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Taylor + JJ | Burlington Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I may sound like a broken record when I talk about the love I have for telling someone’s life story... but here we are again. I’ve been lucky enough to document a few chapters for Taylor + JJ so far, and I must say it’s all been pretty epic since the first frame of their engagement session.

What I love about these two is how comfortable they are not only around each other, but around everyone. They know how to have fun, they don’t hold back their laughter, and they were up for anything from the get-go. Their wedding day was no different! Both Taylor and JJ got ready with their families + friends before heading off to a personalized service held not too far from their home.

We all survived the heat as we took in the waterfront before kicking off cocktail hour back at the Burlington Convention Center. Their personalized donuts + root beer were a perfect welcome for their guests as they got their first greeting as Mr. & Mrs. Jones. Their formal introduction, capped off by a perfectly executed handshake led into their touching first dances (which finished off with the most adorable flower girl interruption). The moving moments continued as the speeches got underway. The whole room reminisced, they remembered those who were there in spirit, and they also shared a lot of laughs. It was the perfect combination of tributes + touching moments…and JJ actually still holds the trophy for the longest groom speech I’ve been able to capture ;) haha.

I can’t believe it’s already been a year since they tied the knot, but I still feel so lucky to have joined them.  The icing on the cake…the just welcome their first little one - a baby boy - last week.

Happy Anniversary, guys! I can’t wait to see where life takes your little family next.

 

Crazy story. When Taylor + JJ picked their wedding date I realized it was the day after I was to be a bridesmaid for one of my best friends. No biggie, right? The only snag was that the wedding I was lucky enough to be in was in Vancouver.  Eeek! I knew I couldn’t pass up seeing one of my favourite ladies walk down the aisle in BC, but after knowing Taylor for close to 20 years I couldn’t imagine not being able to tell her wedding story. What’s a girl to do? I cleared it with both brides, booked a red-eye and had one pretty epic weekend.  Then one pretty epic Sunday nap. 

 

Vendor Team: 

Florist – Satellite Gardens Hamilton

Hair – Giorgios Mystical Circle

Makeup – Robin Dunn – Mac Makeup Artist

Transportation – Star Night Limousines

Décor – Classic Creations

Invitations – Taryn Thomas

Catering/Venue – Burlington Convention Center

Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero – Heirlooms Bridal

Bride’s Shoes – Vince Camuto

Bridesmaids Dresses – BCBG

Suits – Moore’s Clothing

Videographer – Calicocat Productions

Cake – Homemade Sweets by Ashley

Officiant – Ray David Glenn

Second Photographer - Alexandra DelBello

 

Amanda + Matt | Kurtz Orchard Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

As Amanda + Matt celebrate their first wedding anniversary, I’m so happy to reminisce today with everyone. I can distinctly remember this duo’s main concern was that their guests have an amazing time…and they definitely delivered. 

We all spent this gorgeous day in Niagara on the Lake - the boys starting at 124 on Queen before joining the girls at Kurtz Orchard.  After saying their “I do’s” while their favourite people looked on, we explored the grounds to capture a few of their first moments as husband and wife.  With a cocktail hour to die for, everyone congratulated these sweethearts properly before getting a wagon ride over to where the real celebration began.

Now… I can’t even begin to explain the love, but mostly the laughter shared during the speeches throughout dinner. If you know me, you know I am laughing at just about anything that resembles a joke, so you better believe I had to contain myself (or try…) while getting some epic reaction shots. Everyone who took to the podium to say a few words about the couple had the entire tent cracking up, but this group is so tight-knit that you could feel the bond everyone shared, and it was amazing.

After their delicious dinner wrapped up, the dance floor started, the lawn games kicked off and I snuck the newlyweds off for a quick batch of sunset images just 100 yards from where the party continued. The perfect ending to a perfect day, for one of the sweetest couples I’ve had the pleasure to join.

Relive their day with me below and join me in wishing them a very Happy Anniversary!!

(Note - I’d be remised if I didn’t comment on Amanda’s dress. Hold moly - #slay)

Vendors:

Florist – Edna Miller Flowers

Hair – Strut Hair Salon - Ashley

Makeup – Makeup Worx - Monika

Transportation – Gem Limousine

Invitations –  Moments –by Lauren

Catering/Venue – Kurtz Orchard

Wedding Dress – Mira Mandic - Loversland

Bride’s Shoes – BCBG

Bridesmaids Dresses – Promises and Lace

Cake – Grandad’s Donuts

Officiant – AEIC weddings, Valerie Spironello

Photography – Moments –by Lauren

Second Photographer – Kate Watkinson

 

 

30 Under 30

I'm still coming down from cloud nine after hearing on Friday that I was chosen as one of the top 30 Under 30 Wedding Photographers in Canada by The Canada Photo Convention!! (...so crazy to be typing that!) 

I'm beyond thrilled and humbled to be surrounded by a group of such amazing photographers and loved scrolling through the album of winning images! I'd love for you to go check them out here - see my own featured page and interview here - and also see my winning set of images below!!

 A HUGE thank you to my brides and grooms for trusting me with their big days, as well as everyone who has supported me along this amazing journey as I cross this off of my list of career goals! Can't wait to see what the rest of this year brings as wedding season gets into full swing in a few weeks! Woohoo! 

**does happy dance**

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