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Vicky + David | East Coast Elopement | Nova Scotia

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Vicky + David | East Coast Elopement | Nova Scotia

These sweet souls came all the way from Vancouver to elope on the East Coast in Cape Breton, where David’s family is from. They had family gather for their ceremony at Lousiberg lighthouse, and then we wandered our way back toward Sydney, which included finding this beautiful lil river surrounded by wild mint and a hidden waterfall that made me squeal a bunch.

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Miles and Miles and Miles and Miles | A Mid-Season Update

I can't lie - July was madness. Miles and miles and miles and miles. More than half of my wedding season already past, and the fall creeping up before me. I want to take a little moment before I climb back into my car and scoot across this huge province one last time this summer to reflect and find gratitude for all that has passed since the light came back to the North.

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Gratitude. I am so full of gratitude for every wild moment that this wedding season has brought. Every adventurous couple, every calm intimate forest moment, every second of the rush that fills me when the light is good and the company is better.

 

One year ago this week I shot my first ever elopement, and was immediately obsessed. Obsessed with the authenticity, the honesty, the rawness of such an intimate ceremony. After a summer filled with the most wild Adventurous Elopements, hiking and exploring with some of the most rad couples I have ever met, I have nothing but awe and gratitude for this path.

The return of Self Love Sessions this spring and summer is something that my heart has been begging of me for years now, though fear and doubt kept me quiet. I am so wholeheartedly blissed to have brought these sessions back to the forefront of my business and to give them the devotion and intention that they deserve. Nothing makes my spirit soar more than giving free spirited women the space to let their souls show, and for this purpose I am deeply grateful.

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I’ve been trying to ward off the stress of being so busy by making everything I do an act of intention, particularly in regards to food. Buying only whole food. Cooking each meal with intention. Never letting myself get too stressed about my to do list to skip meals (a bad habit of mine). Trying to curb the candy addiction. QUITTING SMOKING (!!!!) (Finally. Finally. Finally. Thank you lungs for putting up with me this long.) Trying to learn to listen to my body and trust the intuition that is inherent within. Freeing my soul a little more by exploring my spirituality. More forest. More river. More bare feet.

Last night the full moon was hidden by the fog of St. John’s, but this morning at 5 am I hiked out to a gorgeous spot on the East Coast Trail with the rad photographer Anika Bursey to watch the sunrise and dance on the cliffs by the light of the full moon that hung as bright as ever, whales splashing all around us. This last trip in to St. John’s has me really realizing more than ever that the city has left my soul, and I am so filled now with the wilderness. Give me forest floors instead of pavement, give me moss for carpet. 

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There are still many miles to go in this hectic wedding season, and I am tired and I am scattered and I need to do laundry and I need to call my sisters, but I am learning and growing at a wild pace and in the end I am just grateful and humbled for this wild little life.

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. I hope you are soaking in as much blissful sunshine as you can. I hope wherever you are in life right now, you take the time to go outside as often as possible and just let your soul rejoice in nature. I hope you get the chance to take some whole days to just get lost out there. I hope you see some rad sunsets, or turn it around and get up at 4 am for some even crazier sunrises. I hope you're well.

Stay wild.

Xo
Heather

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Top Elopement Destinations in Newfoundland

I am SO excited for the Adventurous Elopements coming up in 2017 that I wanted to put together some tips and suggestions for those dreaming and planning their own intimate or adventurous elopement ceremonies. I will be publishing different topics on Elopement Planning every few weeks, so leave me a comment or send me a note if there is a specific topic you would like me to cover!! 

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1. FOGO ISLAND // CENTRAL

Fogo Island is a magical escape any time of year. Barrens that stretch for miles, wild seas, and the best meteor showers you will ever see. The landscape makes for some stunning, moody photos. Plus it has to good luck to say your vows on one of the four corners of the earth, right?? 

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2. FLATROCK // AVALON

The rocky cliffs in Flatrock are so unique and magnificent: the perfect place for your totally unique elopement nuptials. Plus there is an A+ waterfall! Flatrock is also conveniently located just a 15 minute drive north of St. John's for those not wanting to venture too far from the city.

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3. GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK // WEST COAST 

Confession: I couldn't choose just one spot in Gros Morne. Who could choose between the lawn of the Woody Point Lighthouse with Gros Morne Mountain in the background, the Lookout Trail before the Tablelands, Lobster Cove Head, or the magificent beach in Norris Point where the water is always what I call Bonne Bay Blue? Not me. Gros Morne is the ideal destination for folks who love being in the wild.

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4. PORT REXTON // BONAVISTA PENINSULA

There are so many awesome spots on the Bonavista Peninsula, but Port Rexton is one of my favourite places to shoot. The trails around the area are absolutely gorgeous, full of cliffs and wild seas and islands and sea stacks, and the Port Rexton brewery makes a deadly spot to stop in for a tasty pint or snack after!

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5. EAST COAST TRAIL // AVALON

The East Coast Trail stretches the Eastern coast of the Avalon Peninsula - and there is a section of the trail for literally every landscape type. Whether you're in for a sort walk to some crazy incredible coastal views and secluded forests, or totally down for a hike in to some of the more unique locations, the trail has some of the best views in Eastern Newfoundland. 

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6. LARK HARBOUR // WEST COAST 

Just 45 minutes outside Corner Brook and around the corner from Gros Morne, Lark Harbour and the nearby Bottle Cove and Cedar Cove are some of my all-time favourite Newfoundland views and make an incredible elopement destination. Think the majestic mountains of Gros Morne without any of the crowds or tourists. These mountains are amazing and the sunsets on the ocean in Bottle Cove are life-affirming. Warning: the road down the Bay of Islands is treacherous. Because you won't be able to peel your eyes off the incredible scenery and on the road.

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7. BELL ISLAND // AVALON

If you want to elope near St. John's, Bell Island is an incredible place nearby with some stunning, unique views. Don't forget to stop by the Lighthouse Cafe!

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8. YOUR PLACE

The most meaningful place to hold the ceremony for your elopement is somewhere that holds significance to your relationship. Somewhere you like to hike, the location of a meaningful date or anniversary, or the place you've both been dreaming of visiting for ages. Get creative! Have fun! This island is so full of beauty and uniqueness. 

More about my ADVENTUROUS ELOPEMENT packages can be found HERE!

If you have any other topics / questions that you'd like to hear about in regards to elopements or intimate weddings, I'd love to hear them! I will be posting planning tips every few weeks throughout the winter, so feel free to get in touch with any questions you have! 

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My Top 5 Tips for Rocking Your Engagement Session

Engagement Session Season is well underway, and I wanted to put together some tips for my 2017 & 2018 couples to help prepare them for their upcoming sessions. For a lot of couples, their Engagement Session is the first time they are professionally photographed together, and so many folks come in with a lot of nerves.

Here are my top 5 tips to make your Engagement Session a TON of fun, and not an event to stress over (and, subsequently, how to ensure that you will LOVE your photos!):

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1. MAKE A DATE OF IT

Your lives are super hectic, and I get that. But you've committed to being here with me in this meadow for an hour, so why not commit to a little extra prep time? Make a date of it. Spend the afternoon listening to records together or dreaming up plans for future travels or have a coffee date together and go for a stroll somewhere lovely. Do something that makes you feel close. By the time we meet up, you'll be fresh and full of love for having spent the time together, and your photos will show that closeness right from the beginning of the session.

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2. BE ALONE

I have a tendency to keep repeating "I'm not here! Pretend I'm not here!" during photo sessions, because I want you to be as real as you can be. In the end, these photos are not for me. They are for you two to have and to cherish and to visually remind you of what love that real feels like. This only works if you remember that I am not there, and that you two need to be totally present with each other. Be vulnerable. Be open. Be Honest. Be alone together.

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3. BE YOURSELVES

Just do you. If you're the kind of people who are always joking and laughing or throwing sarcasm around, awesome! If you are quiet and cuddly, that's wonderful. If there is a specific way you like to sneak up behind him and lay your chin on his shoulder, I want to see that. This is the part where we forget the images of what we think an engagement session on pinterest is supposed to look like, and craft a session full of what it looks like to be the two of you. The result will be memories, rather than poses. 

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4. WEAR WHAT YOU WEAR

One thing that so many couples get wrapped up in is trying to match outfits and build the perfect look, but just as trying to recreate someone else's session won't create memories, trying to recreate an outfit from pinterest will leaving you feeling off your game and not like yourself. Wear what you wear. Wear what feels comfortable and natural and confident. Don't not dress up, if that's what you like to do, but don't feel like you have to.

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5. HAVE FUN WITH THE LOCATION

There's no rule that says you need to have a photo session at Quidi Vidi. Or Signal Hill. These are great locations that can be fun, but it can be so much more meaningful to choose a spot that means something to you, or to choose an adventure some place you won’t be able to get to on the wedding day. Have a sweet at-home session in your kitchen, because you love cooking together or because you are homebodies who are proud of the space you've built together. Or on the East Coast Trail because you both love hiking there, or in your favourite coffee shop. Have a fire on the beach because the ocean soothes you, or let's drive to Brigus because it reminds you of that time you went to the Blueberry festival together when you were dating. This is such an awesome opportunity to have an adventure. Don't just make it something to cross off the wedding to-do list!

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