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

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.

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

Alicja & Grant Get Married - A Downtown Toronto Berkeley Wedding

Alicja and Grant were high school sweethearts.  Full stop.  Let’s bask in the cuteness already.  Truly though, these two are so freeking sweet, absolutely stunning together, and have the best taste in food and desserts.  I knew we would be perfect working together when they wanted to have our first meeting at Ricarda’s, if you don’t know yet, good food steals my heart and seals the deal.  Next up, for their engagement session, they continued with the theme of amazing food in downtown Toronto, and planned to visit the St Laurence market for a picnic and some great coffee.  Finally, it came out at their wedding that the dream is to open a specialty donut shop together in Toronto one day.  Guys, I’ll be the first one there when you do it!

Aside from the food though, Alicja and Grant envisioned a beautiful, summery, outdoor wedding at the Berkley Fieldhouse in downtown Toronto, and pulled it off beautifully despite temperatures in the city hitting record highs that day.  They got ready at The Grand Hotel, and while Alicja put the finishing touches on her blush coloured bridal look (you’re going to fall in LOVE with her dress) the guys headed up to the rooftop for their first look overlooking the Toronto skyline.  I have to pause here and send a major shout out to the guys, who ended up getting trapped on the roof in the sweltering heat, because the elevator broke down as we headed up to their first look.  By the time we made it to the rooftop, the groom and groomsmen had been boiling up there for way too long, but were still game to pose for some wedding party photographs with smiles on their faces.  You.guys.rock.

The rest of the day was filled with so many happy tears, chilled Moscow mules to temper the heat, a live band entertaining the guests, and a sweet ukulele performance by the maid of honour that melted all of us into puddles of emotion.  The sunset light streamed in though the big windows of the Berkley Fieldhouse while guests happily enjoyed their air conditioned dinner, and the evening finished by finally heading back outside for their first dances after the temperatures had cooled down. 

Alicja and Grant, you two are so endlessly sweet together, have the best taste in food, and are some of the most relaxed, easygoing, and happy people I have had the joy of working with.  Thank you for being so wonderful.

Xo

-c

Vendors:

Planning: Claudia Cole Events
Officiant: Aleksandar Rajak
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Berkeley Field House
Hair & Makeup: The Beauty Movement
DJ: Imperial Sound DJ Service
Ceremony and Reception Entertainment: Intentions Band
Décor: Hello Midge
Florals : Wild North
Guest Favours: Delysees

Samantha and Farhan’s Colourful, Magical, Engagement Session at U of T

I met Samantha & Farhan for their engagement shoot on the University of Toronto campus. As the sun was setting over the city we set out through the iconic stone buildings and arches, finding pockets of greenery and beautiful light to shoot in.  There’s magic that surrounds these two.  Real-life, Hollywood-love-story, magic.  To sum them up, when I asked them to strike up a little dance during their engagement session I was expecting to photograph an little bit of ‘embrace and sway’ type dancing, but they DANCED.  I’m talking breaking into a spontaneous ballroom dancing number with dips, spins, lifts, the whole nine yards.  Samantha’s elegant skirt swirled out around her, Farhan was the picture of chivalry with one hand on his lapel and sharp Fred Astaire style moves, and I had to stop taking photographs to pick my jaw up off the ground and stare.

            Needless to say, I was loathe to put down my camera and say goodbye by the time the sun went down. This shoot left me absolutely itching to photograph them again soon at their three day Indian wedding in the country!  I can’t wait to share photographs from their big event soon, but in the meantime take a scroll through, marvel at their amazing outfits, and join me in wishing that my own life also unfolded in perfect, on-command, musical-worthy moments like these two.

            Thanks for being so amazing and unique you guys! xo 

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!   

Vendors:
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