Monique + James | Married

I don’t advertise that I shoot weddings, I am not on any bridal forums/blogs trying to get attention. My wonderful brides and grooms find my through friends, through family, or through past clients. Jimmy and Monique are no exception, except.. they found me though the gate in our back fence! Haha.

I have known Jimmy since I was little, I don’t remember how little… but back when he was littler than me! We grew up as neighbors, riding our bikes around the street and cracking open macadamia nuts with hammers while sitting in the gutter. With our older siblings, there were 6 of us. Myself and my big sister Jade, Jimmy and his big brother Thomas, Vanessa and her big brother Andrew… Girls vs Boys… 3 on 3!! Water fights, lots of water fights, bike races and spying on each other, lots of swimming. One of our parents just had to stick their heads out the window and yell for us to come home… it was then or “when the streetlights come on come home”. And it was over for another day. Take me back to then please:)

Ok ok back to the point of this post… Jimmy getting married, to Monique. The gorgeous young woman soon to have his baby. His love.

Low key weddings are some of the BEST weddings, and this one was no exception, surrounded by their closest friends and family they said ‘I do’ in a crowded room at a Registry. I have done registry weddings before but none like this, they could have been in a sweet little church, an open field… anywhere… because all that mattered was them and the people they surrounded themselves with. Though the grooms family almost missed the whole thing… casually strolling in a few minutes late they didn’t see what all the fuss was about. Though Jimmy wasn’t worried, even giving the go ahead to proceed with the ceremony without them:)haha

The reception was held in the back yard of his parents home. Again surrounded by loved ones, way too much food, and some crazy people with bubbles (the blowing kind and the alcoholic kind), it was a fun and fantastic evening.

I wish them both all the love and happiness in the world, I am looking forward to meeting their little baby in a couple of months. I couldn’t be more proud of the man that nerdy kid has turned into and think about how fortunate he has been to find someone as lovely genuine and gorgeous as Monique.


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  • Charlie - April 23, 2012 - 9:05 pm

    gorgeous work..I can feel the love in thesesphotos!

  • Whitey - April 23, 2012 - 9:31 pm

    These are beautiful Elise!

  • Andrew Riley - April 23, 2012 - 10:55 pm

    Great photos and a great night had by all! Big congrats to Jimmy and Monique
    Re: ‘way back when’…Bubble gum on the street, going around in circles in the pool, super soakers and icy poles! Good times.

  • Fe Lumsdaine - April 23, 2012 - 10:56 pm

    What a beautiful day! I LOVE these photographs… They capture the day just gorgeously. Your friends must be thrilled with them! I also love how you told the story of your relationship with them. You have an amazing way with words.

  • Lou - April 24, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Your beautiful photographs make me want to have a small, intimate back yard wedding. They are so lovely.

  • Tash - April 24, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    Uncle Paul gets into a different kind of bubbles!! Congratulations Jimmy and Monique!! Lovely photos ^_^

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