A Fall Day Engagement Session in Niagara-on-the-Lake

- Tamara and Jonathan

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 always 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

Celebratory Summer Wedding in Atlanta, Georgia With a Couple ‘As Sweet As Pie’

-Veronique and Joel

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

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





                 Feiran and Shaofan chose to have their first look at Niagara Fall's beautiful Oakes Garden Theatre 




                 The groom, Shoafan was all smiles knowing that his bride was right behind him 


                 The anticipation of their first look was so exciting!! 


                 Feiran was a beautiful bride 










                 Oakes Garden Theatre, Niagara Falls 


                 We then headed to the beautiful secret garden behind Oakes Garden Theatre 


                 Such a lush and intimate location for wedding photographs 








                 The sun began to rise over Niagara Falls 


                 A much required sunrise selfie! 




                 We then headed to their B&B for their traditional tea ceremony with their parents 


                 The Chinese symbol of 'double happiness' is a typical decoration for weddings 






                 Feiran's parents brought tradition tea and tea cups from Shanghai for the ceremony 










                 They thanked their parents for all they had done for them 
















                 We all then travelled to Vineland Estates to celebrate their nuptials 






                 The ceremony looked out at Vineland Estate's beautiful vineyards  


                 Shaofan was a dapper groom 






                 Both of Feiran's parents walked her down the aisle 














                 It was such a heartfelt and moving ceremony both in English and in Chinese 


                 The new Mr. and Mrs!! 












                 Their intimate wedding party included their closest friends from childhood 








                 The newlyweds wandered through the vines 














                 The bride then changed into a gorgeous cocktail dress to celebrate! 




                 They mingled and celebrated with their guests 


















                 Feiran was a stunning bride 




                 The bride and groom had some final emotive photos under Vineland Estate's famous willow tree 









       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

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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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.

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