So, like pretty much any wedding industry team, Dave and I have some favourite venues throughout the area, and Jabulani Vineyard is definitely on that list! There is just something about the venue’s scenery and photo-op locations that fits our style and approach so nicely. Add in a super team of people who run everything and you really do have a great venue! But what’s even better than all of that are the the types of couples they attract – so kind and thoughtful and just plain wonderful to work with! Teresa + Stephane fit that description to a T, and it was such an honour to be able to capture their gorgeous wedding day for them.
I often go driving around the city looking for interesting spots for sessions (there are so many random spots marked on my phone’s map for future reference). And it was about two years ago or so that I found some really cool forested areas out in Kanata. I have suggested them to a few couples as possible spots for their engagement session, but for various reasons (mostly having to do with the season), they didn’t get selected, until now that is. And although I absolutely love this park/trail/forest with its super cute bridge, adorable paths and great light, I think Chantalle + Sebastien could have made literally any spot look like a million bucks!
I mentioned in their sneak peek just how fantastic Krysten + Jon are and how much they had us laughing during their wedding day. I actually brought up the fact that as I was putting together said sneak peek, I scrolled through a few photos in particular that made me laugh, and that happened so many times again as I was editing their session and putting the final touches on everything. I love it when I stumble across a hilarious image, or one that reminds me of such a great day, so thanks guys!
The weather on the day of Krysten + Jon’s engagement session wasn’t looking the best as I headed out of the house, but in the end it worked out quite nicely. And it was the same leading up to their wedding day. The forecast was calling for not only rain, but thunderstorms on Saturday, and I am so glad it changed (I am thanking the anti-rain dancing that we [and I am sure all the other Ottawa photographers] were doing leading up to the weekend) – although to be honest, I could have done with a little less humidity, but beggars can’t be choosers.
There was a rather long drive before and after their shoot, but Tara + Daryl’s engagement session at Pleasure Park & Campground was simply awesome. As I drove to the session I remembered little areas and moments from all the times we visited the park when I was a kid. But this visit was very different from those and I looked at the campground with a completely different set of eyes – those of a photographer.