Luke and Lindsay August 2016- Elegant Parkwood Estate Wedding

I don't even know where to begin with these two. I have NEVER felt so much love between two people, I mean they laugh contagiously and look damn good while doing it. Luke and Lindsay are the couple you are envious of, heck I'm totally envious how flawless they make photos look. 

As Lindsay sat and had her makeup done, you could tell she was a little nervous, but she had an army of best girlfriends behind her and the most attentive Maid of Honour I have ever encountered. She got ready in a bedroom with just her mom, a few moments that were so sweet and full or laughs but also realization, THIS IS THE DAY. Her army hadn't seen her in her dress ever so naturally we did a bug reveal, and as they all came through that bedroom door the oohs and ahhs and tears was magic, she was the perfect bride. After a huge hug circle it was dad's turn, this is where I choke up every time. The look on his face it likely the same look he had the day she was born, the tears in his eyes and a hugest grin. 

While the girls did their "Bridesmaids" pose, the guys were chilling by the home bar, outdoor pool and playing in the band. Not to forget the photos with dad's old car they had to push out of the garage to do photos of.. Don't ask, apparently it's a long story.

They wed in the enchanting sunken garden at Parkwood Estates in Oshawa. Before the ceremony I said to Luke "wait until you see her, she's stunning, how did you get so lucky?" His response was the best I have ever heard and EVERY man should say " I don't know, I swung big and hit a home run, I don't know how!" Heart Melt. Now most guys have some sort of reaction when they see their soon to be wife for the first time, Luke's was classic movie on point. He took the biggest breath I've ever seen and tears started to well up. As he took the hand of his bride and lead her up the stairs he couldn't take his eyes off her all the while Lindsay bawling and laughing, he fully wipes his water works and awe of her beauty. Can't say I didn't warn him. They had a friend officiate most of the ceremony (with the legal officiant standing by for the legs stuff), he came out with lines like "groom groom with the boom boom" and "wifey for lifey", we were in stitches. Defiantly one I'll remember forever!

While walking the grounds and doing bridal party photos Luke decided to see if any Pokemon were around the grounds on the Pokeman Go app.. This made everyone laugh, except for his new wife! (The picture says it all) On to the reception. Speeches are usually boring, you get the odd funny one, highly embarrassing but mostly YAWN.. Lindsay and Luke's speeches from parents and friends were Funny, embarrassing and had them in tears laughing. 

Here's the thing, I can literally go ON AND ON about this wedding, the laughter, the love, the stunning photos but I'll just stop right here and let you see for yourself. I know I'm like a terrible romance novel and won't give all the juicy details and keep you hanging.. To see more go here  

Congrats Luke and Lindsay, You have a love so pure and so fun, don't ever loose that spark!

Graeme And Rachel July 2016- Whimsical Backyard Wedding

Graeme and Rachel offered a wedding to me like no other. They moved into an older house with so much character and beautiful property weeks before the wedding. They set up a huge party tent and beautiful arbour in the yard and this is where they wed. 

I loved this house, the colors, the plaster walls, It screamed character and commanded moody photos. There was no taboo of seeing each other getting ready, although getting Graeme getting ready was a challenge. You see he's a gamer, so when the parents are running around setting up wedding favours and Rachel setting up tables- Graeme was bringing the tv and game consoles outside for the late night video game playing! 

Rachel is such a reserved girl, I suspect until you get to know her, so when we pulled out this big, huge, wedding dress, I was shocked. It was the most romantic feeling dress, and was exactly her. Her dad gave her a set of pearls on her wedding day and mom made the garter, there were so many special touches throughout this whole day, including the fur babies that loved all the attention with so many people around. 

The ceremony was sweet, filled with a few tears and laughter. You can truly feel it when they can't take their eyes off each other, you swore nobody else was there. 

They live beside a sod farm, so it was the perfect spot for photos, and with that big romantic dress the pictures remind me of the movie "Run away Bride" with Julia Roberts.  This wedding also allowed me to pull off some shots that you don't normally get do, with the direction of the sun, the dress and the relaxed feeling of the whole day. 

For dinner they had a BBQ truck come in with ribs, corn bread, corn on the cob, and the best potato salad EVER. They didn't have a first dance. Why? Cause, it didn't matter. They wanted to enjoy the evening, they were exhausted, so they did what they wanted to do, and I love them for that! Weddings are crazy, stressful, tiring, and always aiming for perfection. Sometimes we forget that the reason for the day is to marry your true love, make promises and enjoy life.

They had hanging lanterns all around the property and had a firework, followed by a sparkler send off- which again was a new venture for me. I could't love these photos, this day and these two any more. Congrats Graeme and Rachel, You did it, and you did it your way!

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Jeff and Tina July 2016- Hidden gem Location with the Most Stunning bride

These two got it.. You know that love that doesn't have to have PDA to know they are in love, the love that is so prevalent when you get them alone it oozes from them. Jeff and Tina. They have been together for 12 years, two kids later and I'm sure many ups and downs, but yet they still act like newly weds and their eyes tell their love story. 

I was super excited to shoot this wedding, because Tina is a rockstar in my camera, her bridal portraits before hand are hands down the best I've EVER done! I swoon.  They wed in the most interesting location, a little Slovakian hall in the middle of nowhere with a campy charm. A photographers dream. Although we were threatened with rain a few times and the sky opened up, it held off long enough for the ceremony and photos. Their daughter was the prettiest little flower girl and little guy, just over a year, stole the show in my eyes. 

Now Jeff and Tina are not the centre off attention type, so I took so many candid moments from them during photos, the truth is they sparkled while together and looking at each other, you can't force that kind of magic! I've got a secret.. her dress, that fit perfectly and completely classic.. $99!!!! I was floored! Wedding dresses don't have to be hundreds or thousands for them to be perfect. 

Now lets talk backdrop.. Hellloooo... Giant LOVE marquee letters. Yes please! I had so much fun making creative photos using that in the background. They did a father daughter dance with the bride and dad and groom and their daughter, I'm surprised I could focus though welling up, it was so sweet <3

Oh and the wedding favours? Trees, mini seedlings, as this is something the do as a family often, plant trees.  When it came to cutting the cake, there was no knife, so Tina says " I'm just gonna bite it", of course I was totally on board and said "go for it!" AND SHE DID!! Followed by their daughter, it was a first for me and honestly the best! It was a perfect wedding, why? Because it was simply them, cool, easy and fun. 

Keep on loving each other you two, you've figured out the secret to long love, lasting love, easy, fun love!

Here's to MANY more years, when you've got each other, I can clearly see you've got the world xoxo

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David and Leanne June 2016-  Trillium Trails with Classic Beauty

David and Leanne were married at the beautiful Trillium Trails in Raglan Ont. Their love story is the same as everyone else's.. Boy moves into basement apartment, owners have beautiful daughter, he tries to date her, she says no, he persists... and here we are! Or so the speeches said lol

It was a perfectly planned day, so many details that are flawlessly orchestrated by Leanne. She went with a peacock theme using purple and turquoise and of course peacock feathers in her bouquet. She planned for Davids dream car, a 1978 Chevelle to pick him up and take him to the wedding, he was blown away! He had a little surprise for her as well, she loves scrap books so he started one of their life journey so far and let that in her bridal suite.

Her dress was perfect and she reminded me of a statue, so elegant. I beautiful ceremony and stunning dramatic bridal portraits really made this day, not to mention the way her dress fluffed in sync with their coordinated first dance. 

These two obviously were meant to be together according to the speeches we heard, these two listened to the signs and know they were meant forever! Check out more photos here..

Congrats Leanne and David!!

Jason and Kristina Sept 2015- Old Flame Brewery Port Perry

Kristina and Jason are a love story of new age. They didn’t meet at school, or through friends or some other “regular” avenue. They met off of E-Harmony. In a time where internet dating in now the “norm”, these two found their exact match. Both having a love for craft beers and music concerts they quickly hit it off.

3 years later Jason finally popped the question at the exact same restaurant, in the exact same booth where they first met! Wedding planning quickly started thereafter. Kristina had many connections and a huge attention to detail.

Of course their fist thought was to marry or have their reception In one of Toronto’s many breweries, and after checking some out they fell in love with Old Flame Brewery. Old Flame Brewery is housed in the former Ontario Carriage Works. Built in 1884, this landmark is 130 years old and was revived back to the old building to mirror its grand former self. Stunning old beams, beautiful brick, gave this brewery the cosy rustic feeling Kristina and Jason wanted. As all the details pulled together perfectly all that was left was for the weather to hold out.

Their wedding day was not a typical fall day, it was very windy and periods of rain. Still they decided to push through and go ahead with exchanging their vows in Palmer Park under the Gazebo. As the harpist Liane James, played her heavenly music, Kristina seemed to float down the aisle. Her smile was contagious and the first look from Jason I know his heart skipped a beat..or two. Michelle Scrimgeour-Brown, from Transcendent Ceremonies, was the officiant. Michelle has a way to help couples really put a ceremony together that represents them. She loves the outside the box touches that resonate with a couple. Talking with Kristnia and Jason she learned of their love for craft beer, and together came up with a special unity of beers to mark their marriage.

After the ceremony due to the weather it was decided to take bridal party photos inside the Brewery. Being the photographer and expecting to be outside, I really had to think on my feet. Kristina and Jason put their trust in me 100% and much like me, LOVED the way the photos turned out.

The reception was fairly low key, a super funny entrance by the bride and groom, the most magical first dance I’ve ever witnessed and a champagne toast with all the guests. Finger foods were served by Marwan’s Global Bistro, Port Perry vs. a traditional sit down dinner. It was exactly their style, drink and mingle with the closets of family and friends. Their late night treat was Hollywood Cone, Oshawa, a truck pulled up outside the brewery and you could have anything from the menu!
The party was amazing, Durham Wedding DJ’s played music that kept even grandma dancing all night long.

Kristina and Jason’s wedding was by far one of the most relaxed and fun weddings I had the privilege to capture this year! I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we all do. Also check out the video to put you right in the day!