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KRISTEN + JAMES
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We first met James years ago when we were all shooting the same wedding. You see, James is one half of the awesome VillaView Cinema, some of our absolute favourite videographers in the industry. We got along so well that first time, that every subsequent shoot we found ourselves on together was a bit of celebration. So it should come as no surprise that we were overjoyed when Kristen and James asked us to photograph their intimate rustic wedding last summer. It was so incredibly heartening that one of our peers was willing to put their faith in our fledgling company. 

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And despite any personal bias we may have had, it was a great wedding: a disarmingly candid ceremony filled with outpourings of emotion, a gorgeously decorated (by Kristen, no less!) barn as a wedding venue, some of the most beautiful summer light imaginable, and a small group of lovely guests on hand to celebrate the couple. 

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Everywhere I looked, there were interesting details to document. From a funky oar-porn rug in the couple's rental cottage, to the absolutely charming golden toy animals that served as table markers, every element told a micro story. When Kristen asked me to incorporate a fox blanket from the cottage into some of the pictures, I wound up with this rather unsettling wedding-ring detail. Apologies for the nightmare fuel.

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But seriously, just look at these two. It's obvious that their union was the most natural thing, an unstoppable force. The comfort they seem to find in each other is absolutely palpable, and pretty much the most joyous thing to photograph. 

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Please follow this link to see even more images from Kristen & James' wedding. It's one of my favourites from last year, one that can't possibly be contained by this tiny blog post. Thanks for reading. Kristen + James.

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VERONICA + ANDREW

There's a moment from Veronica & Andrew's wedding last summer that's stuck with me. As wedding photographers we are witness to a near constant stream of heightened emotion: usually a culmination of rapturous joy by way of anxious anticipation, melancholy reflection and overwhelming love and tenderness. This is the norm. And so it takes quite a bit for a moment to stand out and etch itself into my mind in a way where I can replay it almost on command. 

This moment happened immediately after the couple's wedding ceremony as they were walking back down the aisle together, something usually referred to as "the recessional." Part of me hates that these moments are codified to the point of being named and generalized, but I digress. "The recessional" is one of those moments of unfettered happiness. It is purposely boisterous and celebratory, where the ceremony itself is usually intimate and quiet. It is a place for fist pumping, excited leaps and enveloping hugs. It is characterized by outsized emotion, and yet still what I saw in Veronica and Andrew stood out.

The couple exited McGill's historic Birks Heritage Chapel into the dimly lit hallways of the university building that houses it, and held on to each other *so* tightly. They pressed their heads together and cried. Time stopped, and in that moment it seemed that nothing else in the world existed but these two, and their shared relief and ecstatic joy that they had found each other. It felt almost intrusive to bear witness to it. The pictures I have from this moment aren't the sharpest or particularly well lit, but I think they are meaningful. They represent the absolute peak of a day filled with beauty and kindness.

Follow this link or check out our "weddings" section for a small collection of my favorite images from the wedding and from our fun portrait session roaming the back alleys of the McGill campus: Veronica & Andrew