Amanda & Brandon | Mastronardi Estate Winery | Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers

Amanda & Brandon’s love is like no other. It’s crazy about each other, laugh with one another, cry with one another, move across countries to be with one another type of love. No, seriously, Amanda moved from Georgia, USA to Ontario, Canada to marry the love of her life who she just happened to meet while they were both on the same cruise. Last July we had the privilege of documenting the day they said ‘I do’ to forever.

Amanda is as hilarious as she is kind, she is thoughtful and she has killer style. She started her day with her girls getting ready at The Grove Hotel in Kingsville. The room itself had blush couches and plush chairs, damask wallpaper covered the walls, and pewter and silver details decorated the room. Her bridesmaids’ dresses, which ranged in colour from blush to gold with the perfect amount of sparkles, hung from wood hangers detailed with their names. Amanda’s Bravura dress hung from the window on a hanger appropriately labeled ‘Bride’. If Amanda was nervous she didn’t show it as made her way around the room perfecting her and her girl’s makeup and pouring some bubbly for a toast. She took a moment before getting dressed to gift her mom a handkerchief with the words ‘You’ll always be my person’, a sentence that held even more weight as she prepared to move her life from one country to another. I cried… obviously. Once Amanda stepped into her dress, slipped her shoes on and added the final details – earrings and a bracelet – she was ready to meet Brandon at the Hill N’ Dale Bed & Breakfast down the road for their first look.

Brandon’s morning was equally as relaxed, and equally as meaningful. He spent the morning with his groomsmen – they worked together to figure out their ties – and his new pup, who had a bowtie of his own. He spent a moment with his mom who gifted him a chain from his father and then celebrated with his groomsmen as he poured some whiskey, said a toast and headed to meet up with Amanda.

The Hill N’ Dale Bed & Breakfast in Kingsville is gorgeous! The grounds boast forestry, brick walls covered with ivy and wrought iron gates. Brandon stood with his back turned as Amanda approached from the house and tapped him on the shoulder. Their reactions were them as a couple through and through – they alternated between love for one another, evident in the tears that Brandon barely held back and the way they hugged each other tight, and jokes, laughter and poking fun at one another. They spent a few minutes taking portraits together as the soon to be Mr. & Mrs. before joining their wedding party.

Their ceremony took place in the vineyards at Mastronardi Estate Winery – a natural choice as Brandon’s Godparents own it! The guests mingled and took their seats as Brandon and his groomsmen moved up to the front, and Amanda’s bridesmaids began their walk down the aisle. Everyone rose as Amanda made her entrance and Brandon’s eyes were on her as she made her way towards him. Their ceremony was heartfelt and hilarious – the usual theme with these two.

The reception was held just inside at Mastronardi Estate Winery. The room was decorated in natural white and gold tones, with greenery and lights hanging from the ceiling, adding a magical feeling to the room. Pictures from their engagement session decorated the guestbook table. Amanda & Brandon kicked off the party with a ‘shot cam’ to the song “Fireball” passing around a bottle with a go-pro attached to anyone willing to take a shot. They continued the party with their speeches, took a few minutes outside to capture sunset portraits, before kicking off the dance floor with their first dance and parent dances.

Amanda and Brandon, your story and your love are one of a kind. Your day was beautiful and full of meaning, and we are so grateful to have been able to capture it for you! Here’s to a lifetime of adventures, fun, and adorable puppy kisses.

“Not many people can take my breath away, but you, you don’t even have to try” – Unknown 

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The Sabageh Family | 6 Month Session | Navy Yard Park Family Session | Windsor Family Photographer

The phrase ‘time flies by too quickly’ doesn’t even begin to explain how I feel about Miss. Ariella and how much she’s grown in the past 6 months. Her mom and dad, Theresia & Ogie, joined the Manifesto Family less than a year ago and since then we’ve photographed their maternity, newborn, and now their 6 month session. I looked back on Ariella’s baby pictures and I cannot believe how the tiny baby has grown into the little girl with the best smiles and giggles, the cutest chunky thighs and the most beautiful lashes and eyes. We spent a summer evening in Amherstburg celebrating her 6 months and capturing the milestones she’s beginning to reach, and ended the night chowing down on a good book (because let’s be real, 6 month olds don’t want to read, they just want to chew the books ;) ).

Theresia, Ogie, & Ariella – We’re so grateful you joined the Manifesto Family. You bring laughs with your Instagram stories and emails, we love your visits to the studio in between sessions, and we truly think you’re doing parenting right ♥.

“The love of a family, is life’s greatest blessing” | Unknown 

A REVIEW FROM THE FAMILY

“We first originally decided to go with the maternity and newborn package but when Kristle emailed us asking if we were interested in doing photos for her 6 months, we couldn’t resist!
I am SO glad we did them. It stormed the day before our shoot and rained the morning of so our original location was not going to work anymore but Kristle was on top of it with suggestions for location change and remembering some of the other ideas I had in mind. I absolutely loved that I didn’t have to stress about what wasn’t going to happen and how Kristle worked with what we wanted  to make sure we were comfortable and going to get the photos we imagined!
Even though Ariella was a little tired and it took a little more work to get those giggles and smiles from her, Kristle once again worked her magic and was quick to capture all those precious moments. I can’t say it enough but Ariella loves Kristle, which makes taking the photos so fun and easy. We can’t wait to do her one year photos. So sad it’s so far away so we may have to sneak in a family session in there or so, haha. Thanks so much to the Manifesto Team, we love you guys!” | The Sabageh Family

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Sarah & Mark | Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Of St Vladimir | The Art Gallery of Windsor | St. Clair Centre for the Arts | Windsor Wedding Photographer

Sarah and Mark were on vacation in Ireland while touring The Ashford Castle. A tower in the distance appeared to be full of flickering candles and the sights and sounds all around them were straight out of a scene from a romantic movie. They had been together since Christmas Day, 2011 and the thought that Mark might propose at this moment hadn’t crossed Sarah’s mind. She was totally engulfed in the beauty around her and so when she turned around to see Mark with a sparkly, pear-shaped diamond ring she was totally surprised. Despite the romantic setting, she couldn’t believe what was happening, and after asking if he was serious, she said yes and they started back through the castle as fiancés. What talk about a perfect moment *everyone claps for Mark*!

Their wedding day arrived and they were both calm and ready for the day ahead. After 7 years as a couple, they had gone through thick and thin, traveled, and bought their first home together. They could both say with certainty that they had found the one that they wanted to spend their lives with and were eager to make it official in front of the people they loved the most.

Sarah spent her morning with her girls at the house her and Mark had bought together, while Mark got ready with his guys at a hotel not too far away. Sarah’s sipped mimosas with her closest friends, stepped into her Essense of Australia gown and did up the clasp on her grandmother’s pearls. Mark knotted his bowtie, slipped into his shoes and clipped on his watch and they both headed to meet one another at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St Vladimir for their ceremony.

The church holds a lot of significance for them – Mark’s grandfather used to be a Priest there. The Ukrainian Catherdral has tall ceilings, ornate details and an insanely talented choir that sang from the balcony. It was beautiful! The ceremony was full of traditions, ending in vows, a kiss, and a joyful walk back down the aisle.

They stopped at The Art Gallery of Windsor for their first portraits as husband and wife along with their wedding party. Sarah’s bubbly nature and infectious laugh were ever present, the joy between the two of them completely apparent. They finished off their pictures and headed down the road to St. Clair Centre for the Arts for their reception. After being introduced into the hall, Sarah & Mark went straight into their first dance as the curtains rose to reveal the gorgeous waterfront.

Sarah & Mark, you two are a perfect match. We’ve loved getting to know and work with you. It was an honour to document this momentous day for you. We can’t wait to see where the future takes you, congratulations, Mr. & Mrs!

“You walked into my life like you had always lived there, like my heart was a home built just for you”. – A.R. Asher 

Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers | St. Clair Centre for the Arts | Manifesto Photography

A REVIEW FROM THE COUPLE

“The entire Manifesto family was fantastic to deal with. I honestly do not think our wedding day would have went as smoothly as it did without Arica and Josh. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for photographers. There attention to detail and making sure everyone was perfect in the pictures was beyond anything we could have ever expected.” -Sarah and Mark

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2018 Workshops | Windsor, Ontario Photography & Creative Workshops

Below is a list of your 2018 Photography & Creative Workshops. This list will be updated throughout the year, so come on back to check for new and exciting workshops for photographers and other creatives!


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Laura & Mike | Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre | Mastronardi Estate Winery | Windsor & Kingsville, Ontario Wedding Photographers

Love, when it looks like Laura & Mike’s, is absolutely worth the wait. They’ve known each other 13 years – they met when Mike was working at Starbucks and quickly became friends. 10 years in, they attended a wedding together and things took the best turn possible – friendship turned to a relationship and after three years as a couple, they said yes to decades more together this past month.

Laura is organized and detail oriented, a trait that was reflected throughout her wedding. We arrived that morning to a beautifully decorated house – balloons spelled out ‘LOVE’ on the mantel, a #wifey banner hung below. I gathered her perfume, earrings, and shoes – even those had ‘I DO’ detailed on them – and began to photograph them as Laura and her bridal team were pampered with hair and makeup. Laura sat in the light of the window, letting her makeup artist apply the final touches, and then headed to get into her dress with the help of her mom. Her bridesmaids handed her her bouquet, she slipped on her heels, and headed to MacKenzie Hall Cultural Centre for her first look with her soon-to-be husband.

Mike’s morning was similar – minus the hair and makeup ;) His groomsmen arrived at the house ready to stand by his side for the day ahead. His suit, cufflinks and shoes sat ready to be photographed. The guys helped one another tie their ties and do up cufflinks, and Mike took a few minutes alone to read a note from Laura and get into his into his own suit. Once they were all dressed, they spent the remainder of the morning outside, relaxing on the patio until it was time to see Laura for the first time.

Once at Mackenzie Hall, Mike stood calmly in the upstairs room, only a hit of nerves showing as he waited for his bride to walk in and tap him on the shoulder. Laura arrived and did just that. As soon as he turned around he wrapped his arms around her – it was elation and complete relief to finally see one another, and total excitement for the day of come. After a few photos together, their wedding party joined them and together they rocked their portraits, enthusiastically doing everything we asked and clearly having a blast together as always.

After portraits they headed to Mastronardi Estate Winery for their ceremony and went their separate ways. Guests trickled down the aisle and took their seats, and Mike took his place at the front with his groomsmen standing by his side. When everyone had arrived – it was go time – and Laura took her first steps down the aisle toward Mike to become husband and wife. Their ceremony went off without a hitch – they said their vows, placed the rings they had chosen on one another’s fingers, sealed the deal with a kiss – and just like that, they were husband and wife. Hand in hand they made their way back back down the aisle as everyone stood to congratulate the new Mr. & Mrs.

The reception hall at Mastronardi was decorated with cream and gold tablecloths, tall vases filled with flowers sat on guests tables, and flickering candles throughout the room made it feel cozy and intimate. Guests mingled and signed the guest book,  grazed at the sweets table and had fun in the photo-booth as they waited for the newlyweds to make their grand entrance. They didn’t dissapoint – Laura & Mike entered the room with hands in the air, a spin and a kiss, and took their place at the head table. Dinner was served as their parents gave their speeches. Laura & Mike took the podium to thank all those who came to support them and make their day an incredibly memorable one, before taking the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife. They stepped outside for sunset portraits, sparkler photos and cigar shots, before rejoining everyone in the hall to dance the night away.

Laura & Mike, thank you for choosing us to capture your beautiful love story. Your day was so carefully planned and full of thoughtful details that reflected the love you have for each other. We loved getting to document it for you! Congratulations Mr. & Mrs!

“I swear I couldn’t love you more than I do right now, and yet I know tomorrow I will” | Leo Christopher

A REVIEW FROM THE COUPLE
“Arica and and Josh, We can summarize how your work makes us feel with one quote: 
“When people look at my pictures, I want them to feel they way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice” 
– Robert Frank ( Swiss-American Photographer).
As he describes, your photographs make those who see them want to see look at them again and again and somehow experience something new and equally wonderful each time. 
Thank you so much for being such a big part of our wedding day! You two went above and beyond our expectations with your attention to detail and ability to find the beauty around every corner.  Your passion for what you do shines through in every photograph and you are both truly so gifted at your craft. We feel so privileged to have had one of the most important days of our lives captured through your lens.  Thanks again and keep up the great work!” | Laura & Michael Docherty

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Carly & Steven | St. Francis of Assisi Hall | Low-Martin Mansion | Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers

When you hear Carly & Steven talk about how they met, it’s hard not to believe certain people are totally meant to be together. Carly lived in Windsor working a one year contract at a medical office and Steven was in Pittsburg completing his residency. They were far enough apart to believe their paths would likely never cross. Yet somehow Carly’s one year contract turned into three, Steven decided to move back to Windsor despite being offered a position in Pittsburg, and suddenly the distance between them was much less. They worked together day in and day out at the same office, both knowing there was a spark there, and even though they were both hesitant to pursue a relationship with a coworker, Steven invited her out to drinks one night and Carly caved. It’s safe to say they hit it off – they spent 4 hours that night talking non-stop. Carly & Steven are best friends, adventure buddies, and partners who love each other through and through. We photographed their engagement session under a waterfall last November and this past month we were there to photograph the moment they committed to each other as husband and wife.

Carly started her day with her bridesmaids and parents at her and Steven’s home. When I arrived, Carly was glowing, calm, and collected. She looked beautiful (as always!) and the excitement in the house was palpable. Her Essense of Australia dress hung in the living room, and I started gathering her morning details for some detail photos while the girls continued getting their hair and makeup done. Shortly after, Carly stepped into her dress with the help of her mom, slipped her earrings in and slid into her Jimmy Choo flats. She was fully ready to marry the love of her life.

Steven had a more lively morning. Croatians know how to celebrate – the tables were stocked with food and drinks and the house and yard was full of friends and family singing Croatian songs, dancing together and waving flags. Steven snuck inside to get dressed into his suit and open the gift Carly had left for him, and headed back out to continue the celebration.

Their ceremony took place at St. Francis of Assisi Church and was full of rich tradition and meaning. Carly & Steven kept their eyes on each other throughout the ceremony, breaking out in smiles and laughter throughout. You could tell they felt incredibly lucky to be marrying one another. They said their vows and placed rings on each other’s fingers, smiling even as they shared their first kiss as husband and wife, before walking back down the aisle surrounded by a church packed with those there to support them.

They headed to Lowe-Martin Mansion for the wedding party photos – the rich wooden details, stone fireplace, and natural light are incredible and complimented their style and vision for the day. After spending some time with their wedding party, they took a few moments alone for portraits together. The excitement and energy that surrounded them all day settled, as they wrapped their arms around each other and cuddled in, enjoying their first few hours as husband and wife.

The calm didn’t last long as they arrived at their reception at St. Francis of Assisi Hall. Their guests stood to welcome them and they entered to thunderous cheers. They walked straight onto the dance floor where their loved ones came to surround them in celebration with traditional Croatian dances. Once the dances ended, Carly & Steven made their way to the head table where they spent the rest of the evening listening to and giving speeches, toasting to one another and to their family and friends, before they opened up the dance floor and partied the night away.

Carly & Steven, your day was full of meaningful traditions that clearly showed the love you have for one another and the love your community has for you. We loved getting to come along this journey with you as you became husband and wife. Congratulations!

“I look at you and see the rest of my life in front of my eyes”. – Unknown

Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers | Lowe Martin Mansion | St. Francis of Assisi Hall | Manifesto Photography

A REVIEW FROM THE COUPLE

“The Manifesto team has been such a blessing to us throughout the whole wedding experience. Josh and Arica, as always, went above and beyond to ensure our wedding day was a success. Your talent, organization, and professionalism make you such a dream to work with. We received so many compliments from our wedding party, family and friends about you both. You truly care about your clients, wanting them to have the absolute best day possible and it shows. You not only captured beautiful photos but you helped ensure that we got to enjoy every moment as well. We greatly appreciate all of your hard work and kindness. You should both be very proud of all that you do.” – Carly & Steven

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The Santos Family | Malden Park Family Session | Windsor, Ontario Family Photographer

Summer nights are made for family walks, and if you have a 3.5 and 2 year old, a search for their favourite forest ranger. We never did find Ranger Rob, but we did have a ton of fun walking through the forest and over wood bridges that spanned slow moving creeks. We searched for sticks, jumped off logs, blew bubbles and they cuddled up on a blanket to end the night. The sun shone through the tall trees, making for a perfectly picturesque evening for the Santos family photos.

The Santos family first met with us last year for their family photos at Old Harrow Mill, and for their session last year and their summer session this past week, we ran and we played and they loved on their children and as a result, their photos are natural, full of laughter, and a true representation of their family as it is now.

 “The secret to having it all, is knowing you already do” | Unknown

A REVIEW FROM THE FAMILY

“This was our second session with Manifesto and it was as seamless as the first.  Kristle picked a great location for this outdoor session and the kids had so much fun playing in the forest.  I think her strength is connecting with the children from the start and making them feel comfortable with what she is doing.  The children are a part of the story and I think it translates into the photos.  We are so happy with the photos and are already planning dates for our 2019 session! Thank you Manifesto”. | The Santos Family

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