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ASHLEY & TONY’S WEDDING

Our last wedding of 2011 and I’m so excited to (finally!) have the chance to share a few images on here from Ashley and Tony’s gorgeous late November day……. I must say, we love our jobs all year round but working with these guys was the perfect way to round out a pretty fantastic year. Ashley and Tony are another couple we’ve just loved getting to know, so much so that we kind of followed them on their honeymoon…….. ! Kidding, but only partially — we really actually happened to be in Hawaii at the same time so we met up with them for some post-wedding drinks and dinner while watching the most beautiful sunset over the ocean a couple of weeks ago…… it was lovely to get caught up and reminisce about the wedding day with them, so much so that I wish it were something that we could do with every couple we work with…… and the frequent vacationing would be pretty nice too, ha!

Ashley and Tony and the team of people that came together to make the day what it was were just all lovely…… it was so nice to be a part of it all and see their vision come to life. My absolute favourite moment that I was humbled to witness was the moment these guys had just walked down the length of the aisle and had exited the church, they were just overcome with emotion and the impact of what had just happened, and everything they were feeling just came to the surface and it was just beautiful……. Ashley and Tony, thanks so much for having us there, and thank you for so gallantly shielding us from the flying tray full of drinks in Hawaii — that was much appreciated! Your story has been a lovely one to document and be a part of. Here are a few from their lovely day…..

– Jenn xx

Photographers: Jenn and Dave Stark of JENN STARK PHOTOGRAPHERS | Planner: Leena of LET’S PARTY CONSULTANTS | Florals by: LATE BLOOM FLORIST | Videographers: STUDIO 910

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LAURA & RYAN’S WEDDING

Laura and Ryan were married towards the end of fall and I’ve only just had the chance to get a few of our favourites from the day to show on here….. it’s been a busy time in our lives, but I must say I’ve enjoyed going back through their images several months later and re-living the time we had on their day, and I was seriously struck by a lot of little sweet moments. Sometimes in the midst of it all we can’t fully take in what’s happening because it’s all happening so fast…… perusing through Laura and Ryan’s images has allowed me to take it in again, which is an opportunity we don’t often get in life! So glad we got to be a part of their celebrations and witness so many little sweet moments.

I remember their wedding day as being pretty cold, slightly rainy, there being a traffic jam on the way to the ceremony, but nothing could put a damper on the excitement of the day…… nothing would have erased the looks on their faces when Laura walked in. I love that feeling that no matter what else is going on, as soon as you’re with the one you love everything else melts away. These two had that, and I love getting to see that on wedding days, affirming how right two people are for each other. I thought I’d keep it short and sweet for once and get to the images….. I believe Laura and Ryan are actually enjoying their honeymoon week at this very moment (definitely picked the right week to head further south, it’s freeeeezing!), so cheers to you both, hope you’re soaking in the sun and having an amazing time….. lots of love from Dave and I!

– Jenn xx

Venue: The Nottawasaga Inn, Aliston ON | Photographers: Jenn & Dave Stark of JENN STARK PHOTOGRAPHERS

THE STORY OF 2011

I thought and thought, started and re-started this post to sum up 2011. I picked out some images from this past year that caught my eye and pulled at my heart, then thought about all the stories we’ve helped tell this year with so many great people, and how would I ever compile that into one big story, the story of our photography journey…… kind of overwhelming! Something I’ve done this year that I’m pretty happy about is kept a proper journal, where I’ve written down my random thoughts, ideas, things I don’t want to forget. I’ve loved it! I haven’t written everyday, but I also haven’t beaten myself up for not doing so, and it’s been really neat to read through the year……. so I thought I’d include some excerpts to go along with the images. Hope you enjoy  : )

A NEW YEAR… 01/01 Happiness has got to be something portable that you can carry around with you… it may be raining, the sky may be grey, there are no fireworks or big parade, but it’s a new year and I’m determined to figure out a way to store up happiness and carry it around in my pocket, whatever my window may happen to look out upon.

TRAVELS TO VEGAS + CHICAGO… 02/13 One of the things I want most is to do something that leaves a ripple. Dave said it was good to feel this way and that people who are satisfied all the time can’t possibly have enough motivation to keep moving forward. I’d rather be constantly moving forward.

BUSY SEASON WELL + TRULY STARTS… 04/17 I’ve been thinking lately as my life as a story… one that could be made into a movie, where people would leave the theatre feeling inspired and happy. I thought about what my “inciting incident” would be, and thought about the time I was laid off my teaching job in the UK. But then I realized that really life needs to be made up of a series of inciting incidents, not just one. Life isn’t a movie with a happily ever after at the end, real life keeps on going.

THE PACIFIC-NORTHWEST… 07/03 We are currently driving through hills covered with tall, narrow evergreens and yellow wildflowers by the sides of the road. It is cool and cloudy, just how I pictured it being here… this feels like the west coast I imagined. Dave’s wearing a checkered shirt and I’m in my new scarf and we’re lazily talking about whatever comes to mind… I keep trying to remind myself to stop and really be present in these moments. (Images of us by Anda Marie & Sarah Rhoads!)


SUMMER… 08/09 In the end I think everybody is, in some way, an artist. Put on this earth to create something out of nothing from their own unique perspective and experiences.


ROADTRIP… 08/29 It really is true that sometimes the good things in life come in bunches… beyond grateful.


END OF SUMMER/START OF FALL… 08/25 There is just something about that part of the world – the fingers of the lakes, the lichen-covered stone, the pines, the colours, the quiet. The mother of the bride yesterday read out an essay called “leaving home” that the bride had written in high school and then she went on to say that for them, it has always been better to reach the peak of a mountain top than the gain of any material things. That just inspired me to no end. It all just tugged at me inside, telling me to live a better life, one that I would be proud to have told.


ROUNDING OUT THE YEAR… 11/17 I’m sure that when I look back on this year, I will look back on it as a year of realizations about myself – what I need to have, what I want to be, who I just am. The new year for me feels like a time to start over in a way, to start being that person I’m discovering that I am.

Sitting here at the end of 2011, 2.5 years after starting on this crazy dream, and I’m looking ahead more than anything. If we are anywhere, it is because we stand on the shoulders of giants — our friends + family who encourage us, and the beautiful people we have gotten to know this year, who you’ve just seen in these many preceding photographs. 2011 will forever be a memory of an awesome year of growing and discovering…. thanks to all who were a part of our lives and who made it what it was. Here’s to 2012!

Many x’s and o’s!! – Jenn & Dave

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ASHLEY & TONY SNEAK PEEK

What a way to officially end off our 2011 wedding season yesterday with Ashley and Tony…… we love these two and could probably photograph them and their wedding every weekend of the year! Their wedding also introduced Dave and I to the wonder that is a traditional five piece Croatian folk band, who played the best music as people entered into the reception…… I think we might start bringing one around with us just in normal everyday life…. grocery shopping, doing laundry, etc.  It seriously couldn’t have been better. A little sneak peek for now of this stunning pair, more to come from their lovely day soon!

– Jenn xx