If you’re up for a bit of a read, this is totally the right place to be. For the short version, skip to the bottom. I won’t judge. Sometimes we just need information. Totally get it.
The story behind the name Little Canoe is possibly my favourite one to tell. My husband and I go back-country camping which means packs, a canoe, and the great outdoors: bears, moose, torrential rain, freeze dried food and exploring. He planned our very first trip as a couple, and as he was explaining our route to his parents, my father-in-law started to laugh, “son, that’s a marriage breaker”. Apparently his ambitions were rather steep, but he was convinced we could do it! We started our trip and immediately realized 20 km per day was indeed impossible. On the fly he modified our route to something smaller, and we would both be thankful for it. Each day was a new site, new sunsets and some new wildlife. Then the inevitable happened: disaster. First, we were hit with a crazy amount of rain on our last day. Then I sprained my ankle in a bog. Then our shortcut route got us lost on logging roads, which meant wandering through 5 km of trails to find our car. But the finale: a confused mama moose refused to get away from our car. Adamantly refused. When we were finally granted access and were able to go get our gear that we had abandoned at the side of the logging road, we took a moment to warm up and take stock. We looked at each other, and though we were drenched, cold, sore, exhausted and absolutely done with Algonquin Park, we were smiling ear to ear. We did it.
And then he says: “It’s a good thing we took the little canoe trip this time”.
Marriage is like our little canoe trip. Even if you plan ahead, it doesn’t mean you won’t end up in the rain. What matters most is what you do to overcome. That trip is a big part of our story, and helped make us who we are today.
TL;DR – my husband tried to kill me on an impossible portage trip but then made a joke about taking the ‘little canoe trip’ instead and bam – name.
If you’re looking for someone who has every colour highlighter, lots of planner apps, and a type-a attention to detail – I’m your gal. I take lots of notes, create detailed wedding day schedules with you, bring along emergency supplies with everything from pepto to a sewing kit, and try and prepare you for anything. But mostly we just go with the flow and do everything we can to have an amazing day! We just plan for it.
I’ll also stop and take in the moment during the first dance, get butterflies while you’re getting ready, laugh with you during speeches, choke up when dad takes the dance floor, and smile ear-to-ear all day long. Because if I haven’t mentioned it, I truly love weddings.
THE REAL ME
If I wasn’t a wedding photographer, I’d probably a chef. I love food. Making up my own recipes, experimenting with food presentation, the whole experience! Either that or an accountant. I’m a bookkeeper now, taking extra courses all the time. Weird mix, I know.
We live in a log house in the middle of nowhere. Our home is heated by firewood, our lawn is rarely mowed, there are zero coffee shops within a half hour drive, and everyone knows everyone. It’s the first time I’ve ever lived outside a city and it’s the best kind of living for us. Never going back. True story.
My house is full of cats, non-stop renovations and projects, and a literal ton of snacks at all times. My favourite author is Margaret Atwood and I seriously recommend all of her books, I think a beautiful sunrise can change an entire outlook on your day, the first thing I go to watch on tv is cartoons, and this year I gave up pop for a soda stream and never looked back.
Also bees are scary. So are heights. But mostly bees.
I BELIEVE IN LOVE
Love has no creed, race, orientation, or religion. Love makes us all equal. It is that purest of feelings, that sweetest of dreams, that wonderful moment you wish would last forever. And it belongs to everyone. I support LGBTQ+, I will respect the wishes of your house of worship, and I can’t wait to learn about your cultural ceremony. I would love to follow you deep into the woods for your intimate elopement, or to a downtown core for your huge celebration. Because I believe in love. Your love. Let’s tell your story together.