Parin and Sandro, Toronto, 2014

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.

Maricel and Ramil, Negril Jamaica

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 to get in touch with us!

Some New Destination Engagement and Portrait Work

Julius & James were in China this past November shooting some studio work, as well as some destination engagement work. Here are a selection of images shot by Julius in Guangzhou China. We hope you enjoy them!

Brooke and Nick’s Berkeley Field House Wedding

Brooke Giles and Nick Healey were married in October 2013 at Toronto’s Berkeley Field House. Brooke started the day off with a trip with her Maid of Honour Joanna to Flaunt Boutique on Carlaw Ave., then off to the Berkeley to don a luxurious Maggie Sottero “Celesete” gown from Richie’s Bridal. Nick looked very dapper in his suit from Tom’s Place in Kensington Market, always a great spot to find a great deal on a quality suit. Local jeweler Carrie Pearson crafted two unique wedding rings for the pair, and Ladybug Florist on Church Street created the elegant bouquet. After a very touching first look on the rooftop, Brooke and Nick exchanged vows, and a few tears were shed. Everyone enjoyed the music of and the dancing lasted until 1AM, when Brooke and Nick took their leave under a long line of sparklers. Julius and James wish you both all the best in your new home and in your married life.

Eric Proposes to Ella – a very special engagement shoot

When Eric came to us and told us about his plan to propose marriage to his girlfriend Ella in front our our cameras, Julius and I knew we wanted to be a part of it. We love surprises, and we love planning them. Ella went to meet Eric to spend a sunny afternoon at Toronto’s Guildwood Park, but Eric was “fashionably late.” Little did Ella know that Eric was about to walk up with a dozen red roses, a ring, and a proposal of marriage. Ella was awestruck, and very happy. Wedding rings were crafted by Harbourfront Centre artist in residence Jay Joo. We made some animated GIF images from this engagement shoot, one of which we have included here. Eric and Ella were married this past October, and we were also delighted to shoot their wedding. We wish them all the best in their new life together, love, Julius and James.

Shelby and Helder

Shelby Demarte and Helder Chaves were married at Toronto’s Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in August 2013. While they didn’t fill the very large venue with people, they did fill it with their love, which is manifest whenever they look at each other. It’s always a pleasure to photograph weddings like this, because the energy that the couple exude just begs to be captured. After their wedding, we detoured to one of our favourite venues, the Markham Museum and it’s 19th century barns, houses and organic gardens for a portrait session. At the reception, we were blown away by the enthusiasm of the dancing. Shelby and Helder can look forward to many happy years together, and we were so honoured to shoot their special day. Love, Julius and James.

Zurry and Brendan tie the knot at the Markham Museum – a perfect day!

Julius was very fortunate to be able to second-shoot the wedding of Zurry Tran and Brendan Donevan on August 10th 2013. The day was perfection itself – sunny, but not too hot. The wedding took place at Markham Museum, a gem of a site hidden in plain sight in downtown Markham Ontario. Featuring an exquisite collection of 19th century heritage buildings, organic apple orchards, flower and vegetable gardens, and even an historic train station, the Markham Museum is one of our favourite wedding and shooting venues. Zurry and her friends crafted many of the wedding decorations by hand, and the whole wedding was infused with a sophisticated, DIY wedding sense of personal style. Even Zurry and Brendan’s food idea was completely original – food was provided by two food trucks – Caplansky’s and the Food Dudes. The ceremony was conducted outdoors in the shade of a hundred year old barn, where Zurry and Brendan declared their love for each other with personal, and quite funny vows and affirmations. We wish all the best to Zurry and Brendan in their new life together! Love, Julius and James.

Ruby and Carlo Enagement Preview