Grandma Lambes Apple Orchard Wedding

Grandma Lambes Apple Orchard Wedding

Nothing beats a wedding in an apple orchard in the fall.  Especially one as charming as Grandma Lambes in Meaford, Ontario. Come for the apple picking, stay for a wedding! (And I do have to say, I may have picked an apple or two and they were DELISH!)

Kortright Centre Engagement Session | Lauren and Mark

Kortright Centre Engagement Session | Lauren and Mark

She is a yoga instructor. He is a fireman. He took her yoga classes and did so well she finally fell in love with him. Now they are getting married!

Check out their engagement session at Kortright Centre in Kleinburg Ontario

Tottenham Outdoor Wedding | Caleigh and Gavin

Tottenham Outdoor Wedding | Caleigh and Gavin

A few years ago I had the honour of photographing the wedding of Emilie and Chris, the sweetest young couple I have ever met! They had an intimate wedding in Emilie’s backyard and I had such a blast getting to know their friends and families.

Fast forward to this year when Emilie’s sister, Caleigh asked me to photographing her engagement and wedding to Gavin. Of course! Nothing beats a referral from a past couple. It is the ultimate compliment.

Elora Mill Wedding | Julia and Brendan

Elora Mill Wedding | Julia and Brendan

I was super pumped to shoot at the new Elora Mill! Pearl Weddings and Events took over and transformed an old run-down mill into an outdoor ceremony space, and have several sized rooms for the reception. You need to get shuttled as one location is across the river, so that is pretty neat, however they are building a walking bridge so soon you can walk back and forth and take in the views of the waterfalls and Elora Gorge as you do! Pretty cool! I love when old meets new! Julia is from Australia and Brendan from Canada so I got to enjoy those great Aussie accents all day!

Mother's Day at the Nest | Mint Room Studios Toronto

Mother's Day at the Nest | Mint Room Studios Toronto

I spent a morning at Mint Room Studios in Toronto with a whole bunch of Mamas and babes. It was such a lovely day, and I loved shooting in their new styled room, THe Nest. The room is greys and whites, and filled with adorable children’s props - which acted as both helpful and a distraction, as most props do with kids!

This is Kathleen | Wellness Brand Photography

This is Kathleen |  Wellness Brand Photography

Kathleen is a wellness advocate, a free spirit, a giver of acceptance, love and guidance. Her blog, Naturally 40, offers so much in the way of nutrition, spirituality, yoga, mindset and more. Every week I find myself logging in to see what new recipe I can try, or how to just be inspired.

Hey you! Stop ghosting your wedding vendors!

Hey you! Stop ghosting your wedding vendors!

Ghosting is a newish term originally referring to the online dating world, when you would be talking with someone and out of nowhere they just stop returning your calls or texts and disappear (or "ghost" if you will)

And now this trend is being seen in businesses around the world and everywhere in turn I read posts by vendors who are getting very offended or upset by this phenomenon. 

So, can we go back to old fashioned manners and politeness?

Guelph Engagement Session with Puppies! | Christina and John

Guelph Engagement Session with Puppies! | Christina and John

Christina and Jonathan asked me to photograph their summer 2019 wedding in Guelph and I know it’s going to be beautiful.

But first, we hung out in the snow with their little pups - aren’t they the cutest?

After, we headed to William’s Coffeehouse in Guelph to warm up.

Toronto City Wedding | Rosehill Lounge | Alanna and Jonathan

Toronto City Wedding | Rosehill Lounge | Alanna and Jonathan

Alanna and Jonathan got married in Ireland (I wish i was there!) but afterward got to dress up again for a fun Toronto reception with friends and family! We met at their favourite Toronto coffee shop, Roosters, for a quick snack, then headed to a local pub for drinks with friends all before heading to the Rosehill Lounge for a really fun reception! 

Dashwood Garden Autumn Wedding | Christina & Edward

Dashwood Garden Autumn Wedding | Christina & Edward

It is not often that I take a million portraits on a wedding day. Yes, we take some, but the focus is usually on the story, the love, the emotion, the real moments of the day.

However, when you have some fun light to play with, and a GORGEOUS bride like Christina who is just so quirky and fun and photogenic, well…you take a million more portraits than normal.

Perfect and Fun Gifts for your Wedding Party

Perfect and Fun Gifts for your Wedding Party

When it comes to thanking your bridal party, there are endless routes you can take. You can go the sentimental, practical, or completely out of the box. One fun avenue to think about is gifting your bridal party presents that can be used the day of the wedding. Your wedding day is the start of the rest of your life, but on flip side, it’s the end of a long commitment from your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Thea | Forks of the Credit Fall Family Photos

Thea | Forks of the Credit Fall Family Photos

You would never know that they were all Freeeeezing cold in these photos - it looks like a beautiful fall day, perfect for a hike around the Forks of the Credit Conservation area in Caledon!

Black and Gold and Glam Halloween Wedding

Black and Gold and Glam Halloween Wedding

“I had a vision for an “outside the box” styled wedding shoot. I wanted to do something different than the usual – greenery, pretty, pastels and more. (Not that I don’t love those too!). Seeing as Halloween was just around the corner I contacted a group of local vendors about doing a dark and mysterious Halloween type wedding. The goal was to create a vision that could actually be a real wedding, so that if engaged couples were to view the styled shoot they could vision themselves having a Halloween wedding. The other goal was to keep it elegant, and not too “themey”.

Why you should get married at Adamo Estate Winery at hockley valley

Why you should get married at Adamo Estate Winery at hockley valley

If you are looking for a gorgeous wedding venue in Ontario, with delicious food and drink, that gives the feel of a mini-holiday for your guests, look no further!

Samantha and Eric had an intimate beautiful (and windy) July wedding at the winery and the photos are beautiful!

When is the Best Time of Day for Beach Engagement Photography? | Collingwood Beach Engagement | Katie and Damir

When is the Best Time of Day for Beach Engagement Photography? | Collingwood Beach Engagement | Katie and Damir

Engagement sessions on the beach are always wonderful for light, and the best time to do them is either early morning as the sun is rising, or later in the evening just before "golden hour". Golden hour is a term that refers to the hour before sunset, when the sun is low and the shadows scarce, which creates beautiful dream light for portrait photography.

The First Look and Why You Should do One! | Alliston Wedding Photographer

I will be honest, only three years ago I had never even heard of a "First Look"! And now they are happening at most of the weddings I photograph!  Whether or not to do a First Look is your choice, your personal preference.  Some more traditional Brides prefer that first look to be when they walk down the aisle - all eyes on them, and her eyes only on her Groom.  Other couples prefer to take a moment before the ceremony to see one another, in private, without the guests watching. Whatever your preference, I love photographing that moment but I just wanted to share some examples and reason why I really love shooting First Looks!

Reason #1 - Intimacy.  Couples get a chance to see one another for the first time without the guests, friends and family watching. For some Brides this is ideal as they often spend that moment walking down the aisle worrying about tripping, looking at the guests, checking out the decor to make sure its correct, and so much more! They forget to enjoy the moment.  Then, when you get to the altar, the ceremony begins and you and your spouse do not get a chance to communicate.  My one rule (yes I have a First Look "rule"), is that no guest may be around when we do First Looks. No one. This is YOUR moment, your time, enjoy it!  You don't want the moment ruined by Aunt Matilda and her ipad camera in your face!
Then after I snap a few shots I will disappear for 5-10 minutes for you to talk and whisper sweet nothings to one another...your time.

firstlook
first look bride and groom

Reason #2 - Time!  As a photographer, the First Look makes my day! Why? Well, after the couple finish their moment we will go out and do all the formal shots of the couple, then gather the wedding party for some fun wedding party images, and then usually finish all the posed family shots - ALL BEFORE THE CEREMONY!!
 Why is this so amazing? Well, you can enjoy your ceremony and then move right into your party without having your guest wait around for hours while you take photos!  Its a win-win for me, the couple, and the guests! 

However...I do usually like to take the newly married couple aside for a few more shots together because now they will have that freshly married glow! 

toronto first look

Now what about that moment you walk down the aisle?  Does having a First Look take away from that moment?

I say NO! Its almost like you get two special moments now!  Walking down the aisle still feels special because now you are seeing one another for the first time in front of your friends and family,  many of which do not even know you already saw one another!  And you know that this is the real thing - the moment you have been waiting for your whole life, knowing that once you get down that aisle in a few short minutes you will be married to your true love!! It has a whole different feeling than the first look before the ceremony because now its really happening!

wedding shot alongside  Carolyn Bentum Photography

wedding shot alongside Carolyn Bentum Photography

So, my future couples - whatever you decide to do is your choice and I love them both!  Hopefully this little post will give you some insight as to why many choose to do a First Look. I cannot wait to capture your moment, however that moment unfolds ♥