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. 

xo
-c

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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

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

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

Toronto Island Waterfront Wedding

Kyla and Skylar were married on the beautiful waterfront of the Toronto Islands.  Their ceremony combined both their New Brunswick and Toronto roots perfectly.  It had a small and relaxed east coast vibe, with the CN tower and Toronto skyline stretching up in the background behind a beautiful arch of summer greenery.  Kyla is co-owner of a sustainably sourced vintage fashion company, and her amazing sense of style shone through every detail of their wedding.  From her stylish two piece wedding dress and gold gladiator sandals, to the suspenders worn by the groomsmen (who doesn't love suspenders???), to the simple crowns of greenery worn by the bridesmaids, every detail was perfect together!

The flower crowns, ceremony archway, bouquet, and boutonniers were all made by Wildernis Florals, a Collingwood based wedding florist and co-owner of Kyla's fashion company Copper Collective .

Toronto Waterfront Bridal Style

I'm so excited to finally share more photos from this beautiful styled bridal shoot, conceived and created along with Amy from Bridal Hair collective, and pulled off with an amazing team of Toronto and surrounding area vendors.  Our Scarborough Bluffs wedding shoot was featured on The Wedding Co. blog last week, and you can follow the link here to see more photos of our work from that day.  The feature highlighted the natural bridal beauty aesthetic we created, from our bride's bare feet, to the leaves in her hair and minimal makeup complementing her natural beauty and features, to the simple and elegant Saja wedding dress.  The soft and romantic dress fit beautifully with the beach-y venue as the layers blew gently in the breeze, and the off-white colour suited the blue and grey pastels of the beach and cliffs.  Her bouquet was made of wild-foraged greenery accented with stunning pops of white flowers that our creative floral artist arranged to create a wild and free feeling, with big branches, flowing ribbons, and beautifully unconventional greenery.  The feature also highlighted one of the many beautiful and little known areas around Toronto where you can escape to take stunning natural wedding photos if you're getting married in the city. 

Take a look through our shoot, and be sure to get in touch with any of the vendors listed below if, like me, you absolutely love their work here!

Photography: Corynn Fowler Photography
Hair Styling: Bridal Hair Collective
Makeup: Katie Marie Bridal
Florals: Ashley Elaine
Dress: Saja from Sash and Bustle
Jewellery: Hattitude Jewellery
Model: Clare from B&M

 

Roy & Kat's Winter Brickworks Wedding

I always struggle with the words to describe how amazing each and every one of the weddings I get to photograph is, so I can only say that Roy and Kat's January wedding was an absolutely stunning kick off to 2016.  I couldn't have asked for a better start to the year!  After getting ready all morning, we headed down to the Evergreen Brickworks to take photos with the family and wedding party.  It was a chilly day out, but everybody was too happy and game to notice.  The photos are full of beautiful misty breath, the bride kept her bridesmaids warm with sweet wooly arm and leg warmers, and we sipped on steamy hot apple cider from the Brickworks' winter market.  I love winter photo sessions!

We then continued on to their lovely ceremony and incredibly delicious dinner at the farm-to-table style Globe Bistro on the Danforth.  Guests ate and danced the night away, speeches were full of laughter and tears, and a unique German wedding tradition from the bride's cousin found the bride and groom racing to cut their way through a sheet while their guests watched and took sides cheering them on.  Needless to say, everybody present was thrilled to spend a crisp January day celebrating Roy and Kat's marriage, and I can't imagine a better kick-off to 2016 than celebrating with these two. :)

Venues: Globe Bistro, Evergreen Brickworks
Florals: Leaf and Bloom
Hair and Makeup: ESBridal
Dress: The Bride's Project

Away in Awenda Park

Although it may not be the prime season to share photos from a fall styled bridal shoot, I just couldn't wait any longer to post some shots from this creative collaboration with Tara from Exchanging Vows Bridal Shop.  I'm also SO excited to see this editorial featured in the 'It'z Your Day' Bridal Guide for the Georgian Bay area, thank you It'z Your Day Event Planning!

We put this shoot together to create a whimsical forest look, while accentuating how simple and classic a fall wedding can be.  Keeping the details simple and letting the scenery and stunning Ontario fall colours do the talking is a fabulous way to achieve a striking wedding look with minimal fuss.  I'm completely smitten with the little details that pull together a wedding in the cooler seasons.  The fur shawl pictured below kept our bride warm though the shoot, and she stayed comfortable into the evening as the sun went down over the water by changing into a thick knit sweater and fur hat.  A beautifully simple bouquet and classic dress make the perfect pairing for what really must be the best venue available, an Ontario fall forest.

The amazing vendors who contributed to this shoot really did an amazing job, checkout their work if you're getting married in the Georgian Bay area, or love the idea of a fall wedding!

Dress and Styling:  Tara from Exchanging Vows Bridal Boutique
Flowers: Leuk
Fur Headpiece: Appeal Boutique
Calligraphy: TypeGrace
Venue: Awenda Park

Shooting Film: An Introduction

Last year I decided that I was going to begin incorporating some good old fashioned film photography into my professional wedding work.  I love everything about film.  The colours, the textures, the way film reads light differently from my digital sensor, the thought and time that goes into planning each film shot, I was (and still am) absolutely infatuated with every aspect of being a fine-art wedding photographer.   So, in the fall I started getting the ball in motion to move my business in this direction.  So far, it hasn't been an entirely easy process, so for the sake of both my own reflection and helping anyone else who is interested in moving towards film, I've decided to write about what I'm learning along the way.

I'm a meticulous planner, organizer, and maker of 'Pro's and Con's' lists.  I spent countless hours researching and agonizing over minute details between camera bodies and film stocks, lens coatings and light meters.  I finally went out and bought my first medium format film camera, a gorgeously restored old Hasselblad 500CM with a zeiss lens; and 50 rolls of film, fuji 400 colour in 120 format.   This used up a significant portion of my savings, so my camera then sat in a heavily padded bag for several months, emerging only to be photographed by my digital camera.  Ironically.  I was too scared to start shooting with it and risk 'wasting' money on developing rolls that didn't work out.

Eventually, I realized that I would have to start shooting with my new investment in order to actually learn how to use medium format film, so I started researching how to shoot properly.  Somehow, in all my hours of camera body research, I had neglected to look up how to actually USE my camera.  I found out that colour film can create all kinds of different 'looks' based on how it's shot and processed, so I turned to the pro's at Richard Photo Lab to teach me all about pushing and pulling film, light conditions, and how I can create my own personal film aesthetic through working with them. 

To start with, the Richard Photo Lab blog is fantastic and I learned so much just by spending an afternoon scrolling through their posts.  I definitely recommend checking out their blog next if you're interested in using film.  On top of that, they've been fabulously helpful chatting with me by email about learning to shoot film.  They're based in California, so with foreign exchange and shipping it's been a bit pricey to develop my rolls with them, but to work with a lab whose work I consistently like, and who have been endlessly helpful to me as a learning resource, it's been well worth it!

Below are some of my first rolls of 120 film I shot.  I created these images at a styled shoot, which was the perfect place to get started.  I could work at my own pace without any of the external pressures of a wedding day, but I also HAD to shoot some rolls because the other vendors involved were keen to see it in action.  I'm happy with some of the results, and not so happy with others.  I still have a lot to learn about using my camera smoothly, and a long way to go to know how my film with react to different light, (to be honest I'm even still learning how to use my light meter properly), BUT I can't wait to shoot my next rolls of film and keep working towards shooting professionally with my Hasselblad (aka learning how to keep track of my dark slide).

xo
C

Vintage Inspired Bridal Shoot Featuring the Copper Collective

I worked on this amazing bridal editorial shoot in collaboration with the talented girls who own The Copper Collective, a curated online vintage clothing company based out of Collingwood, Ontario.  After finding a gorgeous second hand wedding dress on one of their shopping trips, we started pulling together plans for a clean and rustic styled shoot focused on their amazing vintage find. As with all inspired creative projects, the pieces for this shoot fell into place beautifully, and I had the most fabulous time working with such a talented group of people to pull off our first styled bridal shoot!

Vintage wedding dress:  The Copper Collective
Florals:  Janna Dekker of Wildernis Florals
Calligraphy:  Alex Ruston of Honour Bright
Hair: Pure Organic Hair
Venue:  Tremont Cafe
Jewelry: Jessica Wolfe Design
Model: Claire Woodhouse

Thank you all so much!

xo
- c
 

Creemore Engagement Shoot

Katie and Jamie planned the perfect engagement session up in Creemore this fall.  Starting out with a beer tasting at the Creemore brewery, we then moved into a quaint Creemore coffee shop, and eventually finished up with an evening at Wasaga Beach with miles of white sand to ourselves.  I love shooting fun engagement sessions that represent a couple, the places that are important to them, and things that represent them together.  These two absolutely killed it, and finishing off with this engagement session has made me so excited already to keep working with my amazing clients in the new year!

Danielle and Duncan's Wedding

Danielle and Duncan got married in the warm summer rain, in a field filled with hay bale aisles, surrounded by the deep green forest that grows on the Canadian shield.  Their closest family and friends played home-made lawn games in front of the wedding tent, while drinking beer brewed by one of the groomsmen, poured from taps made by the groom himself.  The brides grandmother officiated, while the girls all did their own hair and makeup at the mother-of-the-bride's cozy forest home.  Everything was perfect and everything was beautiful, especially the two stunning, loving, happy, and full-of-life people who got married here.  I'm so lucky to get to attend weddings like these and work with awesome people like Danielle and Duncan!