Archive for Oct 2010

I often find it funny how one small thing can dictate an entire theme. You find a lampshade you like – and decorate an entire room around it. A pair of earrings you love dictates your outfit. And so on. And sometimes it’s completely unrelated – like today’s wedding theme.

I recently fell in love with a pair of oven mitts on Anthropologie’s site. Oven mitts and love in the same sentence. Strange but true. They are fun and I love the colours and that is what inspired today’s wedding theme. I loved in particular the red, green, blue color scheme so I pulled those three colours out and used them as my colour swatches.

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I loved the paisley and whimsical patterns. The key with something bold like this is small doses. I kept a fairly simple style and then added fun accents! This makes them stand out all the more.

For the bride – I picture a simple but fun wedding dress. The dress is from J Crew wedding (my love) of course.

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And then from there the fun really begins!

I picture a fun necklace on the bride – pulling out the colours of the theme. The bridesmaids also could wear different variations of these great necklaces all from etsy (here, here and here).

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For the groom – his ensemble also would need pops of fun! Like these cufflinks

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…and I do have a weakness for boys in cute little bowties….

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For the girls I picture really neutral dresses – maybe a light grey… so we can play with colour elsewhere. (also from J. Crew) Some fun shoes (all from Anthropolgie), and then some fun flowers to put in their hair or pin on their dresses. Mix and match – but keep in the same colour scheme.

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Flowers again would be in the same red/green/blue theme.

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Decor… I love this inexpensive idea of framing material in embroidery hoops. So cute behind the head table and throughout the venue.

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And having a few funky chairs around for guests to relax in… and later to furnish your home with. (all from Urban Outfitters)

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And I love the idea of fun coloured drinks like this!

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And a past bride of mine has a great etsy store of adorable paper goods – I love this garland. SO cute!

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And how adorable are these giant pinwheels? Love.

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For the invitations I pictured something fun. Quirky. So I loved these cards… obviously wouldn’t use the wording of “Mama” – ha ha!

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Found these adorable thank you gifts for the wedding attendants.

For the girls….

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For the boys….

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And for guests’ favours… love these little pocket mirrors.

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I also saw on one site where they gave the guys bowties and the girls a little material flower for their hair – they said it was so fun to see their guests using their gifts right there at the reception!

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I love this kind of fun, quirky patterns and mismatched colours… would make for such a fun wedding!

What are your thoughts? Does it work or is it too much?

And I’m taking suggestions for further Friday Imagine postings! I love to hear your thoughts!

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

October 14, 2010 Scott and Dawn

Last night I met Scott and Dawn for their engagement photos. These days light is going quick – but it made for some fun night time photos as well!

These two are so relaxed and fun – can’t wait for their wedding next year!

We started with enjoying the Fall colours. Just gorgeous!

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…. and then the rain came. No worries though!

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The rain didn’t stop these two from cuddling!

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Always laughing. Love it!

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And then our light was going down fast so we had some fun with the lights instead of sun.

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

October 13, 2010 Lindsay's Baby-to-be

Lindsay is a friend and fellow photographer…. and she is mom of 14month old Jack and tomorrow baby#2 is arriving by c-section. She is super mom.

Lindsay is so relaxed and laid back – she has had her whole house completely gutted and renovated, is moving boxes and furniture… and baby comes tomorrow. You don’t need much for a baby though she tells me…. I just love her chill attitude. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone so relaxed – it’s great!

We started at Lindsay’s studio in Dundas. Love the exposed brick wall! Not only is she relaxed – she’s gorgeous. Just look at her – only 46hours before the baby is scheduled to arrive.

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We then went for a drive – stopping at the side of the road for some fun nature shots!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

October 11, 2010 Happy Thanksgiving!

I love Thanksgiving. Love it. To take time aside and think on what we are thankful for. Obviously I hope I do that more than once a year – but love that we value thankfulness enough to give it it’s own holiday!

One thing we have tried to teach our girls is to verbalize what their thankful for. Something I often forget myself. I may love and adore someone – but forget to actually tell them. I was reminded of the power of words this week when I was given two very precious gifts by my girls that I had to share.

The first was from Madison. She is sentimental like me. We had a rough night – I was being completely unreasonable and asking her to do her homework (oh! I get some cray ideas in my head sometimes!) and it was not going well. When I went to bed I found this on my bed. She had dug out my old Cabbage Patch Kid because she knows I love it (I still do – is that bad to admit?) and had taken the shirt off of a teddy bear that says “You cannot hug your kids too much” and put it on Cabby. She then added a note that said “I’m sorry mom. xoxo”.

My heart melted.

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The second was a random note Eden gave me today. In true 6 year old phonetic spelling. It says “Mom you or the one I’ve bin watign for”. (or “Mom you are the one I’ve been waiting for”). I asked her what she meant and she gave me this sappy, syrupy answer that I’ll savour – knowing in a few years it’ll be the cute boys getting the notes with the same message and not me.

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This Thanksgiving I’m so thankful for my two mushy little gals and so much more.

Take time to be thankful today!

Celebrating life, love and thankfulness,

Krista

October 10, 2010 Blake, Katie and family

Katie is a fellow photographer in my area and I have really enjoyed getting to know her at our monthly get togethers. When she emailed to ask if I would take her family photos and maternity photos I was thrilled! Thrilled for three reasons… 1) It is the hugest compliment to have a photographer take their photos. 2) Katie’s gorgeous – and I was looking forward to meeting the rest of her family. and 3) They were bringing a canoe. Yep. A canoe. I was in love with the idea.

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Blake loves Algonquin and canoe trips and so it was a perfect prop for their family photos!

Of course I picked the furthest spot in my yard, over a fence and down a hill for Blake to carry it to…. what a trooper!

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Blake and Katie love reading – a love they’ve shared with their kids. Katie told me how their kids love cuddling in a blanket with a bunch of books. Perfect for their photos! And an Algonquin book – even better!

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Did I mention Katie is pregnant with their third child? You can hardly tell – she is just glowing! Beautiful!

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Blake and Katie have been married 7 years and are so cute together.

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This family cuddles in so easily – very sweet!

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Earlier in the day I was doing some weeding and found these great logs that had been hidden with overgrown weeds. I think they make a great little spot for photos!

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Then we headed over to the red barn for a change of background – love how it turned out with their clothing choices.

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Little Aubrey is so beautiful!

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And Brant is such a munchkin!

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And I just love how these two are together.

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Blake and Katie – thanks for letting me document your great family!

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

October 9, 2010 Unremarkable Magic

Sometimes I wonder what days, what moments, what events my girls will remember of their childhood. This intrigues me. Obviously I don’t remember every single day of my life – but can remember some random events throughout my childhood and life. Why those days? What made them special?

Then there are days where it was nothing out of the ordinary. Nothing remarkable. But just a tad bit magical – the magic of nothing. A day in the life of a child. An active imagination. Freedom to play. And dream.

I hope my girls remember days like this. Unremarkable days filled with the remarkable magic of childhood. I know I will.

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

Mark and I fell in love because of the game of cribbage. Well… maybe not “because” of cribbage – but crib gave us an excuse to hang out. We would play in our student lounge into the wee hours. I love playing board games because it gives you a chance to gab and connect – while still doing something if things get awkward or you run out of conversation! icon smile Imagine: Board Game Wedding

On our wedding registry we put “board games”. When we were first married (pre-kids) we kept a Scrabble board or Yahtzee on the kitchen table. Supper would take forever as we would play board games as we ate. In the car we kept the boxes of Trivial Pursuit cards to ask each other questions as we drove. When we travel we always take a deck of cards – but you’re just as likely to find us with “Pass the Pigs” or a travel version of Scrabble.

Basically – I’m admitting here to you my blog readers (aka my mom) I’m a nerd. I love board games. And Scrabble trumps all in my books.

When I meet with clients and we’re thinking about their engagement shoot – I often ask them if they have a special interest or hobby they would like to work into their photo session. For us it would definitely have to be board games.

So when I was planning this week’s “Imagine” posting – it definitely had to be about board games. And my beloved Scrabble in particular.

Let’s start with this awesome save the date video. In an eco-friendly world this doubles not only as something us geeky board game lovers will drool over – but saves paper. Love it!

There are lots of great Scrabble wedding invitation ideas – but I loved this one as it wasn’t too blatant. Sweet!

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Not to say the blatantly “Scrabble” invitation doesn’t look absolutely freaking adorable as well!

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It’s often easy to tie in fun attire ideas for the bride – but let’s not forget the groom! I think these are adorable for a groom’s cufflinks!

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Cufflinks also make a cute idea for the groomsmen gifts… but not all men wear cufflinks on a day to day basis. Never fear! There is something for both men and women in the wedding party… cute pendants, keychains, earring and more!

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For decor… I love this to hang at the reception. The ceremony. For photos. For the couple to hold. To hang on the car. To bind and gag annoying kids at the reception. I kid. I kid.

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Centrepieces there’s a few ideas floating around. Scrabble boards for the centre of the table with the lovely floral arrangements on them.

Or…. this fun couple had their engagement photos taken to match board game boxes – and then had the fake boxes made up for the tables in place of table numbers. Hilarious!

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Scrabble letters used throughout the day to “label” things.

Framed “bride” and “groom” Scrabble letters.

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And throughout the reception to carry the theme.

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And I love the idea of place cards with Scrabble letters. If there’s too many guests to do the full name… you can just do the first letter of their name on some great cardstock. I should mention… I’ve started collecting Scrabble letters – and picked up two Scrabble sets last week for 99cents each at the Salvation Army. Score! If someone was doing a Scrabble theme – just put friends and family on alert to watch for Scrabble sets at second hand stores, flea markets and garage sales. Since it doesn’t matter if all the letters are there – you can get them cheap!

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And this is just the cutest idea ever… for home, office – or a reception. Imagine a nook with these beauties!

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These DIY Scrabble magnets for favors – yes please!!

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And cake…. Wonderful cake.

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Although might need some cookies to go with that cake!

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I read about the idea of instead of throwing your bouquet… who’s ever name comes to the most points in Scrabble gets it! Love that.

And the last thing I would add would be… GAMES! I would definitely have games tables with Scrabble, Boggle, Pass the Pigs, Yahtzee, decks of cards, and more. Not everyone wants to dance – now those of us with zero coordination and rhythm can do something during the dance portion of the wedding.

Any other ways to incorporate the love of board games into a wedding?

I feel a need to play some Scrabble…..

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

October 8, 2010 Chris, Arlene & Evelyn

It is always so fun to be able to visit with wedding clients after their wedding. In 2007 I met Chris and Arlene when I photographed their gorgeous wedding. Last year I met baby Evelyn when I did her newborn photos. After seeing Chris and arlene a couple week’s ago at Chris & Christa’s wedding, we made plans to have me come back and document their family again. So much fun to see how Evelyn had grown!

Evelyn is such a little beauty – with a wardrobe to covet. Just watch all her outfits in this post!

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It was fun to see how much Evelyn had grown since last time she was on the settee for photos!

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It’s a great place to cuddle with mom while reading books…

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…and to be serenaded by dad.

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One thing I love about Chris & Arlene’s place is their great artwork and unique accent pieces they’ve picked up from their travels. I think Evelyn will also have a love of art – these great pieces they picked up in Austria hang in her room.

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Her room is also a great place for snuggles and books!

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Evelyn has this awesome high chair that goes from chair…

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to rocking horse….

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to a desk!

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And Evelyn just loves it!

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A great place to hang out.

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But I think if Evelyn could choose anywhere to hang out it would be…..

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Outside!

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One thing that I loved about photographing Chris and Arlene’s wedding was their connection. I really could see it in their ceremony photos and their eye contact – don’t thing they took their eyes off each other once! I love to see now – three years later – that even though they’re completely smitten with their little Evelyn, they still have that connection I love.

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This photo cracks me up. Notice someone looking for a little attention in the bottom left? Meet Silo – their sweet little dog.

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I’d like to think Evelyn is this excited to see me but….

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I think it might have more to do with Daddy.

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SIlo and Evelyn are pretty tight. I don’t think SIlo has a choice though.

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Evenings at the park are clearly loved by Evelyn – she ran from neighbourhood dog to dog to dog…. she was one happy girl!

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Again – she’s pretty happy in this photo – but alas, she’s not running to me but….

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straight to mom’s arms for tickles!

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And then back home, Evelyn had to check on her garden. There were tomatoes – but not to her liking…

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Evelyn decided to slip into something a little more dressy for supper…. her great Grandmother’s pearls that had been re-strung just for her!

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Chris, Arlene and Evelyn – you have a beautiful family – thanks for letting me into your lives!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

October 7, 2010 In control….

Last night I had a fun time photographing Chris & Arlene’s family…. I love photographing kids! The one thing to remember when photographing kids is – they’re in control! You need to keep them happy and follow their lead or we’re all miserable. Apparently Evelyn thought this was the best way to pose for a photo. And you know what – I think she just may be right.

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More to come soon!

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

When I met Paul and Jackie just a couple weeks ago – Jackie mentioned she’d love to do her engagement photos at a country fair. Perfect timing as I knew the Caledonia Fair was coming up. We had so much fun on the rides, enjoying the games and just being at the fair…. Here’s a few favourites….

We started on the Fun slide. Turned out – it actually is a lot of fun! The name doesn’t lie.

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After three attempts – finally found a ride operator who would let us on the ferris wheel with me in the car right in front of them. (Because it was empty besides us it might throw off the balance having us both together). What a great way to enjoy the view of the fair!

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We then went on a couple of rides that tried very hard to make us sick… definitely felt nauseous sitting backwards snapping photos on teh scrambler type ride!

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And then it was enjoying the colours, sounds and tastes of the fair!

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Great thing about the Caledonia Fair is it’s a real agricultural fair. We took the kids on the weekend and they loved all the shows of goats, chickens, cows and more. We got there at the end of the fair and waited to go to the barns as they emptied out. So fun!

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Jackie also wanted some nature shots – we drove 5minutes down the road to some hiking trails by the river – perfect!

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Paul designed the ring himself… I think I’d say yes too!

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Can’t wait for their wedding next summer!

Celebrating life and love,

Krista