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

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 

Travel: February in Europe

In February B and I took a few weeks off to travel around Europe visiting family and friends, and taking time to see some new places for the year before our busy spring and summer seasons began.  We ate our way through London, took trains and wandered the hills in Scotland, bought chocolate in Brussels, walked street art tours in Berlin, and wished we were students again in Oxford. 

Somehow we were lucky to have nothing but gorgeous weather for the weeks we were there, and managed to come home from a trip through Europe in February with sun tans.

I only travel with a film camera these days, as I find I take fewer and more meaningful photographs like this.  So everything was shot on my beast of a Pentax 645 and developed by Canadian Film Lab.  Trying to practice what I preach, I'm working on getting a small album or print set made of photographs from our trip, in the meantime I thought I'd post a bit on the blog.  Does it even happen if it doesn't go on social media these days? :P

xo
- c

Georgie & Ray's Engagement on the Barbados Coast

I flew down to Barbados over Christmas to capture Georgie & Ray’s wedding, and we booked their engagement session a few days after I arrived so we could spend some time visiting and chatting about their upcoming big day.   I normally spend some time planning engagement sessions with the couples I shoot, but Georgie & Ray planned their own shoot and it was a complete surprise for me.  After taking a walk around the wedding location, we piled into their old Subaru and set off across the island to  a surprise collection of Ray’s favourite surf locations and Georgie’s favourite hiking spots.

We drove over the island on narrow roads snaking through sugar cane fields, bumped across grass tracks traversing pastures of grazing cows, and invariably ended up at cliff edges overlooking the ocean.  We explored the cliff sides and sea shores, got covered in salt spray from blow holes and crashing waves, and I learned more about the life they were building together in picturesque Barbados. If I wasn’t sold on the concept of island life already, I would have been an easy convert after exploring around with these two talking about sunrise surf sessions and sunset cliff hikes. 

To finish of our shoot, they took me to the new home they had just finished building up on a hill with views over half the island.  They can sit on the balcony of their sweet yellow house and watch the sun go down over the ocean every night.  The garden was filled with young plants Ray had been growing, and the inside of the house was filled decorated with art created by Georgie and her family. 

I wish I could photograph this engagement session over and over again.  Enjoy. :)

A Romantic Winter Wedding in Downtown Toronto

I was lucky to spend a short time photographing Rachel and Jens' civil ceremony with some of their close family members at the Toronto City Hall in March.  Their ceremony was filled with emotion, love, and celebration, followed by the most fun set of Facetime calls from family members who were not able to make it to Toronto for the day. 

After the ceremony we had a few minutes to take some wedding photographs together in Nathan Phillips Square as the snow started to fall softly.  Toronto at dusk is one of the most gorgeous locations for urban wedding photographs.  The lights in all the surrounding buildings come on, the streets begin to clear out, and the square with it's Iconic 'Toronto' sign is a perfect location to see some of the beautiful architecture of downtown Toronto in the background.  The whole scene lent a perfect air of celebration to send the couple off hand in hand for the rest of their evening at a downtown dinner party. 

Best of Weddings 2017

This blog post could have taken an hour to scroll through, so instead I challenged myself to choose just one of my favorite photographs from every wedding I photographed in 2017.  It's so much fun looking back through all the weddings and moments I shared with people, and it makes me feel incredibly lucky to find myself running a business in such a beautiful industry!  Every wedding I photographed was jam packed with beautiful moments, stunning light, gorgeous settings, and even more beautiful heartfelt moments. 

Overall this is quite an eclectic mix of photographs, and many of the images are a far cry from the colour coordinated galleries you'll find in my portfolios.  Some you might love, some might leave you wondering.  I'm most drawn to images that are filled with emotion, tell a story, or were such spontaneous and fleeting moments that I'm just proud I was quick enough on the camera draw. 

There's a bit of everything in here, from some of my favorite bride/groom portraits, to photographs I love for the light or texture that came out in them.  Mostly though you'll see emotion.  Huge 'just married' smiles, tears shared between generations, emotional first looks, grouchy flower girls, and simply some good time party photographs. 

Hopefully you enjoy and maybe get a smile or two out of it all. :)
xo
-c