Thursday, July 19, 2018

kristen + nathan | cottage engagement session on a speedboat

I have serious goosebumps, friends. After a full week, I can FINALLY share a peek into Kristen & Nathan's engagement session on the lake! So many people have come up to me after sharing the sneak peek of them jumping into the lake, asking me when the blog post will be ready! The hype is real!

I first met Nathan when he was a part of a shoot for The Dailey Method, and heard from countless people how I needed to meet Kristen, everyone's favourite ray of sunshine and quite possibly the sweetest person on this planet. Kristen and I met while I was shooting a wedding this past Winter and we fell in love instantly. Since then, it has been such a pleasure to get to know them both, and witness the planning of their wedding celebration this coming October. They are the coolest couple and if I could capture even half of the energy they bring into their real life, it would be a massive success.  

I'm pretty excited about what we were able to create on a speedboat at Kristen's family cottage, and can't WAIT for you to dive in!

See what I did there? ;) 

Chasing the sun, quite literally, around this bay was super fun and a big challenge actually! It was cool to not be able to move my clients around as I normally would, and instead just experiment with 360 degrees of light. 

Champagne on the lake. How is this my office?

Okay, don't even get me started on this ring, because I am so freaking obsessed and Nathan did SO GOOD. 

UMMM hi, this is a request for more bathing suit photo shoots in 2018 please.

This is the shot that gives me actual chills. It is Kristen & Nathan in a freaking nutshell. 

One of our many practise rounds for the next shot you'll see... 

Had to be done in one take if we wanted Kristen to have dry hair! I'm so proud of this photo <3 

Kristen living her very best life:

Kristen & Nathan -- can we please do this night all over again? I wouldn't change a thing, sleepover and crashing your anniversary dinner included ;) I am so glad to know you both and cannot wait to celebrate with you this Fall! It's going to be quite the party, especially if Jamie Rigby is in charge of allowing people to go home. 

P.S. Special shoutout to Kristen's brother, Derek, for being the best chauffeur and turning the boat with my every sunset-chasing whim! Gold star!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

catherine + phil | a meaningful wedding day at the urban element

I can recite a wedding ceremony with my eyes closed and after being spun around 5 times. Think of it as a frequent flyer who knows the safety demonstration forwards and backwards. I thought I'd seen it all, until last weekend of course, when I photographed my first ceremony that was entirely in French.

I knew the important phrases that meant "the rings, please" or "you may now kiss the Bride," but without that inside-and-out understanding of the language, I found myself forced to focus in on body language more than ever. I am so happy with how Catherine & Phil's wedding day went down, it was meaningful and colourful and I got to meet the other loves of Catherine's life (her cats!). I learned a handful of new French words and phrases and came away feeling so pleased that another love story was captured <3 

Congratulations to Catherine & Phil! I can't think of a better wedding to wrap up a triple header wedding weekend -- you guys are so awesome!

All of the florals in this post were arranged by the lovely ladies of Orangerie. These gorgeous colours made every photo pop!

Seriously though, every time I get to photograph a Hayley Paige gown I'm 10/10 grateful. 

These are perhaps the tiniest details ever!! I loved the matching dates on their wedding bands:

One of my favourites from the day!

Officially husband and wife! This next part was extra fun, Catherine and Phil whipped across town in a sports car borrowed from Catherine's uncle. I love that they shared a few moments just the two of them -- that's the stuff you remember forever!

A cozy reception was held at The Urban Element off Parkdale. 

Blessed with another golden sunset for this happy pair of newlyweds! I am obsessed with July weddings for this very reason...

Catherine & Phil -- what a beautiful day! It was such a pleasure to be with you to document and celebrate your wedding. I hope you stayed out all night sipping champagne and having bites of that delicious cake! All my love for the happiest life together <3 


Hair: Studio l'Éclipse
Makeup: Olivia Foulkes Makeup Artist
Florals: Orangerie Florals
Bride's Dress: Hayley Paige from White Satin Bridal Couture
Bride's Earrings: Lottie Da Designs
Menswear: Surmesur
Invitation Suite: Designed by the Bride & Groom
Ceremony Venue: Billings Estate Museum
Reception Venue: The Urban Element