The Perfect Match

At the beginning of August, Pop & Confetti asked me if I'd be interested in shooting a small and rustic-style wedding ceremony. I jumped with joy and exclaimed YESSSS because small and rustic is my favourite type of wedding flavour. P&C smoothly introduced me to Allison Smith, owner of BébéKoala, a customized art service for children and adults. My jaw practically fell off while browsing through her website because she is such a talented artist! Seriously guys, you have to check her site out! I knew immediately that we'd hit it off because her style was natural, soft yet colorful. Allison was so easy to work with because she trusted my vision so we brainstormed giddily together for the types of images we wanted create and counted down each day with lots of excitement! I asked Allison how she met Allen and I was surprised to find that they met online: on She confided that by the time she was ready to settle down with, she knew what she was looking for and online dating is the most straightforward way to proceed. Their love blossomed quickly and soon, they welcomed a sweet little daughter Shaine into the world :)

The wedding took place at Auberge Willow (they are now closed for business, so sad TT__TT), a charming historic inn set along the Lac des Deux Montagnes. We weather was absolutely perfect; crisp like an early autumn day with scattered clouds and a mellow sun. We couldn't have asked for a better day. Allison and Allen tied the knot in an outdoor ceremony surrounded by a small group of close friends and family. There was just so much love and tenderness in the air. Although I was only asked to photograph the ceremony, I couldn't stop myself from stealing some snaps of the reception area. I loved how they incorporated hand-made details in every little corner. Allison designed the center piece cards and Allen helped attach the cards to the cork stands. They named each location after a place that's dear to their heart. So without further ado, I will let the images speak for themselves.

Seeking Simplicity

It's almost been a month since Frog and I came back from Iceland and although I managed to edit these photos in one day, it took me a whole month to think about what to write for this blog post. For a while I've been struggling to put my personal thoughts and emotions down on paper. Whenever I tried to type something up, I'd feel the sentence storms in my head swirling and the wind of words gushing incoherent phrases. I felt as if I had to create a "MUST-see-sights" or "Top 5 things to do in Iceland" list when all I wanted to talk about are my feelings. A simple google search will yield much better advice and Top 10 lists than my humble brain can ever come up with so here we go, mushy feelings it is. 

At the end of August, Frog and I hopped on the plane with a small backpack and spent 5 amazing days visiting Reykjavik and driving along Iceland's scenic southern coast. It felt so liberating to carry so little and so empowering to know that the most important "things" were right next to you. I've talked about minimalism in the past and I've been trying to implement this philosophy in my life with a lot of trial and error. One area that I struggle the most is simplifying my commitments.  I jam packed my summer with work, studies, overtime and photography projects because I wanted to make big leaps toward my goals. I knew I had a limit so I cut out a lot of personal time for myself and friends. I wanted to tick boxes off my list and even better if they were ticked off simultaneously. Sometimes I felt like I was two people: one person who's sprinting like mad to reach her fuzzy dreams and another person that was sitting on the sidelines, observing. I felt an internal shift inside of me but I didn't have time to catch up to myself to find out who this new person was. Thus this trip was as if someone hit the brakes abruptly and told me to get out of the car and find a slower car. We had a lot of idle time on the road and broad spaces to breathe, absorb and process things instead of just rushing from one destination to the other. The places we visited felt more meaningful and the memories more vivid.    When we came back, I jumped straight back into my workaholic routine. Your girl never learns does she *wink*?  Tonight I wanted to pull myself back into the headspace that I had while we were on the road with these images from Reykjavik. The simplicity of it all: just one destination at a time.