arriving through thick clouds and our first glimpse of the jagged cliffs right beside us.

the sheep eating grass right outside the airport entrance.

the time the boat lurched so hard everyone had to grab on and everything went sliding across the floor.

that extra large milka chocolate bar i kept in my raincoat pocket.

swarms of puffin flying overhead.

being soaked to the bone and laughing.

huddling under a bus shelter from a hail storm.

drinks with new travel buddies and the puffin fridge magnet they bought us.

walking home while it’s still light at 11:30pm.

the stray dog who followed us all through town.

haribo gold.

how my boots disintegrated.

heated floors & grass roofs.

the cute canadian woman on our bus in the red coat.

the pastures of sheep and their lambs right in the heart of the capital.

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two years ago we spent a couple weeks in the faroe islands, and it’s stayed with us.

one of our favourite trips & favourite places ever.

there will come a day not too far from now where we will have spent as much of our lives together than we did apart. psst dave, this is you & me!! yikes — i fully understand the implications of this admission, it’s basically this: we’re getting old. we’re giving each other wrinkles — so far they’re mostly laugh lines.

it also means we’ve lived long enough together to realize that our love is not perfect, and we’ve got the battle scars to prove it. we’ve come a long way from believing that we had something different or more pure than any other pair of human beings trying to love each other. where i once looked at marriages that ended and confidently knew that would never be us, i now feel that i can understand how easy and shocking it must be to wake up and suddenly find yourselves there.

i’ve taken lately to seeking words of guidance from women who have a few more years of life experience on me. this is very apparent if you take a look at my bedside table, littered with piles of books. the following, from one of those books with more dog-eared corners than not, i copied out these words. written by a mother in her fifties, who’s words i now cannot help but replay over and over at every wedding we document, as a reminder in my own life. there you are. if you want to know what’s going through my mind it’s basically this:

not long ago, i came across a box of old family photographs. now, with both boys at home at the same time, we open it up. we all sit down to leaf through our wedding, a glimpse of our ‘before’ world. the shock of seeing long-ago versions of our loved ones gathered on the eve of our marriage, glasses raised for a rehearsal dinner toast, is funny and wrenching all at once. i catch my breath as my heart swells. so many of these people have died. at yet, miraculously, here they are, alive and well, smiling and cracking jokes and wishing us everlasting happiness.

what i did not know twenty-four years ago, on the day i donned a lace dress and became a wife, was that every marriage is a gamble and the stakes are always high. love, after all, is not synonymous with permanence; we offer our hearts into each other’s safekeeping on faith alone. our relationship has survived, adapted, deepened, but it is hardly immaculate. in fact, the landscape of our lives together is a muddy criss-cross of mishaps and memories, exultation and grief, hallowed landmarks and forgotten detours made along the way as we each learned, one day at a time, what it means to love another person for the long haul.

our marriage may not be perfect, but it is proving to be resilient. and, most important of all, we’re both trying to do a better job of hearing each other, of being kind, of allowing for each other’s different needs. i sense a new tolerance between us, as if in revealing the flaws and fissures that have sprung up and acknowledging them, we’ve also allowed in a little more light, and found a little more faith in the imperfect, enduring beauty of us.” — katrina kenison

 

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i know “handmade” and “DIY” are all terms thrown around weddings a lot these days. regardless of trend, i also know victoria & elliott couldn’t have done things any other way, it’s just a part of their nature. this, i really admire.

we have the honour of photographing some of v & e’s good friends this upcoming summer, and in getting to know them we of course spent some time talking about our common connection, as you do. they described coming home during the summer and finding baskets of food on their doorstep from victoria & elliott’s backyard garden, and i believe it. they are the kind of people who make things for others to enjoy.

from the plants grown and jewelry made by victoria for her bridesmaids, to the handmade charcuterie boards and casks of beer made by the former brewmaster elliott for the evening, the day was never about putting on a show as weddings sometimes are, but about giving away beauty and love to those around them. from their bountiful backyard compound to the little white chapel where they married and the big barn at ball’s falls in vineland, mother nature shared her beauty with us too. we did our best to revel in it & capture what we could of it.

even when the cask tapping went awry….

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a few snaps of a welcome drink we attended the day before one of our weddings this past summer… who knew there was such a cool little place to be found up in the muskoka town of port carling? if you’re a fan of the grand electric on queen st west here in toronto, frankie’s surf club is their cottage country version — they’re run by the same guys & right next door is a full grand electric restaurant too.

i love a spot with history and this place was originally a 1960s speakeasy famous for its live music and penny arcades. can’t think of a better place for a relaxed wedding weekend get together, to enjoy the company of everyone arriving from out of town and kick off the wedding celebrations with a drink in hand on the lake. there’s nothing better.

just had to post a few of these photos… loved the vibe there and couldn’t not share.

(see the day after here.)

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(this post isn’t sponsored or anything, we just really liked it here. extra thanks to bryn for being lovely to work with.)

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we’re so excited to share this day, i’m smiling huge just looking through the images again. it was quite a task trying to choose which ones to share here.

when i think back to this day last summer, so much comes to mind. i think of waves of colour & smiles on so many faces. i can feel that soft rain that spritzed the grape vines at chateau des charmes vineyard, a beautiful spot for a wedding, and then the sun breaking through during dinner. i see the beautiful fabrics as people gathered after the wedding ceremony and the kids who ran amidst their feet and the flower petals being thrown into the air above donna and adil during the chandlo ceremony. i hear the many hearty slaps on the back as people embraced adil. i can feel again that electric energy that surrounded the whole day, the vitality that emanated from donna & adil, two of the most open and personable people i can think of. i can remember our first meeting, choosing a coffeeshop to sit and talk together, except we arrived and there were no seats — as in, it was take-out only! we walked the streets and adil graciously purchased a very expensive juice so that we could sit inside out of the cold, and it felt like talking to old friends. it was such a joy to create this memory capsule of images for these two.

i think what i loved most about this day was witnessing all different traditions that represented both donna & adil’s heritage. i loved watching adil’s mom’s eyes fill as she sat to be served tea, participating in the new-to-her tradition for the first time ever; and then minutes later watching as she performed the traditional ismaili muslim ceremonies to welcome the bride and groom.

one of the most interesting and beautiful parts for me to watch were the punkwa and dukhna ceremonies. the first is said to rid any evil spirits that may interfere with the couple’s happiness. adil’s mom placed a nut in her hand and encircled donna and adil, then whisked the nut away, four times in all directions north, south, east and west. she then placed her knuckles on either sides of their heads to remove any future suffering from their lives. she then placed her hands on either side of her own head and cracked her knuckles to vanquish it all. it’s said that the louder the crack, the greater the happiness.

it reminds me of that leonard cohen line, the famous one about how we all have cracks, and that’s how the light gets in. it makes me realize that even though it might appear that things are as different as different can be, that the world is so vast and people are so different with different backgrounds and traditions, that in the end we’re all kind of talking about the same thing.

this day was truly something great to be a part of. we hope you enjoy the photos and can feel the light and all the cracks that make it so.

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welcome to our journal.

we're jenn & dave :

soulmates, artists, travelers, people who love to smile, & people who love to document the stories around them.

we're photographers based in toronto, canada. we've been documenting weddings together since 2010, close to home and often further afield. with our cameras around our necks we've made our way to greece & the faroe islands; to weddings at summer camps, backyards, and cozy city restaurants; across southern ontario capturing the little & true things that we hope will help people remember this beautiful life.

we're taking just a few more wedding commissions for 2017 & we're starting to book for 2018 - please be in touch using the contact button in the menu.

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