Their Favourite Photograph

I reached out to Harshini, one of my bride's from spring last year, to see if she would like to participate in my Heirloom Photograph project.  I had an idea that she might choose this wedding photograph and was really touched that it has come to mean so much to her.

"My family moved to Canada when my brother and I were young children. From day one, my grandmother was by our side. She helped raise and take care of us while our parents worked. She had always been such a huge part of my life, so it was very important to have her be a part of our big day.

 When Mike and I got engaged, we visited her at the nursing home to share our news. She was so excited that we were getting married, but worried that she had “nothing to wear”. I always told her, “as long as you have your teeth in, it doesn’t matter what you wear.”

 As our wedding day drew near, I knew she was not well enough make it to the church, so I had made arrangements with the nursing home for us to have photos taken with her there.

 On our wedding day, we promptly made our way to the nursing home right after the ceremony. As we walked towards her and told her that we just got married, she embraced both Mike and I, giving each of us a hug and smiled the biggest, warmest most blessed smile. She was so happy for us. Scott captured that exact moment – a moment that is forever etched in our hearts.

 Two months after our wedding & just two months shy of her 101st birthday, my grandmother passed away. We are so grateful to have those memories of her from our big day. That moment and smile – captured in time – will forever be with us, and we have Scott to thank for that."

Toronto Downtown Wedding

Ashleigh + Erik's Wedding at the Queen + Beaver Public House

Small, intimate restaurant weddings are fast becoming my favourite way to spend a Saturday working.  There's just something great about the laid back vibe and intimacy of these events and Ashleigh + Erik's wedding at the Queen and Beaver Public House was no exception.

We started the day with some getting ready pictures at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel which was right across the street from the pub... a wedding photographers dream, I only had to park once!  :)

It was a super relaxed ceremony, not even walking down the aisle.  Everyone just grabbed a pint, sat down and then the ceremony began. After some really emotional toasts, we headed outside for some quick downtown wedding portraits.

The Queen and Beaver definitely lives up to the British pub heritage, putting on an amazing feast of Indian curries and Sunday roast for dinner.  

The partying and dancing were great that night, with Ashleigh's ballet friends and Erik's band (Oh yeah, I forgot... Erik play's the Great Lake Swimmers!  Great band, check them out) went late into the night.

Check out my favourite wedding photographs in the gallery above as well as their full wedding slideshow below!

 

Four Seasons Toronto Wedding

Heidi + Sam

I helped my good friend Sam Wong of Visual Cravings photograph Heidi & Sam's beautiful Jewish wedding at the Four Seasons in Toronto.

This amazing wedding was featured and published in Wedluxe Magazine.

Wedding Bells 30 Most Inspring Wedding Photographers

Yesterday I got an email from Wedding Bells Magazine that I have been chosen as one of their 30 Most Inspiring Wedding Photographers of 2015.  I honestly had no idea this was in the works so I was beyond surprised.  It was such an honour to see my name alongside so many other fantastically talented wedding photographers from across Canada.

While it's amazing to have my wedding photography work recognized in the industry, I know this wouldn't have happened without my wedding clients allowing me to be a part of their day.  To them I am eternally thankful. 

 Check out my spot on the list of Most Inspiring Photographers here as well as the full list.

Featured on BridalGuide.com!

Was thrilled to see one of my wedding photographs was featured on the BridalGuide.com website as their wedding 'Photo of the Day'. 

It's a great shot from Renee + Ian's wedding this spring at the Fermenting Cellar in Toronto's Distillery District just as they finished their first dance at the reception.

Follow the link to see more of their Fermenting Cellar wedding on my blog!

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Weston Golf & Country Club Wedding

Vicki + Yuri

Vicki + Yuri had a wonderful wedding at the Weston Golf & Country Club in Toronto this past August.

If you remember, that summer was the hight of the 'ice bucket challenge' and Yuri saved his for his wedding day (before the tux was on!).

After a touching ceremony at the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ Catholic Church we headed over to the country club and their beautiful grounds for some portraits with the family and wedding party and then a great dinner and reception with the Marc Joseph Band playing all night.
 

Check out some of my favourite wedding images in the gallery above and the full slideshow of wedding pictures below!



 
 

Toronto Restaurant Wedding

Stephanie + Mike

I love smaller, intimate weddings and Stephanie + Mike's downtown Toronto wedding was no exception!

I started off the day with Mike and his best man at what has to be the coolest barber shop in Toronto.  It's called The Crows Nest and is in Kensington Market.

After Mike's trim, I headed over to the Royal York where Stephanie was getting ready in a beautiful suite with her family.  Stephanie's make up was by Rachel Chivers and her hair was by Salon SR.

Once Stephanie was looking amazing in her dress by David's BridalOscar de la Renta shoes and flowers by Dandie Andie, (Okay, Mike looked pretty good in his suit from The Bay's West End Shop too) it was time for a first look in the hotel suite with just the two of them and their son!

Osgoode Hall is a hidden little gem of a park in downtown Toronto that's a great spot for some family pictures... best of all, no permit required!

After all piling into taxis we headed over to Le Select Bistro where the ceremony and reception were held and I had one of the best steaks of my life!

Check out some of my favourite images in the gallery above and the full slideshow below!



A very good year!

Look, no one is more surprised than me that my Best of 2014 slideshow is done in January instead of my usual early may but here it is and I hope you enjoy it!  :)

It was a great year, full of amazing clients and fantastic weddings.  I got to photographer weddings at some of my favourite wedding venues in Toronto and around Ontario including:
 

I also got to photograph some smaller, intimate weddings at restaurants, bars and cottages which I always love.

And of course I also got to work with some other amazing photographers like Aron Goss, Ben Benvie, Sam Wong, Kate Hood, Fer Juaristi, Tim Forbes and Fran Chilico