Jessica & Domenico: A Winter Wedding at The Burroughes, Downtown Toronto

Even months later, I hardly have words to describe this wedding day.  It was everything I feel a wedding should be, good food, a gathering of the people who mean the most in the world to you, a chance to tell everyone how much they mean to you, and a kick-ass party to celebrate a momentous occasion.   It was life affirming, not to be too dramatic, but these two truly reminded everyone in attendance that day what a wedding and a joining of families and worlds is all about.

            Jess and Dom both have an immense appreciation for food, and met while working at one of the best of the best in the Toronto restaurant scene, Buca.  They have an endlessly warm and loving energy that radiates from them, both together and separately, and didn’t hesitate to wear their hearts on their sleeves all day.  All together, this created the perfect melange of happy tears, fantastic food, and a dance floor that had everyone laughing and crying at the same time. 

            Jess chose an elegant and sophisticated Ferre Sposa dress for her style, and Dom pulled off the most gorgeous burgundy velvet suit jacket I’ve ever seen.  They got ready at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Toronto, had one of the happiest first looks I’ve ever witnessed in front of Roy Thompson Hall, and gathered a huge group of loved ones together in true Italian wedding style at The Burroughes for their ceremony and reception.  Their first concern was making sure that their guests enjoyed themselves and as much food and drink as they possibly could.  They spent more time stopping in at each and every table to visit than they did at their own table, and once the dance floor opened I could tell that they weren’t going anywhere for a long time. 

            They danced on the rooftop together at sunset, laughed and cried their way through their ceremony and parent dances, and melted together on the dancefloor so comfortably that I must have taken a hundred photographs just of that moment alone.  I truly don’t have words for the feeling you get when you see these two together.  Good thing I’m a photographer and not a poet, scroll through to see what I mean.

 Vendors:
Florist: Rosehill Blooms
Caterer: Buca
Make up: Lauryn Hopwood 
Hair: Chloe Greisman 
Dress: Ferre Sposa

xo
-c

Emma & Neal's Fall Wedding at St George's Golf Club, Toronto

Emma & Neal were married at St George’s Golf Club in Toronto last fall, and I am way too excited to finally share photographs from their intimate, meaningful, and spectacularly beautiful Sunday lunch wedding. 

            Fall is a drop dead gorgeous season for weddings anywhere in Toronto, but St George’s Golf club is truly something special.  As the leaves begin to turn, Ivy stands out across the turrets and elegant lines of the old building, tall pampas grass turns golden and leads you around the property, and colourful leaves swirl past gabled windows with every gust of wind.  Inside the golf club feels like a castle, and is the perfectly cozy location for a fall wedding, with a spectacular fireplace in the rotunda, and an elegant, classic luncheon room with big windows looking out over the golf course.

            Emma has a deep appreciation of all things art and beauty, and along with Neal, is one of the most stylish people I know.  So, it was no surprise that every detail of their wedding was incredibly beautiful and sophisticated, and created the perfect complimentary contrast to the relaxed lunch reception they held for their closest friends and family.  

            Take a scroll through for infinite bride and groom style inspiration, the cutest furry wedding guests dressed for the occasion, and a lunch reception that will make you re-think your whole wedding timeline!  I love love loved getting to work with Emma and Neal to document their day, and cannot wait to share some of the beauty that came out of it.

Vendors:

Florist: Apricot Flowers
Calligraphy/Stationary: Paula Lee Calligraphy & Sally Choi
Hair: Bridal Hair Collective
Decor: The Day Cor
Decor: Vintage Bash
Dress: Lovers Land
Cheese: The Cheese Boutique
Venue: St George’s Golf and Country Club
Music: The Jazz Collective
Coordinator: All Event Videos
Chuppah: Chuppah.ca 
Ketubah: ketubah.com

Best of 2018 Engagements

From Toronto, to Muskoka, to New York, to the Rocky Mountains, engagement sessions are one of my favorite experiences with CFP. With almost every couple I photographed this past season booking an engagement shoot, life was busier than ever, but I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to spend some real time with so many couples. Engagement sessions are a pillar of my business, creating the chance to get to know each couple I work with, learn who they are and what they value together, and create a relationship so that I can walk into each wedding day as more than just their wedding photographer. I got to spend time enjoying drinks and meals at their favorite restaurants, rolling on the floor with their furry family members, cruising the sparkling lake waters together in their boats, and exploring so many new and wonderful places.

It was a challenge pulling together some of my favorite engagement session photographs from 2018, but looking back through it all made me so freeking excited for all the engagement adventures ahead this year!

Best of 2018 Weddings

From Toronto, to Collingwood, to Muskoka, Perth, and even Barbados, this past 2018 wedding season was one for the books here at CFP. This was my third wedding season since launching the business back in 2016, and finally felt like I found my groove, managed to create a much healthier work/life balance, booked as much work as I could have possibly asked for, and was able to expand in ways I never imagined would by possible by year three. I could not feel more fortunate for the opportunity to work with so many amazing couples throughout the year, and finishing off strong with some beautiful winter weddings has left me inspired, excited, and chomping at the bit for my 2019 wedding season to start!

So, without further ado (this post is already a month and a half late after all), I will let you get to scrolling to take a look at my favorite moments of this past 2018 wedding season. Some will speak for themselves, many may not make sense, but all of them carry a little bit of my heart and make me so excited to see what year four will hold.

Katrin, Michael, Muskoka Docks, & Dogs

I met Katrin and Michael for the first time at their family cottage in Muskoka, shortly after they moved back to Canada.  I was welcomed to the cottage by Michael’s family and two lovely dogs, both vying for all the love and attention throughout the whole shoot.  I love when people include their dogs in their engagement sessions, and always find that it helps people feel so much more comfortable infront of the camera as soon as they have a sweet pup to play with and focus on!  These two were so sweet, and hardly left us with a moment alone as we explored around the property, walking their favourite forest hikes together, and soaking up the late afternoon sun on the dock.  I was hard pressed to find photographs in the mix that didn’t have these two sweet pups hanging out around their feet, but you won’t find me complaining!

Aside from the pups, these two were so sweet and welcoming to me, and I absolutely cannot wait to photograph their wedding later this winter at Canoe in downtown Toronto!

Xo
-c

Christine and Spencer Get Married in the Tropics......I mean.........Collingwood

Oh man, here comes the hard part, how do I even begin to describe how incredible Christine & Spencer’s wedding was?  I’ll let the photos do most of the talking here, but have to tell you at least a little bit about how much fun these two managed to pack into one big day together!

Christine and Spencer were married in the backyard of Christine’s family home, looking out over the Collingwood waterfront from a clear tent canopy, and outdoor dance floor lit with string lights under the stars.  Christine went with the most fun and summery tropical theme for the day, complete with bright tropical flowers in the bouquets and a spectacular off the shoulder dress from Australian designer Grace Loves Lace.  Complete with her tan and Tom Cruise look alike hubby, their guests were transported from the Collingwood waterfront to a sunny California wedding!

From the get-go it was clear that everyone was there to have a good time, and Christine and Spencer created the perfect atmosphere to spend a picturesque day focused on family, friends, and food.  Everything else fell into place beautifully, but it was truly the smiles, laughter, and hugs that filled the day that captured my heart!

All mushiness aside, highlights from the day include their excited first look in a mossy forest glade with the dappled sunlight filtering through, a round tropical ceremony arch framing the iconic Collingwood escarpment in the background, a sunset to end all sunsets during dinner, and a flower girl who kept us smiling all day long.

I truly can’t find the words to describe all the beauty and happiness folded into one day.  Christine and Spencer, you both bring smiles to everyone around you, value the good things in life, and made it SO much freeking fun to work with you!

Xo
-c

Vendors:
Video: community visuals
Officiant: joy officiates
Makeup: Megan Forrest Esthetics, Makeup by Lee
Hair: Ainsley Garbutt Hair
Catering: Culinary Designs Catering
Flowers: Simply Unique Flowers
Party Favours: Wilderness Soap Co 
Tent & Table, Linen & Cutlery Rentals: Party Happenings
Ghost Chairs: FOS Event Group
Dress Designer: Grace Loves Lace

Heather & Kolston - The World Stands Still, a Styled Shoot by Eastern Hemlock Florals

Stephanie of Eastern Hemlock Florals and I planned this styled shoot in the spring as a chance to play with some minimal styling and floral creativity.  We worked with a number of fantastic local businesses and brands, and were lucky to get the absolute sweetest real couple to model for us!

Heather and Kolston have the most infectiously joyous energy together, and I absolutely can’t wait for you to scroll through the photographs below and see how their connection flows though every single image!  Heather is a dancer, yoga instructor, and crystal healer, and Kolston is a talented musician, instructor, and amazing pizza baker.

We started out with some fantastic homemade pizza from Kolston, while Stefanie decorated the house with foraged greenery arches, amazing bouquets and arrangements in vases around the house, and a tablescape in soft crèmes, purples, and greens.  We then set to photographing Heather and Kolston moving through the space together, writing songs together, basking in the sunlight that streams into the house, and enjoying some quiet time together sipping tea and listening to Kolston’s music.

By the end of our few hours together I was absolutely in love with these two, and can’t wait for you to see all the sweetness, pizza, and beautiful floral design we captured over the course of the afternoon!

Xo
-c

Vendors:

Makeup: Shea Organics Canada

Hair: Ainsley Garbutt Hair

Clothing / Jewlery: Metra Fashion House

Models: Kolston & Heather

Planning and Florals: Eastern Hemlock Florals

Alicja & Grant Get Married - A Downtown Toronto Berkeley Wedding

Alicja and Grant were high school sweethearts.  Full stop.  Let’s bask in the cuteness already.  Truly though, these two are so freeking sweet, absolutely stunning together, and have the best taste in food and desserts.  I knew we would be perfect working together when they wanted to have our first meeting at Ricarda’s, if you don’t know yet, good food steals my heart and seals the deal.  Next up, for their engagement session, they continued with the theme of amazing food in downtown Toronto, and planned to visit the St Laurence market for a picnic and some great coffee.  Finally, it came out at their wedding that the dream is to open a specialty donut shop together in Toronto one day.  Guys, I’ll be the first one there when you do it!

Aside from the food though, Alicja and Grant envisioned a beautiful, summery, outdoor wedding at the Berkley Fieldhouse in downtown Toronto, and pulled it off beautifully despite temperatures in the city hitting record highs that day.  They got ready at The Grand Hotel, and while Alicja put the finishing touches on her blush coloured bridal look (you’re going to fall in LOVE with her dress) the guys headed up to the rooftop for their first look overlooking the Toronto skyline.  I have to pause here and send a major shout out to the guys, who ended up getting trapped on the roof in the sweltering heat, because the elevator broke down as we headed up to their first look.  By the time we made it to the rooftop, the groom and groomsmen had been boiling up there for way too long, but were still game to pose for some wedding party photographs with smiles on their faces.  You.guys.rock.

The rest of the day was filled with so many happy tears, chilled Moscow mules to temper the heat, a live band entertaining the guests, and a sweet ukulele performance by the maid of honour that melted all of us into puddles of emotion.  The sunset light streamed in though the big windows of the Berkley Fieldhouse while guests happily enjoyed their air conditioned dinner, and the evening finished by finally heading back outside for their first dances after the temperatures had cooled down. 

Alicja and Grant, you two are so endlessly sweet together, have the best taste in food, and are some of the most relaxed, easygoing, and happy people I have had the joy of working with.  Thank you for being so wonderful.

Xo

-c

Vendors:

Planning: Claudia Cole Events
Officiant: Aleksandar Rajak
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Berkeley Field House
Hair & Makeup: The Beauty Movement
DJ: Imperial Sound DJ Service
Ceremony and Reception Entertainment: Intentions Band
Décor: Hello Midge
Florals : Wild North
Guest Favours: Delysees

A Tropical Backyard Wedding in Barbados

I’m seeing more and more that couples are looking farther afield for their wedding vendors, sometimes even flying people in from around the world for their photography, videography, or styling needs.  This is how I ended up photographing Georgie & Ray’s lovely backyard wedding in Barbados.  Having spent every Christmas break in Barbados myself for my whole life, I was already familiar with the island, and jumped at the chance to photograph a wedding there!  Although it was a destination wedding for me, Georgie and Ray were married in the comfort of Georgie’s family home, surrounded by their lively pack of Bajan pups, and all their loved ones from around the island and beyond.  It could not have been more perfect, and was even featured on Bajan Wed a few months ago!

I started with them before dawn, getting ready for a 7 am ceremony before the heat of the day set in.  They were married in a lovely intimate garden wedding, under a homemade floral arch, surrounded by the greenery and flowers that Georgie’s mother had carefully tended in the garden all year in preparation for their wedding.  One of the dogs met Georgie on her walk down the aisle, and her sister read a quirky poem adapted for the couple that made everybody laugh.  Georgie wore a simple beach-y white dress that she had adapted into a wedding dress by sewing on some extra pearls and lace, and the girls all had their hair done the night before and slept on it to avoid having to have their hair done at an ungodly hour.  I LOVED how happy and relaxed everybody was throughout this wedding!

After the ceremony, everybody sat down for brunch on the terracotta patio, enjoying home made sweets and fresh fruit as the sun streamed in through the lush tropical greenery.  After brunch, the whole party took a break to avoid working through the heat during the middle of the day, and groups headed off to the beach to swim, surf, and enjoy a day off on their beautiful island. 

A set of giant marquee tents magically appeared during this time, and everybody reconvened in the evening again shortly before dark to get the party started.  Food stations were set up around the garden serving classic island dishes like bajan roti, and the dance continued long into the evening under the tents as tropical rains poured on and off all evening outside.     

It was SO much fun getting to photograph a wedding in a completely different tropical setting, and I absolutely can’t wait for my next chance to shoot around the island!

Xo
-c