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}

THEIR STORY

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. 

Alyssa & Ben's Engagement {Ottawa Wedding Photographer}

THEIR STORY

Ben and I have been together for almost 7 years. The subject of getting married has definitely been brought up. Ben had once told me that when we got married that he wouldn’t want any debt of paying off a ring - meaning he probably wouldn’t be proposing any time soon since he would have to start saving up!

Fast forward to October 2016, Thanksgiving weekend when we go up to Mont Ste Marie ski hill to take the chair lift up the hill and see the fall foliage. My absolute favorite time of the year! That morning when we got to the hill Ben insisted on bringing his camera and tripod. I complained and asked why, I stated... or maybe whined that he never takes pictures of us (he loves to take nature/landscape pictures). Ben told me maybe we could take a picture of us at the top of the hill! Once at the top of the hill, it was crawling with people and Ben was getting frustrated he couldn’t get a shot, we moved down another hill and found the most beautiful view. I remember him setting it up and running over to me for the timed picture. I laughed at him like I usually do and once he got to me he dropped to one knee and proposed. I couldn’t believe it was happening so I responded with the biggest smile and said “no”, Ben laughed and asked me if I was really saying no, I started to cry and tell him yes! It was the very best day, with my very best friend.
— Alyssa
Photo taken by Ben during his mountain top proposal to Alyssa 

Photo taken by Ben during his mountain top proposal to Alyssa 

Check out some sneak peeks from our engagement session together below! 

We are actively booking all 2018 weddings!
If you think you'd like Stephanie Mason Photography and her team to document your day - reach out! We'd love to chat. There are also very limited dates remaining for October, November & December 2017 as well. 

The Sweeney Family {Ottawa Wedding & Family Photographer}

Constance Bay Beach Session 

It's been a pleasure watching these two cuties grow up. It was just over a year ago that I spent a morning capturing their newborn photos and now here I am watching the whole family play together at Constance Bay Beach just outside the city of Ottawa, Ontario. 

There is just something so free and fun about a beach session with the family! 

Be sure to keep looking through to the end of their gallery to see the awesome beach treat at the end! 

Serena & Jeff's Engagement {Ottawa Wedding Photographer}

THEIR STORY 

After 5 and half years of dating, I became super excited about the aspect of marriage and would continuously show Jeff ideas of rings every day (or hour in Jeff’s mind). Although we both knew that we wanted to spend our lives together and had discussed marriage many times before, we also knew that we were young and needed to finish school and find stable jobs. With this being said, I wasn’t expecting a proposal anytime soon.

December 2016 Jeff had finished his Accounting degree at Carleton University and also landed a full-time job. As a celebratory treat (and to escape Ottawa winter), we decided to take our first sunny vacation together in Varadero, Cuba. On the first day of the trip Jeff kept telling me he’s going to “explore” alone. At first I was super cool about the idea until Jeff would leave me for what felt like hours at a time (this also caused a little bit of an argument). But little did I know that Jeff was actually on a mission to scope out a romantic spot on the beach to get down on one knee.

On December 16th 2016 Jeff had asked me to go on a walk along the beach to capture some pictures with the sunset. As we walked along the beach, we stopped at this elegant bridge that led to a beautiful white pagoda facing the ocean. While I was sitting looking into the ocean, Jeff had quickly set up the camera on video, called me back into the pagoda and got on down on one knee. I immediately started crying and the first thing I said was: “I thought you said this wouldn’t happen for a while”. As I continued to cry with a giant smile on my face I finally let Jeff have the chance to speak and pop the big question. My answer was “YESS A MILLION TIMES” and the rest is history in the making.
— Serena

Huge congratulations Serena and Jeff! 

Amanda & Derek's Engagement {Ottawa Wedding Photographer}

Their Story

Over the years I had gone on about these crazy proposals and how sweet they were. However for me, I wanted simplicity and to be surrounded by family.

We were at his parents cottage, he took me down to the beach at night underneath the stars and started a very shaky, sweet conversation. I laughed and asked why he was being so corny? He rolled his eyes, relaxed and proposed. I cried like a baby and ran back up to share this exciting news with our family. I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Simple, intimate, and a little bit of teasing. For us - it was perfect.
— Amanda

We are so excited for your upcoming wedding this Fall! Huge congrats to you both! 

We are so fortunate enough to be shooting all of these amazing couples all over Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax. If you are getting married in 2018 or 2019 and would like to chat about your big day, please send us a message! We'd love to work with you. We are now actively booking into 2018 and some of 2019.