Engagement Session at The Jam Factory Toronto


We are so thrilled to be getting so many beautiful engagement session photos! It’s certainly that time of year and this session captured by Right Moment Photography is so perfect. Ashley and Andre are quite unique and unconventional, they wanted their engagement photos to display these defining qualities (chic, fun, romantic, sexy) while showcasing The Jam Factory Toronto beauty and rustic features. It’s absolutely perfect and I hope you love these photos as much as we did!DSC_8516 DSC_8557 DSC_8566 DSC_8579 DSC_8649 DSC_8754 DSC_8765 DSC_8776 DSC_8798 DSC_8809 DSC_8824

They are the same venue, just that the Jam Factory is on the second floor and the coffee shop is on the ground floor.

A Canada 150 Engagement Session in Ottawa


It’s Canada’s 150th Anniversary, and what is more Canadian than skating on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, ON. This is the exact place where Elise and Josh had their super sweet engagement session during this years Winterlude.
If you weren’t aware, each winter the canal in Ottawa is turned into a giant skating rink.  At 7.8 kms long, it’s the longest ice rink in the world!  There is a lot of love during Ottawa’s Winterlude like ice sculptures, ice slides and various activities.  Black Lamb Photography incorporated the canal and the Winterlude festivities into Elise and Josh’s engagement session, which turned out to be very fun.

Fun fact: This engagement session came full circle as one of their first dates was skating on the Rideau Canal. (So CUTE!!!)

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Photographer: Black Lamb Photography

A Frosty Edmonton Engagement Shoot

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Even though Spring has officially sprung, this wintery Edmonton engagement session is super representative of the current climate – Still COLD! (Well in Montreal at least) This is a beautiful engagement session captured by Selah Reflections Photography. 

The couple, Scott & Larissa, met on Halloween of 2013, on the campus of the Univerity of Alberta.  A close mutual friend introduced them and instantly Scott knew Larissa would be his wife.  In the summer of 2016 while on Vacation in Kelowna, Scott surprised Larissa with a visit and their engagement.  Larrissa had no idea that Scott was planning to propose, so she was very surprised.

It was only fitting for us to capture some image on the University Campus where they first met.  We lucked out on the day, as FROST rolled into the Edmonton area.  It made for the perfect canvas.  The couple LOVES latte’s & the outdoors, so the coffee house followed by the country location were the touches that this session needed.

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Photographer: Selah-Reflections
Location: University of Alberta
Location: The Woodrack Cafe
Engagement ring: Peoples Jewellers 

21 Bachelorette Party Ideas for Every Bride Personality

You are throwing your best girl friend and the future Mrs. a bachelorette party that she won’t forget. Be sure to catch her off guard with these unique bachelorette party ideas.

You want to show the future bride that you know how to throw a fun bachelorette party and have everyone talking about it for days. Remember to pick a theme or activity that best suits her personality. The following are ideas that will guarantee smiles and long lasting memories.

Cheers to the new bride!


The Sweet and Girly Bride

This bride is as sweet as pie and everyone loves her for it. Play to her caring side and turn the tables by making her feel adored and treated like Royalty on her special day.

Pampered Princess: Enjoy a relaxing spa day. Book the spa session ahead of time or have a spa day at home where everyone brings face masks, nail polish, and beauty supplies to share. It will be a blissful day of leisure before the big day. Ideas to make your guests feel welcomed here.

High Tea: Get dolled up in your best “sexy-classy” dress and enjoy delicious tea and treats. Chat with your girls about single life, marriage advice, and the things to look forward to in marriage.

Slumber Party: Make it a night in and put a twist on sleepovers to make it more adult friendly. Don’t forget the pillow fights, wine, tasty treats, classic truth or dare, and bachelorette party games. Some tips to throw the best slumber party fest.


The Athletic and Outdoorsy Bride

This bride embraces the outdoors and believes in a healthy lifestyle. Give her an active and fun bachelorette party.

Rock Climbing: Give yourselves a work out by enjoying the challenge of reaching the top. Either book an indoor or outdoor session and work out those muscles. After a successful day, enjoy your best friends’ company and head out for a well-deserved drink.

Glamping: Instead of roughing it out in the wild, put a twist on camping and you have “glamping.” Make it your own “glamp-ground” by packing the luxuries from home. Bring blow- up mattresses, pillows, cozy blankets, and get creative with setting up decorations. Or have it all done for you and book a glamping getaway. Find out the best glamping sites near you.

Paintballing: Get the stress out of planning a wedding with some much-needed adrenaline. It’s even more fun if each team has bachelorette accessories to make them stand out: like t-shirts, sashes, or baseball hats. Make the other team wish they were on your side and go in for the win.


The Classy City-Chic Bride

Always in awe of how put together and sophisticated she is, you want to plan something that impresses and delights her. Nothing too wild should be up your sleeve. Making sure the party is low key and elegant will give you the perfect ideas.

Bring a chef to you: Instead of going out to eat, bring the restaurant to you! Feel pampered with this exclusive experience. Your personal chef will cook up something special for a night full of mouth-watering goodness. Talk about a night of full service.

Brunch: Nothing can beat brunch. Head to your favourite brunch spot and indulge in your favourite eggs benny, French toast, or whatever your fancy is. Don’t forget the morning mimosas!

Wine Tour: Pretend to already be a wine expert (hey, maybe you really are an expert) and enjoy. Make sure to try all of them.


The Artsy and Creative Bride

She is the one who loves to experience something outside the norm and get’s creative with her time. She is always the one that gives handmade or unique gifts that show she knows the person well. You can be sure she will love the bachelorette party if it is as unique as her.

Fortune Teller Night: Head to a fortune teller so they can predict your future of a hopefully happy life! It is a fun way to bond with the girls and make fun of each other with the hilarious or maybe scarily accurate fortunes. Either or, it is a night with your girls you can look back on and laugh.

Art Class: Be the next Van Gogh and get ready to paint your way to a masterpiece. Your completed painting will be a nice take away from the event.

Fiesta Night: Sign up for a salsa dance class and then energize on fajitas, drink margaritas and chips and salsa. Or take an outdoorsy approach and set up a party in the backyard filled with colourful decorations, mojitos flowing, and lively music to dance to. How to host the perfect fiesta party.

DIY Lingerie Making Lessons: This takes DIY to another level. Each attendee brings a lingerie garment for the bride-to-be and gets to work decorating it with beads, sparkles, or play jewels. In the end, they are sure to have a couple of stand out pieces. See some here.


The Adventurous & Wild Bride

This future bride is sure to want to experience a night full of fun and stories to tell the next day. Indulge her daring side by organizing these wild bachelorette party ideas.

Themed Night Out: Choose a unique bachelorette theme and make sure to coordinate amongst your ladies. Go as an empowered superhero group, a bunch of rowdy cowgirls, or a retro 80’s theme -the choice is yours!

Cocktail Class: Get your mix on! Book a cocktail making class and concoct your signature drink. Not only will you be an expert bartender by the end of it but even better to try everyone’s drink to rate them.

Pole dance class: Get wild with your girls and take a pole dancing class. Not only will it bring more Fifty Shades of Grey moves to the bedroom but it is a guaranteed work out. Work it ladies!

Casino Night: Put on your best poker face and get ready for a wild night of gambling and making some serious cash. The goal is to have fun and with luck, you’ll have a happy bride and some extra cash for the wedding 😉

Bachelorette cruise: A cruise is the best way to include everything at one price – accommodation, food and entertainment. There’s always something to do and the scenery always changes. The party will never get bored with all the various activities going on. Here’s why it is a good idea.


The Little Bit of Everything Bride

If the bride-to-be does not fit exactly into any of these personalities, don’t give it a second thought. As long as it is something upbeat and includes interacting and laughing with her best friends, it is sure to be a hit!

Karaoke: Belt it out for everyone to hear. Extra points are awarded for duets. Everyone will have their turn at the mic and make sure to take out your phones to record what’s going down.

Comedy Club: Get ready for a night full of laughs and martinis that will have you rolling in your seats. Sometimes even the bride will be involved in the act, especially if it is an improv show.

Cooking class: Gordon Ramsey will have nothing on you after you finish a cooking class. Cook up a storm and taste each of your friends’ delectable dish.

Don’t forget to treat the future bride to a bachelorette gift. Don’t worry, it does not have to be expensive. Give a gift that inspires laughter or something that you know will make her feel pampered.

After the hard work is done, sit back, and enjoy the party! Cheers to the new bride!

Like this post? Make sure to share it! If you’re a bride, send it to your bridesmaids as a not so subtle hint 😉

Originally Published on nkimode.com Blog.

Tying the knot shouldn’t be taxing


You’ve finally made it to your big day! Whether in Las Vegas for a drive-through ceremony or at Whistler Mountain for a snow-capped dream wedding, you’ve said “I do!” Now that you’ve tossed the bouquet, there are some important things the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) wants you to know.

Update your information with the CRA

After posting the video from the altar (caption: Breaking news: officially off the market!), don’t forget to let the CRA know about your new marital status. Although the CRA doesn’t accept name changes via snap, you can update your marital status online using the CRA’s My Account service at cra.gc.ca/myaccount. You can also use the MyCRA or the MyBenefits CRA mobile app at cra.gc.ca/mobilesapps, file Form RC65, Marital Status Change (which you can find online at cra.gc.ca/forms), or call 1-800-959-8281.

On your wedding day, you may have had your something old and something blue, but now it’s definitely time for something new! If you’re opening a joint account at a financial institution with your spouse, don’t forget to update your direct deposit information to make sure your benefits and refunds (cha-ching) go to the right place. If you’re not already using direct deposit, you should both start now. If you do your taxes online and sign up for direct deposit, you may get your tax refund in as little as eight business days! For more information, go to cra.gc.ca/directdeposit.

Bring on the white picket fence

Now that you’ve walked down the aisle, you’re ready to make another grand entrance—this time into your new home. If you’ve bought a home together or are moving into a new place, let the CRA guide you through changing your address, claiming the first-time home buyers’ tax credit, applying for the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) housing rebate, and so much more. To get all the information for homeowners, go to cra.gc.ca/myhome.

The CRA has information on its website about life events like marriage and the changes to your tax situation they can cause. Check out the CRA’s life events page for more detailed information.

Hoping to start a family?

Now that the big day is over, you might be thinking of expanding your family. When starting a family (or adding to it), make sure you apply for child and family benefits when your little one arrives. The Canada child benefit (CCB) is a monthly, tax-free payment for eligible families with children under the age of 18. The CRA uses information from your tax return to calculate how much your CCB payment, which includes related provincial and territorial program amounts, will be. And now that you’re married, you have to share some things—like your GST/HST credit. Only one of you can receive the credit, which may include related provincial and territorial benefits, and it will be paid to the person whose return is assessed first. For more information on benefits and credits you may be eligible to receive, go to cra.gc.ca/benefits. To get the benefit and credits you and your new spouse are eligible for, you must each file a return every year.

Taxes not your strong suit? You can always authorize your new spouse to act as your representative for income tax matters. That means they can file your return for you and contact the CRA to make enquiries for you. Use the Authorize my representative online option in My Account or complete and file Form T1013, Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative. For more information on how to register, go to cra.gc.ca/myaccount.

Completing your tax return

The big day for most Canadians to file their return is April 30. Since that date is a Sunday this year, the CRA will consider your return as filed on time and your payment to be made if the CRA receives your submission no later than May 1 or the submission is postmarked by that date. Self-employed individuals and their spouses or common-law partners have until June 15 to file their return. But if those people have a balance owing to the CRA, the balance is due no later than May 1.

This year, you can file your income tax and benefit return online as early as February 20. Last year, more than 84% of individuals filed their returns online. To file your return online, you have to prepare it using certified, tax preparation software or a web application. The CRA has a list of certified products on its website, including some that are free. To find out more, go to cra.gc.ca/netfile.

You regularly go online to see your wedding pictures, to check your gift registry (keep the presents rolling in!), and to plan for your tropical honeymoon. You can also deal with many of your tax and benefit matters online by using My Account, available at cra.gc.ca/myaccount. Track your refund, change your address, view your notice of assessment, and much more, all with a few clicks of a mouse. For a newlywed on the go, the MyCRA mobile app lets you access key parts of your tax information wherever you are, from your mobile device. And you can keep track of any benefit and credit payments with the MyBenefits CRA mobile app. Find out what other online services are available at cra.gc.ca/electronicservices.

Protect yourself!

Just as upsetting as wedding crashers at your reception are phishing and other fraudulent scams that could lead to identity or financial theft. So, be extra cautious as tax season approaches. Remember, the CRA will never ask for personal or financial information of any kind by email or text message, threaten you, or ask for payments by prepaid credit card. Go to cra.gc.ca/fraudprevention for examples of current scams and for information on how to detect and avoid them. To help protect you, the CRA has introduced account alerts, a fraud prevention service. When you sign up through My Account or MyCRA, the CRA will notify you by email if your direct deposit information or your address is changed, or if mail sent to you by the CRA is returned.

No matter how enticing the proposal, don’t say yes to participating in the underground economy when planning for your perfect day. You may think you are getting a deal by paying cash and avoiding taxes for such things as flowers, catering, or even your dream venue, but it can leave you with no proof of payment or recourse, should a goods or services provider not fulfill their obligations. Not to mention, if you are caught evading taxes, you could face fines and penalties. You want to enjoy your honeymoon with no worries!

Congratulations on your wedding, and many happy (income tax and benefit) returns!

Don’t miss the latest CRA news and tax tips—follow the CRA on Twitter @CanRevAgency.

Beautiful Farm Engagement Session in Woodlawn, ON


Apparently Spring is around the corner, and weather like we see in this engagement session is supposed to be here… but it’s not! It’s freezing and snowing! So we will just have to bask in the beautiful sunshine from this super sweet farm engagement session. It’s summer, it’s farm, it’s everything we love about engagement sessions! (and the backdrop is simply perfection).

Kurtis and Brittany are such lovely couple and with Kurtis being a soy bean farmer in Woodlawn, ON, just outside of Ottawa. Ashley Notley captured them perfectly.

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Photographer: Ashley Notley Photography