Ottawa Arboretum First Birthday Portraits + Cake Smash: Ella

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The original plan was for Sweet Little Ella to have a cake smash outside in the Arboretum followed by a big family birthday party at home a couple weeks later. And although she did have a cake smash in the Arboretum, thanks to Covid, her birthday party was a quiet affair at home with Mom and Dad. But it was all still great fun, and hey, this way she got to smash multiple cakes and donut towers … well, she got to touch them all slightly and then get really upset about it – same thing right?!

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Jabulani Vineyard Wedding: Brittany + Mike

Jabulani-Vineyard-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyCan we talk about speeches for just a second? So there have been many times during my career as a wedding photographer where I have felt the pains of a long, drawn-out, boring speech. Or seen a fellow shy person struggle through a speech they really didn’t feel comfortable making. But the speeches at Brittany + Mike’s wedding were none of these things and instead they were utterly brilliant and so ridiculously funny! Every venue has house rules that get read by the MC before the night really begins, and although I have heard some entertaining versions before, never before have they actually been side-splitting funny!

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Red Pine Camp, Golden Lake Wedding: Mary + Adam

Red Pine Camp Golden Lake Wedding Stephanie Beach Photography 23A lot of brides use their wedding bouquet to help commemorate a loved one who isn’t around anymore, or to cherish a special moment or item. I myself used part of my mom’s wedding veil as the wrap of my bouquet and we have seen many other brides who have used a necklace, photo locket or other such item as part of their bouquet to highlight someone near and dear to them. But Mary’s wedding bouquet has to be one of the sweetest and most thoughtful ones we have photographed yet as it was literally made from notes the bride received from her mom over the years.

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Red Pine Camp, Golden Lake Wedding: Mary + Adam, Sneak Peek

Red-Pine-Camp-Golden-Lake-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyThe drive out to Golden Lake, although long, was absolutely gorgeous. The sky was clear and oh so pretty and the temperature was just right (well according to me who loves the cooler weather), and the closer we got, the better the views got! The area is absolutely stunning and Red Pine Camp itself is such a great place, not only for camping and just generally having a good time, but also for a really relaxed and awesome wedding.

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Jabulani Vineyard Wedding: Rebecca + Keith

Jabulani-Vineyard-Wedding-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyIt may have rained on their wedding but Rebecca + Keith definitely didn’t let it dampen their big day. In fact, the pretty much embraced the weather with open arms and went with the flow, which is always my preferred tactic when it comes to rainy wedding days. But from what I saw, there was no amount of rain that could change the gorgeousness of this wedding day and crazy amounts of love that these two share!

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