Markham Museum, located just north of Toronto, is the perfect setting for a July wedding. The Museum preserves multiple 19th century heritage buildings, a train station, church and an organic farm.
That’s where Ricky and Gary tied the knot this summer. After exchanging their vows in the quaint and historic 9th Line Baptist Church, they moved on to the apple orchard and gardens for a photo shoot with Julius Ding. The reception was held at the Diamond Banquet Hall, where a sumptuous Chinese banquet was served after a short Tea Ceremony, where the newlyweds served tea to and exchanged gifts with parents and elders. Wedding games were played, toasts for a long, prosperous life were exchanged.
We wish Ricky and Gary every happiness as they embark on their new life together, and we hope this short wedding film will preserve their memories of a very special July day.
Julius and James were very fortunate to meet Alex and Gabriella, a delightful young couple living in Barcelona. Alex is Catalan, and Gabriella is from Mexico, and and the connection between them draws continents closer together. Their love has carried them through both Mexico and Spain, but here we really wanted to showcase Barcelona, one of Europe’s most romantic cities. It’s one of our favourite places in the world.
We started off in the absolutely unique Park Guell, designed by Antonio Gaudi. It’s one of the architectural and landscape wonders of the world, with commanding views of the whole city. From there we walked downhill into Gracia, one of Barcelona’s to be discovered scenes, for a coffee break. It’s sometimes referred to as the “Republic of Gracia” due to its independent spirit. Finally we climbed up Mount Montjuic to the old Castle, where we took in a perfect setting sun over the city which blankets the countryside from Mount Tibidabo all the way down to the beach at Barcelonetta. With our trusty Polaroid SX 70 instant film camera, we captured some details, scenes and portraits.
Parin and Sandro met in San Francisco, but their professional and academic pursuits drew them to Toronto, where they were married in August 2014 in a two-day ceremony merging Hindu and Catholic traditions. We’ll be posting those photos later in the fall, but first we wanted to share with you their very special engagement portrait session that we shot with them at their home in west Toronto, and at Trinity Bellwoods Park, probably Toronto’s hippest, most colourful urban park space.
Parin and Sandro obviously love and care for each other a great deal. It’s evident in they way they relate to each other, and in the ease of their being together. It shines through in these shots. For a great couples shoot, you don’t need a fancy location, and you don’t need to be in the hippest park in the country. All you need is love.
You can’t ask for a better location for shooting a couple than the west coast of Jamaica around and in Negril. Between the resorts and Negril town there are still a few quiet stretches of sand where the locals hang out and play volleyball. Access to the ocean is open and mostly without a hassle. Going past the ever crowded Rick’s Café – where Julius joined the cliff diving fraternity, Negril’s lighthouse is the perfect place to watch the sun go down.Thanks to “Dr Love” for letting us use his beach camp and to our great driver Raoul.
A simple beach wedding with only the tightest group of friends and family. What could be better? Before the western Caribbean sea, and in front of 25 loving friends and relatives, Maricel and Ramil pledged their eternal love and devotion to one another on April 26, 2014 at the Riu Negril. Julius & James were very fortunate to have been invited to capture the events and details of the day. We will be posting more photos of our couple’s shoot with Maricel and Ramil on the west coast of Jamaica in the coming days, and we’ll be back shooting in Jamaica again in January 2015. We would be delighted to shoot your destination wedding as well. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with us!
Julius and James spent some quality time this past weekend in High Park with one of our favourite models, the wonderful Gabby Tulloch. In some shots Gabby resembles the young Billie Holiday, in others the young Frida Khalo. Gabby wears a strapless bridal gown with organza bodice detail with a duchess satin and silk organza overlay skirt, an original wedding dress design by Arnaldo Santos. Arnaldo designs gorgeous dresses for Toronto brides. We wound up the evening doing some shots at night in front of one of Toronto’s historic Post Offices at #10 Toronto Street. Makeup was provided by Nicole Ostonal. Thanks to everyone for a fun and productive photo shoot!
Here is a sampling of some of our engagement and couples photography for Spring 2013. We’ve ventured into the Elora Gorge, the only covered bridge in Ontario, a private nature park in Caledon owned by the Peel Board of Education, Toronto Island, Queen Street West, Guildwood Park, and University of Toronto’s Hart House and University College. We love adding an engagement shoot to our wedding photography packages because it gives us the opportunity to get to know the couples we photograph, and it allows them to get used to working with a professional photographer. We’ve also used our engagement sessions to experiment a bit with old film cameras, which is a passion of ours. One of these shots was taken with a Rolleiflex medium format TLR, a “twin lens reflex camera” (as opposed to a single lens reflex camera, an “SLR” the type that most are familiar with. Another was taken with a Mamiya medium format camera using Polaroid peel apart film. Be sure to ask us about how we can use Polaroid and other film cameras to add a unique vintage look to your wedding and engagement photography.