A Spring Wedding at Niagara's Heritage Ball's Falls Village - Paris and Jake

Niagara Wedding - Spring 2018

Paris and Jake, ultra photogenic with hearts of gold and senses of humour extraordinaire!  Did we ever enjoy spending the day with them along with their friends and families.  Right from our first meeting together, we knew exactly what they envisioned for their wedding day:  an unforgettably fun time for all their guests at Niagara's historic wedding venue, Ball's Falls.  Jake's family and friends were travelling all the way from British Columbia for the festivities and friends came from as far as Mexico; therefore, enjoying the day and making it memorable for all was fundamental!  Enjoy the day they did!

We watched the forecast all week; early in the week sunny skies and balmy temperatures were forecasted; however, as the week went on the weather changed to rain, wind and even chances of evening snow flurries!!  As weather is NOT something anyone can control (we sure wish we could as photographers!!), Junilo and I made sure our 'plan B' was well worked out.  We primarily leave it to couples to decide what they would like to do in the event of bad weather; however, we really appreciate when couples consider our suggestions and are not afraid by the thought of a little inclement weather.  Although Paris and Jake's first look meant juggling umbrellas and avoiding puddles, we think the photos speak for themselves; the tones, lighting and location made for some very memorable photographs.  And Jake's reaction to seeing his bride could not have been more perfect!  The genuine emotion he displayed is something we will remember for a long time to come. 

By the time we finished the bridal party photos our cheeks hurt!!  They had us laughing from the very first shot.  We were so appreciative that everyone was so cooperative and willing to go along with the change of plans to do most of the photos inside as it was pouring rain by that point! Just as a little side point for couples, planning with your photographer before your wedding is essential to have the best photographs possible.  It's important to remember that even if the weather does not turn out to be ideal for your wedding day, good planning and discussing options can mean for beautiful photos no matter the circumstances ;) 

After a very heartfelt ceremony in St. Catharines, we headed back to Ball's Falls for cocktails, dinner and an epic party for all invitees.  We finished the night with sparkler well wishes for the couple.  Their tropical Costa Rican honeymoon was the perfect end to a perfect wedding celebration. 

Congrats guys, you have a life of laughs and smiles ahead of you :)

  

Venue:  Balls Falls, Vineland (Niagara) Ontario | Bridal accessories: J-Picone Bridal Accessories | Dress: Laudae at Sash and Bustle | Bridesmaids' dresses:  Sash and Bustle | Hair:  Solace Salon | Bridal Florals:  The Watering Can |  Catering: Chef Brad Rempel

First Look at the Historic Great Hall, Toronto - Diana and Arturo

Toronto Wedding - Spring 2018

These two.  We can't say enough about their character, love and commitment to one another.  Diana and Arturo met in 2016 while Diana was on holiday in Costa Rica.  On her last night there, her and her friend were invited to Arturo's house by a friend who they had met during their time there.  We guess you could say the rest of the story is...history ;)  Coming from two people who know what it's like to date long distance,  Junilo and I have tons of respect for the strength of character and determination it took to make a long distance relationship work.  

Their engagement happened in the summer of 2017 while Arturo was in Toronto visiting.  They had made plans to take a boat cruise on Lake Ontario which to Arturo, seemed like the perfect place to propose.  As they danced and enjoyed the summer evening, Arturo got down on one knee and asked for Diana's hand in marriage. 

When we met Diana in August 2017, we were instantly captivated by their story and related very much to planning a wedding here while having the groom far away!  Diana did an amazing job communicating what both of them envisioned for their Canadian wedding ceremony and reception.  Due to Arturo's work, they made the decision to settle in Costa Rica, making this wedding even more meaningful as Diana would be leaving her home, her family and friends shortly after.   She wanted to celebrate with those closest to her; mentioning that as soon as the wedding planning began, she knew exactly every person she wanted to have at their wedding.   It was a very intimate, personalized wedding as her older brother gave the wedding speech after a private civil ceremony was held.  

As Arturo is an engineer both he and Diana expressed that they really wanted to have their first look and bridal portraits done somewhere with beautiful architecture, appropriate for the time of year and with lots of natural light.  We had the perfect place in mind; the amazing historic Great Hall in west-end Toronto.   We just have to add a little note here that the managers of The Great Hall were so accommodating and extremely welcoming.  They allowed Diana and Arturo to have access to BOTH the Drawing and Conversation Rooms, allowing the couple to have their first look alone while their families were not far away, just upstairs in fact!  It made things run much smoother and allowed us to take the most advantage of our time at the Great Hall. 

After the couple's session with their families and bridal party we headed Uptown to the authentically Italian Ristorante Boccaccio for a private civil ceremony, family ceremony and reception.  Everything about their wedding reflected that they wanted to share this special occasion with their very closest family and friends.  The evening finished with some heartfelt speeches reflecting love, happy memories and well wishes for the bride and groom.  We were honoured to share such a special day with Diana and Arturo and their families. ¡Enhorabuena chicos!  Un abrazo muy fuerte.  xo

European Inspired Wedding Editorial, Niagara Ontario

Fonthill, Ontario

Most would agree that it is quite easy to have an affinity for Europe; its culture, way of life, history and architecture make it incredibly easy to love.  For Junilo and I, Europe holds special meaning to us as it was our home for eight years.  Our photography style and inspiration is often drawn from our experience and years living there.  

We were incredibly inspired when we visited this private residence in the Niagara region to discover the family’s love of both old and new Europe.  Everything boasted European style, from the wood shutters to the design of a grand family room.  Thought was put into even the books in the bookcase, boasting European classics from Cervante’s Don Quijote to the Honoré de Balzac’s famous Père Goriot.  It is the perfect setting to create. 

We were honoured to produce an editorial with several other wedding creatives from both the Niagara and Toronto areas.  Gina Humilde Events, translated the ideas and inspiration into a fashionable European ‘country home’ affair. She subtly styled rich velvet with both cool winter blues and dusty tones to reflect the time of year.  Well thought out details of Mediterranean foods, such as figs, rosemary, cheeses and charcuterie were incorporated into the tablescape.  The central theme was woven through down to the smallest of details.

Both models wore bridal wear which was very reflective of current European trends.  We focused on their accessories while keeping the bridal wear simple and elegant.  Thought was given to silhouettes and clean lines to reflect European wedding attire fashion.

We hope this will inspire Canadian brides and grooms who share an enthusiasm for a bit of Europe right here at home :)

As seen on The Wedding Co.

Photography: Ugo.Photography | Coordination and Planning:  Gina Humilde Events | Floral Design:  Fleurish Design Studio | Linens and Tablescape: Simply Beautiful Decor | Cake:  Sweet Celebrations | Hair and Makeup: Lux Artistry Makeup | Wedding Dress:  Catherine Langlois | Groom's wear:  Zara | Furniture and Rentals:  Warehouse 84 |  Catering: Events By Kristen's | Models: Shawn Molko and Nikolina Bosjnak

Winter Engagement Session in Toronto's Kensington Market - Sydney and Aaron

Kensington Market Engagement Photos

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! 

Lifestyle Couple Session, Oakville Ontario - 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 incredibly privileged 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 

Fall Niagara Engagement Session, Niagara Ontario - 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!

Late Summer Engagement Session, Niagara Ontario - 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.

A Fall Niagara Vineyard Wedding, Vineland Estates Winery - Glen and Kathryn

Niagara Wedding - Fall 2017

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 Bridal Creative

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

Summer Weddings 2017

'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!

Niagara's Vineland Estate Winery Wedding Creative

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