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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We had the privilege of photographing Colleen and Demetri’s engagement session in beautiful Lake Louise, Alberta. It was the best spot for their shoot, since Demetri proposed to Colleen on the top of a mountain overlooking the scenic view that is Lake Louise. We knew after their session that the wedding day was going to be just like them, relaxed, fun, and filled with love.

The big day arrived, and we headed to Colleen’s Mom’s house to capture the preparations of Colleen getting ready to marry her love, Demetri. Colleen walked into the house, calm as a cucumber, with her wedding day hair and makeup completely flawless thanks to Dry Parlour. The vibe in the house was relaxed, the perfect setting for any potential wedding day jitters to disappear. Colleen stepped into her Maggie Sottero fit and flare gown from Bridal Couture that was adorned with crystals over a delicate layer of lace. Her gold and sparkly Betsey Johnson shoes accented her rose gold custom jewelry perfectly. 

Demetri’s morning on the other hand was a little more lively, filled with family and friends ready to celebrate the day with family traditions! The tradition called the ‘red scarf blessing’ entails certain members of the family wrapping the groom in a red scarf, to signify a blessing from the family. Once dressed, Demetri wore a classic slim fit black tuxedo, and the groomsmen dressed in sharp looking suits from Moore’s. Demetri was rocking the coolest pair of custom made wingtip brogue shoes by The Left Shoe Company all the way from London, UK. The groomsmen were gifted with custom made superhero socks and Etsy custom cufflinks that polished off their look. These guys looked great!

We soon made our way to Willistead Manor where Colleen and Demetri exchanged vows and became husband and wife during their touching courtyard ceremony. After snapping some intimate moments between the two inside the manor, we were off to the Art Gallery of Windsor for some more photos with the entire wedding party. The reception at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts was decorated splendidly by Swanky Affair for the theme of the day, “Travel.” With luggage tags for each guest waiting at their seat. Family and friends of Colleen and Demetri were in for an evening of teary speeches, great dancing, and lots of laughs.

Colleen and Demetri, when we think about you we can’t help but get a giant smile on our faces. Your two of the most thoughtful, fun, and sweet people we know. It warms our heart to see how you two love and care for each other. You have such a rare gift in each other. Always treasure each other wherever life may take you! Best of luck on your next big move, please stay in touch.

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

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April is an absolute sweetheart. She is thoughtful, personable, and has a bright and genuine smile that you just can’t help but love. Stephane is a relaxed and playful guy with a positive outlook on life. Together they enjoy hiking in the great outdoors, stopping by local patios in Walkerville for a tasty treat, and hosting friends for dinner parties. 

April and Stephane also enjoy the occasional wine tour, and have decided to host their fall wedding at the exquisite Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. For their engagement session we had discussed the idea of an intimate and peaceful location that had some meaning to them. Especially since it’s the destination of their wedding, Sprucewood’s romantic atmosphere and private beach was the natural choice.

April totally rocked a fabulously large and in charge bouquet during the shoot crafted by CJH Florals. And the relaxed and playful way both April and Stephane enjoy each other’s company made them such a joy to shoot.

April and Stephane, spending the evening with both was so much fun. Your lighthearted and easy going personalities are a pleasure to be around. You are a match made in heaven and we are completely honoured to photograph your upcoming wedding! 

“You are my today and all of my tomorrows.” – Leo Christopher

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You may recognize this remarkable power couple from their downtown Detroit engagement session last October. Sandra is a brilliant and beautiful woman that makes the cutest scrunched up nose when she smiles. JP is a highly motivated and dapper man that cherishes his Sandy with all of his heart (just look at how he looks at her throughout the post below – ah!). When they’re not being kick-ass lawyers, JP and Sandra are usually surrounding themselves with friends and family, enjoying a little tequila, or planning their next trip around the globe. 

JP and his groomsmen prepped for the big day by suiting up and shared some laughs over their love for WWE. Sandra and her girls got a little pampering at Lavish Salon and arrived to the house looking fabulous. Before we headed to the ceremony, Sandra’s maid of honour surprised her with a touching gift from JP. He had written her a toast of admiration to be read aloud in front of all of her friends, and arranged for a special bottle of Dom Perigean (vintage 2006 no less!) to be shared among them. With that, they left for the church filled with joy and excitement.

Their heartwarming ceremony took place at Ste. Anne’s Parish in Tecumseh. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house watching JP’s face as his favourite girl walked down the aisle towards him. After some meaning scripture readings and a blessing, we headed to The Art Gallery of Windsor for a clean, modern, and fresh photos.

The reception followed at Fogolar Furlan where Elegance By Design brought the ivory, champagne, and blush wedding theme to life that JP and Sandra had dreamed of. Shelby’s Sweet Shoppe added to the beauty with a stunning desserts table for their guests. Highlights of the night were the speeches made between friends and family. These people love and value each other on such a deep level. Even we were in tears! DJ PJ got the party started with his enthusiastic drumming and ACS Productions set the mood with lighting for an epic dance party.

JP and Sandra, we adore you both, and could not be happier that you have been so lucky in love. Thank you for inviting us into these once in a lifetime moments to share in your joy! We will never forget the love, admiration, and gratitude we felt that day between you and your families. We know you already know how blessed you are! Never forget it. xo

“The first time I saw you, my heart whispered, “that’s the one”.” -Unknown

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  • Sue litsterJune 28, 2016 - 5:11 PM

    proud of my God-Son and his new bride.  love you, Aunt Susan and Uncle Eric xoxoxReplyCancel

Evan is a hard-working medical student who loves sports and travel.  Sam has a heart of gold and a passion for volunteering with a variety of organizations. Together they can usually be found at the beach, enjoying a picnic lunch, laying under the stars, or being endlessly entertained by their dog Keysha playing in the water. Even their first “I Love You”‘s were said over a picnic for Sam’s birthday. Of course beach picnics had to be included for their engagement shoot!

We decided that Lakeside Park in Kingsville was the perfect spot to capture the story of this adorable couple, and we couldn’t have asked for a better day! Besides the perfect weather and the lake looking like absolute glass, Sam and Evan made our jobs easy with their lighthearted personalities and genuine connection. Even after the 8 years they’ve been together, they still act as if they have a grade school crushes on each other. Their cuteness with each other definitely didn’t stop when we’d lower the camera to check shots.

Sam and Evan, you two are a blast to be with! We have loved getting to know you so far, and are pumped about spending more time together as we head towards your happily ever after. Five more months! xo

“…all that you are is all that I’ll ever need.” – Ed Sheeran

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  • AshleyJune 27, 2016 - 2:31 PM

    Oh my goodness – could this engagement session be any more lovely?! Beautiful work, as always! (And I love their picnic setup – such a cute idea!)ReplyCancel

  • Donna BeckJune 28, 2016 - 1:43 AM

    Absolutely beautiful engagement session!ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyJune 29, 2016 - 8:43 AM

    I love how natural this engagement session looks! So many beautiful elements from the environment tied into the shoot. The couple is super cute too! :)ReplyCancel

You may remember Brandon and Annalyssa from their colourful and fun-filled engagement session last February. Their wedding quickly approached, and days went from being blustery to warm as the sun started to make more appearances in May.

Their Big Day began with some hair and makeup pampering, and Annalyssa slipping into her gorgeous gown from Bridal Couture. Her parents’ home was filled with doting friends and family, and excitement and anticipation was everywhere! Her bridesmaids were looking mighty fine in their serenity coloured dresses that went along swimmingly with the colour scheme of the day. Groom Brandon got ready at his Mom’s house by suiting up in a finely tailored blue Jack Victor suit from 67 Richmond. Everyone was looking sharp, even Brandon’s lovable pup, who was rocking a tux complete with a top hat!

They were wed at Good Shephard Parish in Tecumseh and had their wedding party portraits taken at the new Leamington Town Hall. The natural light and giant living wall inside the building were perfect for the candid feel that Brandon and Annalyssa were hoping for.

The couple had envisioned a timeless, romantic, and classic feel for their reception. As usual, Mastronardi Estate Winery jumped right on board with the couple’s vision and brought it to life beautifully. Jacobs Flowers had the venue outfitted in beautiful white hydrangeas with cream and antique blush roses. 3-D Live Catering brought their A-game with an incredible meal, and Sunrise Bakery followed suit with tasty desserts. The night ended with some dreamy sunset pictures and some pretty talented dancers showing off their best moves to lights and sounds by ACS Productions.

Annalyssa and Brandon, your day was a true reflection of the both of you. Your lovable personalities shone throughout your day, and we are truly happy to have been able to photograph your engagement session and your wedding day!

“All she ever wanted was unpredictable kisses and unforgettable laughter.” – Brandon Villaseno

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  • Cindy FryeJune 13, 2016 - 8:56 PM

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple on a beautiful day!!! ReplyCancel