I had the pleasure of meeting Rob & Ashley last week for their engagement photo session at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. They’re currently living in England but were in the city for a few days, and thankfully the weather more than cooperated with our schedules. Looking forward to their wedding later this year at the Berkeley Field House!
Here are some photos of the lovely Jacquelyn and J from their engagement session at Hilton Falls Conservation Area. It was a perfect day for a hike (much like the recent weather we’re enjoying), and a great prelude to their outdoor summer wedding at the Royal Botanical Gardens.
You may remember this couple from their hockey rivalry engagement photos – and as you can see by the first photo in this post, the rivalry lives on (hilariously, no one dared eat the sacred logos!)
Thankfully, these two were able to set aside their differences (for one day, at least) for their terrific February wedding. We photographed in Kitchener at THEMUSEUM to escape the cold, braved the wind for a while outside The Tannery, and then headed to the reception at The Pines in Cambridge. It was a fun challenge to shoot around the many children that were running through the still-open-to-the-public museum.
A lot of laughs were shared (many at Angela’s expense over the love of her cat, who also made this blog post) which made for a fun, relaxed day. I also have to say that after 50+ weddings, I pride myself on being able to quietly predict the danceability index of wedding guests, but I had Bob and Angela’s group pegged completely wrong. There were moves I’d never seen before, and perhaps never will again!
Here are some highlights from their day.
I consider myself a relatively “no frills” photographer – 99% of the time I’m shooting alone, with very little equipment. I like to keep things simple. And what often happens then is I get connected with couples who are also “no frills,” and everything just clicks. Graham and Christina are known to their friends and family as being extremely organized, and they have close bonds with their family – all of which were evident in the way they planned their wedding. Everything went according to schedule – a rarity! Graham’s “best man” was his sister (who brought a lot of levity to the day), and Christina had her three sisters at her side. Even their wedding cake was a striking display of minimalism! All this to say, we got along great.
Here are some of the highlights from their wedding day. We took photos in and around the Cambridge Mill, as well as at the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture campus.
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Congratulations to Aaron and Andrea, who saw February out in style with their wedding day at the Cambridge Mill.
See below for a few teasers from their winter wedding, which we managed to (mostly) stay indoors for!
One of the best kept secrets of Kitchener is the Woodside National Historic Site, which packs a surprising amount of variety into a small area of land, making it perfect for engagement sessions. Bob, Angela and I visited it in the fall to make some photos and play up their hockey team rivalry. Opposites attract, as they say.
Mike, Alexandra and I chased that magic hour light across the University of Western Ontario campus in London for these engagement photos. I’ve since photographed their beautiful wedding, too – watch for those photos online soon!
Every so often, I get a photo request that isn’t for a wedding or engagement – a great reminder to all of you reading that you don’t need a big occasion to make some photos and memories. Paul and Janet’s daughters asked me to photograph their parents on the occasion of their 30th anniversary, and it was a pleasure to explore Toronto’s High Park (one of their favourite spots) with this vibrant, joyous couple.
Rewinding back to the fall of 2013 today, and to one of my favourite places in the world: Bruce Peninsula National Park and Singing Sands beach. It’s an amazing place to camp and hike, and it’s a beautiful backdrop for photos – which is one of the reasons Frank and Susan were interested in coming here.
These photos were taken a short time before their actual wedding, which was happening in Hong Kong. Frank said traditionally most wedding photos there are taken in advance so that they can be printed and displayed during the wedding reception. They wanted to have these photos taken in Canada, though, and after a few other options fell through (thanks to the Calgary flood of 2013), we arrived in Tobermory. Susan couldn’t have picked a better dress to match the blue-green waves!
“Simply elegant” best describes Kelly and Tony’s wedding at the Fifth Grill & Terrace in downtown Toronto. With their sense of style (that dress!) and the venue they chose, it felt more like a magazine fashion shoot at times. It was a pleasure capturing this intimate, classy event. Here are some of the highlights!