With the snow coming down outside, we’re thinking back fondly to a late fall afternoon not so long ago with bright sky and gorgeous leaves. That day, Adrienne and Michael tied the knot in a traditional ceremony at the stunning St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church, wandered about Trinity Bellwoods Park and the Distillery District with their families and bridal parties, and hosted an outstanding bash at the Fermenting Cellar. Their day was, simply put, gorgeous, and we had such great time with Adrienne and Michael. We couldn’t wait to share a few of our favorite portraits from the park and the Distillery. . .
So much more to come!
When we talked with Kathryn and Alex about their fall engagement shoot, they were full of great ideas. A stop at Red Rooster for a coffee, a walk around Riverdale Farm, some pumpkins and some fall colours. Check, check, check, and check!
You’ll also quickly notice the other main ingredient in their engagement shoot . . . fun! Alex most certainly supplied the zany. He knew exactly what to do to get Kathryn to break into laughter at any given moment. Alex described this as his Halloween walk:
Thanks for such a fun fall afternoon, Kathryn and Alex. We can’t wait for next June!
From our first meeting with Erika and Wes, we knew that their fun-loving natures and creativity would result in a wedding day full of laughter and unique, personal details. So many smiles; so much DIY (everything from Erika’s shoes, to signs for her bridemaids, to adorable pet-inspired table settings); and so many fun elements for the guys (super hero gear, and a classic car).
The days started at Erika and Wes’ house with Erika and her bridal party. While they were having hair and make up done, we spent some time with her dress. We knew we wanted to highlight some of its details — so elegant and beautiful.
Such an awesome day, Erika and Wes!
With the cooler weather setting in and it getting dark *so* much early in the evenings, it seems hard to believe that it was only a few short weeks ago that we were walking around Bluffer’s Park with Laura and Mark on a warm(ish) sunny fall afternoon. Laura and Mark were so fun to work with — from the first location under the weeping willows onward, they spent most of their time cuddling and laughing together.
Such a great afternoon getting to know you two. Can’t wait to document your wedding next spring at the Toronto Hunt Club!
The October Wedding. That’s what they called their movie-inspired day. It was certainly aptly named — as we mentioned before, the way Olia met Adam should definitely form the basis of a romantic comedy (get writing Adam). And their October wedding, the ending of (this part of) their story did not disappoint. It started with a straight shave for Adam and the guys in Leslieville, while Olia and her sisters got ready at a salon on Queen West and at the Shangri-La. Adam waited for Olia at Cherry Beach for their first look with dramatic dark clouds rolling in. The rain even held off for the photos (for the most part anyway). Olia and Adam tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony and hosted a fabulous reception at Berkeley Church. And, as is typical with these two and their group of friends, they partied. It was epic.
We have so much to share from this amazing day, but, in the meantime, we couldn’t resist posting a few of Olia and Adam after their emotional first look on the beach and during their romantic first dance…
You’ll remember Kelly, Mike and Maty from their family shoot last year down at Kew Beach. Decked out in Hudson’s Bay gear, we played in the leaves and went for a walk on the boardwalk. After the shoot, Kelly turned her favourite pics into Christmas cards for family and friends.
We had a blast shooting this perfectly cozy Sunday morning. Same time next year??
Hold on tight — we’re headed to Paradise Falls! If you haven’t seen the movie Up yet, go rent it, download it, whatever you have to do. Just watch it. We challenge you not to tear up in the first ten minutes. Neither of us has succeeded yet and we own it on DVD (ahem, right, it’s a good thing Mark was wearing 3d glasses).
When we first met Deidre and Jesse, they told us about their Up-inspired engagement. The amount of effort Jesse expended in thinking through all the details and creating their Adventure Book made us melt. We knew we had to be Deidre and Jesse’s photographers and we also knew they had to use some of their beautiful details for their engagement shoot.
Alright, a little Up plot (for those of you haven’t seen the film) to put these next few images in context. Ellie and Carl meet as youngsters, drawn together by their shared sense of adventure and admiration for Charles Muntz, an explorer whose slogan is “Adventure is out there!”. Ellie expresses her dream to move their club house to “Paradise Falls” in South America. It’s not without coincidence that Deidre and Jesse selected Belfountain, complete with its own waterfall, as the location for their engagement shoot.
Deidre and Jesse — you two are awesome!! We had such a great time with you in Belfountain. Ellie and Carl would approve.
We first met Christina and Cal on a snowy, cold day last February. Cozy with a coffee, we chatted away the evening. The next time we met couldn’t have been more different. Crisp beautiful leaves in stunning hues. Warm fall sun (probably as nice as any day all summer). A Bay blanket. A bottle of bubbly. Cupcakes. Sunflowers and balloons. Christina and Cal let us know they wanted to shoot their engagement session over a picnic with a wide field and a little forest. Christina also asked us if it would be possible to shoot around a farmhouse.
Such a fun afternoon, Christina and Cal. We can’t wait for your wedding next spring!!
We wanted to share just a quick peek at Alyssa and Devan’s military wedding at The Doctor’s House in Kleinburg. We were enthralled with the traditions, spectacle and pomp. Just wait until you see what these two pulled off with the help of their friends, family and brothers in arms — a sword arch, a bottle dance, a birch tree Chuppah raised right before our eyes, some caricatures and even an outfit change!
In the meantime, a little bit of Alyssa and Devan to tide you over . . .
Kaila and Jeff were married on one of the most gorgeous days of the summer at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District. Naomi started the day at Kaila and Jeff’s place with Kaila and her bridal party, documenting all the beautiful details that Kaila carefully selected.
Kaila picked an absolutely beautiful dress that fit her perfectly!
Meanwhile, over at the King Edward Hotel, Jeff and the guys were getting ready (and doing a little last minute speech writing).
The King Edward certainly provided a great backdrop for the guys.
If you haven’t noticed yet, Chris, Jeff’s best man and MC, is our San Francisco groom from a few years ago. At Chris’s wedding, Chris was given a very nice bottle of rye (something that can be in short supply in California!). To extend the tradition, Jeff, Chris and the rest of the guys settled in for a toast with another fine bottle before heading off to the venue.
And off to the venue. What a perfect fairy-tale set-up!
Jeff’s reaction to seeing Kaila is priceless. This is why we love to do what we do . . . true emotion. That we get to help people remember moments like these is amazing!
After a few family pictures against the iconic bricks of the Distillery District, we took Kaila and Jeff, along with their bridal party away for some pictures. We want you to pay close attention to what the guys were doing while we were setting up a few shots of the girls.
To be fair, we just took a little bit more time than necessary to set-up the guys . . . somebody had to give the girls a chance to get to the Greg’s!
With just a moment of time, the girls were able to empty the last few delicious spoonfuls.
Kaila and Jeff arranged their day to set aside over an hour for us to wander around the Distillery to take some photos of them dressed to kill. Although we’ve shot in the Distillery before, we took some time to plan a route that took us away from the masses. To give Kaila and Jeff a little time alone.
While shooting, the sun passed behind a perfectly-placed cloud, its light diffused through the cloud and reflecting on the reddish brick behind us to create this perfectly sun-tinted photo of Kaila and Jeff striking a pose.
Once the speeches were over, Kaila and Jeff skipped the traditional first dance so that their friends and family could get right to the party. The purple and yellow lights at the Fermenting Cellar really came to life when they killed the houselights.
Thanks for trusting us to document your day!