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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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Top 3 Things To Do The Night Before Your Wedding Day

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Wedding

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

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Wedding

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

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Wedding

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

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Bridal Education

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

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Bridal Education

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

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Editorial

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

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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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How To Plan A Beautiful Backyard Wedding

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Getting married is a major life event that you’ll never forget. If you’re planning to walk down the aisle with that special someone, a backyard wedding is a great way to say your vows and tie the knot on a budget. Whether your outdoor space is large or small, it’s easy to plan a backyard […]

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