Kasia & Anthony | Central Park | New York City, USA | Destination Engagement Photographers | Part 1

Kasia thought nothing of it when Anthony drove down to the river to relax by the water while they were out on their date. This was a typical outing for them and the very spot they had their first date. As they sat together sipping coffee, they took some time to reminisce about that first date and mull over details about how they met.

Unaware what Anthony was up to as he struck up a casual conversation: “Are you glad I called you back after our first date?” Kasia replied: “Of course!” Anthony followed that up with another question: “Would you be happy if I asked you to marry me?” Kasia didn’t hesitate with the answer… “Yes!”

Kasia is beautiful. Like, inside and out, through and through beautiful. She’s funny, caring, and exudes happiness. Anthony is a riot. He’s charismatic, thoughtful, and can easily strike up a conversation with anyone. Together they are best friends and a perfect pair. They share a love for caffeinated beverages, globe-trotting, and delicious food. Their love is genuine, their interactions playful and caring.

Upon our first meeting with Kasia and Anthony, the dream of doing a destination engagement session was already in the works. We were so excited to have been able to join them in New York City, one of their favourite places on earth.

We spent our first day shooting in Central Park, a pocket of New York that in itself has so many places to explore. We seriously had no idea just how big this place really was (we definitely got our steps in for the day)! Some of the better-known spots used as a backdrop for the shoot included Belvedere Castle, Bow Bridge, and Bethesda Terrace. Each nook and cranny holding a unique beauty.

Having really only spent time with Kasia and Anthony at their consultation and chats by phone before our trip, we hit it off immediately. They were surprisingly relaxed in front of the camera and got into a playful rhythm that kept us all in stitches throughout the day. Stay posted for part two of their session!

Kasia and Anthony, thank you for making this such an outstanding experience from start to finish! It was incredible to travel to The Big Apple with two of the most down to earth and kind people we’ve ever meet. We are so excited to share your wedding day with you (soon)!

“Turn on every light in new york city, I’d still be blind if you weren’t with me.” – Mona Lisa

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“Choosing Manifesto to come to New York with us was the best decision we could have made. They captured our love for New York City better than we could have imagined. Manifesto provided a personal and artistic touch unlike any other. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for the memories of that weekend. We will be enjoying them for a lifetime to come”. – Kasia & Anthony

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Baby Harper | Windsor, Ontario Newborn Photographers

She has her mom’s slate blue eyes, blonde hair, and the most delicate, feminine features. Her nursery was put together with the greatest care by those who love her most, her shelves already stocked with books for bedtime stories. As we laid her in her crib for some photos, her tiny frame seem even smaller. Her fluffy stuffed bunny off to her side, ready to become her best bud as she grows.

April and Stephane had the glow of new parents, so in love with their baby girl. Harper slept most of the morning away, content to be cuddled up in bed and wrapped in her parents’ arms. She fit perfectly in dad’s hands as I captured her tiny lashes and ten little toes. And as she cuddled with mom, she let out a few sleepy smiles and sighs.

April and Stephane, congratulations on welcoming the most perfect addition into your family! It’s been an honour and joy to document some of your biggest milestones, from engagement, to wedding, your maternity session and now your little girl. I’m looking forward to watching your love grow even more as you embark on the newest part of your journey! May you always remember just how blessed you are to have each other every single day.

“You are my sun, my moon, and all of my stars.” – E.E. Cummings

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Ryan & Amanda | The Old Harrow Mill | Windsor, Ontario Engagement Photographers

On their first full day at Disney Land, Ryan wanted to get a caricature drawing done. Amanda wasn’t sure why he insisted on doing it at that moment in Magic Kingdom but his persistence won and they sat down for a drawing. The artist explained what she would draw but Ryan didn’t seem to understand her so he went up to the easel to clarify. Throughout the session, Ryan seemed deep in thought and Amanda wondered why he’d been acting so strange all of a sudden. Once the lady finished their drawing and showed them the picture, Ryan’s funny behaviour made sense. Under the portrait were the words Amanda will you marry me? Tears welled up in her eyes as Ryan got down on one knee and she said yes! Amanda had always loved looking through engagement photos done at Disney Land and Ryan wanted nothing more than to make her happy, and in the happiest place on earth no less!

We decided to have our engagement session at The Old Harrow Mill. We explored the surroundings of the Mill with its fun vintage charm and ended our session on a romantic note, sunlight streaming through the slits in the window, Ryan and Amanda settling together as the day started to fade into dusk.

Amanda and Ryan, congratulations on this next step in your lives together! We had a great time getting to know you both during your engagement session and can’t wait for the fun and memories to be made at your wedding!

“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.” -E.E. Cummings

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“After Ryan and I got engaged I knew right away that we had to have Manifesto Photography as our photographers for our big day. When Ryan proposed, they were the first people I contacted because I wanted to make sure they were available on the date we were thinking. I knew it was important to try and book with them before even thinking about venues and everything else that goes along with planning a wedding because they are so busy. Photographs are so important to me, I like knowing we will always be able to keep those memories fresh, and I wanted to choose a photographer who I really thought could capture a moment. I knew that would be Manifesto Photography for us. From the moment we met Arica and Josh we knew we made the right decision. They invited us into their studio, and made us feel comfortable immediately. It was just so easy to talk to them and we could tell that they really wanted to get to know us. When it came time for our engagement shoot we were pretty nervous, we had both never had our pictures taken professionally before, and we were worried about coming across stiff in our photographs. After a few photos though the nerves disappeared and we were having so much fun with it, laughing and goofy around, and it was all thanks to them! Now, after seeing the photos and how great they turned out, we can’t wait for them to capture our wedding day, and getting to share that experience with our family and friends. Thank you Arica and Josh!” – Amanda & Ryan 

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The Cacilhas Family | John R. Park Homestead | Harrow, Ontario Family Photographers

A warm summer evening, a wide open field to run in, buildings full of character as backdrops, and water to skip rocks in – John R. Park Homestead was the ideal backdrop for the Cacilhas family’s portraits earlier this month.

We had the privilege of photographing Monica and Bruno’s wedding, so when it came time to document their growing family, they reached out to Manifesto once again.

We met in the parking lot as they climbed out of the car and greeted us, catching us up on their lives as they made last minute adjustments – combing the littlest’s hair, straightening Domenic’s shirt. The kids showed up full of energy and were ready to run.

The sun had already started to lower and was peaking through the line of trees, creating a beautiful glow as we started our session. Domenic brought the jokes and silly faces, making us laugh right off the bat while Madelyn was more reserved, full of giggles and sweet smiles. Both showed such care as they doted on their little sister, Leilani, who soaked up every ounce of their love (when she wasn’t squirming out of someone’s arms! In true one year old fashion, she liked to move!).

At the end of the session, Monica and Bruno took a few moments to themselves by the water, enjoying the quiet of the empty property as we took a few portraits of them as a couple. It was past sunset by the time we wrapped up the fun and the kids climbed back into the car, everyone a little more tired than they started, ready to head home to their beds. 

Monica and Bruno, thank you for trusting us again with your family’s memories. We’ve loved being with you as your family grows, documenting the love you pour out on your family and getting sneak peaks into the unique personalities each one of your children adds. Together you make an amazing team. Can’t wait until next time!

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“We want to thank Arica and Kristle for the amazing experience we had with our family photo session. The entire process was fun and effortless. They are able to take a situation which would otherwise be stressful and awkward and make it relaxed and comfortable.

                    Arica and Kristle were so great with the kids, had them laughing and playing games. The kids are still singing Arica’s improvised song to get the baby’s attention!  I especially love their personalized approach – they really took the time to get to know all of us before and during the session.

We have so many beautiful photos which showcase our emotions and personalities! They are just so talented and genuine, which is why we have kept coming back, and will continue to rely on them to capture these beautiful moments in time for us.”

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Jennifer & Chris | Canadian Club Brand Centre | Spagos | Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers

Jennifer and Chris basically had my dream wedding. It was so relaxed, so intimate, so beautiful… and the food was *kisses fingertips like the food-loving-Italian I am*.

Jennifer’s day started out Caesar’s Windsor’s hotel. When I arrived, makeup artist, Kelly Roberts was busy putting finishing touches on the girls, and Jennifer was cool as a cucumber listening to her favourite tunes and singing along. Her dress from Petrov Bridal fit her like a freakin’ glove which had her looking and feeling great.

When we arrived at Canadian Club Brand Centre, Chris was suited up and ready to marry the woman of his dreams. Honestly, I’m so bummed that this venue is closed now because it is stunning! The gardens looked pristine and the ceremony went off without a hitch. After their I do’s their guests enjoyed the riverfront views, cocktails, and an impressive spread done by The Cheese Bar.

A reception at Spago’s was a first for us, and hopefully not the last. Stepping inside this venue is like stepping into a restaurant in Italy. The rustic wood chairs, the smell of the wood-oven, and hospitable staff mixed with Jennifer’s gorgeous decor and florals… amazing! The guests were welcomed with a large table of fresh appetizers and music. As each course progressed, so did the speeches which had everyone laughing and shedding a few tears. The night ended with dancing and Jennifer and Chris even snuck out for a smooch under the stars.

Jennifer and Chris, we loved spending your wedding day with you! Your easy-going and fun personalities are a treat. We wish you, Daphne, and Mia a long, happy, and healthy life together! xo

“You look like the rest of my life.” – Beau Taplin

COVER“Our wedding day with Manifesto was perfect and we had a lot of fun working with them from beginning to end. They were quick with correspondence and had thorough answers to all of our questions. Josh and Arica went above and beyond with their attention to detail and really helped the day run smoothly. Their professionalism is reflected in the quality of their work and we couldn’t be happier with our pictures, print, and albums. Thank you Manifesto for capturing our dream wedding with your absolutely stunning photos; we can’t wait to work with you again in the future!” – Jennifer & Chris
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Kristen & Ryan | Art Gallery of Windsor | St. Clair Centre for the Arts | Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers

You may remember Kristen & Ryan’s adorable love story from their engagement session we featured last year. What should have been a blind date set up by their friends never materialized, and the two went on with their separate lives all the while wondering about that “They’re-Perfect-For-You!” someone their friends knew. Then one Christmas evening, happenstance and a bit of holiday magic brought Kristen and Ryan together. Fate had planned their meeting all along!

Kristen started off the morning of her wedding surrounded by her best girl friends, mom, grandma, sisters, and nieces. The house was a buzz with excitement as everyone prepped for the day ahead. After getting dressed in her stunning gown from It’s Your Day Bridal, she shared a special reveal with her dad which was oh-so-sweet!

Ryan and his guys spent the morning getting ready with celebratory drinks in hand. Ryan sported a sharp, three-piece patterned suit from Freeds while his groomsmen wore fitted grey suits with matching ties. The group toasted to a fantastic day ahead with Ryan and headed out the door for St. Anne’s Parish.

After sharing their vows, Kristen and Ryan’s smiles lit up the whole day. From well wishes at the church to the young and old breaking it down on the dance floor at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts, fate had a hand in Ryan and Kristen coming together and it wasn’t going to let their wedding be anything less than spectacular!

Congratulations again Kristen and Ryan to you both on your marriage! You two truly bring out the very best in each other and make the best fur parents around (Diego is such a lucky boy). We are so happy that you have found such great partners in one another. We can’t wait to see where fate takes you next!

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.” – Marcus Aurelius

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April & Stephane | Willistead Park | Windsor, Ontario Maternity Photographers

We first met April & Stephane at the wedding of Natalie & CJ back in 2015. At that time they were two best friends in love that had known each other since grade nine. Soon after the wedding, April & Stephane got engaged and we had the opportunity to capture their engagement session and wedding day. When they announced their pregnancy we were thrilled to be along with them once again on their new adventure into parenthood!

They radiated happiness throughout their maternity session, laughing together while walking around the Willistead Manor property, enjoying one of their last nights as two before they become a family of three. Little knit booties in hand, our conversation swirled around dreams and hopes for the days ahead.  

April and Stephane, watching you go from a dating, to engaged, to married, to now becoming parents has been one of our greatest honours and joys. We can’t wait to share your adorable newborn session with the world real soon! Congratulations, Harper is absolutely divine!

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.” – Rajneesh

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