Barbara & Jeff – It Finally Happened!

It finally happened!! Barbara and Jeff got married! Barb is the bearded guy’s sister and so is mine as well.  As a family we’ve been waiting for a while to see these two become husband and wife.  Distance and circumstance … Continue reading

Alissa & Johnny – Marvel-ous Match

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Alissa & Johnny are the sweetest!  Johnny is shy and quiet.  Alissa is bubbly and chatty.  Together they just make you smile.

I’ve known Alissa since she was a little girl getting into mischief with my daughter, Jodi.  I still remember the summer Alissa, Jodi and our son painted the inside of my in-law’s shed pink.  And how proud they were of the finished product.  Good thing dad has a sense of humour.

Alissa is sweet and bright.  She likes to dance and can always make you smile.  She’s dealt with a lot in her life and still stays positive through it all.

I met Johnny when I photographed his sister’s wedding (Courtney & Ryan).  Alissa brought me in for that wedding and when she introduced me to Johnny it was very obvious that they were in love.  Though Johnny is quiet, I’ve learned that he is caring, intelligent and friendly.  He’s the kind of guy every mother wants to see her daughter with and wants her son to be.

We met at the beautiful Maple Meadows Farm where we were greeted by Lori and the family dog.  What a gorgeous spot!  The flowers were blooming, the sun shone and the horses were friendly.  Such a tranquil, lovely place to spend a day.  I can’t wait to see it all set up for the wedding.

Finally, we cooled off with a little soft-serve from the Dairy Queen up the road.

Here are a few pics from our day.

Enjoy!

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For the City by the Church

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I, again, had the privilege of photographing the  Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast.  This event inspires me every year.  The messages each of the speakers share with us are amazing, uplifting, heartbreaking, heartwarming and true.  We heard about how early we are affected by our environment and the impact that can have on our mental health.  We were brought to tears by a young woman who’s story went from the darkness of suicidal thoughts to a bright future because of the help she received and a faith she clung to.  We heard a police officer’s experiences working with people on the street dealing with mental health issues.  We heard about the Westview ministry to women in the sex trade.  And we heard from our Mayor, Walter Sendzik, and the partnership he is seeking between the city and the church to reach out to all people in need.

There is so much need in our city.  Many churches are helping.  Many are not.  Not because they don’t care or are not good people.  They simply just don’t know how.

There are 330 churches, synagogues and temples listed in the Yellowpages located in St.Catharines.  Imagine if all of them were doing something to help our city address the needy in our city.  As of 2016 the population of St.Catharines was 133,113 with 15.6% of that population suffering from a mental illness.  If the average church has 150 attendees and all of us agreed to help address the needs of the mentally ill in our city, there would be 3 helpers for each person in need!

As you enjoy these pictures from the event, I challenge you to think of just 1 way you could help someone in need today.

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Alissa & Johnny are Engaged!

It’s funny how life brings you ’round in circles, isn’t it?  See if you can follow this without getting dizzy. Alissa grew up living around the corner from my in-laws, where my kids spent most of their summer days.  My … Continue reading

Woodbourne Inn | Editorial

… and all at once, summer collapsed into fall.  Oscar Wilde many thanks to the sponsors who dreamed and imagined and came together to provide this wonderful workshop for all of us who took part: @BLOOM_AND_CO, @SHAW_EVENTS, @VENUE_COUNSELLOR, @LOVERSLAND, @SIMPLYBEAUTIFULDECOR, … Continue reading

Cecilia & Gus -Sweetness by the Sea

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea” Cecilia and Gus are sailors … in case you hadn’t guessed.  This summer they spent a month  out on the open waters … Continue reading

Easter Seals Regatta

The 19th annual Rexall Foundation Niagara Easter Seals Regatta was held this past Sunday.    Dalhousie Yacht Club opened up the club house for this event and many of its members provided their boats to take the Easter Seals kids … Continue reading

Renee & Brian – Love at the Lighthouse

I met Renee & Brian for the first time at their First Look on their wedding day.  Although we had only talked on the phone or by email up until then I felt like we had been friends for years. … Continue reading