val des monts wedding | sara & adrian

Sara and Adrian married at their love nest in Val-des-Monts, Quebec, just a scenic drive north of Ottawa. Witnessed by only a small handful of guests, they exchanged vows under swaying trees, accompanied by their dog, Sunny Muffins. This heartfelt celebration was a privilege to photograph. The love between Adrian and Sara, who currently live in different cities, is dizzyingly strong. Their affection for each other is something to behold, something I suspected since the moment Sara smiled radiantly and first told me his name over coffee when we met to talk about their wedding plans.

All weddings are special, but being a part of this ceremony was particularly meaningful. First of all, this was the third time I've photographed Sara, and successive shoots with any clients I adore are always increasingly comfortable and fun. She has a sparkling presence on camera and when Adrian steps into the frame, they are both luminous. Secondly, it was magical to watch this sweet couple and their loved ones decorate and prepare for the ceremony. I arrived early to do Sara's makeup and was able to quietly observe all the preparation. They stapled tulle, inflated balloons, placed decorations in the trees and laid out snacks and sparkling wine. While Sara mixed world-class gin and tonics, Adrian greeted arriving guests and gave tours of their gorgeous property. There couldn't have been a more perfect place to tie the knot than this peaceful retreat in the mountains. Lastly, it was a treat to be invited to cover such an intimate occasion, to have a chance to speak to and photograph every guest, and to witness close-up the quality of people in lives of this couple. To wander freely and have the time and space to document the tiniest and most special details and moments. It was a gift.

Sara and Adrian, congratulations! I wish you so much continued happiness, passion and laughter. Thank you for everything, including the g & t!