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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Temple’s Sugar Bush Wedding: Dana + Matthew

Temples-Sugar-Bush-Wedding-Perth-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyFrom the moment I stepped into the suite to start Dana’s bridal prep, I was overhearing the per cent chance of rain at various times in the day (primarily focusing on the ceremony). Dana would call out to her sister and she would refresh the page on her phone and then call out the updates.

Now, whenever the forecast calls for rain on a wedding day, or in the case of Dana + Matt’s day, when it is already absolutely pouring outside, you pretty much always hear the phrase it’s good luck for it to rain on your wedding day. There are so many supposed reasons as to why this is (most having to do with fertility and the like), but I always tell brides that it is because they are tying the knot and a wet knot is much harder to untie.

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Temple’s Sugar Bush Wedding: Christine + John

Temple's-Sugar-Bush-Ottawa-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-Photography“It is a love based of giving and receiving as well as having and sharing. And the love that they give and have is shared and received. And through this having and giving and sharing and receiving, we too can share and love and have…and receive.”

Dave and I have been waiting so long for someone to quote Joey Tribbiani as part of their wedding day speech and Maid of Honour Kaitlin finally made our day!! Not only did Christine + John’s wedding day have some classic speeches, but these wonderfully sweet people were an absolutely joy to work with again. And despite the heat and humidity, everyone had such a great time all day long!

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Infinity Convention Centre Wedding: Chantal + Mathieu

Hogs-Back-Park-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-bride-groom-portrait-riverThere were just so many reasons as to why I was looking so forward to Chantal + Mathieu’s wedding day. The fact that it was a Fall wedding was definitely a good reason to look forward to this one (I love Fall weddings so much!) and of course, because they had opted for a first look which are always so special and touching. I was excited for the overall aesthetic they had planned for their day, and super pumped about getting to work in a brand new venue!! But really, after spending the day with them during their engagement session (and chatting with them during our meetings), I was really just looking forward to getting to hang out with them again since they are both just so awesome!

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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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