Chris and Kristin are the definition of soul mates, two people meant for each other no matter what. They met in high school and quickly formed a great friendship over hand-folded origami notes and Kinder Eggs during Geography class. Life, however, pulled them into different directions after high school ended, and their friendship slowly came to a pause. It wasn’t until the last year of University after running into one another here and there that they rekindled their friendship and truly recognized what had been there between them all along.
During a weekend adventure, Chris decided to ask Kristin to marry him. They always wanted to explore the waterfalls in the Hamilton area but never found time, so one weekend Chris decided to seize the moment and planned a day-long hike to finally see some of the best waterfalls in the GTA. Throughout the day, Chris tried to propose by suggesting the two stop for a rest, top up with some food and a Kinder Egg, but Kristin, unassuming to what was going on, wanted to continue the hike without interruption. It wasn’t until the two were home, recuperating from their adventure, that Kristin grabbed for a Kinder Egg nonchalantly and discovered a little pink bow attached to a sparkly surprise inside. Before she could figure out what was going on, Chris was down on one knee and the best Kinder Surprise ever was on her finger. It wasn’t how the proposal was intended to go, but it couldn’t have suited them more perfectly!
To reflect Chris and Kristin’s love for the outdoors, we met up with them at Point Pelee National Park for a truly autumnal-feeling engagement session. The leaves were that perfect golden yellow only found in paintings, and the sun had the best glow. We took advantage of the hanging canopy near the main road, and shot some cuteness of Chris and Kristin walking hand-in-hand through piles of crunchy leaves. We stopped in a grassy meadow to have a glass or two of Veuve Clicquot and enjoy the warm autumn breeze.
By this time, the sun had started fading so we went to the beach to end the day with an amazing sunset. The adorableness continued with the two of them running up and down the waters edge with sparklers. As the last bit of the day began disappearing into the horizon, Chris and Kristin held each other closely, the excitement of the day still buzzing between them, the waves of the lake sweeping gently onto the sand.
Chris and Kristin, we had so much fun shooting your engagement session! We are so excited for you two as you adventure together into your next steps as husband and wife, and we can’t wait to be with you again on your wedding day!
“Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.”- Unknown
“A few of our friends had used Manifesto fortheir wedding and engagement photographers and seeing their albums and photos literally took our breath away! Everything about their photos were so beautiful! So, when we got engaged it was a no-brainer, we immediately called Josh and Arica to ensure they would be available on our date to capture our precious moments. (We honestly would have switched our wedding date if they weren’t available).
Manifesto’s mantra is “Lighthearted. Personal. Genuine.” And this truly sums up the whole experience. As individuals Josh and Arica are extremely genuine and lighthearted, and the services they offer are unique and so personal. I would say that one our favourite things about them is that they absolutely care about each and every couple, and they take the time to get to know you and your story. I think this is in part why their photos are so remarkably beautiful, they tell your unique story. We couldn’t possibly love our engagement photos anymore; they capture us so perfectly. The best part, we had so much fun shooting them! This was definitely a memorable experience and we have some amazing pictures to look back on. We can’t wait for the wedding!” – Chris & Kristin