wedding photography

2015 revisited

My tongue is tied in knots and my heart swells thinking about all the events and people and moments and love and news that were packed into this year. Full. That's the word. Yes! Full! Oh so very full.

We started this year much like we started the last: unsure of where our feet would land, or if we'd land on our feet at all. But we sure as heck did. Transition and uncertainty do not look good on me, but I put trust in knowing that we were pointed in the right direction and that no matter what I at least had good company.

This was the year we put our roots down. Firmly. We bought a house in the heart of the valley. Our windows look up at the cliff we climb, our friends are our neighbours, and we are a stones throw from the river we paddle. Our grass feels good tucked between my toes.
We also wrapped our roots firmly around each other with a little decision. Right after sending his rock climbing project, Joel proposed on top of Old Baldy overlooking our new home and what else could I do but cry my eyes out, giggle a lot and say yes a thousand times. I now have an intimate understanding of the ins and outs of wedding planning and what being engaged looks like. For me it looks like a lot of spontaneous happy tears and a lot more dancing.

I immersed myself in the photography community and became friends with some of the most creative and colourful people I have ever met. People who encouraged, taught and inspired me. People who pushed me just that extra little bit harder to take the plunge into the full time photography world. A year or two before I expected to... I'm here, and truly, madly, and completely in love. It hasn't been without it's bumps, bruises or question marks. I'm still trying to navigate the balancing act of work, life and love. But I'll get there. Fortunately, Joel has started sharing his talent with me, so I get to combine work, life and love whenever he second shoots with me. 

This year has been so incredibly lucky for meeting new people and furthering friendships through this job of mine. People who have made a profound difference on my life. Etched themselves onto my heart. Clients, photographers, vendors, guests, family; total strangers who instantely become lifelong friends. I am so overwhelmed with love for you. For trusting me. For welcoming me into your lives as part of the family. For being silly will me. For adventuring with me. For believing in me.

And yes... I'm definitely crying.
Thank you. I love you.
Here's to more growth, more friendships, more love, a great big outdoor wedding, a brand new nephew and all of the other little surprises 2016 has in store.

I had the great opportunity of working with some incredible wedding photographers this year and some of these images were shot for them.
Daring Wanderer | Wendy Shepherd Photography | Tara Lilly Photography | 1486 Photography | Kelsey Kubels - Cloud 9 Photography | Carly Mills Photography
A couple of these images were shot by Joel, because I'm proud and he's a permanent part of the team. Betcha can't guess which ones. ;)


DIY backyard wedding near Georgian Bay | Stacie & Justin

This was the wedding that Kimberley built.
Stacie & Justin are two of the most generous and loving souls you'll ever meet. They make my heart swell. They are both staples in our fabulous little community, so it was no surprise that everyone wanted to pitch in to make this memorable for the pair of them.

They set the stage at a friends place down the street. On a hill overlooking the valley, with Old Baldy in the background. An aisle through meadows of wild flowers and surrounded by evergreens. Jonathan spent weeks grooming the land to make it perfect, he helped build tents and tables and benches. We gathered early to set up tables and chairs and decorations. Each one of us had a small task to make sure it all came together. David painted a mural for the backdrop, Stacie's best friend, Cristin, grew the flowers for our bouquets, and picked the rest from the valley, Justin made most of the food himself, Joel made punch, Meredith (of Meredith's Ginger Syrup fame) made delicious beverages, a friend's band played, our neighbour David Marshak played the processional and recessional, Ingrid did the beautiful ceremony and I had the pleasure and honour of standing next to Stacie as she said her vows, as well as capture the day for her. Double duty! I couldn't have done it without Sarah Tacoma as my right hand woman.
It was truly special to be able to show how much you love someone by helping them build the wedding of their dreams. 

Fun fact: I totally crashed their first date by accident. oops! I promise I gave them space once I realized what was up.

Photography: Frances Beatty Photography | Second Shooter: Sarah Tacoma | Caterer: Justin's Oven (groom) & Annie Fisher (friend) | Dress: Paula's Elegant Bride  | Groom's attire:  Moore's | Live Band: Bored of Education | Rentals: 4 Seasons Party Rentals 

3 years of Kevin Costner

3 years ago today, a boy threw rocks at my window. I didn't have a doorbell, you see, and he didn't have a cell phone. We made a bet a year before, and we had to finish it. So, we settled in to watch 12 glorious hours of Kevin Costner movies and eat left over American Thanksgiving.

Today we will take a break from packing up our apartment to pay tribute to the man who brought us together. I bet we'll watch the Bodyguard and eat dumplings, a tribute to the neighbourhood we're leaving.

Happy Kevin Costner Day!