You know that when a wedding weekend starts with a double rainbow, it’s going to be a good one. You know it’s going to be an even better wedding weekend when the bride shows up to her rehearsal party wearing red onesie pajamas (complete with trap door!) to surprise her groom. And from beginning to end, Amanda and Brooks’ wedding didn’t disappoint.

So why the pajamas and Canada-themed rehearsal? Brooks and his family hail from North Carolina and Amanda wanted to show them some of Canada’s finest traditions including smarties, s’mores and of course, a roaring bonfire. It was the perfect way to kick start their wedding celebrations. Stay tuned for more of this lovely couple soon. Happy Canada Day!

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“It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places,
our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope.
This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.” – Steve Maraboli

There is a girl living in Stellarton who shares her love, compassion, observations and hope with all of us on a daily basis. I find myself regularly feeling grateful for (and inspired by) her big heart and keen insights. She is the girl behind the wonderful project People of Pictou County.

In keeping with her kind and gentle nature, she decided to celebrate People of Pictou County’s one-year anniversary with a contest. In her own words:

When I started this project, I didn’t have a clue about what this county had to offer and I didn’t know how much effort local people put into their dreams. I’ve kept quiet about it for a year but I have fallen in love with, and finally realized, the impact of shopping local. I’ve discovered that tucked into the corners of this county are stores, farms, and businesses run by people I’m so grateful to be in contact with. Whether it’s been through long conversations or quick smiles, it’s been something I’ll take with me wherever I go in life. Because I would like to spread some love for the local businesses, I’m doing a giveaway.”

And so she purchased gift certificates from independent businesses around Pictou County and every day for three weeks gave them away to lucky winners – a supportive nod to local business owners, a hearty thank-you to the people of Pictou County who generously share their stories with her and a show of appreciation for the readers of her blog who comment, share her posts and through her, feel connected to their home.

When she approached me to purchase a gift certificate, I was so moved by what she was doing that I said I would match her gift certificate so that it would cover a full family photo session. Together we decided that rather than a random draw, we would ask people to tell us their story and what a photo session would mean to them. In the end we received so many heartfelt and incredible entries that we couldn’t pick just one winner. So we picked two. This is the story of our first photo shoot winner.

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Tasha moved to Pictou County from PEI in 2010 but it wasn’t until she and Randy bought an old farm house in 2012 that she started to consider Pictou County home. Together they have been renovating their house and expanding their collection of animals with an end goal of self-sufficiency. They now proudly own 2 dogs, 2 cats, 5 chickens and 2 goats.

Randy has two beautiful daughters: Chelsea and Allie. It’s obvious that both Tasha and Randy love them dearly. They’ve been working hard to make their newly formed family work which can be difficult because Randy often works out West for weeks at a time.

In Tasha’s words, “We are not your normal family… but this story isn’t a pity story. Through our struggles we have become closer, we have grown and we have focused our energies on hobbies, loving life, and LOVING our little space here in Pictou County. Blended families can work and can be very special. We have yet to have a family picture of all four of us. I would love to have some family pictures as I am proud of his two girls and all that we are (and trying) to accomplish.”

It was my absolute pleasure to be the first to photograph Tasha, Randy, Chelsea and Allie as a family. Even more exciting was that Tasha and Randy became engaged the weekend before our shoot so it doubled as an engagement session too!

Life can be so mysterious and sometimes it can leave you wondering how and why our paths cross with certain people. But in this case, I don’t really need to know why I crossed paths with the amazing girl behind People of Pictou County and Tasha and her lovely family – I’m just really glad I did.

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  • June 24, 2014 - 9:27 pm

    Kay Myers - Wow…talk about tears falling…they sure did ! I have been part of Tasha’s family since she was born, her late father being a cousin to my late husband.

    She has grown to be a truly lovely individual. I know the story of her childhood, I know the meager lifestyle they lived. I also know she has a mother who made each of their days as if they had all the riches in the world and that one thing was LOVE .

    I am so happy to hear that you chose her story, she certainly deserved it. She has taken on a real challenge , mother to two girls, not an easy task with the Dad away so often but she will succeed and she will gain their trust and love.

    There are not too many young and pretty ladies like Tasha who will take care of goats and chickens and in some of the pictures I have seen of her she was wearing a very pretty dress!! That is Tasha, always wants to look, be, her attractive self.

    Way to go Tash…may you stay blessed !!ReplyCancel