The Sciacca Family | Baby Leo | Maternity & In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Photographers

The Sciacca family met me for their maternity session just a few weeks before baby Leo was ready to make his grand entrance. I walked onto the boardwalk at Lakeview Park and met the Sciacca’s, who had arrived a few minutes early to let Nova, their 2.5 year, old explore her surroundings. Kristen was rocking a grey dress that showed off the baby bump that was keeping Leo safe and warm for those last few weeks, and Nova was busy watching the water through the railings. Kristen had mentioned that she could be a bit shy, but as soon as I got down on her level, introduced myself, and asked her to take us to the beach where we’d start taking pictures, she lit up and happily led the way. We spent the next 30 minutes snuggling, dipping toes in the water, chasing seagulls and photographing the soon-to-be family of four.

Leo arrived soon after and we were eager to meet their newest addition. He was so cute with this full head of brown hair, tiny fingers and toes, and bright curious eyes! Kristen had thoughtfully prepared his nursery – his name hung above two paddles on one side of the room, and sea animals decorated the walls above his crib and the rocking chair where they were bound to spend so many days and evenings. Tiny converse shoes, a gift from dad, sat on a shelf and a rose in memory of great grandpa hung from the paddles above the change table.

Their session started in the living room, piling on the couch – Mom, Dad, Nova (cookie in hand – living her best life), and Leo for the first family photo (Oscar, the family dog, included). Nova gave her baby brother a kiss and gently held his hand, before heading off with grandma and letting mom and dad sneak in a few pictures alone with baby Leo.

Sciacca family, we’ve loved getting to document this life-changing time for you. We can’t wait to continue to document your family as you grow together through the years. Congratulations!

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” – Robert Munsch 

A REVIEW FROM THE FAMILY

“We had the pleasure of working with Kristle and Arica for our maternity and newborn session and we received photos that we will cherish for years.

Kristle planned our maternity session with a colour palette and location that complements our home and style. We had planned an outdoor session and had to reschedule due to the weather. She was very accommodating with the rescheduling.

Kristle was so sweet with our two-year-old daughter, who at times is shy and does not like her photo taken. We ended up walking away with some of the sweetest pictures of our daughter and our precious baby bump.

Arica captured the most beautiful photos of our newborn son. Our house seemed a little chaotic that day and we were not sure if she was able to capture decent photos of our family. We were blown away when we saw the photos. She has a talent for capturing sincere moments shared between family. We are so grateful that we chose Manifesto to do our maternity and newborn session and look forward to working with them in the future.” – Anthony & Kristen (more…)

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Katie & Jacob | Lakeside Park & Mastronardi Estate Winery | Kingsville, Ontario Wedding Photographers

Katie & Jacob have that crazy-about-each-other, head-over-heels, fairytale love thing going on when they speak about each other because they both know they’ve hit the jackpot. Katie’s an extrovert – she’s bubbly, carefree, and kind. She loves people and is always up for new adventures. Jake is an introvert – but he’s just as easy-going and is considerate not only with Katie but with everyone he encounters. They grew up together, but it wasn’t until one night when they ran into each other at a bar and chatted the night away that they saw what they hadn’t seen before. Soon after that night, they started dating and only a few weeks later they realized they were falling for one another and agreed they were going to be married. They are actually the epitome of ‘when you know, you know’ and of course, the story gets even more romantic. The more they spoke about their wedding day, the more the realized they wanted something personal, unique, and intimate and so after a night out in Toronto, Jake got down on one knee and asked Katie to marry him  – the next day. In their words, “We didn’t have a dress, bands, or shoes, but it didn’t matter – by the next day we had scrambled to put together one of the most amazing afternoons of our entire lives, and tied the knot at City Hall before the few close friends who could attend on such short notice. All agreed it was an incredible, jubilant and beautiful occasion which not only felt right but was a long time coming.”

A while later, Katie & Jacob put together a wedding where they reaffirmed their vows and celebrated with their family and friends. Katie started the day at her sister’s house with her family and bridesmaids. Katie’s Allure Bridal dress hung from the window, while she and her bridesmaids relaxed with a bottle of bubbly in matching robes and ‘bridesmaid’ champagne glasses. As they were pampered, getting their hair done and makeup applied, Arica spent some time photographing the details of her day – her Badgley Mischka shoes, her gorgeous bouquet from Thiessen’s Flower Shop and her beautiful earrings. Once they were ready to go, Katie sat down to open her gift from Jacob – a basket full of thoughtful gifts, an emergency kit, and shoes he had HAND EMBROIDERED himself with ‘Mrs. Merritt’ and their wedding date. Best. Gift. Ever. She stepped into her dress and flats with the help of her mom and bridesmaids and was beaming from ear to ear as we snapped a few bridal portraits.

Jacob’s day started at his parents’ house where the guys were pampered themselves. Jacob brought in a hairdresser to make sure everyone was in tip-top shape for the day, and they took turns between bites of the delicious pulled pork sandwiches. Jacob got into his Calvin Klein charcoal suit, but not before presenting the guys with the most thoughtful groomsmen gifts I’ve seen yet – customized beers with caricatures of each of his groomsmen. Everyone was blown away at the attention to detail!

Once they were both ready for the day, they met at Lakeside Park in Kingsville for their first look and wedding party portraits. Jacob took his place at the bottom of the hill, and Katie snuck up slowly behind him for their first look. She tapped him on the shoulder and of course, was met with a tight hug and admiration from Jacob as soon as he turned around. They barely stopped smiling throughout their portraits as they soaked in every minute together underneath the giant trees the park has to offer. Their wedding party soon joined them for photos before heading to Mastronardi Estate Winery for their ceremony and reception.

The winery looked spectacular, as always! The tables were draped in cream and gold lace linens, white drapery hung from the ceiling behind the head table, blush napkins sat atop gold charger plates at each setting, and dark wooden chairs and gold candles added warmth to the room. Guests mingled, signing the guest book before heading outside to take their seats in front of the vineyards where the ceremony was to take place. Jacob opened his gift from Katie as he waited – an artist’s sketch of a portrait of their city hall ceremony (they are both such thoughtful gift givers!) – before he and his groomsmen took their place in front of the wooden arbor. As the ceremony started, the bridesmaids made their way down the aisle, and then it was Katie’s turn. The guests stood and Katie emerged with her dad and walked confidently towards Jacob to once again affirm her commitment to him and their life together. They had so hoped for an outdoor ceremony and the timing of everything perfectly fell into place (as it always seems to do with them) as the raindrops started to fall as soon as the guests had finished entering the venue.

We made use of their head table’s backdrop for their family portraits and soon the cocktail hour was over and the party was about to start. The dinner, speeches, and dances were all incredible. We were even able to sneak outside just after the rain for the most epic sunset. Overall, it was actually a perfect day.

Katie & Jacob, your love is inspiring. Listening to you tell us your story only solidified the feeling we already had about you two, that you were right for each other. We love how you respect and honour each other with your words and actions. Things just align for you guys and it’s crazy, but makes sense. We’re so happy for you!

“I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything”. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

A REVIEW FROM THE COUPLE
“It’s been a few weeks but we still can’t believe what an amazing time the wedding was. You two did such an incredible job leading up to the big day, and taking care of all the details along the way. Josh, we’ve had so many good things to say about your genuine attitude, professionalism, and just general awesome service every step of the way. You’ve gained a true skill for taking care of so many of the little details along the way and really made the morning of the wedding roll out beautifully – and thanks to your suggestion we started the ceremony early and were able to have a fantastic outdoor exchanging of vows, as planned. Arica you are so warm and genuine and instantly made us feel comfortable. From the start you were nothing but patient and kind and answered all of our questions and were so accommodating. The day of the wedding went incredibly smoothly because of you both and you made our day more perfect than we could have imagined. It was easy to trust that the two of you would make the day a success and we would – and have – been recommending you to everyone. Our relationship has been life changing to us and getting to spend forever together has truly been a surreal fairytale and we will never be able to thank you enough for capturing our love perfectly.”  | Katie & Jake Merritt

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Michelle & Justin | John R. Park Homestead | Essex, Ontario Engagement Photographers

We’re firm believers that the best relationships are built on a foundation of friendship, love, trust and an ability to have fun together. Michelle and Justin check every box. They met through mutual friends in college at a night out to Papa Cheney’s and became closer during a trip with those same friends to Vegas. They’ve been inseparable ever since, and last November, Justin got down on one knee in New Orleans and asked Michelle to be his forever. Since then, they’ve survived a long distance relationship which is soon coming to an end (hallelujah) and they’ve come out of it even stronger.

Michelle is adorable, sincere, and sweet as pie. Justin is a beast with big muscles, but is gentle and kind especially with Michelle. Together they are big into family, enjoy delicious food, and exploring new places. They compliment each other so well and at their session it was all laughs and love.

We all agreed that John R. Park Homestead would be a great spot for their engagement session and a perfect fit for their rustic, modern wedding theme. It was their first photo shoot together but they were calm, relaxed, and absolutely willing to try every silly or serious prompt. They were so kind and welcoming that we felt like instant friends.

Michelle and Justin, I’ve genuinely loved getting to know you both and the times we’ve spent together. It was an honour to capture your first shoot together and I’m so excited to be there as you say ‘I do’ later this year! Thanks for choosing us.

“And so together, they built a life they loved”. | Unknown 

Windsor, Ontario Engagement Photographers | John R. Park Homestead | Manifesto Photography

A REVIEW FROM THE COUPLE

“We are thankful/excited to have chosen Manifesto as our photographers.  They radiate comfort which allowed them to capture the intricate and genuine moments of our engagement session.  Manifesto has been very informative and accommodating from the start and we can’t wait until our wedding day to work with them again.” | Michelle & Justin (more…)

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Crosby Family | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina | Destination Family Photographers

There’s decades between them, countless cities, and more stories together than they can count. They’ve grown up together – their families were friends and they were bound to be too. They spent their childhood sitting in the pews of their church together and as the years passed, friendship turned to teenage crushes, until early adulthood led Joelle to England and Jesse to Yellowknife. Despite the distance, the pull remained and Joelle left her life in England to join Jesse in Yellowknife, where they were married less than a year later.

Today, they’re back in Essex County with a one year old, one more on the way, and 5 foster children. Yes, you read that right. 6 children and 1 on the way. They’ve mastered teamwork and they balance each other out – where Joelle is reserved, Jesse is outgoing – and they interact with an ease, comfort, and confidence that only a lifetime of knowing each other can bring.

Earlier this year, while on vacation in Myrtle Beach, they braved cold temps and an early wakeup call for a sunrise family session on the beach. I don’t know about you, but beaches at sunrises are some of my favourite things. Despite it being FREEZING (literally, we couldn’t feel our limbs), the magic that is sunrise – the foam forming as the waves crashed onto the beach, the sun shining along the water, and the birds flying over the pier – more than made up for it. They spent an hour walking along the shore, cozying up close with the sun shining between them, and tossing their little boy in the air, something that’s always guaranteed to get giggles, and creating memories in yet another city and stage of life.

Jesse & Joelle, the life you live day in and day out and your (not so) little family is an inspiration to so many including all of us here at Manifesto. Your hearts are pure gold. Thank you for allowing me into your lives to capture this very special page in your epic story.

“Here’s to all the places we went. And all the places we’ll go. And here’s to me, whispering again and again and again and again: I love you.” -John Green

A REVIEW FROM THE FAMILY

“Working with the Manifesto team was an amazing experience. We had the privilege to do a destination shoot in South Carolina. Kristle was able to capture natural shots while coaching us along the way. We felt comfortable, confident and had such a fun time! The ocean was cold, but the beauty of the sunrise that was captured was more than worth it. We highly recommend Manifesto and we look forward to working with the team on many more occasions.” | The Crosby Family

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Amy & Steve | Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre & Windsor Christian Fellowship | Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers

We knew from the first time we met Amy and Steve that they were going to be a dream to work with. They are some of the most kind-hearted and fun loving people, and they are absolutely head over heels in love with each other. We were so pumped to kick off our 2018 wedding season photographing their day as they committed themselves to one another.

You know the saying ‘Your vibe attracts your tribe’? That couldn’t be more true for this couple. They spent the morning surrounded by their respective friends and family, and let me tell you – they are seriously just as great as Amy and Steve.

The girls got their hair done as they took turns passing around her bridesmaid’s brand new little girl, Ruby (superhero, right there, standing in a wedding after just giving birth). Amy was relaxed as she handed out gifts to her bridesmaids and stepped into her dress from Bridal Couture that her mom buttoned up for her before her friends and family surrounded her to pray for the momentous step she was about to take. Steve’s morning was much the same. The jokes were nonstop as they helped each other with suspenders and bow ties, and posed for a few pictures of just the guys before heading off for Steve & Amy’s first look.

As much fun as they have, Amy & Steve’s relationship is intentional and filled with faith in every aspect. Amy had wanted nature for their first look and wedding party portraits, but as the day neared and the weather looked grim, they opted for an indoor location instead – Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre. The location didn’t matter though as she stepped into the room for their first look, tapped on Steve’s shoulder, and shared in a hug and a look that clearly meant they could not be more excited for their day. And once the excitement of their first look had settled, they joined hands and prayed together, thanking God for each other and asking Him for his presence in their marriage.

Their wedding party soon joined them. The cream coloured walls and subtle classic architecture of the room made for a neutral and timeless backdrop that complimented the bridesmaids’ rose dresses. The whole group of them are actually hilarious and good-natured. As you scroll below you’ll see their personalities shining through. Just as we were ending the photos inside, (angels sang hallelujah) the weather cleared up, and we were able to sneak out for some pictures on the grounds surrounding MacKenzie Hall – getting in that nature that Amy had hoped for.

Their ceremony and reception took place at Windsor Christian Fellowship – the church where they had met and where they attended every Sunday together. The front of the room was lit up with dramatic lighting, and Steve stood up front waiting for his bride, as the room filled with those there to support them. Amy entered the room with her dad, walked down the aisle to her groom, and joined hands as they took the first step to becoming husband and wife. It was beautiful.

Their reception soon followed. The hall was decorated with cream linens and light wood centerpieces filled with candles and flowers, and they made their entrance under a tunnel courtesy of their wedding party before they took their seats at the head table to thunderous applause. Their parents and wedding party took to the podium to speak into their marriage and tell stories about them individually and together before they opened up the dance floor with their first dance.

Amy & Steve, it’s been so encouraging to get to know you and see your love and commitment to one another. Your character shines through and is even more evident through the many that came to stand by your side as you became husband and wife. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs!

“That’s the most beautiful thing in the world, when two people become fluent in choosing one another.” | H.B.

A REVIEW FROM THE COUPLE

“We are so glad we went with Manifesto as our wedding photographers. They went above and beyond, and I will continue to recommend them to anyone needing a photographer.” – Amy & Steve

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Jayde & Rob | White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa | Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario | Windsor, Ontario based Wedding Photographers, Manifesto Photography

Hey It’s been an intense, but beautiful whirlwind of a year for Jayde and Rob. Soon after welcoming their adorable son, Roman, into the world, Rob asked Jayde to marry him, starting the process of planning a wedding, along with raising a new baby, and running their own salon. Thankfully, these two have the most lovely and supportive families who came armed and ready to help make this magical day go off without a hitch. If you’ve read about Jayde and Rob’s love story on their engagement session blog post, you know that they first met at a gym. That gym was located right here at their wedding venue, White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa!

Jayde’s morning began as most of her morning do. She headed into her salon, but this time she was the lucky one getting pampered. Her bestie, visiting from Miami, did an incredible job on her hair! Once her hair was all set in an elegant low bun, Jayde headed up to her room where her Berta gown hung from the bed frame. Her mom helped her into her dress and Jayde slipped into her ‘So Kate” Christian Louboutin heels. She looked radiant and was ready to go downstairs for her first look with Rob.

Rob spent his morning at his parents’ house surrounded by close friends and family who mingled, ate, and raised a glass of champagne to celebrate their big day before Rob headed upstairs to get ready. He suited up in his tailored Isaia suit and put on his badass studded Louboutin shoes. Roman was part of the party, and didn’t want to miss a thing! We just loved seeing his little details displayed right alongside his dad’s.

White Oaks Resort and Spa is a cut above the rest. The staff, the hotel, the venue, and the gardens are outstanding. We started off Rob and Jayde’s photos with a first look by a stairway just to the side of their venue and then made our way to the gardens. Since it is still early spring, and we pretty much had the longest winter ever, the gardens were still pretty green. Even without the usual florals and pops of colour throughout, the greenery made a beautiful background for this black tie theme. We were so grateful that Jayde and Rob trusted our artist vision for a more unusual background. The metal wall with the diagonal siding is situated in the parking lot just outside of the gym where they met. Meaning and style? Yes. Please. Just before the ceremony was about to start, we met up with Roman for a few family pics.

Soon after, the guests gathered for the ceremony, while Rob waited outside for his bride and son, and Jayde peaked out from above the ceremony site. When it was time, she descended down the stairs with her mom, looking like royalty as she waved to her guests and made her to her groom. Once vows were said, rings were exchanged and they celebrated with a kiss amongst falling confetti. It was awesome!

Their reception was gorgeous and as classy as it gets with black linens, green and white florals from VonMar Floral Boutique, and flickering candles across the room. The sweets table not only looked amazing but it had everything you could hope for – Oreos, twinkies, pretzels – covered in white and milk chocolate. Jayde & Rob made their entrance into their reception and went straight into their first dance. From the sidelines Roman was begging to join his parents and once set free, he toddled over to join them. He was determined and it was quite the memorable moment! Everyone was either cheering or crying. The band, Saturday Night Jive, played throughout dinner and speeches and kept the party going all night long. We finished off our time with some night photos outside.

Jayde & Rob – you’ve had quite the year and we are so glad to have been part of it, capturing both your engagement and your wedding day! We hope you will fully relax and enjoy your honeymoon. Thank you for choosing us to document these important milestones. Please keep in touch and give Roman a high five from us. ;)

“The most wonderful thing I ever decided to do was to share my life and heart with you” – Unknown

Niagara-on-the-lake Wedding at White Oaks Resort & Spa | Photographers: Manifesto Photography based in Windsor, Ontario
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Jayde & Rob | Toronto, Ontario Engagement Session | Destination Engagement Photographers

It’s incredible how a chance encounter with someone can alter the very course of your life. Neither Jayde or Rob planned to meet the one they would marry when they signed up for a gym membership, but when Rob spotted Jayde across a crowded gym, he knew the game had changed.

Well… things definitely “worked out” (see what I did there?). Years later, Jayde and Rob co-own a successful salon, Nine Zero Five, and have welcomed their beautiful son, Roman, into their family. This coming weekend, they’re celebrating their love, family, and commitment by getting married in the presence of their closest friends and family.

For their engagement session, we traveled up to Toronto to photograph them in one of their favourite spots, the Yorkdale Shopping District. As a family, they stepped out onto the streets looking cooler than I could ever hope to be and somehow made it look effortless. Their son Roman was all smiles and clearly has a better fashion sense than all of us combined.

Jayde & Rob, we’re so excited for your wedding this weekend and are so happy for you! We’re completely pumped to see how you infuse your signature style into your day and can’t wait to be there to capture the whole day unfold. See you soon!

“And suddenly, you were my everything.” – Unknown

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