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!

KYLE + ALEX

This past Canada Day for our country's 150th - we celebrated alongside Kyle, Alexandra and their families at Earth to Table (The Farm) in Flamborough/Hamilton! Which by the way is one of the prettiest rustic barn wedding venues I've ever seen - and the food is incredible!

It started out as a beautiful day with sunshine and blue skies . It slowly turned windy and the skies opened up! Pretty much the story of the summer of 2017 all around! As luck would have it, the only rain of the day fell during the ceremony (for which there was an indoor backup) and the rest of the day was perfect! The sun always comes out....even when it rains. We managed to get all of our photos done outside and even the guests got to enjoy the warm sunshine for cocktails. It was a Canada Day, we'll never forget!

VENDORS

Venue: Earth to Table Farm
Gown Designer: Ivy and Aster
Bridal Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Indochino
Floral Designer: Simply Elegant Flowers

DAVE + SUZANNE

It's November first and that means 10 more sleeps until these dear souls unite their families and lives on their wedding day. I have been so fortunate to get to know these two quite a few times over the past year+ and I can't wait to see them make it official! To celebrate, why not share some images from their pretty summer engagement session!

TATIANA + CLAYTON

Talk about couple goals! These two are elegant, sophisticated, compassionate, kind and their smiles could light up the room during a power outage for sure! But they are also funny and quirky, never taking themselves too seriously and always up for time with friends. As high school sweethearts, these two have seen each other through thick and thin and continue to do so with laughter, love and respect for one another. I love their love - it's long, real, trusted and enduring.  It was such an enormous pleasure to have met them, let alone be with them on this long awaited day. We can't wait to see what incredible blessings your love story will bring!

VENDORS

Venue : Ancaster Mill
Makeup + Hair: Nicole Richards and Co
Bride's Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride's Jewellery: From family / gifts
Bridesmaids Dresses : Bill Levkoff
Groomsmen's Suits/Groom's Tux: Toms Place
Flowers : From The Potting Shed
Wedding Rings: Jacob Mercari
Musicians: The Guitar Guys + Alex Toskov
 

 

 

WEDDING DETAIL PHOTOS

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. 

Extra Elements

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.

ThompsonHotel_modern_wedding_toronto-1.jpg

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:

SUIT/TUX
CUFFLINKS
TIE/BOWTIE
BOUTONNIERES
COLOGNE
SHOES
GIFTS
WATCH/JEWELRY
SENTIMENTAL/SPECIAL ITEMS

What To Gather - For the Bride

DRESS
VEIL/HAIR PIECES
RINGS (ALL THREE)
SHOES
JEWELRY
PERFUME
INVITATIONS (2 FULL SUITES)
BOUQUET AND BOUTONNIERES
GIFTS
GARTER
HANDBAG
YOUR SOMETHING NEW, OLD, BORROWED & BLUE