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
They have a quiet love and respect for one another. It's so evident that they adore each other just by seeing the way they look at one another and the way that he cares for her in the most nurturing and honest way. Their union was one I won't forget - and it was a blast on top of it all! A huge thank you to Laura of Laura and Co Events for introducing me to these two and to Rebecca and Brett for introducing me to the Henna ceremony! It was amazing - a host of dancing, colours and music - see the bottom images for more on this amazing cultural tradition!
EVENT PLANNER / COORDINATOR: Laura & Co Events
GOWN DESIGNER: Maggie Sottero
BRIDAL SHOE DESIGNER: Christian Louboutin (heels) and Kate Spade (sneakers)
VEIL/HEAD PIECES: Kleinfeld Bridal
MAKE UP ARTIST: Britany Gray of Fancy Face Inc.
HAIR STYLIST: Monique of Fancy Face Inc.
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Bill Levkoff
GROOM’S ATTIRE: Freeman Formalwear
GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Freeman Formalwear
CAKE DESIGNER: Nadia & Co.
FLORAL DESIGNER: Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design
STATIONERY DESIGNER / GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Paper Damsels
MUSICIANS: Alex Toskov (ceremony), Rio Band & Ariel (Reception & Henna)
We pulled this one from the archives from over a year ago! We love the gothic architecture of U of T - it's such a classic and romantic spot to make images in the heart of the city!
Well, this is sort of a big one for us. We made the cover! We are absolutely thrilled to share our latest published creative editorial with Laura and Co Events. It was not only amazing to work with all of the amazing vendors below and with Elegant Wedding Magazine once again, but making the cover of this incredible magazine is both flattering and rewarding. As fun as these editorials are, they are a lot of hard work and dedication from everyone involved. I'm so happy that we can all share in this honour together. Cheers to another great wedding season!
Event Planning and Producing: Laura & Co. Events
Venue: Spencers At The Waterfront
Flowers & Decor: Covers Couture
Cake: Amanda Foong Cakes
Stationery: Paper Damsels
Hair & Makeup: Noor Artistry Makeup and Hair
Wedding Gowns & Jewelry: Valencienne Bridal Design
Engagement Ring: Alexis Gallery
Backdrop: Event Graffiti
Table & Chair Rentals: Detailz Couture Event Rentals
Food & Catering: 10tation Event Catering
One of the most rewarding parts of being a wedding photographer is getting to know families on one of their most memorable and important days. It's a learning experience the whole day through. From start to end if you pay attention to the tones of voice, the body language, the conversations - you can get to know so much about the dynamics of family and of the love and respect therein. I think it makes us as photographers grow and create in a whole new kind of way. A more thoughtful, loving and giving way. Documenting each day with individuality and care for the families and the relationships who will be glad for real images from a day that will forever be engrained in their hearts.
VENUE: Angus Glen Golf Club
COORDINATOR: Christy Field @ Angus Glen
GOWN DESIGNER: Wtoo by Watters - Basha gown
BRIDAL SHOE DESIGNER: Badgley Mischka
VEIL/HEAD PIECES: Veil - Felichia Bridal, Head Piece: Bittersweet
MAKE UP ARTIST: Hey Jolie Makeup
HAIR STYLIST: Eforea Spa @ Hilton
JEWELLERY: Bittersweet and Swarovski
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: David's Bridal
GROOM’S ATTIRE: Tommy Hilfiger
GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Tommy Hilfiger
CAKE DESIGNER: Cupcake Goodness
FLORAL DESIGNER: La Belle Flowers & Gifts
STATIONERY DESIGNER / GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Etsy
The whole wedding day begins with the DETAILS! This is one of my favourite parts of the wedding day because it allows me to prepare and get my creative side warmed up for the rest of the day! I photograph a bride’s details in a way that matches and extenuates the style of the entire wedding day. So, in some ways, the details set the stage for the look of the whole wedding. We know that you’ve carefully selected every detail to match your personality, so we’d like to spend ample time stylizing and shooting everything from the dress to the jewelry to grandma’s handkerchief! We've put together a few tips to ensure that your details are photographed the way you envision them.
Gather The Goods
If possible, collect all of your details before I arrive so that I can begin quickly and have more time for some “getting ready” shots of you and your girls! We've included a handy list at the bottom of this post with suggestions for what to gather.
Sometimes, depending on the theme and “look” of the wedding day, there may be some extra elements that you could include when you gather your details. For example, if you’re having a rustic themed wedding that includes some wooden elements, maybe save a small piece of wood for me to use when I’m shooting your rings and jewelry. A great idea is to have your florist bring a few extra loose stems that we can incorporate into the photos, and extra ribbon is always an excellent element to add in. These little extra details can REALLY help create beautiful, consistent images.
Keep The Rings
The most common detail missing when I arrive are the rings! Moms, officiants and planners will often tell you to hand over your wedding band to the best man before the day begins. However, it’s actually better to hand it over during the bridal party portraits or before the ceremony so that I can shoot some great ring shots in the morning! If you forget, no worries, I can always shoot the ring shot later if there is extra time!
Bring The Bouquet
Don’t forget the bouquet! Have the bouquets and boutonnieres delivered to the bride’s location before the first look so that you can have your bouquet in your portraits.
Hang The Dress
If your gown is on a plastic hanger, make a note to bring a nice wooden, silk or prettier hanger. This simple detail will make a big difference in how your dress photographs.
What to Gather - For the Groom:
What To Gather - For the Bride
RINGS (ALL THREE)
INVITATIONS (2 FULL SUITES)
BOUQUET AND BOUTONNIERES
YOUR SOMETHING NEW, OLD, BORROWED & BLUE
When I met these two, I knew right off the bat that family and tradition was very important to them. They understood that weddings aren't just a day in the sun for bride and groom, but a life changing, family transforming moment that goes beyond wedding rings and living together. You are joining 2 cultures, 2 families, 2 sets of ideals and belief systems and creating a new family bond that extends both of your families into a mass clan of people who all love you, adore you and have your back for the rest of your lives together. That's pretty epic and momentous! We smiled ear to ear the whole day through watching these 2 families express their cultures and beliefs, embrace another culture and make wonderful memories all together. That's what weddings are - an intense love that spreads from 2 people and encompasses everyone in the room. People love, love and being at a wedding feeds you with it all day. It's the reason we do what we do - who wouldn't want to be a part of something so epic pretty much every weekend?!