While I did call this post, Honsberger Winery Wedding, I would like to have called it,  “wedding ponytail for the win!” – because Larissa’s late night wedding ponytail looked amazing. Larissa’s dress was also amazing, but more posts are coming for that later. This wedding was just beautiful, they are the loveliest people, I knew I wanted to work with them the minute we sat down for our first coffee.

Honsberger Winery is a pretty epic wedding venue, I have shot at several niagara wineries at this point, and it’s one of the most beautiful, it has beautiful grounds and a very open feel.

I’m sharing a few black and white photos here, because sometimes it just looks so good. I find people either love black and white, or they are pretty indifferent – fortunately Larissa + Kevin marked that they love it on their form 🙂 I love the sweet hand squeeze as they two of them walk down the row of vines together. It’s amazing how we can show connection between two people even when we can’t see faces.

This was my second Niagara wedding so far this season, the first one the week before was at the Riverbend Inn, which was so charming. I have lots to share from that wedding too, and I promise I will get around to it, and I’m back at Kurtz Orchards in October. I’m in the thick of editing at the moment, so many engagement sessions and weddings to get through. I started out strong but the work keeps coming in, and I have a crazy two year old taking up the rest of the daylight hours. She is so cute, and super chatty.

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Honsberger Winery Wedding

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This is my favourite sparkler wedding photo from Candice + Tony’s Steamwhistle wedding last weekend.  There are so many great ones, but I am just desperate to post something on my poor neglected blog. I had the busiest week last week, so many weddings, a private ceremony and a family photo session.  I can’t believe how quickly the summer is whipping by, and that August is right around the corner.

A good sparkler wedding photo takes some planning, the right sparklers, and group coordination so that they are all lit at the same time.  It also helped to have Jason from the Food Dudes yelling instructions for me. Candice and Tony are just lovely relaxed people, and I really enjoyed everything about their wedding. This photo is full of so many happy friends, which I love. It’s pretty great too, you put a sparkler in people’s hands and suddenly there are no phones in the photo. I need to remember this trick 🙂

I will try and get a few posts up this week, though I am told by SEO marketing experts I’m supposed to post consistently, clearly none of them have ever worked as a wedding photographer during the peak of summer haha

I have a pretty great cottage wedding coming up this weekend, and some more fun an relaxed couples lined up for the rest of the year. I have so much work to share already, and as I usually mention, my instagram is a better place to keep up with my work at the moment.

Wishing everyone an amazing summer so far, if you are a unique and relaxed couple getting married next year, please reach out! I still have some availability for 2018.

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Last weekend I shot two beautiful weddings, Saturday I was at a new venue, Shanandoah Farms in Clifford, ON, and it was SO beautiful and Sunday an equally lovely wedding at the Doctor’s House. I’m already falling behind on blogging after a great start to my 2017 wedding season and I already have so much to share. I am better with my instagram, so feel free to pop over there and see what I’ve been shooting this year so far.

Cynthia + Andrew were married at Shanandoah Farms, they are both from Kincardine, so it wasn’t too far to travel for them. I love a barn wedding and being out in the country for a day, and Shanandoah Farms has everything you want in a barn property – the fields, an old barn, beautiful ceremony site and pretty grounds.  The day was mostly sunny until we had some intense rain during the reception, followed by a brief but perfect rainbow, glad we stepped out to catch a few shots with it.

Cynthia + Andrew have been together so long already, and they are still so young. It’s really special when people meet so early in life and know they are with the right person already.

I also received a copy of the spread for Mary + Blake’s wedding spread in Weddingbells magazine! It looks so beautiful and I can’t wait to see it in print in the upcoming edition.

My 2018 is filling up quickly, so reach out if you think we would be a good fit. Ok, back to editing! So much editing.

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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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