This is Terri + Steve. They're getting married next summer at Steckle Heritage Farm. We went for a walk in the forest a few weeks back when the trees still had leaves. Really excited for the wedding next summer :)
Rene and Marty's wedding at Steckle Heritage Farm was pretty neat. Marty is a firefighter and he was able to get a vintage firetruck to bring out to the farm on wedding day. After the ceremony had finished, the newlyweds walked away with sirens going on the old firetruck. It was different but it was really something... I got shivers.
Nicole and Dustin are getting married next summer at Steckle Heritage Farm (a very good place!). When it came time for some engagement photos they knew they wanted their kids along, so we went for an autumn walk just before sunset. I love how the pics turned out.
Thea & Geoff's wedding at Burning Kiln Winery was one I'll remember for a long time. There was a speech at the reception, by Thea's stepdad, that had nearly every eye in the building blinking tears. This was a truly unique and emotional moment. The silence was stunning.
The wedding ceremony was on the lawn in front of the vines on a hot summer day. Photos were taken around the grounds at Burning Kiln. The reception was held right in the heart of the winery, where the magic happens.
This was a special day. It was a privilege to be part of it.
On a warm day in early fall I stopped by the Hill family's home in Waterloo. I've had the chance to photograph the family each of the last few years and it's been really neat to see the kids grow and change. Josh & Andrea are wonderful people and you can see it when you spend time with them and with their kids, Amelia and Jack. The photos were taken in the yard at their home. We played in and around the garden and then had popsicles :)
Josh and Lisa got married in Cambridge, at a very cool venue along the river, just outside town. The Slit Barn is a restored stone barn that sits in a nature reserve called RARE. It's a beautiful spot. Fresh Look Design handled the decor and absolutely knocked it out of the park.
Wedding day was a perfect summer day. Lisa and Josh were beaming. I was really happy to be there for photos :)
Here's how it went...
It was a day that was all their own...
Grace and Michael got married in Stratford. Their wedding ceremony was at the beautiful Knox Presbyterian Church in downtown Stratford. Wedding party photos happened around the church and near the river that runs through town. Grace and the ladies got ready at the nearby Albert Street Inn.
Grace is a math major who really digs numbers. She's known among her friends for sporting a calculator watch. You can see it made an appearance in their engagement photos. Michael got her a newer, fancier watch for the wedding :)
Knox Presbyterian Church in Stratford, the ceremony location
The reception was at Revival House, a church turned restaurant in downtown Stratford. The food and service at this place was spot on.
On one of the hottest days this summer, I went for a walk with Alex and Beth and their daughter Eleanor. We went out early enough in the morning that the heat hadn't yet really descended, but as we walked you could feel the sun burning off the last remaining cool of the morning. We played a rousing game of 'what time is it, mr wolf?' and then did some exploring in the forest.
The West Montrose Covered Bridge has been around for over 100 years. It's the only bridge of it's kind still in use in the province. Over the years it's developed a reputation - they call it 'the kissing bridge'. Marty and Rene are from the area and figured it'd be great for their engagement photos. I met them there on a perfect summer evening. They showed up in a firetruck, borrowed for the evening from Marty's firehall.
Rene and Marty are getting married in September at Steckle Heritage Farm. They've arranged to bring an antique firetruck to the farm for photos. Very much looking forward to pairing the antique truck and the old buildings in the photos :)
Dave & Jenn have two beautiful daughters, Maddison and baby Berkeley. I was happy to join them for photos.
Maddie was a tad shy to start, but was soon absorbed in a favourite story...
We went for a walk along some trails near Jenn & Dave's home...
Sarah and Sean got married at Toronto City Hall, in an intimate ceremony with family and close friends. It was perfect. Afterwards they invited a larger group to join them for a reception jam at the Balzac's Coffee shop near their condo. It was a neat space that was filled with great people. The walls echoed with their laughter. They cried and danced and cheered in celebration of those newly wed. I was so happy to be there to get the wedding into photos.
the ceremony, at Toronto City Hall...
at Balzac's Coffee...
before most of the party arrived, Sarah and Sean took a few minutes to make sure they had their speeches good to go, Sarah in relative peace, Sean with a few distractions to contend with...
then the food starting coming out...
Their first date was at Failte...
Failte is a cozy little pub in Waterloo, quiet when we stopped in, though it has its busy times too. A few years back Jess and Neill met here for their first date. They connected right away and haven't looked back. I'm very excited to be photographing their wedding in October at the newly renovated Walper Hotel in Kitchener.
I met Neill and Jess at the pub after they finished work for the day. We ordered pints, took some photos, reminisced about days gone by and then went for a walk in the warm evening sun. Here's some of the session...
These are highlights from my mom's wedding. She and Harvey got married at a little restaurant in the country, surrounded by family and friends. When I photographed them I could see a twinkle in my mom's eye that I haven't seen in a while. It's good to see my mom really happy - the last few years have been tough for our family. My dad passed away suddenly a few years ago. Harvey's story is similar to my mom's - his wife passed away a few years before my dad.
My mom and Harvey met last year, hit it off and decided to get hitched. On wedding day they were both giddy, smiling ear-to-ear, their joy easy to see, even from across a crowded room.
My grandma is 95. She wasn't strong enough to travel to the wedding, so she facetimed in and watched the whole ceremony live from her chair in Cornwall. You can't really tell in the photo, but she was very emotional, so happy for my mom, her youngest daughter. Props to Aunt Irene who was on iphone duty.
I love you lots mom - keep smiling :)
A Walk Through Victoria Park in Kitchener
On what I thought would be the last snowy day of the year (we've had several more surprisingly snowy days since), Thea & Geoff and I went for a walk through Victoria Park in Kitchener for their engagement photos. They're getting married this summer at Burning Kiln Winery near Hamilton. Thea really wanted snowy engagement photos, so I was happy that we got a perfect day - snow in the air, snow on the ground and not super cold. Here are some favourites :)
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We met for a coffee at Seven Shores in Waterloo...
The warm drinks and homey atmosphere made for a good start. We found a somewhat quiet table (it's a pretty happening place!) and took a few photos.
we left the warm bustle of Seven Shores and stepped outside into winter...
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