Sara & Chris' Engagement {Ottawa Wedding Photographer}

{Their Story}

My year is slowly winding down with only a few more sessions on the books before taking a nice break with my family. Before the beak begins though, I had the pleasure of working with Sara and Chris. I don't think we stopped laughing throughout their engagement session! These two have a clear passion for fun and adore each other. To say that I'm excited for their wedding at Stonefield's Heritage Farm in Carleton Place next year is a complete understatement. 

Their wedding website reads:

One summer weekend, the cowboy and the princess went on one of their outdoor adventures, off to a magical forest at the River of Rideau. The lovestruck couple had been here countless times before, but what the princess did not know was that this time would be very different than before. Very different indeed. The weekend started off as expected, with the princess uttering nothing but sweet words, and not even once cursing during the process of yunpacking and setting up while the cowboy did the manly tasks such as summoning fire with his bare hands. Just as the sky opened up and a bit of rain began to fall, the cowboy approached his princess, offered a hug and words of love, while he got down on one knee. The princess, used to his joking demeanour laughed it off and started to walk away. The cowboy, laughing as well, called her back, and she knew then it was real. The ring was perfect. It could only have been chosen by her true love. The princess was so happy and so full of love she forgot to answer his perfectly posed question of marriage, and instead thanked him for the ring. Eventually she realized he needed an answer; she let her cowboy wait no longer and shouted a very loud YES. The cowboy and his princess, under the watchful protection of their beloved dragon Clover, spent the night under the stars talking about the next big chapter in their lives.
— Sara & Chris' Wedding Website

Aren't these two just made for one another? Check out the fun we had during their session at Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm in Pakenham recently:


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Penny & Geoff {Ottawa Wedding Photographer}

I recently met Penny and Geoff (and sweet baby Owen) at a local coffee shop in Ottawa where I meet most of my potential clients. We sat down and got to know each other on a more personal level. I learned that Penny and Geoff were already married but looking for a wedding photographer. Penny explained that her and Geoff eloped just the two of them about a year ago and now they are planning their vow renewal to share this special moment and significant milestone with more friends and family. 

I get asked a lot as a wedding photographer what the norm is. Honestly, there is no norm. Your wedding day should be a reflection of you both, of the things you value most in your lives and celebrate it how you see fit.

"But Steph, what is the average most brides spend on flowers, decor, a photographer or catering?"

This is up to you! Some brides desperately want to invest in their dream venue and save on their wedding dress or other areas to be able to afford this dream. Others want an epic meal where all of their guests leave with happy bellies. Other couples invest in their wedding photography because they want to relive these special moments for years to come. It really boils down to what means the most to you.

Sometimes weddings can get side tracked by the need to satisfy everyone coming to your wedding but at the end of the day - your guests are coming for you. To celebrate this next big step in your life that you've vowed to adventure upon. 

I love that the couples I meet are all not alike. They have their own stories and their own visions. Their weddings are not cookie cutter. What they do have in common is their love of life and family, are very typically laid back and excited for the big day to finally arrive. I love that I genuinely feel connected to each of my couples and I know I'm going to look forward to spending this magical day with them.

Penny and Geoff are definitely my kind of people and I'm so thrilled to be capturing their vow renewal later this September downtown Ottawa. All of my wedding packages include an engagement session because, hey, why not practise before the big day? Penny and Geoff are already married with the cutest little man so we altered what engagement session means. It was a happy, laughter filled session of their sweet little family. Check it out below!

I'd love to learn more about you! How did you meet your significant other? Where did you meet and when was the moment you knew that he/she was the one for you? Please feel free to comment below (I promise I read every comment over my morning coffee) or better yet, send me a message and let's chat!

Kitiara & Chris' Engagement {Ottawa Wedding Photographer}


Chris and I started dating on November 10, 2006 when we were 15 years old. Saying we have been through a lot together is an understatement. He is my best friend, my first boyfriend, and finally next year I will get to call him my husband. I wish I knew the date I started bugging him to purpose to me, I’ve long forgotten but let’s just say over the years there’s been thousands (millions?) of hints dropped that I wanted him to propose.

Last year on our 10 year anniversary he wanted to celebrate and take me on a special trip to celebrate our decade of being together. The month following up to our trip he was acting very strange, but if you know Chris he is someone who really enjoys joking with people so I thought he was playing me and I had my self convinced that a proposal wasn’t happening anytime soon. So, he booked us a hotel room in Ottawa, and I got him Senators tickets. That day he was acting the strangest I had ever seen him, he almost looked like he was going to be sick.

We checked into our hotel and I started getting ready for the senators game, Chris looked at me and said I needed to sit down that he had to talk to me about something. I thought it was strange and I was extremely nervous, he held my hand, reached into his pocket and he barely had knelt down onto one knee when I started crying my eyes out. He said a beautiful speech about our love and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. That moment was the most perfect moment of my entire life, even if he had to ask me twice because I was in such shock.

I can’t wait until next year when we tie the knot and get to begin the next chapter in our lives together.
— Kitiara

 Such a beautiful story! We cannot wait until your big day next November!

Are you recently engaged? Huge congrats! We are now actively booking for all 2018 & 2019 wedding dates. If you are still looking for your photographers, we'd love to hear about you and what you have planned for your big day.