Caitlin + Adam's Wedding at Yellowbelly // St. John's Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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On September 15th, Caitlin and Adam said a huge yes to their biggest adventure yet and it was so clear that spending their lives together was meant to be.

You could feel the love shining in their eyes, feel it in their words vowing forever, and in their embraces lit up by the glorious evening light in Quidi Vidi.

They wed and celebrated at Yellowbelly, danced in the golden sunset overlooking the ocean, got totally whipped by the wind all day with their best friends, and also had literally the best wedding reception game EVER (scavenger hunt musical chairs!!)

Congratulations to the brand new Mr & Mrs Warren! These guys have such kind hearts and I’m super blessed to have met them and spent their magical day together. All the love to you Adam and Cait- thank you SO much for having me there to capture it all!

Yellowbelly Brewery || Event 3Sixty

Craig Murphy - Ceremonies and Celebrations

The Musicmen Entertainment & DJ Services

Classic Carriage || The Signature Salon || The Ivory Suite Bridal Boutique

JOURNAL : Reflecting on 2018 Wedding Season

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As you know, here in Newfoundland we have three seasons: Summer, Fall, and Swinter. ;)

Nearly 6 months of the year our weather is so icky that people usually get married between May and November, making the nature of my career very cyclical and basically split in two parts: 

Half my year (the icky weather half) is the valuable and necessary time for my administration work, planning and development, networking, learning, and working ON my business.

 The other half however- the BEST half- is the perfectly crazy, incredibly beautiful, and deeply moving part where I photograph people on the happiest days of their lives. 

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I’m speaking to you today because that best half is over now. The main hustle of photographing weddings every weekend has come to a close for 2018 and I literally don’t know where to begin- because this season has been my most challenging, my best, and my most rewarding yet. 

It’s been my most challenging because for months I’ve been balancing the busyness of my wedding routine against the heartache of my love being in a different country. Honestly, it has not been easy. SO many nights I’ve pulled into my driveway after a 12 hour wedding, wishing more than anything that I was opening the door to Joe sitting on my couch. Despite the distance, it’s been a beautiful adventure and continues to be- and we will be back together for a bit in 43 days... but who’s counting. 

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It’s been my best because I really grew with who I am as an artist and a person. I’ve been unapologetically myself and you’ve embraced that with open arms. You’ve graciously trusted me to bring a smile to your face or inspire you with my stories, and you’ve trusted me enough to share your own stories with me too. I’ve been fortunate to go on wonderful adventures; from weddings all over the island, photographing a proposal at sea, being welcomed into your lives and families, and sharing some really beautiful moments with the people I’ve met. Maddie Mills Photo evolved this year beyond what I expected, and I’m so grateful to you for helping that happen. 

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It’s been my most rewarding- because I’ve been extremely blessed this year. I’ve had amazing clients who have been MY SOUL SISTAS/SOUL PEOPLE. You have understood my heart, adventured with me, and made me feel immensely appreciated. All my incredible couples have continued to prove to me that I’m doing EXACTLY what I am meant to do. I’ve had 25 ceremonies, 25 adventures, 25 (more like 25 million) happy hugs, 25 dance floor goodbyes, and 25 couples who have trusted me wholeheartedly with their stories. Your stories. So many beautiful, moving stories that I’ll always hold close to my heart. 

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I’m still a while away from Christmas vacation, and Maddie Mills Photo never stops just because weddings do! But the end of the wedding season always feels like a wave of change that deserves reflection and appreciation. Thank you SO much to everyone who supported me. You continue to make my dream not just a dream- and for that I can’t express my gratitude enough.

Dana + Ben's Wedding at The Wilds // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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Dana and Ben got married at The Wilds this fall and their wedding was the perfect mix of classy and laid back!

The day started with getting ready and hanging out with their hilarious bridal parties, a gift exchange (Ben got tickets to see the Leafs and his reaction below is the BEST!), and an intimate first look by the river- where they both cried and embraced so beautifully to the sound of the river gurgling by and the breeze blowing in the trees.

After a little photo adventure, they said their handwritten vows and did a Celtic knot tying ceremony to make things official.

The rest of the afternoon was spent with their families and bridal party, before stealing away back to the river for a few sweet photos in the warm evening light before partying the night away!!

Thank you so much for having me along to capture your day Dana and Ben, it was an amazing way to start the next chapter of your life together and I wish you both all the happiness in the world!

The Wilds at Salmonier River Golf Club || Assistant Nathan Eddy

Officiant: Craig Murphy || Florist: By Sharpe Design

Decorator: Spotlight Events - Wedding Planning & Event Design Cake/Sweets: Colorful Creations || Video: DS-Media Photo & Video

Hair: Mobile Hair by Allison || Makeup: The Pretty Room

Dress - Ever After Bridal Boutique Alterations - Rodney Philpott

Jess + Colin's Wedding at Manuel's River // St John's Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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Jess and Colin’s road to forever started on Bell Island. Well- Colin TRIED to start it on Bell Island!

After trying to propose to Jess over there multiple times only to have his plans spoiled by terrible weather and ferry problems, he ultimately popped the question during a hike at Cape Spear.

Things came full circle the FIRST time when we took an adventure to Bell Island for their engagement session. We spent a few amazing hours wandering around to all their favourite spots and ended the day with a feed of fried chicken. THE BEST!!!

Things came full circle the SECOND time when their wedding day finally came, and we went back to Cape Spear where it all began.

With a first look in her family's backyard, a visit with their cats, an evening ceremony, and super-chill cocktail reception, Jess and Colin’s day was a perfect reflection of how sweet, wonderful, and true their love is.

Thank you so much babes for your adventurous spirit, all the laughs, and most of all your friendship that I’ve been so blessed to gain. Congratulations!!!

Manuels River || The Musicmen Entertainment & DJ Services

|| Lacy Rose Design || Ever After Bridal Boutique

Ally + Ray's Wedding in Harbour Breton // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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Nestled among the green valleys of the south coast of Newfoundland is a beautiful hidden gem of a community where the people welcome you as their own and the ocean hugs you from all sides.

This is Harbour Breton, and I was lucky enough to travel there in August to document Allison and Ray's biggest adventure yet, all with their beautiful daughter by their side.

There were endless laughs, so much love, and a whole community coming together to support and celebrate this amazing couple in their hometown.

I have been lucky enough to get to know Allie and Ray through the years as I’ve photographed their maternity photos of their rainbow baby, their engagement session, and finally their wedding in August. I am so overjoyed with happiness for these guys and their families, and incredibly thankful for their friendship!!

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Power!!

Rodney Philpott Designs | All Events | Ever After Bridal Boutique

Kayla + Byron's Backyard Wedding in Bellevue // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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There is truly nothing like an outdoor wedding, and Kayla & Byron absolutely killed it!!

They are truly best friends with so much passion for life, and had the most wicked wedding day in Bellvue Beach! They did things THEIR way and it was unique, laid back, and absolutely perfect.

I Do’s were said on a dock stretching out into the sea while their guests watched from the shore. They kissed in the ocean Notebook-style (and looked even better), they had such a laugh with their hilarious bridal party, and danced the night away at their reception in her mom's backyard.

Perfect day for the perfect couple! Thank you so much Kayla and Byron for having me along to capture your happy day! You are both so fun loving and joyful and I wish you all the happiness in the world. <3

Tender Loving Care Decorating | Anne Marie's Catering | Service Classic Carriage E-Motion Video | SKY Salon | Color Me Bronze Spray Tanning and Makeup Studio | The Ivory Suite Bridal Boutique

Crystal + Brian's Wedding at The Rocket Room in St. John's // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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Call them what you will- Cryan or Brystal (the emcees came up with these gems, not me folks! hahah)- but the real way to describe these guys is best friends and truly committed partners for life.

In August, I got to celebrate with Crystal and Brian for their I do's! Working in the theatre world, having their wedding on "dark day"- Monday- was not the only amazingly untraditional thing about the festivities!

They got ready together in the same house, did a first look, hung out in Quidi Vidi all day with their entourage, walked down the aisle together for their ceremony, and shared their first dance with all the wedding guests.

It was the perfect way to make things official and celebrate the love they share! Thank you C+B for the most chill wedding day ever and for being such friendly, welcoming, fun loving souls <3

Nadia Ali Makeup Artistry | Trang Garments | Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food Kendra Bursey | Quidi Vidi Brewing Co.

Sarah + Chad's Wedding at Glendenning in St. John's // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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Ever since I met Sarah & Chad, I knew we would and go on some amazing adventures, belly laughing all the way.

Oh BOY was I right.

From their Cape Spear engagement session last year to their wedding this summer, it’s been nothing but a complete joy to be by their side documenting some of their happiest days!

These two are so silly, fun loving, adventurous, and share a passionate connection that is so clear across their faces. We got them hitched at Glendenning, explored Quidi Vidi, piggybacked on George Street, and danced the night away like a bunch of loons because Newfoundland parties are the best kind of party!!

Thank you so much for having me along for your wicked day and welcome back home to Newfoundland! <3

Venue: GlenDenning Golf Club || Floral/Decor: Event 3Sixty

Cake/Sweets: Pam Picco's Speciality Cakes and Sweets

Custom Gown: Rodney Philpott Designs

 
 

Working with me for your wedding as explained by The Office

*There have been countless blogs over the years where gifs and photos from The Office tv show are used to make relatable posts about life, so shoutout to the articles before me for the original idea inspiring my own particular take!*

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Raise your hand if planning your wedding is stressing you the F out!!

If you haven’t done this before, you might feel totally clueless- which is 100% valid. My #1 advice to help the process be more smooth and exciting is to invest in professional vendors you trust…

- including a wedding photographer!

Today with some help from the peeps at Dunder Mifflin, I’m going to walk through what your wedding photography experience with me will be like! The Office is so relatable that it can literally apply to anything…

…Like how you feel once you’re engaged!!! That means you can start planning your wedding which is so exciting-

but can also be stressful AF since you have to wear a lot of hats.

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You’ll need a photographer to capture it all, and that’s where I come in! I’ll help you choose the best package for your needs, and answer all your questions about working together.

Plus, I’ll be so thankful you chose me…

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That you’ll get a letter in the mail from me saying welcome! Every client who books me for their big day does :)

As the months go on, we will start planning your engagement session!! You’ll likely panic over what outfits to wear…

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But its all good- because I’ll help you pick the perfect things so you’re both comfortable and looking fly AF. You’ll be belly laughing and feeling like Beyoncé in front of the camera!

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Before the wedding comes, I’ll meet with you to help plan final details and your schedule for the day…

And all of a sudden your wedding has creeped up! You’ll be feeling such a crazy mix of love and emotions… Not to mention the ceremony nerves are REALLLLL, am I right?

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Once you finally say I Do though, you’ll feel like this.

(Don’t be surprised if I cry behind my camera from the joy!! Big ugly tears).

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After your ceremony is over, we will adventure around for the photos of you two, and you’ll definitely feel like a celeb with all my compliments on how freakin’ amazing you are.

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Then comes your family formals! A lot of my couples stress about this due to the number of people, but worry not guys!

I come with a pre-decided list we will have worked on to help those family photographs be a breeze… so that they DON’T go like this:

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Lastly, it’s your reception which means PARTY TIME. If you’ve chosen my all day package I’ll be there capturing hilarious candid dancing photos of you and your friends before my coverage time ends!

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THEN you have to recover from the party…

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And I know just what will help with that: a sneak peek of photos from your day that will make your brain explode!!

8-10 weeks later, THE DAY IS HERE. You’ll get the most exciting email ever saying that your final gallery is ready!!

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The waiting may have killed you…

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But it was all worth it because now you two married babes can snuggle up and reminisce about your happiest day when you said yes to being in love forever.

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It’s always so bittersweet delivering a final gallery because I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know you and witnessing the happiest moments of your life…

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But it opens a new chapter which I’m always so honoured to continue to capture as your family grows.

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As Micheal Scott says, MY HEART SOARS WITH THE EAGLES NEST.

I love you all so much and can’t wait to photograph your wedding days!! I’ve also truly loved spending time with those now married peeps who I have already photographed, and I hope this was a funny trip down memory lane for you!

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Pretty much sums it up.

Kristy + Keith's ELOPEMENT at The Doctor's House // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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When I got back from England at the start of August, nothing was nicer to greet me than a lovely elopement at The Doctor’s House on a calm summer day.

Kristy and Keith live in Ontario and consider Newfoundland like their home away from home (Keith is from NL originally), so it was a no brainer for them to elope by the sea with a few of their closest loved ones.

I love the Doctor’s House because it’s so near to the city but feels light years away- surrounded by trees, ocean, and a sense of peace as far as the eye can see. It’s also super close to the Dildo Dory Grill and Dildo Brewery so ya knows we had to stop in for an Iceberg Beer!

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Maloney, and thank you so much for having me there to document your sweet day! xox


Congratulations Kristy and Keith!

Journal : Two Homes For My Heart

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I always had the assumption that long distance relationships are hard, but I never truly understood until I entered into one myself. 

Last year in Newfoundland, I met my Joe through fortunate timing (and I like to think a bit of fate) and it started a journey I never could have expected, but wouldn't take back for the world.

Joe is from England (yes he has the accent, wee) and was in NL temporarily for school, and on our first date my parents and their friends coincidentally walked by the coffee shop we were in (no sarcasm here haha, this is the truth). Joe thought it would be absolutely hilarious to invite them all inside, and this show of good sportsmanship in the moment of my beet-red-in-the-face embarrassment was all I needed to know that he was going to be my person. He also had a Harry Potter watch on, and the big nerd inside me was pumped. ;)

When his time here for school was done, so began our long distance relationship and months of letters, FaceTime hangouts, and counting down from 9 million seconds in the Countdown App (9 million seconds was MUCH funnier to watch than 4 months) until I would visit during a break in my wedding season. 

What you're about to see are not wedding photographs taken on my real camera. It's not me all geared up for headshots, or snaps of Petunia, or super pretty travel photos. It's perfectly imperfect cell phone shots of one of the best weeks ever, where I simply got to exist and live life with the man I love. 

I hope you enjoy this look into my life that you all super highly requested I share- and that you have a laugh at some of the upcoming ridiculously nerdy and wonderful moments. (PS- yes I'm going back- after Christmas for a whole month. Nando's and Krispy Kreme await me!!)

"I exist in two places- here, and where you are"

 

Being long distance with your partner means compromise, working with wacky time zone differences, never giving up, supporting each other from thousands of miles away, growing together, and mostly- feeling at home in two places. Always your girl Joe x

Erika + Ronnie's Wedding in Witless Bay NL // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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In classic Newfoundland style, this June wedding in Witless Bay was full of mist and fog and a complete bucketful of love! We adventured by the sea, had so many cuddle huddles to keep warm, ate poutine, and surprised the groom with a quad (!!!) No biggie ;)

Words can't express the love shared between Erika, Ronnie & Leo. From taking their family photographs when Leo was just a little baby, to their engagement session, and now their wedding, I have watched this little clan grow and could not be happier for them as they set off as, officially, the Wards. <3 Enjoy their wedding story and leave them some congratulations!

Assistant/Second Shooter: Alex Stead Photography | Music: Heartland Band 709 Florist: By Sharpe Design | Decorator: Spotlight Events Cake/Sweets: Colorful Creations | Videographer: WPA Films | Hair: Tara Tobin Makeup: Allison Best - Makeup Artistry | Gown: Ever After Bridal Boutique