I find downtown Dartmouth to be incredibly inviting. Hospitable. Alive. There is a slower, more reasonable rhythm that you can easily settle into and follow as you explore the side streets. Colours and character abound - especially in the summer months when trees are in full leaf and flower boxes in full bloom. Much of the area is still new to me, leading to a sense of excitement with each visit. It was no different for Emma & Dylan’s wedding.Read More
The early morning sun and I chased the fog westwards - the light slowly burning away the mist and revealing more and more of the Valley as I made my way to Bridgetown. Apple orchards, rolling fields and century homes as far as the eye can see. I arrived a bit early and decided to explore - a sign for Valleyview Provincial Park caught my eye and I followed Church Street north to the entrance of the park.
What a view.
A similar feeling to standing on top of the Look Off as you approach Blomidon in the East. Minus the Minas Basin, but not lacking in grandeur. What a rich province we live in, and what a rich part of the Valley. Endless history and character. Brightly painted homes and gardens full of blooming irises. A fantastic start to the day.
This was a special one. A day that was a long time in the making. Years. A true small town wedding where stories aren’t necessarily told - they’re recounted to the tune of laughter and tears. When everything comes full circle and everyone involved recognizes the fact that what is taking place makes perfect sense.
It always has.
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The first big wedding of the season can be intimidating.
But then you're met at the door of your first stop with the biggest of smiles and all of that fades away. Introductions. Click. Laughter. Click. Preparations. Click. Toddlers waking up. Click. Joy. Click. You've found that rhythm again. The beat that grabs your attention. It's good to be back and taking photos again.Read More
Letting go. Forging forward. That's one of the hardest life lessons of them all.
Over the next couple of weeks the landing page of this website will be wiped clean and populated with work from the 2017 season. The past year was an absolute blur, but I had fun at every step along the way. As the existing galleries are replaced I wish to give them a new home within the blog. At some point someone will stumble across them and hopefully fall in love with them as much as I have.
Beginning with this gem. Why do I love it?
Caitlin & Joe's honesty. This is them. Nothing to hide. Nothing to dress up. Having grown up in a rural area I also found myself lost in nostalgia. The cluck of chickens. The bright colours of farm paint. Barn cats and yard dogs. Massey-Fergusons and friendly sheep. Windfall and fresh flowers. The hustle and bustle of the kitchen and the serenity of the parlour.Read More