Kat + Chris's Wedding at Yellowbelly in St. John's // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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Chris's dad got a yellow VW Westfalia for just $1000 years ago in a stroke of luck. Eventually, the bus (The Colonel) became Chris's, and it went with him to Ontario where everyone joked that the bus was the love of his life.

That is, until he met Kat. This beautiful soul came along and fit perfectly in the passenger seat. 

Flash forward to a year ago. Recently engaged and having decided to get married in Newfoundland where Chris is from, these cuties stumbled upon me and I am incredibly grateful they did. When Kat told me they had an antique yellow Westfalia they'd be driving down for the wedding, I nearly fell out of my seat because I've wanted this exact bus since I was a little kid (and even have a mini replica of it on my shelf)!

Yesterday, I was completely honoured to finally meet these two. They gave me the biggest bear hugs, and Chris didn't even judge me when I literally went weak in the knees and couldn't speak properly for about half an hour upon seeing the Colonel (it took me about an hour to recover LOL).

They shared a beautiful ceremony with their own vows. They didn't complain about the rain ONCE. We adventured by the sea, just us and the bus, documenting another milestone in their life in the most epic way possible. Everyone cried all night at the reception (especially at her dad's speech, waterworks) and so much love was shared. Kat surprised her new husband with a recording of their first dance song that she sang herself, and they swayed underneath the lights of Yellowbelly. 

Thank you SO much, Kat and Chris. People like you make me love my job. You are both so generous, loving, kindhearted, adventurous souls and when we met I felt like we had been friends for years. Thank you for bringing me along on yours and the bus's most amazing adventure yet.

Love you two so much, maybe even more than your bus ;)

VENDORS

HMUA: Nadia Ali Makeup Artistry

Assistant : Nadia Ali

Venue: Yellowbelly Brewery

Bouquet: All Events

Music: The Musicmen

Katie + Fred's 1920's Wedding at Manuel's River // St. John's Wedding Photographer

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A decade together. The first half as friends, the second half in love. And their whole life ahead.

Katie & Fred's wedding in June was filled with so much amazingness my heart burst! They share a love of vintage, so a 1920's inspired wedding was a no-brainer. From the bride's beaded gown, to the flapper bridesmaid dresses, to the stunning feather centrepieces at the reception, these guys' personality was ALL over their wedding. The best part, though, was a board game cocktail hour to entertain their guests!

Thank you so much, Katie and Fred for your friendship, outgoing spirit, and for always down to be silly! From one crazy cat parent to another, I wish you guys all the happiness in the world.

VENDORS

Second Shooter: Amanda Dinn Photography // Venue: Manuels River

Officiant: Craig Murphy // Music: The MusicMen

Band: Bic & The Ballpoints // Florist: The Floral Boutique

Decorator: Exquisite Events // Sweets: Newfoundland Chocolate Company

Hair/Makeup: Juanita Tobin // Photobooth: Shutterstruck

Travel Diaries : SWEDEN + COPENHAGEN

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In April, I was fortunate enough to travel to Gothenburg, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark with one of my best friends! It was an amazing week of exploring local neighbourhoods, being by the water (you know this Newfoundlander can't stay away for long), and experiencing the local culture.

Usually when I travel, they are definitely TRIPS- a constant go to pack in as many things as I can muster. This time, me and my friend Maggie took it slow like an actual vacation for once, haha! Who else is the kind of traveller like me where you need a vacation from your vacation?

Looking at these photographs takes me back to the cobblestone walkways, vibrant houses, music in the streets, and the bustling yet peaceful vibe of the cities that surrounded us. It wasn't all a perfectly executed experience though, keep scrolling for a few funny stories that only I could get myself into!

I hope you enjoy this look into our adventures and the life that pulses through these cities. Until next time, Sweden and Copenhagen. XOX

And that's the end of this travel story! Thank you so much as always for sharing in this experience with me and reading along. Have a beautiful day and I can't wait to keep sharing weddings & love stories with you here all summer!

xox Maddie

Karen + Steve : MATERNITY // St. John's Newfoundland Photographer

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When I'm not photographing a wedding, I'm often hanging out in cool places documenting other milestones in people's lives! Spent some time with Karen and Steve a few weeks ago to photograph their maternity session at Middle Cove Beach and it was such a fun afternoon! So glad I could chill with these adorable parents-to-be and give them a little break together. 

Having your photographs taken is so much more than just that. It's a chance to get dolled up and feel special, get lifelong memories, and most importantly spend some quality time together.

Can't wait to capture their little one when they arrive earthside! 

Allison & Ray's Rainbow Baby // St. John's Maternity Photographer

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When you have waited and wished so long for something, it almost seems too precious to be true. 

Allison and Ray were blessed with a beautiful rainbow baby last year, but before she made her appearance we had to celebrate with some magical photos. The morning of our session, the sunlight against the snow on Middle Cove Beach was perfect, and it's like the wind knew Allison had this fabulous dress! Everything was gorgeous- just like this Mama.

"A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison." - Kicks Count

Baby Grace is now here with us and she's so cute I could squat the cheeks off her. Here she is in all her glory. ;)

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God, I love my job. 

Until next time! xoxoxo

Maddie

Michelle + Don's Wedding in Quidi Vidi // St. John's Wedding Photographer

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Michelle & Don got married surrounded by their closest family and friends down on the docks of Quidi Vidi where Michelle spent her childhood. It was such a beautiful evening by the water for their I do's, followed by an adventure around the village!

These two are THE MOST adorable, and you can honestly just feel their love coming through when you look at these photos. Capturing their lives for the evening was a total joy!

Special thanks to Todd at Mallard Cottage for the celebratory champagne and for inviting us to hang out in your backyard!

Julia + Gerry's Wedding in Gander // Newfoundland Wedding Photography

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The wind whipped around so fiercely and it rained off and on this wedding day, but it was completely irrelevant as soon as you took one look at Julia and Gerry.

You can tell that these two share their souls; they are entirely dedicated to loving one another and growing in life together. What's even more apparent is the commitment Julia and Gerry have to happiness and to being grateful, which radiates completely over everything they do. 

We had an incredible day exploring Gander, laughing so hard our sides hurt, and taking time to appreciate the magic of life, so much so that every time I look back on these beautiful people it touches my heart to remember all the blessings we counted and the real human connection that was shared. 

Enjoy this glimpse into the story of some of the most caring, kind, resilient people I've ever met. xo

Brian + Shawn's Elopement // St. John's Wedding Photographer

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Brian and Shawn. Decades together, deep friendship & beautiful love, and now husbands.

Spent an afternoon with these joyful souls last fall making it official. Their intimate elopement on the dockside of St. John's brought tears to everyone's eyes, including mine- but that's no shock.

Enjoy this little glimpse into their story. XO 

Signing their marriage document and smiling ear to ear. Love my job so much. 

JEN + CASEY : ENGAGED // St. John's Wedding Photographer

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I am more excited than Stanley from The Office on Pretzel Day!!! 

Jen & Casey are getting married this Saturday so there's no better time to loo back on their engagement session from last fall (and not just because of their adorable kitty)!

These two found each other and just knew it was right. Congratulations J+C, I can't wait to celebrate with you this weekend! xo

BEST OF 2017

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Who's got red hair, glasses, is a crazy cat mom, and was supposed to write this post like, months ago? THIS GIRL!

2017 ended in a flurry and 2018 began with some relaxing and time off so this is WAY overdue, but better late than never! Last year was my best one yet, and I'm so excited to share some of my favourite moments with you.

Looking back at time, it seems to absolutely fly, but the reality is I meet so many people over the course of a year and make many lasting connections.

Due to the sheer volume of faces I am lucky to capture, it's easy to forget about all my favourite little memories that have passed through my lens and into the hands of my clients, which is why reminiscing on all the of natural moments, raw emotion, and real love I got to witness is such an emotional experience.

So, without further ado... Here are my #maddiemillsphotofamily from 2017. Love you all so much.

Baby Olivia // Newfoundland Photographer

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I adore when clients become like family and I'm lucky enough to be invited into their lives with each milestone. The Edwards clan and I have had so many amazing times together, photographing their family, engagement, wedding, and maternity photos, and last year they welcomed their second baby girl into the world! I was so happy to capture one of her first days. Meet Olivia!

 Real life is SO beautiful you guys. It's the interactions and connection between the members of your family which you'll look back on with love and pride once your babes grow. This is why I love to do newborn sessions in your home,  documenting you all just as messy and real as can be (yes, toys in the living room and all!). Doing this for Baby Olivia and the Edwards family was so precious, and I hope you enjoy their story. x

Travel Diaries : SCOTLAND

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TRAVEL DIARIES INSTALMENT II : SCOTLAND

Let me begin this by saying I am SUCH a die-hard Newfoundland girl, and in me is a very strong passion for our island that not many places even come close to rivalling. However, If there's one place that's felt like home away from home, it was Scotland.

I was surprised to be hit with this deep feeling of home once we arrived at our flat in Edinburgh, and now almost a year later I still feel so moved by our experience when I look back on my photographs.

Every time I go through the memories you're about to see, I reminisce on a place where a big piece of my heart still remains. I can still feel the historic charm and warm culture of Edinburgh, the enamouring beauty of Glen Coe and the Scottish highlands, the whipping wind that greeted us at every loch.

It means I can close my eyes and be transported back to the time where my soul felt its most ablaze with passion for our world and the magic it holds, and I can’t wait for the day I can once again face into Glen Coe with the wind at my back.  

I think about Scotland constantly, and am so lucky that I have these photographs to remind me of the best week of my life. I hope you enjoy this little look into it. 

xo 

 

Me and my girls standing at the most breathtaking place I've ever seen. Experiencing Scotland with them was the trip of a lifetime and one I hope I remember forever.

Off on another adventure this Friday to Sweden and can't wait to explore somewhere new. Stay tuned for that travel diary in the coming weeks, and keep your eyes to my Instagram @maddiemillsphoto for live updates!

As always, thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading, sharing, and supporting my passions. Love you all so much! 

xoxo Maddie

Amanda & Darrell's Woodsy Engagement Session // St. John's Wedding Photographers

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When you find out that the girl you like is actually single, you hold her close and don't let go. 

Amanda and Darrell got engaged over the holidays and their blended family will soon be official! Before the wedding planning begins however, they went on an adventure in the woods to the spot where their future home will be built. (How adorable is that by the way?!)

We trekked into the trees for a campfire (you know me- I wear hiking boots when I work so I'm always ready to go), staying cozy in a quilt Darrell's grandmother made and drinking hot chocolate. The kids soon joined us for a little skate, and I was definitely NOT jealous that a 7 year old is better on the ice than I am ;) 

Congratulations on your engagement Amanda & Darrell! Thanks so much for having me! xo

Kelli & Brad's Wedding at Rocket Bakery in St. John's / Newfoundland Wedding Photographers

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It's always been a strong belief of mine that the very best kind of weddings are the ones where you throw tradition to the wind, do things your way, and make the celebration all about love & enjoying the company of your favourite people.

Kelli & Brad did just that by keeping their wedding super laid back.

We started the day with a first look over the harbour, and it was a miracle we didn't blow away! ;) Then it was onto the park for family time (just look at their gorgeous daughter, my heart!), and drinks at Shamrock City with their bridal party. After dinner at JAG Hotel, Kelli and Brad had an evening ceremony at Rocket Bakery which was followed by a super chill cocktail reception!

Big thanks to these fellas for an amazing day (and the amazing food, haha!). Congratulations and all my love K+B!

Floral & Decor: Lacy Rose Design

Officiant: Craig Murphy - Ceremonies and Celebrations

DJ: Jordan Light & Sound

Gown: Kathy Evans Bridal Studio

HMUA: April Pink Beauty

Bridal Shawl : Rodney Philpott Designs

Venue: Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food

(Shout out to Shamrock City for having us for a drink!)

Kayla & Byron's Engagement Session on George Street in St. John's // St. John's Engagement Photographer

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When you meet, and years later get engaged at O'Reilly's, you know you gotta go back for your engagement photos! 

Kayla and Byron met one fateful night at the corner of the bar, underneath twinkling Christmas lights, and the rest is history. I was so glad to go back with them and witness where their love story began!

Can't wait for the wedding Kayla & Byron!! :) 

-Maddie xx

Travel Diaries : IRELAND

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In May 2017, I backpacked Europe for 3 1/2 weeks. At first I was joined by my family in Ireland, and then  by my two best friends in Scotland/England. It was most breathtaking 3 1/2 weeks of my life. This post will be the first of three detailing my travels, so I invite you to sit down all cozy and spend awhile with me. :) I am long-winded, passionate, and basically just a huge chatterbox, but I hope I allow you to experience some of the magic of this beautiful place and share my happiness with you. xo

 


How is it that going so far away feels exactly like coming home?

Many Newfoundlanders before me have taken the pilgrimage (so to speak) to Ireland, where our ancestors come from, where our music comes from, and where our very essence of being originated. Over time, this has become its own distinct and magical culture in NL. Travelling across the pond to a place that ties so much to our own island was a very surreal experience, and one what I had been waiting for practically my whole life.

It's really challenging for me to explain how overwhelming the feeling of "being home" was without prattling on for hours. If you know me at all, I'm not over-exaggerating here. Instead, I'll allow this following story to set the tone. Try your absolute hardest not to laugh at how much of a sap I am, but if you do, I really can't blame you, haha.

My cousins and I were standing in a massive gift shop in Dublin. It was tourist central. Super cheesy, but absolutely perfect. I was shopping around, minding my own business and getting little gifts for my friends back home, when all of a sudden a new playlist began over the speakers.  I literally teared up, people. The music was everything I grew up on here in Newfoundland. I knew every single word, and just stood in the store holding back sobs. Not very well, I might add.  Singing along with my cousins,  I truly realized how connected my people and I are to this country.

WELL, now that I've truly embarrassed myself, I sincerely hope you enjoy this little peek at Ireland and its beauty. The following images are a mix of cell phone snaps and my own travel photography, because you know this photographer was NOT going abroad without a real camera. ;)