We are moving!//November 8, 2017
If you are planning a Niagara or vineyard wedding, you should study this epic day we captured for Samantha and Tyler at the Mike Weir Winery.
Bride and groom and their families gathered at Jordan Manor, an historic bed and breakfast in the middle of Ontario’s wine country near St. Catherines. It was a sunny, hot late summer day, and the Manor’s classic, antique rooms were filled with gorgeous, golden light which made it the perfect setting for capturing beautiful images of the preparations and the details.
The Manor features lovely grounds and wooded areas surrounding a picturesque pond which was the setting for our couples photos and first look. We love to shoot couples surrounded by natural beauty, and the Manor is a great location for these kinds of shots. It was so hot that day that Samantha, the bride almost fainted at the end of our couples shoot. Perhaps to show us all the kind of great husband he was about to become, Tyler scooped her up off her feet, and carried her across the fields to the air-conditioned interior of The Manor. Nicely played.
Likewise, the ceremony and reception venue, Mike Weir Winery, boasts acres of grape vines on a gently sloping hill and a modern event space with floor to ceiling glass windows, allowing you to take in the view of the surrounding countryside.
Sam, our bride had this to say. “Ty and I had been together just short of 9 years before he proposed…a long time coming! He had tried planning a few different romantic proposals but after I called him out on not having a ring (after he fake proposed to me!) he had to ask that night. So distracting me to look for Halloween costumes in bed, he came to the side and asked me to marry him – I replied you’re kidding right and out popped the ring! Our wedding day was full of unexpected surprises but wonderful none the less. Wedding cake got swapped out for peach pies and it was one of the hottest days of the year! Everyone involved in the wedding helped in pulling together last minute decisions and were troopers with the heat – especially Tyler carrying me to air conditioning! The winery was a beautiful setting and everything came together perfectly. Could not have asked for a better day!”
Congrats to Sam and Tyler! It was a true pleasure to capture your big day and your engagement photos.
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Jes and Jay’s Hart House Wedding Video//April 1, 2016
As Toronto wedding photographers, we love to tell stories that are set in our city, but which address universal emotions and themes. Jessica and Jay really opened up to us about their deep feelings for each other. The result is this romantic wedding video for documenting not only their vows at Hart House, but also the greater thing that led to the event; the caring, compassion and understanding between two people that grew into love and an oath of a lifetime. What they had to tell us really helped transform this project into a love story. We are grateful to have been able to tell it.
We will be featuring their wedding photos shortly… stay tuned!
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Cute and Nerdy Ryerson University Engagement//March 16, 2016
Wedding photographers love it when couples bring us a totally unique idea for an engagement shoot and they know how to really work it fearlessly. That’s what happened with Will and Vivian, who met in a chemistry class at Ryerson University back in 2007, and have been together ever since. They wanted to pay homage to their alma mater and to the place that brought them together. We could not have had more fun capturing these images, which were featured on The Wedding Co. recently.
One of the special services we like to provide is the creation of an animated photograph, or ‘GIF.’ Here Vivian and Will decided to write out the chemical formula for Dopamine, the neurotransmitter which transmits messages of pleasure in the human brain. Was there ever a more original Toronto engagement photography shoot idea? All credit to our beautiful clients!
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How your wedding photographer can help you plan your wedding//March 11, 2016
A well-planned wedding and sensible schedule are crucial if you want to get the best photographs possible, and if you want to really enjoy your wedding day.
Nobody can be as good as, and nothing can really replace a professional wedding planner. We urge you to work with one! But brides who are planning their own weddings often turn to their photographers for basic advice.
In the next few weeks, we’re going to share some of our experience about how to get the most value out of your photographer before he or she takes a single shot.
This week – here’s why you might want to consider your wedding photographer as a planning resource, if you’re working without a planner.
1. Photographers observe what others may miss
As wedding photographers, we get to observe weddings like almost no other vendor in the industry. We’re often with the bride and groom from the start of their day until the very end of festivities. And we’re almost always involved with the bride and groom in a long lead up to the event, which can be more than a year, and for months and perhaps years after that.
2.Photographers see both perfectly planned and badly planned weddings
We’re trained observers of people and events. We’ve seen breathtakingly beautiful and perfectly orchestrated events. And of course there are the ones where people just muddle through. But sometimes we capture an event where things don’t go right. Good photographers should not boast to clients about ‘wedding disasters’ they have seen. But that said, experienced shooters have all seen wedding plans gone astray. The number one problem we see are poorly thought out schedules where people try to do too much in too short a time. Sometimes vendors don’t perform to expectations. A smart bride will want to unlock some of those secrets – not to revel in the misfortune of others, but to avoid making similar mistakes herself.
3. We can recommend other fantastic vendors
Following on from the above, wedding photographers often keep in touch with other vendors that impress them. We know the difference between a drop dead gorgeous bouquet and a dime store variety, and we know where to source both. Sometimes a live band, or a vintage wedding dress or a ring totally blow our minds. We know great hair and makeup artists and wedding planners. Smart brides will ask their photographer for any recommendations, then do their own research.
We’ve updated our recommended vendor page today with some new links to planners and a wonderful florist in Hamilton. Check them out!
4. The wedding day plan is usually fluid when the photographer is booked, and solid afterwards.
A vague wedding day plan often becomes a lot more concrete once a bride has worked out some details with her photographer. When should the photographer start and end the shoot? How are group photos best taken and when? When should they do a first look, first dance, cake cutting? Is there an optimum time for the ceremony? Where should the bride and groom get ready? How much time is required for a couples shoot on the wedding day and where does it fit in the schedule? These questions are often worked out – yes, even the ceremony time! – in conversations between the bride and the photographer. This is partly because developing a concrete plan for the day is a must for the photographer to work out how many hours must be committed to the project to meet the bride’s expectations, and how much to charge. To work out the difference between an 8 hour and a 14 hour photography project, basic wedding planning decisions need to be made.
When brides fully understand this, they can make the most out of their exchanges with photographers, and work out a wedding day plan that’s best for them, using the resources they have available.
Next Week – How your ceremony time determines the shape of your wedding day