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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Love, luxury, and the clear blessing of a beautiful family were all elements that were featured in the spectacular wedding of this gorgeous couple.

While many couples want to see each other first when the bride walks down the aisle, it is always particularly touching when couples choose instead to have a ‘first look’ prior to the ceremony. The first look for this wonderful bride and groom was made even more special by the fact that they allowed their parents and siblings to join them for this intimate moment – something that was evidently deeply appreciated by their respective loved ones. Their families soon showed their appreciation in return, however, by providing an incredible sofra of flowers, candles, crystal, and exotic fruits, nuts and pastries, which were not only amazing in and of themselves, but each held significance in some way to the couple’s marriage. A special mention to the incredible Katherine from Floral Werx who made the flowers possible.



Taking My Breath Away – There’s an old quote about life and love that I find particularly fitting as I look back at this delicious wedding of Sarah and Bobby. As the saying goes, “It’s not about the number of breaths we take, but about the moments that take our breath away”.  And take my breath away this couple did.

Sarah and Bobby are not just two extremely beautiful individuals who happened by chance to come across each others path.  Nope.  I believe their paths were predetermined. I believe Sarah was created with Bobby in mind and vice versa.  I believe they are one couple, forever entwined, and astoundingly so.

I think initially, I was taken aback by Sarah’s knock-out beauty. Her wavy, chocolate-brown locks are enviable on so many levels. And those deep, soul-searching brown eyes of hers paired with a set of cheekbones to die for and a smile I’m sure has broken many hearts – that is, until the day she met Bobby.  Bobby is an incredible guy who kept everyone in stitches the entire day. From what I can see, these two were meant to be together, and oh how perfectly they fit.

The wedding took place at the elegant Copper Creek Golf Club in Kleinburg, and was luxuriously decorated by the very talented Floral Werx & Décor.

DJ Payam made sure the dance floor never stopped mostly on her Badgley Mischka  shoes.  Sarah always said she wanted a dress she could dance in – and boy did she live up to that statement. She beamed with love and laughter as she danced with her new husband, surrounded by their loved ones. Singing along with every word, moving with every beat – this was one of the most incredible parties we’ve ever had the privilege of capturing.

It was also a pleasure working with Carmine from Something Different Event Planning, who managed to keep everything running smoothly throughout the day, and as always, we had a lot fun working alongside videographer Nancy from Calico Cat Productions.

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