weddings

Let Them Eat (Cup)Cake

Kimberly + Gregory's wedding

“Everybody grab a cupcake,” I said. (Shooting time is bossy time, for me. It’s my job!)

Kim and Greg’s wedding didn’t have a traditional wedding cake, they opted for cupcakes on each of the guest tables instead, which meant there wasn’t going to be a cake-cutting. But I didn’t want to leave out the cupcakes, so I asked the wedding party to gather and we’d skip the cutting part and go straight to the feeding/eating part. As you can see, it’s way more fun when the whole wedding party’s involved!

Kimberly + Gregory's wedding

Kimberly + Gregory's wedding

Kimberly + Gregory's wedding

For more photos from Kim and Greg’s wedding, see their album.

Wedding Stress-Relief: Thai Kickboxing

a little Muay Thai kickboxing to relieve wedding stress

Remember our sporty couple Kimberly and Greg ice skating and sledding on their engagement shoot back in January? They got married last Saturday! I’m working on their photos while they’re honeymooning in Hawaii. Here’s a preview shot of the wedding party on the pier, blowing off steam before the reception.

Leanne + Peter: The Wedding Album

Leanne + Peter's wedding

cake topper: custom-made by the bride!

September 8, 2012
The Sneak Peek
Getting Ready & First Look: 1 King West
Ceremony & Reception: Thompson Landry Gallery, Distillery District
2nd photographer: Ashlea MacAuley

Leanne and Peter had the perfect-sized wedding, in my opinion, which is anywhere fewer than 100 guests. Not only does the couple have more face-time with their guests, but the atmosphere is much more intimate. Most of my weddings in 2012 were of this size, which meant the venues were smaller, the wedding parties were smaller, and everything was much more manageable in terms of coordination, which in turns means less stress for the couple… happy couples = happy photographer!

I got lucky in being able to arrange their First Look in the bank vault under 1 King West because it’s not always open, but we happened to be down there just before a function and thankfully no one was around.

Leanne + Peter's wedding

First Look

Leanne + Peter's wedding

former bank vault under 1 King West

Leanne + Peter's wedding

1 King West

After the First Look, we continued to the Distillery District for more photos before the ceremony and reception at Thompson Landry Gallery.

Leanne + Peter's wedding

Distillery District

Leanne + Peter's wedding

Matron of Honour

Leanne + Peter's wedding

vows

Leanne + Peter's wedding

Best Man Stan

Leanne + Peter's wedding

the way she looks at him

Leanne + Peter's wedding

time to put on comfortable shoes

Leanne + Peter's wedding

groomsboys dance-off

Leanne + Peter's wedding

knife-wielding together

Leanne + Peter's wedding

touchdown!

Leanne will be joining Peter very soon in Arizona (just before winter sets in here in Toronto, how convenient!), and I wish them all the best in their new life together!

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Jennifer + Andrew: The Wedding Album

Jennifer + Andrew's wedding

I’ve posted a Sneak Peek and a First Look, but I’ve not posted Jennifer and Andrew’s full wedding album yet! I would be seriously remiss if I didn’t show this outdoor summer wedding at Kortright Conservation Centre — I was on board when they told me at the first meeting last year that they wanted a barbecue!

Jennifer + Andrew's wedding

Choosing a few images for this blog post is on par with choosing trip photos for a blog post — how on earth to choose? (I’ll probably add more to it later.) Their online album alone is one of the biggest in my collection; I usually keep it to around 100 but I’m well past that with theirs. If it takes a while to load up the slideshow, you’ll know why!

Between the two large families (both are the youngest of four) and their closest friends, it was a day of celebration that went from the early morning to the wee hours. Tal second-shot this wedding with me, and we shot a record number of images.

Jennifer + Andrew's wedding

After a full year of planning, everything came together on the day and there wasn’t a single drop of rain (although plenty of humidity) despite a storm forecast for Saturday. How’s THAT for lucky?

Jennifer + Andrew's wedding

Jennifer + Andrew's wedding

Andrew really set the tone for this picture.

Here’s their fabulous cake, made by the bride’s talented sister-in-law. Those birds are adorable!

Jennifer + Andrew's wedding

Jennifer + Andrew's wedding

Jennifer + Andrew's wedding

Jennifer + Andrew's wedding

Jennifer + Andrew's wedding

Jennifer + Andrew's wedding

I <3 this one!

The photos are best viewed as a full-screen slideshow.

Love Is A Moving Sea

Leanne + Peter's wedding

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
— Kahlil Gibran

Keri + Richard: A Sneak Peek

Keri + Richard

The love and kinetic energy at Keri and Richard’s wedding warmed up the cold, windy November day. Here’s one image from their nuptials at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse that shows how beautiful love is at any time of the year.

Brothers

Leanne + Peter's wedding - photo by Ashlea MacAulay

Leanne + Peter’s wedding – photo by Ashlea MacAulay

I’ve been hunkered down editing nothing but weddings lately, but you’d never know it by the amount of Instagram cameraphone pics of food and the CN Tower flooding this blog in October and November. Soon I’ll actually get around to blogging more of these weddings, but for now one of my favourite pics from September — the groom’s two boys getting ready. This shot was taken by my assistant for that day, Ashlea, who is a wonderful people photographer. Check out her site!

The Littlest Wedding Guests

Photographing generations of families is probably my favourite thing about weddings, from the babies all the way up to the elders. It’s one of the reasons why I stay all through the reception and dancing, because it gives me a chance to photograph everyone. If I were contracted by the hour, I would lose the freedom afforded by time.

This little one at the reception in New York had the cutest outfit, especially the bow tie. Right after these photos were taken, he stumbled and fell — followed by mighty sobbing — which concluded his photo shoot for the evening.

Kelley + Rob: Riviera Maya Destination Wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Now that the principal photography is out of the way for this season, it is high time I started posting the highlights albums… starting with Kelley and Rob’s beach wedding in Mexico. I posted some photos before (to illustrate how overcast is better for pictures), but here is a selection from the day and the rest will autoplay as a slideshow at the bottom.

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

The set has 102 photos, but only 85 are public (the rest are behind a guest pass).

[full-screen slideshow] — best viewing
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The set will autoplay as a smaller slideshow below:

Recovery Sunday Ramble

Leanne + Peter's wedding

1 King West

This is month six of Recovery Sundays, which means I can now recover from six straight months of wedding photography. (Editing and other shoots take place all year round.) Yesterday I shot a wedding only six days after the previous one, and I can feel it. I marvel at the wedding photographers who shoot double-headers and even triple-headers: two or three weddings in a single weekend. It boggles my mind. I have a two-month break before my next wedding in November, and you bet I’ll be taking advantage of that (hello Saturday night activities!).

Yesterday morning there was a water problem in my house (unbeknownst to me) and when it came time to get ready for the wedding I was about to shoot, the WATER WAS TURNED OFF. There is nothing that makes one appreciate functional plumbing more than the prospect of how to go about the day with no water, or the prospect of needing to track down nearby friends to borrow their bathroom and then schlepping stuff around. It would be fine if there was nothing pressing, however, that was not the case yesterday!

Thankfully the problem was resolved just in the nick of time, and I was able to get cleaned up, packed up, and ready to head out. Then I discovered that the deluge of rain in the morning somehow flooded my car on the passenger side. Thankfully (again), it wasn’t on the driver’s side or I’d have to figure out a way to stay dry while driving. I still have no idea how an inch of water was able to accumulate on the floor without any windows being left open, not even a crack.

This afternoon I read the newspaper while eating a leisurely breakfast at my local diner. It was heavenly. I really enjoy the feeling that comes the day after shooting a big event like a wedding, because I feel like I deserve to indulge myself, to do whatever I want because I earned it.

If you live in Toronto, you’ll know by the legions of celebrity-spotters that the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is in full swing, because it takes over the media. The whole entertainment section is devoted to TIFF and celebrities. I got bored reading it and turned to the back of the section, which is for In Memoriams and Obituaries. I would rather read about ordinary people who lived full lives without a spotlight, entourages, paparazzi, handlers, or PR agents. I’m in a tiny minority of people who would prefer to live in a world without celebrities.

As of right now, I am 38% towards my goal to raise $5,000 by doing the Terry Fox Run next Sunday, September 16. With four donations over the weekend, the total spiked yesterday thanks to a huge donation of $750 and today it spiked again by another huge donation of $500. Those amounts made my jaw drop! It’s a real boost to my fundraising efforts, and I thank everyone who has contributed to my campaign. There is no amount too small, all are very much appreciated! If you’d like to contribute, my page is here: http://bitly.com/TFR12

Leanne + Peter: A Sneak Peek

Leanne + Peter's wedding

How many people can say they arranged a First Look in a bank vault? Today I did!

Leanne + Peter are now married after a ceremony and celebration in the Distillery District. The full album to come, but here’s a sneak peek…

Leanne + Peter's wedding

Zina + Derrick: A Sneak Peek

Zina + Derrick's wedding

I’ve downloaded the images from Zina and Derrick’s wedding aboard the Mariposa Oriole earlier this evening, and this one from their First Dance jumped out at me. The rest are environmental shots to show what a lovely day — and night — it was! More photos to come…

Zina + Derrick's wedding

Zina + Derrick's wedding

Zina + Derrick's wedding

Zina + Derrick's wedding

Chelsea + Alex: A Sneak Peek

Chelsea + Alex's wedding

Chelsea and Alex were married this afternoon in the presence of their families and friends, and there was much rejoicing partying. More photos to come!

Chelsea + Alex's wedding

Chelsea + Alex's wedding

Chelsea + Alex's wedding

First Look

First Look

I’m editing, editing, editing, editing, and editing. I’ve edited over a thousand images just this week!

Have I mentioned that I’m editing?

But I’m coming up for air to share this First Look photo, because I try to convince all Nearlyweds to do it. I’m mostly successful, but not everyone wants to break the tradition.

Why do it? Lots of very practical reasons, but I’ll save that for another post. The most compelling reason to do it is because a groom should have the chance to see his bride for the first time without a huge audience. Weddings are a total blur for couples, and this is an opportunity for them to have a few minutes to enjoy each other’s company alone before the chaos begins. (Well, I’m there, but I stay as far away as my lens lets me.) It also helps calm the nerves!

I bring up the First Look in all my client meetings, but feel free to ask me about it here or send a message.

You Can Never Have Too Much Green

Norma + Johnny

I’ve got more outdoor weddings this year, on beaches and in woodlands, than I have before and all I can say is, you can never have too much green. Green is beautiful!

Norma + Johnny

Norma + Johnny

Norma + Johnny

Norma + Johnny

Norma + Johnny

Norma + Johnny

Norma + Johnny

Come to think of it, you can never have too much blue, either.

Norma + Johnny

Jinhee + Gene: A Sneak Peek

Jinhee + Gene

July 21, 2012
ceremony: St. Paul Chong Ha-Sang Roman Catholic Church – Flushing, NY
reception: Verdi’s – Whitestone, NY
First Look: Waterfront Park – Weehawken, NJ

Jinhee + Gene

Jinhee + Gene

Jinhee + Gene

Jinhee + Gene

I couldn’t decide which one to use, so I’m using all the ones I’ve uploaded so far. More to come!

Astrid + Navarre: The Wedding Album

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

with this ring, I thee wed (except it was in Spanish)

I am ever-so-slowly catching up on editing. The travel activity in the four weeks between May and June set me far back on the post-production end, and I’m working my way through it. Which reminds me — it’s time to post Astrid and Navarre’s highlights album with some of my favourite images of the day.

Starting with the First Look and wedding party portraits at Cullen Gardens in Whitby before the ceremony:

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

First Look

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

First Look

The buildings at Cullen Gardens are actually closed up, but the grounds are still open to the public and they’re being maintained. It was the perfect location for the First Look and shots with the wedding party.

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

groomsmen antics

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

with her flower girl

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

the wedding party

After Cullen Gardens the wedding party took a lunch break before heading to Kingdom Hall for the ceremony.

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

1 Corinthians 13:4

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

excitement!

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid with her parents

This is one wedding where it would’ve been extremely helpful to know Spanish. The entire wedding, including the whole ceremony and most of the speeches, was conducted in Spanish. I had to listen very, very carefully to hear my cues for what was coming next, eg. the first kiss.

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

married!

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Mr. and Mrs.

And then it was time to beat the eastbound long weekend traffic along the 401 to reach the reception hall in Clarington.

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Newcastle Town Hall

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Newcastle Town Hall

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

First Dance

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Newcastle Town Hall

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Latin weddings have the BEST dancing, bar none. It’s in their genes! (Which means it’s in my genes, too, but apparently my genes have forgotten the code. I routinely get out of my invitations to the dance floor by pointing to the camera.)

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

dancing up a storm

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

everybody’s dancing

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

train

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

the ring bearer was entertaining all day (and night) long

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

the kids at this wedding charmed my socks off

Posting the album as an embedded slideshow is probably going to bog down the loading of this web page, so for slower connections I will redirect you to the full-screen slideshow in Flickr or the set as thumbnails. For faster connections, just sit back and watch the 100 or so images autoplay below.

The full album is best viewed as a full-screen slideshow, or view the smaller slideshow autoplaying below:

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Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding: First Look

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding: The First Look

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding: The First Look

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Astrid + Navarre's wedding

Jennifer + Andrew: Sneak Peek

Jennifer + Andrew's wedding

It’s not every day that s’mores make the wedding playbill, along with wedding cake and a First Dance. But this is Jennifer and Andrew’s wedding and it fits perfectly with them. Remember their engagement shoot in an apple orchard?

I had the distinct pleasure of shooting their wedding yesterday at Kortright Conservation Centre and this is just one frame of a record number of images in the collection. Stay tuned for hula hoop-ing, boogie-ing, wedding party-ing, and sparklers!

Overcast Is Better

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Everyone wants brilliant sunshine on their wedding day, but here are some photos from the wedding in Mexico showing that overcast days are actually better — the light is much more even (rather than harsh, which makes harsh shadows), no-one is squinting, and clouds look great on camera.

married!

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Kelley + Rob's wedding

Norma + Johnny: The Preview

Norma + Johnny

I’m back in Toronto 16 hours and 250 kilometres later, after leaving rather early on a Saturday to shoot a wedding north of the city. Now I’m trying to stay awake long enough to edit a couple of pics for a preview…

I told a client last night that the style of editing sets the mood, and the above shot is a pretty good example of this.

Pets featured in today’s wedding shoot, which means Gilbert (the cat), Sam and Bailey (the pooches) will be making some appearances, too. Sam is the one looking neglected in the photo below.

Norma + Johnny