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Mariah + Cory | Hamilton Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

This blog post is long overdue…but also comes officially two weeks before Mariah + Cory get hitched! (cue the excitement!)

I didn’t know this duo before they came to meet me on their hunt for a wedding photographer, but man have we hit it off since then. They are so easy to talk to, to laugh along with and of course, to have in front of the lens as you’ll see in a minute.  Back in May, the three of us (and their adorable pup, Paisley) hit up the waterfront trail to grab a few frames in a spot they often go for walks. Paisley was SO excited to be in front of the camera that she quickly got her fill in before we moved up to Albion Falls for a little variety.

After hanging out by the waterfall for a bit, Cory told me how the session was “actually a lot of fun” right before we wrapped. Coming from a Groom, it’s the exact way to become my instant favourite, haha. All kidding aside, I’m so excited to join their big day in a couple of weeks, and might even force them to hang out with me in the future too. They are definitely one of those couples you just want to grab a beer with.

14 more days!  

Alex + Chris | Artscape Wynchwood Barns Engagement | Moments -by Lauren

We’re just 30 days out from Alex + Chris saying their “I Do’s” and I think that’s as good a time as any to share a few faves from their December engagement session.  With the chilly temperatures the week before Christmas, we found a killer venue in downtown Toronto and shot most of the session in the main hallway of Artscape Wynchwood Barns – baring the cold and popping outside for about 3 minutes at a time so we wouldn’t have to bundle up. (A great team decision by the three of us...) 

This athletic-as-heck duo met at our Alma Mater while playing on their respective varsity sports teams and 6 years later got engaged in an adorable at-home fashion that involved the assistance of Alex’s niece – a story that is sure to make anyone swoon. They’ll walk down the aisle and celebrate with their nearest and dearest in Niagara-on-the-Lake next month…where there definitely won’t be any snow on the ground.

The smiles on these two… I’m obsessed.

Liz + Justin | Hamilton Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I know I’m all about the epic love stories on the blog lately, so why should this one be any different? I remember learning early on in our communication that Liz + Justin got engaged at the airport…and I believe my initial response was that I HAD to meet them if only to hear this story. Needless to say we immediately hit it off after hearing that amazing surprise proposal story (it happened while waiting to check in for their European vacation) and gushing over our mutual love of everything #HamOnt.

When it came to planning their engagement session, it was a total no-brainer. We spent an afternoon hitting a few of their favourite spots. The three of us started off with a round of coffee at Saint James and wrapped over a couple of beers at Collective Arts Brewery…oh, and threw in a few photos here and there too.

Liz + Justin immediately felt like two of my longest friends and even gave me a few more hot-spots I had to try both in the city and abroad! They are tying the knot this June and I think that I’ve almost convinced them that when they renew their vows somewhere in Europe in the future…that I’ll be tagging along! 

Makeup - Fatima Lao

Angela + Alex | Burlington Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

If you can believe it, Angela + Alex grew up just a few hours from each other here in Ontario, but didn’t meet until they were both in London, England.  I know, right…their love story starts like any good romantic movie.  (They have all the makings of a full plot, but I'll save a story or two for their wedding post!) 

Fast forward about 5 years and they are getting ready to say their “I do’s” this coming July.  Of course, knowing this duo for years now, we have totally shared some laughs but getting to document their relationship first hand was truly such a blast.

Dodging some raindrops as we strolled the Burlington waterfront, Ange + Alex killed their session almost as much as they killed their wardrobe choices.  They danced on the dock, met a few animals along the trail and were just so effortlessly adorable together it was so hard to narrow down this blog post.

Take a peek at a few of my faves below.

Makeup : Makeup Worx

Meaghan + Jeff | Toronto Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I met these two sweethearts on the morning of our engagement session...while it was still dark out...in what seemed like a very cold temperature at the time. Of course, fast forwarding a couple months as we count down to their big day, it was probably suitable T-shirt weather that we would all kill for right about now haha! 

 

Nonetheless Meaghan and Jeffrey were just amazing from the first click of the shutter until we finished gabbing over coffee to wrap the session!  

They actually live in our Nation's Capitol but were back in Toronto to visit some family and cross a few things off their wedding to-do list at the same time. After narrowing down some options, the three of us strolled not only the waterfront but also popped over to Kensington Market for something a little different! We got so much variety in terms of backdrops as we chatted our way through the city but the one thing that stayed the same was the fun this duo has together. I mean...I can't get over some of these smiles. Swoon. 

25 more days until #KearnsyMarriesMeag - stay tuned everyone! 

Chantelle + Dusan | Toronto Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed along with clients more than I did with Chantelle + Dusan. Right from the get-go these two had me cracking up at every moment I wasn’t obsessing over how cute they are together.

These best friends got engaged at Disneyland (So. Amazing.) and have so many hilarious stories to share from their 8 years together. Laughing both with and at one another made their sunrise session almost too much fun as we strolled through downtown Toronto a little while back.  Not to mention they killed the wardrobe game, while only suffering a little bit in the cold.

Of course, we topped off the session with some coffee where the Barista was 1/3 on the correct spelling. We chatted more over some warm bevvies, and my excitement for their big day next summer only grew.

I remember them mentioning what a lot of couples do before their session – they wanted photos where they look natural and of course like they are having fun.

I think we may have got a few of those...what do you think? 

Misia + Tom | Brantford Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

From the first time they sat across from me in my office, Misia + Tom have had me swooning.  Just like out of a movie, Tom came into the pub one night when Misia was bartending. Their first conversation lasted hours, only to be followed up by their first official date the following night. They quickly grew to be best friends, fit in seamlessly with each other’s families and as they say, the rest is history.

The countdown is on for these two and their NYE wedding, a year after their adorable Holiday proposal that took place last year!  A few weeks back we caught the perfect sunset a few blocks from their Brantford home and they couldn’t have been more adorable in front of the lens. 

If you can believe it – this session lasted only 15 minutes and resulted in some of my fave engagement frames ever. Talk about chemistry.

Fun Fact: Misia is as sweet as she is a total genius in the kitchen. She surprised me with some of her incredible home made gluten free cookies and my goodness they were delish! Recently launching her own business, you HAVE to check out what she is whipping up over at Marzipan Bake Co

Taylor + Jay | Guelph Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I met Jay a little over 10 years ago when we both attended University in Guelph. (holy moly time flies…) Fast forward through University and a good chunk of “real life” to this past spring when I got to meet Taylor - who it naturally felt like I had known just as long. 

They make it seem all very effortless, these two. In a way that made capturing their relationship not only easy, but also a total blast. Tying in their love of sports, a local park, and of course their adorable rescue pups…it goes without saying we all had a pretty good time soaking up a sunset. Being back in the city and reminiscing a bit wasn’t too bad either.

They are getting hitched next summer, but I’d love for you to see some faves from their session in the mean time. 

Taylor + JJ | Toronto Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

The countdown is on for Taylor and JJ! 

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of having these two in front of my lens as we stopped by a few favourite spots in Toronto. These two were perfectly suited for the city backdrop and their natural chemistry made them total rockstars from start to finish. My favourite part about an urban engagement session is the wide variety of backdrops you can find in such a short time frame, and this session definitely didn't disappoint. These two had a ton of fun at every stop we made, and had me swooning through their entire gallery again today. 

After a quick wardrobe change, we wrapped the session down by the waterfront where we ran into a little wind and some serious (read: hilarious) problems with lighting a sparkler. Rest assured, our 3-person huddle and handy work by JJ had it up in running after about 300 attempts...and it was totally worth it in the end! (I just love when my clients trust me with a little experimentation)

You can find a few favourites below, and after leaving them some love in the comment section, come back and visit soon as they are saying their "I do's" in 10 DAYS! 

Emily + JD | Hamilton Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

Emily + JD were home visiting from Edmonton a couple of weeks ago and we were sure to squeeze in an engagement session before their big day this fall! These two cuddled up as we strolled through downtown and got a killer mix of old and new backdrops in the James St North District. Getting to know these two was a total blast before we finished up the session at the exact spot JD proposed to Emily, putting my own spin on a spot that will always be special to them - one of my fave things to do! 

They will be back in town and back on the blog this September, so leave them some love and come back and visit then! 

Josie + Bryan | Hamilton Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I've mentioned before how lucky I am to work with such amazing clients and help capture such important moments in their lives, but another favourite part of my job is being able to explore new places. This doesn't necessarily mean crossing the world or the country to somewhere brand new (although that's pretty great too), but even finding a new corner or a new angle of the city I grew up in is truly awesome. 

Now I've know Bryan my whole life. In fact, we often joke that he's known my siblings longer then I have - which is sadly true haha. After seeing Josie come into his life as his perfect match and now have them come in to chat wedding plans, I was of course so excited to be chosen as their photographer. When discussing the engagement session, they knew they wanted something cool - throwing out the idea of a hitting up a local theatre. Naturally, I was pumped as creating custom sessions for my couples is the BEST. 

We strolled through the downtown core and finished up the evening at the Lincoln Alexander Theatre - a true gem in the heart of downtown #HamOnt. 

These two are saying their "I do"s in a month and a half - so leave them some love below and stay tuned! 

Jaime + Travis | Toronto Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

You guys…these two are guaranteed to have you swooning into next week.

I joined Jaime and Travis in their new neighbourhood a couple weeks ago and I don’t think it’s possible for them to be more in love. After strolling through Corktown, we finished off the session on their rooftop and took in a killer view of the city, where I tried to convince them to stay for another few hours of modeling! (if only it weren’t so chilly…)

These two were truly so much fun to work with – and tying in the area where they bought their first place together just made their session that much more meaningful. These two are tying the knot in Muskoka this summer and I have a funny feeling the views and smiles will be just as stunning.

Gah. I just can’t handle it. Leave them some love, below!! 

Andrea + Joe | Hamilton Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

Andrea + Joe were so at home in the snow, as we hit the "slopes" for their engagement session last week! After the first part of their session saw not one snowflake, we headed out again after the storm so capture something a little more personalized to these two - and we definitely had some fun. Races... snowball fights... we did it all - and I didn't fall once (much to my surprise)!

After chatting about this idea the first time we met, and learning that Joe even got down on one knee while they were snowboarding, I'm so happy it worked out! Not to mention, their boarding gear is amazzzzing! 

Check out a few faves, leave them some love below and come back and visit for their big day this June! 

Michele + Eric | Winnipeg Engagement Photography | Moments -by Lauren

I'm not sure I've had more fun on a shoot than I did this one.

In the midst of a November getaway to catch up with Michele in Winnipeg... her, Eric and I browsed through downtown during golden hour one night for their engagement session. If you know the two of them, you are well aware of how much these two just ooze with awesomeness and how they could not possibly be more adorable together as a couple. (Not to mention it's a pretty incredible feeling knowing one of your best friend's has found her perfect match). Now take all those factors and throw them in front of the lens and you're sure to never want the session to wrap. 

These two...I just can't handle them...and I was so honoured to capture a few of these moments for them.

...They even turned the tables on me while we were on the median downtown...