Eldie Photography: Blog https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Eldie Photography lindsay@eldiephotography.com (Eldie Photography) Fri, 27 Jul 2018 16:52:00 GMT Fri, 27 Jul 2018 16:52:00 GMT https://www.eldiephotography.com/img/s/v-5/u488622317-o22076050-50.jpg Eldie Photography: Blog https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog 80 120 STEPH + ASH https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2018/7/steph-ash  

STEPH & ASH

Oh hi, I've found my new favourite type of wedding to photograph - a road-trip wedding!

 

I knew from first speaking with Steph that her and Ash's wedding would be something special:) Steph was calm, collected, and very sweet and she talked about their plans. A ceremony and fun party at Healy farms. Their dogs would be there, which is always a selling point for me:)

Then I met Ash - the complete opposite. Boisterous, excited, and always laughing. But the best part was watching these two together - how Steph relaxes and laughs all the time around Ash, and how Ash becomes calm and chills out in Steph's presence. These two are perfect for each other.

After getting ready together in Halifax, we loaded into two cars with way too much champagne for a photography road-trip to their ceremony in The Valley. We spent hours visiting the ocean, cornfields, a gas station, and generally just having an amazing Nova Scotian time. If anyone ever wants a suggestion for photos, that's mine - grab your photographers, and hit the road!

The pure love and emotions of these two as they walked towards each other during their ceremony....ugh, not a dry eye in the house. This is what finding the right one looks like. After exchanging vows under a huge oak tree, Steph and Ash popped some champagne, played some games, and then moved everything into the barn for one hell of a party. Party highlights included:

- Ash tending bar quite *ahem* enthusiastically (photos below)

- Ash setting off a confetti cannon inside (photos below)

- Ash dancing so hard she split her pants (sorry, no photos) and exchanging pants with the videographer

But the things I remember most are the words from their friends and family: how their home has become a home for so many; their epic brunches; their endearing and reliable friendship. They haven't just made a marriage, they've made a community.

And I wanna attend a brunch:)

Photos by myself and amazing second photographer Jeannette Gallant.

See below for all these great vendors!

xo

LD

VENDORS

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION: HEALY EVENTS

WEDDING DRESS: CHESTER AND FELICITY

SHOES: SAM EDELMAN

HAIR: DIME SALON

MAKEUP: DIME SALON

BRIDE'S SUIT: RAG & BONE

FLORALS: BLOOM

OFFICIANT: ROBERT COSTELO

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JENNA + ANDREW + GROOT https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2018/7/jenna-and-andrew As a wedding photographer, there are some things I dream of; a perfect cloudy day, an epic wedding train, a dog in a wedding ceremony....but sometimes, the world gives us the thing we never dreamed of but so badly needed.

For Jenna and Andrew's creative shoot, that dream came in the form of a CosPLay Groot falling in love with Jenna. During our romp downtown we hit up Sumach Espresso, the underpass art, and then accidentally stumbled upon a CosPLay photoshoot. These two are clearly into each other (and their wedding this past weekend was one for the books!), but on this lovely Spring day it was clear Groot was also into Jenna:) 

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SJ + RODDIE https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2018/6/sj-roddie SJ + RODDIE

For all the couples I meet who ask about doing weddings differently.....a non-traditional location, wacky attire, modern twist on the menu, special favours, or just finding ways to express yourself in your wedding day...THIS ONE'S FOR YOU! One of my best friends recently got engaged, and was asking about having her wedding in Toronto. She was asking about non-traditional venues and smaller parties, and it made me realize how much inspiration there was here, thanks to SJ and Roddie's unique personalities (if you didn't already, check out their sweet Toronto rehearsal dinner at the non-defunct The Steady)

SJ and Roddie's Scottish/Toronto lovefest involves the following:

- Custom late-night tattoos

- Matching t-shirts

- Delectable tacos

- A bridesmaid in a wheelchair

- A 2 a.m. trip to Disgraceland (well, really, to the herb store next to Disgraceland that was the site of their first kiss)

- A late-night mooner

Originally planned for Toronto Island, the flooding in the spring of 2017 meant a last minute venue change. Luckily, Album Studios turned out to be the perfect venue - and a photographer's dream! Some of my favourite moments included SJ's bridesmaids reaction to seeing her red wedding dress for the first time, Roddie's family coming in from Scotland, and of course....the wedding mooner. When I talk about staying until the end of a wedding, this is why. around 3:00 a.m. everyone close to these  two were packing up the venue, simultaneously helping out and passing out, before ambling to their apartment for an after party. Those are the moments you can't plan for, but I know you want to remember:)

FOR ALL THEIR AMAZING VENDORS, SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM:)

xo

LD

VENDORS

VENUE: ALBUM STUDIO RENTALS

WEDDING DRESS: REFORMATION

MAKEUP: JENNIFER TOPP

CATERING: BARQUE EVENTS

OFFICIENT: JANIS DALY

 

 

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ALEK + JESS + FIELDING ESTATES https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2018/4/alek-jess-fielding-estates ALEK + JESS + FIELDING ESTATES

Now that the world is thawing out, I'm getting excited for all the incredible couples I'll be photographing this Spring/Summer! It also reminded me that I did so many beautiful creative shoots last Fall.

What is a creative shoot?

I guess it's what some people would call an engagement shoot. But when I think of an engagement shoot, I think of two things:
1. Photographing the moment you get engaged (which I've done, and is amazing!)
2. Having photos taken to announcement your engagement in the newspaper

But that's not for everyone. Every couple I work with has what I call a creative shoot. I like it for three reasons:

1. We get to spend some time together, which is great because I'll be with you for some very upclose moments during your wedding day

2. You get a chance to be in front of the camera. This is advantageous because you get used to having my camera around, and I get an idea of how you feel in front of my camera. This means that on your wedding day, I don't need to waste time figuring out what makes you most comfortable, and how you two interact together. We're already close buds by then

3. You two get gorgeous, professional photos of yourselves that aren't only on your wedding day!

Sometimes our shoots are doing something you do every day (getting coffee, walking the dog). Other times it's something fun that you don't normally get to do (rock climbing, visiting a vineyard. Either way, we get to hang out and make photos.

In this case, Alek and Jess had an amazing day planned at Fielding Estates. We drove down together, sampled some wine, had some laughs, and made some photos. All in all, an amazing day that has me extra stoked for their wedding!

 

xo

LD

 

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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2018/2/happy-valentines-day This past year I witness more real love than I knew existed. I'm completely floored by how these amazing couples find me - couples who want to marry in a way that is natural, fun, and true to who they are.

Couples who had their first dance on a rug they brought from their kitchen; couples who only goal was to drink champagne in a corn field; couples who've waited 25 years to make it official; couples who understand how badly I want to meet all of their pets (very, very badly).

Planning a wedding is a huge undertaking, and so is a life together. I hope today you all celebrate the life you're building together, and that this past year you managed to carve out time in your lives to celebrate each other and the people who love and support you.

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY NEWLYWEDS!

And happy Pink Triangle Day:) *

 

 

 

 

* Pink Triangle Day, also celebrated on February 14th, is Canada's only annual gay holiday, celebrated since 1979

 

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A flooded island can't keep these two lovebirds from tying the knot! With Toronto Island half under water, a late-in-the-game venue change wasn't what they had in mind:) But these two are calm under pressure and an amazing team - I have no doubt their marriage will be full of fun turns, quick thinking, and loads of adventure!
Happy wedding day SJ and Roddie!

I can't wait to share your wedding story with you today, but in the meantime, here's a peak into that super fly rehearsal dinner at The Steady.

xo

LD

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WE'RE FEATURED IN WEDDING BELLS! https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2017/7/were-featured-in-wedding-bells Have you picked up the latest issue of Wedding Bells Magazine? In addition to a stunning editorial by Chris Nicholls (my favourite!) and some dreamy dresses, Jenna and Curtis' wedding day is featured in the Real Weddings section! You'll want to have a look if you love:

- Farmer's Markets

- Piñatas 

- Happy people

Thank you Jenna and Curtis for choosing me to capture your thoughtful, love-filled day! To see more of their story, and find out who their amazing vendors were, check out our post from their wedding!

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ALLISON + KYLE https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2017/7/allison-kyle "Love, don't you worry, I'm running down the aisle."

I read this text to Kyle over Allison's shoulder while she wrote it, and knew immediately I would need tissues for the day. Friend's since school, the two didn't start dating until later in life. But throughout my time with them - meeting, planning, getting ready, vows - I felt these two didn't step into this lightly. They took the commitment seriously. They both fought back tears will making their vows beneath a huge tree and the setting sun.

I will also forever remember the speeches. I have never encountered such amazing speeches from friends and family - folks, if you spoke at this wedding, and you're reading this, you should probably give lessons on wedding speeches. Heartfelt, honest, and not a single cliché. It was clear that this couple is a rock for so many people - dependable, reliable, and generous.

Maid of Honour Nicole brought the house down with the most hilarious, touching, and well-planned speech I've ever heard. Heck, she had props she had saved since grade school! A guten-free brownie bar and outdoor bar set the scene for an insanely fun night where people danced inside with giant balloons, chatted outside underneath the trees, and started off this marriage with a whole lotta love.

 

xo

LD

Venue: Healy Farms

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero

Makeup Artist: Meghan Lawlor

Bridesmaid’s Attire: David’s Bridal

Groom’s Suit: Moores

Groomsmen’s Attire: Moores

Floral Design: Roxann Brown (Sister-In-Law)

Cake: Gluten-Free Brownie Bar

Wedding Bands: Vera Wang (engagement ring), Neil Lane (hers), People’s (His)

Officient: Don McRae

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KAT + BRYAN https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2017/6/kat-bryan

I rarely make it down to the Toronto waterfront (which is odd, because I grew up on the ocean and miss being near the water). My avoidance is purely due to the mass of people that tend to congregate during the warmer months to go sailing, take in the view, and bask on the many patios. As lovely as all of those things are, I have this association with solitude and being near the water.

Kat and Bryan schooled me though - just go on Sunday evening! Or, even better, go on Sunday evening when it's RAINING. No one will be there! And I got it all - the view, the solitude, and those misty waters I love so much. I harassed their cat at their apartment, took full advantage of their rooftop terrance, and grabbed a drink and Boxcar Social (which is quickly becoming my favourite haunt. Seriously, the drinks are perfect and the staff treat you like best friends).

Afterwards I was treated to a little tour around the waterfront, and up around the Skydome (I will still always call it the Skydome). Kat and Bryan, I will not wish for rain on your wedding day but c'mon, you look pretty damn great in it:)

 

xo

LD

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STEPH + CHRIS https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2017/2/steph-chris STEPH + CHRIS

My favourite details at a wedding are often hard to photograph. For example:

1. The sole of the groomsmen's shoe is currently being held together by chewing gum

2. One of the bridesmaid's is a super organized teacher, and has set 27 alarms for the wedding day. Alarm 1 - wake up! Alarm 2 - brush teeth....alarm 16-getting dresses on.....alarm 24-don't forget to pee....

3. Bud Light Lime is not, in fact, swill. It is incredibly refreshing, and I will likely have another one in my lifetime.

4. If your mom is your best friend, she will shame all your friends on the dance floor. Maureen, I just want to hang out with you all the time. I want to hang out with you and drink Alabama Slammers.

5. Sometime's a bride's best friend is Blistex.

Pictou Lodge was the perfect setting for this wedding, where Steph, Chris and their families could take things slow. The morning was spent languidly in cabins, and the evening festivities spilled out to the grass, the docks...the other side of the pond....

I am in no way a master of hashtags, but if I had to use #CoupleGoals, it would be for these two:)

xo

LD

P.S. A huge thank you to Jessie Redmond who was the second photographer for this amazing group - and always a favourite to work with:)

 

VENUE: Pictou Lodge

SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER: Jessie Redmond

WEDDING DRESS: David's Bridal

SHOES: ALDO

HAIR: Cara MacInnis, Tidal Hair Lounge

BRIDESMAID'S ATTIRE: JJ's House

GROOM'S ATTIRE: Tiptop Tailors

GROOMSMEN'S ATTIRE: Tiptop Tailors

FLORALS: McKean's Flowers

WEDDING RINGS: Fawcett's Fine Jewellery

OFFICIENT: Mary Beth Moriarty

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JENNA + CURTIS https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2017/2/jenna-curtis JENNA + CURTIS

I tried hard not to squeal when I met Jenna and she told me where she was getting married. As a local-loving, vegetarian-eating, farmer-crushing east coaster, there are few places that fill me with as much glee as a farmer's market. the Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market is no slouch - it boasts sweeping ocean views, a rooftop patio, and floor to ceiling windows in the main atrium.

Cocktail hour took advantage of the rooftop ocean view, and I've never seen guests so calm and relaxed:) During dinner we watched the gorgeous sunset bowing down over the Atlantic. One of my favourite personal touches was a piñata; guests filled a heart-shaped piñata with notes to the couple, and on their first anniversary Jenna and Curtis get to bust it open and revel in all the love!

Once dinner finished the dance floor filled. Guests emptied the grappa before 10 p.m., and I can only imagine the late-night notes that ended up in the piñata:) Jenna and Curtis, thank you so much for trusting us to capture a day that you put so much into! It was a long time coming, but worth the wait:)

xo

LD

Venue: Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market

Hair: Jessica Fletcher, True Beauty Salon

Makeup: Allison Kirby

Bridesmaids dresses: BHLDN

Wedding dress: Watters/WTOO from Felichia Bridal

Groom's attire: Calvin Klein

Groomsmen's attire: Calvin Klein

Florals: Chelsea Lee Flowers (Jenna could not say enough good things about her flowers!)

Catering: Certainly Cinnamon

Decorator: Golden Dog Productions

Music: True North DJ Services

Wedding rings: Fawcett's and Fireworks Gallery

Officient: Jenny Csinos

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JEFF + IRENE https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2017/2/jeff-irene JEFF & IRENE

What happens when two mathematicians get married?

It's not too different from when two non-mathematicians get married, actually. There were no long division place cards; no number-themed wedding cake; No "1+1=2" sign (although that would have been adorable).

Instead, Jeff and Irene weaved their quirky and hilarious personalities throughout their wedding, including:

1. Scrabble-themed decor for two fellow logophiles (that's word-lovers, for you non-Scrabble-folk)

2. Gorgeous hand-painted signs, designed and created by Irene herself

3. (My favourite) the world's best wedding hashtag - #GiveHerSomeVowels. I took one look at Irene's last name, strung up in Scrabble-tile-formation across the barn, and burst out laughing. V-R-B-I-K. Yup, give her some vowels.

I first met Irene and Jeff via Skype, from 3 different time zones: Halifax, where I was staying; Montreal, where she was working; and British Columbia, where Jeff was living. One of the happiest parts of their wedding day was that it took place very soon after these two finally moved to the same city after years of distance.

Their wedding day was perfect! Amazing weather for an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour underneath a canopy of trees. Guests were treated to lobster tails, steak, and red curry peanut noodles. It wasn't long before the party moved back out under the stars:)

Look closely and you'll see Jeff from his undergrad days - or at least, a photo of him, made into a poster and paraded around for guest photos. I guess you can move forward together, but your past is coming with you:)

Congrats Jeff and Irene!

xo

LD

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BETH + MARCUS https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2017/1/beth-marcus BETH + MARCUS

Every time I've gotten together with Beth and Marcus I'm struck by the same, beautiful thought - this is what it means when two people balance each other. Beth is calm, focus, detail oriented - I feel calmer and more organized just being in her presence. And then there's Marcus - a huge, hearty laugh living inside a quick smile, all wrapped up in having fun.

Regardless of the scenario, Marcus can make Beth smile - a huge, quick, authentic smile, at any time - I love it. I watched it while we were walking on the beach; I watched it while they were talking about wedding planning, and I watched it when Beth walked down the aisle. While getting ready she was focused, calm, serious, considering everyone around her. But the second Beth saw Marcus - she melted. 

A huge thanks to the couple's dear friends who let us crash their beach house in Green Bay! Some crazy eat coast winds kicked up during our photo time, and we alternated between running around on the beach and running for drinks on their porch. 

Try and not fall in love with their beautiful bridal party (that colour palette tho!), who came from all over the world to celebrate this magic couple.

Here's to years and years of smiles and adventures Beth and Marcus!

xo

LD

VENUE: Best Western Plus Bridgewater

WEDDING DRESS: Maggie Sottero, from Tatum's Bridal

HAIR & MAKEUP: The Look 4 U

BRIDESMAID'S ATTIRE: David's Bridal

GROOM'S ATTIRE: Hong Kong Tailor

FLORALS: Tulipwood Inc.

 

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS! https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2017/1/happy-holidays I was dying to share a few images from this shoot, but I had to wait until all their holiday cards had been received:)

Well the holiday cards have been sent and received, the presents have been opened, and now I can show you the world's happiest baby- Winnie!

Winnie's full name is Winter, and for me she is a reminder of how wonderful this season can be. I photographed Jared and Patricia's wedding several years ago, and for their creative session (the time before their wedding when we have some fun!) we created one of my favourite photos - two people in love, hanging on the couch, throwing popcorn! Now that their family has grown by 1, it only seemed right to include her in the fun:)

Curious to see how much these two have changed? The answer: not much:)

Happy Holidays from me and mine to you and yours! May your Winter be as fun as this one.

xo

LD

 

 

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SARAH + JOHN https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2016/12/sarah-john SARAH + JOHN

As I've come to terms with being a dual-city lady, I'm amazed how many other people I meet who also call Toronto and the East Coast home. Just this week it's included the following: The UPS delivery man, 3 baristas, a dog owner at the park, a dog owner on the street (I pet a lot of dogs), and John, of John and Sarah:)
These two have one of my favourite meeting stories ever. It includes John jokingly impersonating his friend on Facebook while talking to Sarah, only to develop an attraction for this US babe. Online flirtation and a few visits later, they both call Toronto home but will be tying the note in Nova Scotia.


An amazing reason to visit home! It also allows us to work with a few more outstanding by's this summer, for which we are always thankful:)

My favourite thing was how we swore up and down that we would not visit the Distillery Market. As lovely as it is, the market is insane during the holidays, and usually full of dozens of couples. We laughed about how we would be different - until I saw an entire grove of pink Christmas trees and forced them into a pink forest.

Sarah and John, I can't wait for your wedding!

LD

*Please note, no puppies were harmed in the taking of these photos. She thoroughly enjoyed the slide.

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NICOLE + ALEX https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2016/11/nicole-alex

Meet my cousin Nicole. She seems to have come from the deep end of our gene pool, and is as smart, funny, and kind as she is beautiful. She has found her physical and mental equal in Alex, just as stupendous. 

Last year I received the sweetest email from Nicole, letting me know that they would really love me to be their wedding photographer, but would love more if I could be a guest. As much as I will have photo envy from not being the one to capture what is going to be an insanely gorgeous, fun, emotional wedding, I am so damn excited to be a guest at their wedding this summer!

But that didn't stop us from getting together for a fun shoot at the site of their beginning - Queen's University. My family in no way pushed anyone into a certain university, but it does seem we've become an accidental "Queen's family." My parents met and fell in love on campus; actually, they even married at the campus chapel! My brother attend Queen's, working for the radio station, and met his wife, then working for the Queen's Journal. I followed suit, and spent 5 years in Kingston riding cafeteria trays down Summerhill and dissecting things in the Life Sciences building.

Nicole and Alex met at Queen's, where she was a dancer and he was on the basketball team. It was a hilariously sweet and memorable day to come back with the two of them, roam the campus, and feel old. We also had a beer with Nicole's younger brother (my cousin) who has jumped on what is becoming a family tradition.

Thank you Nicole and Alex for letting me a part of your story, and I guess we also need to thank Queen's for arranging half our family marriages:)

xo

LD

 

 

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KATIE + FRANK https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2016/10/katie-frank I will forever remember the scene of a bride , hair and makeup done, calmly braiding her daughter's hair while the chaos of pre-wedding planning whirled about her. One child calmly eating spilled Cheeze-its off the floor, while the other screamed that she didn't want to wear her flower girl dress (Which, for the record, she was super excited to wear 5 minutes before).

My favourite things about weddings is that you can do whatever you want; Get hitched whenever and however you want to. The old adage 'first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the two with a baby carriage' is as out of place as the term adage is. Katie and Frank met, fell in love, moved to Europe, had two beautiful kids, moved back to Canada, and tied the knot. And I can't imagine it occurring any other way.

Having their girls present at their wedding really hit home that this is a family - and I think it hit home for Katie too. She was on the verge of tears most of the morning:) Katie and Frank have also been blessed with two families, it seems - their Nova Scotian/Scottish clan, and the family they mad for themselves in Europe. People came from all over the world - literally - to celebrate this important chapter in their life together.

I'm not sure if drinking beer out of a shoe is a Scottish tradition, a Nova Scotian tradition, or an Austrian tradition, but I wouldn't mind seeing more of it:) Also, any photos where it looks like the bride is screaming at someone are actually a bride singing Paradise By The Dashboard Lights with her husband.

Brian and I will forever remember this wedding, which proved to us that there is no maximum on how much love and how much ridiculousness you can pack into one weekend!

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"What should we do for our creative shoot?"

It's a common question we receive, and I usually give two options:

1. Let's do something you both do together a lot

2. Let's do something you've never done

We call them creative shoots instead of engagement shoots for a lot of reasons. One reason being... ...

What's an engagement shoot?

To me, it either means a photoshoot of you getting engaged (which takes some sneaky planning, and is awesome!) or it means photos taken to announce your engagement in a newspaper, which isn't as common these days.

A creative shoot serves 3 purposes:

1. We get to meet and hang out. I get a feel for how you two vibe together, move together, and what you're comfortable with. This inevitably helps with the comfort level and direction of photos on your wedding day. Creative shoot = better wedding photos for you.

2. You get a chance to meet us, ask questions, and see what it's like to be in front of the camera!

3. Do you have any professional photos of the two of you? Well you should! You'll have dozens of gorgeous photos of you on your wedding day, looking snazzy. But how about a few of you two in your natural habitat? 

 

Which brings me back to our initial two options.

 

1. Let's do something you both do together a lot

2. Let's do something you've never done

To which Nicole gave me 2 equally amazing answers:

1. Let's go bowling, or

2. Let's go to the beach and have a paint fight

You can see which one we went with:)

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lindsay@eldiephotography.com (Eldie Photography) creative engagement engagement session fun paint fight photography unique wedding photographer https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2016/9/paint-fight-with-jeff-and-nicole Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:00:00 GMT
LEAH + SHAUN https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2016/9/leah-shaun Shaun and Leah booked us for the wedding far in advance. They'd been at a wedding we shot the previous year, and called soon after. "We want you guys." To be honest, I'd never been booked that far in advance. I'd describe almost all of our couples as laid back: relaxed about wedding planning, into authentic, candid moments, not into posed photos, outdoorsy, artsy, fun. The kind of people that start planning their wedding 6-10 months before their date.

Who were these people, calling so far in advance?? The answer?

Our favourite people. Super outdoorsy, laid back, fun, and authentic. I met Leah and Shaun for a creative shoot in the woods during a rain storm, and fell in love with them. Parents to an adorable 4 year-old boy, they were super into each other and super not into agonizing over their wedding details. One caveat: their photography. They prioritized their photography first. They told me they didn't care so much about decor, but they did care about recording their day; they cared about capturing memories, smiles, moments, tears, laughs, and the odd and wondrous things that happen when everyone you love descends on Oceanstone for a weekend:)

Shaun and Leah focused on all the important things for their wedding day. Leah carried a bouquet of poppies down the aisle, in honour of her own Poppy who couldn't be there. Their son, Sonny, who carried their wedding bands down the aisle, and then couldn't wait to run down the aisle and tell his mom how beautiful she looked. Letting me into their bridal sweet the morning after, to find their two best friends bunked in with them, reliving the hazy moments of the night before......

I am so thankful for these two, for trusting us completely when we ventured into the rain, the seaweed, into all of it. It reminded me that, if you want photos that show your love, give us all the love you've got.

xo

LD

 

Venue & Catering: Oceanstone Seaside Resort

Shoes: Michael Kors

Hair and Makeup: Meg Ryan, Bowtique

Flowers: Silk'n Blooms

Officient: Maria Kuttner

Wedding Bands: Bentwood Jewelry Designs

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lindsay@eldiephotography.com (Eldie Photography) Nova Scotia Wedding Bells bride coast east coast groom inspiration. modern photographer pinterest poppies seaside sexy wedding wedding photographer https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2016/9/leah-shaun Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:16:17 GMT
Hiking with JEFF + IRENE https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2016/7/hiking-with-jeff-irene

Last week we met Jeff and Irene in a place I have never been, in a province where I thought I had been everywhere. They toured us around Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia, which I now believe to be home to the world's most uninhabited beaches and most stunning sunsets.
We ran into old friends, hiked up a mountain, and clammered over rocks.
Let's all take a moment to acknowledge that Irene did this (enthusiastically) in a white sun dress.

And today? THEY'RE GETTING MARRIED!

Congratulations Jeff and Irene! We can't wait to celebrate with you today, and explore a little more:)

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lindsay@eldiephotography.com (Eldie Photography) Canada Nova Scotia couple east coast engagement hiking instalove love outdoors photographer wedding wedding photographer https://www.eldiephotography.com/blog/2016/7/hiking-with-jeff-irene Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:30:00 GMT