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Aaron & Megan’s Northern Ontario Espanola Outdoorsy Wedding

Something special exists when your clients are more like your friends. From the moment we met Aaron & Megan right through to their engagement session, we knew without a doubt that we were going to love all of the time we got to spend with these two. Their wedding was certainly no different! We travelled 5 hours north, past Sudbury, towards Espanola, Ontario. We had heard great things about this charming little town and they were true! After Megan got ready at her aunt’s house and Aaron got ready at the Pinewood Motor Inn, we headed down to Willisville for their outdoor session. With overcast weather that was threatening rain, everything cleared up just long enough to have the ceremony and all of our photos done outside! For the second half of their portrait session, Megan & Aaron led us to the Willisville Mountain Lookout where you get a fantastic view of Georgian Bay and, on a good day, you can even see Manitoulin Island from the lookout! We were blown away and couldn’t get enough of the view. (Aidan even climbed up on top of our car for the right angle!) When we finished their portrait session, we headed back to the Legion in Espanola for a beautiful, outdoorsy reception that had little touches of natural elements brought inside. Speeches were amazing, dancing was great, and overall we had such a great time! Aaron & Megan – Thank you so much for choosing us to capture your wedding day! We are honoured and will never forget your big day. We can’t wait to make it back to Espanola!

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

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Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

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Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

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Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

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Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

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Espanola Willisville Sudbury Ontario Wedding Outdoor Northern Ontario Aaron & Megan Summer Lookout

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Watkin’s Glen, New York – East Coast USA Day 5

Watkin's Glen, New York

After an amazing number of days in and around Pittsgrove, it was time to call it a day and head home back to Canada.

Despite having had perfectly hot and humid weather all week, this day was a downpour pretty much from start to finish.  We stopped about halfway home (after a minor detour) in Watkin’s Glen, New York.

Leanne’s sister (and a number of other friends) had visited Watkin’s Glen, so we knew it was somewhere we had to stop.  Wanting to squeeze in another photo shoot before making it back to Hamilton, we had planned for the Glen to be the perfect spot for exactly that.

Much to our disappointment, we learned that the Glen was closed shortly after arriving due to the water rising and causing unsafe conditions.  We were disappointed about not getting to explore like we had planned, but there was still hope yet.

We were told that there were some paths (including a suspension bridge) that you could access higher up that weren’t closed to the public.  Despite the fact that it was still spitting a little, we decided to at least see what they were like as we’d already made the drive out here and had little to lose.

Much to our surprise, the paths were gorgeous and would provide enough for the session we were hoping to have.  The rain even let up enough for us to go out and not get rained on very bad!

We took our time taking photos and had such a fantastic time doing so.  The colours we were getting with all of the leaves on the ground were phenomenal and despite the fact that we didn’t get access to the paths we had originally hoped for, there was still more than enough for us to leave satisfied.

After a quick pit stop at a nearby Olive Garden, we completed the journey back home.

Upon reflecting, we had the time of our lives on this somewhat spontaneous trip to explore the East coast.  If nothing else, it confirmed was that we need to road trip more often!

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Watkin's Glen, New York

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – East Coast USA Day 4

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Our big day in Philly was a bit of a shorter one compared to some of our fuller days like Washington and Baltimore, but it was a great day nonetheless!

We began by driving into the Olde City, where we spent most of our day exploring some of the more historic parts of Philadelphia; one of the original cities that is ripe with American history.

One of the most important things we had to do on this day was eat an authentic Philly Cheesesteak sandwich.  After a little Googling, we landed on Sonny’s, and it was excellent!  We both got classic sandwiches that didn’t disappoint in the slightest.

Next, we were in search of Elfreth’s Alley.  Aidan’s dad once took him to Philadelphia to wander around for a few hours when he’d just gotten a new camera (and was really beginning to dive into photography).  That was an incredibly memorable experience, and getting to come back to Philadelphia a number of years later was something he was really excited about.  Elfreth’s Alley was one of those neat iconic things Aidan remembered, so we were determined to make it back there together.

After passing through some streets, we found it, and enjoyed our walk up and down one of America’s oldest surviving streets.  It was super charming with cobblestone streets, heritage plaques, and even a small sign that a child had posted in their family home’s window to educate tourists.  Super cute!

For the majority of the rest of the day, we had no real agenda or monument we wanted to see, so we pretty freely chose streets that looked pretty and explored them in the Olde City.  We loved popping into cute book stores and admiring street art along the sides of some of these buildings.  We took the time to check out some of the statues and continue passing through different neighbourhoods to get a feel of what Philadelphia was like.

Passing by the Merchant Exchange Building and the First Bank of the United States, we made our way to Independence National Historic Park, with views of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.  It was pretty funny because, as Canadians with little knowledge of American History, we mostly recalled scenes from the National Treasure movies and equated them to the landmarks we’d seen.

We headed back down Market St, popped into a few souvenir shops for a cheesy trinket to take home, then called it a day after taking in a movie at a local theatre.

Overall, it was another fantastic day and a great way to end the exploration of a handful of the East Coast USA’s most historic cities.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Baltimore, Maryland – East Coast USA Day 3

There is so much to say about Baltimore but the easiest way to put it is this: We fell in love with this city.  We’re not sure if it’s the blue-collar-turned-artistic-haven atmosphere or the fact that it’s got such a cool Harbour, but Baltimore really surprised us in the best way and we absolutely can’t wait to get to return someday.

After fighting our way through D.C. traffic, we finally made it to Baltimore just prior to lunch.  We were banking on eating at a Chick-Fil-A on our trip, and today’s lunch was the opportunity.  Even just driving into the city, we immediately could feel the exciting vibe that this city has and were already feeling the most excited we had all trip.

We parked the car and made our way to Chick-Fil-A.  It was thoroughly delicious, and we were eager to get exploring.  We first stopped by the Barnes & Noble across from the National Aquarium.  We were awestuck and couldn’t put the camera away for more than a minute at a time because we kept discovering more beautiful stuff we wanted to capture.  When we’d had enough of exploring the gigantic Barnes & Noble (which, despite being a chain store, was super fun to walk around in), we walked all along the inner harbour and ended up in Fell’s Point.

Being one of the more historic parts of the city, we had the time of our lives and stood in amazement at the beauty of these gorgeous row homes that seemed to line every street we turned down.  We walked up and down Broadway which held tons of cute little shops and boutiques, a few of which provided us with fantastic little souvenirs to take home.

It was sweltering outside and we had little to drink, so we had a freshy squeezed lemonade that lasted us all of 2 minutes while we sat on a curb in the shade.  We couldn’t get over what an incredible place this was and just how much it felt like home.  We both knew that, if we were to ever move to the US, Baltimore is where we would land.  No questions asked.

We’d seen signs for the Water Taxi, so we hopped on it and made our way back towards the Aquarium where we started.  Getting to see the views of the skyline from out in the water was magical, and only added to our sense of wonder about the city we’d never heard much about.

After we’d hopped off the taxi, we spent a little time exploring a few more shops before figuring out how we wanted to end our day in Baltimore.

Having heard about the great view from Federal Hill Park, we made our way around the Inner Harbor and climbed up the grassy hill to the very top, but only after we’d taken a few minutes to explore American Visionary Arts Museum, the nearby art and sculpture gallery nearby.  So many of the cool sculptures were made of broken glass and mirrors that it was hard to pull ourselves away before making it back up Federal Hill!

But once we did, what a beautiful sunset we were met with.  It was like we made it up at the perfect time with clear skies that resulted in some pretty gorgeous colours.  We soaked in the moment and reveled in our newfound love of the city of Baltimore.  If at no other point than this one, we knew one day we’ll come back.

After watching sunset, we were quite hungry.  With a ton of great restaurants in Fell’s Point, we hopped in the car and made it back to that part of town.  We stopped back in at Hats on the Belfry to pick up the cute sunhat for Leanne that would be a prop in our shoot later on this week.  From here, we headed to a local creperie that had only soft opened, and it was incredible.  Aidan had a pulled pork crepe, and Leanne had a Thanksgiving crepe.  We also split a dessert crepe which was amazing.

Then it was time to make the drive back to Pittsgrove.  The whole ride in the car we couldn’t help but point out the countless things we’d seen or other mental notes we’d made about what to visit when we eventually return.  We were completely caught off guard at the beauty of Baltimore, and what a pleasant surprise it was!

Washington D.C. – East Coast USA Day 2

It was off to the Nation’s Capital for our second day of big city exploration.  We began the day by dropping off our stuff and car at the hotel room and getting situated.  Ask Aidan if he loved driving in Washington (Hint: He didn’t).

We walked to the nearest Metro station and took it down to the National Mall and headed first to the Air & Space Museum.  Along the way, we passed the front lawn of the White House, whose sidewalk was littered with tourists and protesters (we later learned that the President was making a speech that day so security kept people farther back).  Overall, this was pretty underwhelming because we were so far away and didn’t really get to breathe it in.

Aidan, having been to the Air & Space Museum when he was younger, was very excited to bring Leanne as this was such a unique and fascinating place.  We spotted a bunch of food trucks lining the street just before we entered and we knew where we’d be getting lunch.

After spending time thoroughly exploring the museum, we headed out to the Crepe food truck for some authentic, delicious French crepes.  There was a lawn nearby where we were able to relax in the shade and enjoy our meal.

Afterwards, it was a little more exploring and a trip to the National Archives where we got to see the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence in person (cameras were strictly forbidden so there are no photos of this part).  We couldn’t help but wonder if they were just fakes on display to the public as the documents were so fragile, being hundreds of years old.

Then we hopped on a Metro down to the Library of Congress.  We stepped inside and were absolutely floored by the beauty that was all around.  The entrance was so gorgeous and detailed that we spent more time taking photos in there than we did actually within the Library!  Nonetheless, it was cool to see this iconic building in person after countless tv shows and movies showcasing it over the years.

Across from the Library of Congress is the Capitol Building, which we snapped some photos in front of.  Again, it was neat to see this building in person after having seen it on American money (among many other things) all of our lives.

We headed back to our hotel room, ordered a pizza, and watched the Toronto Blue Jays win one of the World Series games which meant they were still in the running to win it (they’d lose in the very next game).

The plan all along was to visit the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial in the evening, as one of Grandma’s friends who lives in D.C. said it was a unique way to see it.  She was right!  We walked from the nearest Metro station past the Monument and all the way down the pond in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Seeing Honest Abe in person was truly stunning, and the lighting and atmosphere of everything at the memorial was easily the highlight of the whole day.  Not being swarmed with tourists also made it easier to get to explore the location a little more freely.  Then, looking back at the Washington Monument and seeing the reflection in the pond was truly stunning and worth all of the exhaustion that came with the walking!

Finishing the night up, we passed the White House again (from the other side this time) before hopping on a late night Metro back to our hotel, gearing up for our departure and subsequent adventure day in Baltimore tomorrow.