2.5 Engagement


Deidre + Jesse {Up-Inspired Engagement Photography}

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.

Deidre and Jesse are lovers of road trips so this map cut out was so perfectly them!

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.

Over time, Ellie and Carl’s feelings for each other grow stronger and, at one point, after sharing some grape soda, Ellie pins one of the bottle caps on Carl.

Colourful balloons lead to adventure later in life in Up. We have no doubt that these two have only just started their adventures together.

Deidre and Jesse’s playfulness and laughter is so infectious. Paper airplane wars anyone?!

Deidre and Jesse — you two are awesome!! We had such a great time with you in Belfountain. Ellie and Carl would approve.

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Christina + Cal {Rustic Fall Engagement Photography}

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.

We took a nice Sunday drive to look for somewhere to give Christina and Cal what they wanted. As luck would have it, we found a field, a perfect little clearing and a farm house. Perfect.

From the homestead we found, we walked into a large field, surrounded by tress with leaves touched by fall.

Just look at the details that Christina and Cal pulled together.  Seriously — you guys really outdid yourselves!! 

Perfect tree, perfect picnic, perfect couple . . .

From the picnic, we grabbed the bottle and went for a walk up through a forested area into the farmer’s field beyond to look for a sunset.

How utterly perfect!

Such a fun afternoon, Christina and Cal. We can’t wait for your wedding next spring!!


Lisa + Stephen {Lakeside Engagement Photography}

A few of our favorites from Lisa and Stephen’s late summer lakeside engagement shoot. These two are so adorable all snuggled up together!


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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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!


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.

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