Michelle + Ryan are an adventurous couple who have a passion for travel. They spend their time visiting new sites and being “weekend warriors”, as described by Michelle. They try to make the most of their time by spending it outdoors, and after two years of dating they found themselves in Paris. Known for being the city of love, it was the perfect place for Ryan to propose. He took Michelle to the Eiffel Tower and swept her off her feet.

Michelle + Ryan live in British Columbia, and Michelle’s family is from Georgetown. This made wedding planning a long distance challenge, and they loved every minute of it! When their wedding day finally arrived, they found themselves at Vineland Estates. They were married on the anniversary of their very first date.

Michelle made for a gorgeous bride. She wore an incredible raw silk Vera Wang gown which was just as down to earth as Michelle herself. Her navy blue Badgley Mischka stilettos were adorned with airy petals and, as a fun fact, Mischka is polish for Michelle (and Michelle is actually Polish!). The groom and his groomsmen looked dashing in their grey suits. It was a breathtaking wedding party.

We had a wonderful time shooting around the glowing winery and carriage house which was built in the 1800’s. We also toured the Ball’s Falls conservation area. The weather was warm for the season and, honestly, we couldn’t have asked for anything better than what we got!

The ceremony was lovely, and the adorable kids carried signs down the aisle announcing the bride and recapping Michelle + Ryan’s love story for all to see. It was a clever touch and the children loved it! Everyone was thrilled that the couple finally found each other and tied the knot.

The reception was filled with 55 guests from all over the country, including northern Ontario and British Columbia who gathered to celebrate the couple’s nuptials. Since they love to travel, they named each of their guest tables after a city that they travelled to while on their Euro trip. Michelle + Ryan sat at the Paris table, of course!

The evening was spent with sweet kisses and toasts to the newlyweds. Congratulations, Michelle + Ryan!

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You may remember Julia (Woolnough) Black from HGTV, whose wedding we photographed back in 2008 at the Toronto Hunt Club. She recently referred a wonderfully outgoing couple to us: Adriana + Sal.

Adriana + Sal dated for 6 years and were engaged for 2 years before they tied the knot. They are dearly loved by all their friends and family, so everyone was thrilled to spend the day celebrating their love!

We started off by photographing the bride and groom’s final preparations. Sal got ready at his house in Markham, while Adriana got ready at her parents’ house. Her mother was over-the-moon excited seeing as how Adriana is her one and only daughter. She was ecstatic as she and the bridesmaids helped Adriana slip into the exquisite crystal-laced gown and sparkling silver Manolo Blahnik shoes.

The ceremony at St. Patrick’s Church in Markham was beautiful — albeit hot – it was truly one of the hottest wedding days that we’ve ever experienced! The temperature didn’t faze the couple one bit, and Adriana actually looked radiant in the heat. She couldn’t stop smiling as she gazed at her handsome groom in his black tux and bow tie. The groomsmen, all deemed “Bestmen” since Sal had known them all his life, were dressed in grey suits with blue striped ties. The bridesmaids matched in lovely navy blue dresses.

The ceremony concluded with an epic surprise from Adriana’s mother. Knowing that her daughter has a great love of birds, she arranged for white doves to be released outside the church. It was a beautiful gesture for the couple, and a beautiful aesthetic for our cameras!

The reception featured an amazing guitarist that Adriana and Sal had become enthralled with while at a friend’s wedding. His name is Chris Iaoannou and he plays in a band called Little Creatures. After reveling in his talent, they asked him to play at their wedding. He captured their personalities so well with his authentic and romantic songs. After a few covers of their favourite ballads, he played “Pretty Little Adriana” by Vince Gill for the Father/Daughter dance. It was so sweet and perfect! In addition to Chris Iaoannou, Digitial Entertainment kept the dance floor full of happy dancers throughout the night.

We had the pleasure of working alongside the talented crew from Zero Digital, who captured the day in true cinematic style. It’s not surprising that they had a fantastic videographer present since Sal earns a living in video editing!

Every aspect of the ceremony and the reception was perfect, and we feel so lucky to have been a part of it all. Congratulations, Adriana + Sal!

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When it comes to having the vacation of a lifetime, the only thing that can top the experience is meeting and falling for the love of your life. That’s exactly what happened when Holly + Simon were each visiting Cinque Terre on the coast of the Italian Riviera with their separate groups of friends.

Simon was travelling with his two best friends, Rob and Sean. The trio saw a lovely group of girls sitting at a patio bar where they were being harassed by plenty of local Italian men, so the guys devised a plan to “rescue” the damsels from the deluge of advances! It was the perfect plan because Holly was in that group of girls, and she and Simon hit it off right away.

Like a storyline fit for a movie, the two little groups merged and they all travelled together for the rest of the trip. Holly + Simon were absolutely inseparable and bonded over their passion for travel and photography, and they came back home deeply in love.

Little did they know, when they first met at that patio bar, that they would soon find themselves exchanging vows at the altar, with Rob and Sean standing by as groomsmen. It goes to show just how serendipitous life can be!

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This particular wedding party was especially close with one another. Holly knew that her bridesmaids had always adored her stylish Longchamp handbag, so as a special gift she gave each girl her very own Longchamp handbag from Betty Hemings in the color of their dresses. Along with the covetable handbags, each girl received a sleek gift box tied with an anticipatory pink ribbon and a personal hand-written “thank you” note. The black boxes were filled with beautifully silver framed group photos from Holly’s surprise bachelorette party in New York. The photos depicted a group of vibrant ladies who were thrilled to have just been picked up by a swanky limousine, courtesy of a very sweet and thoughtful Simon!

After “oooing” and “ahhhing” over their fabulous gifts, the ladies tended to Holly and adorned her with makeup, jewels and finally her stunning Vera Wang mermaid style gown with dreamy ruched tulle. She slipped her feet into the silver Jimmy Choo heels and was ready to see her groom. The bridesmaids themselves changed into their gorgeous Amsale dresses in a matching shade of Navy Blue – yet with slightly differing cuts and styles for some added intrigue and eye candy.

*As you can see, a precious little girl has just been touched by the magic of a fairytale wedding and is no doubt planning her own dream wedding as you read this! We’re thrilled to have caught that wonderful moment and hope that one day she will look back at that photo and remember the exact moment when the realization of love and magic hit.

The ceremony was held at the beautiful Blessed Sacrament Church in Toronto, where Paul + Nina were married just 2 years ago! From introducing Holly + Simon to us, to advising them on the day, Simon’s brother and his lovely wife were undeniably thoughtful and helpful in the wedding planning process!

As the processional began, Holly’s mother and father both walked her down the aisle. Her parents looked so proud of their daughter as they handed her off to her soon-to-be husband. Simon looked absolutely dashing in his handsome suit and Holly was as photogenic as could be – the camera loved them! The camera also loved their friends and family outside the church after the ceremony as we captured some of the most vivacious laughter and congratulatory embraces that we’ve ever seen.

The bride and groom took a series of photos at Alexander Muir Park across the road from the church, and then some more at the Historic Distillery District in Toronto where the lighting was divine. We curated a nice mix of classic and urban shots to fit everyone’s personality. Holly and her girls had the most amazing rose bouquets that called for a few extra, special photos to freeze their beauty in time.
Holly and her mother planned both the wedding and the reception, and they did a truly fantastic job. The reception took place at the Fermenting Cellar which was beautifully decorated by Avenue Flowers. Each table was set with crystal, incredible floral arrangements and chic Lucite chairs which reflected the candlelight in the most magical of ways. Chandeliers hung over the head table, all tables were draped with silk linens and flutes of bubbly champagne were added as the final touch.

Seeing as how Holly + Simon met in the Cinque Terre on the coast of the Italian Riviera, an authentic Italian band called The Sensations serenaded guests throughout dinner. Later, the dance floor became the place to be as guests formed a conga line and danced well into the night!

Other highlights of the evening were the memorable speeches from the groomsmen and bridesmaids. All of the speeches touched on how the bride and groom met but, while the girls’ speeches were sweet and touching, it was the guys’ speeches that had everyone in stitches! They even went so far as to present Simon with a deep fryer, deeming it as “Something every man needs, but isn’t allowed to put on the registry.” Be it adorable or hilarious, all of the speeches showed just how much they all care for one another!

{Looking back} While shooting Holly + Simon’s engagement portrait,  we realized that we were working with a very special couple. They were so head over heels in love and infatuated with each other that frame after frame came out virtually perfect. The energy was amazing and we couldn’t wait for the wedding day to arrive!

I’d like to give a special thank you to Nina and Paul (who happens to be Simon’s brother) who introduced us to the bride and groom to us a while back. As a collective group, Nina, Paul, Holly and Simon have also referred us several other couples including {Janine and Kyle},  {Ashley and Evan},  {Shauna and Richard} and more coming soon. We shot Nina and Paul’s wedding back in 2010, and are so humbled by the wonderful gesture of the referrals. Initially {Tania and Sean} introduced us to Nina a few years back, after Tania saw {Amanda & Michael}’s images from their day. Building these tight-knit lasting relationships with clients is the highlight of our job!

We feel so lucky to have been part of not only this wedding day, but also this entire group of wonderful people. We’re looking forward to seeing the whole group again at the next one!

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