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.  

Kendra & Jeff: A Waterfront Wedding at The J.W. Marriott Rosseau, Muskoka

Kendra and Jeff set out to plan a wedding day that would first and foremost be a tonne of fun!  Living in California, they managed to plan a destination wedding close to their families at the J.W. Marriott Rosseau Resort in Muskoka, one of my favourite wedding destinations.  It’s the perfect location for an active, outdoorsy, and relaxed couple to really enjoy their wedding day.   From the first skype call we had together when I learned that Jeff had proposed on top of a mountain while on a ski trip, down to delivering their final gallery of photographs, I knew that Kendra and Jeff were my kind of couple.  When I hit send on their final gallery they immediately emailed me back saying, ‘we’re on our way out for a backcountry camping trip this week, but are looking forward to looking at them when we’re back!’.  Too. Perfect.

            They had the most beautiful, sunny, August summer day, with warm weather, a clear view over Lake Rosseau from their ceremony location, the most picturesque garden party cocktail hour, and glowing sunset photographs down on the dock to end the evening. 

            Along with the talented Holly from ‘Holly Matrimony’, they planned gorgeous details like a polaroid canoe for their guests to capture memories and decorate, a ceremony arch and view that was absolutely jaw dropping, and invitations with soft watercolour scenes from Muskoka that suited them perfectly.  Kendra chose an elegant off the shoulder lace gown, and her bridesmaids looked stunning in mismatched blush toned dresses, while the guys rocked glacier goggles from their bachelor adventure trip during our portraits. 

            As always though, the treasured moments of any wedding day are the little interactions and meaningful words and gestures that are scattered through out the day.  Like their family members cheering them on in the background of their first look, Kendra laughing her way through the entire day, their close friend presiding over the ceremony and reading a passage from the Alchemist, and the massive amounts of excitement in their expressions as their signed their marriage license and skipped back up the aisle between falling flower petals.  Kendra and Jeff’s wedding day was filled with these little moments, and I can’t wait for you to scroll through and see them all!

Vendors:
Planning: Holly Matrimony
DJ: Total Entertainment
Officiant: Humanist Officiants, Julie Rose
Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Musician: Classic String Quartet
Videographer:  Dave Tebutt Videography
Florist: Seasons in the Country
Signage:  Cabin Calligraphy
Décor:  Pure Elegance
Stationery: Paper and Poste
Hair Stylist:  Allison Kam
Make-up Artist:  Robert Weir Beauty

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.

A Dockside Engagement in Muskoka

Can we take a moment to talk about how fantastic it is getting to photograph weddings and engagements in Muskoka?!  There’s something so lovely and intimate about being invited to my couples’ cottages, and getting to document them spending time in a place where they love hanging out together.  It always makes for the most fun, relaxed, and outdoorsy engagement shoots, and I jump at any opportunity to photograph couples in cottage country!

I met Jenny and Nate on a warm, sunny summer day in July, and in classic Canadian cottager style, they were immediately warm and welcoming as soon as I rolled up.  They introduced me to some family, then we grabbed a few drinks and headed up to the top of the boathouse to relax and chat for a while before starting our session. 

We spent the next few hours relaxing, photographing, and spending time doing all the things they love to do together during a weekend at the cottage.  We enjoyed beers on the boathouse roof, took Nate’s fishing boat out for a spin around the lake, basked in the gorgeous sunset light falling across the water, and finished by taking a jump off the boat house roof and swimming in the lake as the sun sank below the horizon.

I wish I could always convince couples to go for a swim during their engagement session, and I’m already so stoked for the next round of cottage photographs to begin again next summer!

Xo
-c

Beth & Alex: A Sunny Engagement Shoot at their Georgian Bay Island Cottage

We spent an afternoon enjoying the warm summer breeze at Beth and Alex’s private family cottage on an island in Honey Harbour.

I first met Beth and Alex after work at Rooster Coffee in downtown Toronto, and instantly knew I wanted to work with them as soon as we started chatting dogs and cottages.  They have a friendly, laid back, Canadian-cottager vibe that carried through to all aspects of their relaxed and fun-loving engagement and wedding.   Alex is an avid outdoorsman, and Beth nurtures a secret talent for woodworking, learned from her grandfather and honed during summers at the cottage.  I could talk camping trips for hours, and am instantly awed by anyone with creative talent, so I couldn’t wait to spend time with these two over the course of our working together!

They invited me up to their family cottage to take their engagement photographs, tucked away in the islands of Honey Harbour. On a hot and sunny summer day, I was picked up in a little tin fishing boat at the nearby marina to start the afternoon. We cruised through sparkling waterways, past classic Canadian shield islands dotting the waters of Georgian Bay to reach their cottage. The family home was perched on top of a rocky island, and came complete with a welcoming crew of family and dogs.  These two clearly come by their friendly, happy natures honestly, how could you not when coming home to the cottage means being greeted on the dock by dogs, beer, and cookies!

I always ask couples to incorporate activities they love or places that are important to them into the engagement session, and Beth and Alex knocked it out of the park planning this shoot!  We started off across the island, fishing rods and beer in hand, heading to their favourite watering hole overlooking Giants Tomb across the bay.  The fish weren’t biting, but their pup, Brodie was happily occupied swimming after each cast, trying to catch the bait himself.  They enjoyed beers on the rocks, toes splashing in the warm water, took the tin boat out for a cruise, and finished by hiking through the island to a small wooden platform in the woods, furnished with Muskoka chairs, with a view over the bay.  This is where Alex proposed to Beth, surrounded by tea lights in wooden candle holders she had made that summer, smelling like pine trees, and with a view over the most meaningful place in the world to them. It’s so much fun to visit the spot where a couple got engaged and spend some time reminiscing together!

We had the best time taking their engagement photographs together, and I can’t wait to show you details from their relaxed and heartfelt wedding I photographed in Toronto this summer!l

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Abby & Matt: A Modern Rooftop Wedding at Toronto's Lavelle Restaurant

A Modern Toronto Rooftop Wedding with the Perfect Classic Touch 

Abby and Matt were married at Lavelle Restaurant.  Perched on top of the city, with long elegant swimming pools, and bright blue cabanas lining the deck, this new wedding venue restaurant has 360 degree views of Toronto, and you can see the CN tower from almost any angle.  The food is fantastic, the décor is so much fun to photograph, and the mixed indoor/outdoor space is perfect for summer weddings!  Abby and Matt thought the restaurant suited them perfectly on their hunt for a great wedding venue, so theirs was the first wedding ever held up on this gorgeous rooftop. I’m so excited to see what other events are hosted here in the future!  I also can’t wait for you to see some of the sunset photographs we took together from the rooftop. The sky turned a beautiful salmon colour all around, lights began to come on across the city, and the CN tower stood tall the background.  Toronto has the best rooftops for sunset photographs!

Working with an awesome new Toronto event planning team, ‘Riley and Dallas’, Abby and Matt created the perfectly stylish and fashionable Toronto urban wedding.  The trendy and modern décor of the venue (picture Miami beach meets Toronto skyline) contrasted perfectly with the more classic and elegant wedding touches they added, including classic white and green floral arrangements that spiralled up the pillars of the chuppah, and long harvest tables decorated with fluffy floral centerpieces and calligraphy cards.  They had both a modern dancefloor made of clear plexiglass covering one of the pools (awesome), and a nostalgic vintage cake topper that made it’s first appearance at their grandparents’ wedding! They truly spanned the best of both worlds designing a wedding that was so perfectly classic and modern at the same time.

The venue normally operates as a restaurant, so the food was spectacular, arriving on loaded family-style sharing platters as the sun set over the city, turning everything in the restaurant to gold.  Champagne flowed all through the evening, and Abby and Matt were the perfect hosts, visiting tables and making sure that, above all else, everyone was having a great time.

Personally, my favourite moment of the day was their first look.  I can’t wait for you to see the incredible excitement on both of their faces getting to see one another!  Their happy, wiggly, doodle puppy arrived shortly after to join the photographs, and was just as excited as they were about his own furry first look. 

The amount of individual style included in this wedding is inspiring.  Take a scroll through to see Abby’s gorgeous long gown, and the pop of red incorporated into the groomsmen’s shoes and jackets, reminiscent of something straight out of a film noire cast.  I could have spent twice as long taking photographs of their fashionable guests just to remember all the amazing outfits!

Truly though, as you scroll through this gallery you’ll be struck by only one thing, the immense happiness of Abby and Matt to be together.  From their joyful first look moment, to a beautiful Jewish ceremony under a windswept chuppah where they both couldn’t stop smiling, to the dance floor at the end of the night where they danced the night away under a gorgeous cityscape lit up all across the horizon, these two are perfectly and joyously happy. Plus, their cake cutting photographs are some of my favorite yet, they had so much fun with this iconic wedding day moment!

Shout out to the awesome vendors who worked on creating this wedding together!

Planners: Riley & Dallas
Flowers: Fuscia Designs
Table & chair rentals: Gervais Rentals
Linens: Simply Beautiful Décor
Photo booth: MiMir photo
Veil: Jeffrey Bridal by Merike
Acoustic music: Jesse Gold
DJ: BelloSound
Plexi glass pool cover flooring: EventSing

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