STEPHANIE + KRISTOPHER | {wedding} | july 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

As I arrived at Stephanie's childhood home, it was unusually quiet - no cars pulling in and out of the drive, no echo of voices or roars of laughter coming from inside the house. As I opened the door, Stephanie was stood at the top of the split-entry staircase wearing skinny jeans and a white tank top with Bride-to-be printed across the front in blue letters - a souvenir from her bachelorette party. "I'm freaking out," she shouted and took a bite of dry toast. Camera still in hand, I reassured her that everything about her wedding day would be perfect and the butterflies in her stomach would fly away when she sees Kris waiting at the alter. She agreed.

The girls scurried around getting themselves ready for Stephanie and Kris's wedding ceremony. I photographed the details of their dream wedding. Stephanie continued to nibble on that same slice of dry toast before slipping into her gorgeous strapless wedding dress.

Kris grew up on his parents farm. As a young adult, he soon learned the ropes of hard work. When the opportunity came, Kris left for college - seeking a career that didn't involve harvesting crops and manual labour. One Summer, Kris returned  home to work with his father. It was during that summer that Kris fell in love with farming. When a neighbour announced he was selling his farm, Kris jumped at the opportunity. He has been joyfully harvesting crops and enjoying the fruits of his labour ever since.

He fell in love again when he met Stephanie - a quiet girl with a kind heart.

For their pre-wedding consultation, we met on their multi-acre farm in Wooddale. We piled into Kris' truck and went off-roading to check out a few locations for their post-ceremony wedding portraits. Endless lush-green fields, bales of hay and an antique John Deer to use as a prop - my head was buzzing with ideas. I was giddy. Literally. The farm setting offered so many beautiful possibilities for amazing images. All I needed was the right light.

The forecast called for sixty-percent chance of thunderstorms and showers. The morning of Stephanie and Kris' wedding was beautiful. I knew the minute I looked outside, we would have the perfect day. Dark clouds loomed over head, but we didn't see a drop of precipitation. The light was amazing and the scattered yellow flora among the rich green fields painted the perfect backdrop.

Stephanie and Kris....thank you, thank you, thank you. I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with you both and your families. You are beautiful people and I wish you all the happiness you can get your hands on. Thank you Mary - Stephanie's mom - for the short chat at the end of the evening.

Stephanie rocked the wellies during picture hour!

TIFFANY + JUSTIN | {wedding} | july 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

With her Bridesmaids by her side, Tiffany stepped into her exquisite Maggie Sottero wedding gown and prepared to meet her husband-to-be at the alter. After months of planning, decision making, and anticipation, Tiffany and Justin's wedding day had finally arrived.

At the church, Justin and his groomsmen waited anxiously for the girls to arrive and the ceremony to begin. Justin moved throughout the church, making sure every last detail was in place before his Bride arrived. He was nervous (you could tell) but extremely excited to see Tiffany.

Tiffany and Justin were married on Friday, June 29th at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Grand Falls-Windsor. They had a traditional ceremony with an unexpected modern twist. After the Bridesmaids took their places at the alter, Justin walked down the aisle and returned laying a carpet of rose petals moments before the entrance of his Bride. His love for Tiffany was evident in the brimming smile on his face and with every rose petal he carefully placed. It was so romantic.

Last weekend, I photographed two weddings. Two different weddings, but both as equally beautiful as the other. I'm blessed to witness such love stories as they unfold into one magical day.

Tiffany and Justin, Thank You! It was truly an honor to meet you and document your wedding day. Much love and happiness for your future lives together.

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