Upper Canada Village Engagement Session: Marie-France + Jonathan

Upper Canada Engagement Session Stephanie Beach PhotographyDave doesn’t often join me for engagement sessions. But this session was a little different. The subjects were just as in love as our other couples, and there weren’t really any difficult shooting conditions to work in such that I would need a second set of hands, but we were heading to a location that was extra special, not only just for our couple, but for us too.

Way back in December 2010, one day before New Year’s Eve, Dave and I headed out to Morrisburg to take night photos of the Alight at Night Festival at Upper Canada Village. We were there for about 3 hours or so, walking around taking tons of photos of the beautiful lights, eating fresh gingerbread and trying not to freeze to badly. When we were frozen and tired, we headed back to our car, where it turned out Dave had brought a thermos full of delicious hot chocolate. We drank it and then drove back to Ottawa listening to the Glee soundtrack that he had so nicely downloaded onto his new phone. Just before we arrived back at our rented townhouse, Dave turned away from the house and started driving downtown. I thought perhaps he was driving to Parliament Hill as earlier on in the day I was debating about which light show to see (Upper Canada Village or the show at the Hill). But instead, he turned onto Sussex and parked overlooking the Ottawa River. He played music on his phone and put blankets and pillows in the back of the car for sitting and looking over the river. It was a beautiful view and when he asked me to marry him I was speechless. This isn’t a figure of speech, I actually said nothing for the first little bit. I nodded my head gleefully and I think I eventually said the word yes, but I may not have. You would have to ask Dave about that one. The entire night was perfect and I couldn’t have asked for anything better, or anyone better.

We have been married for three years now, but still had not ventured back to the Village. So when Marie-France and Jonathan mentioned that they wanted to do their engagement session there, I was definitely happy to make it happen. And when Jonathan told me he proposed to Marie-France there, I knew it was going to be a wonderfully heart-felt session.

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I am so looking forward to Marie-France and Jonathan’s wedding day this coming Spring. I know it is going to be so amazing because these two are such fantastic people who love each other so very much. It is so nice to share such a special place in our hearts with people as wonderful as these two.

11 thoughts on “Upper Canada Village Engagement Session: Marie-France + Jonathan

  1. These are amazing and you both did a great job of capturing our personalities and love in every single shot. These look amazing and will be very treasured memories.

  2. love the use of the red flowers in the for front of the photos! Great job I am happy you guys felt so at home in the session and that it was still very special! Congrats on 3 years!

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