Fans of winter weddings, Kayla + Jamie were happy to be able to have their November wedding at Stonefields Estate in the year-round Ceremony House. Even with a November date and the unpredictable weather that can sometimes come with the season, the sun was shining and the skies were azure for Kayla + Jamie on their wedding day - a perfect fit for their warm, excited hearts. Kayla was sweet in her With Love Bridal gown with shimmering underlay that caught the light with her every movement. Her bridesmaids were resplendent in rose gold sequins, rose gold being the running theme of the day, start to finish. An amazing bridal team - Salon 58 Emily Windsor, Lashed Out by Sarah and Alexandria Brows - ensured hair and makeup were absolutely on point. Florals from Riverwood Gardens were the perfect accompaniment to all the gorgeousness. Kayla + Jamie got ready separately but then met up in the afternoon at the Stonefields Guest House to share First Looks and some time alone around the property creating their bridal portraits. We worked alongside Quay Creative for video to make sure every sweet moment was captured. Family and friends joined them later for their sunset ceremony in the Ceremony House, followed by an evening of celebrations in the Stonefields Loft. Congratulations, Kayla + Jamie! You executed a day of which many can be envious!
A December ice storm didn't stop Kathryn + Tim from enjoying their New Year's Eve winter wedding. We planned well in advance for the possibility of uncooperative weather and chose a location that would allow them creative options for both indoor and outdoor photography (thank-you 1000 Islands Village for granting us access to your property one last time before it is officially converted to an international school - how lucky were we??). Kathryn + Tim really didn't want a whole lot of fuss on their wedding day: Partial day coverage allowed Kathryn + Tim to focus on their First Looks, a few key Family Photos and some personal time to create wedding photos that lean towards dark and dramatic - Kathryn + Tim's style of choice - before taking off to officially tie the knot and ring in the New Year with their guests. A nod of thanks is given to Mother Nature for the perfectly-timed snowfall at the end of coverage - don't fear snow and rain, People: it can provide one amazing backdrop for photos! Scroll to the end to see for yourself ...
Robin + Scott's Chateau Laurier wedding was elegant and classy, start to finish. The Prime Minister's Suite was a fitting backdrop for Robin's bridal prep and time spent with her bridesmaids pre-ceremony sipping champagne and sharing laughter. When it was show-time, Robin's sister helped her step into her gown and her girls ensured every last detail was perfect before leading Robin to the Chateau Laurier terrace where Scott was waiting with is groomsmen. The terrace afforded everyone a gorgeous. sunny view of Parliament Hill and the Locks while Robin + Scott exchanged their vows. A few quick photos post ceremony and then Robin + Scott joined their family and friends for a lovely reception in one of the Chateau Laurier's gorgeously appointed ballrooms - elegantly decorated by The Gathering Event Company. Scott's toast to the bride was a genuine reflection of his love for Robin and gained a standing ovation in the house. Congratulations, Robin + Scott - thank-you for giving over your trust to me to capture the elegance of your day.
Venue: Chateau Laurier, Ottawa
Florals, Decor & Day of Coordination: The Gathering Event Company
Hair: Richardson Hair Design
Makeup: 2BU Artistry
We can love our four-legged friends as much - and sometimes more - than our two-legged friends - and, they can definitely become part of our family. Sweet Mavi wrapped herself around Hayley's heart, all the while teaching Hayley about riding and the responsibilities that come with caring for a pony. Learning from each other, the two even made it to the Royal Winter Fair in fall of 2019! Mavi has since moved on to the win the heart of another owner but will always have a special spot in Hayley's.
Weddings at Le Belvedere are always a gorgeous affair, with Milena +Yuki's wedding being no different. Partial day coverage of their wedding gave me a snapshot that their evening celebrations were going to be elegant and glamorous - just like this couple. Milena was absolutely stunning in her Revelle gown, almost bringing Yuki to his knees during their first looks. (Ugly crying has never looked so beautiful and genuine.) Milena + Yuki then stole some moments away to create some keepsake bridal portraits before heading to their ceremony. Their guests were treated with the iconic cliffside ceremony site at Le Belvedere - where views match the beauty of each bride who walks down that aisle. A few chosen words and the popping of champagne later, Milena + Yuki are now Mr. and Mrs. They finished their coverage with key family photos and then joined their guests for the clinking of glasses and well-wishes. Thank-you, Milena + Yuki for entrusting me with the key highlights of your day!
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Venue: Le Belvedere
Photography: Elenora Luberto, J E M M A N | photography
Videography: Matt & Kat Films
Bridal Gown: Revelle Bridal
Groom's Attire: Indocino
Bridal Bouquet, Decor: Floral Reef Designs
Bride's Hair and Makeup: Leslie-Anne Barrett
Bride's Tiara: EDEN LUXE Bridal
... you answer and realize the family is about to change with one leaving the nest. Rebecca and Lincoln have one out the door and another not too far behind, so a family session became a high priority before "adulthood" claimed all their little ones. They laughed, hugged and squeezed one another in their session, hanging on to to each just a little longer than usual. Because, come the fall, this family of 5 will be a party of 4.
What do you get someone who has everything and really just wants time well-spent and memories with loved ones? And what if that person is your parent or parents? Joanne knew the answer for her parents and their 50th wedding anniversary: an extended family photography session. Wrangling family members to show up in one location on one day can sometimes be like herding cats, so Joanne knew it was easier if the location was well-loved and somewhere everyone enjoyed being anyways. The family cottage during overlapping family holidays was the perfect solution. The date was arranged WELL in advance so that schedules could be locked in place; a backup date in the event of rain was also secured so there was no last minute scrambling to find an alternate date. And, at the end of a lovely cottage day full of swimming and snacking, family photos and keepsakes were created in honour of Grandma and Grandpa - which now hang lovingly in each family's home ... and in the cottage of course!
Sarah + Sasha knew they wanted their wedding to be meaningful and intimate, with an ode to their family cultures and traditions. Blending Sasha's Russian heritage and Sarah's family roots, they chose to have their wedding at Sarah's family home in Brockville. On wedding day, Sarah happily greeted her guests dressed in Russian tradition (wearing one of her two gorgeous floral crowns by Colonial Flowers in Brockville) and broke bread (she made!) with her future husband while their family-style meal was being prepared on-site by Victor Dries Curated Events. Then, when it was time, she and her closest family members retired to the bridal suite to dress for the ceremony while guests mingled with cocktails and appetizers. When Sarah emerged in her Powder Bride gown by Lihi Hod and made her way to the ceremony site, she literally made her stoic Russian husband-to-be crumble with emotion. The fathers officiated a ceremony filled with personal details and promise. With their kiss, everyone shared a champagne toast to the couple - the beginning of many toasts to the day, a Russian tradition that kept things flowing into the wee hours of the morning. Their tented reception was an elegant affair, beautifully executed by Victor Dries Curated Events and Colonial Flowers - a treat for both taste buds and the eyes. Sarah and Sasha's wedding day was photographed in primarily documentary style - with little direction or posing. Below are some highlights of the day to enjoy while the couple enjoys their full gallery ...
Even though Brianna's parents are no longer a married couple, they are still a "family" with bonds and connections that cannot be dissolved. Brianna and her siblings knew they could gift their parents "a family session" and that they could trust me to photograph their relationships without discomfort or awkwardness. Brianna brought her siblings together from all over the map - some as far away as the Caymen Virgin Islands - on a pre-arranged date in June (arranged as far back as 6months!) to ensure success. A carefully thought-out shot list made sure we didn't miss a beat and everyone had treasures close to their heart. Brianna - thank-you for continuing to lean on me for those important times in your life when you don't want to risk the outcome! xo
It was destined to be a rainy day at The Mill of Kintail, Kerry + Sean's outdoor ceremony venue of choice, but it made not one iota of difference to these outdoor enthusiasts. Kerry + Sean knew weather could be a risk factor in choosing such a location for their wedding, but they loved The Mill of Kintail Conservation Area regardless as it spoke to their outdoor-loving, wilderness-adventuring hearts for their wedding day. Knowing their love for the outdoors, their guests really weren't surprised that Kerry + Sean didn't choose to move their ceremony indoors when the rain really started to come down and wouldn't let up. Kerry + Sean stayed the course though, grabbed a few umbrellas, saw each other for the first time pre-ceremony and walked the grounds for their creative photos with positive, cheerful attitudes. Perhaps that's the reason why the rain actually stopped long enough for their ceremony, fulfilling their wedding visions without drenching their guests in the process. Julie Keon, Marriage Officiant & Life Cycle Celebrant, officiated a sincere, heartfelt, personalized ceremony for Kerry + Sean that included gifting their two daughters with keepsake lockets that would commemorate the day - something Sean's father did for Sean on his own wedding to Sean's mother. As soon as the "I Do's" were done, Mother Nature gave cause for everyone to dash to their cars and head to Kerry + Sean's Whitewater Brewing Company reception, where Sean is the manager and award-winning master brewer. Not everyone would risk an outdoor wedding in May at The Mill of Kintail, but, if asked, Kerry + Sean would likely tell you it was worth it.
Ceremony Venue: Mill of Kintail Conservation Area
Reception Venue: Whitewater Brewing Company
Gown: Maggie Sottero, Renewed with Love
Bridal Hair: Showpony
Bridal Makeup: Artistry by Jacquie
Florals: Acanthus Flower & Botanicals
Three years ago, Vickie was presented with an a path to merge her holistic health practice with DoTerra. Little did she know at the time that it was going to be an opportunity of a lifetime. Since then, she has grown her team of 400 to over 4500, is expanding globally and is now in the top 1% of DoTerra's elite leaders. This gal knows her stuff, practices what she preaches and is helping people to better health. Her recent home and office Branding and Content Creation session is fresh, bright and compelling - like Vickie. She'll use these new images as she continues to educate and empower her customers and team members.
There wasn't too much down time for Holly and Brady post-wedding: in fact, next morning, the two embarked on their cross-country drive to Alberta, where Brady would begin his first post as a newly graduated RCMP Officer. Knowing this was in their cards, Holly + Brady got down to business, tied the knot, celebrated with family and friends and are now paving their way out West. Holly + Brady will soon have a gorgeous heirloom album in hand and full gallery to share of their Ottawa Police Association and Museum of Nature wedding, but for now, here are a few highlights of their day:
Highlight reels of our latest In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Sessions ...
Take a peek into the cutest yoga studio Smiths Falls ever did see, run by yoga instructor and wellness advocate extraordinare, Emily Dickson. Warm and welcoming, this little studio will meet your every physical, emotional and wellness need. Shop yoga wear, accessories, literature, personal essentials -- sourced locally and responsibly. Most of all, this kind soul will guide you through class yoga, small group yoga and private lessons if you prefer one-on-one. I promise you, one step in here and you'll come back for more. Serendipity Lane feels so good on every level.
When you own and operate a bustling Bed and Breakfast, it only makes sense to have your new headshot and business portraits taken in that environment. Meet businesswoman, entrepreneur, wife, mother and artist, Siobhan, the warm owner and proprietor of 1000 Islands B & B.
The CIBC Wealth Management Team of Advisors in Kanata - led by Les Kom and Jeff van der Maden -- knew they wanted their updated headshots to be friendlier and more welcoming than they had been in the past, but still in line with the level of knowledge and professionalism on which they have built their reputation. We met, discussed a plan, settled on a location and shoot schedule that would not be too disruptive to busy work schedules and executed a successful photoshoot that yielded the results they were looking for. Managing your money has never looked better!
Despite the constant tease of rain throughout the day, Brittany + Spencer still had a wonderful wedding day - even if the sun refused to make an appearance to warm up temperatures and brighten the day. Brittany + Spencer chose to keep things traditional and didn't see each other until the ceremony; however, they did send each other a special note and keepsake gift in the morning to show they were thinking of each other and looking forward to that walk down the aisle. The drops held off long enough for Brittany and Spencer to exchange their vows outdoors and see their wedding vision through. (Thank-you to Lisa at Strathmere!) A quick dash around the grounds at Strathmere - we nailed family formals, bridal party photos and couples creatives in about an hour! - and then Brittany + Spencer were back in the warmth of The Lodge to celebrate with family friends. You did it, Brittany + Spencer! Wishing you continued health and happiness no matter what the forecast brings you! xox
Hair: Hometown Roots
Makeup: Sophie Alder
Florals: Floral Reef Designs
Gown: Lily's Bridal, Napanee
Bridesmaids' Attire: Runway Bridal, Belleville
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Tip Top Tuxes
Cake: Sugar House Cakes
Sometimes a career can be a little bit of suit jacket, polish and briefcase mixed with a little bit of well-loved jeans, messy bun and paint brush. Sonya needed images that would blend all these facets -- and typical studio headshots just wouldn't suffice. A session that would incorporate headshots, branding images and content creation was perfect for Sonya, allowing her the flexibility to continue to move forward in her career world.
On August 19,2018, I had the pleasure of photographing one of the nicest persons I have ever met and have the continued pleasure of knowing and having in my life.
Her soul is gentle, her heart kind. Where others would frown, she laughs with an easygoing spirit and generosity. Those who have been on the receiving end of her smile or who have heard the music of her laugh, know that both are genuine and given freely without reservation despite any challenges life decides to throw her way. This wonderful soul is my assistant, Aynsley - and those who are in her many circles - or at the very least have been fortunate enough to receive her care on wedding day -- know that everything I say here about her is true.
And, so, it would be only fitting if an equally beautiful soul recognized Aynsley's and they spoke to each other. That soul is Shawn's. The more I learned of Shawn and got to know him, the more I knew that his soul IS the fitting complement to Aynsley's. Those who came before him have no idea of the fortune they failed to invest in -- and all that Shawn and Aynsley have now gained. It makes my heart happy to watch Aynsley and Shawn together: they work, play, laugh and cry together, recognizing and appreciating the value in each other and their families, truly uplifting and supporting each other.
My friend is safe and sound.
And this is what snippets of happiness look like:
Makeup: Megan Roberts, 2Bu Artistry
Gown: Stella York, With Love Bridal
Florals: Sheila, family friend
Cake: Made by Nikki
Ceremony Venue: St. Brigid's Centre for Performing Arts
Reception Venue: Central Bierhaus, Kanata
Videographer: Elephant Shoe Media
Live Band: Southbound Boots
Fall colours, warm temperatures and a blanket of fallen leaves greeted the Sly Family for their extended family fall session honouring Grandma and Grandpa. I'll be travelling to their family cottage this summer to capture the rest of this extended family as they celebrate a special anniversary! xox
A very busy family, the Young Family understands the importance of marking each year that passes in pictures. It's my honour to create these keepsakes for busy mom and dad!
When the Hunt family from Western Canada knew they were travelling to Ontario in the fall for a family wedding, they knew they wanted to get some family photos done recognizing it was going to be a rare opportunity for all them to be in one place at the same time. Mom, Nancy, and daughter, Katie, organized the booking with me Trans-Canada and gave the rest of the family their marching orders to show up on the given date and time with smiles in place. Here are a few favourites that highlight their connections despite the geographical distance. Thank-you, Hunt Family, for allowing me to create keepsakes you can take with you when you can't physically be together! xox
Longtime sweethearts, Coline + Chris managed to squeeze in a wedding for themselves amidst countless moves and busy work schedules. Even though Dutch roots and tradition are strong on Coline's side - her extended family traveled from the Netherlands to celebrate with her - Coline + Chris still opted for non-traditional first looks to spend time with one another before sharing the day with their honoured guests. Foot traffic was stopped at the Wakefield covered bridge so that Coline + Chris could have a few intimate moments to themselves as they greeted each other as bride and groom. Creatives then followed at the ever-gorgeous, ever-professional Le Belvedere. The sun hid long enough for a very comfortable outdoor ceremony without the need for sunglasses or shade. Because their photography was done pre-ceremony, Coline + Chris could then enjoy a few family photos, cocktails with friends and then a quick entry to their reception where they could truly relax and enjoy their celebration. Congratulations, Coline + Chris! Wishing you many many more years of happiness together!
When you've built your family millwork business from the ground up and have enjoyed 25 years of growth and success, you hire one of the best planners and caterers the city of Oshawa has to offer, throw a party onsite in honour of your employees, clients and greatest supporters and hire a photographer to capture it so you can spend time with your guests - and have quality, visual reminders of your milestone to revisit and share.
Planning, Catering, Staff, Bar and Full Event Management and Set Up: Dine & Style Fine Catering and Events
Florals: Aspen Florist
Decor: Annie Lane Events
Rentals and Tent: Gervais Rentals
Decals and Printed Items: TPH Canada Store 801
Bridal portraits, first looks and couples creatives were absolute priorities for Kristin + Grant as they tied the knot in an outdoor garden ceremony at the Perth Manor Boutique Hotel in Perth. I had the pleasure of photographing Kristin as she got ready with her closest family members (Grandma, Mother and brother) and maid of honour assisting. The Beach House in Perth is responsible for Kristin's pretty makeup and softly elegant updo. Kristin's gown from Sinders Bridal House fit Kristin's petite frame like a glove, highlighting Kristin's stunning back and fit curves in all the right places. A gorgeous bouquet from Apropos Flowers was the perfect finishing detail to Kristin's bridal look -- a sentimental locket containing a photo of Kristin and her father was attached and at her fingertips so that she could easily be reminded of his presence. Kristin's first looks with Grant were genuine - just look at their shiny, beaming eyes as they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day. A quick jaunt to Stewart Park for their couples creatives closed out the afternoon for Kristin + Grant before they headed back to Perth Manor to exchange their vows and officially become "husband and wife". Thank-you, Kristin + Grant, for entrusting me with capturing some of the important high-lights of your day!
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