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.

Heart & Soul Session // Tammy

This week I had the pleasure of photographing this lovely lady. She is a momma, meditator, yoga-lover, and awesome photographer. She has such a peaceful and fun energy about her, and being in her home I definitely felt that shine.

Heart & Soul Sessions are the perfect way to capture yourself as you are. In your home, you are comfortable and surrounded by your favourite things. We are able to open up to each other, talk about life, and get some beautiful images that really show YOU.

 Everyone needs portraits of themselves to cherish and look back on one day- so this is a great opportunity for major self love. If you'd be interested in your own lifestyle session, feel free to drop me a message. 

Buddha everywhere! :)

Tammy made us this delicious snack to enjoy- it's one of her favourites and something she loves to feed to her family. Thank you for sharing, T!

Yes, the pretty creature below is real! Tammy has a beautiful little pet dove. You can see the love between them!

Some silliness is always good! I guess you could say this was an awesome "Budd-oir" session... ;)

Thank you for inviting me into your home, Tammy! Until next time! 

With love, 

-M

Brigus Wedding Photographers || Josh+Julia Are Married!

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This wedding was one for the storybooks. From the first time Josh emailed me and we had an early morning skype session with him and his fiancè (now bride!) Julia, I had an unshakeable feeling that I was so lucky, and that this would be an incredible day. One year later, all my photographer dreams came true when I got to travel outto the sweet historic town of Brigus with cameras in tow to witness this magical day. That is the only way I know how to describe it. Visually, everything was stunning, from the locations, to the love and care put into all the decor, to the awesome bride and groom themselves- the love J&J had for one another was clear, it just overflowed, and everyone including myself was totally moved by their happiness and beauty as a couple. Josh and Julia made my job crazy easy, being naturals in front of the camera, giving me encouragement and support, and dousing me with kindess. They took a chance on me to photograph their wedding fully knowing theirs would be the first one I ever did, and I am so grateful. They have opened doors for me, given me confidence, inspired me, and their wedding showed me that this is what I am meant to be doing forever. I'll always remember this day- it was a real life fairytale and I am so so thankful I was let into their lives. Now, enough of my blabber...ENJOY THE PHOTOS!! 

Xo, Maddie

(PS! If you're getting married and want wedding photos of your own, visit my site and contact me!)

Vendors: 

Dress: Vera Wang

Florals: Robert Clarke Designs

Decorator: Debbie @ Home Accents and Gifts

Coordinator: Randene- Rubber Boot Brides

Catering: Colinda Gosse- On A Roll Catering

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