MELISSA & JOHN
Food, friends, and family; it's not just the makings of a great wedding, but also of a great life. And if their wedding is any indication, Melissa and John are in for a FULL life!
One thing that was clear while photographing their wedding, is the size and strength of their community. I think we had more photos of friend groups than we did family groups! There elementary school friends, first job friends, college friends, badminton friends....I was amazed with how many relationships they've built and maintained.
Between their tea ceremony and their wedding reception, we even had the chance to pop down to Kim's Convenience - yes, the real one! Now a hit show from CBC, and a favourite of John and Melissa's, the historical real life Kim's Convenience was just a block from their wedding.
"Ok See You!"
VENUE: 1871 THE BERKLEY CHURCH
WEDDING DRESS: PAPILO BOUTIQUE
HAIR & MAKEUP: EMMA Q BRIDAL
BRIDESMAIDS' ATTIRE: DAVID'S BRIDAL
GROOM'S ATTIRE: SOOTZ CUSTOM
FLORALS: DIY BY THE BRIDE
CUPCAKES AND DESSERT TABLE: TORI'S BAKESHOP
CATERING: BERKLEY CHURCH
WEDDING PLANNER: SS WEDDING EVENT, SUSAM ZENG
DJ: DJ ADAM JOHN
PHOTOBOOTH: RE LIVE PHOTOBOOTH
VIDEOGRAPHY: NEM TRBOJEVIC
SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER: SHLOMI AMIGA
LAUREN & AARON
Picture your dream wedding...seaside. A bright blue sky, and everyone you love sipping drinks on a patio while watching the sky change colours. The wedding is full of soft colours, big flowers, and a lot of emotions.
But then there's a party. A heck of a party. Sumptuous food, and a band soooo good that you skip your first dance so that everyone can dance more. The party is so good that it's long since dark before you remember there's a cake to cut. There are people dancing inside, and having intimate conversations on the patio. There are definitely people who've wandered down to the ocean, and everywhere you look someone is carrying a bottle of Prosecco.
This was Lauren and Aaron's wedding. It didn't hurt that these two have more style than anyone I've met! Everything they chose from their garments to their dishes made me gush.
The first thing I remember walking in was how close they are with their friends. They love them fiercely, and have clearly built a whole another circle of family from them. But then there's their families...kind, funny, and the most loving. The wedding took place in Chester at The Captain's House, which has a lot of history for Lauren's family. There wasn't a single person I met during my time with them that wasn't jubilant, hilarious, and ready with a story:)
My favourite part of the weekend was brunch the next day. Seeing everyone wander out in jeans and hoodies, sleepy-eyed as they caught up and exchanged stories. not quite ready to say goodbye....
Lauren and Aaron, thank you so much for allowing me to capture your weekend!
BILL & LIZ AT THE GLADSTONE
The Gladstone has long been one of my favourite haunts for brunch, jazz, trivia... and now for weddings. Another example of an amazing intimate venue downtown, The Gladstone Hotel also features bespoke rooms and acts as a rotating art gallery, making it the perfect location for a funky downtown wedding.
Bill and LIz eschewed a sit down dinner in favour of samplings from the venue's abundant menu, and opted for a band to bring everyone onto the dance floor. And the hilarious waving from Bill and his family? It's a tradition:) It's your wedding day, so you gotta be you!
VENUE AND FOOD: THE GLADSTONE HOTEL
WEDDING GOWN: LOVERSLAND
FLORALS: THORN FLORAL
HAIR: VERONICA GABALDO
MAKEUP: HASSAN HAQUE
As couples goals change to suit their tastes, I'm noticing more and more small personal weddings. Restaurants, art galleries, and yes.... city hall! For some people it's to keep their day small, for others it's due to scheduling or financial goals, but one thing about city hall weddings that doesn't change...the giddiness!
Watching Nika and Nathan meet outside city hall before their vows was the exact same level of excitement, nerves, and tears I see in larger affairs. Because that's what you're here for - to commit your life to the person who makes you giddy.
Plus, living in Toronto affords us a gorgeous skyline!
Congrats Nika and Nathan - I hope every time you walk by City Hall, you get the same feelings as you do from this day:)
SAMANTHA & STEPHEN'S FARM FALL WEDDING
What's better than an outdoor wedding? An outdoor wedding with goats. I know this isn't everyone's bag, but for me it was a dream. In fact, everything about Samantha and Stephen's wedding was thoughtful, local, and meaningful. Their urban florist grows wildflowers in the backyards of Toronto residents, harvesting them for upcoming weddings. Samantha's wedding dress came from The Bride's Project, where the proceeds from wedding dresses go 100% towards cancer charities (a cause close to the couples' hearts).
But mostly I loved the bits of Samantha and Stephen woven throughout their day...from the story of their long distance romance to their love of literature, every detail of their wedding was done with thought and care. If it wasn't meaningful, it wasn't there:)
If you're looking for ideas on how to incorporate quirky romance into your wedding, look no further!
VENUE: SOUTH POND FARMS
WEDDING DRESS: THE BRIDE'S PROJECT
SUIT: TIP TOP TAILORS
MAKE UP ARTIST: KAT CRISP
FLOWERS: MY LUSCIOUS BACKYARD
WEDDING BANDS: AIMEE KENNEDY
ENGAGEMENT RING: MARV CHONY JEWELLERS
OFFICIENT: GEOFF LLOYD
SECOND OFFICIENT: ROB OLSEN
DJ: MATT BLAIR
I walked into Lindsay's hotel room at the Omni Prince Edward, and immediately lay down on the bed and cried for 15 minutes. Luckily, no one was phased or thought I was the most unprofessional. You see, in addition to sharing the same name Lindsay is one of my dearest friends. and I LOVE her and Blair's love. Lindsay's face when she walked down the aisle...ugh.
I also think Lindsay wasn't phased by my crying because she, too, is a crier. and a laugher! One of my FAVOURITE things is her huge, open mouthed laugh. but when she turned for the first time to see herself in her wedding dress, she started to cry. She turned to me and said "I just can't believe I get to have him as my husband."
My favourite moment involving Blair - quiet, thoughtful, kind Blair - was as he sat on the patio with his friends. He's not much of a dancer, but isn't phased that his wife is a dancer. He looked over at the dance floor where Lindsay was tearing it up, smiled and said quietyl (and fondly) "She's never not dancing."
FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT THIS WEDDING
- Lindsay had so many close friends, she simply opted not to have bridesmaids:) Instead, she invited all her closest buds to join her in the hotel room before the wedding, once they were ready. They laughed, cried, drank champagne, and ate this amazing nacho-platter-cheese thing they simply call 'snack.'
- If you look closely, you'll see an assortment of gorgeous, colourful, napkins on their tables at La Maquette. They were all handmaid by Blair's mom:)
- Lindsay and Blair lied about the time their wedding started! They asked guests to arrive a half hour before the real start to their ceremony. This allowed everyone a chance to say hello, grab a drink, and settle in. It was the most relaxed and giddy I've ever seen guests.
- Their first kiss was so intense it broke on of the straps on Lindsay's wedding dress:)
Lindsay and Blair, I love your love!
VENUE: LA MAQUETTE
WEDDING DRESS: FERRE SPOSA, MIKAELLA BY PALOMA BLANCA
GROOM'S TUX: SUIT SUPPLY
SHOES: RACHEL SIMPSON (HERS), HUGO BOSS (HIS)
FLORAL DESIGN: LEAF AND BLOOM
INVITATIONS AND SEATING CHART: ALICIA'S INFINITY
MAKE UP: ASHLEY READINGS
HAIR: MEGAN MILES, FRIEND OF THE BRIDE
MELISSA + JOHN
Spending am evening in the distillery with these two was the most fun! As one of the most popular destinations for photography in Toronto, I'm sometimes hesitant to visit the distillery; the potential for crowds, or half a dozen weddings (or a dozen creative shoots!) can make it a challenge to find space and creativity. But not with Melissa and John:)
We hit up GW General, quite possibly the best antique store I've ever been to. Stunning vintage light fixtures and decor clutter the shelves, but you can also find custom wooden furniture, hand knit socks, and pretty much everything I want to fill my house with. We poked through old books, I listed after tea pots, and John sat down to play a tune on an aging piano 9and he is phenomenal).
Melissa's vintage dress (a lady after my own heart!) and stunning blue engagement ring was the perfect compliment to an evening spent travelling back in time:)
Congrats Melissa and John, can't wait to celebrate with both of you!
NOREEN + BRIAN + RIGBY
It may be no surprise that I love dogs, but Dachshunds have a special place in my heart. They rarely love me as much as I love them, but I'm okay with that.
But it was still a pleasure to spend the evening in Hamilton with little Rigby, and his fabulous mom and dad Noreen and Brian. We went to their favourite spot for walks, and then ditched the dog to grab dinner and drinks at Brux House - conveniently, the same place they had their first date!
Noreen raved about their pretzels (she was right), and their beer list alone was worth the visit. But my favourite thing was watching these two giggle like teenagers - both of their smiles are extra big when they're around each other, and they don't need to even say anything to one another- it only takes a look to get them beaming.
I can't wait for their wedding (which is today!) There won't be any dogs, but with a couple this fun it doesn't matter!
Happy wedding day to these two world travellers!
I'm so excited to photograph Tiffany and Tom's wedding. These two jet setters spent our whole afternoon icebreaker shoot giggling, and planning for their next big adventure:)
Can't wait to share their wedding photos!
STEPH & ASH
Oh hi, I've found my new favourite type of wedding to photograph - a road-trip wedding!
I knew from first speaking with Steph that her and Ash's wedding would be something special:) Steph was calm, collected, and very sweet and she talked about their plans. A ceremony and fun party at Healy farms. Their dogs would be there, which is always a selling point for me:)
Then I met Ash - the complete opposite. Boisterous, excited, and always laughing. But the best part was watching these two together - how Steph relaxes and laughs all the time around Ash, and how Ash becomes calm and chills out in Steph's presence. These two are perfect for each other.
After getting ready together in Halifax, we loaded into two cars with way too much champagne for a photography road-trip to their ceremony in The Valley. We spent hours visiting the ocean, cornfields, a gas station, and generally just having an amazing Nova Scotian time. If anyone ever wants a suggestion for photos, that's mine - grab your photographers, and hit the road!
The pure love and emotions of these two as they walked towards each other during their ceremony....ugh, not a dry eye in the house. This is what finding the right one looks like. After exchanging vows under a huge oak tree, Steph and Ash popped some champagne, played some games, and then moved everything into the barn for one hell of a party. Party highlights included:
- Ash tending bar quite *ahem* enthusiastically (photos below)
- Ash setting off a confetti cannon inside (photos below)
- Ash dancing so hard she split her pants (sorry, no photos) and exchanging pants with the videographer
But the things I remember most are the words from their friends and family: how their home has become a home for so many; their epic brunches; their endearing and reliable friendship. They haven't just made a marriage, they've made a community.
And I wanna attend a brunch:)
Photos by myself and amazing second photographer Jeannette Gallant.
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CEREMONY AND RECEPTION: HEALY EVENTS
WEDDING DRESS: CHESTER AND FELICITY
SHOES: SAM EDELMAN
HAIR: DIME SALON
MAKEUP: DIME SALON
BRIDE'S SUIT: RAG & BONE
OFFICIANT: ROBERT COSTELO