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We are moving!!! No, no, no, we’re still living in the burbs, but our blog home has moved to a new location. just like many folks, after a few many months, we get the urge to re-decorate and if you know us, we’re constantly the type to rearrange our furniture, add a new paint colour, hang a new picture, you know, keep things fresh. This new blog allows us more freedom to do just that. It’s a bigger better blog.

To celebrate this event, you are invited to our blog-warming party!

Our new location:

Date and time: the door’s always open

What to bring
: no vases, or picture frames, thank you. Just drop on by and say hello by leaving a comment on our new blog.

For those who are feeling really generous, submit by email to, your must-have favorite piece of furniture (or one you already own) telling us why it’s your favorite, with your name and city/state, and country you are from. We may feature your piece in an upcoming post!

To close off our old blog:

Thank you to our readers for visiting us over the last year. We appreciate your comments, kinds words and page counts, we know you’re out there!

Thank you to our fellow photographers and vendors we’ve met along the way. We feel honoured to be a part of such a creative and professional community. We look forward to working with you more in the future.

And of course, a huge thank you to our clients for your trust in us. You have enriched our lives and we really wouldn’t be here without you guys.

We’re excited to start off on a new year of blogging, with lots more happening! See you on the other side!

lots’a lovin’,
sam and mary.

your Ottawa Wedding Photographer


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Thank you for stopping by Sam and Mary Photography’s blog. Here you will find us posting photos of some of our recent wedding and lifestyle work as well as our personal photos.

If you are a prospective wedding client, you can check out more of our wedding and engagement portfolio through our weddings website.

If you or anyone you know is looking for family portraits or a lifestyle session, please visit our lifestyle website for exclusive portfolio.

Please email us at for more information regarding pricing and availability.

Thanks and for the time being, all new posts will be under this one, so please visit again soon. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed to get updates anytime we have a new blog post. We’d love to also hear from you, so feel free to leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

All the best in 2008!

your Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Sorry for the lack of posts as we’ve been busy with wedding season picking up. On top of that, getting over colds and enjoying the winter had me taking a break from my usual blogging. Here’s a super long post though, so be warned!

For those getting married this year, the Wedding Palace bridal show at the Ottawa Congess Centre was the place to be this past weekend! The place was buzzing with excitement of prospective brides and their friends, vendors, music, fashion shows, food, and all things wedding! It made me want to plan my wedding all over again, well.., almost.

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It was, however, a great chance to meet some of the vendors and fellow photographers in this industry and put faces to the names! A couple of our brides this year was even there, so that was a lot of fun! So here is a quick tour for those who missed it.

This is Sue from Weddingbells magazine who personally invited us and gave us tickets to the show. She is super helpful and overall nice person whom we’ve had the privelege of working with. Thanks, Sue!

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We met Madeleine of Chapeaux de Madeleine, whose hats caught my eye! These are super stylish for weddings and I’ve always wanted to try one on. She was gracious to suit a few on me. Hmmm, so much to choose from…

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Okay, we absolutely love this chandelier from Party Time Rentals.

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And there was a whole lot of cake! Here’s one from The Icing on the Cake:

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Vietienne from Sentiment wedding cakes had one of the most unique cake designs. They are more like pieces of art as the cakes, designed with architectural elements, resembled towering buildings with intricate work. For the non-traditional bride of course!

We met the talented folks at Starfish who we got along with really well. They are young, fresh and full of creativity. Here is part of the team with their florist, Minoo of Tulipa

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Aaron invited us to take photos of their booth, so here are a few shots that Sam was able to capture of the beautiful details.

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Here’s one of Sam with Miv from Miv Photography who does amazing work and we are glad to finally meet. We also met Byron Brydges and his wife, Maureen, but too busy chatting to take a photo. Both are great people and we are glad to be a part of this talented group of photographers.

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Oh, something I’d love to have for my wedding… doves! Right, so no more wedding for me, but I’d love to shoot a couple releasing these beautiful birds this year! Here, our girls are at their first bridal show… we told them they have 40 years to go till their turn!

Dove by Alain of Les Envoleis Blanches

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Well, that’s our scoop on the show this year!

On that note, we want to wish all the best to our brides this year who are planning their wedding, we are honoured to be your photographers and can’t wait for the big day! We love that each bride and couple is unique and has their own style and we’re looking forward to how fun these weddings will be!

If you are a prospective bride and would be interested in booking us as your photographers, we’d love to hear from you and talk more about your wedding! You can visit our website for our portfolio and more information. For pricing and availability, feel free to email us. Hope to connect with some of you soon!

Happy planning!

your Ottawa Wedding Photographer

you don’t have resolutions to break!

It’s already 2008 and life is already better in that we have decided, as we have the past few years, to not be bound to make the traditional new year’s resolutions. No pressure, no guilt. Instead, the new year is a good time to remind ourselves of the lifestyle changes that we choose to live by and work on the rest of the year.

There are a few that come to mind, that being:

* keeping a healthy positive attitude always
* making healthy food choices, but still eating foods we love
* being active and outdoors as much as possible
* having a good balance of work and play

On the topic of being active, Sam and I are starting this year off right and are going to be running with Nike+. In case you haven’t heard, and want to join in the fun, the Nike+ experience involves a Nike+ Ipod Sport Kit, a Nike+ shoe, and Apple’s Ipod Nano.

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There are tons of reviews on this already, but you can read more on these blogs, here, here, and here to name a few.

Okay, so there are so many great features that attracted me to this, one being that you can track your progress on your computer through your ipod and that is important if you have goals you want to meet. Another, more obvious reason is that it looks fun, so why not?

You just gotta love the branding that Nike and Apple have and now teamed up they have come up with another great idea. We’ll let you know how it goes once we give it a try!

What are your goals or things you want to accomplish this year?

your Ottawa Wedding Photographer


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