Ottawa Arboretum Lifestyle Family Session: The Hatches

Ottawa-Arboretum-Lifestyle-Family-Session-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyI sometimes marvel at just how small the world really is, or at least just how small Ottawa and the surrounding area is. I grew up in a small town and went to school in an even smaller area. So when I moved to Ottawa for school I had it in my head that I would likely never see people from my hometown. Thinking back, this logic makes no sense whatsoever. My hometown is less than an hour away from Ottawa, and I knew of multiple people who were coming to the same university, or one of the other post secondary schools in the city. But, nonetheless, it was the idea I had in my head, so when I just kept running into people from back home, I found it weird.

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Pinhey Point Engagement Session: Tanya + Scott

Pinhey-Point-Ottawa-Engagement-Session-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyTanya + Scott’s engagement session was nothing if not filled with love and laughter! Honestly, they could not stop laughing, Tanya more so than Scott, but still, it was just such a joy to be around as laughter really is contagious! I really can’t think of any better way to spend an evening than walking around a beautiful area filled with nature and historic buildings with two souls as wonderful as Tanya + Scott!

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Watson’s Mill Engagement Session: Melanie + Michael

Watsons-Mill-Engagement-Session-Ottawa-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyI often get asked by couples planning their engagement session, ‘what happens if it rains?’. And I pretty much always answer with the fact that it is really up to them. Most couples choose to reschedule their session for another day, others like to roll the dice and see if the forecast is wrong, or if there will be a big enough break in the cloud to squeeze their session in. And some like to just roll with the punches and let their session be rainy.

When the forecast turned gloomy before Melanie + Michael’s engagement session, they chose to reschedule their date. So we bumped it a little bit and of course, when we showed up at Watson’s Mill for the new date, the skies were looking pretty dark, ominous, and wet!

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Britannia Yacht Club Wedding: Sarah + Kelvin

Britannia-Yacht-Club-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-Photography-sunsetWhen I captured Sarah + Kelvin’s engagement session last winter I learned just how amazing they are in front of the camera, and although I didn’t really forgot that fact, I was very quickly reminded of just how fantastic they really are as soon as we had the two of them together again and in front of our lenses! Seriously guys, they are complete naturals! Such genuine emotion and adorableness I honestly just couldn’t get enough of it! I could have shot these two all day long! And that feeling was only compounded when I met the rest of their wedding party as these guys were just a ton of fun and made every second of this already wonderful day that much more awesome!

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Andrew Haydon Park Wedding: Andrea + Anthony

Andrew-Haydon-Park-Wedding-Ottawa-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyDuring my very first wedding (or really shoot of any kind) at Andrew Haydon Park it rained. It rained a lot. It rained so much that we never really left the bandshell when it came time for the wedding photos.

During my second wedding at Andrew Haydon Park, we were running short on time and never really left the waterfall. It was a lovely day, but the fact that we had to get back downtown as quickly as possible meant we didn’t get to explore the park as much as I would have liked.

But during this third wedding at Andrew Haydon Park, there wasn’t a rain cloud in sight and it felt like we had all the time we wanted (we didn’t, but it felt like that for a bit)! But honestly, that wasn’t even the best part – this amazing couple and their incredibly fun wedding party was definitely a million times better than any location!

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