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Locally Crafted Romantic Brewery Wedding

As featured in Who’s Who Special Edition Weddings by Big Day Wedding Expo, I was thrilled to be apart of this beautifully curated wedding shoot hosted in a beautiful industrial building of brick, wood, and shiny metallics known as The Little Brown Jug located right here in the heart of the Exchange District.

If you’re still trying to come up with a few unique ideas for photo locations, Little Brown Jug has everything from great light, a modern yet old character feel, and of course who can forget, locally crafted brew for you and your wedding party after photos – doesn’t get a whole lot better than that. The photographs speak for themselves and highlight the unlimited potential this entire space offers including enough room for an entire wedding party. And my most favourite detail as a photographer, the beautiful dreamy natural light helping me to create the most stunning bridal portraits you see here. Seriously, who would ever in their right mind think amazing bridal shots = brewery backdrop right, am I right?

So, feast your eyes on the loveliness below that was created by some of our top wedding industry talents. If you’re loving the feel and style of this romantic yet industrial wedding, these lovely artists can help you create make this style and feel a reality  for your very own wedding day – see vendors below the photos to get in contact. Enjoy.

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VENUE: Little Brown Jug  | FLORALS: Academy Florists | DRESS: Anna Lang Bridal TUX: Aldo Formal Wear MAKEUP: 2 Chicks and a Bag of Makeup

EVENT PLANNER & COORDINATORS: Alexandra Lillian Weddings & Big Day Wedding Expo RENTALS: Planned Perfectly

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Crystal & Jason’s Pineridge Hollow Wedding

This will easy go down as one of my favourite weddings for so many reasons. The biggest being that Crystal & Jason are just about the absolute loveliest people you will ever meet. I’ve been lucky enough to shoot not only their wedding but also the weddings of some of the most important people in their lives. Each curated detail of their wedding day held such important meaning to the both of them, and honestly every little detail couldn’t have come together more perfectly.

Jason and Crystal drew their wedding theme and colours of  Burgundy, Slate Blue, and Brass as inspiration from their many winery trips to vineyards they visited over the years together. They wanted to incorporate deep burgundy to represent the colour of wine; Crystal’s beautiful Essence of Australia dress featured beautiful rosettes and raw organza in a soft colour called Moscato – as I said, it all couldn’t have been more perfect for their shared love for wine which shone on their wedding day. They subtly incorporated slate blue into their hand dyed muslin table runner and the beautiful raw silk ribbons used for the boutonnieres and bouquets created by the ever so talented Stone House Weddings. During their engagement, Crystal searched many different antique shops and estate sales in search of the various vintage brass pots and goblets to be used as centre pieces.

I absolutely adored capturing all the details of their day especially all the laughter, fun, and love these two shared together and all the love  their friends and families have for these two gems of human beings. These two just radiate together and I’ll truly miss seeing them every month lol. So, i’ll just leave this lovely wedding to feat your eyes on and maybe even gather some inspiration from. xo

 




VENUE: Pineridge Hallow | FLORALS: Stone House Weddings | DRESS: Bliss Bridal TUX: EPH Apparel MAKEUP: 2 Chicks and a Bag of Makeup

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Jessica & Steve Elmhurst Golf Course

Easily one of my favourite weddings of all time, this beautiful Elmhurst golf course wedding is not to love. Aside from all the beautiful aesthetics & details brought together by an amazing team of talented local vendors, this bride & groom and their whole wedding party really are some of the sweetest & most memorable individuals I have yet to have in front of my camera. What’s even better, I’ve gotten to see this sweet bride Jessica and hubby for both Maternity photos and Family photos over the last couples of years since they tied the knot. I love seeing my couples grow together and their family after their wedding days.  Couples like this who keep in touch and ask me to capture more of their biggest life moments make me pinch myself and ask if this is really what I get to do as a career.

Enjoy Jessica & Steve’s beautiful wedding – all the talented vendors can be found below if you love the style and how everything came together.


 

This beautiful photo above of Jessica & her Bridesmaids won a top 30% award in a photo competition that hosted over 332,768 photos from various photographers all over the world!


 

 

VENUE| Elmhurst Country Club    FLOWERS| Beyond Flowers   DRESS|  7th Avenue Bridal  DECOR & RENTALS| Simply Perfect Decor CAKE & CAKE POPS: Sweet Impressions

 

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Shoot & Share Photo Contest

Each year Shoot n’ Share holds a lovely contest for photographers from all around the globe, and when I say all around the globe I truly mean it – we are talking 141 different countries to be exact – how cool is that? It’s actually quite amazing that a community comes together for a whole month of the year to submit their “best 50” photos, and have hundreds of thousands of others vote for their favourite photographs from all different categories; from senior portraits, to family, newborn, styled shoots, wedding parties, pets, the bride, the groom and a few other pretty great categories just to name a few. In 2017 the contest started out with a submission of nearly 332,768 photos with voting  open to anyone and everyone for an entire month – that means you too could vote.  Things get pretty fun & inspiring as a photographer and the month of February can be difficult not getting into a habit of simply just eating, sleeping, and voting all day long. The wonderful team at Shoot n’ share whom host this amazing contest go above and beyond to make sure voting is fair and at random, they really have created such a great space to share talent & inspiration.

For me, 2017 was my first year submitting to the competition and I am still in awe of how far I placed in the competition with a number of my photos. Individuals can simply choose your photos out of the 4 that pop up, but if they really love your photos they can “heart” them and this is the only way to know whether you might have a photo still left once you get in the higher rounds. With each passing round and eliminations I would sequel with joy that my hearts were still increasing and not knowing which photos they were almost killed me. Anyhow, the photo contest wrapped up and I was so pleased that a good number of my photos made it through all 10 rounds of voting and some of my favourites placed higher than I ever could have dreamed and hoped for in my first year submitting. I even made top 100 photos with this beautiful bridal Portrait below out of 332,768 and over 49 million votes cast. I have also entered for 2018 some of my favourites from 2017 and even some older ones from the vault. We are currently at round 7 and my hearts are still slow and steadily moving up, so that gives me hope I am doing as well as last year. I’ll keep posted on this post for each year to share all the beautiful images that place in the competition. My fingers toes and eyes are crossed for 2018 – two weeks left for voting. In the meantime, you can take a peak at some of 2017’s photos and where they placed.


 


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Jeff & Serena’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights Wedding

Meet Serena & Jeff, we go a long way back now and I couldn’t be happier that fate brought us together. It all started when Jeff casually approached me at the wedding of his cousin with curiosity as to whether I  photographed  proposals – with the preliminary details shared, a “heck yes, i’m in!,” and a business card later, I couldn’t wait for Jeff to contact me for the beautiful surprise proposal he had planned for his soon to be financé. While all this was happening, the unsuspecting Serena was getting herself into position for the bouquet toss, I remembering rushing away from Jeff to make sure I didn’t miss the toss and of course, who else but Serena catches the bouquet! It’s almost too fitting for this story, I know.
I remember smiling so hard when I was nearing the end of editing Jeff’s cousins wedding and I got to the shots of Serena catching said bouquet. Anyone who knows Serena will tell you she literally lights up a room with her smile and laughter. She is truly one of the sweetest & bubbliest girls i’ve ever met and her reaction and excitement in the photos were absolutely epic!  All I could do was keep my fingers crossed that Jeff would contact me for the proposal Serena had no idea about.

Sure enough, a few month later Jeff contacted me with all the details of the surprise proposal and I was in; an incredible evening later with the sun setting and Serena arriving in horse & carriage to her fiancé on bended knee, we (friends, family, and myself) all left teary eyed and excited for the couples happy new beginning.

Naturally, I was even more thrilled when Serena & Jeff contacted me yet again to discuss their wedding date and I knew we’d be a great fit. Between clicking so well in person, having been with them at the start of their love story, and the details of the wedding day itself, it was easily one of my most anticipated weddings of 2017. I had never shot at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and was absolutely dying to have a couple book me for their wedding day at this incredible architectural masterpiece. After all the details and logistics were discussed we discovered that same meeting that we all played dodgeball in the same league. I’m pretty sure our client meeting turned more dodgeball talk then wedding talk by the end of it all.

Of course, as you can see through the photos, Jeff & Serena’s beautiful wedding day did not disappoint. Every detail came together so beautifully – some of my  absolute favourite wedding industry vendors were also apart of this incredible day, and of course I just adore these two people and could photograph them all day every day. You honestly won’t find more sincere, genuine, passionate, and kind people – these two are real gems and a beautiful couple together. From the moment I saw Serena’s smiling face in the bridal room, to her stunning lace gown, beautiful flowers and sweet bridesmaids, I couldn’t wait for the day to start and to capture Jeff’s reaction as he saw his bride for the first time. People, I go to a lot of weddings and I don’t normally get too emotional unless they are real heart string tuggers, but Jeff literally had me in snotty nose running tears mode when he saw Serena come down the aisle with her father.

The rest of the day was also amazing, we had a beautiful fall day spent on Waterfront Drive taking photos with a super fun, relaxed, and spirited wedding party and of course the backdrop of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights also made stunning photos for Jeff & Serena before the reception started. The evening was equally as amazing; great food, games, heartfelt speeches, and a lot of laughter made the night fly by and before I knew it, their day was over for me. Luckily since then, we continue to see each other on an almost weekly basis as dodgeball comrades which is actually pretty funny – who still plays dodgeball right? Believe it or not, there are quite a few adults who still take it quite seriously lol and we happen to be three of them!
Anyways, if you’re still reading this, you should definitely stick around a little while longer to see their stunning photos from their wedding day. As always, some of my favourite vendors are listed below for reference. Enjoy xx

 


 


VENUE| Canadian Museum for Human Rights   FLOWERS|Oak & Lily   MAKEUP| 2 Chicks and a Bag of Makeup

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