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
“We are so grateful for Arica and Josh. Not only are they very professional and take beautiful pictures they made our experience so fun and enjoyable. They have the most easy-going and genuine personalities which allowed us to be ourselves. Our smiles and laughter that evening were authentic thanks to Manifesto Photography.” – Kristen & Ryan