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Cat + Rachel {Sunnybrook Estates and Bowling Wedding Peek}

We first met Rachel and Cat at one of Toronto’s bridal shows a year and a half ago. It was at a slow point in the evening, so we were both able to take some time to talk with Rachel and Cat. We told them a little about us and how we work, showed them a few samples. We had a chance to ask them about what they do, what their plans were. It was comfortable and fun. It was perfect. When they walked away we wished and wished that they’d trust us to shoot their wedding. And, to our delight, they did!

Over the next year and a half, over a couple of coffees, an epic sunrise engagement shoot (including more coffee) in High Park, a marvellous breakfast and a couple of dinners we really got the chance to get to know Cat and Rachel. These two are amazing. If you have them in your life, you know that you are very lucky.

From jumping on the beds at the Old Mill where Cat and Rachel decided to get ready, the sense of anticipation through the walls of their two suites, a first look where we struggled to keep our own tears at bay so that we could focus the cameras, bowling with their bridal party, to a heartfelt ceremony and a party that raged until they turned on the lights at Sunnybrook, it was such an unforgettable day.

Cat and Rachel are off on their honeymoon shortly, but we wanted to make sure that we shared a few images before they got on the plane! Bon voyage, you two . . .






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Erika + Wes {Classic Car Wedding Photography Peek}

Champion. Wes Champion. That’s right — he loves 007 and classic cars. Erika is as stunning as a Bond girl, but also creative — her DIY wedding details were amazing! How could we resist posting a few of our favorites of Wes and Erika with ’67 Mustang?! We couldn’t.



So much more to come of Erika and Wes’ wedding. Classic car and DIY lovers stay tuned!

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Alyssa + Devan {Etienne Brule Engagement Photography}

These two are having a busy year — new house and new best friend this summer (meet Archer, their half lab, half husky rescue puppy!). And they’re getting married this fall. With all the busy-ness, Alyssa and Devan decided on something a bit more relaxing for their engagement shoot — a walk in the park with Archer at sunset. A few of our favorites…

[That's right -- Archer dressed up. Check out the bow tie!!]
















Looking forward to your wedding at The Doctor’s House this fall!

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Adrienne + Michael {Engagement Photography at Home}

Put your favorite record on and snuggle up on your couch with your love. If you have more than one favorite record, play two. Sounds like a great rainy afternoon, doesn’t it? That’s precisely what Adrienne and Michael did for their engagement photos. Cozy, comfy, romantic, and so personal.











With the rain subsiding, Adrienne and Michael headed down to the park on the Lake.




Thanks for such a fun and relaxed afternoon, you two. Looking forward to your fall wedding at the Fermenting Cellar!

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Kaila + Jeff {Fermenting Cellar Wedding Peek}

A few of our favorites from our wedding day wander about the Distillery District with Kaila and Jeff. So much more to come from their stunning celebration at the industrial chic Fermenting Cellar!





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Jamie + Simon {Old Mill Wedding Photography}

Jamie and Simon tied the knot a few weeks ago at the Old Mill.

We started the day with Jamie and Simon and their bridal parties, getting ready in adjoining suites. Jamie’s choices for the day were classic, but modern. They suited her perfectly.


One of our favorite parts of the day is our couples getting ready — there’s always excitement and nerves, last minute hustle and bustle, and, sometimes, a bit of quiet last minute speech finalizing…


Simon spent some time working on his bow tie — looking good!


Ladies always take a little longer to get ready (but the wait is *so* worth it)…



Jamie’s bridesmaids couldn’t resist snapping a few quick pics of Jamie all ready…

And it’s no wonder — Jamie, you look stunning.

It was almost time. Simon and his groomsmen just had to wait a little longer.


At last — husband and wife.

Jamie confided to us on her wedding day that her flowers and the vases that were imported by her father were some of her favorite details of the day. So, of course, we couldn’t resist posting a couple of images of the bouquets up against her dress and the indigo bridesmaid dress. Love the blues and yellows, and such an original combination of flowers!

After some photos with family and their bridal parties on the Old Mill property, we headed over to the bridge and Etienne Brule Park for some images in a more rustic setting.




One of the vases that Jamie’s dad brought over. Gorgeous!

Jamie and Simon — thanks so much for asking us to document your day! We had a great time with you two.

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Leona + Matt {Miller Lash House Wedding Photography}

Sit back, relax, and let us tell you a story. This is a good one. There’s fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, True Love, and miracles. Alright, maybe we’re embellishing a little. That may have been the description of the story of The Princess Bride, one of our favorite movies. Leona and Matt’s story certainly has true love, perhaps even monsters, but first there was adventure on a river and Matt having emergency surgery days before their wedding.

Here we go then, with Leona and Matt’s story, from the top: You remember Leona and Matt, right? Well, they booked us to document their wedding about 18 months before the big day. We love Leona and Matt — they are a ton of fun and they’re sweet and generous (they actually got us a gift on their wedding day — the “Drive Nacho Drive” book because of our shared love of adventure). They’re also planners. This is a story about their best laid wedding plans.

Leona has amazing taste. Every detail of her wedding was perfectly orchestrated — the venue, Miller Lash House, ideal for her rustic, intimate wedding; her invitations, jewelry, and shoes suited her perfectly…


One of the most precious details of the day was Leona’s dress, which was handmade by her mother. It was absolutely stunning — raw silk, with such touching details — some of Matt’s family tartan stitched in under the skirt, a red heart embroidered on the inside.







The first time that Leona saw the dress completed was on the day of her wedding.

Love Leona’s bridesmaid’s reactions to seeing Leona, her dress, with her mom. Tear wiping and photos were definitely in order.

Some last minute finishing touches and it was time for Leona to put on the dress.








Leona’s flowers were absolutely gorgeous!


We’ve left you in suspense long enough. “Where’s Matt?” you’re asking. Well, a couple days before the wedding, Matt went tubing with some friends. Not white rafting. Nothing dangerous, they thought. Just a float down the river, lazy river style. That is unless you fall out of your tube and get your foot lodged under a rock and the current keeps pulling you down the river. This crazy chain of events resulted in Matt breaking his ankle and requiring multiple surgeries. Poor Matt. He made it, a little later than planned, in the back of his VW van, ambulance style, but he made it!


Leona was radiant and confident walking down the aisle to Matt.


This was all that really mattered…

We had gotten a call from Leona earlier in the week after Matt’s accident with a change of plans — despite having scheduled a couple of hours for portraits of the two of them and their bridal parties, Matt wouldn’t be in any state to do anything other than family photos and a quick bridal party photo for posterity. Of course, we totally understood and offered to shoot some photos of Leona and Matt in their wedding gear later this fall once Matt is up and about again.

And now, with all the standing done for the evening, Leona and Matt could enjoy the beautiful party under the big white tent, including all the details that they planned so carefully together.







There could be no first dance. Matt’s ankle just wouldn’t hold up. But there was a big surprise for him. And we were in on the secret. Leona’s bridesmaids (clearly the best friends ever) had spent months learning to play guitar so they could play and sing back up for Leona as she sang Wonderful World by Sam Cooke to Matt. It was adorable. So heartfelt and what a smile it brought to Matt’s face…


The evening’s events were nothing short of fantastic — the lion dance performed by some of Leona’s family members was certainly a highlight.

Although it didn’t all run according to plan, Leona and Matt — you planned such a beautiful wedding. It was only made all the more special by the way that you two handled the bumps in the road (or the river). Congratulations, again!! We can’t wait to shoot some more images of the two of you this fall and to catch up.

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Venue: Miller Lash House
Catering: Daniel et Daniel
Flowers: Floret
Hair and Makeup: Lush Brush Hair and Makeup
Officiant: Bryan T. Fairbrother, All Seasons Weddings
Cake: Dufflet

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Stacie + Max {Destination Wedding — Barbados}

Stacie and Max wed in Barbados, the beautiful Atlantic island 5 hours’ flight from Toronto where much of Max’s family still lives. We couldn’t have been happier to be invited along to document Stacie and Max’s wedding, time with their families, and portrait session all around the island.

Barbados is a stunning island with gorgeous white sand beaches, sweeping sugar cane fields, colourful towns, and expansive caves. At only 23 by 34 kilometres, Barbados is the perfect size to explore by car — if you don’t mind the added adventure of driving on the left side of the road, that is.

Most of Stacie and Max’s family and friends from out of town stayed at Crystal Cove, the small boutique hotel on the west side of the island where the ocean is calm. It was there that their wedding day started. Like many island weddings, the morning and early afternoon were laid back. In addition to the relaxed island vibe, it certainly seemed to put Stacie at ease that one of her closest friends, Michelle, was the one doing her hair and makeup.


Stacie’s dress was absolutely stunning. The perfect blend of tradition and flowing whimsy.


These heels were certainly not for the beach, but looked fantastic on Stacie at the ceremony and reception.

We’re suckers for the birdcage veil. So elegant.

We couldn’t resist showcasing Stacie’s jewelry in the gardens at Crystal Cove, juxtaposing the pop of the colours of the tropical flowers with the sparkles.


Meanwhile, on the other side of the resort, Max was transcribing his vows for the ceremony and hanging out with his groomsmen. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who knows Max that there was a game on in the background…




Back in Stacie’s room, it was time for her to put on her dress. Stacie — you look gorgeous!!

Time for a little help from Stacie’s sisters, Stephanie and Sheila. And a few laughs.


It was finally time for Stacie and Max’s first look. We selected a secluded spot down the beach for Max to wait as Stacie approached.


Classic Stacie and Max hamming it up for the camera…



Before heading off for the ceremony, we had to use this fabulous oceanside staircase and some of the mammoth seaside rocks as backdrops for the bridal party.




A quick stop by the room to pick up Stacie’s flowers and we were off to The Beach House for the ceremony and reception.

Set overlooking the ocean, framed by palms, the ceremony space was intimate, cool and calming.


Max’s reaction to seeing Stacie walk down the aisle with her parents was so touching. And we love that they both wrote their own vows.










Stacie and Max enlisted the fabulous Emma Corrie of Emma Corrie Designs to plan their wedding. From the overall vision down to every detail, it was all executed beautifully.










As the light began to fade and the torches and candles were lit, dinner and the sharing of stories about Stacie and Max began. Max and Stacie’s first dance as husband and wife followed shortly thereafter.




Preferring to spend more time with their families and friends on their wedding day, Stacie and Max had decided that they would get back in their wedding gear a few days after their wedding and go on a photographic adventure with us. Because it was our first time in Barbados, this required some serious scouting on our part. But we love an adventure. Especially when it involves renting a car and driving on the wrong side of the road (oh the Brits), stopping in small towns, exploring fields and caves, and pulling over to refuel on roti. Barbados is replete with beautiful locations for photography. The real difficulty was narrowing down our list.

Our first stop was a personal one at Max’s father’s home where Max and Stacie often stay when they come to visit. The lush grounds could be mistaken for the depths of a rainforest.

Back in the air conditioned car, we headed north to St. Nicolas Abbey, a 400-acre estate of undulating sugar cane fields, tropical gullies, mahogany forests and formal gardens.

















Leaving St. Nicolas, we headed further north to Animal Flower Cave, offering a spectacular window out to the sea and some moody shadows.






Our last stop, just before sunset, was along the beach on the west coast. We had seen some of the old boats housed on the beach a few days earlier and were keen to return. We weren’t alone in finding the spot irresistible…








Our time with Stacie and Max and their families and friends in Barbados absolutely flew by. In the blink of an eye, it was time to head back to Toronto.

Thanks so much for inviting us along to document your wedding week in Barbados, you two. We had an amazing time getting to know your friends and family and exploring the island that clearly has a very special place in your lives together.

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Stephanie + Matthew {Wedding Photography – Peek}

Before the long weekend, we thought we’d share a handful of our favorites from Steph and Matt’s amazing wedding at the Doctor’s House in Kleinburg. Just seeing the happiness and calm that these two exude when they’re together is enough to make you melt. So much more to come from their gorgeous, funny, and often emotional day very soon.

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Little White Dresses and Pretty Books {Fashion Photography}

Let’s face it — bookstores are just romantic. Escaping from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Putting your iPhone, Smartphone, or other device aside for a few moments. Picking up a book, finding a quiet nook and skimming through a few pages. In seconds, you’re transported to a different world or lost in new concepts or ideas. Even better if you’re browsing for books with your special someone (we do this often — one of our first dates was wandering through the overflowing aisles of a used bookstore).

When we were looking for somewhere romantic and unique to showcase some of the gorgeous eco-friendly dresses by Little White Dress and vintage inspired accessories by The Loved One, we thought immediately of Ben McNally Books. There is no better place in the core to escape from the whir of the city. We had the opportunity to collaborate with an amazing creative team at Ben’s for the short afternoon shoot — Allie from Little White Dress; Antonia from the Loved One; Kathleen and Paola from Lush Brush Hair & Makeup; and Ellie, Ty, and Yulia, our models. A few of our favorite images …









Credits:

Location: Ben McNally Books
Dresses: Little White Dress
Accessories: The Loved One
Hair and Makeup: Lush Brush Hair & Makeup
Models: Ellie, Ty, and Yulia
(Check out FB for a few more . . . )

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