Hilary & Mike - Married in Bedeque, PEI

wedding date - july 14th, 2017

On her first day of university at UPEI, Hilary arrived late to discover class was full and there was only one seat left in the room. She hurried in and sat down right beside Mike, not knowing that one day this stranger would become her husband! The weeks and months went by and Hilary & Mike became good friends through class, but later parted ways when they both switched schools. Almost two years later they ran into each other in Halifax and spent the rest of the night chatting and catching up. Little did they know, their conversation that evening would never end! 

Years later Hilary & Mike had travelled to see their favorite hockey teams play in Montreal. A few hours after arriving they hiked up to enjoy the views of the city from Mount Royal. Mike handed his phone to a stranger to take a photo of them and surprised Hilary by bringing out an engagement ring! 

Having photographed the wedding of Hilary's sister Bethany and Brother in law Brad, it was special to be invited back into their family again and see it combined with Mike's side as well. Mike & Hilary's wedding day was a hot blue sky day in mid July. They were married close to Hilary's home in Bedeque and celebrated at The Shipyard later that evening. They wanted their wedding day to feel romantic, dreamy, & modern and it did just that. We photographed the majority of formals at McCallum's Point, a special place to the Waugh family where Hilary spent a lot of time swimming and playing as a kid. Standing on the cliffs laughing and enjoying ourselves with the ocean all around us was the best kind of PEI Summer day! To everyone involved in this wedding day, thank you so much for keeping the good vibes going all day long! 

Congratulations Hilary & Mike!

advice from the couple

"Stay organized throughout the planning process. Understand that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel and you will eventually miss planning for your "best day ever". So enjoy it and don't stress!"

Number of guests - 125

Venue - Bedeque United Church, The shipyard

Officiant - Rev. Catherine Stuart

Hair - AMP Hair & Makeup Artistry

makeup - makeup by sabrina sierra

Wedding dress - Maggie Sottero from Kleinfeld 

Groom's suit - Moore's

Florals - Prestige Floral Studio

Decor - Once Upon a Wedding

DJ - Tyler's DJ Services

Cake - Family friend

Stationary - LaBohemmePaperCo - Etsy

Transportation - Eclipse Entertainment

Videography - Fresh Films

Photography - Brady mccloskey photography

Sydney & Phil - Married at Clinton Hills

wedding date - july 21st, 2017

Sydney & Phil connected on their first date in Toronto where Sydney accidentally arrived late, making Phil wait for her "dramatically" in the rain outside. Thankfully after meeting they were both completely at ease. During that date they broke the rules and talked about all topics you shouldn't discuss on a first date, but agreed on most points. After lots of healthy conversation and some debate, they quickly agreed to meet again soon, and ever since their second date two days later, they've been pretty much inseparable. 

Getting engaged was a joint decision they made, even shopping for the ring together. It was always clear that they would be together, so a wedding was just a formality - albeit a fun one! It was important for Phil to speak to Sydney's parents before proposing, so they planed a trip to see them in PEI. Phil asked the question under a big old tree in her parent's backyard, where they later took their first look photos on the wedding day. 

When Sydney & Phil talk about their wedding day, the thing they always come back to was what a positive, happy, and incredible day they had, surrounded by their loved ones. Most guests travelled from off Island to be there and everyone enjoyed the Island hospitality and beautiful scenery. The weather called for heavy rain and thunder showers that day but thankfully we dodged them throughout all the outdoor activities. Just as Sydney began to say her vows during the outdoor ceremony at Clinton Hills, a dramatic and loud clap of thunder hit, causing everyone to laugh and hope for the best! The rain held off just until we were all under the dry cover of the barn, when lighting and thunder began to roar outside. 

Sydney & Phil are two of the kindest and sweetest people you could ever meet, and working with them for this special day was so memorable. I absolutely love these photos and hope you will too!

advice from the couple

"Get a wedding planner. :) All the details were far more overwhelming than we anticipated, and although we were beyond lucky to have my friend Maggie coordinate everything, and lots of family members willing to help, we wish they all could have just enjoyed the day with us.

Also, try to put as much meaning into the day as you can. All of the personal touches of things that people did for us (through things they made, or sentiments they shared) are the things we will carry with us forever."

number of guests - 70

ceremony and reception venue - clinton hills

officiant - richard oastler & erica otto (family)

hair and makeup - Bounce! hair studio

wedding dress - wtoo by watters, felichia bridal

groom's suit - michael kors

flowers - flower buds

decorator - the wedding chaperone

coordinator - maggie o'dea (friend)

dj - matt horner (friend)

cake - krista macquarrie

caterer - broadway 45

stationary - paperless post & katerine yager (friend)

transportation - twilite limo & prince edward tours

photography - brady mccloskey photography

Kate & Tyler - PEI wedding at Dalvay Beach

wedding date - July 29th, 2017

A mutual friend of Kate & Tyler's insisted for years that Kate just HAD to meet this Tyler guy, but Kate kept brushing it off. Eventually during an evening with friends at Marc's Studio they connected and Kate later realized the guy she was chatting with was Tyler, the one she had been hearing of all along. After a Facebook add and a some messages, they went on a date and the rest was history!

Three years later with their dog Finny in one arm, Tyler proposed in front of the lighthouse at Covehead Beach in June, 2016. Afterwards they went back to Kate's parent's house and celebrated with all her immediate family! 

Excitement was in the air during Kate & Tyler's wedding day. The mood was fun, light hearted, and definitely energetic! My favorite thing about Kate & Tyler is Kate's ever present excitement and enthusiasm mixed with Tyler's calm and cool demeanor. They make such a great pair that are so fun to be around and you always feel at ease. Capturing their personalities, relationship and dynamic was a blast and as Kate put it, "the best day ever!!" Thank you so much to everyone who pulled this day together, and Kate & Tyler for choosing me to capture it! 

Congratulations to The Moirs! 

advice from the couple

"There are so many options out there and it is easy to get swayed into "what is popular" but I think what we loved most about our wedding is that we truly did what made us happy and we both tried to put the focus on each other, and not the small details. Also, try to remember every moment! It goes by in a flash!"  

Number of guests - 150
venue - dalvay beach and confederation centre of the arts

officiant - jeff macdonald (brother of the bride)

hair - lydia ferguson

makeup - rebecca powers

wedding dress - hayley paige "sunny gown"

Groom's suit - Moore's

FLorals - Island Meadow Farms

Decorator - Jessica Foster

DJ - Music Express
Cake - Buns n Things

Transportation - Coach Atlantic

Videography - Ashland Weddings

Photography - Brady McCloskey Photography

Travel - Portland, Oregon

Years ago I read an article in The Globe & Mail about Portland's interesting vibe and culture and that made me so curious to check it out one day. Since I was heading to Vancouver/Whistler this January, I booked a multi city flight to Portland for 3 nights on the way! I had been excited to see the city and the forests and they did not disappoint. I even managed to dodge most of the rainy weather that Portland is known for. 

The food and drink options in Portland were everywhere, and overwhelming at times. Everyone had a suggestion on where I could find the best of this and that, but it was so fun to eat my way through every day. The donuts, the beer & cider, the ice cream, the breakfasts.....everything was delicious. 

A few things I loved about Portland:

  • Every area of the city had something interesting, or somewhere amazing to eat
  • Transit was so great and easy and day passes were only $5!
  • Food trucks (or carts) were embraced and were all over the city, including circling an entire block downtown
  • Forest Park (where all these forest photos were taken) was just a short ride away on transit and held a gigantic network of trails of all skill levels.
  • Portland has the world's largest independent bookstore. Powell's City of Books is so fun to walk around and get lost in. 
  • Bike lanes were everywhere, Portland is referred to as "Bike City USA"
  • Everyone drives a Subaru!
  • There are around 70 microbreweries in Portland 

If you find yourself in the Pacific Northwest, consider stopping into Portland. I plan to be back one day to check out more of the surrounding forests and mountains, and to drive out to the coast. Until next time! 

2017 Favorites

Sitting down and compiling this collection is always something I look forward to every year. It allows me to look back on everything I've captured that year and choose my personal favorite photos. For many different reasons, these are some of the shots that stand out.

In 2017 we delivered a total of nearly 29,000 photos to wedding, portrait, and commercial clients. Thinking about that number is overwhelming, and thinking of all of that work is too. But year after year I continue to love this creative field that introduces me to so many people, making real connections along the way. To absolutely everyone who trusted and hired me this past year, I appreciate you so much. A huge thank you as well to everyone who followed along or gave support in any way!

2017 seemed to be a year of surprises for my business and I'm so fortunate for all of these opportunities. My favorite photography podcast recorded an episode about me, I hired my first part time employee, was contracted by the New York Times, and was named one of the top 25 most inspiring photographers in Canada. What a ride! 

Without the fun and interesting interactions, dynamics, and relationships of clients, there would be nothing. A photograph aims to tell the story of what happened, so thank you all for providing these amazing stories. 

Enjoy ~

Jossie & Liam - September Wedding at The Rivershed

Wedding date - September 10th, 2017

Jossie & Liam are big animal lovers and came up with special touches to include them into their wedding day. Jossie is a long time staff member of The PEI Humane Society, and the couple has fostered countless animals in their home over the years. When Liam proposed to Jossie, he brought her along as he pretended to be looking for a family friend's lost dog in Victoria Park, but when they found Divot he had an engagement ring on his collar! On their wedding day the same dog was their ring bearer and carried rings on his collar once again. 

Adorable foster kittens from the PEI Humane Society helped the girls get ready the morning of the wedding, and these cute photos went viral - being featured on The Dodo, Yahoo, Yahoo News, and CBC! All kittens were quickly adopted afterwards. 

Jossie & Liam were married at his family's Summer home on the water in Cymbria, and hosted their reception at the newly opened Rivershed events venue in Oyster Bed Bridge. Guests enjoyed a long cocktail hour with delicious food and an intimate dinner with great speeches, all followed by the best private fireworks show I've ever seen. This day was so nice to capture, and these are two of the kindest people you could meet. Thank you Jossie & Liam for allowing me to capture your special day <3

Wedding advice from the couple

Just relax! Don't stress about the small stuff, it's not worth it :)

Number of guests - ~80

Officiant - George Clark Dunning

Hair - Crissy Crane
Makeup - Chantelle Brown

Wedding Dress - Perfect Pear Bridal

Florals - Hearts and Flowers

Groom's Suit - Moores Clothing for Men

Decorator - Debby Penny

Venue - The Rivershed

photographer - brady mccloskey

Brittany & Allan - Riverside tent wedding in Kensington

WEDDING DATE - July 7, 2017

Brittany & Allan met long ago as young teens when they both worked at the Cavendish Boardwalk in the Summer months. Allan was Brittany's best friend's manager which led to them often running into each other before Allan finally built up the courage to talk to Brittany. After a few dates Brittany claimed she didn't want a boyfriend, but once Allan got another girlfriend, Brittany soon changed her mind....haha! Many flip phone text messages were exchanged and their dating years began. After 7 years together Allan proposed to Brittany (who is a teacher) while having coffee on their patio the morning of her last day of school for the year. They flew home to PEI that evening and celebrated with everyone they loved. 

I met Brittany and Allan during our university days at UPEI when Brittany and I lived in the same residence building. We later bonded more over our shared experience as exchange students in sunny Barbados. When it came time to plan their wedding, I was thrilled to be their photographer! 

As evident in the emotions, expressions, and the laughs in these photos, Allan & Brittany fully enjoyed their beautiful day this past July. An all star team of vendors helped pull it all together as well. 

Congratulations Britt & Allan, you are the funnest!

Wedding advice from the couple

Enjoy every moment and don’t get overwhelmed with all the small details. It is truly about the memories you get to make and the moments you spend with all the special people in your life. The immense love you get to feel that day is unlike anything, so soak it all in!


Gloria & Nick - Sparkling NYE Wedding in Charlottetown

Wedding date - December 31st, 2016

Since photographing the wedding of Katie & Greg on NYE 2015, I love the idea of a December 31st wedding. What better way to celebrate and dress up then attending the wedding of two people you love? Or as Gloria put it, what better way to start a new year than to marry your best friend!

Gloria & Nick met in 2008 while both attending UPEI and started dating 3 years later. Shortly after this Nick moved off Island for work as an engineer, but began driving back to PEI every single weekend to visit Gloria. On a cold and rainy day in the Summer of 2015 during their annual hike around Howe Point, Nick used the help of their golden doodle Ollie to propose to Gloria. From there started the wedding planning for NYE!

It is safe to say everyone had such a fun time at this wedding. Gloria & Nick are the type of people you want to be around, and feeding off their energy and enthusiasm was so great. They took every moment as it came, didn't stress about small details, and took the time to enjoy a few limo sociables. It was like hanging out with friends and I love that I was able to capture this day for them. Thank you for the laughs, the hugs, and the espresso shots. 

To Gloria & Nick, here's to many more happy days like this! 

Brittany & Clark - Healy Farm wedding in Kentville, NS

Wedding date - July 8th, 2017

At the end of 2015 I received an email from Halifax wedding planners Elegant Productions about a mystery couple who just had to have me for their 2017 wedding day in Kentville, NS. I was flattered but curious as to who it was and why they were hiring an Island based photographer. After several emails to confirm things I was surprised and thrilled when my friend Brittany sent me a message letting me know it was her and her fiancé Clark that I had booked! 
It was a beautiful thing to be invited to capture their wedding day this Summer at Healy Farm in Kentville. Surrounded by family and friends, including many who travelled all the way from Clark's home of Australia - Britt and Clark made everyone feel special and appreciated. They are two of the kindest people and I am so happy to call them friends!

A backpacking adventure turned into an unforgettable love story for this fun loving couple when they met during Brittany's travels abroad. Movie nights and walks home from the pub lead them to their fist official date. Upon Brittany's return, the two continued their 2 year long distance relationship. Toughing it out, Brittany and Clark re-united and went on a bucket-list tour of Newfoundland. It was on a beach in Fogo Island that Clark romantically picked a pebble, and proposed. If that isn't cute enough, the two decided to get married on the 5 year anniversary of telling one another they were in love. 

Elegant Productions helped bring Brittany's vision to life with a beautifully treed venue (Healy Farms) and added touches of vibrant Canadian greenery with hints of yellow mustard. Soft tones were paired perfectly with the raw harvest tables and refurbished wood chairs Brittany's late grandfather had crafted over the years. The day was a perfect fit to reflect the spirit and love Brittany and Clark share with one another. It was an honor to capture this day for my friend her new husband. 

Wedding Advice from the couple

1. In their own word's, Brittany and Clark recomends couples take their time with the planning process. Enjoy every minute of the engagement!

2. Invest in a Pro! Help take the heat off by hiring a planner to help turn your vision into reality.

3. Consider stocking non-alcoholic beer and wine for 'cheeky' guests who may secretly be pregnant.



CBC - "P.E.I. photographer named one of Canada's 'most inspiring'"

On October 8th 2017, CBC News ran an article about me recently being named one of Canada's top 25 Most Inspiring Photographers for 2017 by Weddingbells Magazine! This was a fun interview to do, and I am so thankful to Sara Fraser from CBC News for doing such a great job writing this! I since received a lot of thoughtful messages from family, friends, clients, and strangers and they have all been so appreciated. If you haven't read the article, you can do so here:

P.E.I. photographer named one of Canada's 'most inspiring'


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Hannah & Michael - Rocky Mountain Wedding in Jasper, Alberta

Wedding date - April 14th, 2107

Hannah is a Jasper girl & Michael is a PEI boy who met while Hannah attended UPEI. After dating for years he proposed on the Island in front of 20 family members, followed by a surprise party with all of their closest friends, with lobster, fireworks, and cake to boot!

When I received the initial email from Hannah & Michael asking if I would consider traveling all the way to Jasper to capture their Spring wedding day, I was completely on board right away! It had been 12 years since I'd seen Jasper and the thought of photographing a wedding there was a dream. I knew Hannah and I had mutual friends and although we had never officially met, I knew she was just as great as everyone always said. Once we met we clicked right away and it was like we had always known each other. 

From the moment I arrived in Jasper, Michael, Hannah, and their families made me feel apart of their group, inviting me to a family BBQ, rehearsal party, and other activities. Everyone was so incredibly friendly, welcoming, and fun! I took some time to hang out, ski, and hike before the wedding as well. If you're also thinking of a destination wedding, let me know! 

Hannah's Dad Warren said that "every good day starts with exercise", so on the morning of the wedding a group of us set off for a 6am hike to Old Fort Point, overlooking Jasper. It was a beautiful morning with a dusting of fresh snow that would later melt that afternoon. We all enjoyed the peace and quiet at the top of the mountain and appreciated being together. After an outdoor ceremony by the river that afternoon (complete with a hail filled canoe arrival!), everyone enjoyed a casual 'outdoor picnic' with a bonfire, marshmallows, homemade beer, snacks, and a rule of only comfy clothes allowed. We travelled around town photographing and followed it up with a party that lasted late into the night. The next morning we had brunch and sadly parted ways, reflecting on an amazing and dreamy experience.

I loved their advice to other couples - do not be afraid to be different because they were so happy with all of their choices! They centered their wedding around everyone having fun, and didn't worry about the tiny details. Thank you Hannah & Michael for being incredible hosts, clients, and now, friends. Cheers to the #Wamsays! 


Photography - Brady McCloskey Photography
Ceremony venue - Jasper airfield
Officiant - Gloria Kongsrud
Hair - Tirza Olsen & Natasha McColl
Makeup - Olivia Tassone & Lyndsey Perharm
Wedding dress - Perfect Pear Bridal
Groom's Suit - Dow's Menswear
Flowers - Weddings by Whitney
Coordinator - Jasper Event Management
DJ - DJ Tommy K
Cake - Cocos Cafe

Reception Venue - Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites
Transportation - Sundog Tours

Sprouting Photographer Podcast Interview

For the past few years I've been listening to and learning from so many episodes of The Sprouting Photographer Podcast, so earlier this Summer I was shocked when Sprout Studio CEO Bryan Caporicci emailed asking me (from little ol PEI) to be featured on an episode. With an average of 50,000-60,000 downloads a month it was a little intimidating to put myself out there, but those who know me know I could talk business and photography for hours, it was fun! Click the link below to be taken to the episode, or search Sprouting Photographer podcast on iTunes or Google - I'm episode #308!

Listen to the podcast here

Karen & Lloyd - Elopement in Avonlea

Karen & Lloyd met and started dating in their home province of Newfoundland 11 years ago. After five years together they decided to pack up and move to Prince Edward Island, to a property they never even saw in person. They now call the Island home, living in between two potato patches just as you would. Inspired by their ongoing happiness and love, they decided to elope this June with a little 5 minute ceremony on the North shore of PEI. With just the two of them, Marsha Weeks, a friend to sign as a witness, and me to sign as the second witness, they had a simple and special ceremony overlooking the water. Being a long time Anne of Green Gables fan, Karen picked the picturesque Avonlea Village for photos of the two of them afterwards. We then spent an hour and a half together, laughing and enjoying their new titles as husband and wife.   

Whether your wedding has so many guests that I can't possibly make my way through them all, or so little that I must sign as a witness, everyone's love is just as special in the end. They said they didn't have one good photo of the two of them, but now there are so many. Thank you to Karen & Lloyd for sharing your happiness with me!

Travel - Australia & New Zealand

I recently returned from one of my favorite trips I've ever done, 5 weeks in Australia and New Zealand! Although I've never been a big fan of photographing landscapes and I actually rarely travel with my camera, this time I put an effort into capturing the beauty around me, enjoying the process, and creating art to have forever. I had such an amazing time exploring and photographing these, and I love the end collection it forms. It was my first solo trip which made for a lot of quiet, relaxing days photographing and enjoying the incredible outdoors. l only brought one camera and used just one lens I hadn't touched in years, the tiny and super travel friendly, Canon 40mm lens. 

This may be something I start to do on more of my trips in the future but until then, I hope you enjoy! 


During my three weeks in Australia I visited Sydney, Byron Bay, Melbourne, and Wollongong. I soaked up the sun, swam, surfed, visited friends, hiked, and enjoyed many Tim Tams and espresso martinis along the way. 

New Zealand

For almost two weeks I travelled New Zealand, including renting a car and driving over 2000km in 9 days on the South Island. Though I travelled through many places, I spent nights in Queenstown, Te Anau, Invercargill, Dunedin, Wanaka, Lake Tekapo, and Auckland. I spent so much time in the outdoors, hiking, walking, reading, and driving. Kilometre after kilometre, I couldn't believe how dramatic the scenery was and no matter where you went, it never became boring or dull. It truly was an experience I'll never forget.  

Shauna & Jared - July wedding at Rodd Charlottetown

Wedding date - July 8th, 2016

Shauna & Jared's relationship began as high school sweethearts, having their first date over pizza and a movie. Their young love eventually struggled with the distance of studying at different universities and they went their separate ways for a couple years. After realizing how important they were to each other, they rekindled in 2008 and have been together since! With the ring hidden in his mitten, Jared proposed in January 2015 while snowshoeing on Shauna's Dad's property in Wellington. He kept lagging behind to get in position and when she turned around, he was down on one knee! 

I met Shauna & Jared at Jared's sister's wedding (Erin & Nick - Patio wedding at The Shipyard) where they were both two energetic and fun members of the wedding party. Getting the request to photograph their wedding next was exciting and when the day came it didn't disappoint! This crowd is so much fun to be around and you can see how many laughs they all have together. Shauna & Jared were gracious and welcoming as always, making their wedding a beautiful day to share in! I love so many of these photos and I hope you do too! 

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Wright! 

Elizabeth & Josh - Saraguay House Wedding in Halifax, NS

Wedding date - October 8th, 2016

So excited to share this wedding day! During the time they were living in Toronto, Liz & Josh contacted me about their Halifax, Nova Scotia wedding at the Saraguay House and I was very interested from the beginning. I photograph the majority of my weddings on Prince Edward Island, but if the timing is right I love to travel too! It was easy to see why Liz & Josh chose the The Saraguay House, it was an amazing backdrop for their east coast wedding and Elegant Productions showcased it all beautifully.

Liz & Josh are a super interesting and fun couple who met at the concert of their mutual friend (who later played during the cocktail hour!). They quickly hit it off, became engaged, and planned their NS wedding, where Josh used to live. Their attitude towards the wedding day was so calm and easy, and they truly enjoyed their time with friends and family. I believe the vibe and the fun that was had shows through in these photos and that is just what you want from your wedding photography. This wedding was also incredible for me as a wedding photographer, so I hope the fun I had also shows through!

Congratulations Liz & Josh!