Wedding Day

Top 5 Moments of a Wedding Day | Hamilton Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

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.

First-Look-1.png
AFTER.png
Wedding-Berkeley-Church-Toronto-Photographer-Wedding-Hamilton-GTA-Niagara-Oakville-Moments-by-Lauren-Photography-Photo-Image-9.png
Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 11.29.18 AM.png

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.

Wedding-Harbour-Banquet-Center-Oakville-Photographer-Wedding-Hamilton-Saint-James-Espresso-Downtown-HamOnt-GTA-Niagara-Toronto-Moments-by-Lauren-Photography-Photo-Image-15.png
Vows - 2.png

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.

Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 11.14.48 AM.png
Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 11.14.59 AM.png

4.     Speeches

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.  

Wedding-Kurtz-Orchard-Market-Niagara-On-The-Lake-Toronto-Hamilton-Burlington-Oakville-Niagara-Wedding-Photographer-Photography-Moments-by-Lauren-Photo-Image-72.png
Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 11.40.16 AM.png

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.

Screen Shot 2018-02-16 at 11.26.41 AM.png
Wedding-Photos-Muskoka-Clevelands-House-Photographer-Wedding-Hamilton-GTA-Niagara-Oakville-Moments-by-Lauren-Photography-Photo-Image-112.png
Wedding-Photos-Muskoka-Clevelands-House-Photographer-Wedding-Hamilton-GTA-Niagara-Oakville-Moments-by-Lauren-Photography-Photo-Image-114.png
Wedding-Photos-Muskoka-Clevelands-House-Photographer-Wedding-Hamilton-GTA-Niagara-Oakville-Moments-by-Lauren-Photography-Photo-Image-113.png

 

What's your favourite part of a wedding day to see?! Let me know, below!!

Behind the Scenes : 2017 | Hamilton Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

It’s not often you get to see things other than how they look through my lens, but I just had to share a few frames from this past year from a totally different angle! It’s a funny little look at some of the things you don’t get to see on a wedding day!

 

You’re sure to find me behind the lens, pointing, directing, dress-fixing, being caught mid-sentence and all around loving life. You’ll see some of my wedding-day pals – and Alex who is my right hand woman (second shooter) and professional light + background tester!  

 

There’s a few frames mixed in from my speaking engagements this year as well as my first semester in front of a class – and I wrap things up with a few extras from my phone!

I’m promising to bring you along a few more places next year, but in the mean time…here’s a look back at some BTS of 2017!! A huge thanks to all my seconds this past year for helping me tell a bit of this story!!

 

p.s. If you want to follow along with the day to day – hop on over to Instagram!! 

...and a few extra iPhone snaps!! 

Liz + Justin | Oakville Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

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.

[ E-Sesh! ]

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. 

 

VENDOR TEAM

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

Golden Hour – Sunset Photos on your Wedding Day | Hamilton Wedding Photographer | Moments –by Lauren

On a wedding day, it often happens that the gorgeous glowy light everyone (especially me) longs for just doesn’t align properly with your wedding day timeline. Once the warmer weather arrives, the sun is setting half-way through your reception instead of at the time we’ve set aside to capture some of your first moments as a married couple! This is unavoidable of course, and there is a solution that I always recommend to my couples…and do an internal happy dance when they decide to take advantage of it!

The ASK

I always request that my couples give me 10-15 minutes throughout dinner to sneak out for some extra portraits of just the two of them with the best light of the day.

 

The EXECUTION

I’ve found the trick is to time this properly so that my newlyweds aren’t missing out on any major events or delaying the reception timeline or next course. Prepping them before the big day, and then again ahead of when it will be perfect to sneak out is the best way to make this happen.  

I’ll also have a game plan and location ready for us to head to so that we find the best light and of course, don’t waste any time!

Not only do my clients love those sunset images, but also love the chance to step away from the celebration and enjoy a few quiet moments together too. #winwin

All this being said, sometimes there isn’t a magical sunset or there just isn’t any time to sneak away…and that’s fine. I’m just sharing these notes so that you think it over, make a little wiggle room and don’t regret passing on those few extra frames!

 

The EXAMPLE

Em + JD got married last September at the Beverly Golf + Country Club. A venue that was made for sunsets. Keeping an eye on the fading sun, I remember popping up to the head table after the second course to let them know that if we were going to grab a few golden hour shots, it should happen in the next few minutes. They thought it over for about 5 seconds at which point Em’s MOH/Sister/My Hero chimed in and insisted they do it (Thanks, Britt!!). Check out a couple of my favourite images below from that 10 minutes we were outside!

The moral of the story, if you have the chance to squeeze this in…you should.

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

Last year’s love stories have been long overdue here on the blog, but I’m so excited to kick things off with Josie + Bryan’s big day!

If you remember their engagement session, you’ll know that Bryan and I go way back and that I got to meet Josie long before these two became an MBL couple. That being said, all the details leading up to their wedding had me so excited not only as their photographer – but also as their friend… and it definitely didn’t disappoint.  

Through all the genuine moments of the day I don’t think I would be able to pick a single favourite, but I can say that the smiles these two have on their faces will certainly bring one to yours. From the false start down the aisle…to the quick break for McDonalds, the laughs this group shared can almost be heard through your screen.

From the moment you stepped into their cocktail hour at Michelangelo’s, you were thrown back into the 20’s with Josie + Bryan’s on point décor and flapper dancers that joined everyone through dinner. A perfect dice game brought out some epic dance floor moments that had everyone ready to celebrate this awesome couple in style for the remainder of the evening.

It goes without saying that I was honoured to tell their wedding story and I’m so happy to finally share it. Check out a few moments from their Gatsby inspired day that was filled with love, laughter, dancing and of course champagne. 

 

Hair + Makeup –  Makeup Worx

Transportation –  Exquisite Limousine

Invitations –   Rita Bruno Gallo Designs     

Catering/Venue – Michelangelo’s Banquet Center

Wedding Dress –  Angie’s Bridal

Bride’s Shoes – David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses – Mirella’s Ladies Boutique

Bride’s Accessories – Frilly Bits

Suits – Tuxedo Royale

Groom’s Shoes - Aldo

Videographer – Patty Menedez

Second Photographer – Marek Michalek