Thanks for making me cry a thousand times at your wedding. For good reasons. The profound love you share for each other is so heartwarming that your feelings become contagious. The words swapped between you during your vows were so genuine and beautiful that I know there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Your sense of humour as the day progressed made every ounce of your wedding day one of the most fun days I’m sure not many will forget. Thank you for allowing my to be a part of your day! May the love that you share for each other never ever fade and I hope you keep the jokes flowing!
Your sappy little wedding photographer.
Tom & Sarah’s wedding date got changed around a few times. When we finally settled on a date, the day started out beautiful and quickly progressed into downpours that you couldn’t see through. In case you didn’t know, a downpour isn’t optimal for an outdoor wedding. About 10 minutes after the ceremony was scheduled to go forward, the sky cleared up and it was go time for this beautiful couple. I meant it above when I said there wasn’t a dry eye in that yard (and maybe not a dry bum either as the chairs had been left out in the rain). Tom and Sarah’s words they exchanged were so captivatingly beautiful that everyone was deeply touched. It was absolutely beautiful!
We didn’t have much time after the ceremony to catch sunset BUT what we did catch was spectacular! The sunset that poured through the dark clouds at the top of Beech Hill was one of the most stunning I’ve ever seen. I was in my little happy place playing with the gorgeous light that glowed through the dark clouds!
Thank you so much, Tom & Sarah for including me in your day! It was truly a pleasure!
Sarah emailed me what seems like so long ago and explained she was getting married in Georgeville with a reception in Cloverville, both in Antigonish County! Trevor & Sarah had a traditional Catholic ceremony with friends and family filling the pews at the church in Georgeville. Once the ceremony was over, we headed out on a “tour of the Cape” which if you’re from Antigonish, you know what it means. If you’re not, it means you do a drive all around the 337 until it meets the 245 and you head back to town after you’ve gone all the way around! We took the wedding party all along the coast, stopping at perfect spots to grab a few pictures and enjoy the day! Thanks so much for letting me tag along on your incredibly fun East Coast wedding day!!
I met Mike & Brianna last year when they visited Antigonish in the fall. I photographed a sunset engagement session for them at Arisaig and created some of my favourite images (check them out here). This gorgeous couple exchanged vows at one of the most picturesque venues in Antigonish at The Locharber Centre right on the lake! You can tell from their smiling faces that these two had the best day!
What started out as a beautiful morning quickly turned to a windy & rainy scene. For a couple who planned on having their dream wedding on the l’Aboiteau Beach, it wasn’t looking great but no one was scrambling or panicking. The positive thinking worked! The sky cleared up, the sun came out and the wedding went off without a hitch! Ashley & Chris said “I do” surrounded by friends, family and a few beachgoers on their fifth anniversary!
The friends and family that Ashley & Chris chose were far from boring. The day was full of laughs and good vibes – a great way to start a lifetime of happiness together! Félicitations!
Thunder showers & showers of love were in the forecast for Alister & Kate’s wedding day at Crystal Cliffs. The skies broke about an hour before their ceremony and about ten minute before they were to say “I do” the clouds broke, the sun came out and everything happened according to plan!
Surrounded by family & friends, their big day went off without a hitch despite the weather bumps. As a photographer, this couple was my dream! I didn’t have to pose them or tell them how to be – they are so in love after 12 years of companionship that they had it all down pact! Their love for each other warmed my heart. Alister and Kate were beaming all day as were their families & guests! It truly was a beautiful thing to be a part of! Impending doom before the skies opened.To table 12, I was a hero. We won’t go into details but I was “Jamie Myra” for the evening (hope your cracked rib gets better… I’m terrified to sneeze after that story!) This shot gets me right in the feels. So. Much. Love!
I’d never met Bryce and Paula before July 16th. I’d never laid eyes on them in the few years our time overlapped at StFX but by the end of the day, I knew every single thing about them; the most prominent thing is that they are head over heels for each other! I felt like one of the family by the end of the day and there’s something to be said for that! I’m so so so humbled that I got to capture the love these two share for each other. I spent a lot of the day smiling behind the lens looking at all the smiles in front of me and crying with the speeches also! It was an absolute beautiful day for an absolutely beautiful couple! Here’s some sneak peeks of Paula & Bryce’s big day at St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia! Seriously two of the happiest people I’ve ever seen get hitched!
When Dave Matthews announced his 2016 tour, I knew I had to get to the nearest concert. Tickets were purchased and I set my sights on Bangor early Tuesday morning. With my new Tiguan packed up with food, friends and all other essentials, we started what would turn out to be an 1864 kilometre road trip.
I did a quick bit of research on places to visit within reach of our Bangor destination and stumbled upon some incredible stops. While two of our three days were travel days, we made the best to incorporate stops along the way. I’m not one to plan road trips – I’m more of a person who just gets in the car and ends up wherever. I love it this way.We quickly realized that New Brunswick is the most boring place to drive through. Every time I drive in New Brunswick, I think of David Myles’ song “Don’t Drive Through.” The highway through Moncton was easily the worst section of road we had been on – It’s hard to believe that such a main piece of infrastructure is in such poor condition. To top it off, it rained our entire time through New Brunswick.Bangor is a seemingly quiet little city. Nestled in next to the Penobscot River, the downtown core streets are lined with quaint little shops and bumping restaurants. We didn’t spend any amount of time downtown as the coast is where we wanted to invest our time. I wanted to get touristy and see what the Atlantic is like further south. I’ve seen Dave Matthews before and the performance they put on is arguably better live than their albums can allow. The chemistry between the band members is contagious. Their smiles radiate, telling you they enjoy sharing their music with you and that speaks for itself. There are few people in this world that get to make a living doing what they love but it’s evident that these guys love it! Katie, Katie & I spent the evening belting out familiar songs and dancing in the Amphitheatre as the clouds parted, letting the stars shine above us. The highlight of my evening was when the lower clouds parted as “Satellite” began to play, letting the “sliver moon” shine through. For the readers who don’t know me, the “sliver moon” is where I believe I’ll go when I pass on to another life. I’ll perch up on the edge of the moon like the little fishing fella on the Dreamworks movie openings and look down on those I love. This moment was where the smile on my face couldn’t get any larger! It’s moments like these that truly make life worth living!Along the way, we spotted a building that had a very “Lemony Snicket” vibe to it. The driveway outside was littered with antique cars, trucks and memorabilia – all things that typically catch my eye. It was a neat stop for sure. We even had the owner tell us a little bit about the property.As we continued, we hit Bar Harbor. This little town was so picturesque it was almost too much. It’s the kind of spot that if I was the kind of girl to ever want to get married, I’d picture a cute honeymoon here. The streets are lined with adorable shops, restaurants and touristy stops. I only wish we had more time to explore here. Three days certainly isn’t enough time to enjoy the “Downeast” segment of Maine.We made our first pass through part of Acadia National Park. It’s similar to Nova Scotia’s flagship The Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands. I use the term similar loosely. Acadia National Park coasts along mountain sides, the Atlantic coastline and weaves itself through the forest. It takes you off the main road and onto a tourist route where I’m sure the scenery is at it’s most optimal. With that said, we managed to do a pass on the main road as well where the views are debatably just as pretty. Signage isn’t as helpful as I find it is in Canada. It was the only thing I found frustrating as we were trying not to use technology to find things – we faired out really well with this by the way! You should try it sometime. It’s kind of fun to see where you can end up! Hard to hide my love for anything coastal.So. We found Hot Dog Heaven. Happy doesn’t begin to describe it.Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse was worth the extra few mile drive! It’s a must see! The hiking trails at Jordan Pond in the Acadia National Park were pretty incredible. These planks are set in place to reduce damage to their forest floor. This not only preserves nature but it also helps guide people just a little bit better! The Bubble’s – I still think they should be called The Boobs but that’s just me and my gutter mind.How cute are these two? Katie and Katie made this road trip pretty fun for me & I’m thankful for their company! When I had initially looked up Bar Harbor, I had found out about a neat restaurant called “Route 66” and knew I had to find it. After a long morning of adventuring through Acadia National Park, we decided we’d eat in town. We had tried to find it the day before but I’d secretly took it upon myself to find it for the next day. The look on the girls faces was worth it all! The outside is so unique but the inside is where the fun is at. I can’t begin to describe everything but the collecting for the interior began over 30 years ago and continues today. There are features from an old church inside which makes the building itself stand out. Put all this together with delicious food and I’d say you’ve got a win! I got a lobster quesadilla and a blueberry sangria and was certainly not disapointed! Leave it to me to find another ‘Nisher in Bar Harbor! Hope you had a great trip, Ian Tate!! I snapped this when I pulled in my driveway last night. I bought my Tiguan brand new a week ago and it’s nearly rolling 4000kms already. In total, we drove 1864kms in three days and had countless amazing experiences within those days. I’m so so happy, so so tired and so so excited to see where my next adventure takes me! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be exploring the east side of Cape Breton – if anyone is interested in tagging along, let me know!
660 kilometres of rural Nova Scotia roads, countless sights, endless laughs, and a memorable day off with two of my favourites was how my Wednesday last week was spent. It’s not often we get days off that line up together so Sheena, Lily & I made a point to make the most of it by heading to the Valley for a day trip. We didn’t even see 10% of the gorgeous Annapolis Valley but we’ll pick it up another day. Our province is incredible and I want to explore it more before I dive fully into other places. We live somewhere so diverse that everywhere you go, there are different rock formations, new bodies of water with different behaviours, great little communities that all have their own quirks and cute spots and incredible people – someone please tell me why I’d want to leave?
The province was in full bloom as Spring really went full throttle in what felt like an overnight. The colours were beyond vibrant to the point we kept commenting there was no way it could be real. Greens were greener. Blues were bluer. Flowers were on everything that could grow a flower. Between the immense beauty we found roaming the roads that day and the laughs that didn’t end, I can easily say it was one of my favourite days. We made a little pit stop at Nova Scotia’s longest river: The Shubenacadie River which winds its way 72 kilometres through our province. We’ve got plans to ride the tidal bore this summer! Burntcoat Head is a little known gem which has the highest tides in the world. This little spot sits on the Bay of Fundy so at a time when the tide is low, you can explore the ocean floor and check out some caves along the coastline. Below: three nuggets and one who has a dirty butt from sliding down the rocks. Take a guess at who that was! *cough* Sheena *cough.*Just free spiriting 24/7.The Tiguan’s first road trip, officially climbing her mileage to over 1000kms after less than a week of owning her. So much love for this rig already. We made a pit stop in Walton at the lighthouse as well as the Walton Pub. The lighthouse was opened so we could go up and explore the view from the top – a very neat opportunity and a really cool view. It’s amazing that this is all coordinated by hard working volunteers who likely don’t get enough credit but deserve it. It’s so nice to see landmarks like this preserved for generations down the road to enjoy!The same sign as McDonald’s… Only different.A pit stop at Paddy’s pub yielded some delicious cool patio beverages and some beyond yummy burgers!They say that work friends are like family and for us, it’s true. Our little family at Justamere Café is a fun loving, big hearted group who make shifts fly. Couldn’t wipe these smiles off our faces if you tried.Be sure to stop at Hennigar’s Market for an ice cream and a little stop at their little petting zoo and go visit the adorable goats! Blomidon has always been a favourite stop for me. The endless coastal views, the rolling hills of prosperous farm land & the blossoms; oh, the blossoms! We picked the perfect time to go down as blossoms were at their peak. Lily, pictured in her happy place is one of the freest spirits I know, and I love it! This is my boss, Sheena. She’s the glue that holds us together and for that, we love her. She’s understanding, doesn’t really take shit from anyone and dreams bigger than big everyday. We stayed at Blomidon Park until our shadows were long and our bellies were rumbling again. The three of us debated staying the night but ultimately decided someone needed to be at the restaurant the next day! On our first pass towards Blomidon, I passed the wharf in Pereau and told them we would stop on the way home. Sheena just couldn’t wait to see “the boats at the bottom of the sea.” It was one of those things you had to be there for but the three of us were in absolute stitches over that statement, despite it being true – at low tide, the boats do sit on the ocean floor but the excitement was too much to handle! Library Pub stop.That brings us the the end of our day where we landed at Luckett’s Vineyard to catch a gorgeous sunset. There aren’t many things in life better than a great day spent with great people. My heart was full after a day of adventures with these two. Not only did we catch an gorgeous sunset but we got to stargaze a bit through the panoramic roof in my new Tiguan on the way home (if that day was a first date, I’d be married – I swear, the romance levels coulda been really high!) Keep posted for my next adventures by following my Instagram @hilaryhendsbee.
When you ask someone to describe you in three words, what do you hope those words will be? We all see ourselves in a different light but we often fixate on our own worst traits long before we embrace our shining qualities. If I could choose three words to best describe myself, I’d choose adventurous, unpredictable & intense.
I live for adventure. The older I get, the more I try to let my senses embrace the world around me. I sold Jennie the Jetta last week and in the 17 months I had her on the road, we covered 79,823kms together. My body craves new sights, new roads, new tunes, new tastes, and new people. The more I explore, the more satisfied I am when I fall asleep at the end of a long day adventuring. Conversely, the more I explore, the harder it is to sleep sometimes because I can’t shut my mind off either replaying what I experienced that day or out of pure excitement for what I’ll see when I wake up.
My unpredictability is reliable if nothing else. You’ll never know what end of the province I may be in at any given time. You may never know when I’ll show up out of the blue. It’s never known what outlandish story will come from my lips next. I don’t belong to a set group of friends – I’m a drifter at best and it’s a title I embrace and cherish. Blame it on being desperately impulsive or blame it on my wild soul but I like living without a set algorithm or schedule because I can guarantee I’ll never be bored.
Finally, my intensity. It’s a trait that will forever be both a blessing and a curse. I live with great intensity. I love with enormous intensity. I laugh with intensity. I feel with an intensity that’s too much sometimes. I care too much. I think too much. I’m too intense for some people to handle and to be honest, it’s too much for me most times too but again, it ensures I’ll never be bored.
So, what three words will you choose to describe you and your life?
If it wasn’t for my adventurous soul, my unpredictable lifestyle and my intense personality, I’d be crazy bored, my Instagram feed would be bleak and my stories would blow so I’m forever grateful I am the way I am. Trust me when I say I have no intentions of changing. Speaking of Instagram, follow @hilaryhendsbee to keep up with my road trips, explorations and all around good times – I promise it’s fun and not a bunch of duck face, over filtered, teeth whitened selfies!
Over the years, I’ve gotten in the mindset that I hated photographing at Peggy’s Cove. Everyone does it. Everyone has pictures of that god damn lighthouse. I don’t want to be like everyone else. After I got over myself, I actually thought about it and I really don’t have any stand out images from my many ventures out to the rocks. Kaylie & I needed a little adventure so off we headed, at rush hour no less from Downtown. As we drove past Prospect, I watched the sun going down and figured we had about 30-40 minutes before the sun really disappeared. The moments that happened while we were in the Peggy’s Cove vicinity were absolutely “take your breath away” “put the phone down” “holy friggin’ shit are you seeing this? We live here!” kind of moments. I’ve packed in some beautiful sunsets in my twenty six years but this was definitely up there in good ones. Although there were no clouds in the sky to hold an afterglow or anything, it was stunning for February. The wind was a little crisp but that was something to be accounted for at this time of year.
The sun took forever to go down which gave me plenty of time to hop around the rocks trying to compose some images. As the last slivers of the sun went down, we stood for a little bit. I helped a lady take a photo of herself with her iPad. Kaylie snapped a few with her phone and for once, I actually put my gear down and took it in with my own eyes. Once it was gone, we headed towards the car to warm up our now numb fingers when I realized it was a full moon. A FULL MOON! At Peggy’s Cove. Jackpot. I pulled my phone out and found out exactly where it was going to come up and when. It would still be a few minutes. I let myself thaw out a little bit, snapped a few more slower shutter shots and then began heading out BUT then, there it was. It was like I was looking into a pot of honey. The moon was just beginning to rise above the barren rocks and my goodness was it beautiful. We pulled into a parking lot. I could barely contain my excitement and pretty well jumped out of my car without putting the brake on. I threw on my 70-200mm and fumbled with my tripod quickly to compose my first shot. Click. I looked and nearly threw up I was so excited. This continued for a while. I think I enjoyed it more than the sunset and that’s saying something.
All in all, I managed to get some incredible shots of my own to add to all the other shots taken by thousands each year at this beautiful spot. We are beyond lucky to be able to call Nova Scotia home. It’s places like this that really make us remember how lucky we are. There’s something about the coast & the crisp salty air that really make your heart happy! It can be the crappiest day but the coast will never disappoint.