldn't have gotten through that half as easily without him.
After many years of pushing me to my dreams, I insisted Max get his. For several years, we drove around in this beautiful little white 1987 BMW 325i rag top convertible in the summer sun. Still breaks our hearts that we had to let her go, but we'll get another one day, I just know it.
Two years in, he gave me a promise ring with our birth stones on it, symbolizing then, that we saw this future together eventually. Almost six and a half years in, he asked me to be his wife atop of the beautiful Gatineau Hills on a cliff face overlooking all of Ottawa, after a gorgeous convertible drive. We have always been so blessed that both of our families accepted the other so naturally and support us in everything that we do.
I don't know how I got so lucky as to have him let me hire my dream photographer. Everything I've ever learned in the realm of photography has been through Katelyn James, and I'm honoured to say that I'm a KJ Bride. We drove all of the way to Richmond, VA to have her photograph our engagement session. Prioritize photos, always.
On Saturday, September 22, 2018, I finally married the love of my life after almost 8 years together. Unknowingly at the time, choosing the date of the autumn equinox, it was meant to be; the perfect day of the year for both of us as summer/autumn cusp lovers. We were put through the trials of the day being the weekend of the Ottawa tornadoes. But with the help of all of our family and friends, most people didn't even realize the trials we went through to get the day done perfectly! You can see our wedding story on the blog here!
Frozen fruity drinks of all kinds, but can never go wrong with a smoothie. My fave is a Booster Juice tropical tornado.
Teal everything. Shades of mint gorgeousness. Fell in love with these mugs at the thrift store and had to have them.
There's just something so magical about this spectacular occurrence God put on this earth. Just time to pause, enjoy the moment.
The smell of burning wood, the anticipation of s'mores, and above all else, the warmth! This is my kind of unwind time.
summer campfires & fireworks
bmw convertible cruises with the boy
cruises in my blue civic with music blasting
any chance to put my toes in the sand
any teal finds I can get my hands on
sitting down with a nice cup of tea (introvert problems)
fell into this amazing career at the age of 18
sunsets by the water
summer sun bleached hair (yup, it's natural)
receive our '13 things to do after you get engaged' guide!