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Lovisa and Jack had a gorgeous morning engagement session at R.C. Harris and with Canadian weather, it definitely qualified as an adventure! This sweet couple was willing to brave the sharp lake-side wind in order to get this location all to themselves, and it was so worth it! Add in an adorable puppy and the creamiest sunrise and we’ve got ourselves a very special session!

These two love all the small daily moments, where most of life actually happens

Lovisa and Jack met in the gym at McMaster University, where they were both training in Olympic weightlifting. Through many 2-4 hour training sessions, they really got to know each other. Lovisa was initially drawn to Jack’s discipline, resilience, wisdom, and especially his patience! Jack waited about four years for Lovisa to figure out that he was the one!

These two love all the the small daily moments, which is where most of life actually happens! When they first started going out, Lovisa and Jack hardly went on official dates because they just loved doing everyday tasks together. They love to camp, hike, walk their dog Missy (take a peak at some of her adorable antics below!), and enjoy some of Jack’s own coffee that he roasts, grounds, and brews himself. Lovisa even remembers the moment she “knew”: that time Jack insistently worked to fix her white-out tape.

Lovisa and Jack, congratulations on your engagement and thank you for inviting me to be a part of your story! Getting to learn about you guys individually and as a couple has been so fun! I’ve been so encouraged to to see all the ways you guys love each other in so many small every-day ways!

Love this session? Check out some of our past engagements at R.C. Harris!

Jenny and Derrick

Jen and Paul

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Lovisa and Jack had a gorgeous morning engagement session at R.C. Harris and with Canadian weather, it definitely qualified as an adventure! This sweet couple was willing to brave the sharp lake-side wind in order to get this location all to themselves, and it was so worth it! Add in an adorable puppy and the creamiest sunrise and we’ve got ourselves a very special session!

These two love all the small daily moments, where most of life actually happens

Lovisa and Jack met in the gym at McMaster University, where they were both training in Olympic weightlifting. Through many 2-4 hour training sessions, they really got to know each other. Lovisa was initially drawn to Jack’s discipline, resilience, wisdom, and especially his patience! Jack waited about four years for Lovisa to figure out that he was the one!

These two love all the the small daily moments, which is where most of life actually happens! When they first started going out, Lovisa and Jack hardly went on official dates because they just loved doing everyday tasks together. They love to camp, hike, walk their dog Missy (take a peak at some of her adorable antics below!), and enjoy some of Jack’s own coffee that he roasts, grounds, and brews himself. Lovisa even remembers the moment she “knew”: that time Jack insistently worked to fix her white-out tape.

Lovisa and Jack, congratulations on your engagement and thank you for inviting me to be a part of your story! Getting to learn about you guys individually and as a couple has been so fun! I’ve been so encouraged to to see all the ways you guys love each other in so many small every-day ways!

Love this session? Check out some of our past engagements at R.C. Harris!

Jenny and Derrick

Jen and Paul

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May 6, 2022

If there’s one thing more difficult than picking an outfit for yourself, it’s helping your man choose what to wear to an engagement session! One way to help our guys feel confident and ready to take photos is to make sure he looks and feels amazing! And while many of our grooms-to-be don’t want to steal the spotlight from their ladies, we want to ensure that our guys still look handsome, classic, and the perfect pair to our future brides!

Here are some of our top tips that will help ensure that your guy will come to the engagement session looking the best he possibly can!

1. Something Formal

A suit is one of the most flattering things a guy can wear! The structured shoulders emphasize the strength and broadness of your chest and the head to toe monochrome can make you look taller and leaner. It’s a classic and timeless way to look put-together that will never go out of style!

Novotel Hotel // Andrea & Michael

2. Something Neutral

Neutrals are universally flattering and timeless, and they ensure that everyone will look at how great you look and not at your outfit! You will be the star of the photos! Neutrals include black, white, grey, tan, navy, and every shade in between. There’s nothing as classic as a cool neutral!

Old Newmarket // Danielle & Rafi

3. Something Printed

Some of our grooms decide to show off their stylish side with a printed suit! They’re both fun and adventurous and we love getting insight into our groom’s personality. As long as the outfit doesn’t overwhelm you or your bride, we can’t wait to see what you come to the session with!

Financial District // Naomi & John

4. Something Layered

Layers are a great way to add interest and dimension to an outfit! Some people aren’t big on colour, but adding layers of textures can easily elevate your outfit and make you look like a million bucks!

R.C. Harris // Jen & Paul

5. Something Accessorized

We love seeing our grooms-to-be invested in their engagement session and in their outfit! A well-dressed man is so much fun to photograph! One of the ways our guys can show off their fashionable side is through incorporating high-end accessories. These can include watches, cufflinks, pocket squares, and even rings!

Toronto Islands // Jessica & Wesley

6. Something Matching

A study published in 2012, “Shoes as a source of first impressions“, claimed that one of the first things people notice about others is the shoes they wear. Shoes say a lot more than we expect! And what better message can they say than “We look great!” One rule to remember: while shoes and belts don’t have to match perfectly in tone, the same general colour is the best way to go. Brown with brown, and black with black!

Osgoode Hall // Danielle & Kevin

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March 3, 2022

If there’s one thing more difficult than picking an outfit for yourself, it’s helping your man choose what to wear to an engagement session! One way to help our guys feel confident and ready to take photos is to make sure he looks and feels amazing! And while many of our grooms-to-be don’t want to steal the spotlight from their ladies, we want to ensure that our guys still look handsome, classic, and the perfect pair to our future brides!

Here are some of our top tips that will help ensure that your guy will come to the engagement session looking the best he possibly can!

1. Something Formal

A suit is one of the most flattering things a guy can wear! The structured shoulders emphasize the strength and broadness of your chest and the head to toe monochrome can make you look taller and leaner. It’s a classic and timeless way to look put-together that will never go out of style!

Novotel Hotel // Andrea & Michael

2. Something Neutral

Neutrals are universally flattering and timeless, and they ensure that everyone will look at how great you look and not at your outfit! You will be the star of the photos! Neutrals include black, white, grey, tan, navy, and every shade in between. There’s nothing as classic as a cool neutral!

Old Newmarket // Danielle & Rafi

3. Something Printed

Some of our grooms decide to show off their stylish side with a printed suit! They’re both fun and adventurous and we love getting insight into our groom’s personality. As long as the outfit doesn’t overwhelm you or your bride, we can’t wait to see what you come to the session with!

Financial District // Naomi & John

4. Something Layered

Layers are a great way to add interest and dimension to an outfit! Some people aren’t big on colour, but adding layers of textures can easily elevate your outfit and make you look like a million bucks!

R.C. Harris // Jen & Paul

5. Something Accessorized

We love seeing our grooms-to-be invested in their engagement session and in their outfit! A well-dressed man is so much fun to photograph! One of the ways our guys can show off their fashionable side is through incorporating high-end accessories. These can include watches, cufflinks, pocket squares, and even rings!

Toronto Islands // Jessica & Wesley

6. Something Matching

A study published in 2012, “Shoes as a source of first impressions“, claimed that one of the first things people notice about others is the shoes they wear. Shoes say a lot more than we expect! And what better message can they say than “We look great!” One rule to remember: while shoes and belts don’t have to match perfectly in tone, the same general colour is the best way to go. Brown with brown, and black with black!

Osgoode Hall // Danielle & Kevin

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Nicole and Julian had a gorgeous downtown Toronto engagement that really shows off why I love my job and my city! Even in a place as urban as Toronto, there are still pockets of soft romance to be found, photographed, and memorialized for the decades to come! This balance between modern and charming is what makes Toronto such a unique place.

Two people so madly in love you can see it in every glance.

Nicole and Julian first found me through Nicole’s sister, Steph, whose maternity session I photographed last autumn. I absolutely loved working with Steph and her husband Alec, so I knew Nicole and Julian would be incredible as well. These two are so sweet and playful! The session quickly felt like a pseudo-date that showed off how obsessed with each other they are! It’s always such a special honour to see two people so madly in love you can see it in every glance.

Nicole and Julian’s engagement session had us exploring so many beautiful locations in Toronto. We traipsed all over the financial district, from the Novotel Hotel to the facade of the Dominion Public building. Even though it was mid-October, the sun was high and the wind warm. We even found some gorgeous spring-time florals to add a touch of whimsy to the session. With Toronto’s iconic settings as backdrops, this was a quintessential Canadian session that will forever remind Nicole and Julian of the city where they fell in love!

Nicole and Julian, thank you so much for trusting me to document this amazing step in your relationship! You guys are so full of love for each other; it was such a joy to photograph you! As you anticipate your wedding, I hope these photos will continually remind you of why you fell in love! Can’t wait to photograph you guys again in just a few short weeks!

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December 16, 2021

Nicole and Julian had a gorgeous downtown Toronto engagement that really shows off why I love my job and my city! Even in a place as urban as Toronto, there are still pockets of soft romance to be found, photographed, and memorialized for the decades to come! This balance between modern and charming is what makes Toronto such a unique place.

Two people so madly in love you can see it in every glance.

Nicole and Julian first found me through Nicole’s sister, Steph, whose maternity session I photographed last autumn. I absolutely loved working with Steph and her husband Alec, so I knew Nicole and Julian would be incredible as well. These two are so sweet and playful! The session quickly felt like a pseudo-date that showed off how obsessed with each other they are! It’s always such a special honour to see two people so madly in love you can see it in every glance.

Nicole and Julian’s engagement session had us exploring so many beautiful locations in Toronto. We traipsed all over the financial district, from the Novotel Hotel to the facade of the Dominion Public building. Even though it was mid-October, the sun was high and the wind warm. We even found some gorgeous spring-time florals to add a touch of whimsy to the session. With Toronto’s iconic settings as backdrops, this was a quintessential Canadian session that will forever remind Nicole and Julian of the city where they fell in love!

Nicole and Julian, thank you so much for trusting me to document this amazing step in your relationship! You guys are so full of love for each other; it was such a joy to photograph you! As you anticipate your wedding, I hope these photos will continually remind you of why you fell in love! Can’t wait to photograph you guys again in just a few short weeks!

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Christine and Kevin had their gorgeous engagement session at sunrise, a first for me! If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know how much I absolutely adore the gorgeous creamy light of a good sunset. We eat and breathe golden hour. But I’ve also heard stories of a morning session and the amazing light it offers too! So when Christine and Kevin decided to have their engagement session on a Sunday morning, I was so happy!

We’ve photographed many engagement sessions at Osgoode hall before (here, here, and here) but having the session earlier in the day gave us so many new locations we could use. It made the entire space feel new! Plus the pigeons were particularly bold and made some really sweet cameos. Is it even a downtown session without pigeons?

Christine and Kevin’s engagement was filled with sweet moments and lots and lots of laughing! Plus, the swooshiest skirt you ever did see! With Osgoode Hall as the backdrop to this chapter of their story, Christine and Kevin made being in love look like so much fun! I can’t wait for their wedding next weekend!

Christine and Kevin, thank you for trusting me with your big day! I can’t wait to celebrate with you both so soon, and I hope you love your engagement session images as much as I do! I enjoyed spending my Sunday morning with you both, and can’t wait to do it all over again!

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Christine and Kevin had their gorgeous engagement session at sunrise, a first for me! If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know how much I absolutely adore the gorgeous creamy light of a good sunset. We eat and breathe golden hour. But I’ve also heard stories of a morning session and the amazing light it offers too! So when Christine and Kevin decided to have their engagement session on a Sunday morning, I was so happy!

We’ve photographed many engagement sessions at Osgoode hall before (here, here, and here) but having the session earlier in the day gave us so many new locations we could use. It made the entire space feel new! Plus the pigeons were particularly bold and made some really sweet cameos. Is it even a downtown session without pigeons?

Christine and Kevin’s engagement was filled with sweet moments and lots and lots of laughing! Plus, the swooshiest skirt you ever did see! With Osgoode Hall as the backdrop to this chapter of their story, Christine and Kevin made being in love look like so much fun! I can’t wait for their wedding next weekend!

Christine and Kevin, thank you for trusting me with your big day! I can’t wait to celebrate with you both so soon, and I hope you love your engagement session images as much as I do! I enjoyed spending my Sunday morning with you both, and can’t wait to do it all over again!

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Steph and Chris’s Wilcox Lake engagement session was such a fun way to welcome summer! These two are one of the warmest and friendliest couples we’ve ever met and it seemed like we had known them for years! The entire session felt like a hangout with friends, and we can’t wait to do it all again at their wedding!

Steph and Chris met four years ago at a young adult group in Richmond Hill, where Chris had grown up going to church. Steph had begun attending the same church after university but they hadn’t crossed paths until they volunteered at a domestic violence shelter. They connected at a volunteer appreciation night at the church, quickly fell in love, and dated for the next three years.

Chris was waiting for the perfect moment, the perfect plan.

In May 2020, Chris proposed to Steph at Lake Wilcox. It had taken a year and a half to design and create the ring, Chris working closely with Engage Studio every step of the way. Once the ring was ready, Chris held on to it for a few months, waiting for the perfect moment, the perfect plan. At Wilcox Lake, Chris led Steph around the trails to a clearing set into the side of a hill overlooking the water. Steph had no idea what was happening until Chris took out the gorgeous round six-pronged diamond ring he had so lovingly and intentionally designed.

Almost a year later, they continued the tradition and had their engagement session at the same lake, making sure to take a portrait in the same clearing that Chris had proposed.

Steph and Chris, we had SO much fun with you guys! We left your engagement session not only with gorgeous photos, but with new and dear friends! We hope you love your photos and we can’t wait take so many more of you guys in just a few weeks!

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Wilcox Lake Engagement Session Portrait of man and detail of his watch

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Steph and Chris’s Wilcox Lake engagement session was such a fun way to welcome summer! These two are one of the warmest and friendliest couples we’ve ever met and it seemed like we had known them for years! The entire session felt like a hangout with friends, and we can’t wait to do it all again at their wedding!

Steph and Chris met four years ago at a young adult group in Richmond Hill, where Chris had grown up going to church. Steph had begun attending the same church after university but they hadn’t crossed paths until they volunteered at a domestic violence shelter. They connected at a volunteer appreciation night at the church, quickly fell in love, and dated for the next three years.

Chris was waiting for the perfect moment, the perfect plan.

In May 2020, Chris proposed to Steph at Lake Wilcox. It had taken a year and a half to design and create the ring, Chris working closely with Engage Studio every step of the way. Once the ring was ready, Chris held on to it for a few months, waiting for the perfect moment, the perfect plan. At Wilcox Lake, Chris led Steph around the trails to a clearing set into the side of a hill overlooking the water. Steph had no idea what was happening until Chris took out the gorgeous round six-pronged diamond ring he had so lovingly and intentionally designed.

Almost a year later, they continued the tradition and had their engagement session at the same lake, making sure to take a portrait in the same clearing that Chris had proposed.

Steph and Chris, we had SO much fun with you guys! We left your engagement session not only with gorgeous photos, but with new and dear friends! We hope you love your photos and we can’t wait take so many more of you guys in just a few weeks!

Wilcox Lake Engagement SessionWilcox Lake Engagement Couple Portrait

 

Wilcox Lake Engagement Couple Kissing

Wilcox Lake Engagement Session Couple dancing

Wilcox Lake Engagement Session Portrait of man and detail of his watch

Wilcox Lake Engagement Session Couple almost kissing

Wilcox Lake Engagement Session Couple kissing

Wilcox Lake Engagement Session Couple almost kissing and engagement ring

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Glory and Tony’s beautiful Scarborough Bluffs engagement session was a long time coming. It was originally planned for October 2020, and we are so happy to finally get them in front of our camera!

Glory and Tony met in August of 2016, at a church volleyball game. They didn’t really have any overlapping mutual friends, so Tony knew he’d have to act before the end of summer. He asked her soon after their first meeting and they’ve been together ever since!

When Tony decided to propose, he wanted it to be meaningful to who they were as a couple. He decided to bring her to different spots around the city of Hamilton that were important to their relationship, ending up at a park by the water.

He led Glory down to an empty corner of the park, quiet and dark.

And there he asked her to be his wife.

When they arrived at the park, the entire space was filled and busy with people. Some friends had arrived early and set up their special corner with fairy lights and decor, but Tony wanted to wait until the area cleared. While waiting for the crowds to thin, Tony and Glory walked almost 20,000 steps. Tony had originally planned to propose at sunset, but by the time the park had started to clear, it was already dark.

Finally–finally!–Tony began leading Glory to the corner where the fairy lights glowed. As they got close, however, Tony realized that a party boat had parked nearby and was blasting music. He decided to press on, but as they got even closer, they into ran someone who was also playing music plus burning grass. The height of romance, truly.

It was dark out and Tony knew he couldn’t wait any longer. He led Glory down to another empty corner of the park, quiet and dark. And there he asked her to be his wife.

We loved celebrating this milestone at their Scarborough Bluffs engagement session, and we can’t wait for their upcoming wedding at Harding Waterfront Estates!

Glory and Tony, thank you so much for allowing us to capture your relationship! All the joy and laughter you guys brought with you to your session was so much fun! We’re so excited to see you guys laugh more together on your wedding day!

 

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Glory and Tony’s beautiful Scarborough Bluffs engagement session was a long time coming. It was originally planned for October 2020, and we are so happy to finally get them in front of our camera!

Glory and Tony met in August of 2016, at a church volleyball game. They didn’t really have any overlapping mutual friends, so Tony knew he’d have to act before the end of summer. He asked her soon after their first meeting and they’ve been together ever since!

When Tony decided to propose, he wanted it to be meaningful to who they were as a couple. He decided to bring her to different spots around the city of Hamilton that were important to their relationship, ending up at a park by the water.

He led Glory down to an empty corner of the park, quiet and dark.

And there he asked her to be his wife.

When they arrived at the park, the entire space was filled and busy with people. Some friends had arrived early and set up their special corner with fairy lights and decor, but Tony wanted to wait until the area cleared. While waiting for the crowds to thin, Tony and Glory walked almost 20,000 steps. Tony had originally planned to propose at sunset, but by the time the park had started to clear, it was already dark.

Finally–finally!–Tony began leading Glory to the corner where the fairy lights glowed. As they got close, however, Tony realized that a party boat had parked nearby and was blasting music. He decided to press on, but as they got even closer, they into ran someone who was also playing music plus burning grass. The height of romance, truly.

It was dark out and Tony knew he couldn’t wait any longer. He led Glory down to another empty corner of the park, quiet and dark. And there he asked her to be his wife.

We loved celebrating this milestone at their Scarborough Bluffs engagement session, and we can’t wait for their upcoming wedding at Harding Waterfront Estates!

Glory and Tony, thank you so much for allowing us to capture your relationship! All the joy and laughter you guys brought with you to your session was so much fun! We’re so excited to see you guys laugh more together on your wedding day!

 

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Ladies, picking what to wear to an engagement session is one of the most important decisions you’re going to make as you prepare for your photos! You want something that is both beautiful now, but will also stand the test of time. In twenty plus years, you want to be able to look back on these photos and still feel and look absolutely beautiful, relevant, and classic!

Though everyone’s style is different and unique (and we love seeing our couples’ personalities come out in their outfit choices!), we’ve learned a few tricks that will not only help guide your decision making but are also universally flattering and look amazing on camera! Here are some of our top tips of what to wear that will bring your engagement session outfit to the next level!

1. Something Full Length

Unfortunately, there aren’t too many occasions in life to wear a full-length gown, so we love it when our brides-to-be decide to do it! It’s elegant, flattering, and romantic. Full-length gowns have the power to make people stand up straighter, look taller, get right into that romantic mood!

Financial District // Naomi & John

2. Something Neutral

Neutrals are universally flattering and timeless, and they ensure that you are the star of the photos! Neutrals include black, white, grey, beige, navy, blush, and every shade in between. Plus, if you decide to go for cream or white, it will add a bridal touch that will look right at home on your wedding website or save the dates!

Novotel Hotel // Andrea & Michael

3. Something Flowy

Is there anything more romantic than a dress that flares out in a twirl and catches the sunlight? Not to mention, it’s probably the most comfortable thing to wear for a mid-summer session! It’s loose, cool, and looks insanely flattering as it helps accentuate your waist!

Toronto Islands // Jess & Wes

4. Something Taller

Heels. A girl’s worst enemy, but also her best friend. And no matter how comfortable or experienced you are wearing them, they are usually worth it for a couple hours during your engagement session. They have the power to make you look taller, your legs longer, your back straighter, and your outfit even more polished. 

Osgoode Hall // Marianne & Andrew

5. Something Professional

When you’re having professional photos taken, you want to look your absolute best! Most professional bridal hair and make-up artists have a ton of experience creating looks that look equally good in person and in photos. We highly recommend hiring a professional to do your hair and makeup for your engagement session. Plus it’s the perfect occasion to have your wedding trials!

R.C. Harris // Jenny & Derrick

6. Something Covered

Over our years capturing absolutely gorgeous dresses and outfits, we’ve learned about a magic ingredient: Sleeves. Cap sleeves, short sleeves, long sleeves, off-shoulder, etc…no matter the type, sleeves are easy to find and can even contribute to an outfit’s overall feel! They’re flattering, add style, and keep the focus on what we’re all here for: your faces! Sleeveless dresses tend to take extra work to ensure your outfit stays in place, so keep an eye out for a dress with sleeves you love!

Private Property // Sofia & Jérémie

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Ladies, picking what to wear to an engagement session is one of the most important decisions you’re going to make as you prepare for your photos! You want something that is both beautiful now, but will also stand the test of time. In twenty plus years, you want to be able to look back on these photos and still feel and look absolutely beautiful, relevant, and classic!

Though everyone’s style is different and unique (and we love seeing our couples’ personalities come out in their outfit choices!), we’ve learned a few tricks that will not only help guide your decision making but are also universally flattering and look amazing on camera! Here are some of our top tips of what to wear that will bring your engagement session outfit to the next level!

1. Something Full Length

Unfortunately, there aren’t too many occasions in life to wear a full-length gown, so we love it when our brides-to-be decide to do it! It’s elegant, flattering, and romantic. Full-length gowns have the power to make people stand up straighter, look taller, get right into that romantic mood!

Financial District // Naomi & John

2. Something Neutral

Neutrals are universally flattering and timeless, and they ensure that you are the star of the photos! Neutrals include black, white, grey, beige, navy, blush, and every shade in between. Plus, if you decide to go for cream or white, it will add a bridal touch that will look right at home on your wedding website or save the dates!

Novotel Hotel // Andrea & Michael

3. Something Flowy

Is there anything more romantic than a dress that flares out in a twirl and catches the sunlight? Not to mention, it’s probably the most comfortable thing to wear for a mid-summer session! It’s loose, cool, and looks insanely flattering as it helps accentuate your waist!

Toronto Islands // Jess & Wes

4. Something Taller

Heels. A girl’s worst enemy, but also her best friend. And no matter how comfortable or experienced you are wearing them, they are usually worth it for a couple hours during your engagement session. They have the power to make you look taller, your legs longer, your back straighter, and your outfit even more polished. 

Osgoode Hall // Marianne & Andrew

5. Something Professional

When you’re having professional photos taken, you want to look your absolute best! Most professional bridal hair and make-up artists have a ton of experience creating looks that look equally good in person and in photos. We highly recommend hiring a professional to do your hair and makeup for your engagement session. Plus it’s the perfect occasion to have your wedding trials!

R.C. Harris // Jenny & Derrick

6. Something Covered

Over our years capturing absolutely gorgeous dresses and outfits, we’ve learned about a magic ingredient: Sleeves. Cap sleeves, short sleeves, long sleeves, off-shoulder, etc…no matter the type, sleeves are easy to find and can even contribute to an outfit’s overall feel! They’re flattering, add style, and keep the focus on what we’re all here for: your faces! Sleeveless dresses tend to take extra work to ensure your outfit stays in place, so keep an eye out for a dress with sleeves you love!

Private Property // Sofia & Jérémie

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April 29, 2021

Finding the perfect spot among all the possible engagement session locations in Toronto can be overwhelming! There are so many incredible places in and around the city that are both beautiful and fun to visit! Your engagement location is probably the most important decision you will make for your upcoming session: where you choose to have your photos can determine the entire feel and mood your gallery will have! You want the space to be beautiful and romantic, and give you the most amazing photos ever! Toronto has so many buildings, views, and locations that would each tell a different version of your engagement story! We are here to help you choose a location that you love, are confident with, and are excited for!

Below you will find a list of some of our favourite places we’ve photographed in Toronto, and we would love to visit again! They all come highly recommended by us and our couples have all love them as well! We’re excited to help you find a location you adore now and for the years to come as you look back on your photos!

 

1. Osgoode Hall

Osgoode Hall is the perfect place to go if you can’t decide between romantic architecture and beautiful greenery. With creamy stonework, cobblestones, iron fencing and gates (that are landmarks themselves), and mature trees that protect you from the view of the city, Osgoode Hall will give your photos a classic elegance that will only add to your own romantic story as you retell it to your children and grandchildren. It’s a timeless backdrop that will accentuate your fairy-tale photos.

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Built in 1832 as a law school, it now houses the Great Library of the Law Society as well as a number of courts. The building shows its age beautifully and is a designated National Historic Site. Nestled deep downtown, it’s accessible but still offers a fresh view than what you’d expect in the city.

Osgoode Hall // Marianne & Andrew

 

2. R.C. Harris Treatment Plant

The R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant may seem like an unconventional location, but its beautiful cream stone and view of the lake makes it the perfect place if you want a clean but industrial backdrop to your photos. A fairly unknown location, your photos here will be unique, epic, and will contribute to the rich history the plant has! The stonework is pristine, and when reflecting the light of the setting sun can transform into the pearlescent blush you see below! If Art Deco is your thing, this is the place to have your engagement photos!

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Opened in 1941, the R.C. Harris Plant replaced a school and an amusement park that had once stood on the land. Known as the Palace of Purification, the plant provides approximately 30% of Toronto’s drinking water. It was intended to be both functional and an architectural marvel and was fashioned in the Art Deco style. The cathedral-like structure boasts marble entrances, unique teal trim, and an unparalleled view of Lake Ontario.

R.C. Harris // Jenny & Derrick

 

3. Toronto Islands

The third recommendation we have for engagement session locations in Toronto are the Toronto Islands! The Toronto Islands are well known for the summer crowds that wave in on ferries to make the most of the beaches, parks, and yacht clubs. And lesser known are beautiful and often bypassed sites that offer some of the most beautiful backdrops we’ve photographed. The islands are great for unexpected and fresh garden-inspired photos. Water features, stone bridges (that look like they once graced the cover of a Nicholas Sparks novel), and an incomparable view of the CN Tower all contribute to how amazing this location is.

Toronto Islands // Jessica & Wesley

 

4. Novotel Hotel

Nestled in Toronto’s downtown core, you’ll find the Novotel Hotel’s outdoor corridor on the south side of The Esplanade. The Chateau-style hotel is on a quieter street but faces popular restaurants and is still within walking district to Toronto’s theatre district.

Novotel’s most beautiful facade is its northern corridor which is a popular route for pedestrians on their morning and evening commutes. The corridor is a stunning ode to old-world grandeur and luxury, despite having only been built in 1979. The grey stone columns and arches create a clean and classic backdrop for your session, while the cast iron lanterns ground the photos and add a touch of romance.

Novotel Hotel // Andrea & Michael

 

5. Financial District

The financial district is one of the most underrated locations for engagement photos. The perfect location for a modern couple, the financial district has some of the most recognizable streets and buildings having been used as a replacement for New York City in many films and TV shows. At almost every corner there’s a whole new scene, made up of granite, metal, and glass. Clean lines and neutral tones communicate luxury, maturity, and an urbanity unique to Toronto. Its high-end meets street sense in the best way. It’s just really really cool.

Financial District // Naomi & John

 

6. Yorkville

Our final recommendation for engagement session locations in Toronto is Yorkville. Yorkville may be only steps away from the high-end shopping of Bloor Street, but it offers a quaint small-town feel with its historic buildings and niche shops. Warm and romantic, it’s a great place for engagement photos or a date, Hallmark-style!

Fun Fact

Yorkville has a incredibly varied and fascinating history, having been a breeding ground for authors like Margaret Atwood and musicians such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, who memorialized Yorkville Avenue in her song “Night in the City”. Now known for its Mink Mile (the 7th most expensive shopping street in the world), Yorkville is a hub of history, culture, shopping, and good food. It embodies the word “bustling” even on a mid-week evening and there’s always something beautiful to look at!

Yorkville // Carrie & Steve

 

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Finding the perfect spot among all the possible engagement session locations in Toronto can be overwhelming! There are so many incredible places in and around the city that are both beautiful and fun to visit! Your engagement location is probably the most important decision you will make for your upcoming session: where you choose to have your photos can determine the entire feel and mood your gallery will have! You want the space to be beautiful and romantic, and give you the most amazing photos ever! Toronto has so many buildings, views, and locations that would each tell a different version of your engagement story! We are here to help you choose a location that you love, are confident with, and are excited for!

Below you will find a list of some of our favourite places we’ve photographed in Toronto, and we would love to visit again! They all come highly recommended by us and our couples have all love them as well! We’re excited to help you find a location you adore now and for the years to come as you look back on your photos!

 

1. Osgoode Hall

Osgoode Hall is the perfect place to go if you can’t decide between romantic architecture and beautiful greenery. With creamy stonework, cobblestones, iron fencing and gates (that are landmarks themselves), and mature trees that protect you from the view of the city, Osgoode Hall will give your photos a classic elegance that will only add to your own romantic story as you retell it to your children and grandchildren. It’s a timeless backdrop that will accentuate your fairy-tale photos.

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Built in 1832 as a law school, it now houses the Great Library of the Law Society as well as a number of courts. The building shows its age beautifully and is a designated National Historic Site. Nestled deep downtown, it’s accessible but still offers a fresh view than what you’d expect in the city.

Osgoode Hall // Marianne & Andrew

 

2. R.C. Harris Treatment Plant

The R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant may seem like an unconventional location, but its beautiful cream stone and view of the lake makes it the perfect place if you want a clean but industrial backdrop to your photos. A fairly unknown location, your photos here will be unique, epic, and will contribute to the rich history the plant has! The stonework is pristine, and when reflecting the light of the setting sun can transform into the pearlescent blush you see below! If Art Deco is your thing, this is the place to have your engagement photos!

Fun Fact

Opened in 1941, the R.C. Harris Plant replaced a school and an amusement park that had once stood on the land. Known as the Palace of Purification, the plant provides approximately 30% of Toronto’s drinking water. It was intended to be both functional and an architectural marvel and was fashioned in the Art Deco style. The cathedral-like structure boasts marble entrances, unique teal trim, and an unparalleled view of Lake Ontario.

R.C. Harris // Jenny & Derrick

 

3. Toronto Islands

The third recommendation we have for engagement session locations in Toronto are the Toronto Islands! The Toronto Islands are well known for the summer crowds that wave in on ferries to make the most of the beaches, parks, and yacht clubs. And lesser known are beautiful and often bypassed sites that offer some of the most beautiful backdrops we’ve photographed. The islands are great for unexpected and fresh garden-inspired photos. Water features, stone bridges (that look like they once graced the cover of a Nicholas Sparks novel), and an incomparable view of the CN Tower all contribute to how amazing this location is.

Toronto Islands // Jessica & Wesley

 

4. Novotel Hotel

Nestled in Toronto’s downtown core, you’ll find the Novotel Hotel’s outdoor corridor on the south side of The Esplanade. The Chateau-style hotel is on a quieter street but faces popular restaurants and is still within walking district to Toronto’s theatre district.

Novotel’s most beautiful facade is its northern corridor which is a popular route for pedestrians on their morning and evening commutes. The corridor is a stunning ode to old-world grandeur and luxury, despite having only been built in 1979. The grey stone columns and arches create a clean and classic backdrop for your session, while the cast iron lanterns ground the photos and add a touch of romance.

Novotel Hotel // Andrea & Michael

 

5. Financial District

The financial district is one of the most underrated locations for engagement photos. The perfect location for a modern couple, the financial district has some of the most recognizable streets and buildings having been used as a replacement for New York City in many films and TV shows. At almost every corner there’s a whole new scene, made up of granite, metal, and glass. Clean lines and neutral tones communicate luxury, maturity, and an urbanity unique to Toronto. Its high-end meets street sense in the best way. It’s just really really cool.

Financial District // Naomi & John

 

6. Yorkville

Our final recommendation for engagement session locations in Toronto is Yorkville. Yorkville may be only steps away from the high-end shopping of Bloor Street, but it offers a quaint small-town feel with its historic buildings and niche shops. Warm and romantic, it’s a great place for engagement photos or a date, Hallmark-style!

Fun Fact

Yorkville has a incredibly varied and fascinating history, having been a breeding ground for authors like Margaret Atwood and musicians such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, who memorialized Yorkville Avenue in her song “Night in the City”. Now known for its Mink Mile (the 7th most expensive shopping street in the world), Yorkville is a hub of history, culture, shopping, and good food. It embodies the word “bustling” even on a mid-week evening and there’s always something beautiful to look at!

Yorkville // Carrie & Steve

 

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As in countless areas of life, engagements and proposals go through their own seasonal changes.  Many couples get engaged between Christmas and Valentine’s Day and are looking to have their engagement session done in the spring. Another busy season occurs in the fall when couples often choose to book their wedding photographers. A lot of photographers have different preferences for the best season in which to take your engagement photos, and we are no exception. Here are some of our best tips for scheduling your seasonal engagement session to get beautifully romantic, light-driven, and classic photos that will be relevant and fresh for decades to come.

 

Your Seasonal Engagement Session

Spring Sessions

We love spring sessions. Leaves are growing back, beautiful blooms have sprung up everywhere, and we have sun again. We are lovers of sunlight, and if you can choose a season that is sun-heavy, you will make us very happy photographers. We also love spring sessions because our busier season hasn’t started yet, and we can get your engagement session images finished in record time. The sunset time changes drastically within the spring months, so we recommend looking up the sunset time for a specific day and subtracting 2 hours for your start time! Depending on when greenery comes out again, think about locations that have both beautiful architecture with nature nearby, so that no matter how the weather turns out, you have a beautiful backdrop!

Spring Seasonal Engagement Session

Summer Sessions

Sessions in the summer are our favourites. They do however require flexibility since our weekends are mostly booked. We recommend weeknights or sunrise (sunrise sessions are especially great for busy locations!). In the summer, the sun is rising early and setting late, so it may be easier to schedule around work hours. We love greenery, but you’ll notice that more often than not, we try to keep our couples off the grass! This helps us consistently achieve our clean, romantic style!

Summer Seasonal Engagement Session

Fall Sessions

Because fall sessions are so popular, we want to give extra tips to make it work! Since the weather is more unpredictable and it is cloudier, be prepared for a heavier, windier look! We recommend finding open and airy locations since forests and ravines will make your images darker, and you’re more likely to have a lot of orange and yellow colours bouncing onto your faces instead of beautiful, clean, natural light! We know the temptation is to include the gorgeous fall colours in your photos, but this is a great season to choose an urban setting over a “nature-heavy” one.

If you’re set on having those fall colours, look for open, wide areas where the foliage is more of a backdrop than a surrounding statement. We also suggest not wearing fall colours! This might seem counterintuitive, but wearing neutrals, pastels, or jewel tones will help the fall colours stand out more and prevent you from looking washed out!

As in spring, the sunset time changes drastically within these few months. Look up the sunset for a specific day and subtract 2 hours for your start time! The weather can also be quite dynamic. This makes it a great season to find locations that have both beautiful buildings and architecture with a park or trees nearby so you have lots of options!

Fall Seasonal Engagement Session

Winter Sessions

Winter snow sessions can be magical. Just prepare yourselves for the experience itself to be a little more adventurous than the photos make it appear. With wind, it can be extremely cold. We recommend bringing hand warmers and keeping them in your pockets during the session. A colour palette with muted or jewel tones (instead of bright, bold colours) will photograph beautifully against the snow.

This is probably the only season we might suggest staying away from statement dresses and heels. We recommend leaning into the winter look, adding in a classy hat and scarf. A form-fitting peacoat could also be a flattering alternative to a dress.  If your session is before mid-March and the time change, don’t forget that the sun sets quite early! We’d be looking at starting your session mid-afternoon. Unless there’s a lot of snow on the ground, we recommend staying away from “green” areas, since the greenery will be mostly brown. Instead, make the most of the waterfront or beautiful buildings that offer unique backdrops!

Winter Seasonal Engagement Session

Your Seasonal Engagement Session

We are prepared for anything on your wedding day, but we’re especially light-driven on your engagement session. You’ll notice that some tips stay the same across each season, such as staying away from seasonally-colourful areas. Remember that these are suggestions to give you an experience where you can be confident of the end result. If you love the look of our images, you’ll love the result that comes from following these tips. The final decision is up to you. We’re here to make your experience memorable in the best sense: to capture your relationship and love for each other. No matter the location, weather, and light, you are the focus of the images, and we’re so grateful to be a part of this season.

Your engagement season–no matter how long it is–is short when compared to how long life is. We want you to make the most of it and soak up every second. In the midst of hectic wedding planning, your engagement session is a way to freeze time and remember why you’re getting married. To slow down for an evening, take time for each other, get dressed up, and go on a date afterwards!

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As in countless areas of life, engagements and proposals go through their own seasonal changes.  Many couples get engaged between Christmas and Valentine’s Day and are looking to have their engagement session done in the spring. Another busy season occurs in the fall when couples often choose to book their wedding photographers. A lot of photographers have different preferences for the best season in which to take your engagement photos, and we are no exception. Here are some of our best tips for scheduling your seasonal engagement session to get beautifully romantic, light-driven, and classic photos that will be relevant and fresh for decades to come.

 

Your Seasonal Engagement Session

Spring Sessions

We love spring sessions. Leaves are growing back, beautiful blooms have sprung up everywhere, and we have sun again. We are lovers of sunlight, and if you can choose a season that is sun-heavy, you will make us very happy photographers. We also love spring sessions because our busier season hasn’t started yet, and we can get your engagement session images finished in record time. The sunset time changes drastically within the spring months, so we recommend looking up the sunset time for a specific day and subtracting 2 hours for your start time! Depending on when greenery comes out again, think about locations that have both beautiful architecture with nature nearby, so that no matter how the weather turns out, you have a beautiful backdrop!

Spring Seasonal Engagement Session

Summer Sessions

Sessions in the summer are our favourites. They do however require flexibility since our weekends are mostly booked. We recommend weeknights or sunrise (sunrise sessions are especially great for busy locations!). In the summer, the sun is rising early and setting late, so it may be easier to schedule around work hours. We love greenery, but you’ll notice that more often than not, we try to keep our couples off the grass! This helps us consistently achieve our clean, romantic style!

Summer Seasonal Engagement Session

Fall Sessions

Because fall sessions are so popular, we want to give extra tips to make it work! Since the weather is more unpredictable and it is cloudier, be prepared for a heavier, windier look! We recommend finding open and airy locations since forests and ravines will make your images darker, and you’re more likely to have a lot of orange and yellow colours bouncing onto your faces instead of beautiful, clean, natural light! We know the temptation is to include the gorgeous fall colours in your photos, but this is a great season to choose an urban setting over a “nature-heavy” one.

If you’re set on having those fall colours, look for open, wide areas where the foliage is more of a backdrop than a surrounding statement. We also suggest not wearing fall colours! This might seem counterintuitive, but wearing neutrals, pastels, or jewel tones will help the fall colours stand out more and prevent you from looking washed out!

As in spring, the sunset time changes drastically within these few months. Look up the sunset for a specific day and subtract 2 hours for your start time! The weather can also be quite dynamic. This makes it a great season to find locations that have both beautiful buildings and architecture with a park or trees nearby so you have lots of options!

Fall Seasonal Engagement Session

Winter Sessions

Winter snow sessions can be magical. Just prepare yourselves for the experience itself to be a little more adventurous than the photos make it appear. With wind, it can be extremely cold. We recommend bringing hand warmers and keeping them in your pockets during the session. A colour palette with muted or jewel tones (instead of bright, bold colours) will photograph beautifully against the snow.

This is probably the only season we might suggest staying away from statement dresses and heels. We recommend leaning into the winter look, adding in a classy hat and scarf. A form-fitting peacoat could also be a flattering alternative to a dress.  If your session is before mid-March and the time change, don’t forget that the sun sets quite early! We’d be looking at starting your session mid-afternoon. Unless there’s a lot of snow on the ground, we recommend staying away from “green” areas, since the greenery will be mostly brown. Instead, make the most of the waterfront or beautiful buildings that offer unique backdrops!

Winter Seasonal Engagement Session

Your Seasonal Engagement Session

We are prepared for anything on your wedding day, but we’re especially light-driven on your engagement session. You’ll notice that some tips stay the same across each season, such as staying away from seasonally-colourful areas. Remember that these are suggestions to give you an experience where you can be confident of the end result. If you love the look of our images, you’ll love the result that comes from following these tips. The final decision is up to you. We’re here to make your experience memorable in the best sense: to capture your relationship and love for each other. No matter the location, weather, and light, you are the focus of the images, and we’re so grateful to be a part of this season.

Your engagement season–no matter how long it is–is short when compared to how long life is. We want you to make the most of it and soak up every second. In the midst of hectic wedding planning, your engagement session is a way to freeze time and remember why you’re getting married. To slow down for an evening, take time for each other, get dressed up, and go on a date afterwards!

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We’re so excited to share Andrea and Michael’s session with you guys! This Novotel and Cherry Beach engagement was our last session of 2020 and it was such a great way to end our season. It feels like just a couple of weeks ago that we shot our first engagement of the year, but it has already been 10 months!

We were able to make the most of the unusually warm November weather and headed downtown to get some photos of a couple deeply in love. We also loved being able to shoot at a more unfamiliar location and the colonnade on the hotel was an absolutely gorgeous feature!

Andrea and Michael’s story is one that may be familiar and relatable to many at this time. Having to be apart from the people you love is so difficult. Andrea and Michael met at Western University. They lived two doors down from each other and had many friends. Though they were friends at school, they only started dating after Michael graduated. Michael then moved to Hong Kong for his work in finance. When Andrea graduated, she joined him in Honk Kong to go to med school. Unfortunately, 6 months later, Michael’s work led him to Toronto and then to Calgary.

This was their reality for six years.

Distance is for those who have courage.

Long-distance relationships can be difficult. They are for those who have courage. Distance is for those who are willing to spend much time apart in order to have a little time together. For Andrea and Michael, this love and joy in each other’s presence is palpable. You see it when they look at each other, and you feel it in every laugh.

Michael proposed in Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve. It was, in a way, a New Year’s resolution to one day never have to be apart again.

Andrea and Michael, thank you so much for sharing your story and having us capture your relationship! The strength in your relationship is praise-worthy; six years is so long to be apart. We’re so excited that you guys will soon never have to say goodbye again. We can’t wait to celebrate with you guys next year!

Andrea and Michael twirling at their Novotel Engagement Session Andrea and Michael hand holding at Novotel colonnadeCouple walking along Novotel colonnadeCouple twirling at NovotelAndrea and Michael smiling at each other at Novotel BuildingAndrea and Michael at Flatiron building in TorontoNovotel and Cherry Beach EngagementAndrea and Michael at Cherry Beach Sunset EngagementEngagement ring and Andrea and Michael smiling at each other at Cherry beachMichael whispering to Andrea at cherry beachAndrea and Michael cuddling at Cherry BeachAndrea and Michael walking at Cherry BeachAndrea and Michael hugging at Cherry beach and walking along Polson PierAndrea and Michael walking at their Cherry Beach EngagementAndrea and Michael kissing at polson Pier

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We’re so excited to share Andrea and Michael’s session with you guys! This Novotel and Cherry Beach engagement was our last session of 2020 and it was such a great way to end our season. It feels like just a couple of weeks ago that we shot our first engagement of the year, but it has already been 10 months!

We were able to make the most of the unusually warm November weather and headed downtown to get some photos of a couple deeply in love. We also loved being able to shoot at a more unfamiliar location and the colonnade on the hotel was an absolutely gorgeous feature!

Andrea and Michael’s story is one that may be familiar and relatable to many at this time. Having to be apart from the people you love is so difficult. Andrea and Michael met at Western University. They lived two doors down from each other and had many friends. Though they were friends at school, they only started dating after Michael graduated. Michael then moved to Hong Kong for his work in finance. When Andrea graduated, she joined him in Honk Kong to go to med school. Unfortunately, 6 months later, Michael’s work led him to Toronto and then to Calgary.

This was their reality for six years.

Distance is for those who have courage.

Long-distance relationships can be difficult. They are for those who have courage. Distance is for those who are willing to spend much time apart in order to have a little time together. For Andrea and Michael, this love and joy in each other’s presence is palpable. You see it when they look at each other, and you feel it in every laugh.

Michael proposed in Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve. It was, in a way, a New Year’s resolution to one day never have to be apart again.

Andrea and Michael, thank you so much for sharing your story and having us capture your relationship! The strength in your relationship is praise-worthy; six years is so long to be apart. We’re so excited that you guys will soon never have to say goodbye again. We can’t wait to celebrate with you guys next year!

Andrea and Michael twirling at their Novotel Engagement Session Andrea and Michael hand holding at Novotel colonnadeCouple walking along Novotel colonnadeCouple twirling at NovotelAndrea and Michael smiling at each other at Novotel BuildingAndrea and Michael at Flatiron building in TorontoNovotel and Cherry Beach EngagementAndrea and Michael at Cherry Beach Sunset EngagementEngagement ring and Andrea and Michael smiling at each other at Cherry beachMichael whispering to Andrea at cherry beachAndrea and Michael cuddling at Cherry BeachAndrea and Michael walking at Cherry BeachAndrea and Michael hugging at Cherry beach and walking along Polson PierAndrea and Michael walking at their Cherry Beach EngagementAndrea and Michael kissing at polson Pier

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