Melissa and Ben's Outdoor Celebration in Shediac

While I typically relish in the warmth of summer, the heat and humidity of the August long weekend was overbearing. It did however, make for an incredible atmosphere and stunning light throughout the day. I had never been to Shellac before but Melissa knew it inside and out - we started at Webster House, a gorgeous estate with all the amenities for an outdoor ceremony and perfect prep shots. From there, we explored some of the most famous New Brunswick tourist destinations, including the giant lobster and Shediac Waterfront. Captain Dan’s was the backdrop for the rest of the night, poised perfectly alongside the marina where we could get a few more couple photos before the night got funky.

Melissa and Ben were absolutely magical together - as you’ll see in the images below. Their wedding was a long time coming, as they have been together for some time as a young family with their nearly 2 year old son Harvey. I think my favourite moment (aside from the utensil-less cake demolishing) was the brief release of stress and emotion immediately after the ceremony. Their embrace and Melissa’s expression had me holding the camera in front of my face for a few extra seconds to recover…..

I’ll shut up now, but please, enjoy the story below!

Wedding Data

Locations: Webster House | Captain Dan’s | Shediac Waterfront 

Phrase of the day: Holy crap it’s HOT

Photo Partner: Kelly Lynn Martell

Loadout:

Tim: Nikon D850, D750, Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, Nikon 85mm 1.4D, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8

Kelly: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8

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Matt and Alexis - Engagement at Duncan's Cove

Matt and Alexis are quite the adventurous couple, willing to get up at crazy-o-clock to go check out the sunrise at Duncan's Cove with Blake, their adorable Boston Terrier. This morning had it all, gorgeous clouds, a handful of cruise ships coming into the Halifax port and of course, the glowing light kissing the beautiful landscape.  Can't wait for their wedding next August!

Lauren and Alex Engagement in Lunenburg

Holy wow Lunenburg is pretty in the summertime, and what a perfect setting for an evening engagement shoot with these two amazing humans. We spent a good couple hours exploring the waterfront, downtown area and its amazingly colourful nooks and crannies.  It wasn't long before we found ourselves at the Ironworks Distillery, a sensory overload with its visually rustic charm, intoxicating woodsmoke-and-rum aromas and the incredible people who were kind enough to let us take a few photos inside and out.  The Dockside Restaurant and Inn deserves special mention as well, allowing us to take a few photos on their patio overlooking the Lunenburg harbour and Bluenose Avenue.  

Lauren and Alex are so in love and were an absolute joy to shoot.  Their adoration for each other showed through every time they looked at each other, and I can't wait to be a part of their wedding day.  

Alex and Kate - Engagement Session [Halifax Wedding Photographer]

Fun, energetic, loving, goofy and adorable - all appropriate adjectives to describe how Alex and Kate make such a great couple. In the short time we spent together hiking around I got to see how much these two really care for each other.  Alex and Kate get married next year at Liscombe Lodge and I can't wait to be part of the adventure.  

Chris and Kelsey - Halifax Wedding Photographer

Chris and Kelsey's wedding was an absolutely gorgeous affair in the beautiful countryside outside Fredericton, NB.   Sean went with the boys, I went with the girls, as per our usual arrangement.  Kelsey and I hit it off while we chatted in the salon, talking about careers, life, and of course, their upcoming honeymoon to Greece.  Sean took some photos of the guys playing guitar in the bathtub, while getting ready.  Soon we all reconvened for their first look and the family photos.  The sun beat down on us all during the ceremony at the beautiful pavilion at the Hazen Park Center in Oromoncto, and Kelsey blew everyone away when she walked down the aisle.  

Then there were toasts, tears and treasures being passed around, and before we knew it everyone was tearing it up on the dance floor.  We managed to sneak away briefly to get some gorgeous moments on camera down by the riverside, where things were quieter, where every moment counted. 

Our biggest goal for this wedding (and all future weddings) was to get closer.  What I didn't realize going into that thought process was that it was going to help me make a couple of new friends in Chris and Kelsey, two of the most amazing, easy-going people we've had the pleasure of photographing on their wedding day.