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Flashback Friday | How We Met

Back in April 2005, I worked as a featured production show vocalist for Princess Cruises. I traveled extensively with other cruise lines companies prior to my placement at PCL, but never had the chance to tour the Mediterranean. Finally, I received a contract affording me the opportunity to spend a glorious summer in Italy, France, Greece, Turkey and Spain! I planned to spend my days exploring the treasures and ancient ruins in Europe. Never in my wildest dreams could I ever have imagined that I would meet the love of my life, Paul.

After a week of being onboard, I signed up to assist a passenger shore excursion for the day in Cannes/St. Paul de Vence. Generally, only one escort is allowed per tour; however, Paul and I were assigned to the same bus. I had no idea, at the time, that we were on the same ship! He introduced himself and asked if he could sit in the seat next to mine. The rest is history. We spent the entire day with one another, taking gorgeous photos of the walled village of St. Paul de Vence, eating divine crepes in an adorable cafe overlooking the French countryside, and sipping on cappuccinos in the park. That day filled me with an overwhelming sense of joy and truly made me appreciate the beauty of life. I had no idea that this was just the beginning…

Travel Note: In France, they put whipped cream on their cappuccinos! Bonus!

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Desert Photo Shoot WPPI

Last month, we traveled to Las Vegas for WPPI, an international wedding portrait and photography convention, at the MGM Grand. It was our first time attending the conference and it was… extraordinary! We are already making plans to go back next year.

Melanie has some serious skills when it comes to signing up fast for popular courses, which was a good thing because the Gray Photography (Zach + Jody Gray) Master Class sold out in no time! Having met them before at their business workshop (and from following their blog), I knew that their class was going to be amazing! A Master Class is meant to be 2 hours in a classroom setting, not very hands on. However, because Zach + Jody are awesome, they decided it would be more their style to bring everyone who wanted to come, out into the desert for a sunrise hands-on photo shoot. We headed out to Jean, NV at the crack of dawn with a caravan of cars (including a Mustang), and a couple of models. We shot for hours, with several set-ups, and it was incredible! It was freezing cold, but no one seemed to mind at all because the lighting was so hot!

The Grays emphasize delivering an experience that is above and beyond a couple’s expectations, and that is just what they did for all the attendees of their workshop! Below are some of the killer in-camera images from our early morning shoot.

Noah’s First Haircut

Sunday was a huge day in the Darlington household. It was the day our youngest member, 15-month old Noah, received his very first haircut. What a big boy! His mane was getting to be a bit unmanageable, so we both decided it was imperative for him to go to the hairdresser. Noah sat up straight and behaved like a pro throughout his visit. We were so proud of him.

We decided to bring a camera and some other gear to document this momentous event in our young son’s life. They probably thought it was a bit extravagant setting up a miniature studio in the middle of the salon, but it was worth it! Our baby’s growing up!

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Jen + Darren: Feb 26 2011

Even in the middle of winter, they’ve go their love to keep them warm!

We met Jen last year at the Timpano Bridal Show and were thrilled when she chose us to film this important day in her and Darren’s life.

We loved their winter wedding! The scene was so picturesque, in fact, that the serene snowflakes falling gently in the background provided the inspiration for the cake design. Truly a brilliant concept!

The burnt orange and olive colour scheme of the decorative accents were a brilliant contrast to the winter weather. Jen + Darren had one of the largest bridal parties we’ve ever had the great pleasure to work with. There were six bridesmaids, six groomsmen, a maid of honour, a best man, a dapper little ring bearer, an adorable flower girl, and of course, the lovely couple. It was quite an impressive group!

What an amazing time! What an exciting day! Congratulations to you both! We had a blast!

The soundtrack for this piece is “White Dress” by the incredibly talented Ben Rector. Click here to purchase the song.

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Welcome to Darlington Studios!

We are super thrilled to be adding a blog to our website! We have so many weddings and events to showcase and fun ideas to share with you! We keep things simple over here. We like our blog posts like we like our Starbucks coffee order, short and sweet. Stay tuned for exciting blogs to come! Thanks for stopping by!