Wedding Styling isn't magic, though when it works it looks that way. Styling is a culmination of efforts. It's the combined work of florists, hair + makeup stylists, designers, models and creators of beautiful paper. The cool thing is... it all comes together in a photo. This shoot at Revival House in Stratford was one of the highlights of 2018 for me. The venue is a converted church and there's lots of very cool features to work with - stained glass, big lights, balconies. We photographed outside as well and it snowed during the shoot... big white snow flakes for a Black Swan shoot.
The photos start behind the scenes, then show the tablescape put together by Fresh Look Design (they're the masterminds behind this shoot). Then come the portraits:)
The ruby ring in the first photo is real. Ainsley Poirier is the lead designer/genius at Fresh Look... the ring is her grandma's:)
This shoot is currently featured in The Wedding Ring magazine - @theweddingring.ca
Design + Floral: @freshlookdesigninc
Cara + Brian
Sept 22 2018
Venue: The Slit Barn (Fresh Look Design handles booking + decor)
Floral: From the Potting Shed
I knew that this wedding was going to be one of my favourites of 2018. Brian and Cara and I took a trip to the beach for their engagement photos and I knew then that we'd get along just fine on wedding day. On wedding day, the skies were friendly and Slit Barn was looking gorgeous, as usual. Brian and Cara were beaming and I was happy to be in the mix.
Krystyna + Colin got married in Guelph at the historic Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate. The church is a special place for Krystyna's family (and a gorgeous place for photos). After the ceremony, we headed to The Ancaster Mill for wedding photos and the reception. The Mill is another historic venue with lots of great views. I'm pretty pumped with how the photos came out:)
Hayley + Dan got married at Steckle Heritage Farm on a breezy day in September. The wedding ceremony was in Steckle's historic orchard. Portraits were taken on the grounds at the farm (and at the hotel before the ceremony). This was a fun one to be part of... H+D were beaming all day and I love being around to catch that kind of love in pictures:)
Tim + Kathleen got married at The Walper Hotel in Downtown Kitchener. It was a real joy to spend the day with them :) We took photos at the hotel and at nearby Victoria Park.
Shannon + Dylan got married in Downtown Guelph, at the Basilica of Our Lady, a venue that is just magic. The art and the windows are really something else. After the ceremony we took photos at the church and at the covered bridge. Stellar parking maneuvers by the limo driver to get us to the bridge. Seriously stellar. Shannon + Dylan were beaming all day. These two really have it:)
Tim + Kathleen are downtown Kitchener people. They live downtown, work downtown, run downtown... (well... that last one is more a Kathleen thing!) They're getting married at The Walper Hotel and wanted to keep the downtown vibe going for engagement photos. We hit up Victoria Park on a perfect summer evening. The bench is where the went for one of their first ever dates:)
David and Maria got married at The Slit Barn in Cambridge. The ceremony was planned for outdoors, but was moved into the barn due to rain. Then the rain let up. Everyone pitched in to help move the chairs back outside and everything went off as planned. It was exciting to see it all come together:) Fresh Look Design handled decor and was amazing at handling all the last minute changes. The photos are on site at Slit Barn and on the nearby trails.
Natalie + Jeff
Venue: Eastwood Fellowship Church and Waterloo Region Museum
Natalie and Jeff's wedding was a special one for me to photograph. Natalie's parents and my parents were good friends years ago when my family lived in Cambridge, so there were some familiar faces in the crowd on wedding day. I was happy to have the chance to say hello to some quality people that I hadn't seen in a very long time :)
But this day wasn't about the good old times, it was about the coming together of an amazing couple. Natalie and Jeff were ready to start on their own adventure and I was thrilled to be part of the celebration.
This shoot was so fun. I got to work with some fantastic people to showcase one of my favourite places in Waterloo Region - Steckle Heritage Farm. Steckle is a non-profit organization that does a lot of good in the community. And they have this amazing old barn. So amazing. And an apple orchard for outdoor ceremonies. And so many great places to take photos.
Melanie and Chad modeled for the shoot. They're a real life couple who got married a few months before the shoot. The smiles are real :)
This shoot features the talents of a number of good people.
tablescape + centerpiece: Fresh Look Design - www.freshlookdesign.ca
bride's bouquet + boutonniere: Blume Flower Delivery - www.blumeflowerdelivery.com
makeup: Elizabeth Allen Makeup Artistry - Beth.firstname.lastname@example.org
bride's hair: Sarah Jane Godfrey - IG @braidsandbouquets
bride's dress: Sophie's Gown Shoppe - www.sophiesgownshoppe.com
groom's attire: his own and Collin's Formal Wear - www.collinsformalwear.com
venue: Steckle Heritage Farm - www.stecklehomestead.ca
So... here they are. Some of my favourites from the session. Enjoy :)
Steph and Higy love food, beer and downtown Kitchener. They've been frequenting B@Museum since it before it was B. It's one of their favourite spots and not much has changed since Elliott came along. He's just past 8 months old now and he too loves going out downtown for beers. Here are some of my favourites from a very fun session (how can it not be when there's craft pints involved!)
Brian and Cara got engaged at Pinery Provincial Park, on the beach. We decided to go back there for photos. We started off walking through the woods where they hiked on the day they got engaged, then we went down to the beach and revisited the place where Brian proposed. It was a warm fall evening, just barely warm enough to dip your toes in the waters of Lake Huron.
Shawn & Rebecca met at a horse farm. The farm is Shawn's mom's... he worked there through university and Rebecca boarded her horse there. They met and hit it off and are getting married next summer at Steckle Heritage Farm in Kitchener. We walked the property on a beautiful evening in early fall. Here are some of the best shots :)
Jeremy and Sara Jane invited me to their home in Kitchener for photos on a beautiful fall morning that felt a lot more like summer than it did fall. Their daughter Annalina was just over a week old at the time. Her older brother Adam is 2 and full of love for his little sis. We took photos in and around the home, doing lots of normal things, trying to get the story of a normal day with family into photos. I love how they came out :)
Terri and Steve got married in Guelph and then headed to Steckle Heritage Farm in Kitchener for wedding photos and the reception. We had time to walk the property slowly and enjoy a beautiful summer day. I am so so pleased with how these came out - you can feel the spark between these two :)
and then the antlers came out... i love this (especially the 'deer in the headlights') :)
Last summer I had the privilege of photographing Geoff & Thea's wedding at Burning Kiln Winery. This year I was very thrilled to get the call to come photograph the newest member of the family - baby Jonah. These are a few highlights from our time together on a warm summer morning :)
We met to take a walk just before sunset - Hayley + Dan and their dog Reggie - it was warm and perfect and the evening was quiet. These are highlights from a very fun engagement session in the Arboretum :)
The wedding is next summer at Steckle Heritage Farm... watch for more photos from H&D in 2018!
I stopped by Jess & Terry's place in Kitchener to meet them for photos with their son Avery, who is about to celebrate his first birthday. I photographed J&T's wedding a few years back at Steckle Farm (it was the first wedding I shot there!). It was really neat to visit them again... As you can see, red plaid + blue plaid = red and blue plaid.
We started off with a few photos of the family and then proceed to watch Avery smash a cake. It was awesome.
Dori & Justin had a cozy winter wedding at Langdon Hall in Cambridge. The grounds were gorgeous - covered in a perfect blanket of white snow. We started with a first look and then a walk around the grounds. Afterwards family and friends joined for an intimate wedding and supper. Here's some of the day...
A few weeks back I went for a winter walk with Steph & Higy - they're expecting their first child to arrive any time now! The upcoming arrival they lovingly refer to as 'the Higlet'. So we all went for a walk... It was a great winter day, snowy but not too cold. They started throwing snow right away...