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Jen + Casey's Wedding at Glendenning in St. John's // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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I am here shook up because I am only now realizing that all the beauty of Jen + Casey has not yet reached the blog! We’re gonna FIX THAT.

Last May (almost a year ago, craziness!) Jen and Casey said yes to forever in a day that was perfectly laid back and beautiful, just like them :) From a first look that made everyone sob, to hanging out all day down in the Quidi Vidi sunshine, to dancing the night away at a reception full of laughter, it was the best day celebrating these angels and their wonderfully silly spirits.

Jen and Casey have the kind of deep, true, pure connection that you can absolutely feel just looking at their wedding gallery. I am SO grateful for their open hearts, willingness to trust, and their continuing kindness and friendship.

Happy one year you guys! All my love! Xo - Maddie

 
 

5 Reasons To Have An Off-Season Wedding

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SO, you’re engaged and planning your wedding, but have literally NO idea what you’re doing (spoiler alert :) -it’ll all be OK!).

You know you need to start with a venue before anything else, because in St. John’s, places book up QUICK. Everyone’s fighting for the same 5 month window of June-October dates.

But WAIT…

What if there was a solution? One that wouldn’t leave you pressured, and struggling to make all your dream venue and dream vendors line up?

Ouuu, GIRL. Welcome to the magic of off-season weddings!! Insert sparkles and fairy dust here, LOL.

Off season weddings are like the old forgotten gift cards at the bottom of your wallet that actually have $50 on it. NAY- $100. Yep. That level of unexpected awesome.

As part one of a two-part series, I’m gonna talk with you today about FIVE REASONS to have an off-season wedding. Ya ready? Let’s gooo!

 
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#1

YOUR PHOTO LOCATIONS WILL BE WONDERFULLY DESERTED

When you’re trying to do your photos at the city’s most popular spots in the summer… so are a hundred other people. Tourists, folks enjoying the sunshine, and other wedding groups alike. It can be so congested, causing your schedule to be thrown off and for you to feel rushed. Get married November-May… Poof! People Problem solved. You’ll have all your favourite, iconic spots most likely to yourself and can truly enjoy it.

#2

No Crazy Competition

With weddings between June and the end of October, a lot of couples feel immense pressure to try and get all their dream vendors lined up on their date. I’ve had many couples disappointed because they couldn’t get their favourite venue they had in mind, or the decorator they admired for ages. I’ve had to turn away a lot of couples for the same dates every year too, and always feel so bad!

It’s because we live in a small place, and our “nice weather” season is ridiculously short. Side-step the competitive date pressures by choosing to have your wedding in the off-season. The weather risk pays off when you can book all the vendors you’ve been dreaming about since you put a ring on it, with ease.

#3

Simple. Less Stress!

Summertime is CRAZY. You’re taking vacation from work, going on holidays, having relatives visit, and getting out much more when you’re not working to enjoy the weather and have some fun. Your wedding falling on top of all that is HARD, and in my experience has sometimes left my couples wanting it to all be over so they “can enjoy the summer already”.

That’s SAD, guys! Your wedding is a super important celebration of commitment (understatement!) and shouldn’t be something to be wished away. Get married in, say, March? You’ll only have to contest with St, Patrick’s Day and let’s be real, your wedding will be a better party anyway.


#4

Laid back & Relaxed

This one goes out to all my wonderful couples out there with a touch of hippie soul who love staying in maybe even more than going out. My peeps who want a quiet, chill, relaxed day. There’s time for more coffee shop hangouts. Picnics. Chill drinks at a bar downtown. Slow and easy hikes for photos. City wandering. Food breaks. More of spending time with the ones you love. ACTUALLY enjoying your wedding. Heck yeah!

Take it from my bride Jeanie, who had a November 10th wedding full of quality time with her husband and family:

 
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“We decided to have our wedding on our 10 year anniversary of being together, which happened to be in November. Having our wedding during the off-season turned out to be beneficial in many ways. We were able to secure all of our top vendor choices, and pulled our wedding together within a year of being engaged. On the day of, we were lucky enough to have two seasons within one day: Maddie took our photos amongst the fallen leaves at Government house, and then the most beautiful fluffy snow began to fall as we headed to Quidi Vidi. The fall/winter weather combination ended up being the perfect backdrop for our cozy ceremony and reception."

#5

Unique weather,

Unique Photos

This is the one where I MAY have to do some convincing because bad weather seems (only seems!!) scary, but the photos speak for themselves. When you go all in, take the risk, AND have an adventurous heart to go out in whatever conditions you’re given, magic happens!!! I PROMISE. Because guess what? I got a trunk full of snow boots and rain gear, and I’m NOT afraid to use it.

Now that I’ve convinced you to have an off season wedding, stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon where I give you FIVE super useful tips to make it all go smoothly! Easy, Breezy, Beautiful, Covergirl. Or rather, Easy, Breezy, Beautiful, Baygirl?

LET’S DO THIS!!!

Much love & light, xo

-Maddie

BEST OF 2018 : EVERYDAY MAGIC

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I truly believe that life is an endless collection of little things which will enchant you if you have the power to see.

I was SO blessed in 2018 to continue to spend my days looking for and forever documenting the everyday magic in your lives, so today I’ve gathered up some of my absolute favourite moments- both simple and special- from 2018 weddings to share.

From first looks, lets-make-this-last-forever embraces, first married kisses, proud parents shedding a tear, grandmas beaming at the dinner table, and every little thing in between: here are the best and most beautiful moments I got to witness and capture last year.

THANK YOU for sharing your hearts and souls with me and inviting me to do the same. Here’s to you, to 2019, and all the everyday magic that awaits us. xoxo

 
 

5 Tips for an Authentic & Joyful Wedding Day

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There is no sugarcoating that wedding planning can be stressful. You’re putting an insane amount of time, energy, and resources into planning an awesome love celebration and sometimes it can’t help but be exhausting!

At the end of the day though, it’s like I always say to my couples: if you’re not going to have fun on your wedding day, then what’s the point?

Why stress yourself out for months, sometimes years, only to have planned a wedding that is too big of a production where you’re exhausted, uncomfortable, and don’t even get to spend time with your guests?

This post isn’t about comparing doing your wedding one way or another! I’m here today to chat about how you can get the most enjoyment, fun, and value from your special day: no matter how you decide to plan it :)

 
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Tip #1

An easy but IMPORTANT one to start you off.

LET THOSE EMOTIONS OUT AND ALLOW YOUR HEART TO FEEL!!

Many people tend to quell their emotions or are uncomfortable expressing them (which is totally understandable!), however your wedding is a special day where you’re going to be FEELING ALL THE THINGS! Allow yourself to laugh, cry, express your joy, and you will be liberated and totally open to soaking up all the goodness around you. I’m a major advocate for having an open heart so I can’t stress this enough- plus it will help me create incredible photographs for you when you share your happiness with me.

Tip #2

Look at your planned structure for the day and be honest with yourself if it’s what you really want.

There’s no right answer to how to structure a wedding- what’s right for you is right for you. Regardless of how you’ve imagined it, talk through the ideas and potential plans to see if you can imagine enjoying the way the wedding will unfold! You may be more prone to stress, just prefer a more chill day, or you may thrive off a party and want something as fun-packed as possible! Ignore judgements and negative opinions, because the most important thing is to know yourself and your partner, and to make plans that are right for you both. I’ll be there right by your side to document everything no matter how it goes :)

 
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Tip #3

REGARDLESS of your plans, always allot more time for things than you think you’ll need!

I can PROMISE YOU: the structure of your plans DO NOT MATTER when it comes to the need to enjoy yourself and breathe. :) I’ve photographed over 60 weddings and no one likes to spend all day rushing around like crazy to do everything! Give yourself a bit of leeway in the schedule for bathroom breaks, food stops, traffic, and general delays. Schedules are important to keep your day flowing, but it will help you SO much to know it isn’t super-strictly timed down to the wire.

Tip #4

Make a point to enjoy the company of your family and guests!

Forgetting this IS THE #1 THING I’ve heard couples regret after the wedding! With all the goings-on, you may hardly get to talk to everyone you invited… and then your dance starts and you’re all in party mode!

The adventures I’m photographing on your day are of course super important to get those priceless memories, but there’s numerous ways you can spend time with people that fits right in. Set aside time for a little get together mid day, or have a cocktail hour before dinner. You could even do a casual, cocktail-style reception if that’s what you dig! From experience, I can tell you that my couples taking a bit of time with their guests somewhere really enriched their day- and you’ll get some truly beautiful candid photos of you enjoying time with your loved ones :)

 
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TIP #5

This day is for you and your partner to celebrate your commitment. Take time to appreciate that together.

Like I said in Tip #4, your wedding is an amazing opportunity to spend time with everyone you love and that remains important! BUT. It’s totally, 100% okay to not be at the centre of everything all day. Just take a breather for a minute and do a bit of nothing if you need it.

Go have a drink together, take a walk for a bit, drive your own vehicle so you can be with one another, or even have a quiet few moments together in a side room before entering your party. There’s limitless ways to stop, soak it all in, and appreciate your commitment amongst all the activities of the wedding. You’ll thank yourself for taking a quiet, grounding moment together to remember how far you’ve come and to appreciate the day.

 
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Take these tips and go forth to plan the wedding of your dreams!! Keep love, gratitude, and an open heart at the centre of it all. You got this, and I cannot WAIT to be along for the ride documenting all your happy adventures! LETS DO THIS!

 

Melissa + Lana's Wedding at The Doctor's House // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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The rain came down sideways and grey skies cast a sense of peace over the forest around us when these two beautiful souls said yes to a lifetime of love in September.

After a quiet morning with their close family and a first look that was just the BEST thing ever, Melissa and Lana said personal vows under the warm glow of the barn loft at The Doctor’s House.

The smiles on their faces were sunbeams enough to shine through the storm, they needed painkillers because their cheeks hurt from laughing so much, they ran around the tropical storm in Blundstone boots and broken umbrellas, and it was PERFECT.

Beautifully wild memories were made that weekend and I know I'm not the only one who will never forget it.

Thank you SO much Melissa and Lana for allowing me to witness and document your amazing love, and for your friendship, kindness, and complete beauty inside and out.

The Doctor's House Inn & Spa || Carlye Windsor Makeup Artistry

Charles Langdon Hair || The Ivory Suite Bridal Boutique ||

By Sharpe Design || Nathan Eddy:Assistant || Petite Sweet

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

 
 

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!

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.