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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Stewart Park & Downtown Perth Engagement Session: Lindsay + Shawn

Stewart-Park-Engagement-Session-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyOver the last couple years we have started capturing more and more weddings in the Ottawa Valley. Most of these are in Perth and the nearby area, and I honestly couldn’t be happier about this as the area is absolutely gorgeous!!

The nature in the area is stunning and the little town of Perth itself is so adorable! It also has one of my favourite parks of all time in it – Stewart Park. Which, as luck would have it, happens to be where Lindsay + Shawn wanted to do their engagement session.

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Monk Environmental Park Engagement Session: Chantalle + Sebastien

Monk-Environmental-Park-Kanata-Forest-Engagement-Session-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyI 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!

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