Sneak Peek: Amena & Adam's Toronto Waterfront Wedding (on a boat!)

I haven't blogged in ages, my usual commitment to 'blog every week' generally only lasts a week. Ah, well.  My excuse is that it's editing season, I'm almost finished and ready to create more blog posts though!  In the meantime, I absolutely had to share some photographs from this amazing waterfront wedding I photographed in September.  When I say waterfront, I mean surrounded by water. Amena and Adam chose to get married on a boat!  More precisely, a beautiful old riverboat operated by Mariposa at the Toronto Harbourfront Center.  It.was.amazing.  I'll save most of the cool details for a longer post coming up this winter, but in the meantime scroll through for some sneak peeks and possible wedding inspiration.  Highlights include: the cutest first look ever, a beautiful jacket with a quote from Star Trek written across the back in gold calligraphy, boats, water, and all things cool, a special chocolate delivery by sailboat, and the most delicious wedding cake of all time. 

To any couples considering getting married on a boat, after this wedding I would highly recommend it!  Also please hire me to photograph everything for you, if I could specialize in boat weddings now I completely would.

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Sneak Peek: Kristen & Matt's Elegant Collingwood Wedding

Kristen and Matt traveled all the way from the east coast of Canada to be married in Collingwood, Ontario with their friends and family.  They chose the beautiful Alpine Ski Club with it's brand new James Bond-esque club house as their venue, and took a limo to the gorgeous Tremont Cafe in Collingwood to capture their wedding photographs and avoid the stormy weather that we've had this summer.  These two looked so absolutely elegant together I couldn't resist firing off a couple extra rolls of film that day, so this sneak peek is composed almost entirely of film photographs because those ones always end up being my favorite!  Highlights include a sweet happy couple running from the rain and still enjoying every moment of it, a father of the groom looking SO unbelievably happy and proud, the bride looking adoringly at her groom, and both of them absolutely cracking up during their couples portraits (always my favorite!)

I hope you enjoy this quick sneak peek, more photographs from this elegant Collingwood wedding to come later this season!

Also, shout-out to the Tremont Cafe and their awesome staff for welcoming us into the restaurant to take wedding photos, and making a fun spontaneous champagne toast happen.  They rocked it.

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Sneak Peek: Susie & Tristan's Colourful Country Wedding

I'm continuing my sneak peek series from this summers' weddings so far because I'm soooo excited to share the photographs but can't manage to keep up with full blog posts (stay tuned this winter!).  Today I have some sneak peek photographs to share from Susie and Tristan's beautiful, intimate, and emotional wedding at their family farm just outside of Toronto.  Highlights include the most beautifully colourful wedding you'll see all season, the sweetest first look ever, a whole pack of cute wedding kids, the most love I've ever photographed between two best friends, and an absolutely stunning bride and groom.  Also, I had to include the first film image because it looks like a painting with a little bit of soft blur as she twirled, I'm in love.  Enjoy!

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Vivian & Curtis's Downtown Toronto Engagement

One of the foundations of what I do is getting to know my couples as well as possible in the time leading up to their wedding.  As such, I always include an engagement session in my wedding photography packages, and encourage couples to plan an engagement session with me that really feels like 'them'.  Instead of what you typically envision when you think of engagement photos, I try to treat these shoots like mini wedding day practice sessions, slash a massive couple/photographer hangout time, and do my utmost to keep it all as relaxed and 'un-posed' as possible.  This makes my job much easier when I show up for a wedding day and already know who I'm photographing, and I get to have a wonderful time getting to hangout and photograph so many unique and interesting couples!

Vivian and Curtis are getting married later this summer and I absolutely can't wait to see what they're creating for their wedding after photographing this awesome and unique engagement session with them.  They really took it to heart when I suggested picking several locations around the city that resonated with them as a couple, and we ended up moving around three locations in the east end of Toronto, Odin Coffee, Wonder Pens, and Cherry Beach.  I always love starting at coffee shops or cafes where we can sit down for a drink, chat, and take a few photographs on the side to get everyone relaxed and feeling comfortable.  From there we headed down to their favorite pen store they visit whenever they're in the area, and got to learn more about Vivian's love for calligraphy and her budding creative business.  Finally, we finished by taking our shoes off and strolling along Cherry Beach, taking photographs, and talking more, because who doesn't love being barefoot by the water on a warm summer day? 

Take a look through some of their photographs below, and don't hesitate to get in touch about brainstorming the best engagement session activities and locations for you.  Whether that's making dinner at home, walking your dog in the park, or mountain climbing, I'm always up for any kind of adventure and am already looking forward to getting to know you!

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Sneak Peek: Meredith & Oliver's Intimate Wedding at the Gladstone Hotel

Meredith and Oliver are from Ottawa, but they decided to get married with their closest friends and family from all over the world at the beautiful Gladstone Hotel in Liberty Village.  Falling in love with the unique room decor, rooftop patio, fabulous restaurant, and stunning ceremony space is a given, and I was SO excited to get to photograph a fabulous looking wedding at a fabulous looking venue!  I photographed Meredith and Oliver's engagement session last year, and we had so much fun spending a few hours together taking photographs that I was beyond excited to meet them again and get creative using the countless unique rooms, nooks, and staircases for their wedding photographs.  They were game to play up the Wes Anderson vibe of the venue, and their unique, creative style fit perfectly with the stylish and eclectic venue. 

Although I have countless photographs I can't wait to share with you, unfortunately wedding season is in full swing and blog posts take me absolutely foreverrrrr to put together.  So, take a look through this sneak peek blog post for now, and check back a little later for more photographs if you like what you see (or maybe want some inspiration for your own wedding at The Gladstone!).  Pause to take a quick look at the groom's 'just married' reaction, it might just make your day!

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The Capitol Event Theatre Old Hollywood Glam Wedding

While I'm still compiling larger blog posts of weddings from the past year, I'm finding that I absolutely can't wait to share photographs from this year already!  While I'm still pulling together more information about all of these weddings to credit all the talented vendors involved in a full post, a few sneak peek photos added to my blogging schedule should help satisfy my excitement to share all the stunning weddings I've been lucky to photograph so far this season!

To start the sneak peek series I'm sharing a few highlights from Lindsay & Sean's spring wedding at the Capitol Event Theatre in Toronto.  Growing up, Lindsay always wanted to be a star, so she and Sean created the most beautiful old Hollywood glam style for their dream wedding day.  They added to their natural film noire movie star good-looks with bowties, classically waved hair, and glamorous dress and accessory choices.  The bridesmaids looked elegant and stunning in sleek black dresses, and the cutest flower girl and ring bearer topped it all off! 

They were married in front of the stage at one of Toronto's beautiful old theaters, and had one of the most fun and heartfelt receptions I've been lucky enough to photograph.  Be sure to scroll through the bottom to see some of my favorite father daughter dance moments ever, they were both so lost in the moment it made for the best dance to photograph!

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The Great Hall Bridal Look Book Video

This spring, a group of Toronto wedding vendors got together to create a bridal look book filled with wedding style inspiration and ideas for the upcoming wedding season.  You saw a few of my photographs from the shoot on the blog a few weeks back, and now I'm here to add the beautiful video from the day created by Jessica from Charuk Studios, who was both our videographer and concept stylist for the day. 

Hooked on that bright, airy, minimalist vibe, we of course chose The Great Hall as our wedding venue.  With its' perfect high ceilings, wooden floors, white walls, and big windows, this venue is a photographers' dream! Jessica pulled together a variety of styles using different dresses and accessories from local designers and stores like Maureen Patricia Bridal, Ferre Sposa, the LuvyT Shop, and florist Mimi & Ry.  Many of the dresses were beautiful shades of off-white, from a lovely dove grey wrap dress, to a soft blue tulle piece, to compliment the pastel colours of the spring wedding season, and to play with some more creative bridal looks.  Our hair and makeup team UnoJo and Prerna & Co. did a fabulous job of creating several different and beautiful hair and makeup styles for our bridal looks.  From soft wavy curls, to elegant up-do's, to beautiful waterfall braids, I had so much fun shooting such a variety of looks!

Take a look at Jessica's stunning video below, and checkout the rest of the photos from my blog post a few weeks ago if you missed it. 

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Alexis and Collin's Winter Waterfront Wedding

One of my goals for 2018 is to book more off-season weddings, so I can reserve more summer weekends off to spend with friends and family enjoying the outdoors next year.  There, it's out in the universe.  I was lucky to photograph a number of stunning winter weddings this year, including an intimate outdoor ceremony by a frozen river, and an elegant indoor wedding at the Windsor Arms Hotel; and I have a few more fun ones coming up in December including a Christmas themed wedding, and a wedding in Barbados just before New Years.  All in all, these creative weddings are something I want to do far more of, and I realized that none of them have appeared on my blog so far!  (granted, I'm still catching up on blogging last summer's weddings, so it goes.)

Alexis and Collin got creative with their winter wedding photos (like they did with their engagement photos here)  and planned to take most of their photographs indoors having too much fun playing with a confetti cannon to add some action and colour, just in case the early January weather proved too cold to take any photographs outdoors.  The bridesmaids came equipped for winter temperatures with beautiful fur stoles, and the stylish bride sported the famous #justmarriedjacket by the talented Via Calligraphy.

Take a look through the photograph below to see how a little bit of creativity can make a Canadian winter wedding absolutely beautiful.

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Karley & Kevin's Intimate Collingwood Waterfront Wedding

This blog post is jam packed with little wedding details, because when your bride is a talented interior designer who wouldn't show up extra early just to photograph the set up!  Also, be sure to pause and soak in how brilliant their creative bar and custom drinks menu is.  As you might have started to guess by the wind surfing board above the bar, Karley and Kevin were married in an intimate ceremony at their family home on the Collingwood waterfront.  My absolute favorite kind of wedding.  Their closest family and friends celebrated with them on a beautiful day overlooking Georgian Bay, garden partying their way through the afternoon, and moving into a stunning tent set up by the water for an evening of dinner and dancing. 

Take a scroll through for some beautifully colorful wedding photos, featuring the gorgeous Karley and Kevin, a stunning vegetarian dinner, and a beautiful summer sunset along the Collingwood waterfront.

The Great Hall Spring Wedding Inspiration

If you haven't guessed yet, The Great Hall is absolutely one of my favorite Toronto venues to shoot at.  The combination of bright walls, killer light, and a variety of unique spaces, from elegant whitewashed rooms to a gorgeous old mezzanine theatre make it top of my list for weddings and creative shoots.  This bridal shoot was inspired by the coming spring weather and its' pastel colours that we were eagerly awaiting to arrive in Toronto.  I teamed up with branding videographer Jessica Charuk of Charuk Studios, as well as an incredibly talented team of local vendors, to create both photo and video footage of the day.  I can't wait to show you Jessica's finished video soon, this lady rocks behind the camera!

I had a little bit of extra time on this shoot working with both a videographer and second shooter Emily Jarrett Photography, so I spent some time experimenting with some movement and different lighting on film.  I hope you enjoy. :)

Make sure to take a look through this list of awesome Toronto wedding vendors if you're looking for any skilled artists and small business owners to create your own wedding!

Photography: Corynn Fowler Photography
Styling and Videography: Charuk Studios
Hair: Uno Jo
Makeup: Prerna & Co.
Dresses: Maureen Patricia Bridal and Ferre Sposa
Venue: The Great Hall
Florals: Mimi & Ry Inc.
Models: Peggi Lepage Model Scout
Accessories: LuvyT

As always, thanks for the awesome film developing and scans Canadian Film Lab!

Freelance Life: New Zealand

I started to post a styled bridal shoot today, but found myself getting distracted looking through files of all the personal and travel photography work I have on my computer, and decided to post something a little different instead.  One of the things I love most about this life/job as a wedding photographer so far is that I have an on season and an off season.   Shooting my last wedding of the year feels like being a kid again and getting out on summer vacation, and I've decided to use some of this off season time for traveling wherever I can.

Last November, after finishing off my wedding season, I hopped on a plane and flew down to join my old university roommate in New Zealand.  We spend our timing driving north to south and stopping for some incredible hikes, great walks, and surfing days, camping much of the way in our hilariously tiny tent, Bernie.  Of course I took far too many photos, most of which have hardly been seen by anyone.  Although I lost a whole chip card of photos one day (I blame it on the altitude and gravol) the photos below chronicle a trip by foot, car, ferry, boat, surf board, horseback, plane, bus, and helicopter from Auckland to Te Anu.  Over the Tongariro crossing, through the Humboldt mountains, across impossibly blue ocean channels, and under night skies that made us feel so very humble and small.  The soundtrack of the trip was Lord and the Rings and Guardians of the Galaxy, so I recommend humming 'Hooked on a Feeling' to yourself while you scroll.

Not all the photographs are my own, and some were even taken on my Iphone (have you ever tried taking a selfie with a DSLR?!?) but I was feeling like it was time to put this little adventure out into the world and start planning the next. :)

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Megan & Matt's Intimate Niagara Vineyard Wedding

Megan and Matt were married in an intimate wedding at the family vineyard in Vineland, Ontario.  They wanted to keep things simple, inviting only their closest friends and family, and doing away with any wedding traditions that didn't suit them, to spend more time enjoying the finer parts of their day with each other and their families.  Dogs and chickens roamed the property, and even the vineyard guard falcon, Doug, patiently made an appearance for the family photographs. 

The bride got ready in the attic bedroom of the old farmhouse settled between the vines and kitchen garden.  She wore a simple wrap dress along with a homemade bouquet and vine crown, and later wore a ring handmade alongside Matt's that suited them perfectly. 

Their evening finished with a beautiful meal created by local chefs, that blended the bountiful Niagara produce with traditional recipes from the groom's heritage in the Southern United States.  As I left for the evening, guests were seated at a beautiful banquet table set up on the covered porch, enjoying their dinner, and watching a classic Ontario summer thunderstorm roll across miles of vineyards.  

Anthea & Andrew's London Diner Engagement Session

Anthea and Andrew took me for a tour of their early relationship for our engagement session together.  I traveled to London to meet them and visit their university stomping grounds, the old classic diner where they spent many late nights and early mornings together, and even the room where they first met when Anthea asked him to take a picture for her.  It was so special getting explore these nostalgic places together, and so much fun getting to photograph these two as they reminisced, giggled over old inside jokes, and marveled at where life takes you.  Enjoy.

Dramatic Wedding Inspiration in an Old Theatre

This styled shoot was inspired by the incredible theater venue space at The Great Hall in downtown Toronto.  It was created as almost an afterthought, following another series of light and airy branding shoots in the venue's gorgeous front event rooms.  I happened to poke my head into the construction area and was immediately smitten with the gorgeous light, old theater balcony, and gilded walls.  The Great Hall was so wonderful to let me shoot in here before the space began renovations, I can't wait to see how they're turning into a new Toronto wedding venue!  Following another shoot, as the light was fading, and the room was growing cold, we quickly created our final look and dashed into the old theater before it became too dark.  The result is one of my favorite creative shoots from the past year, with dramatic light, stunning accessories, and a theatrical vibe that is completely different from what I normally create.  The team I worked with was absolutely amazing pulling the look together, and trusted me to create some creative images with limited time and an almost completely dark room at the end of our long shooting day.   I've been sitting on these for quite a while, not sure if they fit with my usual style, but I continually find myself returning to these photographs for inspiration, and couldn't resist putting together a little blog post.  I hope you enjoy, but either way I had a blast with this shoot and the other amazing vendors involved!

Don't forget to checkout their work below if you're interested in seeing what they can create for your own wedding!
Photography: Corynn Fowler Photography
Makeup: Katie Marie Bridal
Hair: Bridal Hair Collective
Dress: Sash & Bustle
Shoes: Rachel Simpson Shoes from Sash & Bustle
Venue: The Great Hall
Florals: Leaf & Bloom
Jewellery: Lillianes Fine Jewellery
Model: Rachel

Engagement Session at The Beaches

Meredith and Oliver came into the city to meet me for their engagement session in Riverdale and the Beaches.  We had so much fun exploring and shooting together, I walked away head over heels in love with this couple, and absolutely can't wait to photograph their wedding this upcoming summer!  Highlight: every time he told her she was beautiful, he would follow it up with something like 'and smart' or 'and you make me laugh', Meredith, well done ;).

The Great Hall, Styled Bridal Shoot

Styled bridal shoots have quickly become one of my favorite creative processes to play with new techniques, tryout new equipment, play with fun lighting, and have given me the chance to work with a variety of other amazing wedding vendors who I totally fan-girl over on Instagram on a daily basis.  Over the past year and a half since starting my business, I dove headfirst into the world of wedding photography, and on looking back I realize that nothing else has helped me learn and grow as a photographer as much as creating styled shoots has. 

Having the chance to experiment and shoot creatively without as many outside pressures and distractions has helped improve my confidence tenfold when shooting real weddings.  Shooting diligently and consciously on styled shoots has helped me get to know my equipment inside and out, and although I doubt I'll ever fully understand the intricacies of photo editing (dumb question alert: what the frick actually IS a tone curve and how do I use it properly?!?!) I've learned more and more about my style and what kind of look I like in post.

Most importantly however are the relationships I've been able to build through collaborating with other amazing wedding vendors.  Working with other vendors, from florists, to hair and makeup artists, to stylists and venues, has helped open the door to developing a wide range of both personal and professional relationships with people in the industry whose work I admire.  This was so important for me as I transitioned from being a girl running a small organic farm in the country, to a downtown toronto dweller working in an entirely different industry from anything I'd studied or understood before.   Creating a community as a work-from-home entrepreneur is so important and so daunting when you're getting started, and I owe so much of where I am now to the friendship, trust, and support from people like the amazing vendors listed below who helped pull together this beautiful styled shoot.

If you're ever looking to collaborate, chat business, or just starting finding your own place in this massive wedding industry, send me a message! I'm always happy to chat. :)

Photography: Corynn Fowler Photography
Hair: Bridal Hair Collective
Makeup: Mobile Makeovers
Venue: The Great Hall
Dress: Hayley Page from Sash and Bustle
Florals and Table Styling: Leaf and Bloom
Calligraphy: Cecile Lau Calligraphy
Veil and Accessories: Laura Jayne Adornments
Ring: Anouk Jewelry
Model: Brynne from Plutino Group

A Branding Shoot With Leaf & Bloom

Jaimie and I spent the day at her farm foraging, styling, and taking photographs to help her with the re-brand of her business, Leaf and Bloom.  Jaimie is a passionate florist with an eye for wild arrangements, incredible blooms, and unique bridal bouquets.  I had the pleasure of getting to know her at first when I photographed a wedding she created the floral work for.  Needless to say, it was spectacular; and when I shared the photographs with her I just had to mention that I would love to work with her again! 

I was so excited a few months later when I received an email that she was re-branding her Toronto based floral company and needed some new photographs for her website and social media accounts.  This was one of my first forays into the world of small business branding photography, and it's quickly become work that I feel very passionate about and hope to do much more of in the coming years. 

I shot a mixture of film and digital work throughout the day as Jaimie created stunning bouquet arrangements, styled delicate boutonnieres, and put together a beautiful tablescape despite the wild wind we were working with that day.  Her dogs roamed the farm around us, quietly becoming part of many of our shots, and we finished the day sitting on the back porch chatting about life and business as the sun finished setting.  Since then I've been hooked on branding photography and working closely with other entrepreneurs to craft photographs unique to their business.   

I truly can't recommend Jaimie's work enough.  In addition to being the most lovely woman to work with, her floral styling work is absolutely stunning, and I always look forward to our next styled shoot together! 

Take a look at her Website and Instagram account here to see more lovely work from Leaf and Bloom. 

A Rainy Day Muskoka Engagement Session with Haley & Joe

Haley & Joe met me in Muskoka for their engagement session at the family cottage this fall.  None of us were expecting quite how freezing cold the rain and driving winds would be when we got there, but without a moment's hesitation they were ready to take off their coats and stand at the end of windy docks for the sake of a good photograph.  I love all of my gung-ho clients!  Between multiple trips dashing back to the cars to warm ourselves up and dry my lenses out, we created some fabulous photographs of their engagement in beautiful Ontario Cottage Country in the fall, rain, wind, and all. 

The Great Hall, Styled Wedding Shoot

This fall I had the privilege of putting together some new styled shoots with my friend Amy from Bridal Hair Collective.  We were working at The Great Hall, one of Toronto's stunning new venues this season.  It has just been renovated and re-opened as a beautiful, classic old Queen St. West building, with an elegant and minimalist vibe inside the airy white rooms.  It has tall windows and even taller ceilings, as well as a spectacular old stage theater complete with balconies and velvet drapes that filter in the most dreamy dramatic light.  I had no idea what a treat I was about to experience my first time shooting here, and immediately hopped-to scheduling more time to shoot at this amazing venue with the most inspiring light and a fabulous team of talented Toronto vendors.  This is the first part of 3 shoots from our work at The Great Hall, and I already can't wait to share the rest with you!

One of my absolute favorite elements of this shoot is the vintage jewellery provided to us by the lovely Lilliane from Lilliane's Fine Jewelery.  Take a closer look at the beautiful vintage watch our bride is wearing.  I absolutely loved the idea of using a watch as part of the bride's jewellery, especially when it's such a gorgeously delicate piece of silver!  The contrast of a functional piece like this watch only serves to make the brides' look appear even more elegant.  And the bonus? She doesn't have to worry if she's on time!

As always, my favorite part about working on styled shoots is the chance to connect with such a wonderful group of wedding creatives, who all believe in supporting each other, and working off everybody's talents and strengths to create a beautiful collaboration together.  I could never capture beautiful styled shoots like this without the work of talented hair and makeup artists, florists, designers, and models.  I feel so lucky to be part of such a skilled and supportive group of people to work with!

Photography: Corynn Fowler Photography
Hair: Bridal Hair Collective
Makeup: Katie Marie Bridal
Dress:  SAJA from Sash and Bustle
Venue: The Great Hall
Florals: Leaf and Bloom
Jewellery: Lilliane's Fine Jewellery
Model: Rachel from Carolyn's Talent