Melissa & Javon booked me ages ago for their Fermenting Cellar wedding. It was my first wedding of the season, and a pretty perfect start to 2017. I haven’t shot a Fermenting Cellar wedding in years, and it’s a very striking space when the decor is done well.

I’m actually back in the Distillery District this weekend at Archeo for Emily & Mike’s wedding.

Melissa was beautiful, she wanted romantic photos, and that wasn’t hard with these two. They obviously have a strong connection that is romantic but also based on friendship. I love it when I can see the strong friendship in a couple’s relationship, it makes everything lighter and easier. I worked alongside some awesome vendors, Kristine from LoveKristine events, flowers by Hunt & Gather Floral and videography with Summerfield Flims. I will do a full blog post when I finish editing, which takes a little while.

Now I have a wedding almost every weekend until the end of October and I’m really excited for what’s to come. Every year I have new things I want to focus on, and I have a better idea of how I want to document a wedding. I love candid photos, romantic photos, and I really dislike stiff poses or making everyone go through the same ones regardless of their personality or style.

Tomorrow I’m heading to the Rockwood Conservation Area for an engagement session, I almost typed conversation area, which would have been confusing, haha. I haven’t been there before but it looks like an incredible location. I love going to new locations or places that are a little further away to do something that is a little different. I actually got my license later on in life, so there is still a lot of novelty in driving around, so that is helpful for my job.  My 2017 is full, except for small elopements and photo sessions, and I’m currently booking for 2018.

I’m offering an album promotion at the moment, so get in touch if you’re getting married in 2018!

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Gabrielle + John’s Columbus Event Centre Gallery wedding was so beautiful and the FLOWERS were simply amazing. I am a flower lover, in case you didn’t know – they are maybe one of my favourite things to take photos of, besides people.

Flowers were put together by Tellie who was with Coriander Girl at the time and is now Hunt & Gather Floral. Both are amazing florists if you are still looking.

Gabrielle is best friends with one of my former brides, Laura and it was so nice to reconnect with her as a bridesmaid. I have shot at the Columbus Event Centre before, but never in the gallery space, it is modern and intimate and we still got to use the dreamy courtyard of the main event space.

Gabrielle + John had their ceremony at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church – there was this incredible sunbeam that passed over them during the ceremony and it was so dramatic and beautiful. They had traditional Filipino elements in their ceremony with the cord and the veil, and the veil looked amazing illuminated by the beams of light.

John is a very soft spoken person, but he radiates genuine kindness and connection, and you can see his devotion to Gabrielle. They are a couple that balances each other, and they are also going to be new parents soon! So exciting.

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I love this photo from Natalie and Brandon’s Niagara on the Lake wedding.

One thing I enjoy about the winter is that I get a chance to look over my work again as I wrap things up from the following season. It gives me a chance to look through photos with fresh eyes and there are always a few photos that didn’t stand out to me the first time that I really love later; like this summery photo of Natalie + Brandon enjoying the orchards at the end of their photo session. That is one reason I love Niagara on the Lake – orchards AND vineyards. Creative portrait time is one my favourite parts of a wedding day, it’s a chance for a couple to just connect and have fun together.

I have another fantastic wedding to share this week, I’m just wrapping up the finishing touches now. Trying to blog as much as I can now since I fall seriously behind in the summer!

My 2017 is basically full, and my 2018 is starting to fill up with some dates. If you’re getting married in 2018 please get in touch 🙂

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Today I’m blogging Aliya and Mat’s winter cottage engagement session. These two were so cute, three actually; their new puppy Ozzy tagged along for a lot of the shoot. We also have a golden doodle, and I can’t believe he was that young and cute when we first got him – also nippy! That part of puppyhood I don’t miss. Now our guy is gigantic ball of energy.

We took Mat + Aliya’s photos up in the Algonquin Highlands, up around Minden where Mat’s parents have a cottage. I got to meet the whole family – which was a nice surprise, and they gave me delicious hot chocolate mid-session when we went to warm up. We took photos around the property and out on the frozen lake at the end. I’m always nervous being out on the frozen ice, I know it’s safe, but I can’t help but picture myself falling through the ice.

It was a beautiful day when we went out to shoot – sunny and fresh snow. Aside from the frozen camera hands, shooting in the snow is amazing. Aliya and Mat are clearly so in love, and very affectionate with each other. I love working with couples when it’s easy to see their connection.

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I just found out that Mary + Blake’s Spadina House wedding will be featured in the upcoming issue of WeddingBells magazine! Lots of exciting features coming up actually, and I’m still catching up on blogging too. You can see the full blog feature from their wedding on my site here.

Even though it is snowing outside today, I can feel that wedding season is getting closer. I have one or two dates left for 2017 and then that’s it for my availability until 2018. Very excited for 2017, I have some amazing clients and weddings coming up.

I can’t believe we have another snowstorm to endure before spring arrives. 🙁 I’m pretty excited to plant my iceland poppy seeds early this year, last year I started them too late and they didn’t make it to bloom for me.  The only thing I will miss about winter is Eve’s adorable (floral!) snowsuit, it’s one of the cutest things and she will definitely be too big to wear it next year. Why do kids have to grow so fast?

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