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!

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

Photography: Corynn Fowler Photography
Design: Best of Barbados 
Florals: Simply Flowers
Hair and Floral Hair Pieces: Roz Hairdressing
Catering: Country House Caterers 

An Adventurous Engagement Session in the Canadian Rocky Mountains

I was SO excited to plan this shoot as soon as I found out that Megan and Kyle lived close to the mountains out west.  I love getting out to hike in the Rockies, and was stoked that these two were game to plan an adventurous engagement session and climb up a mountain with me!  Megan and Kyle, you guys really made one of my dreams come true!

These two sweeties picked me up at the Calgary Airport, and we immediately set off towards the mountains in the distance.  We were headed for Canmore, to climb up to an alpine lake hidden among the peaks in Kannanaskis country.  Our final destination had sparkling clear alpine water, craggy wintery peaks towering even higher above us, and a beautiful scenic climb leading us up to the lake.

One of my favourite parts of shooting engagement sessions is the chance to spend some time with each couple, getting to know them, who they are together, and chatting about any and all non-wedding related life.  The drive out together was the perfect opportunity to get to know one another, and we made some extra time to stop for a warm meal together before bundling up and starting our long hike upwards. 

We reached the lake after the sun had ducked below the peaks, and had the place absolutely to ourselves after other hikers had already started their descent down, racing the sun.   It was perfectly still all around us aside, and we shot for a while in the fading alpine glow before heading back down the mountain.  Getting back down it was nearly completely dark, but we decided to shoot for a bit longer and captured some of my favourite shots just outside the parking lot, where a snow covered logging road ran off into the distance between neighbouring peaks towering up into the sky.

Megan and Kyle are my dream couple, adventurous, sweet, easygoing, and so incredibly happy to be together and going out on an adventure.  I have to give them major brownie points for being game to hike straight up an icy mountain with me in February!  They are so incredibly lovely together, and had endlessly positive and supportive things to say to one another as we hiked up through the ice and snow.  I can’t wait to share these photographs, and am even more excited to share their wedding photographs that I shot later this summer!

Megan and Kyle, you guys made one of my dreams come true to shoot in the mountains, and are truly the type of people who re-affirm why I love this job so damn much!

Xo
-c

A Dockside Engagement in Muskoka

Can we take a moment to talk about how fantastic it is getting to photograph weddings and engagements in Muskoka?!  There’s something so lovely and intimate about being invited to my couples’ cottages, and getting to document them spending time in a place where they love hanging out together.  It always makes for the most fun, relaxed, and outdoorsy engagement shoots, and I jump at any opportunity to photograph couples in cottage country!

I met Jenny and Nate on a warm, sunny summer day in July, and in classic Canadian cottager style, they were immediately warm and welcoming as soon as I rolled up.  They introduced me to some family, then we grabbed a few drinks and headed up to the top of the boathouse to relax and chat for a while before starting our session. 

We spent the next few hours relaxing, photographing, and spending time doing all the things they love to do together during a weekend at the cottage.  We enjoyed beers on the boathouse roof, took Nate’s fishing boat out for a spin around the lake, basked in the gorgeous sunset light falling across the water, and finished by taking a jump off the boat house roof and swimming in the lake as the sun sank below the horizon.

I wish I could always convince couples to go for a swim during their engagement session, and I’m already so stoked for the next round of cottage photographs to begin again next summer!

Xo
-c