Melissa and Jay are getting married today at Bloom Field Gardens in Newcastle and we couldn’t be more excited. It looks we finally have some ideal summer weather too. This will actually be the first wedding of the season without rain and the heavy humidity. It should be a good hair day for all. :)

Last September we drove to Kortright Centre to shoot some engagement photos and oh my goodness, these two. It was an unusually sticky, humid day for September, just uncomfortable for walking but you would never know looking at these two together. Melissa and Jay brought their beautiful German Shepherd, Mya who may have stolen my heart. She joined us for a few photos below. I can’t wait to see their wedding favours featuring Mya later today.

Everyone I have spoken to on the vendor team for M&J’s wedding is beaming with excitement for their big day. These two are just that lovely. Melissa has such a kind heart and is thoughtful, and also an amazing baker (thank you for the cookies). Time to load the car. See you real soon. x

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2017 was a good year.
It’s taken a while, and I’m sure I left out a bunch of other favourites, but I finally put together a little collection of highlights from the year past. I want to thank everyone who invited me into their lives to document the important moments + people, and for sharing at times the raw and vulnerable side of yourself with me. The big belly laughs and tears of joy (and sometimes of sadness) leave me feeling all the feels. I’m just filled to the brim with gratitude.

From the bottom of my humble heart, thank you. xx

A year ago today I had the privilege of documenting one of the best new year’s eve celebrations to date. It was hosted by two incredible souls that honestly couldn’t be better matched. Melanie is such a beautiful genuine person with the brightest, most contagious smile. Fred is possibly the most romantic guy I’ve had the pleasure of working with. He’s madly in love with Mel and wears his huge heart on his sleeve. I totally dig it! You can feel the love and respect these two have for each other. Whether they’re adventuring outdoors or making a quiet dinner together at home, they always seem to have the best time.

I was so thrilled when Mel asked to chat about documenting their wedding day. Not only a great way to ring in the new year, but there’s nothing I love more than working with a couple with so much positive energy and who are absolutely crazy about each other. I was invited to their home to chat pre wedding details a couple weeks prior to the big day where Fred told me about his carefully crafted surprise proposal in China. Holy smokes you guys. If you know these two and haven’t already heard their proposal story, go ask them now!

Mel and Fred threw a pretty incredible new years eve party after making it official at Fantasy Farm in Toronto. We arrived about an hour before Melanie and Fred’s first look to hang with the ladies while they got all glammed up, and snuck in a few photos outside with their bridal party before heading back inside to warm up. Before making her to the ceremony site, Melanie shared a ridiculously sweet first look with her father before making their way over to the ceremony site. Not a dry eye in the room. Everything on the wedding day just flowed so effortlessly. The speeches were hilarious and heartwarming and everyone partied their little hearts out. The confetti cannon fired at just the right moment creating a perfect burst of colour for the final seconds of the countdown. All the feels as we welcomed 2017. Melanie and Fred, thank you so much for sharing your love story with me. I’ve loved every moment of it and I’m so happy that I was there to document your wedding day. xx

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Lauren and Alex are getting married tomorrow! Their wedding day will mark my last of the season and we are SO excited to celebrate with them at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake. I thought it may be time to share a preview of their Toronto Island engagement session from earlier this summer.

When Lauren first contacted me back in May she had her heart set on a Toronto Island engagement session. After the record breaking rain and flooding leaving much of the island closed to visitors for nearly three months, I wasn’t sure it was going to be possible. We put a date on the calendar and as it approached I crossed my fingers that it would work out. I’m so happy it did. The weather was perfect and these two couldn’t have been more adorable together.

I’m so happy to cap off my season with Lauren and Alex in Niagara-on-the-Lake this weekend. Scroll down to see just how cuuuute these two are together.

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A relaxed non-traditional wedding was exactly what Katrina had in mind when planning her intimate celebration with Adam at Harvest in Brooklin. The day was about sharing their love with the people who mean so much to them and abandoning traditional parts of the day that didn’t feel authentic to them as a couple. It can be tough to commit to your own path with the well intentioned opinions of loved ones, but it’s honestly the greatest feeling to focus on the things that matter and do away with the rest. I loved everything about their day and it was clear their guests did too. Following their first look and shots at home, Katrina and Adam chose to walk down the aisle together before standing with their closest friends and family. It was incredibly sweet to see the two of them hand in hand so relaxed and happy together. They wanted each of their guests to feel equally important, so they opted for no bridal party or ‘best people’ assembled next to them.

Confession. I’ve had these images lined up and ready to go for quite a while, months actually. I find it extra challenging to include words with photos when I have a relationship with the couple. I’ve known Katrina for almost 20 years and have always admired her. She’s strong, thoughtful, hilarious, intimidatingly smart (I should probably have her proofread this) and of course, beautiful. She and Adam are actually  high school sweethearts and I’ve had the chance to get to know him as well over the years. He’s equally intelligent, handsome, and apparently not so secretly romantic! Looking back on their wedding photos, I’m reminded of that glow that surrounded these two on their wedding day and just how much love exists between them.

Although Katrina opted for a simple day, it was not short on thoughtful details. She poured her heart into everything she crafted and considered each of her wedding guests every step of the way. My favourite detail, custom paper flowers that featured a meaningful memento or photo inside. These gorgeous creations were featured on the bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces and favours. Katrina can describe this best, so scroll down for more from her on this.

It seems K&A had the perfect day they had envisioned. Good company, perfect weather, amazing food, and meaningful details. The day seemed to flow so effortlessly and was full of joy and love. Thanks again for inviting me to document your love story. x

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What was most important to you on your wedding day? What made it memorable?

We wanted a simple relaxed day that was easy for everyone. We wanted it to be free of the obligation of certain seemingly mandatory traditions. We wanted good food and a great time with our closest friends and family. We walked down the aisle together, no garter toss, no bouquet toss. We wanted to be inclusive, having everyone feel equally important so no bridal party either.

For our 4 year anniversary Adam made me a paper flower bouquet with flowers that folded open. Each one revealed a love note or a photos of us. I loved it and I am very sentimental. It was important to me to have them in my wedding. The florist was very accommodating and made my dream come true. Every person had a flower on their name card that said thank you inside. All the centrepieces had flowers that opened with pictures from our engagement shoot. Most importantly each corsage and boutonniere had a photo specific to the wearer, carrying the photo of a close loved one who had passed. E.g Adams father had a picture of his late wife and my mother had a picture of her late parents. All of our immediate departed relatives were with us in some way.

Music was also important. Our walking down the aisle song “Lets Get Married” by The Proclaimers was significant for us and set the tone for the ceremony (fun and relaxed) as we walked in together.  Our exit song “Follow You Follow Me” by Gowan is nice and very literal.  Our first dance “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” by Blood Sweat and Tears.

Wedding Vendors

Getting Ready Location: Anderson House B&B
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Harvest
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero carol
Bridal Boutique: Superior Bridal
Photographer: Ashlea MacAulay Photography
Hair: Madison Gullace
Make-up: Justine Feeley
Shoes: Le Château
Grooms Suit: Haggar
Flowers: An Gairdin
DJ: T.J Marotta
Officiant: Rev. Maureen McLellan