Kevin and Kaitlind are the kind of couple who seek adventure. Both love being active through hiking, kayaking, and cycling and one of their fondest memories is the amazing road trip they had on the West coast. When they aren’t outdoors or exploring new places, Kevin and Kaitlind enjoy keeping things low key by staying in and cooking (and eating of course)!

It was only natural that we had Kevin and Kaitlind’s engagement session at Heritage Village since the words they chose to describe their ideal session were romantic, rustic, and timeless. They had gorgeous weather that day, and towards the end of the evening the light of sunset peeked through the surrounding tops of the trees. The old barns and buildings from the late 1700s to 1920’s served as the perfect rustic backdrop; each building was new and unique and added a sense of travel to their photos. This tiny town felt cozy and allowed Kevin and Kaitlind to feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the shoot.

We loved spending the evening together walking, talking, driving, and laughing. We’re so excited for your upcoming wedding day at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. We know it will be just as beautiful as your engagement session was!

“Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.”- Loretta Young

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Jessica and Chuck’s story began in Law school where the two met. Soon after, through their shared love of outdoor sports and traveling, they recognized that they’d found the one whom their soul loved best; they had finally found each other. Jessica’s fun-loving demeanour complements Chuck’s funny, inquisitive, personality, and neither one of them can see a future without the other. We were honoured to be apart of their special day this past summer and to capture the growing love between Jessica and Chuck at their beautiful outdoor wedding.

The day started for Jessica at The Iron Kettle in Comber, Ontario; for Chuck, his parents’ house near charming Seacliff Park in Kingsville. Jessica wore a beautiful gown with a sweetheart neckline adorned with French lace and ivory-blush tulle; she pulled everything together with stunning Badgley Mischka heels. Chuck was a perfect accompaniment, wearing an elegant black suit, white tie and shoes by Ted Baker.  Before the ceremony the two were able to steal some precious moments together during their first look in the cool shade of a tree canopy; the way each one looked at the other when they first laid eyes on each other, in awe and admiration, was beautiful.

From there we headed to Mastronardi Estate Winery in Kingsville for Jessica and Chuck’s outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. Under the bright blue sky of a sunny July afternoon, the two said “I do” and celebrated their first steps as husband and wife while Elevation String Quartet serenaded the ceremony. The celebrations continued into the venue, a beautifully romantic hall decorated from top to bottom in accents of warm blush, ivory, and gold. Their reception was filled with delicious food, heartfelt speeches, vibrant dancing, and most importantly- love.

Chuck and Jessica, we loved getting to know you both and loved being with you on your special day. We look forward to seeing all the incredible things in store for you both and wish you nothing but happiness in these new moments of your lives together.

“In all the world there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world there is no love for you like mine.” Maya Angelou 

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At midnight on New Year’s Eve, Kristen and Ryan shared their first kiss. It was a kiss a year in the making, the two meeting nonchalantly only to realize their encounter was actually a signpost of fate. They met by chance on Christmas night after being introduced by a mutual friend. A simple meeting, they thought, until they realized through conversation that they were supposed to have met long before! A year earlier, Kristen’s friend had suggested she go on a blind date with a guy (whose name she failed to mention) who was perfect for her. This friend also told Ryan about a girl who would be perfect for him. Life, however, went on and the blind date never happened, and Kristen went on dating all the while wondering about the “guy with no name”.  Fast forward to Christmas night, surrounded by friends, where Kristen and Ryan happen to be in the same room at the same time. The rest is history. Kristen, who enjoys cooking, decorating, and spending time with family soon was a perfect match for Ryan, a kind woodworker who liked working on and driving his Mustang, as well as spending time with family.

We met Kristen, Ryan and Diego (their handsome little greyhound) first at The Old Mill in Harrow, Ontario and then John R. Park in Essex, Ontario for their engagement session. Both locations were a perfect fit for Kristen and Ryan, showcasing their relaxed, comfortable personalities. The strong industrial backdrop of The Old Mill contrasted perfectly with their gentle embraces; their effortless affections towards each other outside at John R. Park in a handmade canoe, surrounded by nature, translated beautifully into their photos. The weather was great throughout the day despite the bit of rain that came close to the end. But that didn’t phase Kristen and Ryan, they still smiled through it all. Rustic floral arrangements by The Bourbon Rose brought a cozy, romantic tone to each shot and we were also lucky to collaborate with Christine Breton of LaFabère, a designer and maker who designed two beautiful keepsakes for the couple; a gorgeous save the date and a hand drawn print of the couples favourite quote by Elvis Presley.

Kristen and Ryan’s love story is the kind you read in stories and see in films. It’s a testament to the whimsical way life can bring people together. Kristen and Ryan, we had a blast during your engagement shoot. You both looked so beautiful and your love for each other was eminent throughout the day. We are so excited to see where life takes you both, what other wonderful stories and adventures you encounter with each other by your side and can’t wait to be with you in April 2017 for your wedding day!

“You don’t find love, it finds you. It’s got a little bit to do with destiny, fate, and what’s written in the stars.” – Anais Nin

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On July 1st, a beautiful summer day- two high school sweethearts tied the knot. Family and friends gathered together at Mastronardi Estate Winery to witness the marriage of Christine and Derek, two dazzling people who were meant for each other long before they even knew. Both love spending time with family, being outdoors bike riding and walking their dog; these relaxed, easy-going qualities effortlessly translated into their fun, lighthearted wedding day and we were so excited to be there with them!

Earlier that morning we met the couple at their family’s cottage; the bright, airy atmosphere served as the perfect backdrop for Christine and Derek’s romantic first look and gave the two the chance to spend some time alone before the events of the day. Christine looked radiant and timeless in a delicate lace sheath dress from It’s Your Day Bridal Boutique and shoes by Modcloth, her hair styled softly behind her ear. Derek was handsome and debonair in his black suit from Freeds, a skinny tie adding a touch of flare.

From there we traveled to Mastronardi Estate Winery where Christine and Derek had their outdoor ceremony and reception. The day was warm, a slight breeze rustling through the vines as the two said I do surrounded by loving family and friends, bridesmaids in full length beaded gowns and groomsmen in charcoal suits. The reception was elegant and classic with champagne and ivory decor accented by bursts of lilac. The evening was filled with mix and mingling, heartfelt speeches, and amazing dance moves!

Christine and Derek, it was a pleasure working with you both and an honour to take your wedding photos. We wish you nothing but the best in this new chapter of your lives together and look forward to seeing all the wonderful things in store for you both in the future!

“Love is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.”  -Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

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One of the first thing you’ll notice about Natasha and Sean is how much they’re in love. The way they look at each other, the way one gently reaches for the others hand- they’re smitten and we were so excited to travel from Windsor to Banff to photograph their incredible engagement session!

After living for a short while in Toronto, Natasha and Sean made the big decision to pack their lives, their bags, and their adorable dog, Rufus, and head west to Alberta for the biggest adventure they could ever imagine. A couple with a shared love of the great outdoors, they both enjoy winter sports like skiing (Sean) and snowboarding (Natasha), having bonfires together with family and friends; going on walks with Rufus and looking for small, local, coffee shops to spend a rainy afternoon in. It quickly became clear to Natasha and Sean that Banff could be a place to comfortably put down roots; a few months after moving to Alberta, they became engaged and purchased their first house!

Banff in October was everything we could have hoped for. The weather was warm, milder than expected for the end of the month which was the best outcome for our outdoor engagement session. The mountains stood high in the distance, the tops slightly snow-capped and created the perfect backdrop for our warm, romantic photoshoot. Whether it was trekking through pine forests or walking through vast fields surrounded by mountains and lakes, the beauty of Banff only enhanced Natasha and Sean’s playful personality and made it easy to capture them in their element.

Natasha and Sean, we loved every moment shooting your beautiful engagement session. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you exploring, laughing, and enjoying a great meal at the end of the night. The year ahead will hold so many new moments of joy for your little family and we couldn’t be happier for you! We can’t wait to see you on your wedding day, Rufus included!

“She knew she loved him when ‘home’ went from being a place to being a person.” – E. Leventhal

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  • JB BrookmanSeptember 21, 2016 - 4:23 PM

    Your work is fantastic and you captured that location wonderfully!  So cool!ReplyCancel

You may remember Melanie and Chris from their engagement session last summer. We had spent the evening with them at their favourite spots; their home, their family farm, and the beach where they love to paddle board in their spare time. We had great time getting to know them, and since that time have been looking forward to their wedding day!

Melanie and Chris had an absolutely gorgeous (albeit hot) day for their wedding! Their morning had an overall relaxed feel, and after the preparations were complete, hugs were dealt and we headed over to the quaint ceremony that took place in their family’s church, First Baptist Church in Leamington. The service was intimate including a tree planting which represented the coming together of their two lives. 

The couple has shared a million memories at Chris’ family home. Naturally, the well-manicured grounds were a great location to head for some photos of them and the wedding party. The landscaping was perfect for romantic pictures of Chris and Melanie, sneaking shots in between tree branches and leaves. We loved it!

Beach Grove Golf & Country Club hosted the reception where Melanie and Chris greeted their guests with warm hugs and big smiles. The food was fabulous, the speeches were heartwarming, and the party was epic. The Flowershop at Thiessen’s provided unique and beautiful arrangements that were perfectly suited the style and vision for the day. One of the many highlights of the night were the sweets from Sweet Revenge Bake Shop who even made Conner his very own sprinkle cake (it looked delicious)! The night ended with Todd Marchand helping the guests dance the night away with some great tunes.

Melanie and Chris, thank you for choosing us to photograph your engagement session and wedding day! You two are so blessed to have found one another and have wonderful friends and family that surround you. We are so happy for you both, and wish you a lifetime of raised up trucks, adventure, and love.

“Plant smiles. Grow laughter. Harvest love.” – Unknown

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Sonja and Mitchell enjoy the simple pleasures in life: time with people they love, long walks on their family farms, and caring for animals. They are both happy down to earth souls with adventurous hearts that found the perfect partner in each other.

Being big family people with a love for nature, we knew their session had take place on both of their family farms. Sonja’s family’s property featured her Grandmother’s adorable art shed, a pond, and giant trees. Mitchell’s family farm has been in his family for generations and is extremely meaningful to his family and Sonja. It is also the spot that Mitchell decided to ask Sonja to be his wife. When we arrived, we asked them to show us around some of their favourite spots. We loved meeting the curious cows, strolling along the fields, and catching the sunset with them at the end of their session.

Sonja and Mitchell, thank you for trusting us with capturing your engagement photos! We have absolutely loved working with you and your families. Your genuine love for each other is beautiful, and we could not be happier to see you all come together through your marriage! What an excellent combination.

“Baby, If I had to choose my best day ever, my finest hour, my wildest dream come true, mine would be you.” -Blake Shelton

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