Toronto City Couples

An Intimate Affair | Catalina & Sami

Intimate weddings like the one I'm about to share really do something to my heart and soul. Maybe it's because my own wedding was itty bitty, or maybe it's because there are only a handful of people who hold such intimate affairs, that when I do get to be a part of these kinds of days, well, they just feel extra special.

Catalina & Sami were all smiles from the first moment I saw them each on their wedding day to the moment I said my goodbyes. I started the day with Sami (as much I love bride prep, I also really love groom prep and get excited on the wedding days where both are on the schedule for me), then headed to the private golf club where Catalina got dressed. Each little event was laced with moments to remember. Calm, intimate, giggle filled moments.

The ceremony was complete with their pup as their ring bearer, cultural traditions, laughter, tears and beautiful & totally personal vows. After their kiss, they walked down the aisle right into their first dance as their family gathered around to watch. There were no cell phones distracting anyone, everyone was completely present. You could feel all the emotion in each person who was honoured to share in their special day.

Weddings don't always have to be big events where you rush around, or things are overly drawn out. Sometimes it's just short and sweet, where everything flows into the next thing and everyone is present the entire time.

Now don't get me wrong I love big weddings too, but these intimate affairs really melt my heart in a way I just can't stop smiling about!

PS. in case you are wondering about the gorgeous blooms that add so much beauty to this wedding, which you should because they are STUNNING, they are by my girl from Hunt & Gather

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Love at the Broadview Hotel | Melissa & Aubrey

My husband travels a lot. Like a lot, a lot. He's not always put up in the most lavish or glorious of overnight accommodations. Sometimes, when I get to tag along, and it's not in the tour bus that we, out of our own free will, choose to cram ourselves into the same teeny tiny bunk, but a hotel room, with a big bed, those crisp white sheets, and the option of room service, I get pretty excited. To be completely honest, I'm a sucker for it.

Recently, in the east end of Toronto, a new spot opened up and let me tell you, it's one of the sexiest hotels I've seen and I couldn't be more excited about it. And yes, it was originally Jilly's.... if you don't know what that was, do yourself some Toronto research! And some rooms still have poles in them which make me giggle!

Location is everything, and with weddings, if you are gonna have your prep covered, why not have it in a sexy as hell place that adds so much to your photos? OR, if you don't want to do a home-shoot at home, but maybe give yourself an excuse to escape the every night routine, why not shack up somewhere extra special with your love!?

And, that is just what we did with Melissa & Aubrey.

With one week left to their wedding, both very busy jobs going full force, and a huge to do list to do, I thought why not create the opportunity for them to have a little "couple time"  and escape without really going very far at all. So we booked a room at The Broadview Hotel and planned their engagement shoot there.

When I think of Melissa & Aubrey, I think of a glass of Lagavulin 16. Their notes are complex - smoky, sweet, and strong.

These two are no fuss, just chill & cool vibes. They spent most of the time during the session just conversing about things that make their blood race and minds adventure. They exist together in this way that while motivating and pushing the other to go further with the subjects they cover, they also bring out the best in one another. They play. They laugh. And they love in this beautiful unapologetic way that makes your heart know they are just perfect for each other.

These kind of sessions ignite my soul and heart. And I totally fall for these kind of couples cause they really are my kind of couples.

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Abigail & Chris | An intimate tent wedding by the water

Abigail & Chris | An intimate tent wedding by the water

Abigail & Chris celebrated their love by the water's edge at their family cottage with all of their favourite people. It was one gorgeous day with a sunset to inspire all the love letters in the land.

Kelly & James | A Prince Edward County wedding at Crystal Palace

Kelly & James |  A Prince Edward County wedding at Crystal Palace

This past fall on a chilly, but sunny weekend, in Prince Edward County, the wedding of Kelly & James warmed everyone's heart. These two threw quite a shindig, complete with endless charcuterie, magnums of Norman Hardie wine, sushi, a band that brought down the house and some of the best dancing I ever did see, especially from the groom. There was laughter and there were tears (only happy, feel it in your heart tears) and it was one of those weddings you'll just never forget.