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Toronto Wedding Photographer Year in Review

2016 was a great year for me. Amazing clients, fantastic moments and some stunning weddings.

I had the pleasure to photograph weddings at some of Toronto and Ontario's best wedding venues including Malaparte, Fermenting CellarLangdon Hall, Liberty Grand, Sunnybrook Estates, SteamWhistle Brewery, Paletta Lakefront Mansion, Art Gallery of Ontario, Ancaster Mill and Graydon Hall

I had a really hard time picking these pictures, and I'm sure I forgot about a few, but I hope you like them and here's hoping 2017 is just as good!

Ancaster Mill Wedding

Mashael + Augusto had an amazing two day wedding in her parents backyard and then a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony and reception at the Ancaster Mill in Ancaster, Ontario.

I always joke with my clients that it almost never rains on weddings that I photographer... something like maybe 10 out of over 300 weddings?  

Well, this one was the exception to the rule.  But honestly, it really didn't matter.  Everyone was having such a good time and we just sort of rolled with it.  

It's no secret that I'm a fan of weddings where two cultures come together and it was great having both Pakistani and Columbian traditions at this wedding.

Both days began with Mashael getting ready at the Janie Laing Salon in Oakville with her family and friends.   As we looked out the window it was pouring cats and dogs!

We headed back to the house where Mashael put on her traditional Pakistani wedding attire.  It was so cool to see how intricate and detailed it was!   Augusto and his family from Columbia where then led dancing into the backyard by a traditional drummer where he waited for his future bride who made quite the entrance under a canopy of umbrellas!

The rest of the night consisted of traditions like guests feeding the bride and groom and lots of traditional dances... thankfully all under a tent to keep us dry!  The dinner was a fantastic Pakistani BBQ all cooked right on the spot.

Day two of the wedding was a more traditional 'western' wedding at the Ancaster Mill.  We snuck off to a beautiful waterfall for some portraits and then had a intimate outdoor wedding ceremony. My favourite part of the ceremony was the recessional when they danced down the aisle as the guests blew thousands of bubbles.

The reception featured some traditional Columbian dancing, some amazing food stations and finished off with a sparkler exit!

You can check out some of my favourite wedding photographs in the gallery above as well as the full wedding slideshow below!


A year in review....

As we begin 2016 I thought it might be nice to take a look back at how great 2015 was!

I had a bunch of amazing couples and weddings at some of the best wedding venues in Toronto and Ontario including Fermenting Cellar, Hessenland Country Inn, Bruce Hotel, One King West, Liberty Grand, Waterloo Region Museum, One King West (again!) The Tannery, Copper Creek Golf Course, The Stirling Room, 99 Sudbury, Ancaster Mill, Federation Hall and WhistleBear Golf Course as well as weddings across ontario including Tobermory and Windsor.

Now, usually I do a slideshow for these year end posts but this year I thought I'd try something different and post 10 of my favourite images.  Wow... it was way tougher to pick 10 than I thought.   So many great moments from the year but I finally managed to whittle it down to my favourite 10 (in no particular order!)

Ancaster Mill Wedding

Haley + Stephen

Haley and Stephen had a great autumn wedding at the Ancaster Mill in Southern Ontario.

These two own and operate an AMAZING restaurant in Toronto called The White Brick Kitchen.  Seriously, check out the menu... I can't wait to eat there!  We actually wound up doing their engagement pictures there (check back to the blog soon for those!).

Haley started the day at her Aunts house in Hamilton getting hair and make up done with her bridesmaids... and their dog.  :)   Stephen and the boys got ready at nona's house which was literally just down the road... nice and easy for me!  It's always a bonus when the bride and groom get ready close together, it allows me to just bounce back and forth and get more coverage of the guys.

Once everyone was ready and looking great we headed out to Canterbury Falls, an amazing waterfall just down the road from the Ancaster Mill, for their first look.  First looks, or reveals, are such a great idea since it allows you to get the formal portraits out of the way before the ceremony which helps with the flow of the day (allowing your guests to go straight from the ceremony to the cocktail hour) as well as to get the big reveal done and settle the nerves.  :)

From there it was over to Ancaster Mill for a beautiful outdoor ceremony and then into the Ancaster Mill for cocktail hour after a few quick family portraits. 

Since these two were both chefs, they wanted something very specific for their meal at the reception... in this case, it was some of their favourite comfort foods served family style.   Fried chicken, beef sliders and even a  soft serve ice cream machine for desert.

You can see some of my favourite wedding images above and the full wedding slideshow below.


Ancaster Mill Wedding

Jennifer + Conan

Jennifer + Conan were married this august at the Ancaster Mill... click the link to see their downtown Toronto engagement session 

Right off the bat, the first thing you notice is the dress... bright red.  This was my first wedding with a dress that wasn't some form of white and I have to say that I loved it.  It was such a great pop of colour throughout the day.

Jennifer began the day getting ready at her parents house with Fiona Man doing a great job with the makeup!

Conan and the boys showed up for some traditional door games... some women's underwear, some seaweed leaves and a nice test of his Chinese vocabulary.  :)

Once Jennifer and Conan had finally seen each other and some family pictures at the house it was off to Canterbury Falls for some pictures with the couple and wedding party.  I've shot a bunch of weddings at Ancaster Mill but honestly had no idea that such a great photo location was just 5 minutes down the road!

Ancaster Mill has a beautiful outdoor chapel... which was even more beautiful since the rain held off!

We finished the day with dinner and a great reception in the Governor's Room at the mill.

Please check out the gallery of my favourite wedding photographs above and the full wedding slideshow below!