London England Engagement Session | Vanessa & Simon

On our very first phone call, Vanessa & Simon explained how important London, England was to them individually and as a couple. They were excited about the idea of doing their couple's session in a place that meant something to them, so when I threw the idea out there of coming to England, they were 100% in. Our session felt far less like a photo shoot and far more like hanging out with long lost friends. They showed me around their neighbourhood and pointed out spots that were important historically and personally, they took me to their favourite pub for Sunday roast, told me stories about how they met and then showed me where that happened, they took me through gardens and down secret walkways, showed me bits of England both old and new. Then to top it all off, we had a gin tasting at a local distillery. I mean, any gin fan is a friend of mine. They had me at hello, and I definitely plan on keeping these two. 
What struck me instantly about the two of them was just how much fun they have together and how much they laugh. Not just little laughs, big, full body laughs that are contagious. 

Can't wait to laugh with you again soon. 
xox.f

Walters Falls Wedding | Cass & Jeff

Cass & Jeff opted for a small outdoor wedding ceremony at the Walters Falls Inn, near Georgian Bay. Travelling halfway across the country to celebrate their wedding meant they wanted to take full advantage of the time with their friends and family. Rather than just having everyone join them on the day of, they booked the Walters Falls Inn for two nights and hosted many of their family and friends for a rehearsal dinner the night before. They set out lawn games and gave everyone a chance to get to know one another better. It made for quite an intimate wedding with everyone already comfortable with each other.

The Walters Falls Inn is situated along the Niagara escarpment with the Bruce Trail running through its property and is home to one of the many waterfalls in the Grey Bruce area. It's the perfect wedding venue for an adventurous couple who love being outside. The hike down to the falls isn't particularly easy, especially in a wedding dress, but Cass was excited about it so she came up with a way of protecting her dress on the mucky hike down using a garbage bag. Not gonna lie, I was psyched she was so brave! Also, it turns out orange garbage bags are quite stylish.


Venue : Walters Falls Inn
Officiant : Sandy Conrad
Caterer: Walters Falls Inn
Flowers: Sarah Barber
DJ : DJ Mastermix 
Make-up : Rebecca Chantler
Hair : Katie D'Souza
Dress : Sophie's Dress Shoppe

Niagara Escarpment Engagement Session | Sharon & Peter

Niagara Escarpment Engagement Session 

I live underneath a giant cliff, which makes it pretty easy to adventure, hike, climb, ooh and ahh and arrange Niagara Escarpment Engagement sessions. Normally the oohing and ahhing happens when no one is around to take photos of, which can be incredibly frustrating! Luckily, Sharon & Peter were up for a drive to my neck of the woods for an adventure in the Pottawatomi Conservation Area. We hiked, laughed, told stories and explored the conservation area. These two cuddled up in a small boulder field and tip toed on rocks at the top of the cliff.

Sharon & Peter are compassionate, loving and affectionate and massive baseball fans. Luckily they are also super playful and joke about the fact that they cheer for different teams. Sharon, being from LA, is a Dodgers fan, and Peter, being a Toronto native, obviously loves the Jays. (Not that I'm playing favourites, but I'm with Peter here) Sharon just finished moving from LA to Toronto to start her new life with Peter once they're married. Maybe that means the Jays have a chance at winning her heart? They definitely stole mine with stories of how they met, how they worked through a long distance relationship, humouring me by laughing at my horrible dad jokes, trusting my crazy ideas and learning Peter is working on teaching his students what good hip hop is. We certainly bonded over the fact that I took a History of Hip Hop course in University. Thank you, OCADU. I'm pretty sure we are hip hop buddies for life.

Sharon & Peter are getting married this Saturday in a gorgeous church in Toronto surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends. Joel & I couldn't be more thrilled to be joining them as part of their small intimate group.

 

Grassi Lakes Engagement Session | Lindsay + Bryon

Grassi Lakes Engagement Session with Lindsay & Bryon

I have always wanted to get my tush out to Alberta to explore and adventure, it's been on the list for a long time but it never really occurred to me that I would be heading out there for the first time for a Grassi Lakes Engagement session.

Turns out my couples and I have lots in common; we love spending time adventuring, jumping into waterfalls, hiking and exploring the Canadian landscape. When Lindsay & Bryon mentioned that they'd love to have an engagement session, but that they were thinking of doing it in Canmore, I'm pretty sure I jumped out of my seat with excitement. There was some serious happy dancing (Joel can attest to that). I'm still mind blown by how gorgeous the area was and how perfect the weather was for us (while all of you Ontarian's out there had snow, this was what it was like in Alberta. Sorry!)

Lindsay & Bryon are the laid back, loving, fun, adventurous types you want to be friends with. We started off the day at Phil & Sebastian's in the Simmons building, and then drove out to Grassi Lakes for a little hike, and finished our day with a cider and some grub in Canmore. They were excellent tour guides and pointed me in the right direction for basically all the things I love the most: coffee, landscapes, water, food and cider (well. all the things I love the most except Joel. He was stuck in Ontario). I love it more than anything when a shoot never really feels like a shoot; it just feels like hanging out with long lost friends and I just happen to have my camera with me.

Lindsay & Bryon have already made the trek back to Ontario for their Muskoka wedding this weekend. From the sounds of it, everything is coming together just as they'd envisioned with the help of their amazing friends and family who live out this way. Planning a wedding long distance can't be easy, but Lindsay & Bryon made it look effortless.

Joel & I will be heading out early tomorrow morning to meet them at their cottage. I'm SO excited to see you two again!!
xo.f

 

 

Grey County Waterfall Engagement Session | Meg & Scott

I feel like I have been dreaming about this Grey County waterfall engagement session since I moved up here. So here's the thing... I cannot be near any body of water, especially one that moves, without desperately wanting to be in it. It's a problem. Most of the time I can keep that desire at bay, but when there's waterfalls... I mean... c'mon! So naturally when I shoot couples near any body of water I tell them that they're totally welcome to jump in if they want. One day I knew this would work. I wasn't wrong. When planning this session with Meg & Scott, they were completely open to suggestions for locations, but it had to be near water. (People after my own heart) When the idea of waterfalls came up, I jumped at the chance to scout every single waterfall in the area I could get to, and sent over a super long list of options with descriptions about the waterfall, the hike in, etc. Now you know my secret, I'm a nerd & I may have been a tad excited. 
Meg & Scott are adventurous and playful and they kept creeping closer and closer to the water. Scott had this twinkle in his eyes, so I casually mentioned that if they wanted to jump in, they were welcome to, I even had towels in my car just in case. They took a quick second to exchange glances and then they totally went for it. 
It was basically the perfect Sunday. The weather was spectacular, there were belly laughs had by all and we all ended up in the water at some point. Swoon! We started and finished at Joel's winery, Coffin Ridge, drank cider, ate cheese and olives on the patio overlooking Georgian Bay and played in waterfalls. 
More Sundays like this, please. 

Thank you so much for being so brave and adventurous with us, Meg & Scott. Watch out, we may try to get you rock climbing next, Scott. ;) 
Thank you to my second shooter and partner, Joel for being my second set of eyes, a great wine tour guide and our poison ivy spotter.

In the studio with Maureen Patricia - Toronto handmade wedding dress designer

Being on the other end of this whole wedding thing has got seeing things with a new set of eyes. I'm having sit downs with vendors and googling like a crazy person. Turns out planning a wedding isn't easy, especially when you're not planning a traditional wedding. (Mad respect for all of you doing it on your own)

One of the things I thought would be next to impossible to find is a dress designer to alter and mend my 100 year old wedding dress. Yep. You read that right. My wedding dress has had a life or two or three before me. That's one of the things I love more than anything about her, but it does have me being a little more precious about who I choose to work on her. (yes. my dress is a girl) But google's got my back. I've drooled over Maureen Patricia's work before, but didn't realize she works on vintage dresses, so thank you google for connecting the dots between my alteration search and Maureen Patricia! I know my dress is in loving and capable hands.

Maureen Patricia doesn't have a store front you'll walk by on your way home from brunch. She has a glorious, bright studio tucked away in Leslieville. If you don't already know she's in Toronto and making to die for wedding dresses, now you do. You need to put her on your list of bridal boutiques to check out when you're on the hunt. Her work is exquisite and she's the absolute sweetest. I spent some time with her in the studio last month, taking photos while she worked and chatting about work, life and a million other things. The more time I spend with her, the more I adore her, and the more time I spend in her studio the more dresses I want. I can have five wedding dresses, right? That's not excessive?

To book an appointment with Maureen, click here: Maureen Patricia Bridal