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Here are some photos sam took at the gorgeous wedding of Denise and David. Everything about this wedding was beautiful right down to the amazing details. David is a pilot, so it was wonderful to see them incorporate an airplane theme throughout their wedding.

D&D airport

Some details shots…
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D&D Dress

Love these of the bride glowing and getting ready on her big day!
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D&D getting ready 2

D&D bride

D&D church

Here is one of their bridal party. I love the unique place they decided to have their photos taken.
D&D bridal party

D&D bride groom

The banquet hall was an old aircraft hanger which laid the backdrop for the amazing details.
D&D details 1

D&D details 2

D&D wedding cake

D&D the happy couple

It couldn’t have ended more beautifully with their first dance.
D&D Dance 2

D&D Dance

Thank you, Denise and David, for allowing me to capture your day! You treated me like your special guest and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your wedding and even more so, to have met you both. You are both extremely hospitable and your warmth is infectious!


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The first day of fall is always an exciting time for us. We love the season and prospects of new things to come. Fall is a great time for change as we dream and plan of projects and activities to keep us busy over the long cold winters. It’s a time of quiet and calm after a fun and busy summer. So, I thought it was appropriate to say a farewell and goodbye to summer.

All summer these are the wildflowers across our street that we would visit and play in. They are overgrown in an empty lot where house construction will soon take place and by winter will be a home for a new family. We will surely miss these wild things that grow.

Happy first day of fall!

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It’s been a while since sam has made an appearance on this blog, so here goes! After my mini session at the beach, I thought it was time to turn the cameras on sam. Here are some portrait shots I took of him. Isn’t he a hottie? We love to take photos and being in front of the camera is a great way to get better at taking photos! It’s challenging and great fun!

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These are two of my faves:

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I love this action shot!

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Three Paper Pigs Card Shoppe

Three Paper Pigs specializes in custom invitations, announcements and everyday note cards. All designs in our card shoppe can be customized to fit the occasion you are celebrating, whether it be a girly soiree or luncheon, baby shower, princess tea party, birthday luau, bbq, cocktail party or an evening dinner under dimly lit lanterns hanging from your backyard tree. Our cards are colorful morsels of art that reflect the heart of imagination. We highly encourage you to think of a reason to socialize so we can design a card just for you.

For all of you who are planning a special event or party, we highly recommend Three Paper Pigs for your custom invitations, announcements and cards. Jeanne, is the owner and creator of Three Paper Pigs. She also is the one who designed our new logo, which we are thrilled about. She is pleasant to work with and has plenty of ideas. I just love her cards designs!

On her online card shoppe you can order anything from save-the-date cards to bridal shower invitations to cards to invite your friends to be part of your bridal party! She also has designs for baby showers, to a child’s birthday party and cards for everyday occasions to celebrate! Go check her out!

Here are a few shown on her website:

Wedding Announcement std card  Wedding Shower Card Rehearsal Dinner Invitation

Three Paper Pigs 4 Birthday Card Ocean

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We’re up late working tonight, so thought I’d share a song I came across while hooking up with a friend of ours. We’ll introduce, Jeanne, from Three Paper Pigs next week, but for now this song really struck me tonight. I like what this song speaks about. Songs like these are perfect on a rainy friday night and have a way of making me reflect on life. Always a good thing.

Have a great weekend!

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Okay, so I’ve been dying (haha. pun intended!) for a change and as part of my birthday gift, sam thought it would be nice to book me a hair appointment with my hairdresser. I had been talking about getting highlights for a while and never got around to actually doing it. And it was the perfect push I needed. My hairdresser is awesome, so she recommended I go with a hint of red and copper (like most girls get with black hair). I, on the other hand, was more thinking of pink or blue or purple, and she kept asking, “are you sure?” The pink she had was a very hot pink, so I asked her to add some plum and violet to it. It was a custom colour and she said it’s bold. I told her yes, it’s perfect! So, 3 hours later, this is what I got and all the ladies in the store grew so attached to the colour after working on it. Every girl needs a little bit of pink! What do you all think? 🙂

Here are some more pictures sam took of me at the beach with my new ‘do’.

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The Wave
Renoir The Wave

We were very lucky to have caught the Renoir Landscapes 1865-1883 before the exhibit ended yesterday at the National Art Gallery of Canada, its only Canadian city venue. It featured 60 of Renoir’s most beautiful landscape paintings. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, is a leading member of the Impressionists, who revolutionized landscape painting by choosing to paint outdoors instead of in the studio. The Wave is one of my faves. Here are some more of his paintings from the Ottawa Renoir Landscape exhibit website:

View of Bougival
Renoir View of Bougival

Picking Flowers
Renoir Picking Flowers

The Skiff
Renoir The Skiff

The Mussel Harvest
Renoir The Mussel Harvest

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A couple of weeks ago, we got our hands on our own copy of the newly released Weddingbells issue (Fall/Winter 07) and we were excited, frantically flipping through it, to find our ad on page 402! If you don’t have a copy yet, they should be available at your local bookstore. Or if you are getting married and would like a copy, feel free to email us at: and we can set aside one for you, or pick up a copy when you are dropping by!

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Happy Planning!

much love,
sam and mary

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Over the long weekend, sam and I managed to watch this movie based on the best-selling book, “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman. These are the kind of movies I love to watch. It is really inspirational and challenges the way we think and offers many lessons that we can all learn and apply.  One lesson that stuck out for us is how the journey is much more important than the destination and to enjoy our experience in this part of our journey now.  So true!

It is not on the top ten movies list, but definitely worth watching!

Peaceful Warrior poster

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