Five fantastic years ago on August 2 in a small town about 45 minutes outside of Montreal – Jason & I said our I do’s. Back then, we were both still very much Mad Men – working at ad agencies in Toronto – creating campaigns for big brands and eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at our desks. If you had asked me on my wedding day where I saw myself in 5 years – I probably would have said something along the lines of continuing to climb the ad world’s corporate ladder – but secretly hoping to make more time to actually have a bit of a life and find what I love doing.
So to have been in North Yarmouth, Maine at The Barn on Walnut Hill photographing a wedding for a couple who live in Boston – with nary a billboard, tv spot, integrated campaign or viral video in sight was beyond anything I could have expected or anticipated on our 5 year anniversary.
We had a really difficult time finding our photographers for our big day – it all seemed overly posed, cheesy and not us. And that sparked one of those lightning bolt ideas, which literally struck us down while loading our groceries into the car at a Loblaws parking lot (you can’t make this stuff up!). Why don’t we become the wedding photographers that we couldn’t seem to find. BOOM. An aha moment at its finest. And just like that our lives changed forever. And by just like that – I mean a year of hard work, planning, strategizing, concocting, creating, plotting and deciding to quit our cushy ad jobs and jumping head first into this new venture.
In the four years since we started A Brit & A Blonde – we have shot over 130 weddings, been featured over 100 times in wedding blogs, had our weddings featured in 8 print magazines and shot weddings in Costa Rica, Canada, the US, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St Maarten and Portugal. Okay blah, blah, blah enough about us – and on to Janna & Jonathan! Or Jannathan – as they will be forever known!
First of all – we adore this location. The Barn on Walnut Hill is the epitome of what you would imagine a classic Maine wedding to be all about. And with the help of Heather of Cairn Events elevated to a level of wedding wonderfulness that is off the charts. Can I just say one word about Heather – unbelievablyawesomeplanner. When she sent me the schedule for the wedding – I almost fainted. It was so perfect and polished – there may have been a fairy glow around it and an audible “ahhhhhhhhh” hum. It came as no surprise that Heather was a key planner doing events at the White House for Mr & Mrs. Obama. Yup. She is a rockstar of presidential proportions. And she now rocks it out as a wedding planner in Maine.
The ceremony took place outside amidst the tall trees and the reception was under a tent in the garden with delicious mouth watering food served family style prepared by Aurora Provisions. Food was a big priority for these two foodies and it was divine. Dancing, chair lifting and Hava Nagila’ing it to the hora were all done in the Barn. Their first dance to The Cure “Just like Heaven” made us love Janna & Jonathan even more. And ending the night with magical sparklers while the couple headed off in a Rolls Royce was perfection.
“Jannathan” thank you for throwing such a beautiful and fun wedding and having us along for the ride. We could have never guessed where we would be in 5 years – and we could not be any happier to have been with you both. Loblaws parking lot lightning bolts are the best.