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Jamie + Simon {Rustic Chic Engagement Photography}

When Jamie first wrote to us about planning her engagement shoot, she told us she was looking for something glamourous but rustic. We were definitely excited about this. Getting all dressed up for a romantic picnic sounded like an excellent plan to us. We had the perfect place in mind — down a trail, with tall grasses and a breeze off the lake — only a short walk away.

As we started off down the path, it was immediately clear just how at ease Jamie and Simon are in each other’s company. And it only takes a quick glance between the two of them to spark smiles.

Love the back of Jamie’s dress — so pretty.

All the elements of a perfect glam picnic — cosy blankets and pillows, a bottle of Moet & Chandon’s pink bubbles, a box of gorgeous pastel macarons.

With the sun starting to set, Jamie and Simon packed up their picnic and Jamie quickly changed into another stunning dress. These two snuggled perfectly into each other for some last shots in the soft light. Gorgeous, Jamie and Simon.

Thanks to you both for all of your planning and prep for the shoot. It’s not long until your big day now! Looking forward to seeing you both soon!

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Nadine + Garry {Distillery District Engagement Photography}

These two make us smile. Mostly because they make each other smile. Big time. And laugh. Sometimes this devolves into fits of adorable giggles (yes, we’re looking at you Nadine). Nadine and Garry decided to keep it personal for their engagement shoot with some casual, relaxed time in their new home in the Distillery before heading out on the town to the location where they first met.

No better place to start than Nadine and Garry’s balcony with a gorgeous view of the cityscape. Perfect for hanging out together after work…

Snuggled in for portraits and some reflections.

A quick change of clothes and we were ready to head out. Love these images set between the pillars. Perhaps we love Nadine’s shoes even more? We don’t know how you navigated the cobblestone paths in those, Nadine, but it was *soooo* worth it.

See — we weren’t kidding about the giggles.

At last we’ve arrived at the infamous P.J. O’Brien Pub, where Nadine and Garry first met. Nadine describes the evening as one where, although they were both out with separate groups of friends, there was “this guy who just wouldn’t stop talking to me.” Determination. We like that. Especially when it’s so clear that they’re a great match.

Back to the Distillery in the setting sun for a few more portraits…

What a fun evening! Looking forward to documenting your wedding this fall at Donalda Club!

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Kaila + Jeff {Ashbridges Bay Engagement Photography}

A few weeks ago, we spent an evening wandering around Ashbridges Bay Park with Kaila and Jeff. Off the beaten track, seemingly far away from the noisy din of the city, we found some secluded places for them to snuggle up and just be themselves together in front of our cameras.

Sunset by the marina. Kaila — you look gorgeous!

Such a beautiful evening with you two down by the water. Can’t wait for your wedding in a few short weeks!


Stephanie + Matthew {Cherry Beach Engagement Photography}

Stephanie and Matt didn’t tell us about the zombies. They brought zombies with them. In the back seat of their car. Yes, you heard that correctly. There were zombies at Cherry Beach at sunrise for their engagement shoot. Are you intrigued? Good. So were we.

Avid board game players, Stephanie and Matt introduced us to one of their favorite board games: Zombicide. The set up is elaborate and the competition between them fierce. We suspect we saw a somewhat softer side of their competitive streaks that morning though. Regardless, it was so much fun (and we, who are also lovers of board games, have another game to try out for ourselves)!

I don’t think the instructions provide for Abominations (the most mutated zombies who can only be killed with the most powerful weapons) kissing. But, it’s an engagement shoot, and so some rules can be broken.

Having destroyed all the zombies, the survivors had a quick outfit change and a walk along the beach. Stephanie was right at home by the water, being from the east coast originally. Although we didn’t get a true sunrise that morning, the beach was still and quiet and the light was fantastic. And Stephanie and Matt were so relaxed together that it was hard to take a shot where they didn’t look perfectly content and in love.

Thanks for an awesome early morning, you two. We can’t wait for your wedding at the Doctor’s House in just a few short weeks!

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Lieu + David {Wedding Photography}

Lieu and David married early this spring. Their wedding was rich with colours, family, and traditions — Vietnamese meets Canada’s east coast. We couldn’t resist sharing some of the gorgeous details and some of our favorite moments.

Lieu wore an Ao Dai for the tea and marriage ceremonies and a Western gown for her portraits and evening reception.

Lieu’s Ao Dai was made in Vietnam. Its red and gold were an absolutely stunning combination and the detailing was exquisite.

We loved David’s cuff links — the rooster and the ox, which are Lieu and David’s zodiac signs.

Lieu and David’s morning was spent following Vietnamese tradition, including hosting a tea ceremony at Lieu’s parents’ house.

Following the tea ceremony, Lieu and David exchanged their rings and vows (and one of the more passionate wedding day kisses we’ve seen this year!) outdoors.

After some lunch, Lieu changed into her gown and David into his suit for some portraits and for the evening’s reception. Lieu and David opted for a first look so that we could capture David’s reaction of seeing Lieu in her gown for the first time. So much emotion and passion!!

Following their first look, we spent some time with Lieu and David wandering James’ Gardens for some portraits.

Lieu and David’s evening was full of special events and surprises. Having spent some time during the day celebrating Lieu’s heritage, it was time to celebrate David’s. David’s parents prepared to “screech-in” Lieu — a Newfoundland tradition to welcome someone from the mainland or “away” into the fold. It involves doing a shot of “screech” (which essentially a local rum), repeating a crazy tongue twister, and kissing a cod fish. And did we mention that you have to do this donning a sowester?

After that show, there was no better place for the ring…

Lieu and David — thanks so much for allowing us to document your day!


Olia + Adam {Brickworks Engagement Photography}

We first met Adam a few years ago when he was a groomsman at Chris and Miro‘s wedding in San Francisco. Adam has since recommended us to Katie and Mitch and Michele and Jesse. Adam and his friends are so much fun; we couldn’t have been more excited than when we learned that not only was Adam engaged, but that he wanted us to document his wedding to Olia.

Olia and Adam’s story is one for the digital age. Mutual friends of Olia and Adam’s suggested to Olia that Adam was an awesome guy so she sent him a Facebook message:

“I promise that I’m not a creep & I didn’t add you for no reason. Lisa’s always talking about how cool you are so I thought I’d facebook friend you – its not like we have to get married or anything.”

True story, Olia and Adam are engaged and getting married this Fall (and, as a result of Olia’s Facebook message, their story made the news – see #5!).

But let’s rewind for a moment. Not long after Olia’s message, Adam and Olia had their first date at Evergreen Brickworks. Adam brought a bottle of wine and a couple of glasses and together they climbed up to a point overlooking the grounds and sat and looked out and chatted. Just over a year later, Adam proposed at the same place. It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway): there couldn’t be a more perfect spot for their engagement shoot than Brickworks.

We took an amble with Olia and Adam through the property, stopping at a lookout point on route to their spot.

It didn’t take much encouraging for these two to snuggle up together. We were happy to capture the love from a couple of different angles…

On our way again with some champagne and a couple of glasses . . .

Sit. Look out. Laugh. Whisper. Drink some champagne. Listen to your song. Perfect.

Olia and Adam have so much fun together.

And it doesn’t hurt that they’re quite the good looking couple!

Gorgeous, Olia!!

When we were out for a drink with Olia and Adam planning their engagement shoot, they mentioned that they love old-fashioned photobooths. They always making a point of stopping when they spot one to take a set of goofy photos together to commemorate…well, anything. While we couldn’t haul one of those booths to the Brickworks, we could set up a mini studio and shoot some Polaroids and behind the scenes photos. You certainly can’t do these poses in a booth!

[Yes, that is our background blowing over in the wind!]

The results:

After horsing around, we hiked up to the abandoned railway bridge to play on the tracks.

Almost the last shots of evening — in tribute to the end of the night party, sun-glass-wearing high jinks that we’ve witnessed at all of the weddings we’ve documented for Adam and Olia’s friends.

Can’t wait for your wedding at Berkeley Church this fall. We’ll have our sun glasses ready.


Jodi + Robbie {Destination Wedding — Dominican Republic}

Jodi and Robbie packed their bags and invited their families and friends to join them for a week-long wedding celebration in Punta Cana at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Punta Cana. A destination wedding was the perfect answer for two families who are scattered across Canada, the U.S., and even Asia. It was both a reunion and opportunity to unite their two families.

Jodi and Robbie’s wedding day, like most others days that week, brimmed with love and laughter. Jodi started her day relaxing with her family before heading to the salon with her mom and sisters to get ready. Jodi (who has amazing taste!) got matching robes for her bridal party, mom, and mother-in-law. The tropical pattern was gorgeous!

Even though they live a plane ride away from each other, the close bond between Jodi and her sisters is so clear. While Jodi finished getting ready, Lisa and Angela took a few minutes out of earshot for some last minute speech practicing…

Time for some bubbles?

Meanwhile, Rob and the guys were, well, they weren’t really doing much getting getting ready. They were doing what they should be though — hanging out in their East Coast Lifestyle tanks that Robbie picked out in honour of growing up out east.

After the salon, we headed back to the suite where Jodi and her bridal party would be getting ready. There was no escaping pairing Jodi’s dress and accessories with all the music-inspired and tropical details of the Hard Rock suite and grounds. We had to do it — we had no choice!

A very tough choice — gorgeous turquoise heels or cute customized flip flops? Beach ceremony and poolside reception means no decision required — you can wear both!

A little help from mom, a quick photo, and we’re off!

En route to the ceremony . . .

It doesn’t really matter that they’re out of order. There’s so much cuteness…

Fingers often swell in heat and humidity. Not to worry, Jodi is determined in everything she does. Putting on Rob’s ring: no exception.

Kids at weddings. In our experience, there’s either overwhelming excitement or not so interested. In this case, there’s a beach. Why aren’t we playing on it?

It’s official!

Bright colours for a beach wedding — yes! Love the dress and flower choices.

After shooting photos with Robbie and Jodi’s families and bridal parties, we spent some time with the two of them on the beach, soaking up the last of the day’s sun and documenting their first minutes as husband and wife.

Off to the poolside reception with a tropical feel. The simple elegance of the white paper lanterns and shells worked perfectly.

So many heartfelt speeches, tears, and laughter. Oh did they laugh . . .

And then they danced. . .

So that they could spend as much time as possible with family and friends on their wedding day (and take some photos where Jodi’s dress might get dirty or wet), Jodi and Robbie opted to limit wedding day photography time and put their wedding gear back on a couple days later for some portraits. The results: images of their romantic time together at sunset, off the beaten path without wedding onlookers (except us, of course).

True to form, Jodi and Robbie were at their best goofing around and making each other laugh.

The coast just outside the Hard Rock property is completely windswept. This made for some gorgeous, relaxed beach shots.

Covered in sand and surf. . .

Jodi and Robbie — thanks for taking us along to document your wedding adventure with your family and friends, and for making us feel like part of the family. It was an unforgettable week.


The Kimball Clan {Family Photography}

After Rob and Jodi’s wedding, Rob’s mom, Marian, asked us if we could make time while we were in the Dominican Republic to take some photos of her family — her husband and their grown boys and their spouses. We jumped at the opportunity. Several years ago, we decided to devote ourselves to documenting moments in people’s lives through our photography. Some of the moments we capture are big and life altering, like weddings, and some are those equally important everyday moments with loved ones that may otherwise grow hazy in your memory over time. This shoot reminded us of why it’s so important to document those everyday moments. Because there’s nothing like looking back at photos of those you love and remembering all those times you had together. . .

This was a hard post to write. We love you guys and think about you all often.

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Stacie + Max {Peek – Destination Wedding – Barbados}

Stacie and Max invited us on an adventure — to document their wedding in Barbados. Even better than that, they, and their family and friends, welcomed us into their fold. We truly felt like part of the family/gang in Barbados. It’s an awesome feeling.

Though we just got back, we couldn’t resist posting a few images of Stacie and Max’s incredible wedding, and of their fearless bridal shoot. Yes, that’s right — two days later, Stacie and Max donned their wedding gear again, and we all piled into a rental car, racing around the Barbados countryside (on the left side of the road!). Stacie and Max were up for anything, including delving into rain forests and caves. It was craziness and absolutely beautiful. And we can’t wait to share the rest…

So much more to come of these two. Not to mention, a ton of images of family and friends, the breathtaking Barbados landscape, and the amazingly styled wedding day by Emma Corrie Design!


Leona + Matt {Engagement Photography}

The first time we met with Leona and Matt they shared their love of the outdoors, their dog, Jackson, and their Volkswagon Westafalia. For us, there’s nothing like an engagement shoot that incorporates all the things that our couple loves, so we knew that all of these elements had to figure prominently Leona and Matt’s engagement shoot. A couple of weekends ago, Leona and Matt drove their VW camper van to Rattlesnake Point for their engagement shoot with us, Jackson bounding out of the van as soon as the door opened.

With Leona and Matt’s love of the outdoors, we started out with a hike in the park, stopping in the shadows of some amazing rock faces.

Jackson loved our hike, but everyone needs a break once and awhile. Here he is supervising.

Hiking done, these two were adorable lying in the sun together.

Stunning, Leona. Really gorgeous.

Love these in between the hay bales.

We walked back to the VW, pausing to take a few photos of Leona and Matt in silhouette at the top of a hill.

We loved Leona and Matt’s camper van and hearing about their amazing adventures together travelling in it. You never know, there may be a VW Westafalia in our future sooner than we thought …

If you’re going to have a retro van, you should have at least one retro looking shot…

Alright, maybe two retro shots. We’ve shared our love of Polaroids and Instamax before and we just couldn’t resist taking a Polaroid shot of Leona and Matt and their VW…

Last photo of the day with perfect late afternoon sun.

Thanks so much for an awesome afternoon, Leona and Matt. And thanks especially for sharing all the camper van tips and for cooking us an amazing dinner. Can’t wait for your wedding at Miller Lash House in a few short weeks.

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