- Tuesday, July 4, 2023
S and J were excited to have a very downtown Toronto wedding. They met lindy hop swing dancing, as you may recall from their engagement photos. They incorporated loads of fun cultural elements into their celebration and some goofy ones too. I was thrilled to see the unique and wonderful Medusa band when I arrived. They provided a beautiful soundtrack for the ceremony and cocktail hour on the fiddle, cello, and nyckelharpa.
The officiant was a progressive Christian minister who incorporated Islam on her side and Judaism on his.
Before she waltzed down the aisle, S surprised J by having one of their friends dress up as a lion and sneak up behind him as the band played music from the Lion King! At the reception, they Lindy Hopped their first dance, did a choreographed Bollywood style dance, had a Balfolk dance lesson and several Balfolk dances that followed, and of course, they did the hora!
One of the things I love most about being a Toronto wedding photographer is getting to experience so many wonderful cultures!
The festivities began with a Mehndi (henna party), which was great as I got to meet some of the other guests first and get my own henna done.
- Thursday, June 1, 2023
We decided on cocktail-themed engagement photos because this couple loves drinking them together. I knew the light was nice and the cocktails were great at Bar Pompette so we started our session there. The next day, I learned that Bar Pompette was ranked #15 of the 50 best bars in North America!
We walked down College St. chasing a sunset, which disappeared too quickly but managed to get some nice photos outside of Revival.
Michelle’s brother owns 2Cats Cocktail Lounge on King St. W., so we finished the night off with some more photos there. In case you’re wondering, we didn’t start there because it is super dark and always packed. I felt like I was at a wedding when we were at the bar, because so many popular songs I often hear at weddings were playing.
Considering how much fun your engagement session was, I cannot wait for your wedding!
- Friday, May 12, 2023
Alysia and Alex decided to do couple photos at The Guild Park and Gardens. The first wedding blog post I ever did was due to the fact that I was so happy with a wedding I photographed at The Guild Park in 2007. The Guild Park is a great place for weddings and portraits because it features lots of nature, an Arts and Crafts style manor house, and a sculpture garden. In spite of living and working in different cities, Alysia and Alex met at work in 2020-she worked in the Toronto office and he worked in the Montreal one.
- Thursday, May 4, 2023
I was so excited when Victoria and Andrew suggested we do their engagement photos at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, because I have been to several swing dances there and it is a super fun place to dress up, take photos, and pretend it’s the 1940s! Andrew is in the infantry of the Canadian Forces, so it was only fitting that we did some photos in front of a Canadian Forces airplane. Look closely and you will see that his blue shirt features tiny airplanes! I love that they did 3 outfit changes to match their surroundings, and they brought Portuguese/Canada and Ukraine/Canada flags to pay homage to their heritage.
- Friday, April 21, 2023
Mike and Erin decided to do their engagement photos at Cherry Beach because they frequently walk their dog there. They met through mutual friends, who hosted a dinner party so they could meet without telling them that was the purpose of the dinner party! A month later, they separately volunteered to help that friend build a tiny home. They bonded on the 7-hour round-trip carpool ride and have been together ever since!
- Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Dawn and David were excited to do their engagement photos in Kensington Market. The last time I did engagement photos in Kensington Market, it was 2009!
Dawn and David still joke about how after their first date, he left to go and buy comics. Fortunately, she totally understood and they have happily been together for 5 years!
Kensington Market was ridiculously crowded but we walked a little farther down the street and there was a gap in the hordes of people. I asked them if any place around there was special to them and she said, “Yes. We have been on a few dates at the Pow Wow Cafe. They have the best Indian Tacos! My family is Metis and I have tried to make them myself, but his are better.”
I haven’t tried hers, but I’ve also really enjoyed the ones from the Pow Wow Cafe at both the Mariposa Folk Festival and The Stan Rogers Folk Festival!
Since Kensington Market was so crowded, we decided to go around the corner and take some photos at the local comic book store. I already knew David liked comics because of their first date story, but Dawn does too! She was even wearing a Sailor Moon pin on her jean jacket. Note: Masks are required in-store, but they made an exception and allowed us to quickly take some photos.
- Friday, April 14, 2023
Lynn and Kyle suggested we do their engagement photos in Liberty Village. It was a beautiful, sunny day but much colder than we expected! These two were a traveling power couple as they met in Dubai, where she worked as a flight attendant and he worked as a chef. Now they are both settled in Toronto.
- Thursday, April 6, 2023
I knew I was going to have a fun time photographing Marc and Maya when they suggested we do sporty engagement photos.
We were initially going to take the photos close to Humber Bay, but the field there was soaking wet, so we pivoted and took them at Jeff Healey Park instead. This new location worked out great because it also has tennis courts and is located in very close proximity to Tom’s Dairy Freeze . Maya grew up eating ice cream at Tom’s Dairy Freeze, so we incorporated that into our session too. Scroll down to see the excitement that happened at Tom’s!
- Friday, March 31, 2023
I was delighted when Dianne contacted me to photograph the momentous occasion of her father’s 80th birthday celebration in Etobicoke. It was the first family gathering they had in a long time and it was definitely the type of gathering we all missed for the past couple of years.