Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Gift by Darlene Lamb

There is just over two weeks until our wedding and as expected there is a generous size list of things to complete. But the world stood still for me last week when my Mother passed away. She had just celebrated her 80th birthday a few months ago and although her health had always been a roller coaster, Mom had continually bounced with each set back.
We are grateful that the final illness did not have her lingering in pain and that she was called Home quickly. I am numb with a strange combination of emotions - funerals and weddings don't mix. She was rested in the new dress she had planned to wear to my wedding, it carried a sad sweetness to it.

One of my most poignant memories of my Mom was when she would gather me up and cuddle for a nap on the bed together. I might have been only 3 or 4 years old, but when I close my eyes and remember, it feels like I'm there tucked in her arms again. There has been a fare amount of time this week drawing from that memory and feeling. It's a wonderful spot to take myself back to.

Mother of two, Grand Mother of five, Great Grandmother of four - and she had one true love of her life. Mom is with our Dad again - where she so desperately wanted to be.

Rest now Mom. I love you.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Our Engagement Photo's

photo by Avenue Photo (Toronto)

Richard and I finally got our engagement photo's taken. On a chilly, but thankfully sunny Sunday morning two weeks ago, we met with our photographer Margaret Diotalevi of Avenue Photo. We get to call her 'our photographer' because Margaret will be the person capturing our wedding day.

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So there we were, the two of us who criticize pretty much every snapshot taken of ourselves. It's bad enough alone, but together one of is generally making a weird face, blinking or something to throw the shot off. We were a handful for Margaret.

photo by Avenue Photo (Toronto)

We were up early to catch the morning sun at Gairloch Gardens - right at the lake in Oakville. The 'not a morning girl' managed to get hair and makeup together for the early sunrise shoot.
The gardens are pretty and fit right up to the shoreline of Lake Ontario. All of the elements are really 'us' - the lake, gardens and the old stone wall around the studio building made the location perfect.

photo by Avenue Photo (Toronto)

We will have loads of wedding photo's in about a month and a half, but I love having pictures of us in everyday clothes. We were like a young couple half our age, trying to decide what we would wear and getting it all together. I even did a quick change of clothes in the parking lot at the car......... silly kids!
Doing all of this together is a great romantic feed for a relationship. I loved snuggling with Richard and allowing someone to capture our romance.

This photo is such a fairy tale shot - just love it.

photo by Avenue Photo (Toronto)

The excuse of our upcoming wedding is certainly the best reason to work with a professional photographer. But after looking at all of the pictures I wonder why we waited so long to take professional photo's together. If you are a couple or a family who does not have professional photos yet, take the time and book a session to capture something you'll always treasure.

photo by Avenue Photo (Toronto)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Best Mother's Day Gift

Motherhood. It's a blessing. 
One of the toughest and most rewarding jobs - EVER. 
Being a Mom and Grandma is the best gift I have ever received in my life, hands down. 
I was born to do this and love it all. 
I give thanks to God for this wonderful blessing.

Happy Mother's Day to You.