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

 Manifesto Photography | Windsor Ontario Wedding Photographers | Leamington Ontario Engagement SessionReviews about Manifesto“As a graphic designer I have admired Manifesto Photography’s work for years. So, naturally, once Dan popped the question and our wedding planning began the first call was to Arica and Josh. Our wedding date weighed heavily on their availability, I couldn’t settle for anyone else! Not only are they very talented photographers, they have created an organized, informative and professional business. From high-quality stationary and samples, to their lovely home office (now expanding to another location), it’s clear that attention to detail is their forte. Arica, Josh and their creative team have made every step of the planning process effortless. During our engagement session, they made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. We were able to let our guard down and be ourselves as they captured genuine photos. We’re so pleased with our engagement photos and excited to share our wedding day with this dream team!” – Stephanie & Dan (more…)

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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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Michelle’s parents were visiting her in Toronto when she was invited out by friends; she was reluctant to go at first but through her parents’ persuasion, she decided to say yes. That evening, she was introduced to a guy named Paul. As the group of them hung out at Local, a bar in Toronto, watching football and having a good time, Paul and Michelle spent most of their time talking to each other. Maybe it was the way Paul’s eyes always found Michelle’s or the way they just seemed to click, but once Paul dropped Michelle at home she messaged her mom right away and said I think I just met the man I am going to marry tonight! A few days later Paul and Michelle went out on an official first date, and the rest is history!

For Michelle and Paul’s engagement session, we decided to embrace the wonderful colours of fall and shot their warm, romantic engagement session both indoors and out. We started off at Paul’s parents’ home, the living room decorated from top to bottom in beautiful Christmas decor. Michelle and Paul cozied up together over a glass of Veuve Clicquot by the fireplace and had Harvey their handsome cairn terrier join in on the fun.

From there we headed to Brunet Park and took advantage of the best autumn light. The trees were a rich, golden yellow, and leaves scattered around Michelle and Paul’s feet as they walked through the park hand in hand enjoying the evening.

Michelle and Paul, we had a great time getting to know you both (and Harvey!) during your engagement session and can’t wait to see you again on your wedding day!

“All I want for Christmas is you…”

Manifesto Photography | Brunet Park | Windsor, Ontario Engagement PhotographersReviews about Manifesto“Josh and Arica are truly a joy to work with. They are creative beyond words and excel at every aspect of photography. They took our vision and delivered photos that surpassed our expectation. They not only made us and our puppy feel comfortable we had a lot of fun too! We can’t wait to see what they have in store for our upcoming wedding!” – Michelle & Paul

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Natasha and Brett’s story spans four years, four years of back and forth in a long distance relationship filled with happy arrivals and sad goodbyes. Over time the separation led to deciding to close the gap between them for good, so on a windy summer day in August, Natasha and Brett celebrated their first steps towards being together forever surrounded by loving friends and family at Mastronardi Estate Winery.

The morning started off with Natasha getting ready for the big day ahead surrounded by her bridesmaids in elegant, blush-coloured gowns from Azazie, glasses of Blue Nun close at hand. Natasha got dressed in a stunning gown by Nadia’s Bridal with glittering gold shoes by Steve Madden, and to keep with a beautiful Macedonian tradition, she slipped on the family gold coin necklace for a few photos and a special mother/daughter moment. 

Brett and his groomsmen began their morning getting ready in dark grey suits from Freeds accented by dark grey ties and finished off with Aldo dress shoes. They enjoyed their time together prepping for the day ahead with platters of cured meats and a celebratory shot of Lot 40 whiskey.

From there Brett, Natasha, and the two parties came together for a beautiful first look between the bride and groom followed by a few group photos, their dog Theodore included! The day was warm and windy and Natasha’s veil filled with wind as her and Brett stood together, smiling, hand in hand, on the rocks by the lake, happy in anticipation for the day ahead.

Feelings of admiration and excitement continued into the ceremony and reception as Brett and Natasha said I do surrounded by love and best wishes. The reception began with a traditional Macedonian pig dance symbolizing fortune for the couple, followed by touching speeches and fun, lively, circle dancing throughout the rest of the evening.

Natasha and Brett, we were so thrilled to take part in your wedding day. We wish you nothing but health, happiness, and safe travels in the days and years ahead. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you both!

“I look at you and see the rest of my life in front of my eyes.”- Unknown

Manifesto Photography | Windsor, Ontario Wedding Photographers | Mastronardi Estate WineryReviews about Manifesto“The best wedding advice we had received was to make sure that we booked the best photographer that we could find. We didn’t have to look far!  It was obvious from our first meeting with Manifesto that they were the best choice for us. We already knew that they were very talented photographers, but we found that they were very fun and easy going, which made the photography process very comfortable. Manifesto was able to bring a relaxed nature to both our engagement shoot and our wedding day. Their creative and professional work has now become a part of our everlasting memories. Thank you so much for every magical photo!”-Natasha & Brett

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  • JayeDecember 26, 2016 - 6:25 AM

    Every image has a story. Wonderful wedding photography!ReplyCancel

When you decide you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start right then and there. That’s how Denis felt when he decided to propose to Nikkie during their surprise trip to Cuba. He planned to propose during dinner, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with his late mother’s wedding band, but happiness and sheer excitement got the better of him and he ended up proposing before they could even make it down to the beach! The two shared an intimate moment they couldn’t put into words, and it made their dinner even more memorable and special.

Nikkie & Denis met in high school and have been together ever since. They both enjoy being in nature, exploring Point Pelee National Park, playing tennis, bike riding, and going on coffee dates. One of their favourite memories is the time they visited Lambeau Field in Wisconsin to cheer on the Green Bay Packers under a wet snowfall, a hot chocolate and whiskey safely in-hand. 

We met up with Nikkie and Denis on one of the last warm days in September on their boat in LaSalle. It was the perfect location for their romantic, down-to-earth engagement session. The day couldn’t have been any better; the weather was mild, the sun was golden, and Nikkie and Denis seemed so at home being outdoors in the sunshine, it was easy to capture the laid-back qualities of their relationship. After shooting some pretty photos on the boat accompanied by glasses of bubbly champagne, we made our way back to land for a few more shots on the dock before ending our session with a sit-down by a small barrel fire to keep warm as we watched the evening turn into night.

Nikkie and Denis, we have loved getting to know you both through taking your engagement photos and we are so excited for the bright future you’ll soon share as husband and wife! We wish you nothing but the best in this new season of your lives together.

“Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.” — Zelda Fitzgerald

Manfiesto Wedding Photography | Windsor Ontario Engagement Photographers | LaSalle OntarioReviews about Manifesto“Words can’t fully describe how appreciative and thrilled Denis and I are with all of our Engagement photos! Our photos were absolutely perfect that we will treasure for the rest of our lives! You’ve captured moments and wonderful memories and are so much more than we could have envisioned. Together you are both unbelievably talented photographers and a real pleasure to have worked with. Your care, energy & professional attitude made us feel very comfortable throughout our session. We will definitely be highly recommending you to all our family, friends and anyone who requires an engagement & wedding photographer.” – Nikkie & Denis 

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