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Our first interaction with Becky and Joseph, outside of email and messaging, was on our way to their client meeting. It was pouring. Dark, mean clouds and thick, round droplets that splashed high and wide when they hit the asphalt. We were looking forwards to sharing hot cups of coffee and tea with Becky and Joseph. But then Sam’s phone rang. We answered it.

“Hi! It’s Becky!”

We immediately liked her. We could hear the smile in her voice.

She asked for a rain check on the client meeting; the wind and rain were growing aggressive.

We said of course, exchanged a few pleasantries and finished the call.

I turned to Samantha and said, “I love her already.” She was sweet, spoke kindly, and was genuinely apologetic about the change in plans. Our excitement to meet them doubled immediately.

Fast forward to Becky and Joseph’s engagement session. From the the moment they waved at us from down the parking lot, we knew we were in for an incredible afternoon. Becky and Joseph are personable and warm. So incredibly authentic and 100% themselves, even with almost perfect strangers! Ten minutes into the session and we felt like we had known them forever. Joseph makes Becky laugh on a dime (she may have one of the most joyful and contagious laugh I’ve heard) and from the way he looks at her, it’s obvious he’s deeply in love.

I turned to Samantha and said, “I love her already.”

Becky and Joseph are the kind of couple that already seem like a life-long team. What really stood out to us was the way they interacted with each other. Becky would be the one to gather their things and pack it up between locations, but Joseph wouldn’t let her carry any of the bags. They’d always be checking in with one another to make sure they were alright, and weren’t too cold. Joseph would make Becky laugh, and Becky would make sure Joseph was okay carrying all their things. And they were comfortable in these roles: It was like witnessing a small ecosystem, made up of intricate knowledge of each other.

Becky and Joseph, the afternoon we spent together felt so much more like we were just hanging out with friends than photographing an engagement. We love the way you care for and rely on one another, even in the small daily things (that is what life is made up of!) We can’t wait to hang out again at your wedding next year!

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November 14, 2019

Becky & Joseph

Our first interaction with Becky and Joseph, outside of email and messaging, was on our way to their client meeting. It was pouring. Dark, mean clouds and thick, round droplets that splashed high and wide when they hit the asphalt. We were looking forwards to sharing hot cups of coffee and tea with Becky and Joseph. But then Sam’s phone rang. We answered it.

“Hi! It’s Becky!”

We immediately liked her. We could hear the smile in her voice.

She asked for a rain check on the client meeting; the wind and rain were growing aggressive.

We said of course, exchanged a few pleasantries and finished the call.

I turned to Samantha and said, “I love her already.” She was sweet, spoke kindly, and was genuinely apologetic about the change in plans. Our excitement to meet them doubled immediately.

Fast forward to Becky and Joseph’s engagement session. From the the moment they waved at us from down the parking lot, we knew we were in for an incredible afternoon. Becky and Joseph are personable and warm. So incredibly authentic and 100% themselves, even with almost perfect strangers! Ten minutes into the session and we felt like we had known them forever. Joseph makes Becky laugh on a dime (she may have one of the most joyful and contagious laugh I’ve heard) and from the way he looks at her, it’s obvious he’s deeply in love.

I turned to Samantha and said, “I love her already.”

Becky and Joseph are the kind of couple that already seem like a life-long team. What really stood out to us was the way they interacted with each other. Becky would be the one to gather their things and pack it up between locations, but Joseph wouldn’t let her carry any of the bags. They’d always be checking in with one another to make sure they were alright, and weren’t too cold. Joseph would make Becky laugh, and Becky would make sure Joseph was okay carrying all their things. And they were comfortable in these roles: It was like witnessing a small ecosystem, made up of intricate knowledge of each other.

Becky and Joseph, the afternoon we spent together felt so much more like we were just hanging out with friends than photographing an engagement. We love the way you care for and rely on one another, even in the small daily things (that is what life is made up of!) We can’t wait to hang out again at your wedding next year!

Becky & Joseph

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This past summer, at one of our all-time favourite weddings, we got to work with the lovely Carmen Tan of Carmen Tan Events. And we get to do so again this coming year! Working with vendors who are kind and who you trust, can make or break the wedding experience. Carmen is an amazing planner and coordinator who manages to walk the fence between being organized and keeping everything on schedule, and caring for her couples with such love and encouragement. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but Carmen is a pro! We’re so excited to work with her again, and also to photograph what is going to be an amazing wedding with Sally and Jeffrey in 2020!

Jeffrey couldn’t get the thought of her out of his mind.

It’s not everyday that your best friend sets you up with your future spouse, plans your wedding, and is the maid of honour. Sally and Jeffrey have it made! Jeffrey told us the story of how he and Sally met: Sally, Jeffrey, and Carmen all ran in the same circles through the church community and groups. At one such community event, Carmen asked Jeffrey if he was seeing anyone. When he answered, “No.”, Carmen threw out, “What about Sally?” To everyone’s relief, Sally wasn’t there to overhear (and understandably reject any matchmaking attempt). But Jeffrey couldn’t get the thought of her out of his mind and eventually made his move.

Sally and Jeff, you two are so lovely! We really enjoyed getting to know you guys as we waded through high brush and anxiously watched the sky to see if the rain was going to start. And we’re so excited to see your vision for your wedding day come to life! Can’t wait for next June!! But in the meantime, these photos of your beautiful engagement will tide you over! Enjoy!

 

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Sally & Jeffrey

This past summer, at one of our all-time favourite weddings, we got to work with the lovely Carmen Tan of Carmen Tan Events. And we get to do so again this coming year! Working with vendors who are kind and who you trust, can make or break the wedding experience. Carmen is an amazing planner and coordinator who manages to walk the fence between being organized and keeping everything on schedule, and caring for her couples with such love and encouragement. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but Carmen is a pro! We’re so excited to work with her again, and also to photograph what is going to be an amazing wedding with Sally and Jeffrey in 2020!

Jeffrey couldn’t get the thought of her out of his mind.

It’s not everyday that your best friend sets you up with your future spouse, plans your wedding, and is the maid of honour. Sally and Jeffrey have it made! Jeffrey told us the story of how he and Sally met: Sally, Jeffrey, and Carmen all ran in the same circles through the church community and groups. At one such community event, Carmen asked Jeffrey if he was seeing anyone. When he answered, “No.”, Carmen threw out, “What about Sally?” To everyone’s relief, Sally wasn’t there to overhear (and understandably reject any matchmaking attempt). But Jeffrey couldn’t get the thought of her out of his mind and eventually made his move.

Sally and Jeff, you two are so lovely! We really enjoyed getting to know you guys as we waded through high brush and anxiously watched the sky to see if the rain was going to start. And we’re so excited to see your vision for your wedding day come to life! Can’t wait for next June!! But in the meantime, these photos of your beautiful engagement will tide you over! Enjoy!

 

Sally & Jeffrey

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We are so excited to share our first engagement session for the 2020 wedding season! The season of engagement flies by, so we love taking a couple hours, slowing down with our couples, and documenting this short but precious time in their lives! And Joy and KB were the perfect couple to get into our 2020 weddings! They’re sweet, kind, and have great taste in food! (Burger sauce for the win!)

When planning their engagement session, Joy and KB wanted somewhere that offered both nature and some urban elements. Joy had walked the Don Valley Brick Works Park trails (try saying that 10x really fast!) and loved the combination of the tall beautiful trees and the out-of-use train tracks that overlook the valley! By the time we finally arrived at the old rail line, we were huffing and puffing and our cheeks were very rosy, but it was worth the steep climb! We may have also waded through some burr bushes along the way… 

The walk gave us an opportunity to get to know Joy and KB better, one of our favourite reasons to have an engagement session! Joy and KB officially met while they were serving in a youth ministry. They had run in similar circles for years, but the 4-year age gap meant they never overlapped in high school and university. What first attracted KB to Joy was how well she personified her name (we totally noticed this too!). Always smiling, laughing, and light-hearted! And it was so beautiful seeing the way KB watched his fiancée, with such gentleness in his eyes…

A big autumn sky and two souls in love. Is there anymore we could ask for?

Joy and KB, you guys were such a joy to photograph and get to know! (Sorry we just couldn’t resist!) You are so kind and sweet to one another, it warmed our hearts. We can’t wait for your beautiful wedding next year! Here are just a few of our favourite photos from our time together.

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Joy & KB

We are so excited to share our first engagement session for the 2020 wedding season! The season of engagement flies by, so we love taking a couple hours, slowing down with our couples, and documenting this short but precious time in their lives! And Joy and KB were the perfect couple to get into our 2020 weddings! They’re sweet, kind, and have great taste in food! (Burger sauce for the win!)

When planning their engagement session, Joy and KB wanted somewhere that offered both nature and some urban elements. Joy had walked the Don Valley Brick Works Park trails (try saying that 10x really fast!) and loved the combination of the tall beautiful trees and the out-of-use train tracks that overlook the valley! By the time we finally arrived at the old rail line, we were huffing and puffing and our cheeks were very rosy, but it was worth the steep climb! We may have also waded through some burr bushes along the way… 

The walk gave us an opportunity to get to know Joy and KB better, one of our favourite reasons to have an engagement session! Joy and KB officially met while they were serving in a youth ministry. They had run in similar circles for years, but the 4-year age gap meant they never overlapped in high school and university. What first attracted KB to Joy was how well she personified her name (we totally noticed this too!). Always smiling, laughing, and light-hearted! And it was so beautiful seeing the way KB watched his fiancée, with such gentleness in his eyes…

A big autumn sky and two souls in love. Is there anymore we could ask for?

Joy and KB, you guys were such a joy to photograph and get to know! (Sorry we just couldn’t resist!) You are so kind and sweet to one another, it warmed our hearts. We can’t wait for your beautiful wedding next year! Here are just a few of our favourite photos from our time together.

Joy & KB

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The guests crowded along the second-floor railing of the reception room.  The entire bridal party clustered together on one end of the head table. Banding together. Determined they wouldn’t fail. Their phones out.

The screen lit up with the next question. “What was Stuart’s earliest memory of Eirwen?”

A) Her Yellow Sweater

B) Her Smile

C) Her Laugh

D) Her Amazing Clarinet Skillzzz

The MC had promised a prize. If anyone—just one out of a 150+ guest list—got a perfect score, Eirwen and Stuart would have to kiss.

The guesses were in and the screen flickered to the answer: Her yellow sweater. 

Kahoot. The quintessential high school game. As two high school teachers—Eirwen of math, Stuart of music—it was the perfect choice. But they hadn’t met as teachers. They hadn’t even met during teacher’s college or university. Their story began on the second day of ninth grade when a mutual friend introduced them and Eirwen wore her yellow sweater.

Eirwen and Stuart were able to take in the day… because they weren’t being rushed

Eirwen and Stuart’s day at Holland Marsh Wineries was a unique one for us; probably would have been for any photographer. The average wedding can be crazy and rushed. This wedding was different. Eirwen is a girl after our own hearts. She loves schedules and organization and she planned her beautiful day so well that Eirwen and Stuart had plenty of time for everything. Even eating. And actually spending time with the bridal party. And—believe it or not—with each other. We loved seeing how Eirwen and Stuart were able to take in the day and enjoy it so fully because they weren’t being rushed. The intentional scheduling was one way they cared for one another and how much they love spending time together; their day was about each other more than anything.

Eirwen and Stuart, we absolutely loved spending your wedding day with you! We felt so cared for by your family and friends not only physically (guys, I don’t think we’ve been offered food and drink so much before!), but emotionally. It was so lovely seeing how much your families and friends love you and how much you love them. It revealed the kindness shown to us as true and genuine. We are so encouraged and look forward to seeing you care for each other and the family you’re starting together in the years to come!

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Hair and Makeup: Jeannie Chen

Gown: Pronovias

Ceremony: North York Chinese Baptist Church

Reception: Holland Marsh Wineries

Catering: O’Malley’s Catering

Florist: Dorcas Cheung

DJ: Bob Hawkins

 

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August 21, 2019

Eirwen & Stuart

The guests crowded along the second-floor railing of the reception room.  The entire bridal party clustered together on one end of the head table. Banding together. Determined they wouldn’t fail. Their phones out.

The screen lit up with the next question. “What was Stuart’s earliest memory of Eirwen?”

A) Her Yellow Sweater

B) Her Smile

C) Her Laugh

D) Her Amazing Clarinet Skillzzz

The MC had promised a prize. If anyone—just one out of a 150+ guest list—got a perfect score, Eirwen and Stuart would have to kiss.

The guesses were in and the screen flickered to the answer: Her yellow sweater. 

Kahoot. The quintessential high school game. As two high school teachers—Eirwen of math, Stuart of music—it was the perfect choice. But they hadn’t met as teachers. They hadn’t even met during teacher’s college or university. Their story began on the second day of ninth grade when a mutual friend introduced them and Eirwen wore her yellow sweater.

Eirwen and Stuart were able to take in the day… because they weren’t being rushed

Eirwen and Stuart’s day at Holland Marsh Wineries was a unique one for us; probably would have been for any photographer. The average wedding can be crazy and rushed. This wedding was different. Eirwen is a girl after our own hearts. She loves schedules and organization and she planned her beautiful day so well that Eirwen and Stuart had plenty of time for everything. Even eating. And actually spending time with the bridal party. And—believe it or not—with each other. We loved seeing how Eirwen and Stuart were able to take in the day and enjoy it so fully because they weren’t being rushed. The intentional scheduling was one way they cared for one another and how much they love spending time together; their day was about each other more than anything.

Eirwen and Stuart, we absolutely loved spending your wedding day with you! We felt so cared for by your family and friends not only physically (guys, I don’t think we’ve been offered food and drink so much before!), but emotionally. It was so lovely seeing how much your families and friends love you and how much you love them. It revealed the kindness shown to us as true and genuine. We are so encouraged and look forward to seeing you care for each other and the family you’re starting together in the years to come!

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Hair and Makeup: Jeannie Chen

Gown: Pronovias

Ceremony: North York Chinese Baptist Church

Reception: Holland Marsh Wineries

Catering: O’Malley’s Catering

Florist: Dorcas Cheung

DJ: Bob Hawkins

 

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Have we got a gorgeous wedding for you guys!! What better way to start off this beautiful weekend! We had the pleasure of shooting Carrie and Steven’s gorgeous Graydon Hall Manor wedding in North York a couple Sundays ago, which was designed by the two talented ladies behind Rosemary Events & Co., Elizabeth and Jessica, alongside an incredible creative team that we absolutely LOVED working with! (Check them out below!)

Our photographer hearts were overflowing from the moment we arrived.

The design of the day was right up our alley. We loved how Carrie chose neutral colours, with just a touch of blush, complimenting the beautiful textures of the venue. The way Carrie and Steven leaned into the old world elegance of Graydon Hall by incorporating greenery, gold metal, and lace into the design…our photographer hearts were overflowing from the moment we arrived! It was clear they put heart and care into making things beautiful and welcoming for their guests. Not only did the design say so much about Carrie and Steven’s impeccable style, but it spoke of their character as well; they are unassuming, but that’s what makes them beautiful!

We’ve been excited about Carrie and Steven’s wedding since the day they first reached out to us. They encapsulate so much of what we could ever want in a bride and groom! They are such a class act. So sincere, so loving, so perfect together. It also doesn’t hurt that they have amazing taste in venue, style, and food (Eggs Benedict, guys…Eggs Benedict).

Carrie and Steven, we love you guys! From the moment we met, we couldn’t wait for this day to come. You are kind, considerate, and joyful, and it has been such a pleasure to serve you during this part of your journey. We have so many new favourite memories and photographs from your day! Thank you so much for reminding us of how blessed we are to do what we do.

 

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Design: Rosemary Events & Co.

Venue: Graydon Hall Manor

MUA: The Blush Parlour

HA: Hair Magic by Charis

Videography: Patrick G Films

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Carrie & Steven

Have we got a gorgeous wedding for you guys!! What better way to start off this beautiful weekend! We had the pleasure of shooting Carrie and Steven’s gorgeous Graydon Hall Manor wedding in North York a couple Sundays ago, which was designed by the two talented ladies behind Rosemary Events & Co., Elizabeth and Jessica, alongside an incredible creative team that we absolutely LOVED working with! (Check them out below!)

Our photographer hearts were overflowing from the moment we arrived.

The design of the day was right up our alley. We loved how Carrie chose neutral colours, with just a touch of blush, complimenting the beautiful textures of the venue. The way Carrie and Steven leaned into the old world elegance of Graydon Hall by incorporating greenery, gold metal, and lace into the design…our photographer hearts were overflowing from the moment we arrived! It was clear they put heart and care into making things beautiful and welcoming for their guests. Not only did the design say so much about Carrie and Steven’s impeccable style, but it spoke of their character as well; they are unassuming, but that’s what makes them beautiful!

We’ve been excited about Carrie and Steven’s wedding since the day they first reached out to us. They encapsulate so much of what we could ever want in a bride and groom! They are such a class act. So sincere, so loving, so perfect together. It also doesn’t hurt that they have amazing taste in venue, style, and food (Eggs Benedict, guys…Eggs Benedict).

Carrie and Steven, we love you guys! From the moment we met, we couldn’t wait for this day to come. You are kind, considerate, and joyful, and it has been such a pleasure to serve you during this part of your journey. We have so many new favourite memories and photographs from your day! Thank you so much for reminding us of how blessed we are to do what we do.

 

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Design: Rosemary Events & Co.

Venue: Graydon Hall Manor

MUA: The Blush Parlour

HA: Hair Magic by Charis

Videography: Patrick G Films

Carrie & Steven

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Happy Sunday! We are so happy to share this beautiful wedding with you guys! Esme and Zach are one of the most fun and sincere couples and it was an absolute JOY to photograph their wedding.

Esme and Zach’s wedding was on a doubleheader weekend, and we had to travel overnight just to make it in time for their prep. And we would do it again without ANY HESITATION. Esme and Zach are absolute gems!

Esme and Zach’s sweetness was well reflected in their details. Esme’s dress and details were demure and soft, with a pop of colour in her bouquet. Zach’s traditional navy suit was complemented by a printed tie, fun socks, and a bright boutonniere. The balance between romantic and fun emulated both their personalities perfectly!

Esme is Zach’s butterfly.

Esme and Zach are also one of those couples that don’t do things for the sake of doing them. They were completely invested and intentional with every single aspect of their big day.

Although it was their wedding day, Esme and Zach used it to celebrate others important people in their lives. Their processional honoured Zach’s father who passed away 8 years ago, and Zach’s vows commemorated Esme’s family who had immigrated from Mexico to Canada. Zach explained how the monarch butterfly migrates each winter to Mexico, and each summer it returns to Canada. Born in Mexico and having “migrated” to Canada, Esme is Zach’s butterfly. As a surprise for his new bride, Zach ordered butterflies to be released during one of their family photos (sadly, they were still too sleepy to form a flock).

Another way Esme and Zach blessed their guests is by replacing the traditional place settings with little notes describing something special about each guest. Not only was it a fun game to find your seat, but it was a way they communicated just how much they loved every single person there.

Esme and Zach, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your day! From getting to know your absolutely amazing bridal party to having a front row seat to your ceremony and vows, we are so happy to see two gems like you start a life together. We love you both! On vous aime beaucoup!

Esme et Zach, merci beaucoup de nous avoir permis de faire partie de votre journée! C’était un honneur de mieux connaître votre cortège et d’être témoins au premier rang de votre cérémonie et de vos voeux. Nous sommes tellement heureuses de vous voir commencer une vie ensemble. On vous aime beaucoup!

CREATIVE TEAM

Venue: Laurent G. Belley Cultural Center

Caterer: Les Allants

Coordinator: Ilse Garza

DJ: Mathieu Dejardin

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Esme & Zach

Happy Sunday! We are so happy to share this beautiful wedding with you guys! Esme and Zach are one of the most fun and sincere couples and it was an absolute JOY to photograph their wedding.

Esme and Zach’s wedding was on a doubleheader weekend, and we had to travel overnight just to make it in time for their prep. And we would do it again without ANY HESITATION. Esme and Zach are absolute gems!

Esme and Zach’s sweetness was well reflected in their details. Esme’s dress and details were demure and soft, with a pop of colour in her bouquet. Zach’s traditional navy suit was complemented by a printed tie, fun socks, and a bright boutonniere. The balance between romantic and fun emulated both their personalities perfectly!

Esme is Zach’s butterfly.

Esme and Zach are also one of those couples that don’t do things for the sake of doing them. They were completely invested and intentional with every single aspect of their big day.

Although it was their wedding day, Esme and Zach used it to celebrate others important people in their lives. Their processional honoured Zach’s father who passed away 8 years ago, and Zach’s vows commemorated Esme’s family who had immigrated from Mexico to Canada. Zach explained how the monarch butterfly migrates each winter to Mexico, and each summer it returns to Canada. Born in Mexico and having “migrated” to Canada, Esme is Zach’s butterfly. As a surprise for his new bride, Zach ordered butterflies to be released during one of their family photos (sadly, they were still too sleepy to form a flock).

Another way Esme and Zach blessed their guests is by replacing the traditional place settings with little notes describing something special about each guest. Not only was it a fun game to find your seat, but it was a way they communicated just how much they loved every single person there.

Esme and Zach, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your day! From getting to know your absolutely amazing bridal party to having a front row seat to your ceremony and vows, we are so happy to see two gems like you start a life together. We love you both! On vous aime beaucoup!

Esme et Zach, merci beaucoup de nous avoir permis de faire partie de votre journée! C’était un honneur de mieux connaître votre cortège et d’être témoins au premier rang de votre cérémonie et de vos voeux. Nous sommes tellement heureuses de vous voir commencer une vie ensemble. On vous aime beaucoup!

CREATIVE TEAM

Venue: Laurent G. Belley Cultural Center

Caterer: Les Allants

Coordinator: Ilse Garza

DJ: Mathieu Dejardin

Esme & Zach

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Guys, we are SO thrilled to share this engagement session with you! Our excitement for this session may seem like an over reaction, but John is our brother, Naomi is one of Veronica’s best friends and they’ve liked each other for a decade. So this has been a long time coming.

Naomi and John “met” before Naomi was even born. Both sets of parents first got to know each other when they were pregnant with Naomi and Veronica. Growing up, the three of them (Naomi, John, and Veronica) were part of the same friend group that would hang out weekly. As they got into their teenage years, John and Naomi started liking each other. But then John went off to university and then so did Naomi. Despite attending different universities and losing touch, they hoped to find their way back to each other. 

They hoped to find their way back to each other.

A few months before his graduation, John reached out to Naomi and they went out for lunch. They dated for 8 months and John proposed around Christmastime. (Naomi’s absolute favourite time of year–seriously, she starts singing “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” around July)

Although we won’t be able to shoot their wedding in November (we’re both in the bridal party), we were so happy to shoot their engagement. They pretty much gave us free reign on all the major decisions. We scouted a few weeks before, Veronica went shopping with Naomi, and the night before the session there may have been a small fashion show.

The session itself started out a little rough. It was incredibly hot and humid downtown (almost 30 degrees Celsius!) and John was wearing a full suit. It wasn’t easy, but these two are absolute rockstars! They pushed through the heat, the walking, and the Friday night crowds, and they are both absolute stunners in their photos! Their expressions translate so well onto camera (John’s smile hasn’t changed from when he was a kid) and these guys are so clearly in love with their best friend!

Naomi and John, you guys are so so special to us! We never could have imagined that we’d get to walk along you guys during this special time in this way! Getting to photograph first your proposal and now your engagement has been so meaningful for us and we will spend our entire lives being so thankful to have this memory! We love you guys so much and hope you enjoy your engagement photos as much as we enjoyed taking them!

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Naomi & John

Guys, we are SO thrilled to share this engagement session with you! Our excitement for this session may seem like an over reaction, but John is our brother, Naomi is one of Veronica’s best friends and they’ve liked each other for a decade. So this has been a long time coming.

Naomi and John “met” before Naomi was even born. Both sets of parents first got to know each other when they were pregnant with Naomi and Veronica. Growing up, the three of them (Naomi, John, and Veronica) were part of the same friend group that would hang out weekly. As they got into their teenage years, John and Naomi started liking each other. But then John went off to university and then so did Naomi. Despite attending different universities and losing touch, they hoped to find their way back to each other. 

They hoped to find their way back to each other.

A few months before his graduation, John reached out to Naomi and they went out for lunch. They dated for 8 months and John proposed around Christmastime. (Naomi’s absolute favourite time of year–seriously, she starts singing “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” around July)

Although we won’t be able to shoot their wedding in November (we’re both in the bridal party), we were so happy to shoot their engagement. They pretty much gave us free reign on all the major decisions. We scouted a few weeks before, Veronica went shopping with Naomi, and the night before the session there may have been a small fashion show.

The session itself started out a little rough. It was incredibly hot and humid downtown (almost 30 degrees Celsius!) and John was wearing a full suit. It wasn’t easy, but these two are absolute rockstars! They pushed through the heat, the walking, and the Friday night crowds, and they are both absolute stunners in their photos! Their expressions translate so well onto camera (John’s smile hasn’t changed from when he was a kid) and these guys are so clearly in love with their best friend!

Naomi and John, you guys are so so special to us! We never could have imagined that we’d get to walk along you guys during this special time in this way! Getting to photograph first your proposal and now your engagement has been so meaningful for us and we will spend our entire lives being so thankful to have this memory! We love you guys so much and hope you enjoy your engagement photos as much as we enjoyed taking them!

Naomi & John

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The vows were said, the rings exchanged. All that was left was the signing of the registry. And then they could be pronounced husband and wife. The officiant turned off his mic and directed the bride and groom to the table. The best man and maid of honour left their lines to join them. Except–wait, the maid of honour didn’t move. Instead, a small lady in the front row stood up. A grandmother. Grandma Dorothy. 

The short version of the story is that Shauna and Garrett met at church. The long version is better. 

Dorothy, Garrett’s grandmother, is sweet and friendly and loves her grandchildren to bits. After setting up her Facebook profile, She started following all her grandchildren’s friend, and every once in a while, Garrett would be approached and asked who was this Dorothy who shared his last name. Did he know her? Were they related?

…it was all because of Grandma Dorothy.

Garrett and Shauna volunteered together at church. One day, Shauna received a friend request on Facebook from a woman named Dorothy. Shauna messaged Garrett, and Garrett, having liked Shauna for a while, saw his opportunity. They hit it off pretty quickly and a couple months later, Garrett took Shauna on the most incredible first date, including dinner, dessert, and a paint night.

When Shauna and Garrett got engaged less than a year later, everyone knew it was all because of Grandma Dorothy. 

Now, on their wedding day, Shauna and Garrett knew they wanted to involve Grandma Dorothy in a special way. She signed the registry, a witness, not only to the day, but to their entire relationship. From the very beginning. 

Shauna and Garrett, we love the way you love your family, and the way you love your friends like family! It was so beautiful to see how you went with the flow (even when the worship music was saved by your friend in the congregation) while enjoying every. single. moment. We hope you love your photos as much as we loved taking them, and that each time you see them, they’ll help you relive the magic of your wedding day!

CREATIVE TEAM

Planning: Lexie Marie

Venue: The Doctor’s House

Floral Design: Bellamy Flowers

Bride’s Gown: David’s Bridal

Cake: La Casa Dolce

HMUA: Beautified by Reneé

Videography: Kevin Panlilio

DJ: Platinum Entertainment Solutions

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Shauna & Garrett

The vows were said, the rings exchanged. All that was left was the signing of the registry. And then they could be pronounced husband and wife. The officiant turned off his mic and directed the bride and groom to the table. The best man and maid of honour left their lines to join them. Except–wait, the maid of honour didn’t move. Instead, a small lady in the front row stood up. A grandmother. Grandma Dorothy. 

The short version of the story is that Shauna and Garrett met at church. The long version is better. 

Dorothy, Garrett’s grandmother, is sweet and friendly and loves her grandchildren to bits. After setting up her Facebook profile, She started following all her grandchildren’s friend, and every once in a while, Garrett would be approached and asked who was this Dorothy who shared his last name. Did he know her? Were they related?

…it was all because of Grandma Dorothy.

Garrett and Shauna volunteered together at church. One day, Shauna received a friend request on Facebook from a woman named Dorothy. Shauna messaged Garrett, and Garrett, having liked Shauna for a while, saw his opportunity. They hit it off pretty quickly and a couple months later, Garrett took Shauna on the most incredible first date, including dinner, dessert, and a paint night.

When Shauna and Garrett got engaged less than a year later, everyone knew it was all because of Grandma Dorothy. 

Now, on their wedding day, Shauna and Garrett knew they wanted to involve Grandma Dorothy in a special way. She signed the registry, a witness, not only to the day, but to their entire relationship. From the very beginning. 

Shauna and Garrett, we love the way you love your family, and the way you love your friends like family! It was so beautiful to see how you went with the flow (even when the worship music was saved by your friend in the congregation) while enjoying every. single. moment. We hope you love your photos as much as we loved taking them, and that each time you see them, they’ll help you relive the magic of your wedding day!

CREATIVE TEAM

Planning: Lexie Marie

Venue: The Doctor’s House

Floral Design: Bellamy Flowers

Bride’s Gown: David’s Bridal

Cake: La Casa Dolce

HMUA: Beautified by Reneé

Videography: Kevin Panlilio

DJ: Platinum Entertainment Solutions

Shauna & Garrett

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Oh my goodness, guys, we are so incredibly blessed to do what we do. It’s couples like Jackie and David that make this the absolute best job in the world. We love creating an amazing experience for our couples, but, this time, our couple gave us the experience. 

Jackie and David are two of the most considerate and kindhearted people we’ve ever met. From the moment we first Skyped, we knew they were a special couple. Their engagement session only confirmed our expectations. Jackie’s smile is warm and infectious, and when it is combined with David’s kind and unaffected spirit we couldn’t ask for more! And their wedding only deepened our appreciation for them. On a day that was meant to be all about them, Jackie and David were constantly looking out and caring for their guests, and us!

This time, our couple gave us the experience.

When we met their families on the wedding day, Jackie and David’s character made so much sense. Both sets of parents welcomed us with such intentional care and appreciation and went out of their way to express their gratitude and make us feel like we were more than photographers. (Thank you Stephen and Connie, Daniel and Kitty!)

Jackie and David, we love you guys! We love your families. We love how well you love each other. From the first time we hung out at the Toronto Islands, we couldn’t wait for this day to come. Jackie, when we met you on Skype, we could already tell you were the kind of bride we were going to love; you are so warm and gentle! David, we are so grateful your mom asked us for our business card last October! That simple act has led to a friendship we are incredibly thankful for! We hope these photos will encourage you guys over the next few months until the long-distance is over and you’re with each other permanently. Love you guys to Ireland and back!

CREATIVE TEAM

Planner: Carmen Tan Events

Venue: The Manor

Cake: Nutmeg Bakery

Stationary: Dolce Artist

Hair & Makeup: Jeannie Chen

Bridal Gown: Essence of Australia

Bridesmaids Dresses: Henkaa

DJ: Jordan Segal

Photobooth: I Code Photobooth

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July 10, 2019

Jackie & David

Oh my goodness, guys, we are so incredibly blessed to do what we do. It’s couples like Jackie and David that make this the absolute best job in the world. We love creating an amazing experience for our couples, but, this time, our couple gave us the experience. 

Jackie and David are two of the most considerate and kindhearted people we’ve ever met. From the moment we first Skyped, we knew they were a special couple. Their engagement session only confirmed our expectations. Jackie’s smile is warm and infectious, and when it is combined with David’s kind and unaffected spirit we couldn’t ask for more! And their wedding only deepened our appreciation for them. On a day that was meant to be all about them, Jackie and David were constantly looking out and caring for their guests, and us!

This time, our couple gave us the experience.

When we met their families on the wedding day, Jackie and David’s character made so much sense. Both sets of parents welcomed us with such intentional care and appreciation and went out of their way to express their gratitude and make us feel like we were more than photographers. (Thank you Stephen and Connie, Daniel and Kitty!)

Jackie and David, we love you guys! We love your families. We love how well you love each other. From the first time we hung out at the Toronto Islands, we couldn’t wait for this day to come. Jackie, when we met you on Skype, we could already tell you were the kind of bride we were going to love; you are so warm and gentle! David, we are so grateful your mom asked us for our business card last October! That simple act has led to a friendship we are incredibly thankful for! We hope these photos will encourage you guys over the next few months until the long-distance is over and you’re with each other permanently. Love you guys to Ireland and back!

CREATIVE TEAM

Planner: Carmen Tan Events

Venue: The Manor

Cake: Nutmeg Bakery

Stationary: Dolce Artist

Hair & Makeup: Jeannie Chen

Bridal Gown: Essence of Australia

Bridesmaids Dresses: Henkaa

DJ: Jordan Segal

Photobooth: I Code Photobooth

Jackie & David

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Carrie and Steven met at a church group. 8 years ago. Steven was the guy all the girls liked. Friendly, funny, and kind, with just enough spunk to do a leprechaun jump while still maintaining decorum. A perfect balance, really. Carrie is like iced tea: sweet and refreshing. She noticed Steven all those years ago, but didn’t want to get involved. She’s not the kind of girl to compete for a guy’s attention. For a few years, they ran in the same circles and their paths crossed, but they didn’t really get a chance to know each other. Then they both attended a BBQ, where they didn’t know anyone else. They sat side by side and talked nearly the entire time. 

It’s one of those long-time, easy-marinating types of love stories (8 years is long!). It’s a quiet kind of romance that feels like home. 

But it’s not just the way they met. It’s also how they continue to live. Their love is greater than infatuation…their lives are a mission to serve others. They both work in their churches–Carrie in admin, and Steven as worship director–and even their side work is all about giving back to their communities. Steven is a music teacher and Carrie is the co-founder of Sparrow and Co., a garden and cafe that uses its profits to meet needs in the local community and meet. (Check it out here!)

Their love oozes through their photos, in the gentle way they look at each other and in the funny little moments they are so comfortable leaning into. Even in the midst of the busy downtown crowds, these two look like they belong in one of those sweeping romantic epics.

Carrie and Steven, you two couldn’t be kinder, sweeter souls. We are so excited for your wedding (in only a few weeks!). You guys are beautiful, inside and out, and we can’t wait to get you in front of our cameras again. Here are some of our favourite photos from your engagement session. We hope you love them as much as we do. Which might be hard, because we love them a lot!

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Carrie & Steven

Carrie and Steven met at a church group. 8 years ago. Steven was the guy all the girls liked. Friendly, funny, and kind, with just enough spunk to do a leprechaun jump while still maintaining decorum. A perfect balance, really. Carrie is like iced tea: sweet and refreshing. She noticed Steven all those years ago, but didn’t want to get involved. She’s not the kind of girl to compete for a guy’s attention. For a few years, they ran in the same circles and their paths crossed, but they didn’t really get a chance to know each other. Then they both attended a BBQ, where they didn’t know anyone else. They sat side by side and talked nearly the entire time. 

It’s one of those long-time, easy-marinating types of love stories (8 years is long!). It’s a quiet kind of romance that feels like home. 

But it’s not just the way they met. It’s also how they continue to live. Their love is greater than infatuation…their lives are a mission to serve others. They both work in their churches–Carrie in admin, and Steven as worship director–and even their side work is all about giving back to their communities. Steven is a music teacher and Carrie is the co-founder of Sparrow and Co., a garden and cafe that uses its profits to meet needs in the local community and meet. (Check it out here!)

Their love oozes through their photos, in the gentle way they look at each other and in the funny little moments they are so comfortable leaning into. Even in the midst of the busy downtown crowds, these two look like they belong in one of those sweeping romantic epics.

Carrie and Steven, you two couldn’t be kinder, sweeter souls. We are so excited for your wedding (in only a few weeks!). You guys are beautiful, inside and out, and we can’t wait to get you in front of our cameras again. Here are some of our favourite photos from your engagement session. We hope you love them as much as we do. Which might be hard, because we love them a lot!

Carrie & Steven

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