Lydia + Erwin

Lydia + Erwin

- TODAY MARKS 2512 DAYS SINCE WE MET, AND THEY'VE BEEN THE BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE -

What a remarkable love story Lydia and Erwin have and what an equally remarkable wedding!  6 years ago they met at a nightclub in Stockholm Sweden - and although Erwin is from The Netherlands and Lydia is from Niagara Canada they decided to test their love long distance.  Eventually Lydia moved overseas to be with Erwin - they currently live in Amsterdam. 

They decided to wed in lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake but they couldn't do it without all of their Dutch friends and family - over 30 of them flew over for the occasion!  Their wedding day included both Canadian and Dutch traditions, many heartfelt words through vows and speeches and a gorgeous harvest table dinner beneath a canopy of cherry trees in the orchard. 

The planning and styling of this beautiful day was done by none other than Danielle Shaw of Shaw Events.  The day was flawless and effortlessly gorgeous.

Congratulations Lydia + Erwin!

Cecilia + Charles

Cecilia + Charles

- SHE KEPT ME WAITING FOR 23 YEARS....AND HERE WE ARE -

Cecilia and Charles' love story is truly remarkable.  To have met years ago, only to re-connect 10 years later still feeling that same spark that they did the day they met.  Now, 23 years later, they are finally married!  This cute couple deserve a round of applause and a huge display of fireworks!

ELIZABETH + JESSE

ELIZABETH + JESSE

- I VIVIDLY REMEMBER SEEING HER WALK AWAY AND THINKING WHO IS THIS PERSON, AND NOW I KNOW...THIS IS MY WIFE -

Izabela + Jesse

Izabela + Jesse

-AND THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOMETHING THAT MAKES ME LOVE YOU THAT LITTLE BIT MORE TOMORROW-

These two are special - I mean seriously special humans.  Not only did we love working with Izzy and Jesse but we became friends along the way.  Both incredibly busy in the medical field and also planning their vineyard wedding from Ottawa, we didn't get to officially meet in person until a few weeks before the wedding.  But when we did, I knew we would get along just fine.  

This film incorporates a little bit of what the bride and groom do before they start getting ready, and in this case, Izzy held a yoga class for her ladies while Jesse and his guys played paint ball.  It was a really fun idea to have this part of the day captured and definitely beneficial for the wedding party to get out some wedding jitters with a little sweat!

Anyone who has been to the Niagara region in the spring knows that there is so much beauty in the surrounding nature.  Honsberger Estate was perfection at this time of year and the orchard on property proved to be the most magical setting for a little bit of fun with the camera and the drone.  We love the aerial footage captured here.  

The entire day, really was just so natural and free spirited and Jesse and Izabela really trusted my vision for them and just went with it.  So many laughs were had!

Please enjoy the images I pulled from the film below and watch the film above and may you find a love a beautiful as Izabela's and Jesse's in your life!

Amanda + Tony

Amanda + Tony

- NOTHING WILL MAKE ME HAPPIER THAN TO SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE HAVING MID-AFTERNOON NAPS ON OUR DAYS OFF AND GOING TO SLEEP KNOWING THAT I JUST WANT TO PLAY LEGOS WITH MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE -

Tony Tony Tony!  I was looking forward to this wedding for quite some time!  You see Tony worked with me as the sound guy on a show for Teletoon and this is when we first met.  I was a shooter on the show and our crew shared so many laughs every day on set.  It was great!  Tony made each day so fun and I was super excited to find out he was engaged to a gorgeous girl, Amanda.  He showed us all a picture of her on set one day and we were all blown away by her!  I mean, sound guy Tony was engaged to a bomb shell!  This was fantastic!  Amanda is a vet tech and she ended up taking care of my two cats when I took them to her clinic (Queen West Animal Clinic).  Unfortunately my cat did not like getting blood work done and  had an accident on Amanda but she did not seem phased at all - a true professional!  

So you see, I have connections to both of these amazing people and to have the opportunity to spend their wedding day with them and capture their sweet moments melts my heart.  Amanda was one of the most hilarious brides I have worked with and hammed it up for the camera quite a bit - I couldn't fit all her funny moments in but I put in a few ha ha.  Tony looked amazing in his suit and you couldn't help but notice the way he looked at Amanda not just as she walked down the aisle but the whole day!

I wish you, Tony + Amanda many days of afternoon naps and many date nights playing legos.

ALYSSA + ANDY

ALYSSA + ANDY

- WELCOME HOME -

LOVE THESE TWO!  So fun, so loving, so amazing - this is Alyssa and Andy's wedding.  I knew I liked them from the minute we met and I knew that I was going to have a great day as soon as I saw how many friends they had present and in their wedding party.  The girls wore the most gorgeous deep toned navy blue dresses, all in varying styles and fabrics.  Each girl was more stunning than the next!  Andy may have had just as many guys if not more surrounding him on this day.  All of them hilarious and all of them wearing the most unique thistle boutonnieres.

The Ceremony was intimate and pulled on my heart strings - I could feel myself welling up watching Alyssa and Andy look at each other with such love.  Andy went for his handkerchief a few times to wipe his tears.

It was really great working with the photographer at this wedding TJ Tindale.  He chose a spot for portraits that was truly spectacular and the shots we were able to get at this location were some of my favourites all season!

Alyssa + Andy - you guys were the best.  I hope you have a lifetime of happiness!!!

SARAH + CHRIS

SARAH + CHRIS

- YOU KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT ME, AND LOVE ME JUST THE SAME -

This beauty of a wedding was the last one of the 2015 season and we couldn't have been more excited to share this day with Sarah and Chris. The colours outside and the crisp winter air provided a romantic landscape for shooting with these two and I have to say there is something about winter weddings that I find special! Although they were freezing while shooting outside, you wouldn't be able to tell because they look at ease and in love. And they were - boy were they in love! Ceremony: Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, Guelph ON Reception: Carmen's, Hamilton ON

STACY + COLIN

STACY + COLIN

- WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY, ALONG WITH THE SUN, THE MOON AND THE SEA - I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF ANNOUNCING YOU HUSBAND AND WIFE -

MELODY + NARIMAN

MELODY + NARIMAN

- THIS IS IT! -

Fun-loving is how I would describe this couple, 100%.  I have never seen two people sing and dance more throughout the day than Melody and Nariman!  Whether it be dancing to a marching band passing by on Queen st. or singing Disney songs at their reception, these two surely had fun!

Starting the day off in their lovely suites at the Ritz Carlton, they leisurely got dressed and read their cards from each other.  Nariman had signed his "Norman" as apparently Melody's Grandmother had mistakenly called him that several times lol.

Ceremony and reception were both held at the York Mills Gallery in Toronto and the venue was sparkling and beautiful with strings of draping lights hanging from the ceiling above.  This Persian Baha'i marriage was lovely and inspiring with many speakers and singers.

And of course this couple danced and danced and danced - and so did their guests.  Melody's brother was the DJ so they could be sure they would hear lots of their favorite songs and bit of Euro dance for Nariman! 

SIMI + TOKS

SIMI + TOKS

Simi and Toks had hands down the most fun wedding party yet.  If there was one theme throughout the day it was LAUGHTER and DANCING!  There was dancing in the morning getting ready, there was dancing at the ceremony, there was dancing during the photos and of course there was dancing at the reception. Everyone was on their A game and I'm pretty sure this wedding party wins the prize for best looking as well!

LAUREN + TOM

LAUREN + TOM

- INDEED, THIS IS A DAY OF HOPE -

Horseshoe Valley is beautiful in the autumn.  On a brisk October 3rd day in Barrie Lauren and Tom celebrated their love by marrying at this dreamy spot.  The trees were just starting to turn and it was just enough above freezing to be able to have the ceremony a top the ski hill overlooking the resort.  Not by any means was it warm but you wouldn't be able to tell by these shots of the day.  Lauren and the girls braved the cold and were troopers.  I love that we were able to take advantage of the grounds and have their first look outside.  This moment was really one of the best first looks I have shot simply because of the groom's anticipation for it and his response upon seeing Lauren.

The ceremony officiating was very well done and afforded me the luxury of using some great dialogue for the film's narrative.  Tom also had some really moving things to say about Lauren.  The description of how he felt during the first look was really sweet.

All parts of the day were beautiful, happy and most of all full of love and I couldn't be more pleased to show off this film about Lauren and Tom's love for one another.

JOSIE + CHRIS

JOSIE + CHRIS

- EYE COLOUR BROWN, FUR COLOUR CREAM -

Josie Josie Josie.  What a girl and what a dress! She is a gem inside and out and it made me so happy to see the day she married Chris truly happen so seamlessly and beautifully.  I had met Josie for a meeting before I met Chris.  I also had the pleasure of seeing her out at a bridal event that my colleagues had organized.  It was very nice to get to know her a little bit and get a sense of her personality.  I knew right away that I would love working with her.  She had a confidence and easy going nature that was going to look great in front of my camera ;)
We got together for another meeting when Chris was available.  Chris works in Halifax and comes home when he can on weekends.  I was glad to be able to meet the other half of the pair and I could see why they work so well together.  Chris is kind and laid back and seems to be the perfect match for Josie.  Their long distance bond intrigued me and it truly reveals how much they love each other.
I had such a great time spending the day with them and their fabulous friends and family.  Josie got ready at her sister's AMAZING condo with the most perfect light.  I couldn't get enough of shooting in that bedroom!  Josie's niece was quite the flower girl and seemed to LOVE  the camera lol!  Chris spent the morning opening his Build - A - Bear that was stuffed with love by Josie.  Such a cute gift!  The photographers I had the pleasure of working with had an unconventional method of taking pictures after the ceremony and they called it "street hopping."  Basically we all boarded on the massive party bus and drove through St. Clair West and stopped on various streets and found pretty back drops for photos.  I was skeptical at first but it worked out really well and I love the shots I was able to get.  Who knew that someone's random driveway and a the outside of a warehouse were perfect photo spots!
Love this day, love this couple.  Enjoy this peek inside their wedding.
Kat

LEANNE + LARS

LEANNE + LARS

-JEG ELSKER DIG-

It means I love you in Danish - and Danes there were at this wedding!

You see Lars and Leanne have a rather interesting love story - one that spans across the whole world.  Each set out on a journey to visit Australia and were both told by their parents not to fall in love with any Aussies while they were away and both came back in love - but not with an Australian!  Rather, Leanne fell for a Dane and Lars fell for a Canadian girl!

But alas they had to return to their homes and continued to correspond long distance and of course Leanne went to visit Lars in Denmark.  Lars has a card with a picture of leanne on the front from when she visited and on it was a Danish flag pasted to the front with a message that read:

"Just like John Smith in Pocahontas I'm going to claim Denmark as my land and re-name it Leanneland"

These two truly were the best to work with - both with huge grins from ear to ear all day.  Lars really enjoyed the camera and began narrating his love story with Leanne for the video and hamming it up.  Leanne lit up the room with her smile and infectious positivity - even as she looked out the window at the rain - she did so with a smile knowing it was her wedding day and nothing could change that - not even the rain.

This location afforded me the opportunity to use my drone and I took full advantage of that!  Right by the water in Burlington on a day when the sky kept changing magical colours was a real treat for me!  We also discovered that there was a large compass imprinted in the ground that Lars and Leanne stood in the middle of.  With the drone looking down at them, it seemed like fitting imagery for these two globe trotting sweethearts.

Thank you so much Leanne and Lars - you were AWESOME!

ANNA + ADAM

ANNA + ADAM

- I CHOOSE YOU -

She's done it again! Lisa from Bliss Events has created the most perfect wedding day for the most perfect couple. Anna and Adam chose wisely when they picked Lisa to plan their big day at the gorgeous Toronto Hunt Club. Simple elegance was a theme throughout and it was present in every detail. I took a hint from that and mirrored that sentiment in their wedding film. Beautiful vistas of the Scarborough Bluffs and Lake Ontario couldn't have been dreamier or more in-line with the prettiness of the day.

STEFAN + BENITA

STEFAN + BENITA

I don't know where to begin with Stefan and Benita.  These two have truly become friends of mine but I knew we would get along from the moment we met.  It has been an incredible journey with these two and I was lucky enough to shoot not one but TWO of their weddings.  Yes, that's right, they had two weddings!  This first blog post shows their Toronto wedding but only a few days later we all flew to Mexico and spent a week in the sun and they married again right next to the ocean.  A most spectacular week that will surely be covered in another blog post about these two.

The wedding held in Toronto  was a perfect day beginning with a surprise gift delivered to the bride sent from Stefan.  What a mysterious gift it was - she was not allowed to open it and she didn't know why!  That is until she heard the song "Cheerleader" coming from inside the bag.  Benita reached in and pulled out her very own brand new iPhone 6 and her groom was on the other end calling.  All captured in the video of course - this moment was one of my favourites from this day.

These two share something special and it's such a pleasure to have met them and been a part of their journey.  Two of the nicest people you will ever meet and two of the most fun as well!  

Enjoy!
Kat

 

JEN + CHRIS

JEN + CHRIS

These two! Just wow to everything that happened on their wedding day! From the morning nerves and getting ready in their remodelled victorian home, Jen was a dream to work with and a true beauty. Effortless and airy, bright and open just like their old home, Jen and Chris were all of these things. As if the weather took note of this as well, nature sent a perfect day and decorated the breeze with pollen puffs that floated by creating a dreamy backdrop for their ceremony and photos at Evergreen Brickworks. This was the epitome of beautiful outdoor weddings and my favourite setting for a reception. The old kilns where the bricks were fired provided a quick getaway for an impromptu shoot during dinner. And the first dance- holy smokes. With twinkle lights adorning the ceiling and all their friends and family watching to the side Chris and Jen wowed us once again with their cuteness and had the perfect first dance.

THE DAY STARTED AT THEIR BEAUTIFUL CENTURY HOME 

THE DAY STARTED AT THEIR BEAUTIFUL CENTURY HOME 

JEN HAVING MAKE-UP APPLIED

JEN HAVING MAKE-UP APPLIED

CHRIS + JEN'S CUTE PRE-WEDDING TEXTING

CHRIS + JEN'S CUTE PRE-WEDDING TEXTING

GORGEOUS BLUSH GOWN

GORGEOUS BLUSH GOWN

IT'S SO MUCH EASIER GETTING READY AS A GUY

IT'S SO MUCH EASIER GETTING READY AS A GUY

DETAILS EVERYWHERE

DETAILS EVERYWHERE

THE MOMENT

THE MOMENT

BRICKSWORKS DREAMY OUTDOOR CEREMONY

BRICKSWORKS DREAMY OUTDOOR CEREMONY

MR + MRS RASMUSSEN

MR + MRS RASMUSSEN