VALENTINES DAY GIVEAWAY

Styled photo session Toronto

Here at Blynda DaCosta Photography, we’re all about the love!! It makes us so happy to work with couples who are head over heels in love with each other. The good vibes are contagious! With Valentines just around the corner, we wanted to put something together to celebrate your love in a big, fun way!

So… we have teamed up with 2 amazing businesses, As You Wish Weddings and The Bridal Party to share a Valentine’s Day Contest

Enter to win make-up and hair styling with Alex and Rachel of The Bridal Party, professional session styling with Caryn of As You Wish Weddings and a couple’s photo session with Blynda DaCosta Photography!

Toronto couple at home photo session

Entering the contest is easy:

Step 1: Head over to instagram and follow Blynda DaCosta PhotographyThe Bridal Party and As You Wish Weddings

Step 2: Find the contest post and tag 3 friends that you’d like to see win

Step 3: The winner will be announced on Instagram live on Valentines Day, so be on the lookout!
 

Good luck!! 

Contest details: 

Contest will run from February 5th 2018 to February 13th 2018 at 5pm. Winner will be announced February 14th, 2018. 

Winner will receive:

1. Professional hair and makeup from The Bridal Party hair and make-up team for one person.

2. Professional event styling by Caryn of As You Wish Weddings. Details and level of styling to be determined as needed by As You Wish Weddings.

3. A 1-2 hour photos session (as needed) in the GTA at an approved location with Blynda DaCosta Photography. Session will include 50 images.

Legal Stuff:

1. Couples must sign an agreement that releases the images for use in contest, publishing and advertising for Blynda DaCosta Photography, As You Wish Weddings and The Bridal Party. 

2. Session must take place in Spring 2018 on a weekday evening to be determined by availability of all parties.

3. Location of shoot must be in the GTA within reasonable driving distance of Halton region.

4. Hair styling and makeup application will be limited to one time, on one individual and will be done at the artistic direction of The Bridal Party.

5. Session styling will be done at the artistic direction of As You Wish Weddings. Any products, rentals, florals and other items used for the shoot will be the property of As You Wish Weddings and not be available to the winners to keep or take home. 

Contest isn't sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

DAVE + SUZANNE

I consider myself a fortunate person in many ways. In my career in particular, I've had the chance to be a part of so many love stories and meet some of the most amazing humans. I really do seem to attract the nicest, warmest couples whose love is simple, pure and true. These two are no exception. They are gentle, kind and sincere with each other and the people around them.....and they are adorable! Their wedding day this past November was a chilly one, but a simply beautiful one at one of my favourite venues to boot! We love Whistle Bear - its the most perfect, cozy spot for a large winter wedding. Thanks for braving the weather to all of you and your families. See, it doesn't even look cold in the images! xo

VENDORS

Venue: Whistle Bear
Gown: Maggie Sottero
Make-Up Artist: Taylor Downes
Hair Stylist: Schulz Beauty
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Indochino
Florals: Blooming Flower Design
Invitations: The Polka Dot Paper Shop

CHRISTINA + MACIEJ

We are looking forward to the start of spring wedding season and with that a little look at one we did last May. The buds on the trees were so beautiful that day and I for one, can't wait to see those pop out again soon. These two are simply adorable - I felt an instant connection with them as we spoke about their families on the day we met. I remember it like it was yesterday, but in actuality, it was well over 2 years ago now. If you've ever seen "This is Us", these 2 are just like that...or maybe it's mostly their love of the Pittsburgh Steelers - lol! Their fan-dom is so strong, that they even brought "terrible towels" to their engagement session!  Even if the Steelers don't win the superbowl this year, I know you two will be cheering along happily until the bitter end. FYI, my Saints made the playoffs **insert happy dance here*!

WINTER WEDDING TIPS + INSPIRATION

Winter to me brings memories of warm cozy evenings by a fire while watching the snow drift slowly outside our window. Sounds beautiful - who wouldn't want to get married in a picture like that?! The truth is, as beautiful as it sounds, there are certain "logistics" with winter weddings that can make - or break your day! Here are some helpful hints for a gorgeous and beautiful winter wedding and how to get perfect images of your day. 

1. Be prepared to get outside! On the day of your wedding from November to March, it will likely be a wee bit colder then you anticipate, so bring something to keep you warm in between and during shooting. We always suggest a nice warm winter parka + mitts to put on it between your turn to shoot (for everyone in the bridal party and family). We also strongly suggest selecting a gorgeous long sleeved dress - they are even on trend right now! Alternately, choose something that works with your dress as a part of your complete look like a fur bolero/stole/cape/cover up/jacket/cardi/blanket. They can be super chic and pretty and they will keep you warm and smiling brightly for your photos. That being said, many of our brides still choose to have some photos outside without their cover up on and of course they are stunning all the way! Here is a link to our pinterest board for more inspiration and options. WINTER INSPIRATION BOARD

2. Choose a naturally well-lit indoor location for photos without need for overhead lights. Again, winter weddings can be colder than expected and although we definitely want you outside for some photos, we need to be real and make sure we keep you warm for some as well. We suggest doing family photos inside if possible or in an outdoor spot that it a quick hop inside to keep moms, dads, kids and grandparents happy! If you aren't sure what will work, we are here to offer suggestions and help you select the perfect spot - just ask!

3. Make sure your indoor ceremony location is well lit with natural light, and maybe even a fireplace. Add lots of candles and lanterns for a warm, cozy feeling. Have blankets ready for your guests to grab if needed and keep your florals in season using deeper colour accents or dried elements for a seasonal feel.

4. Create a warm, "baby its cold outside" kinda feeling at your reception. Select chairs of warm wooden tones, layer the linens and tableware to create a "collection" feel while adding rich tones in your floral palette and loads of candles and wooden/wintery elements on the tables like bark/antlers/pinecones/berries/winter fruits etc. Dim the lights in the room! These things will help make your day feel warm, magical and help all those winter humbugs embrace the season!

5. Lastly, but most importantly - enjoy your day! If you prepare yourself in advance - success will be on your side. Don't worry about the snow, cold, guest delays etc. Just be present and remember that this day is a celebration of your love - make it count!

HOLIDAYS 2017

The Holidays are almost here and we have been busy getting ready for all the family-fun time ahead. All the decorating, wrapping by the fireplace, planning, organizing, designing, eating way too much chocolate and drinking way too much coffee. All culminating in a few days of joyous celebration and family time together! We can't even wait! Here's a little peek at the holiday prep at our home!

We love a good wrapping scheme and this year we were inspired by mustard tones and marble. This is how we made it work!

Decorating is pretty simple around here. Some pinecones on the banister, a few decorative trees and a simple geometric gold/rosegold/natural scheme for the tree.

Then what's left to do, but take a tripod assisted family photo outside in the snow and then snuggle up by a fire, with a cup of coffee and our best little buddy Duddly! Happy Holidays Everyone!

MATT + JUDY

Oh that light! While its freezing outside today, we are reminiscing about this sweet little late summer engagement session with Matt and Judy and its making us really miss those summer nights!

I knew I would love these two the moment I met them with their warm personalities that just radiated genuine sweetness! I love Judy's fashion sense and the amazing way that she puts things together in a manner that reflect a classic sense of style, with a fun and contemporary twist. Her jumpsuit tho - right?! I'm looking forward to working with these two kind souls again on their wedding day!

ERIN + ADAM

These two. Their love. I've known Erin for a long time and in that time I came to know a lot about her and one of those things in addition to her kindest and most loving spirit was that she deserved the perfect partner. One that would love her fully, completely and honestly. She found him and she married him this fall. A friend could want nothing more than a happiness that comes from a love like this. Erin and Adam, I am so glad you found one another and that I was there to witness your day. xo

VENDORS

Venue: Springer House, Burlington
Gown: Mori Lee Bridal
Shoe: Le Chateau 
MUA + Hair: Ashley Groom
Jewellery (Earrings & Bracelet): Swarovski
Grooms Tux: Vera Wang
Cupcakes: Beyond the Batter
Floral Designer: T Plus 3 Designs
Stationery Designer: The Bride; Erin Smith
Musician: Groom's Brother; Christopher Barbiero