Tina & Eric – Edwards Gardens Wedding

I have been looking forward to sharing this beautiful Toronto Botanical Garden wedding. I love that Tina & Eric met me at Andrea and Brian’s wedding a few years back. I love that I got to know these two love birds during their engagement session at Cluny Bistro, earlier this year. Our love of food, cooking and taking photos of it, and appreciating great crusty bread, was what took over the conversation, there may have been wedding talk, here and there, but really it was all about food.
Tina & Eric got ready together, and arrived early in the morning to meet me for some photos before their wedding ceremony. It was awesome to have almost the entire park to ourselves, it was so serene. Just before noon, Tina and Eric said I do, in the presence of their family and friends, and warmed by the early summer sun. It was a sweet, short ceremony; after which the guests enjoyed some cocktails, and delish food by Daniel et Daniel. We snuck away with the newlyweds for some family photos, and then back to the festivities. I loved how this lovely lunch reception was su full of life and love. Everyone was so excited to be there, perhaps it being a Sunday brunch wedding, some guests needed the brunch part, and I know the entire time I was there the bar was kept busy.
During the brunch part of the reception, there were a few sweet, teary speeches and a beautiful slideshow, filled with photos of the bride and groom as kids, and including the story of their relationship, starting in 2005. It was so perfect.

Tina and Eric, thank you for inviting me to be a part of your intimate wedding celebration. It was such fun to spend the morning with you.
I hope married life brings you lots of love, adventures,oodles of delish food, and loaves of crusty bread!

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Jenna & Ali – One King West Wedding

We love shooting weddings at One King West, LOVE IT! It’s an awesome spot, right downtown, with beautiful architecture and history, as well as the city as your backdrop, what could be better.

Ali is Canadian, he and Jenna met through friends in Boston in med school, and now live in Boston. But were super excited to host their wedding in Toronto.

They love traveling. Went to south east Asia before the wedding. And love enjoying adventures together. Common friends. 

After some pampering, and some getting ready photos, Jenna and Ali had their first look, what a beautiful moment, so full of smiles and love. Their One King West photos were short and sweet, they could not wait to get to spend more time with their family and friends. There was so much room surrounding them during their ceremony, which included a Sofreh.

During the reception, of course a lot of dancing an fun ensued. Starting with the couple’s first dance, and beautiful speeches, the evening was off to a great start. The dance floor was opened by the bride’s maids and the groom doing the wedding knife dance. It’s such a fun tradition of the couple or groom trying to get the knife so they couple can cut their wedding cake.

The room was full of Canadians, and lot of Bostonians who were here to have an awesome time. It was a super fun crowd who were ready to party. The dance floor filled up so quickly with the bride and groom surrounded by all of the close guests. What a better way to celebrate your marriage.

Jenna & Ali, Adam and Anna had an awesome time with you. Congratulations, to many more years of fun and adventures.

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Vineyard Bride Feature – Vineland Estates Spring Wedding

I am super excited about Sarah & Dean’s beautiful Vineland Estates wedding being featured on Vineyard Bride. It’s truly such an honour. We love shooting in Vineland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, how can you not, it’s such a perfect setting being surrounded by such a pretty landscape…and wine…lots of wine. ;o)

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Here is a bit from Sarah, the Bride:

We met back in England at university, Dean was dating my friend at the time which is how we were introduced (yes girl code – we asked her permission before we started dating). We didn’t get together until after University. That quickly escalated into moving in together and then moving across the world to Canada together!

Dean booked a trip to San Fran which took me completely by surprise. He booked the time off work for me through a friend/colleague and planned everything – flight, hotel, entertainment….everything (VERY unusual for him). It’s my favorite city. He TRIED to propose at the top of Twin Peaks, but it didn’t work out due to a busload of tourists disembarking at our spot. He ended up proposing over a morning coffee in the hotel (MUCH more my taste than a public scene anyway!). 

We wanted something very informal, low key and relaxing – while being mindful many of our guests had travelled a great distance and we wanted them to have an event to remember too. We had very nearly gone the city hall route, but decided this was more of a celebration our families could be involved with. With that said, we kept the concepts of being budget friendly, very relaxed and simplicity at the forefront of all our choices as that was both of our focus on the type of day we wanted.  We picked the time of year for our guests (didn’t want to freeze them in winter or blast them with heat in summer). The colour choice was yellow (to reflect the spring season) and navy (purely because I love navy and yellow together!). 

There were 2 points in the ceremony we were in complete giggles, along with our guests. That sums up everything we had wanted – relaxed, informal and fun. The ceremony was simple, with one reading (by my brother). We held it indoors as it was a very biting and windy day, but the full windows overlooking the vineyards meant the light was streaming in. 

We had no first dance, just dinner and speeches. The food was excellent, and after the meal our guests mingled and delved into the sweets at the side. We chose the evening menu to be a reflection of our Canadian lives (locally sourced menu selections, a Canadian cheese plate) and had some of our favorite British candy at the sweet bar to reflect our British side. It was really important and special to us with such a diverse group of people together (our UK and Canada lives that had been entirely separate up until this day) that people mixed and got a chance to meet and really chat to one another after hearing so many stories and tales. We made evening playlists ourselves for music entertainment and just let people relax and chat. 

I worked with Shelley at Wine Country Floral. I gave her a very vague and brief overview of what we were looking for, and she managed (somehow!) to turn that into some really beautiful bouquets which were perfect. We went for white and yellow flowers with a navy ribbon to tie in with the colour scheme, and used a blend of tulips, crespedia, babies breath and freesia. The boutonnieres were freesia and crespedia.

VENDORS : Photographer – Avenue Photo  | Venue – Vineland Estates Winery  |  Florist – Wine Country Floral |  Hair and Makeup –  Maria Delduca Hair and Makeup |  The Wedding Company of Niagara  |  Dress – Ferre Sposa  |  Shoes – Pink Paradox London  |  Grooms Suit: Suit Supply  |  Grooms shoes – Clarks  |  Ties –  Scott Alla |  Rings – Blue Nile  |  Favours – Kate Aspen  |  Bridesmaid Dresses – Monsoon