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!

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

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

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

Stephanie & Brent's Engagement Session in Downtown St. John's // St. John's Engagement Photographer

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When you come home to Newfoundland for the holidays, there's no better way to be greeted than with a snowstorm! 

Stephanie and Brent totally rocked their engagement session in the snow, and had an absolute blast doing it- just the way it should be. Love couples who let their silly shine through (and not only because it makes me feel more comfortable being my dorky self)!

Enjoy their adventure below!

Thanks for having me Stephanie & Brent! Can't wait for the wedding this year! xo- Maddie

Caroline + Andrew's Boil-Up Engagement Session in Flatrock // St. John's Wedding Photographers

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When you're having a Newfoundland inspired wedding next year, you need the engagement session to match. 

Caroline and Andrew spend their mornings in the backwoods with their beagle Molly, so of course we had to venture out for a boil up and do just that. 

Bet you've never seen an engagement ring in a Jam-Jam before ;)

Congratulations to Caroline and Andrew, can't wait for your wedding next year where I can do the Newfie Stomp all I want and not be judged. LOL. 

Xo

Maddie

Alicia + Ian's Fall Engagement Session in St. John's / Newfoundland Engagement Photographers

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As soon as we met, I knew Alicia and Ian were my kinda people, because they have  4 cats and have seen The Office *almost* as many times as me ;)

 Last weekend for their engagement session, we arrived to MUN botanical gardens only to realize it was closed for the Thanksgiving weekend. Did we let that stop us? Heck no! 

Alicia and Ian were totally down for a change of plans to adventure on forest trails, and it was the perfect backdrop for their beautiful relationship. The love and friendship these two share practically glows out of them like sunbeams. 

Congratulations Alicia and Ian! Can't wait for the wedding! 

XO

Maddie

Sarah and Chad's Engagement Session at Cape Spear in St. John's // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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Another beautiful tale of what happens when Newfoundlanders make a new home together on the mainland, but can't resist the pull of the island tides for their special day. 

Sarah and Chad came home to St. John's this summer and of course we had to take the opportunity to capture their engagement photos... so we knew there was no better place than Cape Spear. 

With the wild wind and ocean below, Sarah and Chad bared their souls on these rocks and what we captured was the deep, beautiful connection they share.

Congratulations and all my love to Sarah and Chad! In less than a year you will be #BecomingTheBuddens and I can't wait to continue along on your journey!

XO

Maddie

Jess and Colin's Engagement Adventure on Bell Island // St. John's Engagement Photographers

Friends since the 7th grade who finally fell in love in university, leaving all their friends practically yelling "ABOUT TIME!" :)

Jessica and Colin are two incredible souls. las year, Colin tried to propose to his gal at their spot on Bell Island multiple times with no luck (rain, ferry broken down, etc)... So of course when they asked if I'd be down to journey the island with them for their engagement shoot, it was a resounding yes!!

They spent hours on a beautiful breezy day exploring the beaches and cliffs of Bell Island, ending the night off with a feed of fried chicken while waiting for the final ferry boat. What a day for these two lovebirds!! All my love J+C!

When we saw this puffin chair at the new Bell Island lookout, we knew we HAD to do some hilarious "grandparents on vacation" style shots!

Hanging out and admiring the crazy view wasn't a bad way to end off this adventure. :)

Can't wait for the wedding day! Maddie xx

Erin + Tim's Engagement Session at Mochanopoly in St. John's // Newfoundland Engagement Photographer

What do you get when two coffee, board game, and cat people meet and fall in love? This epic story below. 

Erin & Tim's engagement session was super cute and unique- if it was any indicator of their wedding this fall I know we all have a lot to look forward to! Thanks for having me, E+T! Can't wait for September!

Special thanks to Mochanolopy Board Game Café on Water St. for letting us crash your place for some photos!

With love, Maddie

Krista + Geoff's ENGAGEMENT SHOOT at Bowring Park // St. John's Engagement Photographers

Krista messaged me way way back in August about shooting her winter engagement photos, and it's safe to say that I have been way too excited ever since!! Over the course of the winter, chatting with Krista and helping plan her shoot was such a joy, and we became fast friends!

St. John's received fluffy snow and perfect weather last weekend (mild AND no wind, a miracle!), so the time had come to finally meet this lady and her fiancé!

It was pure joy capturing their engagement photos! Their outfits were on point, but that didn't stop them from being incredibly sweet and down to earth. Near the end of the shoot, we were followed by a hissing swan, but it didn't get us down!

Krista & Geoff, creating your winter fairytale was wonderful, and I can't wait to shoot your wedding someday soon! xo :) Maddie

 
 
 
 
 
 

Lori & John's Downtown St. John's Couples Session // Newfoundland Engagement Photographers

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Being in love. It's when you smile so hard that your face hurts, when you dance even when EVERYONE is watching, and when your heart beats with warmth that radiates throughout your whole entire soul.

It was a beautiful evening in Downtown St. John's, and right around the corner from Lori and John's place a little Newfoundland fairytale came to life. First stop- Fred's Records, because where else??

 
 
 
 
 

Then, it was back up the road to their place, for some cozy times on their deck overlooking St. John's :) Note the Ariel and Captain America mugs. Score.

 
 
 

An evening walk a day keeps the doctor away!

 
 

You are the moonlight of my life every night
Giving all my love to you
My beating heart belongs to you
I walked for miles 'til I found you
I'm here to honor you
If I lose everything in the fire
I'm sending all my love to you

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Some Green Day in honor of my girl Lori.

-M

Keira & DJ's Engagement Session at Middle Cove Beach, St. John's // Newfoundland Engagement Photographers

After meeting Keira and DJ at The Ultimate Bridal Show last winter, I knew that we would get along great! Before they say their I Do's at the beautiful Lester's Farm Chalet next year, we had a little Topsail Beach adventure. :) 

These two are madly in love and its clear when they so much as look at one another. 

Until next time!

XO, -M

St. John's Engagement Photographers // Sheila and Cory Engaged

This engagement was 12 years in the making!

From their first jive at Sundance to their first hot chocolate at Tim Horton's, Sheila and Cory were nuts for one another. 12 years later and here they are!

It was a pleasure to shoot with you both and I wish you so much love in your marriage!

Tanya & Owen's Engagement Session in St. John's// Newfoundland Engagement Photographers

But I would walk five hundred miles
And I would walk five hundred more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door.

Tanya and Owen are perhaps the most stylish and classy pair I've ever had for an engagement shoot! Between their flair for fashion, their cheerfulness, and stunning bouquet from Polished Bouquet Design... WOW!

THE LOVE STORY

Tanya and Owen attended High School together in China over 10 years ago. In that time, Tanya came all the way here to Newfoundland, attending university. She also maintained a very LONG, long distance relationship with her guy... and finally, after 10 years, they are together for good. While an official wedding date is not in the books yet, they wanted some super stylish images to celebrate their engagement and commitment to each other!

Polished Bouquet Design created these gorgeous blooms!

With these puchy lace-up heels and a dress from ASOS, the bride to be knows a thing or two on how to work it ;)

The water here reminds me of the scenes in Mamma Mia... Elopement in Greece, anyone? ;)

Thank you, Tanya and Owen, for letting me into this special time in your life and allowing me to preserve your memories! :)

XO - Maddie

Shirley + Chi's Modern & quirky Engagement Session in St. John's // Newfoundland Engagement Photographers

Chi and Shirley grew up in the same city in China and never met... until they came here to attend Memorial University years ago! Once they started dating, the rest was history! The lovebirds are going home to get married next month, and wanted some engagement photos in Downtown St. John's before their trip! Thanks for an amazing day and an amazing session C+S, your love for each other is so evident and it was a pleasure to capture :)

FROM THE CLIENT

I received your email with our photos when I was sitting in the airport waiting for my flight, and oh my gosh are they ever gorgeous!! I personally love every single one of them... I called Shirley and asked her to take a look as well, and she was amazed by the quality of the photos-  she loves all of them! We cant say more to thank you, and you are very much appreciated for making our memories so beautiful. You are a young, passionate photographer, and we are grateful to have had you shoot our photos.

Just look at this dress the bride to be picked up for her session!! I was swooning all morning!

  I love me a good fuzzy black and white!!!!

I love me a good fuzzy black and white!!!!

Their little baby blue beetle is the sweetest!!

This bouquet by Flower Studio is just absolutely stunning!!!

We ended the morning with a little stroll in the park... with their sheepdog Oreo of course!!

Thank you for trusting me with your images Chi and Shirley, it was an amazing shoot and I hope you two have a beautiful wedding back home. :)

XO // Maddie

Shelly and Scott's Blizzard Engagement Session || Newfoundland Engagement Photographers

Being a St. John's engagement photographer has so many perks. One of the amazing ones is when you meet clients like Shelly and Scott who are willing to go ahead with their session regardless of our crazy local weather... In Sunday's case, it was a blustering blizzard.

S&S met home in Ontario, and have lived here together for almost a year. They will be going back home one day, and wanted some Newfoundland engagement photos to commemorate their time here together, and the travels their love story has taken. 

All my love, Shelly and Scott! XO

We finished the day with some much needed brew from Coffee Matters. :)

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