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Photographing classy, timeless, and fun couples around the world. Sharing the details, inspiration, and education with you here. 


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Hi there! Welcome to the CBP blog, a place to share wedding beauty, our lives, travels, and plenty of tips. I'm glad you're here and I hope you'll stick around!

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What To Leave Behind In 2024 To Grow Your Business & Better Your Mindset



Before I get into what to leave behind in 2024 (and what I’m going to be leaving behind), I want to say I am so happy to be back writing on this blog. This is such a great way for me to keep my lovely and amazing followers and friends up to speed with what […]

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Top 3 Things To Do The Night Before Your Wedding Day



The more weddings I photograph (well over 300 now!), the more tips and tricks I have discovered to help prepare you for your wedding day. After photographing over 20 weddings already this  Summer’s, I have found some new things that can help you get ready for your wedding and make your wedding photographers job a […]

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A Winter Elopement In Paris



Anyone who knows me knows I love Paris. Any chance I get I try and find a way there, even in the Winter. When I tell people I try and travel there at least once a year, people look at me like “how can you do that?!” It’s honesty a lot easier than you would […]

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Royal Palms Resort Wedding – Taylor & Haydn



May was as crazy busy month for me, which is really not a norm for me. I had the privilege of going to Arizona for a few days and photograph a gorgeous wedding for Taylor and Haydn at The Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix. Not only that, I loved all the amazing and talented vendors […]

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5 Reasons Why You Need A Wedding Planner For Your Destination Wedding



If you are like me, planning isn’t your special power. I rely on my assistant to help with those types of things so I can stay focused on creating the best photographs for my couples. I absolutely love traveling for weddings and have seen such a difference when a couple hires a planner for their […]

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When To Consider A Destination Wedding



You’re engaged (yay!) and now the planning begins. The big question is: do you get married somewhere local or a destination? I have photographed many weddings around the world and love to travel. With the help of my past brides who have chosen destination weddings, I wanted to share with you what they had to […]

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How Creative Personal Projects Will Help Your Business Grow


Styled Shoot

As artists, we can tend to get in a rut by going through the motions in our day to day lives. We thrive on pleasing our clients and making them happy, but what are we doing to make ourselves happy as artists? In my 12 years of experience, I have learned that if I don’t […]

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Pastel Editorial Wedding At Lairmont Manor – Featured On Style Me Pretty



Last year was a rough year for a lot of people, including the wedding industry. Many couple’s had to postpone their weddings or downsize dramatically. Needless to say, us photographers and wedding vendors had a lot of time on our hands, and when I have a lot of time on my hands I get antsy […]

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