Markham Engagement Photography

Jennifer + Andrew

Had a great evening with Jennifer and Andrew (except for the drive in... 3 hours on what should ave been 90 minutes... thanks Toronto!) just before Canada day for their engagement pictures!  

They are getting married at the Markham Museum and since Jennifer is from Markham originally they thought it would be nice to do their engagement pictures there as well!  These two actually live out in Edmonton where Andrew is finishing his surgical residency so we had never actually met before this shoot.  

It's really stressful trying to plan a wedding long distance so I think it was great that we all got to meet before their wedding!

You can check out a few of my favourite images from their engagement session above and if you have the password, you can view the entire engagement gallery at this link.

 

Heirloom Wedding Photograph

Danielle + Felipe   |   Fermenting Cellar 

Here is another wedding photograph from my ongoing series called Heirloom Photographs where I ask couples to choose their favourite wedding photograph and let us know why it's so important to them.  

This wedding photograph is from Dannielle + Felipe's amazing Toronto wedding at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District.

Here it is in Danni's own words....

"Everyone tells you, leading up to your wedding day, to savour every moment because the day goes by so fast. I believed them, but couldn't believe how true that was until the day. This moment was captured by Scott as we were leaving the hotel and heading to the reveal location, probably the haziest moment of the day for me. There was so much adrenaline running through my body at this point - anticipating seeing the man I was going to be calling my husband later that day for the first time. As much as I was trying to savour this moment, the final minutes with my most loving and supportive girl gang before being in the arms of my best friend, I can honestly say I don't remember a lot of it. I was so awestruck when I saw this image of my Mom and I, truly happy, just staring into each other's eyes. This picture completely encapsulates our relationship. Besides my husband, my Mom is my best friend, and in this photograph you can really see the love and bond we share. I will cherish this image for the rest of my life and I thank Scott for capturing so many moments like these that say so much in one single frame." 

Guild Inn Estate Wedding

Helen + Nelson

Helen & Nelson had an amazing wedding at the Guild Inn Estate... even with pouring rain and  another wedding party crashing our picture location!  The Guild Inn Estate is a fantastic new wedding venue opening up in Toronto (The official grand opening isn't even for a couple weeks!)

We started the day at the Delta Hotel in Scarborough with some hair and make up and then the guys came over for some door games followed by a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.  We finished up at the Delta Hotel with a first look with Helen in her wedding dress and then we headed off to the Guild Inn Estate for some pictures and the ceremony.

Even though the Guild Inn Estate was still putting the finishing touches on their construction, Helen + Nelson wedding looked (and ran) amazing in good part thanks to their amazing wedding planner Rainbow Chan.   I can't say enough good things about the job she did with this wedding.

Along with speeches and fantastic food, the guests were also treated to a fantastic performance by some traditional Chinese dragon dancers!  Once all the formal stuff was taken care of it was time for some dancing, photoboothing (that's a word now) and amazing late night station.... the fastest way to my heart is with poutine and sliders. :)

A huge thanks to my good friend Sam Wong of Artanis Collective for doing an amazing job second shooting this wedding. It's always great working with talented second photographers!

You can see some of my favourite images above and their full wedding slideshow below!

If you have the password, you can also check out their full wedding gallery here

You can also see Helen + Nelson's engagement pictures we did at the Evergreen Brickworks

Ontario Theatre Photography

Every spring I spend some time working with my home town's community theatre group documenting their production and this year was no different as The Community Players of New Hamburg put on an amazing production of the classic Mary Poppins.

When most people think of community theatre they think of small little productions in church basements but let me assure that isn't the case here.  They convert and entire arena into a professional stage complete with lighting, sound, tiered seating and a full live orchestra.   And to make things even more interesting this year of course Mary Poppins had to fly!

Check out some of my favourite pictures from the play and be sure to join their mailing list to be notified as soon as they announce their 2018 show!
 

WhisteBear Wedding In Cambridge

Sarah + Rob

This was such an amazing wedding at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario! 

Up until this year I had never photographed a wedding in April, probably because the weather is too much of a risk.  Well, Sarah and Rob must have done something right in a previous life because they dodged a massive storm and had a beautiful day for their wedding.

I started the day in Mississauga where the girls were getting ready in the party room of Sarah's grandmothers building. The room was really great, plenty of natural light and lots of room for everyone... beats being in a tiny hotel room with 14 people trying to get ready.  :)

The guys got ready at Rob's parents house in Mississauga.  Big thanks to Nick from Artanis Collective for second shooting and doing a great job covering that.

After Sarah got dressed at her parents home we all headed down the 401 to Cambridge for the wedding ceremony at Whistle Bear in the Grandview Room.   As always, Trish Pajunen did an amazing job officiating the ceremony bringing her warmth, humour and professionalism.  I loved how Sarah + Rob even incorporated a little bit of the Jewish traditions into their wedding ceremony to honour the one side of Rob's family. 

After the ceremony it was time for cocktails and portraits.   The grounds at Whistle Bear are amazing and it makes shooting there such a breeze.   And of course I have to give a big shout out to the staff at Whistle Bear for being so great and accommodating silly photographer requests like opening all the blinds so I can get a nice exterior shot and shutting dinner down for 10 minutes at sunset so I could get some great golden hour portraits with the bride and groom!

Dinner was filled with amazing food, great speeches and some touching moments. And then the dance floor opened up for a great party.

I wanted to give a shout out to the two Josh's from Kindle & Coal Film who handled the wedding cinematography  were really great to work with.   Check them out if you're looking for a wedding film!

You can see some of my favourite wedding images up top and a full wedding slideshow below!

 

Toronto Reference Library Wedding

Noor + John

Noor and John had a beautiful springtime wedding at the Toronto Reference Library.   The library is easily one of the most unique wedding venues in Toronto... it's the fully functional main branch of the Toronto Public Library (you can't even have an event there until after 5pm when the library closes. 

Noor began the day at her parents home in mid-town getting ready and then awaiting John's arrival for the big reveal after John and his brother in law had a relaxing morning getting ready at the Yorkville Marriot.   After their great first look we all hoped into the limousine and headed over to the Reference Library for some portraits before the ceremony.

And what a ceremony it was!  Noor descended 5 stories down a glass elevator as John and their guests looked on to make one of the most memorable entrances I've seen in shooting 12 years of wedding.

The ceremony was officiated by one of their best friends and included readings by friends and family.  

After the ceremony everyone headed up to the reception room and the some of the coolest 'details' I've seen.  Each centre piece was a stack of classic books and everyone's place card was a wrapped book (mine was cookbook!).

The reception began with with  Noor + John's first dance as a married couple.   I have to say that The two MC's at this wedding did a brilliant job... it's not often I laugh at wedding jokes but these two succeeded. :)

Dinner was amazing set of food stations featuring some of their favourite foods... schnitzel, prime rib, poke and biryani.  From there it was some great speeches and then on to the party!

I have to take a minute and thank Trevor from Trevents who coordinated the entire day and did an amazing job!  Trevor is actually an old primary schoolfriend of Noor's.  If you're getting married, give Trevor a call!

You can check out some of my favourite wedding pictures above and the full wedding slideshow below!

Toronto Mehndi Ceremony Photography

Noor + John 

Along with Noor + John's amazing wedding at the Toronto Reference Library, I also had the opportunity to photograph their traditional (and not so traditional!) mehndi ceremony the night before the wedding. 

The mehndi ceremony was held at the Grand Luxe Event Boutique in Midtown Toronto and i have to say I was shocked when I walked in... it looked amazing with hundreds of people attending and was just as elegant as any wedding.

I loved how Noor + John incorporated many of the traditional elements while still putting a modern touch on it!  And of course the food was amazing!

You can see Noor + John's amazing Toronto Reference Library on my blog

You can see their Toronto Engagement session on my blog as well.

Heirloom Wedding Image

Laura + Chris' Wedding at Paletta Mansion

Here's another submission in my ongoing Heirloom Wedding Photograph series.  I always love opening these emails because I'm usually surprised by the images they've chosen.

I was especially surprised with Laura & Chris' submission... I don't think I had any inkling of the backstory when I took this photograph.  I just remember her aunt giving a really emotional and heartfelt speech and their reaction to it.  Now that I know the backstory, the images in that sequence have a lot more impact and become much more powerful.

Here are Laura's own words about her Heirloom Wedding photograph:

"This photo was captured during a speech given by my aunt Carla.  My aunt had offered to say a few words on our wedding day, and I was very honoured by this request.  My aunt has suffered for several years with mental illness, but as she spoke in front of everyone on our special day she was so composed and spoke with such passion that you completely forgot about the illness which has controlled so much of her life.  Her words came from such a warm place in her heart, and she had such beautiful things to say about Chris and I that I was so moved and felt so loved.  Scott captured this wonderful moment as Chris and I were hanging on every word she said.  This is definitely one of my favourite photos of the day."

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You can see the rest of the Heirloom Wedding series on my website here and Laura & Chris' wedding at the stunning Paletta Mansion here.

North Bay Wedding Photography

Jayde + David

Jayde and David decided to throw 200 of their closest friends an amazing New Years Eve party... oh, and they got married too. :)

North Bay, Ontario in the winter... so yes, it was it cold.  Let's just get that out of the way right at the beginning.   And it wasn't just the cold, we got a bit of a storm on their wedding day (the limo ride to the church was... interesting).

We began the day at Jayde's hair salon in North Bay, Vida Salon, and then the girls headed back to Jayde's house for the makeup and finishing touches.  After a quick visit to the guys at David's father's beautiful home  (that he built himself!) I joined the girls and we all piled into the limo for the snowy drive out to the little town of Bonfield.  Jayde grew up in Bonfield along with some of her bridesmaids and her parents still live there.   It was a beautiful old church of Ste.  Bernadette Parish, really interesting to see how French churches in Canada have a very distinctive look compared to English churches of the same age.

Jayde's father had a health scare just before the wedding and it was going to be hit or miss if he was going to be able to even be there so it was really amazing to see him walk Jayde down the aisle (and then their dance routine during the reception!)

After the church ceremony we all headed back into North Bay and Jayde had arranged for us to use the historic Capitol Theatre for some portraits.

The reception was held at the historic http://clarion-resort-pinewood-park-north-bay.hotelmix.co.uk resort and the cocktail hour featured an amazing spread put on by David's cousin who happens to be a great chef!

Jayde and her sister own an amazing dance studio (that they run when they're not busy being teachers and nurses) and some of Jayde's students surprised her with  dance-mob (is that a word?) during the wedding reception.   The look on Jayde's face was priceless as she fought to hold back the tears.

David's grandfather sings with a group of guys in their church and they entertained the guests with a couple of really touching Italian songs.   The rest of the night was filled with some really heartfelt speeches.

A really special moment for me was when David danced with his sister in memory of their mother who had passed.  I caught their father looking on and it's one of my favourite images from the night.

But I think the highlight of the night had to be the garter belt.  David went ALL IN on this... barely keeping it PG for the kids in the audience.  Not going to lie, behind the camera I was laughing.  :)

As the clock ticked down to midnight, we all gathered on the dance floor confetti guns, hats and whistles at the ready!

You can check out some of my favourite wedding photographs above and a full slideshow of wedding photographs below!