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Some of you may recognize Rachel, however the last time you would have seen her she was on the other side of the lens. Rachel has been working with me since August as my assistant and second photographer, so when Chris proposed, I was thrilled when she asked if Ivanette and I would photograph their wedding. Rachel and Chris are very generous, hard working individuals, and who enjoy the simple things in life. I photographed their engagement session on a cool weekday in October, and have finally been able to edit it! Stay tuned, there are a few more engagement sessions to come!
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It truly was an honor to photograph Kelly and Kevin’s wedding this September. Some may recognize Kelly from their experiences at Sinders Bridal in Carleton Place, which is where Kelly first heard of us, and throughout the years, decided that we were going to be her wedding photographer. Kelly and Kevin had a lovely intimate ceremony at the Mill of Kintail, followed by a simple yet fun reception at the Almonte Agricultural Hall.
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On August 26, Brian and I were absolutely blessed when our first son, Tavis Eirnan, arrived in the world. Almost as if to spite my easy pregnancy, he took almost 36 hours to arrive and although difficult, it was an incredible experience.
Since his arrival just over a month ago, we’ve had the usual ups and downs (mostly in the wee hours of the morning!) but he has taught us so much in so little time. We’ve learned that you can exist on very little sleep, getting ready and out the door takes three times longer than it used to, and that he creates far more laundry than any adult I’ve met! However, I’ve also learned that love at first sight truly does exist, and that the enormity of love you have for a child is almost indescribable.
In planning for Tavis’s newborn photos, we wanted to come up with ideas as unique as he is. As some of you may already know, Brian is a volunteer firefighter in Almonte where we live, and we wanted to reflect the pride we have for both. Grandma Hargreaves also spent many hours creating cute outfits for him before he arrived, and those were important for us to include.
I really hope you enjoy the photos of our precious little man as much as we do, and we’ll try not to flood the blog when we have another shoot!
When Ivanette and I moved to Almonte 4 years ago, one of the first people we were introduced to was Phil. Since then, we have gotten to know Phill, and he’s always been there when we’ve needed a hand. We’ve learned that he is truly one of the kindest, gentlest, most generous men around, and he is a wonderfully dedicated father to boot. We were very happy when Tracy came to hold such a special place in Phill’s life, and one night in mid December when we were in the middle of renovating our new studio, Phil called us up, and was in need of some guidance in setting up his proposal to Tracy. Needless to say, we were both very excited and happy to help.
A few weeks later, we were discussing wedding plans. Tracy and Phill originally wanted May 28th, however we were already booked. It had been decided that we were to photograph their wedding, so they moved their date up to this past Saturday. Yes, May the 14th, the Saturday that sets a rainfall record for the Ottawa Valley! Their wedding was to be held at the amazing Stoneridge Gardens & Nursery in their outdoor gardens, but given the weather, Tracy got in contact with Rental Village, who came through very quickly and got a tent set up so that all of their 265 guests could get out of the rain.
This wedding was truly about friends and family. The choir was made up of co-workers of Tracy’s mother, and the bridal party walked up the aisle to “What a Wonderful World” sung by her students, who practiced for two months in preparation! Tracy and her mom walked up the aisle to “Come away with me” sung by the choir. Tracy’s cake was made by the culinary program at the Secondary School where she works; students signed up to stay after school and bake an amazing cake, enough for all 260 plus guests! John J, a longtime family friend gave grace, before a sumptuous buffet dinner catered by JR’s Restaurant (Ivy’s FAVE!). Tracy and Phill’s has to be one of the most genuine weddings we’ve had the pleasure of photographing, complete with their heartwarming thank you, which noted that the heavy rainfall was a good reminder that their day was about their marriage, and not just the wedding.
Ivanette and I have known Phill almost since the time we moved to Almonte 4 years ago. Phil is the give you his shirt off his back kind of guy who is always around when you need a hand. We were happy for him when we heard about Tracy, and even happier when he called Ivanette one evening asking for a little advice on when the best time to propose would be! We had the opportunity to take their engagement photos at Tracy’s family farm, as it combines her love of the family land, and Phill’s love of 4 wheelers and tractors. We were lucky enough to schedule their session the morning after last week’s snow storm, giving Phil and Tracy a bit of powder to play around in with the 4 wheeler.
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After issues with weather postponed our session with Rebecca and James a few times, we were all anxious to get together, and catch up on life, love, and the details of their upcoming wedding. Brian has known these two for years, and the three of them were classmates back in the day!
Rebecca and James were looking for a rural town setting for their engagement photos, and we thought “where better than Almonte??” Now, I can assure you that we’re biased towards our gorgeous little town, but when you see the photos, I’m sure you’ll see why…
We initially met Karina and Roberto at the Ottawa Wedding Show in March, and it was vendor/client love at first sight! We had an amazing, effortless connection right from the start, and their consultation appointment at our home studio felt more like a visit with old friends! Much of their 2 hour visit was spent learning about their interesting, international love, their respective families, and the gorgeous country of Venezuela, where they grew up and met.
Roberto first came to Ottawa for school years back, and once back in Venezuela with the beautiful Karina, decided to make the adventurous move to Canada a permanent one. In the process, he once again was separated from her for a time while they made all the necessary arrangements for her move. Karina finally made her way to Ottawa…during the winter! The Ottawa International Airport set the scene for their loving reunion, and we all agreed that it was one of the perfect spots for their engagement session.
Also a necessity? Their precious golden retriever, Goldie! Dog people are a special breed of their own, and these two are no exception-they arranged a special doggy flight complete with stopovers, naps, walks, and yummy treats for her from Venezuela so their family would again be complete in Canada! Once we met Goldie, it was pretty apparent she is once awesome pup-despite the 40 degree heat, she sported a big pink bow with pride and even met a few boy dogs at the park, as any hot Latina would!
I know I always rave about how amazing our clients are, but I REALLY REALLY mean it this time Karina and Roberto are two of the friendliest, kindest, truly beautiful people Brian and I have met along this journey, and it is with an immense amount of pride that we can share in their lives and present our images from their session…
The falls at Hog’s Back park reminded Karina and Roberto of a city park in Venezuela, making for another special connection to their new home.
How amazing are those blue shoes?!?!
We LOVED spending the afternoon with Karina and Roberto, and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding in September–in getting some of the details on Sunday, this one is going to knock everyone’s socks off! Now, off to learn some Spanish in preparation…