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Tuscany Wedding Pizza Party

Elena + Steve

This is the final post for Elena + Steve’s wedding! You can check out their Tuscan destination wedding, Italian civil ceremony, Tuscan wedding details and cocktail reception.

Elena + Steve finished off their official wedding events with an amazing pizza reception the night after their Tuscan destination wedding at the villa La Sorgente di Francesca. The villa has an outdoor stone pizza oven, I was impressed but I’m guessing this is pretty standard in Italy. A professional pizza chef was brought in and there was an endless supply of pizza’s to feed everyone. And holy hell these pizzas were amazing…. I might have eaten 3. Don’t judge me.

Drinks were had, UNO was played and great conversations flowed throughout the night. It was the perfect end to a perfect couple of days in Tuscany with Elena + Steve and an amazing group of people. I will cherish my time in Italy with them until my final days.

Now, who else is getting married in Italy and wants to take me? Pretty please :)

Hessenland Inn Wedding

Alex + Colton


These two must have some good connections upstairs… their wedding day was a gorgeous one bookended by some really crappy weather. This worked out great since Alex + Colton had a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the ground of the Hessenland Inn. We even lucked out with a beautiful sunset for some nice golden hour portraits!

Alex had both of the tower rooms above the Couch House to get everyone ready for the big day while the boys had the front house to relax in. Once everyone was ready, Alex had a big first look with her dad in the orchard and then we all headed off to the wedding ceremony in front of the waterfall.

Two of the cutest kids were the ring bearer and flower girl and they did an amazing job (it can be hit or miss!)

For portraits locations we were really spoiled. Right of the bat the the grounds at the Hessenland Inn are amazing but they’ve added vineyards and an amazing patch of sunflowers. We also had access to their private beach!

The reception was great, with some really heartfelt speeches and of course an amazing meal! Liz and her staff always provide amazing service, making every guest feel like part fo the family.

A couple of highlights from the reception… The grandparents dancing and celebrating their anniversary and Alex’s brother shaving his leg and pulling switch on a blindfolded Colton for the garter toss.

You can check out Rebecca + Jeff’s amazing wedding at the Hessenland Inn over here!

I had an amazing Goderich engagement session with Alex + Colten you should check out too!

If you have the password, you can see the full gallery of wedding pictures from Alex + Coltons wedding over on my proofing website.

Muskoka Wedding Photography

Alli + Andy

I love when I get the opportunity to second shoot weddings with other wedding photographers, doubly so when it's photographers whose work I love.

Last fall I had the chance to help out Kate Hood, an amazing wedding photographer up in Muskoka.   You can check out her wedding photography work here.  Kate also does some amazing boudoir work which you can see here (slightly NSFW!).

All and Andy decided to have their entire wedding on their beautiful property in the heart of Muskoka.   The both got ready in their house, portraits in the woods behind, an intimate backyard outdoor ceremony and a cozy tent reception.

Alli & Andy decided to have a first look so they could get most of the posed pictures out of the way before the ceremony and spend more time with their guests.   Well, we finished up some wedding portraits in the woods and headed back to the house but then we all realized that most of the guests were already seated and would see Alli.   Quick thinking groomsmen came up with the idea to spread out a tarp and walk Alli across the backyard... it's one of my favourite pictures of the day.

Enjoy the rest of these pictures, hope I can work with Kate again soon! 

Langdon Hall Winter Wedding

Amanda + Rob

Amanda + Rob had a beautiful wedding at the always amazing Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario.

It was a nice relaxing later start to the day in the beautiful bridal suites at Langdon Hall with Amanda and her sister having their hair and make up done.  Making things really easy on me, always a plus but not always a reality, Rob got ready in the room right beside Amanda's!

They deciding to have a first look before their wedding ceremony so they could get all their pictures done ahead of time and before it got dark... but we still went out for some great portraits after dark too!

Once we finished up with portraits of the wedding party and the families it was time for the
ceremony which was held outside in the beautiful new outdoor Summer House that was part of Langdon Hall's recent additions.  Don't worry though, everyone kept warm surrounded by space heaters and snuggled in fleece blankets.

The ceremony was officiated by the good folks at Kettle Creek Weddings who always do a great job.  It's always great working with them!

Unfortunately, Rob's mother broke her leg a week before the wedding and was unable to fly out from the west coast but I though it was a really nice touch that they set up a live stream so they could watch the ceremony and still be a part of everything.

Cocktails after the wedding ceremony were held in the new Firshade Room and then everyone headed up to the Orchard Room for the wedding reception where Amanda & Rob were introduced and a beautifully choreographed first dance.

Every wedding I see something new and this time it was the kissing game... you know the type, you have to do something to get the bride and groom to kiss instead of clinking glasses.  This time it was 'Mean Tweets' and let me say that their guests came up with some good ones that they forced Amanda + Rob to read.  :)

At this point I shouldn't have to say that the food at Langdon Hall was amazing as well as the service.

Amanda + Rob are big karaoke fans so it was inevitable that everyone was singing during their reception... I'm not going to lie, I've heard better versions of Piano Man.  :)

You can see my favourite wedding photographs from Amanda & Rob's wedding up above and their full Langdon Hall wedding slideshow below.

 

Archeo Wedding in the Distillery District

Cindy + Enrico 

Cindy + Enrico had a beautiful, intimate wedding at Archeo in Toronto's Distillery district.

Everyone spent the morning hanging out and getting ready at the beautiful Hazelton Hotel in the Yorkville neighbourhood in Toronto.   I must have walked by this hotel, and it's amazing suites, a dozen times in the past and never even knew it was there.

Once everyone was ready to go we piled into the limo for the ride down to Archeo and their outdoor wedding ceremony.

The ceremony kicked off with a truly special moment when one of Cindy's son's walked her down the aisle while her other son sang for her (He's in the band Magic!).

Cindy and Enrico incorporated so much of their own heritage into the wedding ceremony... a native tradition of honouring the four directions and elements, an Italian wine blessing and an Irish hand fastening.   They also had a ring warming ceremony which is fast becoming one of my favourite wedding traditions. 

After exchanging vows and a kiss, Cindy + Enrico were showered with bubbles by their guests as they danced their way down the aisle.  We made a quick trip out to the historic Distillery District for some wedding party portraits and then back to Archeo for cocktail hour and an amazing meal.

I'd like to pause for a second and take a minute to thank Alusha from A Lush Affair for doing such an amazing job with this wedding.  The room looked great and everything went off without a hitch.

When you have such an artistic group of friends (Cindy + Enrico were both actors, Cindy still teaches acting) it's no surprise that these two were treated to several performances during their wedding reception.   Enrico's father recited a beautiful poem in Italian... Well, I assume it was beautiful, all the Italians were tearing up!  :)   And to top it off, two of their closest friends sang and their mentor gave a beautiful toast to the happy couple.

After giving their own heartfelt speech and toasting their guests, Cindy + Enrico did an amazing job getting the dance floor open with their first dance... the party was still going strong when I left late in the night!

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

Also be sure to check out Cindy + Enrico's amazing Toronto Beaches Engagement session.

Hart House Wedding

Linda + Andrew



Linda + Andrew didn't choose Hart House on the University of Toronto campus because it looks cool (it does).  Or because of the how good the food and service are (they're great!).

They actually met on the campus as teenagers attending a summer camp and Andrew later attending for engineering so the entire campus holds a special place in their hearts.

And as luck would have it, I chose the exact spot where Andrew proposed for their first look... I swear I didn't know!

We made great use of the campus for portraits, since they're was no wedding party we were able to move quickly getting lots of great pictures!

Linda and Andrew then held a traditional Chinese tea ceremony for their relatives quickly followed by a western wedding ceremony held outdoors in the Quad at Hart House.

The wedding ceremony was held outdoors in the courtyard of Hart House.

I had a great time during cocktail hour as the DJ played movie themes trying to guess which one it was... it's not as easy as you think without the visuals in front of you!

We got lots of great family pictures and everyone had a chance to sample the amazing appetizers and enjoy a cocktail as the sun began to set.

Linda and Andrew entered their wedding reception and performed a beautifully choreographed first dance for all their guests!

The dinner itself was really relaxed with only a few speeches which gave Linda and Andrew plenty of time mingle and socialize with all their guests.  Too often at a modern, hectic wedding this can get overlooked.

One of the best moments during the reception was when Andrew flexed his singing muscles and serenaded Linda with a song.

Once the dance floor was open the DJ did a great job of getting everyone up and moving and keeping them on the dance floor... which of course makes my job easier.  :)

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

Markham Museum Wedding

Jennifer + Andrew


Jennifer + Andrew threw one hell of a party for their wedding at the Markham Museum a couple weeks ago and I was thrilled to be there to photograph it all.

And hats off to these two, planning an entire wedding from 3000 miles away in Alberta and pulling it off perfectly!

After everyone spent the morning getting ready, we all met up at the Markham Museum.  I had never been to the Markham Museum but I was really impressed with the historic buildings and beautiful setting was great for portraits of the family and wedding party.

Dodging the sudden downbursts we get their first look out of the way amongst the historical buildings of the museum and then gathered the family and wedding party for some portraits.  

The outdoor ceremony was touch and go for a while there with threatening rain clouds but they held off and we had a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony!

Jennifer + Andrew were lucky enough to have some friends sing and perform during the ceremony, they did an amazing job!

The dinner was in intimate family style affair under canvas that featured some really amazing and heartfelt speeches and a tennis ball autographed Genie Bouchard....still not sure I 100% believe that one.  :)  

After their first dance everyone, and i mean EVERYONE, hit the dance floor for a great party.

I've posted some of my favourite wedding images above and you can check out the full slideshow below!

You can also check out their engagement pictures that we did at the Markham Museum here.

Steam Whistle Toronto Wedding

Savannah + Bernie

A bit of the backstory how I know these guys. Bernie was a friend of friend who happened to be the bouncer at a local bar we all used to hang out at back in the day and especially for birthdays (21 shots on your 21st!). On my birthdays, it would be Bernie's job to 'escort' me out for some 'fresh air' when I looked too 'tired' He was always very gentle.  :)

Both the guys and girls spent the morning hanging out at the Radisson Admiral down on Toronto's waterfront.  Once everyone was ready, we headed out for a first look on the pier and some wedding day portraits. 

And even after 300+ weddings, there are always firsts.   This first was riding around in a fire truck limo... Bernie was living out the dreams of his 5 year old self.  :)

SteamWhistle is one of my favourite Toronto wedding venues, it's an amazing mixture of old and new school.

We really lucked out with some amazing light at Steamwhistle for the rest of the portraits and then the beautiful outdoor ceremony. 

One of the most touching parts of the entire day was that Savannah's grandmother is a minister from out west and she officiated the ceremony with a little help from a local officiant (that whole 'by the power vested in me by the province of Ontario' bit...)

The ceremony also featured a ring warming ceremony where the two wedding bands are passed around to each guest to hold and 'warm them up'.

Cocktail hour was spent in the SteamWhistle bar and featured some amazing appetizers by the Food Dudes.

The reception features amazing food stations (TACOS!) and some great speeches by their friends and family and then it was time to hit the dance floor!

Bernie has caught 42 garters as a guest at weddings so it was time for him to hang up his belt.

You can see some of my favourite pictures above as well as their full wedding slideshow below.

You can also check out their Liberty Village engagement pictures here!

WEDDING CATERER |  FOOD DUDES    

WEDDING MAKE UP  |  FANCY FACE 

WEDDING DRESS  |  PNINA TORNAI

WEDDING FLORALS  |  WILDFLOWERS & CO

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