Friday, June 20, 2014

Aoife and Kim: An Engagement session in Old Port

Well, this one is a special one. I recently shot an engagement session with my best friend and her bride to be Kim. I have known Aoife since we started secondary school together but mostly from the school basketball team and French class where I kept Aoife and Marguerite from learning, as the teacher would say. We both went onto the same college (UCC), both playing for the soccer team, we ended up making new friends and eventually all living in the same house. We became pretty inseparable, spending our summers in Boston, playing sports, drinking and well drinking. I am not sure how we all survived that Rhode Island trip and how we are not still lost in Pawtucket. When Aoife eventually settled in the states, I moved to South Korea for a stint. It was the early days of good internet and we only had a stray email here and there for two years. If there's one thing you'll learn about our Eef, it's that she's brutal at keeping in touch. I am sure she will say otherwise. What I do know is this, it doesn't matter if it's been two years or ten, when we see each other again, it feels like it's only been days. We have been through thick and thin together. Heartbreaks and new loves, always keeping in touch and visiting when we can. If I am home, I love calling to Aoife's family, her sisters are amazing and I have some precious memories with them. Now let's meet her other half, maybe I even dare say her better half!

Aoife met Kim a few years ago through friends and I just knew that was the end of Aoife's single days. Kim is small but omg is the girl strong. She would try anything once, I love that about her. She is the perfect host and would do anything for you. I am not sure a puzzle has ever been so perfect. Literally two peas in a pod. Aoife is the kindest person I know, adventurous, patient, funny, artsy, smart and sporty. Kim is all of those things as well, making them a lethal match when it comes to board games, taboo and doubles tennis. When I first saw Aoife with Kim,I saw a light that I hadn't seen in Aoife in a long time. She was sooooooo happy. When I got the call that she was going to propose to Kim in P-town in the middle of winter on a boardwalk, it didn't surprise me one bit. I was so happy for her, for both of them. Kim is amazing. It's hard to make Aoife a better person than she already is but Kim just makes it perfect times two.

I am so excited for both of them and that both of their families get to come together to celebrate and be in each others lives. I knew I was always going to be part of your day Eef, but if you told me ten years ago, I would be photographing your wedding day, I would have laughed in your face.

Thank you guys for trusting me with your day. I cannot wait!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sarah and Lindsay's Wedding

Sarah and Lindsay got married on May 24th at the Jamaican Pavillion on Park Jean Drapeau. For those of you who love F1, we had to drive on the circuit to get to the venue, pretty cool!! We had been on weather watch all day and unfortunately minutes before the ceremony it started to pour. We held our breath and just hoped it would clear off. It did!!! Sarah and Lindsay remained so calm during this time, it was very impressive. Their ceremony took place in a beautiful spot, right under a willow tree while family and friends watched as they read their vows to one another. Lindsay's dad officiated the wedding, Jesse who was also a bridesmaid, sang their entrance song and Lindsay's little sister did a reading. Someone special by the name of Pnut, sadly couldnt make the ceremony but was happily watching from home wearing the perfect bow tie for the occasion. Sarah was wearing a beautiful short white dress and turquoise shoes while Lindsay had a fabulous suit tailored for the special day. Both brides looked absolutely stunning. Their faces were never short of a smile for each other and you could feel the love through out the day.

The ceremony was followed by lawn games and cocktail hour. As people made their way inside for dinner, everyone noticed how much work the brides put into their day. Every place setting was personalized by the girls, with some fun mad libs to do. The centre pieces were flowers made out of maps and candles with mason jars flooded the venue. They also had a fun gifts table with some bunting made also from maps, suitcases for cards and old expo 67 paraphernalia including Grandma Hogan's expo entry passport. Dinner began with some speeches and then the taco station opened up.

The brides had a first dance that involved everyone and instead of cake they had a table full of assorted delicious donuts. Grandma kicked off the photo booth and rumour has it she may have won the air guitar contest as well. She might be the coolest grandma ever.

Sarah and Lindsay, congratulations again and thank you so much for choosing us to be part of your special day.

Make Up: Laurie Jackson

Hair: Danito Villaflor (Helmet Salon)

Venue: Jamaican Pavillion, Montreal

Caterer: Mad Catering

Donuts: Leche Desserts

Music: Their own iPods which was super 90's fun