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Farewell Fixed

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I wanted to take a moment today, one small business to another, to highlight and appreciate Fixed Coffee & Baking which has its last day tomorrow after 7 years of being a cornerstone of culture in Downtown St. John’s.

As sad as it felt, myself and Nathan Eddy Photography knew we had to go down today to show our support. We ordered their delicious hot chocolate, ate INSANE bagel sandwiches, and took photos of every nook and cranny to commemorate this treasure.

As a wedding photographer, I am very used to the feeling and honour of documenting someone’s once in a lifetime moments on their big day, but it was a really surreal feeling documenting Fixed and knowing that in just over 24 hours it would be left for us to cherish in our memories. It was a reminder of one of the reasons photography is my passion- helping people around me carry places, experiences, and memories into their future. Helping us immortalize what’s important. It was also a reminder that this is the reality for far too many local businesses in downtown St. John’s.

We have a vibrant city HEAVY with locally owned businesses, makers & crafters, small shops, and entrepreneurs. We have a history as a people of being self sustaining and ingenious in the face of adversity- because we had to be. We continue to be. We have an inordinate amount of entrepreneurs, self employed people, and local business compared to our small population.

St. John’s would be NOTHING without our downtown core. It houses nearly all our locally owned specialty businesses and shops. It teems with local restaurants, music, and culture that draw people here. Without downtown St. John’s, tourism as we know it (which sustains ALL of us, not just entrepreneurs) wouldn’t exist. It’s the the heart of our city.

I know I speak for so many when I say that Fixed is an incredibly special place with a lot of warmth, safety, and talent, where everyone could go to work, connect, and enjoy their time.

Please take the initiative to support our local small businesses. Go out of your way to do so, even when parking or driving downtown is the less convenient option. Share people’s posts and be their online cheerleaders. When you support a local business and local services, you are literally putting food on people’s table, helping us directly pay our bills and live our life just like you’re doing too. Instead of sitting behind a big CEO chair we do a happy dance and thank the universe for our dream. We thank YOU for our dream.

Farewell Fixed, hope to see you again someday.

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

Leslie and Jim's Wedding at The Wilds Golf Resort // Newfoundland Wedding Photographers

When best friends and their dog take on the world.

Leslie and Jim had their wedding at the Wilds Golf Resort in Salmonier last September, and it was a day full of laughter, joy, and doggy cuddles! This couple's love and friendship just radiated throughout the whole day, and was only amplified by their wicked friends and family who came out to celebrate.

Between their golden lab (named Bruce Wayne, #batdog), riding on a golf cart, and a totally laid back attitude, L+J's wedding was nothing less than a celebration that will be remembered forever!

The day started in one of the chalets, hanging with the groom and his squad!

 

Leslie and the gals started their day at one of the quaint cabins, before heading in to the hotel and getting dressed for the ceremony! You can just see the love all these women share!

 
 

Congratulations Leslie & Jim! I wish you both so much love and a long happy marriage! XO- Maddie

V E N D O R S 

Venue: The Wilds Golf Resort

Hair/Makeup : The Studio Beauty Bar

Gown : Ever After Bridal Boutique

Decorator : A Hint Of Vintage

 

Jenny & Jeremy's Backyard Wedding in Downtown St. John's // Newfoundland Wedding Photographers

Many people's idea of a dream wedding involves grand settings and imagery pulled from the pages of a story book. As beautiful as that is, Jenny and Jeremy's wedding shows that a fairytale can begin in the most personal and intimate of settings - their own home.

The pair own a floral design and landscaping company, so all the details of their intimate and gorgeous backyard ceremony came from them, a co-worker and a friend.

In the morning, Jenny shared with me journal entries she had written during their relationship. Their love and affection for each other is genuine and a joy be around.

The magical ceremony was made even more bespoke by the presence of only very close friends and family, the groom's son, and special readings by Jenny's dad and best friend.

While the ceremony and reception were held in their backyard, the dinner was held at Oliver's Restaurant in downtown St. John's, the location of Jenny and Jeremy's very first date. Love comes full circle!

The reception itself was as fun, unique and laid back as the couple themselves, including a campfire and "lightsaber" battles with pool noodles! Because many of the bride's guests were not from Newfoundland, there was even a "Screeching In" ceremony to officially welcome them to the province!

It's such an honour to be able to chronicle this new chapter in Jenny and Jeremy's story. And to think that, before we met one day, they weren't going to hire a photographer at all! If their wedding is any indication, their love can only grow from here!

 

Vendors:
Locations: Ceremony/Reception at the couple's home in Downtown St. John's, Dinner at Oliver’s Restaurant
Florals: Airo Landscape Design
Ceremony Arbor: Atmosphere Landscape Design

 

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

Victoria & Tyler's Elopement at Signal Hill, St. John's // Newfoundland Wedding Photographers

 

Victoria and Tyler have had a beautiful life with their two children, and wanted to celebrate their love with a laid back and modern elopement at Signal Hill in August!

With a custom dress from Melanie Jacqueline Designs, handmade blooms, and the sweetness to match, these two had a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony followed by a romp around the edge of the world.

Congrats V + T!!!