Temple’s Sugar Bush Wedding: Emilie + Maxime

Temple's-Sugar-Bush-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyThe 2018 wedding season was pretty darn amazing and I don’t think there could have been any better way to wrap up all this amazing-ness than with Emilie + Maxie’s wedding day! Not only was it at one of our absolute favourite venues, but these two were just about the sweetest, cutest people we have ever worked with! And they of course included their baby boy – I mean, does it get any cuter than a baby in a suit?!

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Strathmere Lodge Wedding: Kristen + Chris

Strathmere-Lodge-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-reception-decor-centrepieceWhenever Dave and I have to write something sentimental as a couple it always goes the same way: I write down some general ideas in jot note form and then Dave improves on it. I get down the main points I think we should get across and any critical details that have to be included. I normally take a pass at writing a few sentences, maybe even an entire paragraph, but once that is done Dave takes all of my thoughts, adds his own and then turns it into an actual written (or spoken) piece and it ends up being beautiful. There are normally some changes on my end, particularly if it is supposed to sound like me and not him, but he is definitely the one that makes it actually sound great. You see, although I can write pretty well (or at least well enough), Dave can write beautifully from the heart. He has a way with that sort of thing whereas I can sometimes struggle with getting my point across.

I mention this because at multiple points during Kristen + Chris’ wedding day I was reminded of Dave’s heart-spoken nature as Chris had the same abilities. When he spoke about his family and of course his new bride, every word was said with intention and his words were so incredibly meaningful and completely heartwarming.

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Novotel Hotel + Gezellig Restaurant Wedding: Alyssa + David, Sneak Peek

Ottawa Fall Wedding Stephanie Beach Photography 01I have heard so many photographers say (and I believe I have said it myself as well), you really have to choose the last wedding of the year carefully. The couple has to be just right and the wedding they are planning has to be just a little extra exciting. All of this is needed because after so many extra long days squeezing those creative muscles, you can sometimes feel pretty wiped by the end of the season. So that final couple of the year needs to be fantastic enough to give you that extra bit of energy and excitement. And what can I say other than, I don’t think there was a better couple to end the 2017 season with other than Alyssa + David!

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Strathmere Lodge Wedding: Kristen + Chris, Sneak Peek

Strathmere-Lodge-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-bridal-prep-invitationWith only a small handful of weddings left this year, Dave and I are officially heading towards the end of our 2017 season. And as always I am both looking forward to the break for a little while (and the chance to catch up on some admin tasks during the off-season), and sad that we won’t be capturing wedding days most weekends (at least not for a couple months). But all of that is for a later date, as we still have a few couples left this month and boy-oh-boy are they ever great couples with absolutely stunning wedding days planned!!

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Strathmere Inn Wedding: Jennifer + Bergil

Strathmere-Inn-DIY-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-bridal-detailsI am pretty sure I have mentioned this before, but one of my absolute favourite parts of a wedding day is when I get to play with all of the bride’s details during her prep. There are not only lots of shiny things, but I am more often than not just left alone to do my thing as everyone else has their own stuff to do to get ready for the big day. Normally this part of my day lasts for may be 10 or 15 minutes, sometimes a little longer if they have a lot of items and I arrived extra early. But for Jenn + Bergil’s wedding I got to play with all the gorgeous jewelry and her stunning dress for over 45 minutes and I was in absolute heaven!!

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