Driving out to Cambridge, our windshield wipers were going full tilt. It was raining cats and dogs (for those of you who love dogs — stay tuned). Fortunately, the rain started to subside just as we were pulling in to salon to start documenting Erin and Ryan’s big day.
Erin selected a gorgeous midnight blue and fushia as the colours for her wedding. The deep blue and the pop of pink worked perfectly together on an overcast day. Absolutely adore her Kate Spade shoes!
We had been looking forward to meeting Erin’s mom, having heard a lot about her (and her handy work and baking) from Erin. Although Erin’s mom still lives in PEI (where Erin hails from originally), she had been a big help to Erin in planning and executing special details of Erin’s big day. Erin’s mom also gave her a hand with her dress…
Once Erin was ready to go, it was time for a quick portrait with Quinton, Erin and Ryan’s adorable pup and the dog of honour. He is certainly quite the photographic gent. Love the suit! (Quinton was outfitted by Erin’s mom)
We love it when our couples opt to see each other before the ceremony. The landing down on the Grand River at Cambridge Mill, where they would be getting married a couple of hours later, provided the perfect backdrop for Erin and Ryan’s first look. Just a couple of quiet, intimate moments alone before their day together began to unfold.
Just as we were finishing up portraits, the sky opened up again and we all made a mad dash to Cambridge Mill’s beautiful ceremony space — with its floor to ceiling windows, you have the feeling of being outdoors right on the river even though you’re indoors. It was a touching ceremony, with Erin’s grandmother playing the piano, personal readings from friends and family, and a whole lot of love…
While Mark took some family photos, Naomi headed back to the Mill to document some of the touches that personalized Erin and Ryan’s day. Their cake table in particular deserved special attention. Erin’s mom had done all the baking and had brought family heirlooms to serve the cakes and cupcakes on…
Another set of special details were the table cards. If you thought that Quinton only got dressed up for weddings, you are sorely mistaken. He has a number of different outfits and costumes and Erin used photos of Quinton in these for table cards. (This really makes me think that Sabine and Griffin, our cats, need more clothes. Although, truth be told, I don’t think either of them would let us dress them up or take their pictures!)
Just before heading into their cocktail hour, Mark made a quick detour with Erin and Ryan up to the balcony on the top floor. A little breeze to catch Erin’s veil and the stunning view of the river resulted in some classic images.
Guests got mini donuts for the road as a nod to Ryan’s proposal to Erin. There were actually no donuts involved, although Erin thought there were. If you don’t know the story, you really should ask (sorry Erin, but it is pretty funny).
Erin and Ryan — thanks so much for choosing us to document your day! We had a fabulous time with you two, your family and friends, and, of course, Quinton.
We had such an amazing day with Kim and Wayne and their family and friends. Not only did Kim and Wayne throw an amazing wedding, but we had the chance to document who they are together, with their family and friends. So many laughs and tender moments.
Hawaiian dancing is a huge part of Kim and Wayne’s lives together. So, it was only fitting that they had a Hawaiian band (made up of friends and family) play for part of their reception and that Kim and some of her friends gave a performance. Ladies, you are so talented!!
Kim and Wayne — Congratulations!! Your wedding day was so much fun and perfectly you two. Welcome back from the Philippines! Let’s catch up soon.
Olena and James’ wedding day started with an emotional bang. When we arrived at Olena’s parents’ house, we were told that Olena had received one of the sweetest, most sentimental, thoughtful gift that we’ve seen to date from a groom to his bride. Not only did James write Olena a card to be opened on their wedding day, but also cards to be opened on their one year wedding anniversary and every milestone anniversary (typically every 5 years) until their 50th. Seriously, Olena, as we’re sure you know — you’re a lucky woman.
Meanwhile, after a round of golf, James and the guys got ready at the Westin Golf and Country Club.
In the Ukrainian tradition, the bride and the groom walk down the aisle together so Olena was greeted by James at the church. It was the first time they had seen each other that day. Talk about emotional!!
St. Nicolas Ukrainian Church is one of our new favorite churches in the city. The colours are just gorgeous.
Their vows completed, immediate family and bridal parties waited for the PCC streetcar that Olena and James had rented to pick them up on Queen West. It was certainly a chilly day so a stop for some pastries to warm up was in order.
And with that, everyone piled back into the streetcar en route to the Berkeley Church!
Against the backdrop of Berkeley’s gothic arch, friends and family told such heartfelt stories about Olena and James. Not to mention the tender words that Olena and James exchanged in front of their guests…
What a wedding! It certainly had it all — emotion; close family and friends; unique, but personalized, concepts; and such attention to detail. Thanks for asking us to document your day, Olena and James!
Club: Westin Golf and Country Club
Ceremony Location: St. Nicolas Ukrainian Church
Reception Location: Berkeley Church
Event Coordination: Bliss Events
Hair: Nicole at Coup Bizarre
Makeup: Faces by Carla
Flowers: Flower Fantasy
Candelabras: Designs by Anita
Cake: Paulette’s Donuts
DJ: DJ Razzamatazz
Polka Band: Ren Kahoot
We love a fall wedding. Even more so when it’s a fall wedding weekend in Haliburton with all the leaves changing at the beautiful Pinestone Resort. Simply put, Laura and Brad’s “Hitched in Haliburton” weekend was fantastic!
Laura and Brad did their first look down on the dock…
Great storytelling and a spectrum of emotions and reactions — smiles, laughs, tears and surprise. Some stories were for adult audiences only, leaving some of the ‘younger’ guests stunned (check out the little guy)…
Congratulations, Laura and Brad. What a great weekend!
Special thanks to Jessie Stamp, Pinestone’s amazing Wedding Coordinator, who did such an incredible job planning the weekend’s events and making sure everything turned out perfectly! If you’re even thinking about getting hitched in Haliburton make sure you talk to Jessie!
Kristy and Jon are an absolutely gorgeous couple. Inside and out (case and point on the latter: their engagement shoot; you’ll just have to take our word on the former). While it poured rain for almost all of Kristy and Jon’s big day, they rolled with it. The result — a classically beautiful wedding day. So classic, in fact, that we’ve decided to share most of it in black and white.
Kristy and Jon were married at St. Mary’s, one of our favorite churches in the city. So grand. Great balcony. Perfect for capturing the first time a groom sees his bride on their wedding day from several angles.
Kristy’s nieces were her flower girls for the wedding. They were absolutely adorable. These two photographs were taken seconds apart. Each of us on opposite sides of the church. We love shooting together — it allows us to get both of these perspectives.
Off to Twist Gallery for the party!
Kristy and Jon have an amazing sense of style! Their wedding was DIY perfection amongst art at Twist, a hip Queen West gallery. Love it.
The food by Treeline Events was visually fabulous and delicious…
Congratulations, Kristy and Jon! Thanks for being ready to roll with the rainy-day punches and allowing us to document your classically beautiful day!
After *a lot* of laughs photographing their bridal parties, we had a few minutes alone with Kim and Wayne on their wedding day. As we led Kim and Wayne over to bullrushes and tall yellowed grasses we had found when we scouted Richmond Green, we crossed our fingers that the sky didn’t open up. The forecast had been for rain, all day. Thankfully we had about 10 minutes in the soft romantic light with them before we had to race back to our car as the rain started to beat down. 10 minutes to document Kim and Wayne — snuggling, cuddling, smiling, and laughing. Always laughing. Perfectly themselves. Really, just perfect.
So much more to come from Kim and Wayne’s wedding at the Warehouse that we can’t wait to share!
Based on what we knew about Michele and Jesse, we suspected that their wedding would be full of heartfelt, emotional moments, beautiful diy details, and “I-wear-my-sunglasses at night” kind of partying. Let’s start off by saying we were not disappointed!
We started of the day with Michele at Headlines Hair Salon in Niagara Falls, the city where she grew up. It was an incredibly laid-back morning spent with Michele’s sisters, nieces, and her dearest friend (who is clearly her third sister).
Michele had her make-up done and finished getting ready at her parents’ house, which, funny enough, is only a couple of streets over from Jesse’s family’s home. A few of our favorites of Michele’s dress and her carefully selected accessories for the day…
Can’t let a photo of these shoes pass without comment. It is, of course, important to have a sexy set of heels for your big day — Michele’s gold sparkly ones are a couple images down. But don’t forget some stylish flats for when your feet get sore. These feline-inspired, rose-coloured flats were awesome. All the more fitting since Michele adores her cat, Ben.
Okay, now here’s where you could get a little teary-eyed, if you were so inclined. One of us is pretty sentimental so this homemade wedding day gift was just perfect. Michele made Jesse an annotated picture book documenting their relationship together. Too awesome.
Seriously though, the guys were game to strike a few quick poses before they headed over to Legends on the Niagara, where Michele and Jesse would be tying the knot.
Michele’s mom helped her with the bow on her dress and her twin sister, Melissa, helped her put on her jewelry and held the mirror up so Michele could take one last look at herself before heading out the door. You can feel the excitement.
Michele and Jesse were getting married on the covered patio at Legends. To make the space their own, they created a fabulous altar out of re-purposed old doors — painted beautiful pastel hues, adorned with a love banner, baby’s breath, and some hearts.
Jesse and Michele opted to keep it traditional — not seeing each other until Michele’s walk down the aisle with her dad. While we always love it when our couples do a first look, it was pretty special documenting Jesse craning his neck and beaming ear to ear watching Michele walk towards him.
After family photos, we headed out with the bridal party to shoot some group shots. They were all amazing sports. Up for anything. There are some pretty interesting outtakes you’ll have to follow-up with Michele and Jesse to get a look at.
Michele and Jesse — what a day. We had an amazing time with you two. Thank you for opening up to us and allowing us to capture all of the emotion of the first day of the rest of your lives together.
Mel and Al — thanks for asking to document these amazing early days with Layla.
Cheryl and Paul were married at the end of summer in the garden at McLean House at the Estates of Sunnybrook. Earlier that afternoon, we met up with Cheryl at Civello in Yorkville for hair and makeup. Such a lovely place to get pampered on your wedding day!
Even though the day was overcast (and we all had our fingers and toes crossed that it wouldn’t rain), the diffused light through the back windows of Civello’s was beautiful and soft; of course, it didn’t hurt that Cheryl looked so calm and tranquil!
Loved Cheryl and Paul meeting at the bottom of the stairs. To see the GIF we created for their wedding sneak peek, click here.
Just when you thought it was getting all romantic, some of Paul’s friends, who clearly felt that they were missing out on all the fun, tackled him. Quick moves on Cheryl’s part to avoid the pile up (it’s like she knew Paul well enough to know what was coming) …
It was a fabulous day, Cheryl and Paul. Thanks for asking us to spend the day with you.
We started the day with Marg, her bridesmaids, mom, mother-in-law to be, and her sisters at Fringe on Queen West for hair and makeup.
Naomi headed over to the Westin Harbour Castle with Marg and the girls. Stunning views from their suite . . .
What happens on wedding days never ceases to amaze us. Marg is an amazingly fit Crossfit Trainer, but she has a secret love of KFC. Her bridesmaids, who were awesome, were sure to have some delivered as a pre-wedding snack.
With all the last finishing touches taken care of, we were off to the main event at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, a beautiful heritage building on Trinity Street. The light that streamed through the windows was absolutely magical.
Both Matt and Marg were born and raised out east so they opted for Hopgood’s contemporary east coast comfort food. Stellar choice. We can’t say it enough — we love restaurant receptions (with Hopgood’s being amongst our favorites). So intimate and personal. Plus, the food is amazing!
Matt and Marg — thanks so much for asking us to document your day! Stay tuned for a selection from this wedding that we’re submitting to Top Knots. Coming soon!