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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

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.

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Some details shots…
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Love these of the bride glowing and getting ready on her big day!
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Here is one of their bridal party. I love the unique place they decided to have their photos taken.
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The banquet hall was an old aircraft hanger which laid the backdrop for the amazing details.
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It couldn’t have ended more beautifully with their first dance.
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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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We are very excited about a new product we are offering to our wedding clients this year. These genuine Italian full-grain leather albums feel good and are one of the best we’ve found in the industry. They also feature beautifully printed flush-mount pages that allows you to open the album and have the pages completely lay flat! What we love most about these albums is that they are simple, yet hot, modern, and classy.

We can’t wait to get our hands on one in a few weeks! They are going be absolutely stunning! Here are some photos to show you what we mean.

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Meet Angel and Jamile. We are so blessed to have met Angel and Jamile a few months back when they were searching for a photographer for their wedding. Amazing, it was like we were old friends and we both knew right away we would be a good fit. They are one of the most generous, honest, genuine and happy couples we know. It’s always a treat to listen to them tell us about how they met as it’s such a unique love story. Kinda like a fairytale love story with a happy ending! It’s been fun to get to know them so far, and we are sooooo excited for their wedding coming up next week! It’s going to be a great time!

Here are some images of their engagement/anniversary session from a few weeks ago.

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This one would make a great CD cover:

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We love, love these shots of them. Don’t they look hot!

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So accidentally in love.

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They had so many great images, I could keep posting all night… one more.

Love the light in this one!

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J & A: thanks so much for a wonderful session! We knew you had it in you, you guys look amazing! Can’t wait to be a part of your big day!

Enjoy your journey together…

much love,
mary (& sam)

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Annie and Ryan: I think the DJ said it best when he leaned over during dinner and said “this is gonna be a rockin’ crowd”. You guys were an absolute blast! It was great to see you and your families celebrating… and with such gusto! Congratulations, you two. All the best as you start up your new life in Toronto!

~ love, Sam and Mary

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Marni and Jamie: Your wedding was simply beautiful. What could be more romantic than a couple in love, historic buildings and a train station? I had a wonderful time photographing you guys and after all that practice, I can confidently say you two are now expert models! Our very best wishes to you as you embark on your new journey together.

~ love, Sam and Mary

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Hey Carly and Kerry! All I can say is “WOW”. It seemed like an entire generation of unspoken “I love you’s” were suddenly released and set free during the banquet. It was truly a privilege for me to be there at your wedding. Congratulations to you both and I’m sure I’ll be humming “Sweet Home Alabama” for weeks to come!

~ peace and love, Sam

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Tulips? Bah, who needs tulips?! Marni and Jamie, you guys were absolutely glowing! Next time you try to join a marathon with 3 inch heels, let me know. My camera and I will be there for sure! Heh heh. It was good to meet up with you both again and talk photography, weddings and… vintage motorbikes! Can’t wait till September!

~ love, Sam and Mary

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Happy New Year, everyone! Between presents, huge family meals and long walks through the woods, we managed to squeeze in some editing. *Whew* Holidays are never long enough are they?

Marni and Jamie, thanks for meeting up with me during the holidays and showing me around Markham and Unionville! Its going to be beautiful this fall and I’m looking forward to a fabulous time with you and your guests!

Carly and Kerry, hope you guys have recovered from the frost bite 😉 ha ha! You guys are truly daring but it was sooo worth it.
We’d like to wish our brides all the best in the new year and all the best in the preparations to come.

~ warmth & love from Sam and Mary

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