Alexandra & Matthew: A Music Lover's Wedding at The Royal Conservatory

I first met Alexandra at one of the first weddings I ever photographed over two years previously.  I remembered her warm personality well, and was so excited when she got in touch with me about photographing her own wedding last summer!  I got together with her and Matthew for their at-home engagement session last winter.  She played the piano, he serenaded her on the guitar, and together they enjoyed browsing through their record collection and dancing around the basement.  I’d been looking forward to getting to photograph their wedding ever since!

            They were married on a late summer day in downtown Toronto at the Royal Conservatory of Music and U of T’s gorgeous Trinity Chapel.  It was the perfect venue for these two music loving souls.  Alex got ready in the beautiful modern glass bridal suite with her bridesmaids.  Just as it was time to leave for their ceremony it started to rain softly, but Alex could have cared less and squeezed under an umbrella with her best friend, smiling from ear to ear, for the walk to their ceremony at Trinity Chapel. Trinity chapel is a photographers dream to photograph, with it’s classic European architecture aesthetic, high vaulted ceilings, and tall windows spilling light down into the space.  Alex and Matt smiled their whole way through the ceremony, and danced back through the rain to the conservatory for their photographs and reception.

            They chose beautiful classic décor for their reception that contrasted perfectly with the modern architecture of the new addition at the conservatory.  Round tables surrounded by harvest chairs were topped with gorgeous white and green floral arrangements, and each table was named for one of the couples favourite musicians.  They did a fantastic job of carrying their music theme through the entire day, and my personal favourite moment was getting to grab some photographs of them together at the piano, playing a duet softly together and enjoying some quiet time in each other’s company on their wedding day.

Vendors:
Venue: The Royal Conservatory of Music and Trinity Chapel

Beth & Alex's Elegant and Relaxed Wedding

After their fantastic cottage engagement session earlier in the summer, I was looking forward to Beth and Alex’s wedding for weeks.  These two have so much fun together, and are so wonderful to spend time with as a couple, because you just can’t help but get swept up in their contagious happiness. 

            They got ready at home in Toronto, before heading to their sweet neighborhood church for the ceremony, followed by the Thornhill Country Club for their reception. Their parents had been married at the same club years before, and it was so much fun for them to see Beth and Alex married where they had stool before.  The weather was gorgeous, sunny, and warm, their wedding party was SO much fun to be around all day, and I truly can’t think of a more welcoming, friendly, and happy couple to spend the day with.

            Highlights?  The paddle that Alex hand made for Beth as a wedding morning gift.  Doesn’t every Canadian gal dream of a guy who will present them with a hand made paddle, lovingly inscribed with their initials on her wedding day? 

Vendors:
Venue: Holy Trinity Church & Thornhill Country Club
Band: Truly Band
Florist: The Orchid
Cake: The Danish Bakery
Makeup: Tamara Spence
Hair: Locale J Hair Design

Rebecca & John: A Sunrise Session in Trinity Bellwoods

If you don’t already know, couples who agree to sunrise engagement sessions with me capture my heart right from the get go.  I’m a hopelessly early riser, and getting up to start the day with the sunrise is one of my favourite things.  When couples want to join me, get a cup of coffee, and do something fun to start the day as well, I know that I’ve found my people!

            Rebecca and John were happy to meet me in Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods park as the sun was coming up, and made the usual sunrise session even better by bringing along their classic tandem bicycle as something fun to do during their session. Yes, read that again, their.tandem.bicycle.

            We started with a warm cup of coffee from White Squirrel Coffee to wake ourselves up and warm up a bit as the sun rose higher, then ventured into the park with their bicycle to cruise the many paths, enjoy the sun, and generally have a fantastic time riding their bike around and waving and honking the horn at curious onlookers.  Rebecca and John are one of those awesome couples who are game for anything, love getting out and about in the city together, and are always up for some fun.  As craft beer connoisseurs, lovers of the Toronto skyline, and tandem bike owners, I knew from our first meeting together at Soho House that we would be a great fit.

            I could go on and on about them, but am way too excited for you to take a scroll through and see some of the fun we had shooting with their tandem bike.  I will be photographing their wedding later this summer at a craft brewery, and cannot wait to experience this amazing day with them and share it with you!

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Emily & Kaegan: An Intimate Wedding in Thornbury

You may remember photographs from Emily and Kaegan’s engagement session last year when I met them in New York for an early morning engagement shoot around their East Village neighborhood.  Fast forward a few months and I was driving back country dirt roads to meet them at an estate up in the hills of Thornbury for their intimate fall farm wedding. 

            It was one of those gorgeous days where dark purple storm clouds threatened the hills, but continually rolled through to reveal patches of sunlight.  It was warm enough for an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour, while the reception moved into a beautifully rebuild barn complete with harvest tables, Turkish rugs, twinkle lights, and various chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.  Just a barn with chandeliers, casual. 

            Emily met Kaegan and I at the farm, ready for their first look in one of my favourite gowns ever.  Kaegan described her later as an 80’s supermodel, and it’s completely true, she has absolutely stunning style, combined with Kaegan’s 1920’s French actor aesthetic you could say I was excited to photograph them again!

            My favourite moment of the day arrived when it was time to head outside for their sunset photographs.  We set off into a wheat field to shoot for a few minutes when Emily turned to me and said ‘want to go on an adventure?!?’ heck yes, yes I do, always.  She quickly slipped out of her pink suede shoes, handed them to Kaegan, and set off barefoot through the field towards the forest.  We trudged into the forest together, until finally arriving at large concrete cube sunk into the ravine.  Emily explained that there were a number of these hidden around the property, the result of one of Kaegan’s final architecture school projects where he mixed escarpment rock into cement, poured giant blocks of concrete, then returned them to the land they came from.  She mentioned this might be a meaningful wedding photograph, I.was.stoked.  By far the best part was when we trekked back out of the woods at dusk and Emily discovered that her dress was absolutely full of burrs.  As we started carefully picking them off she made sure we had plenty of photographs of the occasion, saying that this represented them more than anything.

            Future brides and grooms, if you ever want to ask me ‘want to go on an adventure?’ on your wedding day, please know that my answer is always, always, heck.yes.

            Scroll through for some photographs of the most awesome couple, a dog who steals the show, the cutest flower girls, a forest adventure in a wedding dress, and the coziest barn wedding in the fall I’ve ever attended.  I’m going to be in love with these photos of these two for a longggg time.

 Vendors:
Caterer: Bruce Wine Bar
Florals: Ashley Elaine Florals
Rentals: Four Seasons rentals
Dress: BHLDN
Bridesmaids:  H&M

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Annie & Colin's Toronto Waterfront Wedding at The Henley Room

Annie and Colin just make my heart happy.  They hosted a wedding with fabulous unique and retro flair, at a gorgeous waterfront venue in Toronto, that was absolutely jam packed with as much good music, food, and dancing to Abba as anyone could possibly ask for.  For anyone who knows me personally, you’ll understand how much I adore these guys already.

            Annie wore one of my favourite dresses of all time, designed by the talented Gabby of Truvelle Bridal, a stunning bridal design line out of Vancouver.  She paired it with some seriously shit kicker heels, a romantic up do, and a smile that truly lit the room.  Colin is a musician, by trade and talent, so I was already pumped to see what they described as the ‘cabaret’ that would be taking place during their cocktail hour, hosted by a number of their musically talented guests from Colin’s various performances and choirs.  Guys, if you’re ever invited to a wedding with a ‘cabaret’ go.  Do it.

            By far the most memorable moment however took place during their waterfront ceremony on the docks of The Henley Room.  Colin’s choir was arranged to sing a number of pieces throughout the ceremony, but he surprised Annie shortly after saying their vows by walking over to the choir, who proceeded to sing backup for him as he serenaded her with a song about growing old together.  I’ve never seen an entire audience start to cry before at a wedding, I was absolutely sobbing behind my camera, and Annie, true to form, stood smiling as absolutely massively as her face would allow, enjoying the heck out of the entire experience.  Have I mentioned that I adore these two?

            The rest of the evening passed in a beautiful, twinkle lit reception of good food, a gorgeous cake made by one of Annie’s talented friends, a shoe game played by the bride and groom that had the room in stitches, and a night of dancing the time away to Abba.  If you already love Annie and Colin as much as I do, make sure you checkout their Beaches engagement session from earlier this year, and take a page from Annie’s book if you want to plan your wedding day to really feel like ‘you’!

Vendors:
Floral: Quince Flowers
Dress: Sash and Bustle , Truvelle
Venue: The Henley Room, Argonauts Rowing Club
Hair: McManus and Campbell

Danielle & Anthony: Record Shops, Coffee, and Tacos, a Collingwood Engagement

I get to photograph Danielle & Anthony’s wedding just outside of Toronto, in Kleinburg in just a few weeks, so I thought it was a fitting time to share photos from the amazing engagement session we shot together a year ago! These two have spent so much time together at their family cottage up around Collingwood that they wanted to plan an engagement session exploring the area and enjoying some of their favourite things together. 

            These two knocked their engagement session out of the park, and planned the perfect combination of activities to shake things up, add variety, and really enjoy their time together.  I always recommend that people plan engagement sessions like their ideal date day together (with me tagging along as third wheel), and let me tell you, these two have amazing date days together!

            We started out meeting at Mad Dog coffee in Collingwood, a coffee shop/old time rock and roll record and paraphernalia shop.  We sipped dark coffee while browsing their favourite records, admired old Pink Floyd posters that cover the walls, and chatted music shows.  Next up was lattes in the sun at one of Collingwood’s best coffee shops, the Espresso Post, followed by a delicious dinner of tacos and nachos at the most fun, stylish, and trendy spot in town, Bent Taco. 

            To finish up, as the sun was getting low in the sky we drove over the Sunset Point, a beautiful shale beach with crystal clear water where they enjoyed exploring the shore line together, and dipping their toes in the cool Georgian Bay water.  Whether you’re taking engagement photographs or not, I recommend your next trip to Collingwood follow the same plan as these two, like I said, they nailed it.  

Sophia & Terrence: A Summer Engagement Session on the Toronto Islands

Sophia and Terrence met at camp when they were teenagers, and have carried on the most beautiful long distance relationship between two different countries ever since. You can’t help but fall in love with these two when you meet them in person and see them interact!  I met them at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminals at the Toronto Harbourfront to fit in an engagement session while Sophia was visiting in Toronto.  We hopped on the ferry together and spent the afternoon exploring the Toronto islands, sipping coffee, walking with the sand between our toes, and enjoying some ice cream before Sophia boarded her plane back to Chicago.

            I had so much fun shooting with these two, and they have way too much fun hanging out together.  I can’t wait to share more photographs from their winter wedding in downtown Toronto right before Christmas last year!

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Megan & Kyle's Life and Love Affirming Wedding at a Historic Mansion

Megan and Kyle are from Calgary, you might remember photographs from their Rocky Mountain engagement session last winter, but decided that they wanted to host an intimate destination wedding somewhere beautiful, historic, and cozy.  They settled on Perth, just outside of Ottawa.  I had never been there before, but quickly understood why Megan’s taste had settled here.  The old streets are lined with beautiful historic stone buildings, bed and breakfasts in manor houses sit in every neighborhood, and the quiet pace of the downtown streets lulls you into the calm you imagine of a small town from 50 years ago.  Perth is a hopelessly romantic city, and the perfect destination for the blend of Megan and Kyle’s east and west coast lives to meet and celebrate their love.

            They chose to rent a historic bed and breakfast to host their wedding day, with light flowing in through beautiful old gabled windows, a drawing room that looks like a classic old cocktail parlor, and a small dinner reception in a dining room complete with a fireplace, bay windows, and a grandfather clock on the mantle. 

            I could talk at you endlessly about their beautiful style, how Megan is so relaxed and talented that she did her own hair and makeup, and ordered her dress off the internet and found that it fit like a dream.  Or the gorgeous jewel tones of the florals she chose and the stylish charcoal grey suit that Kyle sported, but really the most important part of this beautiful wedding was the emotion.  Over all the details, I was struck over and over by how strong these two are together, how they accept and love each other no matter what, and how excited they were simply to be together, getting married in front of the handful of people closest to their hearts.

            This is one of those weddings that energized me in the middle of a busy wedding season, and reminded me of why I love this beautiful and heart filled job so much.  By the time I put away my cameras in the evening, Megan’s dad had pulled out his guitar in true east coaster fashion, and was singing to the bride and groom as they stood together in the doorway with their nephews clinging to their knees.  Saying it was hard to leave that night is an understatement, and I have been looking forward to sharing photographs from this beautiful day ever since.

Vendors:
Venue: Perth Manor Boutique Hotel
Flowers: Apropos
Wedding Cakes: Sunflower Bakery
Copper Arch: Willowbend Workshop
Silk Ribbon: Stella Wolfe
Veil: Everthine Boutique

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