Kayla and Craig’s story began in a cottage a few years back where they were introduced by mutual friends. The two hit it off pretty instantly, and they knew- through playful banter back and forth and stolen glances- that there was something there between them. From then, they pursued countless drives between Windsor and Ottawa to see each other, each time more and more painful to leave the other’s side. But distance made the heart grow fonder, and eventually Kayla moved to Windsor to satisfy both hearts’ cravings. Shortly after, the two decided to officially tie the knot in an intimate summer wedding, and we were so thrilled to be apart of their day!

Kayla’s morning started at Caesar’s Windsor with her maid of honour, both of them excited and full of energy. Kayla wore a stunning gown by Hayley Paige, a strapless lace sheath dress with a blush tulle overdress and a lace bodice. Her maid of honour, Danielle, wore a blush, tone-on-tone embroidered, sleeveless gown. The floral arrangements by Gails Flowers and Events added an extra touch of beauty with its cream hydrangeas, blush roses, and white poppies. They complimented the girls’ dresses perfectly!

Craig prepped for his day in Belle River with his brother, Christian. They had a great time getting ready that morning, taking their time and enjoying some scotch and snacks. Craig wore a navy suit from Freed’s accented with brown leather accessories. When Craig was finished getting ready, he stepped outside and found his grandfather’s storied custom Lincoln Town car waiting for him! What a heartfelt surprise! Kayla had managed to track down the current owner of Craig’s grandfather’s custom convertible and surprised Craig with it waiting in his driveway. It was incredibly special for him to be able to drive in his grandfather’s car to meet his bride-to-be for their first look at Willistead Manor.

Naturally, Water’s Edge Event Centre was timeless and elegant, accented with gold, white, blush and navy decor. Thyme To Go provided delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts that guests enjoyed throughout the night. After thoughtful speeches were given by the bride and groom’s parents, as well as the maid of honour and best man, Kayla and Craig shared their first dance together followed by sunset photos outside of The Waters Edge.

Kayla and Craig, it was a privilege to photograph you both for your engagement session and capture the special moments of your wedding day. We wish you all the best with your future together, and cannot wait to see what is in store for both of you!

“And then my soul saw you and it kind of went, ‘Oh, there you are. I’ve been looking for you.’ ” – Unknown

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  • MelissaOctober 14, 2016 - 12:56 AM

    What a gorgeous wedding, Your photos are absolutely beautiful as always. That opening shot of the bride and groom is breathtaking!ReplyCancel

Andrew, one of the most personable and thoughtful guys you’d ever meet, started working at a non-profit agency to fulfill the placement requirements for his social work degree. It just so happened that a passionate and adorably positive young woman named Marie was a project assistant at the same Agency. As fate would have it, they soon became the best of friends. Office chats soon grew into long walks, and over time it became clear that Marie and Andrew’s meeting wasn’t happenstance. On December 19th, after a night of Christmas festivities with friends, Andrew asked Marie to become his happily ever after.

We met up with Marie and Andrew at The Old Harrow Mill, the perfect first location for their charming, engagement session. The exposed walls of The Mill gave off a cozy, romantic feeling and the beautiful vines and candles brought along by CJH Florals gave warmth and colour to the session. This easy setting allowed Marie and Andrew to relax and have fun celebrating this special moment in their lives, and you could see how smitten they were with one another from the very beginning of the shoot.

From there we went to an outdoor garden, secret and secluded, and settled down to take a few photos. Surrounded by lush, green, vines crawling up wood arbours, spacious lawns, and big pine trees- it really felt like we had stumbled upon our own personal Secret Garden. You could tell how at home Marie and Andrew felt in this beautiful, outdoor environment, how natural it was for them to be outside; they’re the kind of people who see the whole world as a garden just waiting to be discovered, and they’re always ready to explore it together.

Marie and Andrew, we were thrilled that you chose us to take your engagement and wedding photos! It means so much that people we hold so dear to our hearts would trust us with such important moments of their lives! You two are such beautiful souls, and we could not be happier that you have found each other. We cannot wait to celebrate with you next year on the best day ever, your wedding day!

“Where you tend a rose, my lad, A thistle cannot grow.” -Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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Katie & Eric’s story began with an introduction through friends. 7 years later, after dating long distance between Toronto and Ottawa where Katie is a teacher and Eric a public servant, they decided to close the gap between their two worlds and make official what they knew to be true: they were better together as one.

We met up with Katie and Eric earlier that morning as they each prepared for their big day. Katie had her hair and makeup done alongside her bridesmaids; she wore an elegant, slim gown accented with a subtle swirled sparkle design, her Jimmy Choo heels adding a touch of flare. Keeping with tradition, Katie borrowed something old-her grandmothers beautiful embroidered bonnet-  and something blue – a gorgeous ring- to complete her look. Eric spent the morning with his groomsmen at a home on the lake, the perfect place to relax before the festivities of the day. The suit he wore was handmade by Raymond Tailor of Distinction, a custom mens outfitter from Ottawa. He pulled his look together with a classic Daniel Wellington watch and soft grey tie. 

We then traveled to Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery for an intimate first look before the ceremony. Eric and Katie’s eyes were filled with admiration and excitement when they saw each other for the first time and it only continued throughout their outdoor ceremony. It was July 8th, and the sun shone brightly over the birch arbor that stood above Katie and Eric as they read vows and exchanged rings amongst friends and family and bright green grape vines. They said I do and were pronounced husband and wife!

Celebrations continued into the Sprucewood reception hall where beautiful florals arranged by Petals dotted the room, gold and blush accents adorning the space from top to bottom. Throughout the evening everyone laughed and enjoyed funny, heartfelt speeches, delicious food, and energetic dance moves. There was love in the air, and everyone could feel it!

Eric and Katie, we loved spending your special day with you. You two were so beautiful and we can’t wait to see all the amazing things the future holds for both of you. Wishing you only the very best!

“Adventures are great, especially when the person you love is your destination.” – Unknown

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  • EmilyOctober 4, 2016 - 5:20 PM

    OH, I have MISSED visiting your blog!  I am always so in love with your work!  I love how light-hearted and romantic this wedding turned out.  The bride and groom seem like a lot of fun.  My favorite image is the portrait of the two standing on the shore.  It made me stop and scroll a little more slowly to take it all in.  Love the details and the styling all around – great work!ReplyCancel

  • MelissaOctober 4, 2016 - 8:31 PM

    What a gorgeous wedding! I really love the beach photos and I have to say you are amazing at detail shots!ReplyCancel

  • AshleyOctober 7, 2016 - 2:23 PM

    Oh my goodness – this wedding is so lovely! I always adore your detail styling. So so good! You did such a beautiful job capturing the love and laughter of their day! Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

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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