Destination Engagement Session in Niagara Fall’s Botanical Gardens

 

Destination engagement sessions continue to be a huge trend for couples for 2019. What better way to make one’s engagement memorable than having it documented in a beautiful and dream destination! With 14 million visitors a year, Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most visited destinations.

Cleaven and Grace’s story stretches 15,000 kilometres, from Ottawa to Jakarta, Indonesia. Cleaven has studied and worked in Ottawa for 11 years. On one of his visits home to Indonesia, his mom told him she had found the perfect girl for him. They made arrangements to meet and that was it!! Fast forwarding 18 months, they were planning not one, but two weddings in both Canada and Indonesia :)

With Grace’s first trip to Canada, she thought it would be incredibly memorable to have a ‘destination engagement session’. She and both their families were travelling from across the world; what better place than the Niagara region to incorporate tourism and beautiful engagement photographs! We arranged to meet them in Niagara Park’s lovely Botanical Gardens. The flowers were in full bloom and the trees were a lush summer green. Just as we were about to photograph Cleaven and Grace on the garden’s tree-lined path, a family of deer appeared and even seemed to pose for a minute for a few of the photographs, lol! We think it was meant to be; a true Canadian experience for our visitors.

We are so appreciative for having the opportunity to meet people like Cleaven and Grace. Getting to know their story and more about their culture make us grow as people and photographers. These newlyweds-to-be reminded us that no matter the distance, love surpasses all. xo

End-of-the-Year Wedding Celebration at NOTL's Ravine Estate Winery

 

Great wine, food and the people are three things that Junilo and I cherish about life here in Niagara. The cultured, yet down-to-earth mentality of many here makes the region incredibly unique and refreshing to experience. Last July while celebrating our own anniversary in Niagara-on-the-Lake, we met Lindsay, Niagara’s well known Wine Blogger (@thejuststripe) and Maker. It was her friendly smile and gorgeous new engagement ring that got us chatting! She told us of her end-of-the-year wedding bash plans with her boyfriend (now fiancé) of five years, Craig. Having worked in the vines of Alsace, France and a natural love of everything wine made getting married in France a natural first choice; however after considering logistics and wanting to include as many friends as possible, they settled on the famous Ravine Vineyard as their wedding venue! With it booked and with the guest list planned, Lindsay started the huge task of planning a very memorable wedding celebration. We loved her wedding style vision as soon as we heard her plans; modern chic while keeping details minimal and elegant (totally our style !!)

Making their wedding day meaningful was their top priority; foregoing wedding tradition and opting for what felt right. Craig chose his sister and best friend as his Best Woman and Man (can we just add that their shared speech was one of the best speeches we have ever heard!) and Lindsay had her sister as her Maid of Honour (such a style icon!). Their wedding party chose what they wanted to wear in keeping with the black-tie, modern chic theme. Instead of a traditional speech to thank her new husband, Lindsay meaningfully sang to him. Her incredible vocals evoked pure emotion and love; it made for very few dry eyes in the room! After the sweet moments of Lindsay and her dad and Craig and his mom dancing, the dance floor was lit with their guests!

Everything about Lindsay and Craig’s day was so thoughtful. From their first look to their families’ eloquent speeches and expressions of well wishes and love, Junilo and I loved every aspect of the day. These two are special people and we wish them all the happiness they deserve in the years to come!

xoxo

Wedding Venue: Ravine Vineyard | Dress: Pronovias at The Modern Bride | Hair and Makeup: Pretty and Co. | Wedding Accessories: The Beau Fille | Invitations: Designed by Bride | Florals: Designed and Executed by Bride

An Elegant, Joyful and Soulful Summer Wedding In Atlanta, Georgia

 

It’s hard to know even where to begin with Joel and Veronique. They’re two of the cutest humans we have had the privilege of getting to know. Our connection with Veronique goes all the way to Zaragoza, Spain, believe it or not! During her sister’s year abroad teaching English, Veronique came for a visit. As native English speakers are few and far between in Zaragoza, we were naturally ecstatic to catch up on everything North American, lol! We did so much laughing with her and her sister in the week she visited. Vee is full of life and so sweet and together with her sister the two are downright hilarious! Fast forward two years later and we had a happy phone call from Vee that she was going to be a Mrs! Being back home in Canada meant we HAD to be a part of her special day.

Originally both from Boston, Joel and Vee had a lot in common right from the beginning of their relationship. In fact, a mutual friend in Atlanta introduced them because she knew that these two New Englanders had to meet each other ;) *We might add that being HUGE Patriots fans in Falcon territory definitely could have been a factor, lol. It is just crazy how their life stories have so many similarities; fellow Bostonians, both families moved South after they finished high school, both studied health sciences, both work in health services, dancing is both their ‘thing’ and they share a love of eating! Seriously, they were meant to be!!

We began the day at the gorgeous Chateau Elan, Winery and Spa just outside the greater Atlanta area. Our jaws literally dropped when doing research; to say Chateau Elan is an impressive venue would be an understatement. It’s wines, award-winning restaurants and vibe make it so popular in the Southeast that even Usher celebrated his 2008 nuptials there! The morning of the wedding we arrived as the girls were getting ready, eating brunch and enjoying bubbly. The general feeling was so calm; no nerves nor last minute emergencies, it was just a relaxed morning with Vee and her girls. After having her mama and sister help her with the finishing touches, she did a ‘reveal’ with her bridesmaids. The reaction of her girls in the photos pretty much says it all; the room was full of love and support. Her daddy was also present, patiently waiting in the resort foyer to see his little girl. It was an unforgettable moment between a proud dad and his daughter.

Meanwhile, Lindsay had travelled to where Joel and his boys were getting ready. They were all dressed and ready for showtime! They all agreed there was no way they were going to get through without getting food. So we did what needed to be done; we headed to Chipotle to get these boys fed! We then travelled to the wedding venue, The Atrium; a beautiful, serene, intimate location in the middle of busy Atlanta. By this point, Junilo and the girls had arrived; we spent time before the ceremony taking photos of the boys and some final prep photos before the big ceremony! The guests had arrived and it was time to get these two married. After a meaningful and heartfelt ceremony by a close family friend, Vee and Joel exchanged their promises to one another. Their happiness was contagious; this moment had been in the making for so long!

We then moved to the beautiful neoclassical-style garden for the family and bridal photographs. We all laughed, joked and even heard some valuable advice from their loving families. Afterwards, it was time to party!!! As both Joel and Veronique love to dance, they had a few special moves for their entrance and their first dance. The golden light shone through the floor-to-ceiling windows, lighting up the dance floor and the newlyweds. After an amazing dinner it was time for the Mr and Mrs to celebrate with their friends and that they did! They danced and had the time of their lives.

We can’t wait till the next time we get to see these two; to relive their wedding day, share their love for life (and maybe cheer on the Patriots) ;) xoxo

Toronto Couple Captures Their Fall Engagement in Niagara-on-the-Lake

 

It’s a lot of fun for us to relive engagement sessions as we put together a blog post; it reminds us of the laughter, love and connection. Tamara and Jonathan were blissfully happy and so excited to have their engagement documented . Being that they live in Toronto we spoke about several options for locations. Although we are happy to make suggestions, it is always that much more special when it’s somewhere the bride and groom-to-be love. After talking about different locations in and around Toronto, they decided that they loved Niagara and would love to have their session in the historical Niagara-on-the-Lake! Just about then the leaves had fully changed colour which made it even more picturesque. With the busyness of wedding planning and work they decided the best decision would be is to wait until out-of-province family arrived for the wedding to take advantage of a day trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake. While their family wine tasted and toured the town, Tamara and Jonathan slipped away for their photographs! With only weeks to go until their wedding, you would think that planning would have been getting to them. Not at all!!! They were so calm, incredibly in love and ready to spend an afternoon documenting their story.

We began in the lovely Queen’s Royal Park which is right on Lake Ontario. The fall colours and the lake’s lovely white space made for the perfect beginning of the afternoon. Just as we were arriving to our second location, the sun decided to quick peek through the clouds which is always makes for the best ‘golden hour’ light. The beautiful open space of Butler’s Barracks was perfect to catch the last few rays of sun (here in Ontario you’ve got to take advantage of every little ray of light in late fall, right?!?!). The afternoon naturally finished at the amazing Two Sister’s Vineyards because who comes to Niagara-on-the-Lake without sampling some of the best it has to offer?!?! :))

With family and friends arriving from all over North America, these two were ready for their Toronto wedding celebrations to begin! We couldn’t wait to be with them again in a few short weeks to share in their joy. More of this bride and groom to come on the blog soon! xoxo

High School Sweethearts Wed In Beautiful Niagara Wine Country

Hey everyone! We’re SO excited to share more of these two high school sweethearts’ wedding day with you all. What a day! We met Angie and Nick in the summer of 2017 shortly after they got engaged. On their NINE year anniversary of being a couple, Nick had it all planned; a ‘date day’ in downtown Toronto doing some of their favourite things. After watching a Jays game at the Rogers Centre, they headed for a romantic dinner. As their dessert arrived, Angie looked down at her plate to see the words, ‘Will You Marry Me?’. Nick then got down on his knee with a GORGEOUS engagement ring by the incredible Diamondboi, Nuno Rocha for his bride-to-be. We can just imagine Angie’s surprise, love and happy tears! What we would give to have been flies on the wall watching the happy engagement!

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A Modern and Cultural Wedding Affair, Niagara Destination Wedding

A Modern and Cultural Wedding Affair, Niagara Destination Wedding

How do we even begin putting down into words how unforgettable this wedding experience was with this couple? Our first meeting was something we won’t forget: a HUGE snow storm hit Toronto that morning, we shared a common love for Jimmy’s Coffee and most of all because of all the laughing we did as we got to know one another.

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