A Golden Engagement // Erin + Dan

Okay, how is it that I am pretty good at keeping up with my personal blog but when it comes to my professional blog and drag my feet? Anyway, that’s just been on my mind lately!

Back in September I booked my first wedding since rebranding and relaunching my photography business here in Waterloo! I was super excited to meet Erin and Dan, they were so easy going and relaxed, it was definitely a good start to working in this area! It’s always hard to start building this kind of business again and again and so I’m super excited that we are in the Kitchener Waterloo area to stay and I can develop lasting relationships in the wedding industry here and meet new, amazing clients!

So after booking, the fun begins! Erin and Dan are having a Niagara wedding next year and although they are excited, Erin had originally dreamed of getting married under a big tree before they fell in love with the Niagara vineyards (which are super timeless and a very good choice for weddings!). So her only request as far as locations went for their engagement shoot was a big tree. She still wanted to have those pictures so I kept that in mind as I looked for places.

While I was looking, I had volunteered to photograph a small race in Cambridge at Riverbluffs Park. When I pulled into the parking lot I saw these beautiful willow trees and I immediately thought of Erin! Plus the Slit Barn is really close to Riverbluffs Park and that is also an excellent spot for pictures (and weddings!). We met up there and although it was a little bit chilly, they powered through and we had a fun time and they got to watch me climb and jump and hide in bushes!

This is why I love engagement sessions and despite the advice to take the out of my wedding packages, I leave them in because I love this opportunity I get to work with a new couple. It helps me get to know how they photograph and how they work in front of the camera. It helps them warm up to me and get to know my style of shooting and be more comfortable in front of the camera on wedding day. So my advice as a wedding photographer is to do an engagement shoot with your photographer!!! I promise it’s worth it and you’ll get some really fun pictures. Some of my favourite pictures are still my engagement photos, even though that was 9 years ago and we rocked the white shirts and jeans!

A Miller Lash Wedding // Zena + Warren

I had an awesome time second shooting for Ben Kane Photography! It was such a beautiful wedding and one of the most relaxed couples! They were calm and very breezy the whole day. They went with the flow of things and just made it so easy to capture their love. Their venue was absolutely gorgeous! Any brides planning a Toronto wedding really should look into the Miller Lash House. The grounds are beautiful and so many photo locations. The old house is stunning and the ivy wall behind the steps to the ceremony creates a stunning backdrop!

For an Ontario summer wedding it was perfect. A little sunny during the reception but then it started cooling off and cocktail hour had the most beautiful lighting! I was in photographer’s heaven. Working with Ben was such a great experience, he really encouraged me to be an active participant! I really enjoyed working with him!

The day went by without a hitch and the dinner was awesome. I would classify it as “upscale food truck” They had four stations around the room, each with different kinds of food that came in it’s own serving dish. It was a great idea and the food was delicious! The people at Miller Lash House worked seamlessly throughout the evening and I cannot recommend them enough! I really hope I get to work as a wedding photographer there so any Toronto brides, keep that in mind!

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I loved taking them!

A Wedding Full of Laughter // Scott & Lauren

Do you know what my favourite part of a wedding is? It’s the laughter. The pure joy between bride and groom, between the best of friends who make up some amazing wedding parties, and all the inside jokes and little jabs and funny moments I get to experience and capture as I spend one of the best days of your life with you. That’s my favourite and I absolutely LOVE being a part of it!

This wedding was definitely full of laughter. My husband was a groomsman and so this was one of his best friends growing up which made all the laughter even more special to me. Scott and Lauren were so much fun to work with and as a second shooter I was able to really capture all of those candid moments. And there were a lot of them! I think they picked the perfect colour scheme for their wedding considering Lauren is one of the happiest and positive person that I know, yellow suited both of them!

I hope you enjoy the laughs and wedding day bliss, I know I still do when I go through these pictures! Seriously though, I loved all the personalities that complete shone through my camera! It was such a fun wedding!

A Second Chance Wedding // Ron and Tracey

A throw back to one of my very first weddings as a photographer. I was just starting out and my dad gave me a chance. Unfortunately my parents parted ways but fortunately both were able to find love again. My dad and his bride Tracey let me capture their special day. It's risky allowing a new photographer to be the lead at a wedding but I have always remained grateful for the learning opportunity. I recently had a conversation with him and still to this day they love their pictures, which means the world to me. 

Their wedding was beautiful and we had a gorgeous sunset after a rainy day. It was kind of a symbol of their lives. They are each others sunset after a rainy day. Is that too cheesy? Even if it is, I'm a sucker for sap!  They are still just as in love, if not more, than the day they got married and that is what I love to see!

A Fun Fall Wedding // Jenn and Tim

My favourite season is fall and since I obviously love weddings, fall weddings definitely fall under a favourite style of mine. Apple orchards, pumpkin spice, colours, cider, and cooler weather, what can go wrong?! 

I got to meet this couple at their engagement session turned family session because they had two adorable daughters who just couldn't be left out! On the day of the wedding they made very cute flower girls! 

Jenn and TIm said I do in the beautiful Gananoque Ontario at the beautiful waterfront Gananoque Inn & Spa. Unfortunately the weather did not hold up in the morning and so we were moved inside for the ceremony and reception. We were able to sneak outside for some lovely lighting brought in by the storm clouds. So brides, if it rains on your wedding day, don't worry, we will still get the shots!