The Sweetest of Days

Playing matchmaker may sound fun to some, but for others it can be a very stressful role. When Chris laid eyes on Michelle, who lived on the same floor while they were at university, he relied on his good friend to give him her phone number! His poor friend was hesitant, but he finally took a chance and became this couple’s Cupid. It’s a good thing, too, because Michelle + Chris have been together for 9 wonderful years!

Michelle + Chris are very sweet and down to earth. After university, Michelle went on to become the director of events for the Hudson Bay Company which granted her the invaluable experience that she needed to plan the wedding of her dreams. She designed each and every aspect herself, making the day all the more personal and special. She went with a mix of contemporary and elegance, yet the vibe was cozy and relaxed. We were very impressed!

I can tell you, a bride’s worst nightmare is hearing that the weather is going to rain on her parade. All of the hard work that she put into the special details is dampened, as is her spirit. This was almost the case on Michelle’s wedding day as it was set to rain all day long. Incredibly, though, the weather was kind enough to hold off until after the ceremony – crisis averted!

Michelle looked amazing in her beautifully detailed Alvina Valenta gown and blush pink Prada shoes. The bouquet was so interesting and very stunning with its fresh snow berries, roses, white dahlias and romantic blush feathers. Her bridesmaids wore strapless knee-length BCBG dresses and carried bouquets of soft pink roses with black feathers.

We took a lot of fun photos outside the Royal Ontario Museum, including group shots and some wonderful shots of Michelle + Chris. We also went to the Gardiner Museum for a few more photos.

The reception was held at the lovely Gardiner Museum where Michelle decorated the long dinner tables with incredible flowers by Stemz. The tables were also adorned with softly lit candles and mirrors. The guests had such a wonderful time, as you can see from their smiles and laughs in the photos. The DJ from Bello Sound kept them dancing all night long. Once again it was wonderful working with Belle Fleur Events:)

They feasted on wine and sweet treats by Cake Opera Co.  I have to confess that the dessert display was one of the most impressive that I’ve seen to date. The wedding cake was classic and perfect in every way, but it was the mini cupcakes, macarons and lemon squares that kept catching my eye!

I had such a great time shooting this wedding. Thank you, Michelle + Chris, for sharing your day with Boston Avenue!

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History Repeats

Time honoured traditions go hand in hand with wedding ceremonies, but it’s a little unique to have an opportunity to wed in the exact same church where your grandparents were married over 50 years ago! Tania + Sean, friends of Holly and Simon, were married at the gorgeous St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church where Tania’s grandparents spoke their vows!

After meeting and falling in love at Western University, Sean knew he wanted to spend the rest of his days with Tania and proposed to her in High Park with a special picnic. It was very sweet and romantic!

Tania had a lovely morning before the ceremony where she had her hair done by Rico of Italy and read wonderfully sentimental cards from her fiancé. She wore a whimsical petal-laced Watters gown with Badgley Mischka blush heels which featured dainty petals near the peep toe. Her large white rose bouquet was the perfect complement to her head-to-toe floral aesthetic.

Sean had a touch of personal sentiment on his wedding day as well. He wore his grandfather’s cufflinks and a handsome watch given to him by Tania’s father. He looked amazing in his custom made tux by Harry Rosen!

The ceremony was truly beautiful, from the church itself to the words that were spoken. The couple looked serene as they were joined together. The bridesmaids, all wearing pretty purple Monique L’Huillier gowns, stood by watching with misty eyes.

Once the ceremony was over, we had the wedding portrait session outside the church. The church, as you can see, was amazing! We took countless classic shots, along with many playful ones that showed off the groomsmen’s wacky socks and personalities.

The reception took place at The Granite Club where guests enjoyed a lovely cocktail hour outdoors before the bride and groom made their grand entrance. Stunning florals were provided by Linden Grove. We all stood by as the newlyweds danced their first dance, thanked their loved ones for joining them and ate delicious food (including to-die-for deserts!).

Congratulations, Tania + Sean!

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Brandy + Trevor – A Clydesdale Farm, Ancaster Engagement

I’ll say it over and over. We are so lucky to do what we do. Shooting Brandy + Trevor at their Clydesdale farm takes this statement to the next level!

It’s said that farm work is the hardest work, and I don’t doubt that! From tending to horses to reaping crops in the fields, it wouldn’t seem that there’d be much time for play. Yet, one sunny afternoon I found myself on a working farm running, jumping, laughing and climbing!

We had the great pleasure of shooting Brandy + Trevor’s engagement portraits on Trevor’s family farm. This wasn’t just any farm; this was a chic Clydesdale farm! The barn was functional, but aesthetically pleasing, with clean lines and shades of slate. We took a few photos in front of the black door and then made our way inside for a series of rather acrobatic shots! Brandy + Trevor were soap opera worthy with their natural poses and keen use of props – I was very impressed! They stood tall with a rustic lucky horseshoe and chased one another up and down the ladder. They portrayed the perfect balance of down to earth elegance.

Other shots included cowboy boots and lace, glamorous lounging against hay bales and family photos with their sweet dog. My camera took full advantage of the shiny red tractor and impeccably groomed Clydesdale horses!

The best thing about shooting this gorgeous couple was that all of these stills seem to be in motion. There was such life in each moment, which translated to film in such a beautiful way.

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