Lauren Valvasori

Megan + Ryan | Spencer's at the Waterfront Wedding | Moments -by Lauren

Celebrating one year of marriage for Megan + Ryan today here on the blog!

Take a peek back at a few favourite moments from their day at Spencer’s, won’t you?!

Happy Anniversary, guys!

VENDOR TEAM:

Florist – The Watering Can

Hair – Meaghan DeMelo-Torres

Makeup – Pretty Me Makeup

Transportation – Celebrity Limousine

Catering/Venue – Spencers at the Waterfront

Décor – A Night to Remember Event Design

Wedding Dress – Heirlooms Bridal

Videographer – Nancy – Calico Cat Productions

Cake – The Watering Can Pastry Market

Second Photographer - Cassia Boyd

Officiant – Brad – Kettle Creek Weddings

Riley + Ryan | Whistle Bear Golf Club Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

Today marks one year since Riley + Ryan tied the knot on a gorgeous afternoon at Whistle Bear, but the day is still so fresh in my mind.

Even if I hadn’t scrolled through the photos as I was crafting this blog post, the one thing I’ll always remember about this day was the number of incredible moments shared between this duo and all of their favourite people. Some brought a tear to your eye and a little lump in your throat (in the best way), and others brought a serious belly laugh. All these little moments came together perfectly to craft an awesome story for these two to treasure for years to come - one that couldn’t be more well deserved.

Take a trip down memory lane + join me in wishing “The Meads” a very Happy First Anniversary.

VENDOR TEAM

Venue — Langdon Hall + Whistle Bear Golf Club

Hair — Meghan Boyd Hair Artistry

Makeup — Esteem Artistry (Catherine Krahn)

Florals + Decor — Jodi Leigh Designs

Invitations — Primarily Paper

Groom Prep — Alexandra DelBello

Bridesmaids — Show Me Your Mumu

Views from Doors Open Hamilton | Hamilton Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

Have you heard about “Doors Open”?

I randomly stumbled upon it last year, where at the last minute my Mom and I toured the old Knitting Mill here in the heart of HamOnt… and it. was. EPIC. This year, I knew I had to throw it on my calendar and do a little planning ahead of time to make sure I didn’t miss out.

Four of us spent the day exploring a few unique spots in this awesome city that are not typically open to the public. We took in a little history and got the chance to see some pretty awesome stuff. We started at Auchmar, popped over to Gibson School Lofts (where I am in the last photo), followed by Playhouse Cinema, BD Salvage (which is AMAZING), and then wrapped up at Custom House! If you’ve been hanging around a while, you know I’m a huge fan of anything vintage, and anything with a story. This lovely afternoon brought everything together with some great company and I just wanted to share a couple favourite frames from my day of exploring — little details that I found pretty cool. A few from my DSLR, and a few from my iPhone too!

It’s a bit different than the normal things you see here on the blog, but thought sharing a day from my personal life was a great change of pace!

Is this your type of thing too?! Did you go? Want to tag along next year?! Let me know, below!

Ali + Jake | At Home - Caledonia Farm Wedding | Moments -by Lauren

Re-living this day brought a smile to my face.

The entire thing played out exactly how Ali + Jake wanted, in such a laid back and fun way that was so true to how they envisioned their wedding from the first time we chatted. They got ready together at their incredible farm house, which allowed them to spend the entire day with each other … something that I had never documented before but immediately loved the purpose behind - as each moment of the day they got to enjoy together.

With their siblings in tow, we made our way along some country roads to tie in another personal element to the couple - the Grain Elevators at Jake’s Family Farm. The unique backdrops were a perfect touch before we swapped out Ali’s bouquet for a beer and jumped back into the trucks to return. That little toast to the couple quickly became my favourite sequence of images from the day, because it so perfectly defined their relationship — a thing that all wedding photographs should accomplish.

Waiting back at their own property were all of their favourite people who gathered to watch them make it official**. An emotional (barefoot) walk down the aisle and adorable ceremony that involved all of their family members was the perfect way to kick start the party. The celebrations continued on the other side of their property, where guests mingled under some string lights and grabbed a bevvy from their killer bar setup.

The hilarious speeches, multiple first dance combinations and rocking dance floor were the best way to carry out the evening under the stars - and a perfect cap to the day these two put together.

** I can’t vouch for if things ARE actually official - Jake signed the wrong part of the licence at the time, which I’m almost sure they corrected after the ceremony was wrapped ;)

Reminisce with me a little bit, would you?…

VENDOR TEAM

Florals / Décor / Planning –  Candela Co.

Officiant – Kip Philp

Catering – Devlins Country Bistro

Signs – This Old Kiln

Brynne + Ben | Downtown Hamilton Engagement Session | Moments -by Lauren

Here’s a perfect cap to your week, pals! A walk through downtown, a beer and a glowy rooftop sunset to lead you into your weekend!

I had such a blast with Brynne + Ben who have me loving winter engagement sessions SO much. There were definitely a couple spots I had in mind for their session, but I love when I can just stroll through a city with my clients and it feels like we’re just hanging out and snapping a few frames along the way. (That’s totally how you normally hang out, right?!)

Check out a few faves, and some of the shenanigans we got up to below!

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At Home Family Session | Hamilton Family Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

It’s Family Day, so it’s only appropriate that I share a recent Family Session here on the blog, and when we’re chatting location, this is totally one of my all time faves!

The Sung Family is currently in the process of building their dream home and it was at the perfect stage for us to sneak in for half an hour and update their family portraits! I love that not only are the empty walls and unfinished flooring a perfect neutral backdrop for the images, but will totally bring this crew back to this stage in their life when they look at these images years from now. Especially since Briant (their little guy) will never remember it this way.

Take a scroll through, and let me know what you think of the location — a little twist on the typical at home session!

Hope you all get to enjoy a bit of time with your favourite people today!!

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Lesa + Whit | Oakville Waterfront Maternity Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

Oh, this next chapter sure looks good on these two.

It was such a pleasure having Lesa + Whitney back in front of my camera before they welcome their first little one in the next couple of weeks! Check out a few faves of their waterfront session below, and just try and not feel the love here. I dare ya.

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Year In Review : 2018 | Hamilton Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

Each year when I begin to craft this “Year In Review” post, I’m always so overwhelmed by the number of moments that have been documented through my lens in the last 365 days. I normally set up shop for a day and relive each wedding and session that I was lucky enough to take part in - and although it takes a bit of time, it’s incredible to summarize the year in this way. I love sharing these favourite moments, just as much as I love getting to recall them through the process.

As I began organizing and rearranging the order of photos (way too many times) I thought about it a little more as I’d scroll up and down this post. I realized that each of these images are not only real memories I’ve been able to capture for my clients, but also memories for me. A visual representation of my work year — and what an amazing one it was.

It brought growth, new clients and friends, and so many little moments worthy of a click of my shutter. All ones that come from a place of “keeping it real” and telling your story in a fun, genuine and relaxed way.

I can’t wait for the new chapter 2019 brings, and I can’t tell you how much I’d love to have your face appear in next year’s post.

I can’t thank my MBL Family enough, and I hope you enjoy this look back!

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Behind the Scenes : 2018 | Hamilton Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

Well friends, here’s a fun look back at all the things you don’t really get to see throughout the year. A look behind the scenes! All of these have been snapped by me, one of my pals second shooting, and even a couple of clients - and they give a quick peek into some of my days behind the lens last year!

You’ll see some action shots, some light tests, and some hilarious outtakes too. Even though I am constantly wearing black, usually have incredibly messy or wind-blown hair, I can guaranteed I’m having such a blast fixing a dress, setting up a shot or petting any dog in sight.

Take a peek, have a laugh and hopefully stick around for the Year in Review coming tomorrow!

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Hamilton Family Photographer | LaSalle Park | Moments -by Lauren

Every so often I get to be a photographer and an Auntie at the same time.

This is how that goes…

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Megan + Marco | Graffiti Alley Engagement Session | Moments -by Lauren

The slickest outfits ever to grace an engagement session.

Just obsessed with these two! Thankfully, their wedding is only 8 days away. Check out a few faves of all the fun we had hopping around Graffiti Alley! 

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Carleigh + James | Burlington - Sunshine Donuts Engagement Session | Moments -by Lauren

This session started with us running to catch the sunrise and it ended with donuts - so I say it was overall pretty perfect. There was also a whole lot of adorable in between. 

Check out a few faves from Carleigh + James' epic engagement session in downtown Burlington. 

Which is YOUR fave?! This was my narrowed down list. 

Alex + Chris | Queen's Landing Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

Let's all send some serious anniversary love to Alex + Chris today. I'm reliving their day with a handful of my own faves, and then adding in something a little different -- I'm showing you THEIR faves that made the cut for their custom Heirloom Album. 

This day was so much fun to browse back through, and I think you'll feel the same. 

Now, go ahead and peek through their album! 

(scroll/click through, friends!)

VENDOR TEAM

Florist - Flourish Design Studio

Hair + Makeup - Honor Beauty

Transportation - Coventry Transportation

Decor - Simply Beautiful Decor

Invitations - Savvy Sendables

Wedding Dress - Promises & Lace

Bridesmaids Dresses - Balletts Bridal

Suits - Moore's

Videographer - Blake Hannahson

Cake - Sweet Celebrations

Erika + Evan | Tamahaac Club Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

Ok, so I'm one day late in celebrating Erika + Evan's anniversary on the blog, but I'm so excited to be hitting publish on this bad boy! I tried to narrow this down as far as I could - so check out a few total favourites of this adorable duo, below! 

I don't think the smiles (or the mode of transportation) get any better than this!

VENDOR TEAM:

Florist - i fiori

Makeup - Lindsey Daubney

Transportation - HSR

Venue - Tamahaac Club

Bride's Shoes - Solee Shoes

Suits - Charles + Hunt

Cake - Weils Bakery

Brittany + Dan | Guelph Lake Engagement Session | Moments -by Lauren

Ahhh, it feels good to be back to blogging! I have so much to catch you all up on!! 

First up - Brit + Dan - who could not have been more fun to hang out with as we strolled the paths at Guelph Lake a couple months ago on what was definitely the warmest day in April. With absolutely nothing to block us from the insane wind that was going on that night, these two were up for whatever I threw their way and we pretty much laughed our way through the entire session!

These guys are so fun-loving that our little hike through the trail felt just like we were old pals catching up -- mainly joking about the absolutely terrible shoe choice by yours truly. (whoops!)

I'm heading back up highway 6 for their big day later this summer and if you know these guys - you know it'll be a party. Stay tuned.