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

 
 

Katherine + Dylan's Wedding at Marble Mountain // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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On a September weekend in Steady Brook, Katherine and Dylan said I do surrounded by family, friends, sunshine, and a whole lotta love.

Their wedding was the perfect blend of relaxation, laughter, and little outdoor adventures that made for the best day ever. Such a sweet, laid back celebration that had everyone smiling ear to ear.

During their first look, I witnessed something pretty amazing. Katherine has a helicopter tattoo in memory of her dad, and at the moment the couple saw each other for the first time, a chopper flew overhead in the most beautifully serendipitous coincidence. Talk about a sign. <3

Congratulations to two of the warmest, most kind people! It was incredible to spend the weekend with you last summer!

Much love and light, xo - Maddie

Stephanie + Mark's Wedding at Glendenning // St. John's Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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In September, Stephanie and Mark got married on a gorgeous sunny day that blended two worlds- Witless Bay and St. John’s ;)

The day began with everyone getting ready in homes overlooking the ocean, followed by a stunning ceremony at Our Lady Star Of The Sea. It was so serene inside the church as the sun streamed through the windows, and everyone was totally soaking up all the love.

We then adventured around Witless Bay for photos, never straying far from the water like the true Newfoundlanders we are… hanging out with the most hilarious bridal party EVER and making magic. As evening hit, we rolled into St. John’s to Quidi Vidi Brewery (thanks for having us!) for beer and a LOT of laughs!

Later that evening, Steph and Mark had a little moment to themselves among the dories on the dock as the sun set. They were at peace, totally themselves, and lost in each other for a while. Always the best little magical nugget of the wedding day. <3

To start the night of celebrations, we then arrived at one of my FAVOURITE venues- Glendenning! The room was softly lit in pinks and gold, making for a wonderful dinner before the dancing and TRUE craziness kicked off!

Thank you SO MUCH Stephanie & Mark for inviting me along to capture what was definitely one of the wildest, most hilarious and fun wedding days I’ve ever experienced! Congratulations again, all my love, and cheers to your first new year as a married couple!

XO- Maddie

 

VENDORS:

Venue: GlenDenning Golf Club Decorator: Event 3Sixty

Cake/Sweets: Pam Picco's Speciality Cakes and Sweets

Rings: Diamond Design NL Hair: NuImage Design Studio

Makeup: Danielle Michelle Makeup Artistry

Dress: Ever After Bridal Boutique

 

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!

 

Erin + Chris's Wedding at Glendenning in St. John's // Newfoundland Wedding Photographer

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ERIN AND CHRIS GOT HITCHED!! October 6th was the BEST day with these guys!

We laughed until our faces hurt and went on lots of little Newfoundland adventures for these Ontario-dwelling peeps who came home to say I do.

Erin and Chris have the sweetest love and spend so much time smiling and joking that it's easy to see they are meant for one another.

Thank you both for being just as crazy and fun loving as I am, it was an honour to document your amazing day!!

VENDORS:

-George Street United Church - GlenDenning Golf Club -

Kristýna Adamová Event 3Sixty - Pam Picco's Speciality Cakes and Sweets

Devin Sooley DS-Media Photo & Video

Diamond Design NL - Emily Pittman Makeup

FROM THE COUPLE:

Chris and I had Maddie for our wedding photography and let me tell you it was the best decision! We LOVED our photos. She made us feel comfortable when we were both feeling awkward and rolled with our crazy ways making sure we kept the party vibe the whole day. Maddie was under tables, behind chairs, on top of things you name it, just to get the perfect shots! We love you Maddie thanks for the BEST day!!

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