Sydney and Aaron

Engagement season is in full swing and we are full of love for all our 2018 couples! 

Engagement sessions are very special for us; it's a chance to get to know our brides and grooms better and have the time for all of us to connect before the big day.  Sometimes brides-and-grooms-to-be confess a very real feeling; they are scared of being in front of a camera.  We totally understand!  It isn't always easy to be in front of the lens; exposing our insecurities and our apprehensions of being photographed.  

That's why Junilo and I focus so much on making couples comfortable.  An engagement session should be an opportunity for the bride and groom-to-be to spend time together; focusing on their love and relationship.  The most natural photographs come from unplanned touches, looks and smiles.  Very often by the end of the session, our couples are so comfortable that they start suggesting ideas for poses and photographs they'd like us to document!

Sydney and Aaron asked us to do their session in a neighbourhood of Toronto that meant a lot to both of them.  Kensington Market is where they had their first date and where Aaron got down on one knee to ask Sydney to marry him.  As Kensington is a special place for Junilo and I too, we were super happy!  The weather forecast wasn't the greatest for the day; one of the lovely winter snow storms we've been getting this year was to hit Toronto.  We suggested that we begin in the incredible Fika Café right on Kensington Ave and continue through the streets of the market.  We finished with a few very wintery photos at Ontario Place, right on Lake Ontario.  

We are looking forward to this incredibly gracious couple's wedding spring 2018! 

Krystin and Adam

Hello!  We're back and blogging after our winter break.  Did anyone else feel like the blistery weather late December made for the perfect excuse to put on thick socks, get into the favourite cozies and curl up on the sofa for hours of reading (and Netflix binging)?!  Junilo and I definitely used the time to do all of the above!! 

Just before the break, we were honoured to do a cozy home session with the famous fashion blogger, Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux Pas, and her and her husband, Adam.   It reminded us that no matter how long one has been with one's partner or been married,  couple photos are so important to have!  

We are big believers in at-home sessions; 'home' is the perfect setting to feel completely relaxed and to capture a couple's true personality.  The setting is never overcrowded or impacted by weather conditions; it’s a truly intimate location, free of any public inconveniences.  Some of the most genuine looks, touches and captures happen at home, where couples feel most comfortable.

We're now booking early spring mini and regular home sessions; contact us if you'd like to know more!  

Florals: Bloom Scout | Engagement Ring: James Allen | Stationary: All That's Lovely 

Paris and Jake

'I love how your laugh lightens my day' - Anon.

We can't say enough about these two.  Their infectious laughs and love of life is completely endearing and incredibly contagious.  We first met Jake and Paris in October to chat about their upcoming wedding in April, 2018.  Our first impression?  From the moment they walked in, we noticed that their relationship was first and foremost a great friendship; best friends who had committed to now spend their lives together.  We did a lot of laughing and knew they were going to be a lot of fun to photograph. 

We squeezed a beach engagement session in just before the Niagara region had its first snowfall.  They were troopers; braving the blustery winds of Lake Erie at Pleasant Beach.  Since they both love the coast, we wanted to incorporate aspects of the natural surroundings to make it a very memorable engagement session despite the wind and chilly afternoon.  Café mochas, beach fires and snuggles were in order to keep these two warm and laughing.  

More laughs to come April 2018!

Jensen and Chantel

Junilo and I love engagement sessions with couples.  It is a chance for all of us to get to know one another better, to laugh and to share stories in a relaxed setting.  It also gives each couple an opportunity to take a 'time out' from the busyness of life and wedding planning.  Chantel and Jensen contacted us in September.  They really wanted to book a session away from their busy lives in Toronto.  The Niagara region is a favourite getaway for both of them, so it seemed natural to have photos done among the vines and along the lakefront. 

We had an instant connection with these two.  Their infectious smiles, sheer enthusiasm and love for each other made it easy to photograph.  I think my heart melted a little when we asked Jensen what he values most about Chantel.  His answer? 'Aside from being beautiful, she is very smart, supportive, patient, affectionate, loyal, caring, adventitious and thoughtful...the list goes on, she’s a perfect blessing to me and I am so grateful to have her in my life.'  

They both love to travel so a destination wedding seemed the most natural way to celebrate their commitment to each other.  They have decided to tie the knot in Cancun, Mexico this December. They will be saying 'I do' on the beach, accompanied by their family and closest friends.   We wish these two nothing but happiness and joy.

Glen and Kathryn

Kathryn and Glen contacted us for their end-of-September wedding full of expectation and excitement.  A lot of planning and organization had gone into the plans for their intimate celebration at the beautiful Vineland Estates Winery.  The care they put into planning was to the end of cherishing every moment of their special day with family and closest friends; and that they did. 

From the moment of arriving together as a family, to the emotional ceremony so full of love and happiness and the joyful celebration afterwards, the newlyweds laughed, embraced and celebrated with their guests.  We were honoured to share in the day's celebrations and capture their elegance, sophistication and love.  We wish them all the love possible in the days, months and years to come. 

xoxo

Wedding Venue:  Vineland Estates Winery | Photography: Ugo.Photography | Florals:  Wine Country Floral

Niagara Woodland Bride

Our new home here in Niagara hasn't disappointed!  It seems every time we go 'exploring' we find a new place that stuns us with its natural beauty.  On a recent hike ten minutes from Fonthill, we found Fifteen Mile Creek, leading to Rockway Falls, part of Ontario's Bruce Trail.  What surprised us most about the trail is the quietness and serenity of the forest; making it what we thought, the perfect place for couples wanting their wedding photos in an intimate, yet dramatic natural setting.  We were completely inspired by the forest and creek's colours, textures and natural materials; therefore, we styled the shoot with these in mind.  Thanks to the collaboration of several talented Niagara and Hamilton wedding professionals we created an inspirational shoot for all future woodland brides out there!

As featured on Today's Bride.ca

Florals: Bloom Scout | Hair: Solace Salon | Makeup: Christoff Studio | Model:  Tina Vanderlinden | Cake:  Pink Peony Bakeshop | Dress:  Pronovias

Joandy and Elizabeth

'Andábamos sin buscarnos, pero sabiendo que andábamos para encontrarnos' - Julio Cortázar

Joandy and Ely celebrated their wedding at the end of August, 2017.  It was a celebration of love, commitment and honour.  We feel really fortunate to have celebrated both their engagement and wedding with them and their loved ones.  Their love story started in the Niagara region many years ago.  Ely describes Joandy as being her support during the years; encouraging her forward through both good times and bad.  Four years ago, they faced a challenge when Ely's family moved to Windsor, Ontario.  They were both unsure of the future; if the distance would keep them together or break them apart.  However they worked through the distance with many late nights on the phone and weekends travelling back and forth.  In February of this year, Joandy surprised her with getting down on one knee and asking for her hand in marriage.  Their love was as strong as ever. 

Junilo and I were pretty excited to use our Spanish as both Ely and Joandy's families are Hispanic Canadian.  And are there any better dance parties than Latina ones?!! We were sure memorized watching the guests salsa the night away!  We vowed to practice our moves before our next chance to salsa!

Vineland Estate Winery Editorial

This style shoot means a lot to us as it was the first creative collaboration we styled shortly after arriving home from Spain.  Our objective was to showcase our new surroundings and to collaborate with some of the amazingly talented wedding professionals in the Niagara wine region.  Our inspiration came from Canada's beautiful fall colours, the uniqueness of Niagara and some of 2017's wedding trends.  Golds and coppers continue to trend for 2017 along with lush greenery.  We combined all of these things to create an elegant rustic wedding styled shoot.  We were so pleased to be featured in November on Elegant Wedding Magazine's blog.   

As featured on ElegantWedding.ca

Wedding Venue:  Vineland Estates Winery | HMUA:  Mobile Bridal Beauty | Sweet Table and Cakes: Sweet Avenue Cakery | Tablescape and Linens:  Simply Beautiful Decor | Florals: Wine Country Florals | Stationary:  All That's Lovely | Rustic Signage:  In My Attic Studio | Bridal Accessories:  Laura Jayne Bride | Model:  Tarah Michelle