Melissa and Eduardo met by chance in Florida and when she returned to Canada she could not stop thinking about him. The distance did not prove a deterrent and they continued their relationship, long distance between Florida and New Brunswick.On Saturday, before their family and friends they repeated their vows in a St Stephen wedding, held at Ganong Park.

August 12th was overcast and rain but it did not dampen their spirits! The wedding party was lighthearted and braved the weather and drizzle. Everyone kept checking the weather radar which said there would be breaks here and there and by the end of the day we could see the sun was trying to peak out from the fog! This pretty wedding was a DIY and the hero of the day was the brides mother, even the bridesmaid’s dresses were sewn by her! Eduardo’s family and friends flew in from Florida and Puerto Rico and his best ‘man’ was his best ‘woman’. Before the bride and guests arrived, the best woman and the groom both fussed and made sure that the aisle and decorations were perfect for this important day.

Melissa’s dream was to have her formal pictures taken in St Andrews, the timeline of her day was very tight and she made to sure keep a careful eye on the clock to make it happen. She is incredibly close to her family and every year they have a family gathering at Centennial Park in St Andrews. To her this represented family, love and happiness and she wanted her wedding pictures, with Eduardo, to be in this special place. I am so glad we were able to accommodate her wishes!

Afterwards, we escaped quickly to Water Street and the crowds of tourists shouted their congratulations to the couple. We finished and returned to their reception.

Eduardo and Melissa are so loved by their family and friends and this wedding day was a beautiful celebration and reflection of that love. I am so glad to have been able to be their wedding photographer and to meet both of their families! I wish you all the best!!

 

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“After every storm there is a rainbow of hope” ~ Author unknown

Every family who enters the studio has their own story and some of the stories are marked with struggle. A “Rainbow Baby” is a beautiful way to remember the little ones, whose families loved and hoped for dearly. About 10-20% of known pregnancies may end in miscarriage and often families carry their grief privately. This beautiful wrap is a special addition to the Enchanted Hill prop collection. Reserved for families who have experienced pregnancy loss and would love to have a photograph, from their session of their new baby, while remembering their angels.

Rainbow wrap for newborns born after a loss

 

 

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They didn’t worry about looking at the camera. They headed off every bit of crankiness with running, throwing in the air and cuddles. No one worried about getting their clothes dirty and there was quite a bit of giggling. Family photo sessions shouldn’t be stressful…let’s let kids be kids! Let them run, give them the snuggles they want and crave. Instead let’s capture the connection, the love, the chaos  and your now.

This session was a joy to capture! We wandered through fields, danced and twirled.

Family in St George 45 mins from Saint John, playing in a fieldfamily playfully having fun in a field having their picture takenMother snuggling her toddler son during a family photo session

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Family pictures…does this send a shiver down your spine like it does mine? As a professional I am fairly confident I can get everyone to look at the camera, I can might even be able to coax a smile from the most stubborn toddlers and I can promise I can create something that will thrill grandmas!

Why do *I* dread it? We I have five children…the older two are no trouble. At 11 and 13 they are pretty easy-going, they know enough to not move for the camera, smile and ignore the craziness coming from their youngest sisters. My 8 year old? Well she likes to please, and she will smile so big and so fake it makes me grimace and she will stress about posing ‘just perfect’ and we usually deal with some tears and dramatics. My younger girls are 4 and 3 and WILD…completely crazy, never sit still for 20 seconds. Both are ASD (autistic) and have sensory issues that make sitting for any period of time frustrating for them. I do have bi-annual ‘perfect’ pictures of my brood, and each one was stressful and adored (the art in our home is our children!).

Rosalie was turning 3 and I wanted pictures of her being HER. She is PURE joy! She giggles and laughs and runs and her little smile is worth earning, her comprehension is increasing daily but she doesn’t understand the commands or instructions I give her all of the time.

The evening was warm, the light was GORGEOUS and it was bath time, which should have signalled the Mom and me to start rounding them up to begin the bedtime routine. Instead, I decide quickly on a whim to BREAK ALL OF THE RULES. I quickly yelled for Kathleen to help me find something for the girls to wear (it is summer and they are living in their bathing suits, even if we don’t get wet), I didn’t worry about hair, I made sure the clothes at least didn’t clash, popped them in carseats and headed to my favourite field in St George.

We coated ourselves literally with bug spray and then we PLAYED! We ran and they giggled and they ran some more, then plopped on the blanket. I posed a bit, for the most part I let them be THEM. It was the craziest fastest, wildest session and I broke all of the photography ‘rules’ I typically follow. The goal wasn’t to see 3 smiling perfectly posed little girls but to see the real smiles…the crazy hair, the expression when they are with each other, the LOVE. We were not well prepared and under 10 minutes they were DONE and it was all I needed.

This session gives me all the feels! My heart burst a little when I finally had a chance to edit. I will do my annual fall session with all 5 of my kids and for once I am NOT dreading it, I am throwing the perfection out the window (will still be pulling it out for their annual gift to grandparents!). I love that I captured my Rosalie with her sisters being wild, free and three!

 

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On July 29th, I did not plan on shooting a wedding in St Andrews NB. However, I had the opportunity to head back to Kingsbrae Gardens and Hillside to meet the sweetest family and friends of Sangeetha and Noel! They had a beautiful wedding planned, with all of their loved ones at Kingsbrae Gardens but their wedding photographer from India was unable to make it, last minute. Sangeetha reached out to several photographers, only a few of weeks before the big day and found so many to be booked. The New Brunswick photographer community is quite small and extremely supportive and immediately began reaching out, through their networks, to every photographer. Who was free this day? Who could help this couple out? Sangeetha said they were surprised at how other photographers rallied and were able to give her a list the choose from!

She reached out and called from her home in Ontario and I knew this was going to be a perfect match! She is sweet, down to earth and so laid back! The Tuesday before the wedding we did their engagement session and Saturday arrived before we knew it!

Both had incredible people standing up with the in their weddings parties! The Groomsmen were fun, polite and looking forward to seeing their friend be married to the love of his life. Sangeetha’s sweet bridesmaids kept smiling at her with joy and were so happy she had met someone who made her so happy!

The details that Sangeetha put into her day were lovely! From the beaded shawl for Mass, to the seashell tiara she felt suited the St Andrews by the Sea and the gorgeous veil that she and Noel created themselves!

Thank you Sangeetha and Noel for reaching out and I am so happy I was able to be a part of this amazing day for the both of you and meeting your amazing family and friends!! I am so glad I was able to capture an additional wedding in St Andrews!

A bride and groom who got married in St Andrews by the seaKingsbrae Gardens CafePeople entering a wedding reception at Kingsbrae Gardens

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