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!

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ELEGANT WEDDING MAGAZINE

We're heading out of summer and into the thick of fall and what better way to say farewell for another year, then to have one last look at our beach inspired shoot with Elegant Wedding magazine which landed us a spot on the cover! This time though, from behind-the-scenes! Ever wondered how it all goes down? Take a look!

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
 

 

 

TRACY + JASON

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
 

BRIDGET + DARRELL

These two are so much fun! Bridget is adventurous, outgoing, loving and a girly-girl all wrapped up in one. She ADORES her Darrell and he very clearly adores her. So many feels! Even though he seems quiet at first, Darrell sure can be social with the best of his buds and family and he LOVES music and getting his dance on! So much so, that Bridget hired SOCA star Farmer Nappy to come all the way from Trinidad to perform at their wedding! Pretty amazing wedding gift right?! We had the best time with these 2 and their incredible bridal party and families.


GOWN DESIGNER: Berta Bridal
BRIDAL SHOE DESIGNER: Sophia Webster
VEIL/HEAD PIECES: Isabelle Hart
MAKE UP ARTIST: Bahar Niramwalla
HAIR STYLIST: Amy Griffiths, Bridal Hair Collective
JEWELLERY: Fantasy Gemart
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Monique Lhuillier
GROOM’S ATTIRE: Ike Behar, From Anthony's
GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Ike Behar, From Anthony's
FLORAL DESIGNER: Cliff Hassanally, IXIA FLOWERS BY CLIF
STATIONERY DESIGNER / GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Frances Limfat
MUSICIANS: Farmer Nappy

LAIYEE + JUSTIN

We are so excited thinking about all of the lovely weddings coming up this year that we are heading back to feature some weddings from this past season! When I finally met (we did most of the wedding photography planning over the phone) Laiyee and Justin and their adorable little son at their engagement shoot, I fell in love with this little family. Little T is the sweetest little man who at under a year old, did amazing in the photos. When he was almost a year old for their wedding, he was the cutest little ring bearer you ever did see! Thank you for including us in these amazingly special times J+L and I can't wait to see how your little family grows!

VENDOR LIST
VENUE: Palais Royale
BRIDAL SHOE DESIGNER: Badgley Mischka
JEWELLERY MAKER: Swarovski

ELEGANT WEDDING MAGAZINE - WINTER 2016

We are so happy to show off this fun editorial shoot now featured in the current winter 2016 edition of Elegant Wedding Magazine!  This haute fashion inspired styled shoot started with the desire to create a lively, romantic and more feminine feel within a neutral, masculine and contemporary space. Bright reds, pinks and greens were pulled from a fantastic, graphic pattern PUCCI INSPIRED table linen. The art on the walls lend whimsy, sophistication and a unique head table backdrop, perfect for a couple who enjoys contemporary design, but have the desire for fun and unpredictability. The look is for the city chic, strong and confident couple.

OUR TEAM
Production and Design: Blast Events www.blastevents.ca
Location: Nota Bene www.notabenerestaurant.com
Flowers: Pink Twig www.pinktwig.ca
Sweets: Le Dolci www.ledolci.com
Stationary: Lovely cards www.lovelycards.ca
Gowns and shoes: Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay www.thebay.com
Headpiece: David Dunkley Fine Millinery www.daviddunkley.me
Jewelry: Leif Benner www.leifbenner.com
Suits: Garrison Bespoke www.garrisonbespoke.com
Make up: Rosette Sund www.rosettesund.org
Hair: Carrie Stern cstern89@gmail.com
Cutlery and glassware: Event Rental Group www.eventrentalgroup.com
Linen and charger plates: Susan Murray www.susanmurray.com
Chairs: Contemporary Furniture Rentals www.cfrentals.com
Models: B&M Models www.bnmmodels.com