This year, the spring season has really been teasing us … more like confusing us when it would truly arrive. Regardless of when, the weather was not going to stop Mandana and Dan from getting their engagement shots done. In actuality, they really wanted to have a snowy backdrop and thankfully (I say that loosely) the weather was cold enough to keep the snow on the ground for them.
I have to hand it them, though. It was –2 degrees Celcius and like true models they stuck it out making it look natural like it was at least 10 degrees while wearing beautiful Chinese clothing. (Man, that was a mouthful!) But the challenge only brought them closer together to keep warm and naturally have the camera capture their love for each other.
We shot this session at Milne Dam Conservation Park in Markham. With that amount of space, it was great to also have their cute dog, Panda, join in the fun. We were blessed that it snowed lightly, as if we were on a movie set. So all the snowflakes you see in these photos are certainly real!
All in all, we had a great time and I’m looking forward to shooting their wedding later on this year!
There’s a first for everything …
With Vishala and Zack, it was my first time to do a Skype interview and boy, was it ever fun! We had such a great talk and we certainly got a sense for each other’s personalities. I was only humbled to have known not too long after that they had chosen me to photograph their beautiful wedding at Le Jardin.
Just as you see TV/movie personalities on screen, sometimes they may be easy to miss in person. Vishala and Zack mentioned that they weren’t too sure whether they were going to make it to a wedding that I was shooting (that’s how I got the connection). As I was setting up some of the friends’ formal portraits with the bride and groom, I was asking “this lady in a blue dress” to move here and there. Shortly after, “that lady” approached me with her fiancé and it was both Vishala and Zack who ended up making it to the wedding!!! Another first … embarrassment that I hadn’t recognized her! Shame!
Finally, their own wedding day came and it was such a beautiful and sunny day! This being my first Hindu wedding, I was only anticipating it to be very colourful and lively. Surely enough, I couldn’t stop taking photos of all the intricate details: the decor, the canopy, the cushions, the drapery, the jewellery and of course, the beautiful dress! Although I had to be keen to watch how the ceremony played out, I felt welcomed and at ease by the pandit and all the family who ushered me in as one of their own. It was certainly a joyous celebration that you couldn’t help bop to the beat of those awesome drummers. Both Vishala and Zack were radiant and filled the room with their new love in marriage.
So as my first Skype interview, first embarrassment and first Hindu wedding, it was great to have been a part of Vishala and Zack’s lives! Hope you enjoy these moments of celebration.
Christmas came a little early for Michelle and Dan. And with their wedding so close to the “most wonderful time of the year”, it won’t be hard for them to forget what a blessed wedding day they had. With white Christmas trees as a backdrop, red colour accents, and the anticipation to give their lives to each other as eternal gifts, I felt so humbled to end my last wedding of the year with them.
I’m sure you’ll agree that Michelle was a beautiful bride wearing her mother’s wedding dress! Of all the wonderful details that were put into this wedding, this had to be the most moving. Alongside her spiffed-up groom, Dan, his vibrant personality made the day go on with happiness and joy. I love his expression before Michelle walked down the aisle.
From the Elora Road Christian Fellowship Church, we headed on over to another sentimental location where Dan had proposed to Michelle, the Bauer Kitchen. What made this the highlight of the day, was that the waitress who helped Dan conspire the proposal happened to work that afternoon. Of course, tears gushed out in joy to see it come to fruition. And the celebration continued on at Bingeman’s Embassy Room.
When you end the year on that note, only better things could come…and they already have!
Hope you enjoy these memorable moments!
I remember the time when my wife and I were preparing to get married…all of our other friends were getting married too!!! And that’s what brings me to this lovely pair, Ashley and Joel. Very good friends of Rebekah and Stephan, who got married last year, it was gracious of them to call me up and “keep it in the family”!
They wanted an autumn photoshoot and the challenge about shooting in this season is the sparsity of sunny days. “Always trust the client”…is what good business ethics call for, right? Well, Ashley was spot on! Despite having to post-pone our original date due to rain, with last minute arrangements for a Thursday, this photoshoot was as successful as me at McDonald’s (don’t judge!).
With a bright and sunny afternoon, the colours of the leaves at Lynde Shores Conservation Area highlighted the wonderful love Ashley and Joel have been sharing. These two were really fun to shoot: open to creative ideas and poses as we walked around the area. Truthfully, I did less directing and just captured their natural-selves enjoying the time they were having with each other. Well, I can’t wait to see them again on their wedding date. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these wonderful moments of engagement.
Excitement was certainly in the air right from the morning. Although there was a sense of peace, as I arrived at Andrea’s parents’ place to shoot some details, you could see it in her face that THE Day had finally come. The ladies had lots of fun at the salon, sharing past stories and imagining how the rest of the day would play out. And from there, the anticipation carried on with the guys.
Now, I don’t want to embarrass Steve but he said one poignant thing that surely proved true love. As the schedule was tightening with my time with the guys, I was trying my best to get in as many shots. Steve mentioned that he’d rather have me get back to the ladies so that Andrea could have more captured moments. So sweet and selfless! Those are the characteristics of a great husband.
With a beautiful wedding and reception all celebrated at the Glen Erin Inn, everyone in attendance had truly enjoyed themselves. Andrea was a stunning angelic bride enjoying herself alongside the stylish and chiq groom, Steve. Having shmoozed with friends and family, this was one wedding they had all been waiting for. Hope you enjoy these “highlights” of Andrea and Steve’s wedding, as they were smothered with love! (And I quoted the word ‘highlights’ because sooo many great moments occurred that it was hard to narrow them down…so please bear with me!) Thank you, Andrea and Steve, for letting me witness your wonderful celebration!