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

 
 

Amanda + Ginny's Puffin Proposal // Newfoundland Photographer

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Two years ago, Amanda and Ginny saw a documentary down home in the United States about a puffin rescue group here in Newfoundland, called Puffin & Petrel Patrol NL

Volunteering for this organization would eventually lead the ladies all the way from Virginia to our beautiful island. Little did Ginny know, a proposal had been planned, with me secretly in tow to capture it!!

When the day of the proposal came, I played the part of a camera-enthusiastic tourist pretty well on the Gatherall's Boat Tour ;) After hiding in plain sight for a while, which enabled me to photograph the couple secretly, Amanda popped the question after Ginny released a puffin. A whole boatload of people got to watch these beautiful souls get engaged on the open sea and it was PERFECT.

Once Ginny said yes, all the plans were of course revealed, and the three of us continued the day with a Rocket Bakery picnic (YUM) and adventure at Cape Spear. 

Thank you Amanda & Ginny for being such incredible, loving humans and spending your happy day with all of us here on the rock!

**THEIR STORY WAS FEATURED ON CBC NL ALONGSIDE MY PHOTOS FROM THE DAY!** 

Check it out :)

Gina + Steve's Sunset Session at Topsail Beach // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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One from Newfoundland, one from BC, met in the middle in Alberta and been there together ever since. 

Gina and Steve came here for vacation this summer and wanted to celebrate their upcoming anniversary with a fun sunset couples session! We adventured around the shores at Topsail Beach and ended the night with a little walk to Topsail Bluff (more in the dark than we planned, because I have no sense of direction and it took me three tries to get on the right trail LOL).

They have so much joy and laughter to share, and we had an absolute blast at their shoot! It's SO great when I photograph couples and it's like we've been friends for years upon meeting for the first time. Thanks Gina and Steve for leaving a huge smile on my face and for being absolutely adorable! 

PS- who thinks that Gina looks like Ariel with that red hair flaming in the sun!! My heart!

Sarah + Garrett's Brigus Engagement Session // St. John's Photographers

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When you come home for vacation from Yellowknife and it POURS RAIN SIDEWAYS on the day of your engagement shoot in Brigus, you try round 2 a few days later! 

Had such a gorgeous afternoon adventure with Sara and Garrett in July! We hung out with their fur-baby (check out her neck tie, ahhh!), explored the rocky beach by the sea, and visited some adorably classic spots around Brigus.

Can't wait for their wedding in Springdale next year! Congratulations S+G!

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