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If you can’t imagine life without him, then maybe he’s the one. {Laura + Scott} Open this post

Jul 29
2011

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If you can’t imagine life without him, then maybe he’s the one. {Laura + Scott}

Laura realized she was completely in love with Scott when she couldn’t picture her life without him. And then there was a wedding! While this is über simplifying their story, we have to say right off the bat how thrilled we were to have been a part of this celebration. This couple literally rolled with [...]

Laura realized she was completely in love with Scott when she couldn’t picture her life without him. And then there was a wedding! While this is über simplifying their story, we have to say right off the bat how thrilled we were to have been a part of this celebration. This couple literally rolled with the punches, including a solid dousing of rain, a spontaneous trip to the barn at Gammondale Farm for photos {thank you, Sue Gammond!!!}, and an all-out, bust-a-moves dance-a-thon… just to name a few. And not once did they shy away from any of our crazy ideas. This is, we feel, when we really get to shine as your photographer! Opening yourself up, showing your vulnerability, your goofiness, your overwhelm, your wild side… all of this comes off as the quintessential YOU and makes your imagery that much more authentic. So thank you for letting us do our thing while you did yours.

There are just three things left to say. 1) We wish this blog would have been published a week ago but wordpress issues got the better of us;  2) nurses are incredibly shy and have no idea how to let loose on the dance floor and 3) Scott, you’re one lucky man both in love and also in …. well, you know… er, how about we call it timing! We know you know what we mean! Glad to see you’re on the mend and to the pair of you, please enjoy this preview of your wedding day imagery. We couldn’t be happier for you! Here’s to a lifetime of continued adventure. xo {Alvis, Sam + Melissa}

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Jackie: .... сэнкс за инфу!... 08.23.2014

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their’s was hip. beautiful. whimsical. emotional. {Jen + Nick} Open this post

Jul 16
2011

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their’s was hip. beautiful. whimsical. emotional. {Jen + Nick}

Well, Jen + Nick, you’ve been waiting patiently and at last we are thrilled to finally share this special post with you and your family! Sometimes words do not do justice to bringing back the life and emotion of an event like a wedding. And in this case, there are just four superlatives we’ll throw [...]

Well, Jen + Nick, you’ve been waiting patiently and at last we are thrilled to finally share this special post with you and your family! Sometimes words do not do justice to bringing back the life and emotion of an event like a wedding. And in this case, there are just four superlatives we’ll throw at you to describe our impressions of your Big Day: hip. beautiful. whimsical. emotional.

We are honoured to have been a part of both your Ottawa Engagement session and most recently, your hometown wedding. In looking at these images, it will hopefully become clear why we do what we do {that is, focus on weddings}. Witnessing two people who are over the moon for each other; supported by a cast of genuine best mates, siblings and folks… it just doesn’t get much better. The fact is our Saturdays {and sometimes Fridays} are filled with such happiness and who couldn’t use a weekly dose of that?!!! It’s couples like you who keep us inspired and excited for every wedding that comes down the pipe.

Some stunning work done by our colleagues in the wedding industry. Maggie of Maggie’s Magicals outdid herself bringing Jen’s vision to life: the Fort William Country Club never looked better dazzling in a sea of crystal, soft lights, black linens and drapery offset with the softness of lavender. Speaking of lavender, the flowers were stunning and no real surprise that work was done by the Flower Shed. And finally, we will conclude this post with a poignant highlight reel from Jen + Nick’s wedding movie as shot by Curtis {and Steve!} of Apple Wagon Films.

Jen + Nick: thank you for putting your trust in us and we will see you soon for Valerie + Andrew’s wedding! xo {Alvis, Sam + Melissa}

Before we move to the reception portion of Jen + Nick’s celebration, I thought it would be nifty to see some of their colour scheme and vision pulled together in one collage. Behind every detail was Jennifer’s signature touch and it all culminated at the Fort William Country Club reception.

And please enjoy this highlight reel from the talented Curtis Jensen of Applewagon Films. Congratulations again, Jen + Nick!
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Shannon: .... спс за инфу!!... 08.23.2014

Alberto: .... спасибо за инфу.... 08.23.2014

lyle: .... спс.... 08.23.2014

enrique: .... спс за инфу!... 08.24.2014

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When smashing plates is not only encouraged… it’s cool! {Kaitlyn + John} Open this post

Jul 09
2011

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When smashing plates is not only encouraged… it’s cool! {Kaitlyn + John}

Crowns. Smashing plates. A belly dancer. When Kaitlyn + John approached us to shoot their Big Day, their vision left us both inspired and eager! This is Bliss Pictures’ first Greek Wedding and we definitely hope it will not be the last. We will attempt to bring back some of the unbridled fun from this [...]

Crowns. Smashing plates. A belly dancer. When Kaitlyn + John approached us to shoot their Big Day, their vision left us both inspired and eager! This is Bliss Pictures’ first Greek Wedding and we definitely hope it will not be the last. We will attempt to bring back some of the unbridled fun from this day, but as the old saying goes… you kind of had to be there!

Before we get straight to the good stuff, it’s important to give props to our second shooter, Mr. Sunny Kaura. Sunny flew in from Burlington to assist us with this shoot. He’s in the process of building up his photography portfolio, and should be credited for many of the images our bride + groom are about to see. And naturally because we had a second shooter, this blogpost ranks as our juiciest. There was no way to whittle it down to under 100 images lest we not do justice to retelling their story. So props to Sunny for his fantastic ideas and inspiring shots.

John + Kaitlyn have known each other since high school and if you ask Kate, she’s pretty certain he had one massive crush on her during that time. Eventually John went away to the US for football {he was a linesman for St. Cloud State} and years passed before a twist of fate and a pirate costume brought them together at a Halloween bash. Sparks were flying that night and though Kaitlyn confesses to have played a major game of hard to get, John won her over with his compassion, humour and generosity of spirit. {We can attest to this… dude, you’re one nice fellow!} Always up for some scheme, the two became inseparable and spent three blissful years travelling, hanging out and with John trying desperately to teach Kate the inner workings of football.

Before long, Kate found herself whisked away to Lutsen for a romantic weekend, where her spider senses were tingling when John — always petrified of heights — was easily convinced to ride the gondola up to the look-out. Never will she forget his words “Kaitlyn Natalie Coates, I love you more than anything else in life. Will you marry me?” And as we always say, the rest, is history!

So to our fantastic couple and their equally fantastic wedding party, thanks for giving us a glimpse into your world. We liked it. A lot! Here’s to many more years of bliss… with best wishes from your Bliss Team. xo {Alvis + Sam + Melissa + Sunny}

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Leonard: .... tnx for info!... 08.23.2014

Roberto: .... thank you.... 08.23.2014

roy: .... thanks for information!!... 08.23.2014

Ted: .... tnx.... 08.23.2014

Marion: .... tnx for info.... 08.24.2014

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Sabrina + Ian’s happily ever after. Open this post

Jul 03
2011

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Sabrina + Ian’s happily ever after.

Sabrina + Ian have spent the last 6 years gazing into each other’s eyes. Ok, they’d probably roll their eyes at that one. But you get the drift! They were blissfully married on June 4th with 300 of their greatest fans cheering them on. Their’s is a simple love story… and we were privy to [...]

Sabrina + Ian have spent the last 6 years gazing into each other’s eyes. Ok, they’d probably roll their eyes at that one. But you get the drift! They were blissfully married on June 4th with 300 of their greatest fans cheering them on. Their’s is a simple love story… and we were privy to the abridged version which we’re excited to share with you!

Having met in high school, Sabrina + Ian became fast friends and eventually started dating. It took some time for Sabrina to quit with the playing hard to get strategy… but eventually she caved and they have been together ever since. In her words, it was as straightforward as this: “met the families. Got engaged. Were engaged for a year and a half. Bought a house. Got married. Moved in together!” Alrighty, then! And when they’re not hanging out and goofing off together, you just might find her out shopping and him on the golf course.

Sabrina: your family was so much fun {your mom rocked!} and they were so gracious to us. I think I’m still full from that incredible post-ceremony/pre-reception feast!! Both Sunny and I agree that we could not have asked for a more laid-back, open-minded couple. Thank you for putting your faith in the Bliss team. We hope you enjoy this preview of your wedding day imagery and look forward to completing your package! With best wishes…. Alvis + Sunny

As most of my clients will attest, it’s no secret I have a fascination with documenting the little details. In Sabrina’s case, everything could be described as luscious! The dress. The lace. Her smoky eyeshadow. The shiny, black, patent leather tuxedo shoes donned by Ian’s groomsmen.

After the St. Dominic’s marriage ceremony, it was off to a blockbuster three-part photo session with the wedding crew. We’ll call the fist segment “Wedding Party Rocks Some Colourful Umbrellas that were Kept on Hand [Just in Case]“. For this part of the shoot we booted on over to Mission Island. At this time I’d also like to send a huge shout-out to our special guest photographer, Sunny Kaura; who flew in from Toronto to spend a week with the Bliss Team to trade work-flow intel and partake in some mutual lens envy. Sabrina + Ian therefore had the pleasure of nearly double the images shot during their day; with Sunny capturing the majority of all the candid shots {we cannot wait for the happy couple to see!}. Sunny is in the early stages of his photography career and there is no doubt in my mind he’ll be impossible to book before long.

Then it was off to a secluded bay for some isolated shots of our happy couple. This part of the photo session we will dub “You Want Us to Go in the Water?? Really? Alrighty-then!” segment. Props to both Sabrina + Ian for throwing caution to the wind and walking right into Lake Superior.

Segment Three of Sabrina + Ian’s photo shoot we are affectionately calling the “How’s your Handicap at the Simpson St. Golf Course?” This section needs no further explanation. Applause to the confused drivers of Thunder Bay who honked and patiently moved on as we took a moment to pay homage to Ian’s beloved sport.

After brushing up on her caddy skills, Sabrina whisked Ian and the wedding party away to their 300 person reception at the DaVinci Centre. At this point all caution was thrown to the wind, cares were tossed aside and everyone just let loose. This was a group that knew how to have fun!

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Salvador: .... thank you!!... 08.22.2014

Lyle: .... благодарю!!... 08.23.2014

ken: .... good info.... 08.24.2014

eddie: .... благодарю!... 08.26.2014

Michael: .... спасибо за инфу!... 08.26.2014

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