Stephanie & Alec’s Joyful Spring Wedding at Kings Riding Golf Club

I love love loved working with Stephanie and Alec.  They’re one of those couples whose enthusiasm and happiness is absolutely contagious; they have the most joyful demeanors, and absolutely cannot stop smiling whenever they look at each other.  Remember them from this incredibly happy engagement session I posted recently? Start scrolling down to see how EVERYTHING is a Kodak moment with these two and their big beautiful smiles. Needless to say, I took far too many photographs on this day!  The first look moment below sums them up perfectly, absolutely unable to contain their joy at getting to start their big day together.  I can’t wait for you to see Alec’s reaction to seeing his lovely bride for the first time!

            They were married on an absolutely gorgeous, sunny, spring day at Kings Riding Golf Club in Thornhill, just outside of Toronto.  The ceremony was filled with laughter under a beautiful old tree, a lively lion dance kicked off their reception and startled the kids (and me if we’re being honest), and crispy cream donuts were set at every place setting as guest favours.  There are so many other elements from this day that I absolutely love, I cannot even begin to sum them up here in words.  From Stephanie’s emotional skype call with her grandmother overseas, to their petal-covered recessional back up the aisle, to Alec holding her hand tightly all through the speeches, to their heartfelt parent dances that made everyone (myself included) cry. 

            Wrapping up their evening even more perfectly, the sunset that night had the most gorgeous golden glow.  Plus, as if Stephanie and Alec weren’t already a photographers dream to work with, they scheduled almost a full hour at sunset to take their bride and groom portraits together, allowing us time to capture some of my favorite portraits of the whole summer. 

            Pro-tip:  if you’re wearing a veil for your wedding day, consider putting it back on for your sunset photographs like Stephanie did here.  The light tulle catches the golden sunset light beautifully, and makes for some stunning glow-y photographs to wrap up the day!   

Dress: Yeva Yao
Makeup: Vanessa Elizabeth Makeup
Hair:  Reanna Singh
Linens:  Chair Covers Plus
Flower Wall:  Blush and Tie
Centerpieces:  Botanic Florists
Florals:  Gatherings Studio
Officiant: Sherri Murphy
Lion Dance:  Northern Dragon Gate


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.


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!


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.