Sunset with the one you love, surrounded by your tribe of lovable rescue dogs – does it get any better? For Courtney and Jake, this is the epitome of the best evening, walking hand in hand as the sun sets with their chow-mix Lili, shiba-mix Lulu, and St. Bernard Daryl running playfully by their sides. It’s something they enjoy doing together and reflects their personalities so well that we decided this was the perfect theme for their evening engagement session! 

Jake and Courtney currently live in Los Angeles, California where Courtney volunteers with a St. Bernard rescue centre, and Jake plays NHL defence for the Los Angeles Kings. However the place closest to their hearts is their hometown of Woodstock, Ontario. No matter where they seem to travel, Woodstock has always been home to them, and has been the place of so many of their fondest memories.

High school sweethearts Jake and Courtney met in Woodstock and formed a close friendship built on a love for adventure, animals, and the outdoors. Jake’s thoughtfulness complemented Courtney’s big heart, and the two quickly became inseparable. Over time, as Jake traveled for work and distance became unbearable, they realized they never wanted to spend another moment apart, so Jake asked Courtney if she would be his every good morning and late goodnight for the rest of their lives no matter where they were. She couldn’t have been happier to say yes! From there, this family of two quickly grew into five as Courtney and Jake began sharing their love and home with three special rescue dogs. It’s something that’s bonded them together and continues to play an important part in their lives. 

Jake’s career has brought the five of them all over the world, whether it’s to the top of Europe or across North America for tournaments and world cup playoffs. But no matter the distance or timezone they find themselves in, Courtney and Jake have found a home and family in one another. They’re the sweetest couple!

Jake and Courtney, we loved getting to know you. Spending the evening with you and your adorable fur balls was a blast. Your gluten-free brownies were a delicious surprise for our trip home! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you and wish you guys nothing but the absolute best.

“Of all fires, love is the only inexhaustible one.”- Pablo Neruda

Manifesto Photography | Windsor, Ontario Wedding and Engagement Photographers | Destination Engagement Session | Woodstock, Ontario“From start to finish our time with Manifesto was so easy and fantastic they truly helped ease the stress of a soon to be bride. Before even meeting them we had gone over location, attire and brainstormed ideas for our shoot so when the time came it was so organized, they knew exactly what we were going to do and we were able to take full advantage of the time we had with them. We brought along with us our three crazy dogs who were a very important aspect to our photos and Manifesto highlighted them beautifully. Most importantly though, they were able to capture the love that myself and my husband share for each other. The photos were beyond what we could have ever imagined and our only regret is that we weren’t able to book them for our wedding day! We are so thankful we found them and the photos we have will be cherished forever!” – Courtney & Jake

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You may remember April and Stephane from their engagement session last year at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. We had a blast hanging out with them on the beach and around the Estate and were thrilled to be back there again for their wedding!

When you see April and Stephane together, you understand why they’re meant to be. Both are relaxed, happy, positive people who look at the world as an adventure waiting to be explored whether it’s through camping, taking road trips together, or sharing a good wine at the end of the day. All the memories they share are fond memories, and when you’ve been friends since grade 9, there are too many memories to count! It was really special to be with them on their wedding day, seeing these best friends tie the knot and embark on their newest adventure as Husband and Wife!

April spent the morning at her home with her bridesmaids getting ready for the exciting day ahead. She wore an elegant gown embroidered with delicate cotton lace and Swarovski crystal accents from Bridal Couture, and finished off her look with Badgley Mischka heels. Her bridesmaids wore mid-length gowns in soft blush with ornate embroidery and looked radiant.

Stephane began his morning with his groomsmen at The Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast getting dressed in navy Tommy Hilfiger suits from Moores. Stephane pulled his outfit together with his sleek shoes designed by Joseph Aboud

April arrived at the Iron Kettle, and immediately stole away to have a few precious moments with her father. There was no denying the special bond the two share, seeing the flutters of emotion in both of them while dad saw his baby girl in her wedding gown for the first time.

Outside the Iron Kettle, under the shade of a big tree, Stephane and April saw each other for the first time before the ceremony in a touching first look. Their eyes totally locked onto one another the moment Stephane turned around, happy tears forming over smiles as they took in the beauty of their best friend in front of them. It was so sweet!

From there they headed to Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery alongside family and friends for their ceremony and reception. Once their vows were read and first kisses were had, the happiness and festivities continued into the reception where everyone celebrated the lifelong happiness of April and Stephane’s newest adventure!

April and Stephane, congratulations again! We had the best time hanging with you both, first for your engagement and then for your wedding. We’re so excited to see where the future leads you and we know it’ll be towards something great!

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” – Mark Twain

Manifesto Photography | Windsor Ontario Wedding Photographers | Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery“What an amazing day, between early morning visits, the wedding party shots, the ceremony, the beach shoot, the vineyard shoot, numerous family shots, the reception and some late night shots… You never stopped, every precious moment was captured and we can’t thank you enough. You have given us the most beautiful photographs, to be treasured forever. Stunning, Outstanding & Amazing – these are just some of the comments we receive about you and your images. Having you be a part of our big day was one of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning and we will forever be thankful that you made our day so easy, stress-free and so memorable. You are such incredibly talented photographers and a real pleasure to have worked with. We’re so blessed to have gained such amazing friends. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” – Stephane & April

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Everyone remembers the infamous MSN days of the early 2000’s, an artifact of virtual communication where you’d sign yourself in and out and in again, hoping that special someone on your list noticed your name pop up in the bottom or top corner of the screen. Victoria and Steve’s story began similar to this, an innocent MSN add, only theirs grew past the screen into a close friendship that led into love. And once Steve created the ultimate Skittles pack (all red, Victoria’s favourite!) and gave it to Victoria for Valentines Day, the rest-as they say-was history.

Steve jokingly refers to their engagement as “a scavenger hunt 10 years in the making”. He initially planned a scavenger hunt for one of Victoria’s birthdays early on while dating, but circumstances didn’t allow it and instead the hunt became a running joke between them. Steve kept the idea in mind though, and once he decided he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Victoria, he planned an elaborate scavenger hunt including all their friends to pop the question. This hunt took Victoria to memorable places from their youth, to sort out orange Skittles (Steve’s favourite!) and to meet Steve at the end of the hunt with the biggest hug and best gift: a proposal and a ring!

Needless to say, Victoria and Steve are the best of friends. They read together, cook together, and enjoy scoping out bookstores together. For their engagement session we decided to re-create a typical hangout the two would have. We started in Steve’s family home, the two sitting together reading as they would while Tetley, Victoria’s adorable cockapoo watched the goings-on.

After, we went outside to catch the last light of day and got some shots of Victoria and Steve laughing and holding each other close while walking under a canopy of golden leaves. They’re the perfect fit for each other; warm, friendly, and full of love, theirs is really a friendship made to last.

Victoria and Steve, we’re so glad we met you through Jill and Ryan. It is always a pleasure hanging with you and your families, and we are super honoured you chose us to be your photographers. We can’t wait to capture all of the fun times on your wedding day!

“Yet everything that touches us, me and you, takes us together like a violin’s bow, which draws one voice out of two separate strings.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

Manifesto Photography | Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers | Harrow, OntarioReviews about Manifesto“We felt so comfortable during the shoot. Arica and Josh are so creative, pleasant, and truly experts at their craft. The whole day really did feel like we were just a couple friends, hanging out with our dogs, and taking a couple of photos. I can’t help but smile when we look back at the pictures because they captured everything so perfectly, down to our little dog, Tetley, enjoying unbridled freedom as she ran through the yard. Our experience with Arica and Josh was beyond amazing, and I can’t wait for our wedding.” -Victoria & Steven

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This year’s winter was all over the place! Not only did we get our usual cold weather, we also had record breaking warm weather in February. February! Inconceivable! It worked out perfectly for Christina and Carl’s engagement photos however, this fluke weather phenomenon; it was just warm enough that we could enjoy the outdoors without having to be too bundled up from top to bottom!

We met up with Christina and Carl in London, Ontario for a romantic outdoor engagement shoot. Our first stop was The University of Western Ontario where we walked around the grounds full of beautiful architecture. Afterwards we headed to Komoka National Park with Christina, Carl, and their playful pups Akita and Cooper and had the best time walking through the forest together at sunset.

Christina and Carl, we’re so honoured you decided to trust us with the important job of taking your engagement photos and we couldn’t be happier to share your wedding day with you very soon! We had blast hanging out with you guys.

Because of you, I can feel myself slowly but surely becoming the me I have always dreamed of being.”- Tyler Knott Gregson

Manifesto Photography | Destination Engagement Photographers | London, Ontario | University of Western Ontario

“When Carl and I got engaged the first words out of everyone’s mouth were “about time”. We knew right away that we would want a substantial focus towards good photos. I scoured the internet for photographers’ portfolios and reviews. The moment I saw Manifesto’s work, I was sold. I thought to myself, a photographer can have a few good shots just based on luck, but you needed skill to get a good photo after good photo – which is exactly what Manifesto’s photos were.

Anyone who has met Carl knows he isn’t the type of guy to be super picky about “wedding related details”, and is very easy going when it comes to most things. When we met with Arica and Josh for the first time, Carl had never seen their work. Let me tell you, by the time we left, the first words out of his mouth were “we’re booking them. You know I’m not a photo guy, but holy cow how amazing was their work?!”. 

So many thank you’s to Manifesto Photography for the engagement photos! We had such a great time back at UWO, it brought back so many great memories we have shared over the years. Even though we were a little photo shy, you were able to capture the essence of our  love in one of the places that mean the most to us!” – Christina & Carl (more…)

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It was a hot cloudless day for Stefanie and Joe’s outdoor wedding. Friends and Family sat in anticipation under a blazing summer sun as Stefanie walked down the aisle to meet Joe, the love of her life, on one of the biggest and best days of their lives. As Stefanie made her way toward Joe, a smile grew on both their faces, and you knew by the way their faces lit up at the sight of one another that they were always meant to be. 

Stefanie started her day surrounded by her best girls and Bear, her Pomeranian. Stefanie’s bridesmaids wore long, strapless, mauve-hued gowns from Davids Bridal accented with thin rhinestone belts. Stefanie chose an elegant a-line gown with a delicate lace overlay from Bridal Couture and finished off her outfit with flats from Aldo.

Joe, alongside his groomsmen and friends, prepared for the big day over laughs, jokes, and celebratory glasses of scotch. Joe’s groomsmen wore gray suits from RW&CO accented with maroon ties, and Joe donned a sharp black 3-piece suit from Hugo Boss pulled together with a maroon tie like his guys.

Once everyone was dressed and ready to go, Stefanie and Joe stole away from the upcoming commotion for an intimate first look before the ceremony. Tears formed in both their eyes as they saw their best friend in front of them, beautiful inside and out, ready to take the first step into marriage by their side. 

The ceremony was held at the Canadian Club Brand Centre (Hiram Walker’s); Joe and Stefanie said I do surrounded by an admiring group of guests. The excitement of the day continued into the reception at The Windsor Club where speeches were said, great conversation was held, and dancing and celebrations continued well into the night.

Stefanie and Joe, congratulations again on your wonderful marriage! You guys are so perfect for one another and we were so lucky to have the privilege to photograph your wedding and witness your love for each other throughout the day. We wish you both the best and are excited for your bright future together!

“Grow old with me! The best is yet to be; the last of life, for which, the first is made.”- Robert Browning

Manifesto Photography | Windsor Ontario Wedding Photographers | Hiram Walker and The Windsor ClubReviews about Manifesto“We just wanted to send you a quick Thank You! As you know, within 5 minutes of our engagement, we decided that you would be the photographers for our wedding (to ensure this, we even picked a wedding date that would coincide with your schedule – and we’re so glad that we did). We were aware of the amazing work that you do but it was not until we began working with you that we realized how much of a privilege it was to have you as our photographers. From our first meeting with you to our wedding day, you were a pleasure to work with. You went out of your way to try honestly get to know us and provide a personalized and tailored service. Each interaction with you was always pleasant, upbeat and professional. You were always organized and punctual and it was a huge relief to know that you had everything taken care of.  We also loved your advice, openness and “Tips & Tricks” on our big day. 

During the entire process you never made it seem like you were working for us. Instead, it was as if you were our longtime friends sharing our experiences. This allowed us to feel much more comfortable and made every step of a difficult process feel easy. On our wedding day you worked tirelessly to capture every special moment and take pictures that only skilled photographers like you would know to take. 

Looking through our pictures we can feel the motions of our loved ones and see their individual personalities through the photos. the excitement, happiness and love of our special day was captured perfectly. It was obvious that you spent a lot of time sorting through the picture to choose the right ones and editing them so that they were perfect. The selection, variety and quantity of pictures that we received were amazing! We could not have chosen better photographers or better people to capture our special day. Thanks so much for everything!” -Stefanie & Joe

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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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