It’s that time of year again: peak wedding season. We’re shooting amazing couples every weekend (and a number of weeknights each week!) and have a ton of exciting projects on the go. There is so much to share in the next little while!
We’re super excited to post Nav and Jen’s engagement shoot (and even more excited to shoot their wedding next weekend at Auberge du Pommier!). Nav and Jen are fabulous. They’re comfortable in their own skin and know what they want. From the first time we met with them, even before they asked us to shoot their wedding, they, especially Jen, were clear — they didn’t want “typical wedding photography”. Gardens and flowers were not in the cards. Something urban, something gritty, something unique. We were in — if Nav and Jen chose us, we were definitely game. And thankfully, they did choose us. We’ve since gotten to know Nav and Jen better through coffees and, of course, their engagement shoot. Nav and Jen are a genuine couple, who are committed to each other, very much in love, and close to their families.
We met up with Nav and Jen for their engagement shoot at the Dark Horse Espresso Bar on Queen East. It was smokin’ hot outside so it was a quick (cold!) beverage before the shoot, which allowed Nav and Jen have a bit of reprieve before we took off on our adventure into the urban wilderness.
Once we’d all cooled off a bit, we took a wander down an alleyway. One of our recommendations for engagement shoots and the wedding day itself is that our couples bring a pair of shoes that they can walk around in between locations. Mark snapped this photo while Nav was helping Jen change back into her heels. Total gentleman.
A quick change into something more comfortable and we headed for a walk down the Don Valley. The rusty bridge was an excellent setting to shoot . . . except for all the cyclists. Nav and Jen had to stealthily move out of the way every minute (or 30 seconds or so!) for oncoming bikes. They were great sports though. Ditto under the bridge, but it was worth it for the fun shots that we got.
Off the path in the Don Valley, down onto the beach, under the old train tracks for the first shot; back up the hill, through a hole cut in the fence, and up onto abandoned railway tracks for the second one (you ask for different, you get different):
Finally, a little love for the TTC. The only way this could be better is if Jen and Nav were in their wedding gear.
Can’t wait for next week, Nav and Jen. It’s going to be amazing!!