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London Ontario Old Court House Wedding Photography

London Ontario Old Court House Wedding Photography

Krystle and Matt were married on a very warm June day last year. I believe it was the first of 5 weddings I shot last year where with the humidity it was over 40 degrees. I loved capturing all the little details of getting ready, especially Krystle’s lovely dress that fit her perfectly! We then headed to the Old Court House for their outdoor ceremony which had a beautiful backdrop of ivey. The bright happy summery colours with the bridesmaids dresses, polka dot groom and groomsmen’s socks and sunflowers were lovely additions. The wedding party we a calm bunch with the heat and we turned up the heat a little more with Krystle and Matt taking some shots around the Old Court House and also in Ivey Park. After all of the fun of the reception we captured a lit up night shot which they used as the whole last page of their album which can be seen in full below.

 

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Ukrainian Club London Ontario Wedding Photography

Ukrainian Club London Ontario Wedding Photography

This week will be this fun, down to earth couples 1st anniversary and I wanted to get their relaxed day up on the blog! I feel like when I look at these photos I can hear Susanna’s booming laugh and can see Brad’s jokester attitude. After being together many years and having 2 adorable kids this couple tied the knot in Dorchester with their friends and family. I loved the purple and white theme throughout and capturing all of the candid moments and authentic laughter shared. The park at Belmont was a great spot with plenty of variety for their photos. Their reception was at Ukrainian Country Club in London and capturing their guests having fun and finishing with one of the best bouquet and garter toss’ ever with the garter not going very far at all then the scramble with legs in the air for it and the boquet toss being caught by the grooms brother who had been helping out with the kids all day, literally catching it still with a kid on his hip! I’m so excited to be photographing one of the bridesmaids intimate ceremony in June.

Bride/Bridesmaid hangers: The hanger lady
Ceremony location: Dorchester community church
Reception location: Ukrainian Club London Ontario
Cake: Chick boss cake

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Windermere Manor Wedding Photographer

Windermere Manor Wedding Photographer

Karlee and Andrew were married a year ago this week at the gorgeous Windermere Manor wedding photographer. They brought their rustic country style to the venue and incorporated it in the decor, the cowboy boots and the groom even wore a camo vest! I loved capturing the moments of Karlees dad seeing her for the first time and the emotional moments of the bridesmaids opening their cards. The ceremony was very meaningful as the minister had married their parents and I loved the high-five hand off from the father of the bride to the groom. Loved capturing Andrews sense of humour with ‘loosing the vows’. Following the ceremony we captured the wedding party and couple photos in romantic, traditional, candid and dramatic styles. Clara and I captured a variety of shots from the balcony and from the main floor at their laid back reception. The shot of the father of the bride dancing with his mom was one of my fave candid moments of the year and of course loved heading outside at the end of the night to capture a night shot.

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Museum London Wedding Photography

Museum London Wedding Photography

Museum London is a location I would love to photograph more weddings but I was lucky enough to capture Karrie and Brian’s wedding there in June 2015. I photographed the girls at the beautiful Delta armouries while Clara had fun photographing the guys. We photographed their first look and other formal shots of the wedding party at the Delta when the original plan was rained out but the group were super fun and loved Brian’s idea for photographs on the city bus. After the candlelit ceremony we captured the family shots inside Museum London and the couple had a pet care provider bring their dogs to the Museum to have a few shots taken outside. Unfortunately it was right when it was absolutely pouring and thunderstorming so we weren’t able to take any photos in any spots except underneath the awning but I really think it means so much when you include your fur babies in the wedding day! After some amazing speeches and a tear-filled first dance (I <3 grooms who cry!) we set up the photobooth for some fun and captured many candids of their friends and family enjoying themselves and the amazing hors d’oeuvres served.

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Old Court House London Ontario Wedding Photography

Old Court House London Ontario Wedding Photography

Back in the fall of 2015 Clara and I had the pleasure of capturing Katie and Brad’s wedding at the Old Court House. It was a chilly day and even snowed at some points but the beautiful fall colours well and truly made up for it! I loved all of the personal touches with the decor for the memory table, table number and the fall/red theme which was topped off my the red bow on the back of Katie’s dress. The ‘unity’ commitment was also very unique with them pouring red and white wine together (and they even attempted to drink some!). I loved the elegant dresses and suits that the wedding party wore, and the red shawl that Katie wore for some of the outdoor photographs. Their kissing game was also one that I have never seen again, getting guests to come and ride a kids size bicycle, and even some of the older guests go in on the fun! To finish the night we headed outside in the rain for a couple of the dramatically lit nighttime shots which are always a favourite.

 

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St. George Parish wedding photography

St. George Parish Wedding Photography

 

I’ve listened to many webinars and attended classes at the photography conference I went to back in February with the theme of finding your ideal client. Cibeli and Michael check of all of my ‘ideal client’ boxes, which certainly is rare as most of the time I know if a couple of these points are checked, I know I will really enjoy photographing the wedding.

  • They value their photography. At one point when we were emailing back and forth Cibeli and Michael mentioned that they had to cut their budget so were going to get a family member to do the photography, but instead we worked out that if they got a smaller package and paid in installments it would work for them.
  • They love to travel- we totally connected straight away because Cibeli is from Brazil and Michael is from here in London Ontario but they are living in Sydney Australia- which I loved their boomerang favors for their guests.
  • They are passionate- about each other, their family, and their careers. Michael is a chiropractor and I loved that they did a photo of him adjusting Cibeli, and she is a Reiki Master & Crystal Awakening Therapist and I loved that she brought a rose quartz stone to harness the engergy of the day.
  • They danced and rocked out to their favourite music
  • They brought their personalities into the wedding- through the time of year, celebrating with their family and friends on thanksgiving.  Being out in nature with the fall colours and bringing that theme into their decor. Love of good food with the wonderful meal from Greenhills Golf Club and cake by Bright Eyes Bakery, love of animals with the horse and carriage and her amazing dress with detachable train, tiara and shawl which certainly made her a fall princess!

 

Amazing vendors-

Girls getting ready location: Idlewyld Inn
Ceremony: St George Parish
Reception: Greenhills Golf Club
Cake: Bright Eyes Bakery
Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Lyric Flowers
DJ: Cooper DJ service
Limo: Dorchester Norfolk
Centrepieces: Petals of Love

 

 

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Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre Wedding Photography

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre Wedding Photography

Sarah and Alex were married a year ago at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre in London Ontario and I loved capturing their big day. The girls were all very relaxed getting ready, as were the guys who got to hang out and play pool, I always think the guys getting ready shots are made much more fun when they are doing an activity. When I asked the happy couple what they were most looking forward to it was their first look, it was an emotional moment and really allowed them to relax more through the rest of the evening with their guests. We captured a bunch of portraits of them outside with their wedding party, family and some special ones just of the two of them. We then headed in from the chilly March wind and they did what was a new thing at that point ‘faceswap’ which was my first bride and groom faceswap! After a few more indoor photos the ceremony was held inside and even though they had done the first look, it was still a very emotional moment for all involved. When future bride and grooms are tossing up whether to do a first look or not I always tell them how all of the emotion is still there for that walk up the aisle, its just that you can then hang out with your guests straight after the ceremony (or after the family photos). Rob from Music Central was there brilliant MC and I loved seeing their guests enjoying the same day slideshow I put together of their first look and earlier moments from the day. After the lovely speeches and fun dancing I headed outside with the couple for some dramatically lit nighttime shots- check out that clear sky!

 

Cake: Angelo’s Italian Bakery & Market
Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: ModCloth
Hair & Makeup: The Spa At Home
DJ: Music Central
Photobooth: Flashpoint
Flowers: Forest Of Flowers

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Elmhurst Wedding Photography Ingersoll Ontario

Elmhurst Wedding Photography Ingersoll Ontario

I’ve always loved photographing weddings at the Elmhurst and Cara and Denis’ big day was certainly no exception! This blog is in the format of showing you exactly what they ordered in their album, I love seeing what images that couples choose to have in their albums as it is quite often different images to what I would typically share. Photographing the girls getting ready at the Idlewyld was a dream while my second shooter captured the guys at home. After following the girls in Cara’s friends gorgeous car to the Compass community church we captured their very meaningful ceremony. After a family tragedy the couple rose up and were able to celebrate their love with their closest friends and family at the Elm Hurst. There was a big emphasis on fun with great games and short but meaningful speeches. The Willy Wonka theme was great all across the invitations, favors, centerpieces and of course the amazing candy bar! We then headed outside for some fun with sparklers and night photos.

Make up / pedicures and manicures, Overnight accommodations and mimosas – Idlewyld inn and spa
Cake – Sebations on Adelaide
Ceremony- Pastor Mark Hollywood – Compass Community Church
Reception – Elm Hurst Inn and Spa 
Dress – Davids bridal
Suit – moores
Fro yo and candy bar – Chil 
Flowers – Gammage flowers 
Shoes – walking on a cloud – Birkenstocks
DJ/Photobooth – Music Central

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Winter Wedding Photography London Ontario

Winter Wedding Photography London Ontario

I met with a lovely couple today who have their end of fall/coming into winter wedding booked with me and we were talking about the schedule of the day and how it is impacted by the setting sun in the winter months. It got me thinking that I should do a post with a few of the things I mentioned to them.

For winter weddings, I always recommend a first look, this means we can capture your genuine emotions right up close with one another, and you are able to do the photographs in the sun, without having to make your ceremony too early. However, I think it is completely up to the couple as to if this is something they want to do and this lovely wedding of Laura and Ryan back in Feburary 2015 still hasn’t been blogged and I thought it was a great one for demonstrating a great winter wedding schedule for couples who don’t want to see each other before the ceremony for a first look.

Laura and Ryan met online and I could just tell by the way they look and laugh with each other that they are a perfect match! We captured their final getting ready moments and 1pm ceremony at the Village Green Community Church, after their ceremony and receiving line we captured many groupings of friends and family which was of course helped by the detailed shot list. We captured these, and some of the wedding party underneath an arch that the couple had set up, it is a very good idea to have an indoor option in the colder months for these types of photographs. Clara and I then headed with the wedding party to Civic Gardens for some winter wonderland photographs. It was quite a cold day so didn’t spend too much time outside, but we were still able to get a large variety by divide and conquering, which we were able to do as there were two photographers. We all then headed to the London Ukraninian Centre for their reception surrounded by many of their family and friends.  Their reception kicked off around 530 and we captured all the important moments- all the way until we heard the cha cha slide 🙂

 

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Bucket List 2017

I’m feeling more inspired than ever after attending the WPPI photography conference in Las Vegas this month and after watching countless online webinars. I’ve decided to put out into the universe my bucket list of shoots I want to do this year both here in London, Ontario and Internationally.

  1.  Photograph a wedding in the UK/Ireland/Europe. I really want to finish travelling in Europe and would love to photograph a wedding there. The off season here is Nov-April and so I’m hoping for anytime in there and I would be happy to work within budgets for the great couples/right locations. Here are some shots from the last wedding I photographed in that neck of the woods 5 years ago now! Wedding Photography Kent England-

    2. I would like to photograph more adult cake smashes. These sessions are perfect for 19th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th etc birthdays and if a 100yo was willing to do one I would be willing to do it for free! With these sessions you get to have some ‘regular portraits’ whether that be some business headshots, beauty shots, family, couple, pet etc, then we can come up with a theme based around your interests. It’s my 30th Birthday this year (you can see a pic below taken by my associate photographer Clara, on my 28th birthday) so to celebrate every adult cake smash will receive a free 8×10 cake smash collage print.
    adult cake smash

3. Along with wanting to finish travelling in Europe, I have never travelled to the west coast of Canada so would love to photograph a wedding or elopement out in all of the gorgeous landscapes I’ve only had the pleasure of seeing in photographs. Again, I would be happy to work make a custom package for a great couple 🙂

4. I would love to photograph a pregnant pin up shoot. I think the pin up sessions are so much fun and would love to capture a lovely pregnant mom with full vintage style pin up hair and makeup. I’d be more than happy to work with you on themes that would work to your tastes and click for more info on the Pin Up Photography London Ontario.

pin up photography

5. Engagement or family session for big fans of Harry Potter in Goderich this fall. I grew up reading Harry Potter and I know that there are some big Harry Potter fans here in South Western Ontario, so I would love to photograph a session in Goderich when the festival is on. I wasn’t able to get tickets but I will be on the lookout for them and I’m sure that some of the surrounding area will get into the spirit and will make for a great backdrop.

6. Engagement session at the Western Fair at sunset/night. Below you can see the last session I photographed there, 4 years ago this year! I would love to have some fun there again using my new equipment and knowledge.

7.  Forrats chocolate fondu engagement/ couple/ anniversary session. If you’re a chocoholic like me and haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Forrats in Byron yet, I highly recommend you do and I would love to capture some sweet love while you enjoy a date night (and maybe start across the road for some photographs at Springbank Park as well, for variety.)

8. London to London family/ engagement/ couple/ anniversary session. I have had this idea since moving to ‘Little London’ and would like to find the right people who either have a love of ‘Big London’ or are from England, or some kind of ties to both. The session would take us to a bunch of the London locations such as the double decker bus for Ice Cream and we might end up at a pub, with many other stops in between.

9. Trash the Prom or Bridesmaid Dress group session Do you and your friends still have your prom dresses laying around gathering dust? Maybe that has been awhile but you have bridesmaids dresses that you thought you might wear again but haven’t. I think it would make for such a fun shoot to get together with a bunch of your friends, maybe pamper yourself beforehand with getting hair and makeup, then have fun doing a friends shoot, but getting edgier with with in a fun location and possibly even trashing the dresses in the water, mud, snow or with paint or glitter!

10. Australia I would love to get home in Australian summer 2017/18 or 2018/19 so would love to book a wedding to photograph while I’m there with the exchange rate being right around even my rates are very affordable by Aussie standards.

Central Coast NSW Wedding Photographer

 

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