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

Manifesto Photography | Windsor Ontario Engagement Photographers | Point Pelee National Park | Leamington OntarioReviews about Manifesto“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

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You know that friend who seems to have a bottomless purse full of necessities? An Advil when you have a headache, a mint after you’ve eaten your fair share of garlic hummus, or floss when you have a sesame seed wedged between your teeth? Here at Manifesto Photography, we want to be that friend on your wedding day! Here’s what we have in our bag, and what you need to throw in yours:

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Sophia and Imran are the kind of people who make the most of their moments together, even if it’s simply walking hand in hand outside. After being long-distance for a good portion of their relationship, they decided it was time to put an end to sad goodbyes and long absences, and got engaged in one of the best location: Paris! In the city of love, under a Parisian sky, Imran asked Sophia to marry him, to forever be the person he knew he’d see as the day began and ended. She enthusiastically said yes and the proposal in Paris is a fond memory they carried in their hearts all the way to the top of the altar. So on a sunny September day, Sophia and Imran made it official and became husband and wife! 

Sophia’s morning began at the Lowe Martin House, the place she and her girls got ready for the wedding. Sophia wore a laced-fitted mermaid gown, a delicate veil flowing behind, and to fulfill the something blue category Sophia completed her look with stunning blue Jimmy Choo’s. Her bridesmaids complimented her deep white gown with their navy silk dresses from J.Crew and all the ladies looked simply beautiful. 

Imran started off his day with his guys getting ready in a custom-designed merino-wool/mohair blended suit by Tom James in Toronto; his groomsmen wore similar black suits. Imran finished off his outfit by slipping into sleek Ferragamos, and once everyone was dressed and ready to go, the group went to meet the girls at Willistead Park.

Before wedding party photos however, Sophia and Imran met near the back of the Lowe Martin House for an exciting and touching first look, the chance for them to be alone and soak in the happiness of their wedding day bliss before the hectic day ahead. From there the two went to Willistead Park and met up with the rest of the wedding party for group portraits.

The ceremony was held at Ambassador Golf Club. With a bright sun shining above and not a cloud in sight, Sophia and Imran said I do through tearful smiles and congratulatory applause. Once the two walked down the aisle the group went indoors for a lively reception complete with dabke dances, delicious treats, and a surprise family dance led by Sophia and her father!

Sophia and Imran, congratulations on your marriage! We wish you both happiness and health in your journey together as married best friends and can’t wait to see what adventures await you both.

“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.” -Leo TolstoyManifesto Photography | Windsor Ontario Wedding Photographers | Ambassador Golf Club Reviews about Manifesto“When my ‘fiancé’ at the time asked me if there was one item or person I wanted for our wedding, I did not hesitate to say that I absolutely needed Manifesto Photography. The most important part of the wedding planning process was to ensure we had trust, confidence and faith in the photographers we chose. The entire wedding process was seamless, from meeting at their beautiful home office (with the best homemade gluten and dairy free cookies) to the hectic wedding day. I cannot stress enough how important it was to have two amazing photographers. They captured our day so perfectly, from the tears, laughter to more tears—our love radiated through every picture. On the chaotic wedding day, everything moves so quickly, you forget all those ‘cute’ poses you really wanted or the ‘must have’ shots you saw on Pinterest. With Manifesto, they were the ones directing, ensuring that our position, hair, shoes, etc were flawless. Not to mention, if anyone in the bridal party needed touchups, or even a sewing kit, Arica was there to the rescue. We are extremely grateful. Thank you Arica and Joshua.” – Sophia & Imran

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Lauren and Ryan didn’t know it at the time, but they were destined to be together. They knew of each other for quite a while since Ryan’s friend Andrew was Lauren’s brother, but nothing came of their acquaintance. Then, a chance meeting at a mutual friends championship baseball game lead the two to re-connect and overtime their friendship slowly blossomed into love.

Then on one normal working day while Lauren was doing makeup for a wedding, Ryan invited her out for drinks at The Foundry Pub. She wrestled with whether or not she wanted to go after a long morning of work but Ryan insisted she come. Lauren agreed, but before going to meet Ryan she stopped off at home. To her surprise, no one was there; this felt strange, so she called everyone she could think of who said they were either busy or didn’t pick up at all. Finally she phoned Ryan and he confessed he had planned a small birthday celebration for her even though her birthday was in two weeks.

Lauren drove towards the The Foundry Pub and parked in the lot. As she started walking around the corner she was greeted by a camera man and friends holding white roses and various signs that, all together, said: “October 11 2013 changed my life forever…the past 681 days have been an amazing adventure…and now I want to start…the next chapter in our lives.” She made her way up the stairs where she saw friends, family, and coworkers; she found Ryan’s son Koltin holding a little flower and a box that said “turn around”. And she did, and she saw Ryan on one knee and though she can’t remember what he said, the important thing is that she said yes!

We met up with Lauren and Ryan on a warm fall evening to capture photos in the spots from their engagement. Since The Foundry Pub plays such a special role in Lauren and Ryan’s relationship, we decided it was the best place to begin their engagement session; over a few cold drinks and funny memories we captured Lauren and Ryan in the place where it all began.

From there we went to Jackson Park and had Ryan’s son, Koltin, join us for some family photos. The three of them walked hand in hand under a canopy of green, the top of each tree just starting to change colour in the glowing sun and we could see here, as the sun started setting and the air began cooling off, the beginnings of this new, beautiful family, unfolding before our eyes.

Lauren and Ryan we had so much fun hanging out with you guys for your engagement session. It was so neat to photography you both in a spot that meant so much to your love story. We are excited to see what the future brings for both of you and can’t wait to see you on your wedding day!

“You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known and even that is an understatement.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Manifesto Photography | Windsor Ontario Engagement Photographers | The Foundry Pub | Jacksons ParkReviews about Manifesto“Working with Arica and Josh is like being on a double date. Lots of laughs, picture perfect scenery and hugs to cap off the night. Not only are they a ton of fun to work with but you can feel the passion and talent when they are shooting. Our engagement pictures came out amazing and we cannot wait to have them be apart of our special day. Wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to capture our love but them!”-Lauren & Ryan

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In the Summer of 2012, Dan brought Stephanie to her first baseball game, Tigers vs. Yankees. They sat behind home plate. Midway through the game, the sky opened up and rain showered down onto the field! Now, you could assume that the rain would have dampened their day; but instead, Stephanie and Dan, being the positive, adventurous people that they are, decided to stay in their seats behind home plate, rain falling down, and enjoy the rest of the game. They cheers’d their drinks, laughed and cheered, and watched the Tigers play to victory! For Stephanie and Dan, this isn’t just a fond memory- it’s an example of the kind of people they are. They’re willing to laugh through the tough stuff and make the most of whatever life throws at them. The key is that they do it, together.

We met up with Stephanie and Dan near Leamington, Ontario for their outdoor engagement session. We started off in a shady forest where the two walked hand in hand under the big tree canopy as leaves fell softly around them. From there, as the sun slowly set, we gathered around a backyard fire where Stephanie and Dan cozied together by the flames, roasting marshmallows, laughing and enjoyed being there in that moment together.

Stephanie and Dan, we had a blast shooting your engagement session! We are so excited for you both as you embark together on these next steps of your life. Can’t wait to see you again at your wedding!

“Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey.” – Vera Nazarian

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You may remember Natasha and Sean from their mountainous engagement shoot in Banff National Park, so full of love and admiration for one another. We were so thrilled to see them again, only this time on their wedding day!

All throughout Natasha and Sean’s wedding day rain sprinkled down, slicking roads and cars, and while some might have looked at the rain as an inconvenience, Natasha and Sean chose to embrace the late summer rain and enjoy their special day! Many cultures regard rain on a wedding day as a special blessing that brings good luck, fortune, and good wishes for the bride and groom, and we couldn’t think of a kinder couple to receive this positive omen!

Natasha began her day getting ready with her bridesmaids, enjoying some down-time before the whirlwind adventure of the day. The girls wore elegant single-shoulder, pink-laced dresses accented with delicate ribbon belts.  Natasha wore a stunning beaded lace gown with a sweeping train from It’s Your Day Bridal Boutique; she paired her dress with bright watercolored Ted Baker heels that added a bit of whimsy to her classic ensemble.

Sean started off his day with his groomsmen, all suited up in navy suits with burgundy ties. Sean donned a dapper, dark-navy suit to match his men designed by Ted Baker, and he finished off his look with a smart burgundy bowtie. Once the guys were ready to go, Sean and his best man gassed up Sean’s old 60’s mustang convertible and drove off to meet the love of his life. 

The ceremony was intimate and beautiful. Lot’s of natural light from outside poured into Mackenzie Hall as the two said I do and celebrated their first steps as husband and wife. From there, we went to Water’s Edge Event Centre to continue Natasha and Sean’s celebrations. Throughout the evening there was laughter, tears, beautiful moments between family and friends, and a killer sunset after the rain had settled down. A perfect way to end a beautiful day!

Natasha and Sean, thank you so much for trusting us with this important part of your day. We wish you both nothing but the best wherever life takes you, and can’t wait to see all the amazing things in store for your new, growing, family!

“When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.” —Albert Einstein

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The thrill of adventure is always better when there’s someone to share it with. For Catherine and James, this couldn’t be truer; It’s exactly what makes them a perfect pair! Their shared love of outdoor activities is one of the many things that brought them together and something they continue to share; Wake boarding, rock climbing, mountain biking- you name it, they enjoy it! Because when you find someone willing to go bungee jumping with you in Quebec, you keep that person close. Or in the case of Catherine and James, you ask them to marry you!

On a mild Autumn day we met up with Catherine and James in beautiful Elora, Ontario for their engagement shoot. Our theme for the session was rustic and bohemian, so we started off our day at the Elora Brewing Company, a restaurant and brewery in an old 1840’s building, for some craft beers in an intimate setting. The restaurant’s exposed ceilings and big windows from top to bottom made the space feel cozy, light, and perfect for Catherine and James to sit close have a pint!

From there we headed down to the infamous Elora Gorge, a beautiful natural area in the Grand River valley. The jagged rocks and trickling water under the David Street Bridge lent a laid-back, natural tone to our shoot, and you could see that being outdoors made Catherine and James feel totally at ease. As the water rushed around their feet downstream and the sun starting setting over the gorge, Catherine and James held onto each other, smiling, laughing. Their glances and embraces made it clear that there wasn’t any other place they would rather have been in that moment than right there, together.

Catherine and James, we were so thrilled to experience Elora with you guys, and loved being with you both throughout the day! We are so excited that you two took these next steps towards being husband and wife, and can’t wait till we see you again on your wedding day!

Being soaked alone is cold. Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure.” -Emily Wing Smith

Manifesto Photography | Windsor Ontario Engagement Photographers | Destination Engagement Photography | Elora OntarioReviews about Manifesto“Our engagement photo shoot with Manifesto Photography was amazing. The photos turned out exactly how we had hoped. Josh and Arica were more than willing to accommodate our destination, and even hiked into the Elora Gorge. Our experience was professional, but also very personal. Arica and Josh were able to help us feel relaxed immediately. Their creativity and photography are both top notch. We are looking forward to working with Manifesto again very soon!” –Cat & James
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