There have been big changes for Kelly and Mike this year — new jobs, new city, new home, and, best of all, a beautiful new daughter, Maddie. Clearly, at the end of the day, what matters most is that they’re all together — they couldn’t have looked happier or more at home than hanging out on our fall walk in their new neighbourhood, the Beach.
Olena and James wed in the beautiful St. Nicolas Ukrainian Catholic Church and then took a spin around the city on the vintage President’s Conference Committee (PCC) TTC streetcar. Cocktails, dinner, and dancing followed at the always fabulous Berkeley Church. And there was an aerialist. Before we get ahead of ourselves though, here are a few of our favorites of Olena and James on the PCC streetcar…
Magda and Mike met during undergrad at McMaster University. So, it was only fitting that they spent part of their wedding day traipsing across campus and through the adjoining woods.
But first, their wedding in the beautiful St. Eugene De Mazenod Parish. Magda selected an absolutely gorgeous train and veil for the church. And she was *really* excited about. Naomi climbed up to the balcony to capture Magda’s walk down the aisle with her dad with this in mind.
After the ceremony, we were off to McMaster. We collaborated with Magda and Mike on the photography plan before their wedding — they had told us some “musts” and we used these as the starting points for our plan. We began with something classic — the two of them under the archway at University Hall. . .
The bridal party took 5 at one of the campus pubs, allowing Magda and Mike to spend some time alone in this pretty wooded area, snuggling, whispering to each other, and fooling around with Magda’s veil. All alone together, the stress of the day melted away, and they were all smiles.
We couldn’t resist including a shot of Magda and Mike’s cake topper. We mentioned in their engagement post that Magda was creative and crafty — making Hallowe’en costumes, designing custom save the dates, etc. Magda also made their cake topper, which features her dragging Mike away from the TV and his video game system. Love it. Especially because Magda’s emails to us were typically signed “Magda, and Mike (who is playing “X” game).” Seriously. Magda even made the itty, bitty controller! Amazing job, Magda.
We had a great time with you guys. Thanks for including us in your day!
Our few of our favorites from a late fall engagement shoot with Ashley, Chad and Bentley in Withrow Park out in Leslieville . . .
We were slightly concerned that a shoot so late in the season would end up with bare trees and a grey tone. We couldn’t have been *more* wrong. Look at the colours! Of course it didn’t take Ashley, Chad and Bentley long to get into the spirit of the shoot. Just look at the smiles and the love!
Dear Couples, if you need a few reasons to do a first look, here are eight really good ones …
When we first met Laura and Brad we had a wide ranging conversation, including different ways to schedule your wedding day to get the best possible photography and at the same time enjoy the day to its fullest. One of the options that we proposed (the option that we generally recommend most highly) was for Laura and Brad to see each other before the ceremony and that we document this first look. This accomplishes a number of goals — it allows our couples to have a private, emotional moment together without being the centre of attention; it provides ample time for photos (wedding days have a tendency not to run on schedule and photo time is eaten into); and it gives them time to enjoy their cocktail hour with family and friends after the ceremony (instead of spending more time with yours truly). We explained this to Laura and Brad. Laura was emphatic — absolutely not. We can respect the decision to stick with tradition, so – it was the last time we raised it. Farther into their planning, Laura contacted us to let us know that they were seriously considering a first look. A little while later, it was decided. They would do a first look. It just made sense.
Although they would be married at the beautiful, rustic Pinestone Resort in Haliburton, Laura and Brad would see each other for the first time on their wedding day on the dock of Brad’s family’s cabin nearby. Such a beautiful location, on the lake, in the woods. There were many happy tears and a lot of smiles. Later they told us that the first look helped them relax and it got the nerves out of their systems. From our standpoint, the images were striking.
Much more to come, you two. Thanks for trusting us — you look fantastic!
What a whirlwind of a day! Jordana and Shawn were married this summer at the Burroughes, an amazing industrial event space in the heart of Queen West. Before their ceremony, they had big plans, which included our photographing them at several of Toronto’s best wedding venues!
Before their ceremony, we met up with Jordana at the Shangri-la where she was getting ready.
First stop was the bank vault at One King West. Love this shot of Jordana. Just stunning.
For a slightly different look, with some natural light, we headed west to Trinity Bellwoods Park. Jordana makes no secret of the fact that she *loves* purple. When we found these benches on our scout, we knew this part of Trinity Bellwoods was a must.
After the ceremony, Jordana and Shawn’s guests filtered upstairs to the Burroughes’ rooftop patio for cocktails. Jordana and Shawn had asked us to shoot some more portraits of them on the rooftop. We were totally game, but let’s come back in an hour or so, we said. The light was fine, but not quite right. Our view of the CN Tower at cocktail reception time:
Jordana and Shawn — thanks so much for asking us to document your day. And for prioritizing photography so highly. We had such a great time.
We spent an amazing day in Niagara Falls with Michele and Jesse documenting their wedding at Legends on the Niagara. After their ceremony and some photos with their family and bridal parties, the four of us piled into a golf cart, off the beaten track to a country road and field that we had found earlier in the day when we scouted. Their smiles were ear to ear, and the light from the setting sun was just perfect…
So much more to come — time with family, emotional vows, gorgeous DIY details, and a party that just wouldn’t stop.
It was grey, dark, and oh so very wet when we arrived at Kristy and Jon’s apartment where Kristy was getting ready. The rain never stopped. It rained all…day…long. But it didn’t matter. Kristy and Jon were all smiles going with Plan B, their rain plan. Umbrellas in hand, we photographed them ducking under overhangs and snuggling in alcoves on the University of Toronto’s beautiful campus. Much more of Kristy and Jon’s romp in the rain and their gorgeous DIY extravaganza at Twist Gallery to come, but in the meantime a few portraits of Kristy and Jon together under their umbrellas… (of course we have to thank the groomsmen for wielding the brollies so deftly!)
Victoria and John were married in a lovely outdoor ceremony at Copper Creek Golf Club this summer. There were smiles, laughter, and tears. That is to say, it was a wedding day that unfolded just as it should.
Meanwhile, Mark was documenting John and the guys getting ready at John’s parents’ house. John’s parents’ have a fantastic vegetable garden and make a variety of different preserves — tomatoes, chilli peppers, cucumbers, etc. John gave Mark the tour of the cantina where all the preserves are stored and John, generous as always, insisted that Mark take a hot pepper relish with him. We finished it not long ago. We’re suckers for homemade sauces and relishes and this one did not disappoint — it was spicy, tasty, deliciousness. Tell your parents we’ll be over for dinner next week!
We had a ton of fun with you, Victoria and John. Thanks so much for asking us to document your day! And thanks again for the relish…
Erin and Adam married at Archeo Gallery in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. After a beautiful (emotional!) ceremony with their family and close friends on Archeo’s terrace, we took Erin and Adam on a short walk around the Distillery District to shoot some portraits. A few of our favorites…
So much more to come — getting ready at the Trump Hotel, the venue full of personalized DIY details, and lots and lots of smiles and happy tears.