The most glowy session to ever hit the blog!
Happy Wedding Day to these two beauties!
The most glowy session to ever hit the blog!
Happy Wedding Day to these two beauties!
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!
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
Second Photographer - Cassia Boyd
Officiant – Brad – Kettle Creek Weddings
Meagan + Tim are getting hitched in about 24 hours, and I’m so excited to have them back in front of the camera for the second time in a month!
A couple weeks ago not only did I get to hang out with this awesome duo, but also with Jimmer (their pup) and Saffiano (Meg’s Horse) who both quickly stole the show. We lasted about 30 seconds into our first walk down the laneway before Jimmer (who has been brushed out just before the session) dove into a large puddle that was just calling his name. The fun didn’t stop from there. We strolled the incredible grounds and documented all the fun Meagan + Tim have together, and I couldn’t be more obsessed with how natural these guys are.
Check out a few faves below, a couple scene-stealing moments from the furry guys and then send these two some love before it’s official!
Heather + Dean came to me to help document this latest and super exciting chapter in their lives, and I couldn't have been happier to oblige!
Let's file this one under "adorable parents-to-be", and "insane light". Check out a few faves from their session, below!
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!)
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
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.
Ok, so before we get into how amazing Ali + Jake are, I want to let you in on a quick secret. Neither of them were super gung-ho on an engagement session when we first started chatting about their wedding photography… which is totally fine.
Similar to every couple that says that exact thing, I convinced them it was a good idea and they both came around – and were even up for a winter session (bonus!). So we waited for some snow and finally were all set – except for the fact that the snow melted through the afternoon on the day of the session. Seriously…
Lucky for us, we were already planning on shooting a part of the session in Ali + Jake’s new home so after I got there and basically wanted to move in – we spent most of the time just hanging out in their awesome space. I seriously can’t tell you how much I love these two and their ability to just go with the flow.
If I’m being honest, it’s quite the (incredible) jump going from not really wanting to be in front of the camera to letting your photographer stand a foot above you while you’re cuddled up in bed. But boy am I thankful. These adorably fun frames are some of my all time favourites, and I’m so excited to share them below!
Let me know what you think of the “at-home” vibe?? It’s quickly becoming one of my favourite places to shoot!
As this year's wedding season has already kicked off, I wanted to share some of my favourite parts of any big day that I’m lucky enough to be a part of. Of course, every wedding is unique and comes with it’s fair share of incredible moments, but without fail these are the ones that I wait for and always seem to be some of my faves.
1. Dad’s First Look
Of course, anyone’s first look at the bride is always such a great moment, but there is something a little extra special when a Dad sees his little girl ready to walk down the aisle. Whether he wells up with tears or is simply beaming with pride, this never (ever) gets old in my books. That same expression is also usually found as he looks on at the ceremony or shares a dance with his daughter at the reception. There’s no way to describe it except #allthefeels.
2. The Vows
My favourite part of the vows is all of the nerves that come with them. In what are some of the most important words that will ever be said in their relationship, couples are full of emotion, they sometimes stutter or maybe even need to pause to get their composure. What I love though, is most often they let out a nervous laugh or two along the way. Any way this goes, it’s pretty awesome to see, as there’s no hiding the couple’s love at this moment. They’re in this together.
3. Glances After the Signing
Oh boy. This is one that sometimes goes unnoticed, but one that I always try to snag. The couple has finished their vows, the rings are on their fingers, they’ve signed the registry and it sinks in…they’re married. There is always a look of excitement they share that can’t quite ever be replicated. They also probably think no one is watching as the witnesses finalize the paperwork. It’s awesome.
There is no better way to learn more about a couple than through the speeches at their wedding. Their favourite people get up and share their best stories, their funniest moments, and all the love they’ve shared over the years. I don’t think there has been a night of speeches that hasn’t made me laugh out loud at one point or tear up a little bit behind my camera during another. The outrageous, meaningful, hilarious and touching moments all certainly bring about some great moments to capture and I love every second of it.
5. Dance Floor
These are epic. As soon as the party starts, you’ll find me in the thick of the dance circle capturing the best moves the party has to offer. Maybe (probably) even dancing along myself.
What's your favourite part of a wedding day to see?! Let me know, below!!
Every year I’m completely overwhelmed (in a good way) when drafting this post. Not only because I get to look back on all the stories I got to tell in the past 12 months, but because I’m reminded again of how lucky I am to be able to capture these moments.
Last year I broke down how I go about choosing these images, and things definitely haven’t changed. [Check out last year’s post + my reasoning here.] The genuine moments between couples, family and friends top the list yet again, and there are a few of my favourite epic shots as well.
I’m so excited to share these faves with you today, and even more excited for all the stories that are still to be told. 2018 is going to be filled with so many new chapters that are waiting to be captured….if you think you might like some of yours documented, I’d love to hear from you.
So, here they are… the best moments of 2017.
Happy New Year, Everyone!
One thing I noticed this past year was that I was getting more and more drawn to the images that made me feel something. Not just ones that brought a little smile, but ones that made me pause a little longer. I'm talking about those authentic moments that can pull you right into the image even if you don't know the people or the story behind why they are so special. Being so invested in my clients and their stories, I had such a hard time narrowing this down -- but I did my best to get it down to 10!!
One of next year's goals is to chase these moments, and I can't wait to share some more as they come. These were chosen because they don't need much more of an explanation, so I'll leave you here to check them out for yourself.
(I'd love to know which one you like the most - so definitely leave me a note below!!)
... and a few honourable mentions I just had to include :
One of my favourite parts about getting to know my couples is finding out how they originally met…and it blows my mind when their paths seem so unlikely to have ever crossed. Rosaline grew up in France and David in Peru. They met in Toronto at Rosaline’s first day of work, which sounds like it could have only ever happened in a romantic comedy.
Fast forward through two and a half years and the sweetest proposal at Mount Tremblant, this duo is planning their March wedding and I’m so happy I get to tag along for all the fun.
If I can tell you one thing about this duo…it’s that they sure make Sunday morning sessions look easy.
p.s. You'd never be able to tell, but it was pretty cold and Rosa + David were such troopers. When we starting strolling the beach we saw a whole group of people who were scuba diving (!!!!)...we agreed that things could have been worse for us. Haha!
I’m currently sitting here wondering where I should begin this blog post. First off, if you need to be caught up on just how cool Liz + Justin are – go check out their engagement session that hit the blog earlier this year.
Ok, now that we’re all on the same page we can jump to when the three of us met up a couple weeks before the wedding (where else, but at their favourite coffee shop – Saint James). After reviewing their timeline for the last time, I almost insisted we swing back through downtown #HamOnt to use some of their hangout spots as backdrops for their wedding photos. I mean, if you can’t make time to grab a coffee with your other half on your wedding day – what’s the point of it all?! Haha
After a beautiful ceremony and some family portraits, the whole crew drove into the Hammer to kick back, eat a bit of pizza, and stroll James St N. I couldn’t think of a more perfect setting for these images and after hearing from Liz that these photos “are exactly who we are every day” – I knew we nailed it.
Once we arrived back at the Harbour Banquet Center and glanced around their perfectly executed travel themed reception, everyone was ready to party. The speeches were equal parts touching as they were hilarious, and the kissing game certainly kept the newlyweds on their toes.
It was an epic day for an epic couple and I can’t wait to keep in touch with these beauties. I’m still hanging on to hope for their vow renewal too ;)
Enjoy a few faves and check out Liz + Justin’s take on their time with me, below!!
From the Couple:
Personable: the first time we met Lauren we were stressed out because we were quickly realizing how much planning a wedding would actually cost. We prepared ourselves for another sales pitch from another vendor - we found the opposite when we walked into Lauren's studio. She was relaxed, she wasn't trying to sell us anything, she just genuinely wanted to meet us, get to know our story and see if we "jived". It is because of this feeling that we eventually ended up choosing Lauren. Photos are the one thing that you keep looking back on from this special day and to us they were the most important aspect of what we were spending our money on. Lauren felt like a close friend who really cared about our special day and that's why after meeting her we knew she would be our photographer.
Professionalism: when you are planning a wedding there are a million things going on all at once and the last thing you need is another person you need to check in with, check up on or be worried about. Lauren's organizational skills impressed me right from the beginning. When she explained the process of how she books everything and takes care of every single detail herself, we were sold! It was one less thing we had to worry about. Her communication was on point, she always answered our questions quickly and we loved that every exchange of information was easily done online.
Fave part of working with Lauren: Getting your picture taken, for most people, is very scary and awkward. What we loved about working with Lauren is that most of the time we didn't even feel like she was there. In both our Engagement shots and on the big day, Lauren managed to take amazing photos of us just being us. Nothing was posed or forced, it was all natural. I think that's what we loved so much, that when we look at the photos we actually see ourselves reflected in them and not something that is posed or forced. We also loved that we were relaxed and laughing from beginning to end. Even our wedding guests couldn't say enough about how much they liked that the photographer wasn't in the way. They have since also been in awe at our photos.
I would recommend Lauren to anyone because there hasn't been a day since our wedding that we haven't looked at our photos in one way or another and been so glad we chose her. She is professional, personable and most of all passionate about her photography.
Florist – Gatto Flowers
Makeup – Fatima Lao
Transportation – White Shadow Limousine
Wedding/Event Planner – Fatima Lao
Catering/Venue – Harbour Banquet Center
Wedding Dress – Promises and Lace
Bride’s Shoes – Solee Shoes
Bridesmaids Dresses – Saratina
Suits – Charles and Hunt
Videographer – Qids
Cake – LaCakery
Second Photographer - Megan Muir
Brittany + Dan met each other in middle school you guys, middle school!! I got to meet them back in my Gryphon days at the University of Guelph and was SO excited when they contacted me about joining their big day.
We re-traced their love story at all three schools one afternoon a few weeks back and I cannot get over how adorable they are. We laughed our way through the gym, the hallways and then made a final stop in one of their old classrooms for a couple of hilarious games. You’ll see words to describe the other and of course a portrait of their other half completed with their eyes closed….total works of art.
By the time we hit campus, these two were total pros in front of the camera… go check it out for yourself!