Josh and Sarah were both studying English at the University of Windsor and moved into apartments that were directly across from
one another on California Ave. They started hanging out in the same circle of friends, but it wasn’t until three years later, after Josh
had moved back to Toronto to complete his masters, that Sarah revealed to him that she had a crush on him. She confessed her
feelings on Christmas night at The Loop (RIP) while he was home for the holidays. They’ve been together ever since.
From the beginning of our correspondence, Sarah has expressed her love for The White Stripes. Her and Josh had even dressed up as
Jack and Meg for a Halloween party before they started dating. When I suggested we head over to Detroit for their engagement session,
they knew we had to visit Third Man Records, which was launched by Jack White in 2001. Since they also had a history of taking
photo booth photos, we did some research and found out that the Henry Ford Museum had a Photo Booth in their lobby.
To our surprise, there was also one at Third Man Records, so we ended up with two photo booths. Ha!
Can’t wait for your wedding next September, Josh and Sarah!
Brian and Fran met on the first day of grade 11 physics where the seating plan had them beside each other. After being a quite
disruptive pair – his humour, her laughing – they were separated to sit on opposite sides of the classroom. Brian eventually dropped
the class and Fran’s physics career never extended past first year University.
This February, they celebrated their fourth anniversary, and on their first trip as a couple (to Iceland), Brian proposed.
One of the sweetest things Brian and Fran shared in their first email to me was how they chose their wedding date.
Brian’s Nono and Nana have played an important role in their lives, setting a beautiful example of what marriage ought to be,
as well as providing wisdom and support to both of them over the years. To honour them and express their gratefulness, Brian and Fran
chose to get married on his grandparents’ wedding date, which will also be their 62nd wedding anniversary. How sweet and special!
When we met up for their engagement session, Brian and Fran took me to a few of their favourite places in the Guelph area:
The Covered Bridge at Royal City Park, Rockwood Conservation Area, as well as Brian’s aunt and uncle’s farm in Rockwood,
which will also be where they get married.
Cool fact: Fran caught the bouquet at a wedding I photographed a few years ago!
Also, Fran’s amazing skirt was upcycled by Emily of June and Jethro. Check out her ETSY shop here!
Dusty and Edward carefully planned their day, inviting their closest friends and family to join them as they shared their vows.
Looking back, Dusty told me that one of things she will remember is the way their loved ones were woven into the experience.
Dusty wore a dress that her mom bought her eight years ago (well before she even met Edward) and felt honoured to
also wear her Gram’s wedding ring. Some of her closest friends were involved with significant aspects of the day including Jenn,
who baked the cake, just as Dusty had made hers for Jenn’s wedding. Dusty’s friend Diana, who knows Dusty loves flowers
more than anything, surprised her by buying her bouquet. Rielly, a close friend who officiated the wedding, drew the guests closer to
Dusty and Edward during the ceremony by asking everyone to share a thought or hope for the bride and groom. Having the ceremony
and brunch at The Bake Shoppe was incredibly special as well, a place that has become to feel like home after many visits with friends.
Dusty and Edward, thank-you for having me!
I’m so happy to have given you a way to share something so special and intimate with the many other people you love!
This was my summer on film.
My third stint using the Mamiya 645 and I’m in love.
I even lugged it to a wedding.
My friends, Luke and Lydia, came down to visit us and we spent a day exploring and taking photos in Detroit. Luke is a writer
(and musician and artist) and Lydia is a musician (and artist and writer). We went to John King Books, had lunch at The
Grand Trunk Pub and walked downtown. They are beautiful people to know and spend time with and I’m so glad they came to visit.
We didn’t plan a vacation this summer because we had gone away in March, but friends invited us to a cottage for a week.
I got up early every morning and worked until lunch and relaxed in the afternoons. I got more editing done that week
than any other week at home. Go figure!
I met some ladies on the beach one day who had these lovely hats and spent a lot of time in the water just chatting.
After watching them for a while I got the courage to ask them if I could take their photo. They were so willing!
At the end of July, Kayla and Victor graciously let me take a few film photos at their wedding…
We did take a two day trip to Pittsburgh! The boys focused most of their time on baseball and the hotel pool,
while I did a bit more exploring, which included wandering around Mt. Washington,
visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, Randyland and exploring Alphabet city. To be honest, I got really tired of carrying
cameras around and ended up leaving them behind for some of my exploring.
I found an amazing cheese/wine bar and a free jazz concert put on by City of Asylum. It was a treat!
My sister and her family came for a visit late August. Side note: I love how weird my sister and I are.
I have videos to prove it but cannot show you. Too bad for you.
Most of our time this summer was spent around home (and in other people’s pools)…