Toronto

Rosaline + David | Toronto Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

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! 

Meaghan + Jeff | Berkeley Church Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

As 2017’s wedding season is coming to a close, let’s jump back to where it kicked off.

 

Meaghan got ready at her parent’s house, where I walked in to find 7 lovely ladies sitting around the kitchen table – almost as if it was what they did every weekend. There was not a stressed out vibe in the room as they laughed, shared a few sips of their bevvies and watched one of their best friends get her final touch ups. The excitement carried through to everyone’s first looks of Meag in her dress as we packed up to go meet Jeff who would be waiting at the front of the aisle.

 

Berkeley Church hosted their perfect ceremony that brought lots of happy tears (that first look!!) and even a few laughs, with their nearest and dearest looking on. As soon as it was official, we snuck away to Osgoode Hall for some portraits with a backdrop that had a personal connection to the bride and groom. Not only did this entire group bear the freezing cold, but there was not one complaint and a serious team effort to rotate the coats when it wasn’t their turn in front of the camera. I’ll tell ya though, I realized there’s nothing like plummeting temperatures to keep everyone’s attention and get everything done hella fast.

 

Not only did this group have a ton of fun, but the boys had me laughing out loud behind the camera on more then one occasion – and it was amazing. Total #weddingpartygoals across the board.

 

We explored inside and grabbed a few epic frames for the newlyweds before heading back to the party that was eagerly awaiting their arrival. The delicious dinner was served, the incredible speeches followed and all of the fun was had once that dance floor opened.

 

Everything that went into Meaghan + Jeff’s big day made it a very high bar for all the ones that were to follow this year. Lucky for me, the trend continued. 

VENDORS:

 

Florist –  Joseph Flowers

Hair – CE Bridal Hair Artists

Makeup – Megan Vance

Transportation – Exotica Limousine Service

Invitations – Vista Print

Catering/Venue – 1871 Berkeley Church

Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero

Bride’s Shoes – Le Chateau

Bride's Accessories - Family Heirlooms

Bridesmaids Dresses – Assorted Vendors

Suits – Your Suit

Cake – Yummy Stuff Bakery

Officiant – Maria Speyer

Second Photographer - Alex DelBello

DJ - Maximum Music DJ

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? 

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! 

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!! 

Ashley + Brendan | Hamilton Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I’m so happy to finally be sharing the story of Ashley + Brendan’s big day from the fall.

The entire day was so laid back and effortless for this group, which started from the moment I joined the girls at Ashley’s parents house. I immediately picked up on the bond these ladies shared as they sat around the island in the kitchen laughing, gabbing and taking turns getting the final touches on their makeup.  Just like any wedding day, the excitement grew as the girls got into their dresses and headed down to Liuna Station to meet Brendan and the other half of this killer wedding party.

Their nearest & dearest surrounded them as they tied the knot – which was officiated by a close friend of the family, making it all the more special.  We snuck out after the ceremony and headed to Dundurn Park where we dodged the raindrops perfectly (literally, down to the second…). The gloomy skies were no match for this fun loving group of family and friends as we definitely spent the majority of our time laughing before kicking off the celebration properly back at their reception.

Similar to the crowd, I listened to fond and funny memories about the newlyweds in between their courses and emotional first dances – and felt so lucky to be joining them for all the fun.

And now, I’ll take a cue from Brendan’s speech as I wrap up this blog post…as “any good one should be like a woman’s skirt. Long enough to cover the subject but short enough to keep you interested.”

All my love to these high school sweethearts! Check out the story of their day, below! 

Venue  |  Liuna Station

Florist  |  Lizze Matheson

Hair  |  Salon D

Makeup  |  Lindsey Kerr

Limo  |  Hamilton Limousine

Dress  |  Felichia Bridal

Suits  |  Moore’s

Bridesmaids  |  Heirlooms Bridal

Shoes  |  David’s Bridal

Invitations  |  Impressive Printing

Cake  |  Weil’s of Westdale

DJ  |  DJ Emporium - Joe DiMambro

Photograpy  |  Moments –by Lauren

Second Shooter  | Marek Michalek