Monic & Cody's PEI Engagement

July 28th, 2018

PEI Engagement

My first-ever engagement blog - how exciting! Monic and I go way back… I met her when I moved to Prince Edward Island in grade four. We used to catch mice around her farm house and smuggle them into school in our pencil cases. And now, 17 years later, here she is ENGAGED to her very best friend!

Prince Edward Island Engagement

Monic reached out to me when she saw a post I made offering engagement sessions. Since I live in Ontario and she’s back home in PEI, she asked when I would be on the island again to take some shots of her and her beau! I was travelling back to the East coast to shoot my cousin's wedding in July, so we set up a session for the day after the wedding. Living near Lake Ontario is nothing compared to the smell and feeling of the ocean, so I naturally asked if we could shoot on the beach!

My partner Dan and I met Monic, Cody and their pup, Shelby, at Kinlock Beach in Stratford, PEI. The best thing about south shore beaches in PEI is that you can walk for miles when the tide is out and the water is shallow and warm - not to mention all of the picturesque sandbars! We walked for a bit, catching up and leaving behind all of the tourists and their families who came out for an afternoon swim.

First I got some shots of Monic, Cody and Shelby walking up and down the beach, while my partner Dan screamed dad jokes at them: “The price of velcro has gone up and it’s such a rip-off!” Then we climbed up onto some famously red PEI rocks while the dad jokes got more raunchy.

Although making people laugh is my all-time favourite thing to do, I also love capturing some serious, intimate moments during my sessions. This is easy when you ask people to touch foreheads, noses, or just stare into each other’s eyes… until someone licks someone else’s nose.

Next we braved the attack of the hermit crabs to get these gorgeous shots - it was totally worth it.

Then our brave couple decided to climb up a cliff! Meanwhile Shelby waited at the bottom, guarding mom and dad in case of danger (or more hermit crabs).

What we really came for was a new album cover for their band “Shelby and the Shades”.

After an hour of fun, it was time to go. I want to thank Monic and Cody so much for asking me to capture these moments with them, and wish them all the best with their wedding next September!

Kinlock Beach, PEI

Ryan & Paige's PEI Wedding

July 27th, 2018

Charlottetown Wedding

When my cousin Ryan and his girlfriend Paige announced their engagement, I was over the moon! When they asked me to Emcee their reception - I was ecstatic! You see, I had offered to be their wedding photographer, but they had already hired the photographer who took their beautiful engagement photos in Alberta (where they live). So I was happy to still be involved somehow - and truth be told - I would make an amazing Emcee…

But a few weeks later, Ryan messaged me to say they had thought it over and wanted me to be their wedding photographer after all! Now I could stop pretending to be happy with the Emcee job - and REALLY get excited! Not only are Ryan and Paige two of the sweetest humans I have ever met, but they also happen to be gorgeous creatures who I knew would make the photos extra special. Though I could not have imagined though the beautiful moments that we ended up capturing on their big day.

The day started at 8am when my partner Dan and I met the boys at Fox Meadow Golf Course in Stratford, PEI. They were well into their full game of golf, and let us follow them around for an hour to get some candid shots of the game, as well as capture the groomsmen receiving their gifts.

Next it was time to meet the bride and her girls at the salon! For the first time ever, I did not know where the bride was getting her hair done until the morning of the wedding… that’s right - this bride was so chill, she did not make an appointment for her hair until the day before her wedding! And she was happy as a clam with her choice. We hung out with the bride, her maid of honour - who is also her mother - while the talented hair dressers at Cleopatra Hair Design worked their magic.

We then drove to CNG Country Cabins where the wedding party and many of the guests stayed. This is where the bride and her girls were to do the rest of their getting ready! Paige was surrounded by her family and her dog - and some of Ryan’s family joined in. One of my favourite moments during this part of the day was after Paige’s mom had helped her daughter get into her gorgeous dress, she went to get Ryan’s mom, Cathy, to put on the veil. It was one of those moments when two families become one, where a mother knows how much a moment like this means and wants to share it.

After a beautiful and emotional time getting ready with the girls, it was time to head back to Stratford to meet the boys at Ryan and my grand-parents’ house. There were many beers and laughs involved!

We got to Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Parish Church in Stratford as all of the guests were arriving. Ryan and his groomsmen greeted and sat everyone, and then took their place at the end of the aisle. The girls arrived soon after, and everyone piled in except for Paige and her parents. I loved watching the last moments before their ceremony, as Paige and her parents shared a laugh outside of the church.

Church Wedding

Ryan and Paige had a traditional Catholic ceremony. Afterwards, they exited the church to greet their family and friends, followed by a few family photos outside the church.

Next we went back to Nana & Grampy’s for a quick beer stop before driving to the picturesque Victoria Park in Charlottetown. Here we took photos by the water and then headed to the baseball diamond to get a few shots as Ryan is a baseball player. Incredibly, there were two teams about to play, and they lent us their gear and the field to get a few pictures!

Ryan and Paige’s reception was held at the wonderful PEI Brewing Company. As guests ate dinner, the couple entertained us with the adorable shoe game. They then made their way to the dance floor where they had their first dance, and father-daughter dance.

Last but not least, we went outside to take some night shots followed by one last miraculous photo in front of the PEI Brewery’s unique lamps. It was one of the longest days I have ever captured, but felt like the shortest thanks to these two vibrant gems. Thank you dearly to my cousin Ryan and my new cousin Paige for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful day.