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Yearly Archives: 2009

a great husband + a sweet cake + silly friends = my birthday

Happy Birthday to ME!!!!  Well… it was my birthday on Sunday and my wonderful husband Justin threw me a small party.  He asked me awhile ago: “Do you think I could throw you a party?” “Of course,” I said.  Then an hour later he asked “how many people should I invite?”.  Of course I laughed and told him to do what he wanted.  He’s too funny.

I’m proud to say that he did it all himself with no help from me.  We had such a great time… It had been awhile since I had a party because my birthday is pretty close to Christmas which means most people are either all partied out or busy with other things. Of course all you December babies know how it feels… right?! But this year I think Justin felt bad for me since I’ve been so MIGHTY SICK with this little baby growing inside of me!

Anyway, I had to share a few photos that he took of me, my sweet cake, and some of my silly friends 🙂  ENJOY!

Soooo there’s this woman, Diane, who goes to my church and she makes these amazing cakes.

I don’t think she’s been doing it long…but MAN DOES THIS CAKE ROCK or WHAT?!!!

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Yep, it’s true, I’m 27…

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When most of the people had left… it was pretty late and Justin & Nathan dragged us all to the studio to take some of the silliest photos I’ve ever seen of my friends.

(Here’s hoping they’re still my friends after they see that I’ve posted these 🙂

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Gotta love Value Village!

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Guelph Wedding Photography | Joanne & Sye

Let me introduce you to two beautiful people with two beautiful children: Joanne and Sye.  Joanne contacted me this summer about having some formal portraits done on their wedding day.  She planned a simple ceremony with a small group of friends and family followed by a small reception.  Nothing extravagant.  Simply perfect.

Having talked to Joanne the day before, I could tell by her voice how excited she was to have some photos taken of her and Sye and of their family.  I’m  always so happy and honoured to be chosen to capture such special, intimate moments between a couple.

I hope you enjoy these memories!!

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Oh my, I couldn’t get enough of their girls

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Now for some mommy and daddy time 🙂

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These two are such lovely people!

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Here’s to many years of happiness for you two and your family!

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Here’s to 5 lucky couples!

Hello lovely blog readers, there’s so much to say about what’s been going on in my life… but that will have to wait for another post because today I’m announcing an early Christmas gift for 5 lucky brides.  I have a few dates left for summer 2010 weddings and thought what a better way to fill up the calendar than to give 15% off of any of my packages for the first 5 brides who want it.

That’s it.  Really… it’s that easy.  If you want to be one of my wedding couples next summer, I’m sending you a little early Christmas gift by giving you 15% off (but only to the first 5 to email me).  Promotion deadline is December 1st. I have only a few select dates still available so contact me soon!

That’s pretty exciting, I’d say.   So if you were sitting on the fence deciding when or if to book… jump right off and send me an email! 🙂

And now….. for some photos.  I had the privilege of doing a very last minute wedding ceremony for a lovely couple this past weekend.  When Afzia from Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination emailed me on Monday desperate for help… I was glad to be available.  I had never been part of a traditional muslim ceremony before, and needless to say I learned a lot about Qayum & CJ’s family and culture in just a few short hours.  Even after the ceremony was over, Qayum’s parents insisted that Justin & I stayed for some (very spicy) indian food 🙂 After every bite, I was looked at for approval “out of 1-10, how would you say you liked it?” asked his father! HA!

Thanks Afzia for the oppurtunity!  Here’s a few of my favourites of the couple:

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CJ was stunning in her pink dress!

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the handsome groom – Qayum

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Before the bride joins the groom at the front of the room, she sits at the back with some of the women.  Then the groom brings her up the aisle.

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I still can’t believe these were taken in the basement of a house.  We managed to get a really dramatic look with the little light we had!

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Congratulations again to you two and your new family!

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Milton Wedding Photography | Ainsley & Matt

Let’s just say that the Greystone Golf Club is a beautiful place to get married on a gorgeous fall day.  Ainsley & Matt actually did extensive research on the perfect time of year for their location.  And what a perfect day it was 🙂

You all know I’m a big fan of SHARP, COLOURFUL photos… and this wedding had a whole of that. The light, colours, landscape, and details made my job really fun that day!  I hope all the best for Ainsley & Matt and in their marriage!  Having spent the day with them and their family… there’s no doubt that they have the support from everyone around them and that’s a great way to start their journey together.

Here’s Ainsley & her sisters looking stunning!

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Minutes before Matt gets to see his bride…

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They decided to have a first look before the ceremony so we could get all of the photos we needed.  I love the photos from this series… LOVE!

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“how do I look?”… Matt’s face says it all!!

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this shot is SOOTC (straight out of the camera).  the colours that come out of my Mark III 1Ds is unreal!

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my favourite

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It’s official!

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After the ceremony we took a few more shots with the gorgeous light and I couldn’t decide which I liked better… so I put them both 🙂

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A few details I really loved from their wedding

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The first dance always gets to me… weird maybe?  but I just love that moment… *sigh*
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Another moment I loved between Ainsley & her dad

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Justin’s shot of the Golf Club as we were leaving…

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Much love to both of your on this new journey as husband & wife!!!!

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Kitchener Portrait Photography | Catherine & Bart

HOLY!  I haven’t blogged in like 2 weeks.  SORRY loyal and lovely blog readers. I definitely had “THE SAD” during those rainy weeks.  I truly wanted to do nothing… (and I kinda did since all my shoots were being cancelled because of the poor weather).  NO sun = depressed Mel.  I love SUN!!!  Thankfully it came out for Catherine & Bart’s session on Wednesday.

Catherine & I go way back… to when she first booked me to do a Christmas family session at her parents house (2 years in a row).  Then I recently photographed her best friends wedding (Melissa & Adam).  She was eager to get her own session in and booked it with us early this summer for September.  She was hoping to potentially hit the water in her wedding dress.  BUT, when the rain started and then the cold…  We scratched that.  Finally, almost a month later, everything fell into place – weather, time, location.  But NO dress this time (just a little too cold).  Maybe next summer?

These two are so fun and great for each other.  I think you’ll agree when you see these photos.  Enjoy!  (ps. Justin’s working on their short film, but I really couldn’t wait to post the photos)!

This not Catherine nor Bart, but their dog Chewy 🙂

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I’m so loving the next few photos

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MY favourite of the bunch… Justin’s shot!!

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The neighbour across the street thought we were breaking in to this building!  Ha!

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Thanks you two for your patience with the weather… I think it was well worth the wait.  You guys look HOT 🙂

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