Back in my college days, what felt like many years ago, I worked part-time as a receptionist at a popular gym in Hamilton. What I loved most about that job (besides my free gym membership) was the friendships I made while working there.
One of those friendships was with the beautiful Reisha. You know when you meet someone for the first time and you just connect. She’s a genuine, down-to-earth woman. Not to mention DROP DEAD GORGEOUS with a heart of gold. It had been so many years since we’d last seen each other. 7 years to be exact.
So to my surprise when I received a text message from Reisha asking if I could take photos of her and her fiancé, Wayne, I was thrilled! I would get a chance to see her again and catch up after so many years and meet the love of her life. Our initial conversation, we discussed details of location, time and date, etc. But there was one special request she had for me. Reisha had some very special news she wanted to share to Wayne – which you’ll soon find out.
In order to pull it off, Reisha had Wayne believe our session was an engagement shoot.
But little did he know, there was a special surprise waiting for him….
We started our session at a restaurant called Salt Lick Smokehouse in Hamilton where Reisha and Wayne had their first date. Having been away from Hamilton for so many years, I wasn’t aware of all the changes that were happening downtown. Amazing changes actually. I just love all the new popular, up-and-coming restaurants and boutiques. Just what downtown Hamilton needed.
And Salt Lick on James Street did not disappoint. It just has so much character. If you’re a meat lover, this place is definitely for you!!
As soon as I pulled up to this place, I quickly realized this used to be the old Atlantic Fish market where my family would go to buy groceries when I was just a little girl. Nostalgia has hit me hard. I love that they have kept some details of the old fish market in their restaurant. Like the Atlantic Fish sign that hangs proudly inside above the window.
Fast forward 25 years later, we’re here taking photos of our beautiful couple Reisha and Wayne. Craziness!
As I’m photographing Reisha and Wayne, I can’t help but love every minute of our session. It makes me happy to see two people in love. Reisha and Wayne compliment each other so very well! Anyone could feel the admiration they have for one another. I’d see it in the way Wayne would gently hold her hand and Reisha gaze into his eyes. This relationship will stand the test of time.
Then, we had a little bit of a sweet tooth so we headed down the street to Chocolat on James.
Chocolat on James – WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with an aroma of delicious, chocolatey goodness. I was in heaven!
And now for the best part!
To reveal our surprise, I asked both Reisha and Wayne to sit across from each other and write something that they love about one another.
The news? They’re having a baby!!
And when it was time to reveal what each of them wrote, Wayne’s reaction was PRICELESS!
So many happy tears!
Congratulations Reisha & Wayne!!!!
Thank you so much for choosing me to capture these precious moments! I felt and still feel so incredibly honoured!
All my best!
One Twenty Photography