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

xo
-c

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.  

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

xo
-c

Jessica & Domenico: A Winter Wedding at The Burroughes, Downtown Toronto

Even months later, I hardly have words to describe this wedding day.  It was everything I feel a wedding should be, good food, a gathering of the people who mean the most in the world to you, a chance to tell everyone how much they mean to you, and a kick-ass party to celebrate a momentous occasion.   It was life affirming, not to be too dramatic, but these two truly reminded everyone in attendance that day what a wedding and a joining of families and worlds is all about.

            Jess and Dom both have an immense appreciation for food, and met while working at one of the best of the best in the Toronto restaurant scene, Buca.  They have an endlessly warm and loving energy that radiates from them, both together and separately, and didn’t hesitate to wear their hearts on their sleeves all day.  All together, this created the perfect melange of happy tears, fantastic food, and a dance floor that had everyone laughing and crying at the same time. 

            Jess chose an elegant and sophisticated Ferre Sposa dress for her style, and Dom pulled off the most gorgeous burgundy velvet suit jacket I’ve ever seen.  They got ready at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Toronto, had one of the happiest first looks I’ve ever witnessed in front of Roy Thompson Hall, and gathered a huge group of loved ones together in true Italian wedding style at The Burroughes for their ceremony and reception.  Their first concern was making sure that their guests enjoyed themselves and as much food and drink as they possibly could.  They spent more time stopping in at each and every table to visit than they did at their own table, and once the dance floor opened I could tell that they weren’t going anywhere for a long time. 

            They danced on the rooftop together at sunset, laughed and cried their way through their ceremony and parent dances, and melted together on the dancefloor so comfortably that I must have taken a hundred photographs just of that moment alone.  I truly don’t have words for the feeling you get when you see these two together.  Good thing I’m a photographer and not a poet, scroll through to see what I mean.

Vendors:
Florist: Rosehill Blooms
Caterer: Buca
Make up: Lauryn Hopwood 
Hair: Chloe Greisman 
Dress: Ferre Sposa

xo
-c

Emma & Neal's Fall Wedding at St George's Golf Club, Toronto

Emma & Neal were married at St George’s Golf Club in Toronto last fall, and I am way too excited to finally share photographs from their intimate, meaningful, and spectacularly beautiful Sunday lunch wedding. 

            Fall is a drop dead gorgeous season for weddings anywhere in Toronto, but St George’s Golf club is truly something special.  As the leaves begin to turn, Ivy stands out across the turrets and elegant lines of the old building, tall pampas grass turns golden and leads you around the property, and colourful leaves swirl past gabled windows with every gust of wind.  Inside the golf club feels like a castle, and is the perfectly cozy location for a fall wedding, with a spectacular fireplace in the rotunda, and an elegant, classic luncheon room with big windows looking out over the golf course.

            Emma has a deep appreciation of all things art and beauty, and along with Neal, is one of the most stylish people I know.  So, it was no surprise that every detail of their wedding was incredibly beautiful and sophisticated, and created the perfect complimentary contrast to the relaxed lunch reception they held for their closest friends and family.  

            Take a scroll through for infinite bride and groom style inspiration, the cutest furry wedding guests dressed for the occasion, and a lunch reception that will make you re-think your whole wedding timeline!  I love love loved getting to work with Emma and Neal to document their day, and cannot wait to share some of the beauty that came out of it.

Vendors:

Florist: Apricot Flowers
Calligraphy/Stationary: Paula Lee Calligraphy & Sally Choi
Hair: Bridal Hair Collective
Decor: The Day Cor
Decor: Vintage Bash
Dress: Lovers Land
Cheese: The Cheese Boutique
Venue: St George’s Golf and Country Club
Music: The Jazz Collective
Coordinator: All Event Videos
Chuppah: Chuppah.ca 
Ketubah: ketubah.com