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As 2014 comes to a close, I am called to reflect on the year that just passed.

The last 12 months have been incredible.

I had a baby.  He’s incredible.  Motherhood has changed everything.

Barb, our amazing associate, has become a full-time primary photographer.  Her work is stunning, and I am so proud of how she has grown into such a phenomenal photographer.

Our couples (as always) were the best of the best this year.

Not only have they shared their lives with us, but many have rejoiced and supported me through my pregnancy and early motherhood.

The moral of the story is that I am grateful.

Overflowing with gratitude.

And now it’s time to give something back.

I am giving away one free wedding photography package for 2015.

We have a very limited number dates remaining in our calendar, so we are specifically looking for an amazing couple who is getting married on July 11, 2015 (we will also accept July 10 or July 12).

HOW TO ENTER

Email tara@taramcmullen.com (subject heading :: July 11, 2015) with the following information ::

* Your story.  Who are you?  Why do you love one another?  What does your wedding day mean to you?

* A photo of the two of you together.  Show me the love!

* A description of your wedding day.  How are you honouring traditions, and creating new ones?  Tell me how you’re thinking outside the box.  Why this isn’t your average everyday wedding.

Preference will be given to couples who are marrying outside of Ontario, couples who have a unique story or who have had to overcome struggles to get married, and couples who are putting extra special thought into their day.  I would particularly love to photograph a wedding in Newfoundland or coastal British Columbia.

I will cover my own travel expenses, and you will receive up to 8 hours of wedding photography coverage.  This includes all of your beautifully edited images in high resolution on USB.

Easy peasy!

The winning couple will be announced on January 1, 2015.  Entries must be received by December 28th, 2014.

To all of my current and past clients :: thank you.  You light up my world!

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Tara + Lachlan

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Oh, Kelly Lynn + Andrew.

There aren’t enough words in my romantic vocabulary to express how I feel about the two of you.

While I was home with a 5-day old newborn, you were with Barb and the rest of our amazing team having the time of your lives.

I know I’ve said it before, but thank you for your grace and kindness.  There is no measure for the gratitude I have for the two of you.

Thank you for sharing your incredible day with us.

You are clearly SO loved by everyone around you.  And it’s easy to see why.

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Love Love Love.

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Tara + Barb

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I can’t tell you how close Emily and PJ live to my heart.

When I barely knew her, Emily came to my home, baked cookies and drank wine with me.

When I was too pregnant to shoot their wedding, Emily was joyful for me.

She came to my baby shower.  She met my friends, and became one of them.

She connected me with an incredible doula whose attendance during the birth of my son has shaped who I am as a mother.

She emailed me encouraging words when she knew I was struggling as a new mom and a business owner.

This.  This is love, friends.

I’m so glad Barb was able to be with my dear, sweet Emily on her wedding day.

Emily and PJ :: I am so grateful for the light you create in this world.

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Tara + Barb

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The Players ::

Venue: Millcroft Inn
Dress: Maggie Sottero via OnceWed  Custom sleeves by Labl Studio
Flowers: Botany Floral
Hair and Make up: Ashley Readings
Invites: Minted
PJ’s suit: Harry Rosen, Armani

I can’t lie to you :: I am a summer person.

Give me heat and humidity any day of the week.

Winter…not so much.

It takes a special couple to drag me away from my warm blankets and fluffy slippers.

That couple is Stephanie + David.

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Sometimes it’s worth throwing on your longjohns to make some pretty pictures with two good people.

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Tara

P.S. Thanks for the gloves, Stephanie!

Hair and Make Up by the always amazing, Ivy Lam