High School Sweethearts Wed In Beautiful Niagara Wine Country - Angie and Nick

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!

Wedding planning began soon after as they had to decide whether they would marry in their new home of Toronto or where it all started for them, in their hometown of St. Catharines. After researching different options, they decided that it would be incredibly significative to go back ‘home’ and include elements of their story. Nick grew up literally across the street from their wedding venue, Club Roma, where he remembers playing soccer with his best buds (who were his groomsmen coincidentally!!). It felt right to both of them to celebrate their nuptials there, literally in their old neighbourhood with their families and closest friends from both the past and present.

Right from the beginning, we were so IMPRESSED by Angie’s organization and planning! She had a beautiful vision of her wedding and she worked so hard to make it come to life. Her spreadsheets, lists and Whatsapp groups with her tribe made for a very curated affair! As photographers, we really appreciated her planning and constant communication. It made it so easy to capture every aspect of their wedding day story. We scheduled time to document special moments; a first look with her papa, who came all the way from Colombia for the wedding, a few quiet moments with her sweet mama and sister as she got dressed and an emotive ‘reveal’ with just Nick and Angie. All these special moments made for such a memorable day.

After an emotional wedding ceremony in both English and Spanish, it was time to party!! The dance floor was lit as the guests celebrated The Fords! We thank these two for having us as a small part of such a big day!

xo

Photography: Us :) | Videography: Jr. José Hernandez | Wedding Dress: Jealous Bridesmaids | Rings: Diamondboi | Florals: The Watering Can | Makeup: Honor Beauty | Hair: Monica Abadie | Invitations: Minted | Cake and Sweets: Custom Cakes by Cassie | DJ: Sound of Harmony | Venue: Club Roma

A Modern Cultural Wedding Affair, A Niagara Destination Wedding - Feiran and Shaofan

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.

First things first, they told us their story. Their initial meeting was innocent enough: they started out as university roommates at the University of Ottawa. Being roomies slowly turned into becoming great friends which led to …. love. After several years and shared memories together, Shaofan decided to make it official! He put so much thought into his proposal; even designing Feiran’s engagement ring and making it himself with the assistance of a jeweller. It was clear that his thoughtful design touched Feiran deeply.

The next phase of wedding planning was a bit more of a challenge; Feiran lived in Ottawa, Shaofan was finishing his PhD in Montreal, his family is in Toronto and hers in Shanghai. Her best friend lives in Holland and his in Manhattan, lol. The idea of a ‘destination wedding experience’ seemed like the most logical idea as their guests would enjoy more than just the wedding day; they could make it a holiday; visiting our beautiful Niagara region. Feiran imagined getting married looking out at a vineyard and having her guests enjoy the lush summer greenery of the vines. Their first wedding venue visit was Vineland Estates and that was it! It was exactly what she had imagined.

Having a love for photography, she was also convinced of a few things: one of them being that she wanted to have a first look with Shaofan during the softest sunlight of the day (which meant starting at sunrise as they had a morning wedding). As their families’ accommodations were in the city of Niagara Falls, we suggested that we do the first look at the beautiful Oakes Garden Theatre right at Niagara Falls. The architecture, tones of the stone and the secret gardens all matched what she envisioned for her wedding day. She also had clear that she wanted us to document the important Chinese tradition of a wedding tea ceremony with her and Shaofan’s parents. We felt honoured to be a part of their families’ tradition as it is the ultimate gesture in the Chinese culture to show respect and gratitude to parents for all the years of love and care.

After the tea ceremony, we travelled to Vineland Estates to celebrate their nuptials with their friends and family. After a heartfelt ceremony in both English and Chinese, it was time to celebrate!!! Feiran ‘stole the show’, changing into her gorgeous red cocktail dress. They mingled, chatted and celebrated with their guests, enjoying every minute of the afternoon. We finished with some last memorable photographs under Vineland Estate’s famous willow tree.

These two stole our hearts! We wish them nothing but ‘shuang xi’ (double happiness) !! xoxo

A London Love Story, England Engagement Session - Geraldine and André

Junilo and I were contacted by Geraldine and André in September 2017 in regards to their 2019 Toronto wedding.  The more we got to know each other over email, the more we realized how much the four of us had in common!!  They were fellow Torontonians who, just like us, had the unforgettable opportunity to live in Europe.  As in the case of Junilo, André followed 'his girl' abroad after Geraldine was accepted to study her Masters of Architecture in London, UK.  In addition to their wedding photography, they were really interested in having engagement photos done as well; however, due to the distance they thought that the only way to arrange things was to book a wedding photographer for their Toronto wedding and have a local photographer document their UK story in some of their favourite spots in London.  Coincidentally, Junilo and I were in the midst of booking a work trip to Spain for just around the end of the school year which was exactly when Geraldine thought they would like to book their engagement session! After working out the details of timing and logistics we agreed we would incorporate a quick stop in London on our way home from Spain. 

Once everything was confirmed, we literally spent months planning their engagement session!  We talked about how to incorporate their love of architecture into their photos, Geraldine prepared a walking map of their favourite spots in the city,  we worked out timing (to beat the crowds!) and even assisted in styling clothing and colours.  We really valued Geraldine's interest in making this an unforgettable experience for the two of them.  Her planning and effort really paid off because their session turned out beautifully. 

Follow this lovely couple's London engagement session day below!

An Elegant and Stylish Mississauga Wedding - Amber-Lee and Patrick  

On July 8, 2017 Patrick convinced Amber-Lee to join him into a photo booth.  Little did Amber know as the camera took their pictures, Patrick had an engagement ring to ask for her hand in marriage.  The camera captured the whole series of events...the surprise, joy, tears and love.  Have you heard of anything more romantic?!?! 

We met these two lovebirds in November 2017 in Mississauga and felt super excited hearing about their wedding plans.  Being a car guy, Patrick was convinced of one thing for his wedding day: it MUST include an incredibly dope sports car!  Other than that, he was just super pumped about marrying his girl.  Amber had a clear vision of how to make their wedding a very stylish and fashionable event.  First things first, her wedding dress - she allowed Junilo and I a sneak peek (without revealing any details to Patrick!) - it was show-stopping beautiful.  That really set the whole tone of the gorgeousness of the day!  Her choice of Valentino shoes and family pearls were the perfect feminine combination.  

After suggesting a few different locations for family and bridal party photos, Amber thought that Mississauga's Kariya Park would be a perfect space given the size of the group they wanted photographed and the time of year.  We were super fortunate with the famous cherry blossom season beginning just a few days before their wedding.  The tones of the different cherry blossoms were the perfect palette for their bridesmaids' marsala-coloured dresses and florals.  

After the majority of the bridal portraits were done, Patrick whisked his bride off to the reception in an incredible sports car; which was hilarious for us!  We had a good laugh trying to follow in our little car.  It is sure a good thing that Mississauga is full of stoplights!!  After their very touching family dances with their parents and sincere speeches it was time to get on with the party!  DJ IAM4RELL instantly had everyone on the dance floor playing Motown hits and classic pop.  We had so much fun watching the crowd get down and sing their hearts out. 

These two have a forever of happiness ahead of them #masonlove2018.

Bridal hair and makeup:  The Art of Makeup and Hair | Florals:  Pandora's Box | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal at Sophie's Gown Shoppe | Groom's Suit:  EPH Apparel | Bridesmaids' dresses:  David's Bridal | Reception Venue:  Crystal Grand Banquet Hall | Park:  Kariya Park | DJ:  IAM4RELL | Photo Booth: SDE Weddings 

A Niagara Wedding Full of Love, Laughter and Joy, Legends on the Niagara, Niagara Falls - Kristen and Mike

Our spring wedding season has been made up of some amazing couples and families; Kristen and Mike are no exception!  

We met Kristen and Mike shortly after they got engaged in August 2017.  We were completely taken by their story; after their first date (which lasted eight hours btw!), Kristen went home and told her mom and sister that she had met the man she was going to marry.  Talk about a memorable first date!  Three years later, Mike took Kristen to one of their favourite places, Niagara Falls, got down on one knee on a bridge facing the Falls and asked for Kristen's hand in marriage.  We can only imagine Kristen's reaction as she is a person full of energy and love! She excitedly began planning her dream wedding for April 2018.

It wasn't very long after meeting these two that we both realized that this was a very special couple.  Right from the moment the wedding planning process began, they made sure that each of their family members knew how much they meant to them.  Down to the smallest detail, they included their cherished family members.  From having their parents help them with getting ready, Kristen's first look with her dad to having three generations of wedding photos displayed at the venue, they really put a lot of thought into a very memorable affair.  Kristen even included a very personal touch in the wedding details by including the broach her grandma wore on her wedding day in her bouquet.  

After talking about different options for their big day, Mike and Kristen decided that they would like to have their 'first look' at their gorgeous venue, Legends on the Niagara.  Kristen really liked the idea of reading one another cards they had written beforehand just before seeing one another.  We could just feel the anticipation to see one another.  We were just as excited as they were! After a very sincere and sweet first look, we moved to the majority of their bridal party and family photos.  The natural setting around the venue and the beautiful spring day made for some gorgeous pictures!  After the photos, we headed to the ceremony and then back to Legends for cocktails and dinner afterwards.  The newlyweds were welcomed to Legends with costumed soldiers firing off authentic muskets from 1812 which was a crowd pleaser for sure!  Looking back, we'd have to say that the most memorable part of this wedding was in fact the speeches. They said so much about how much these families loved, respected and valued one another.  Several times, we had to tell ourselves to focus on taking the photos, lol, as we were so moved by the heartfelt comments.

We feel it a real honour to have met and got to know Kristen and Mike. We wish them nothing but happiness and joy in the months and years to come.

Wedding Venue:  Legends on the Niagara | Florals:  Country Basket | Invitations and Paper Goods:  All That's Lovely | Hair: Pretty & Co. | Makeup:  Lianne Mascia | Wedding Dress: Annette's Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses:  Dessy | Decor:  Simply Beautiful Decor | Desserts:  The Dessert Room | Wedding Favours:  Della Terra | DJ:  Sound of Harmony | Videography: Dave Tebbutt 

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

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