Friday Favourites. Once or twice a month I am going to share some of my favourites with you. Favourites like my favourite place to grab a coffee, my favourite spot to escape to in Toronto, a favourite florals arrangement or local florist, my favourite band or current song on repeat, the best piece of wedding advice I can offer, my favourite boutique/shop, even a favourite beauty product that really has become a beloved part of my daily ritual. And also of course someone I find inspiring. I hope you'll enjoy!
It's been over a year since they said 'I do' and their love just seems to get stronger, and steamier. Over coffee & chocolate covered almonds, on a chilly spring morning, I visit with these two souls in their cozy aparment. They reminisced about their relationship, talked about the future adventures and spent most of the morning entangled with one another. At home sessions make my heart warm and happy.
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.
Sarah & Jeff's city wedding had all the fixings for a sought after day. From the 'to die for' blush dress and stunning florals, to the old Rolls Royce for cruising around as newly weds, to the nicest people that filled up the room with laughter, these two had it all and I couldn't be happier for them!
The Love (Actually) Exhibition is a show I'm curating at the Gladstone hotel for the month of February aka Love Month. The show features the work of 30 photographers in the Toronto wedding community as well as a list of the other magical wedding gurus that were a part of each wedding that the photo comes from. The show focuses on the love and happiness during weddings as seen through real moments.
Love. Feel it in your bones kind of love. Make you want to get home just a little quicker to see them kind of love. Can't help but smile your silly face off at dinner across the table at them love. Hold on just a little longer or have one extra goodbye smooch in the morning kind of love. This love, this is what it's all about.
Although most people know me as a wedding photographer, I also spend so much of my time photographing other chapters in people's lives. From maternity sessions, newborn shoots and even birth photography. From first smiles to crawling, then walking and then of course having their parents chase them around the house with absolute delight; covering these moments in all their beauty is some of the most rewarding work I do.
A little look into more than a few of the weddings I had the honour of being a part of in 2016. It was the biggest year in my career and one with the most amount of heart. I am so thankful for each one of my couples who trusted me with their love story.
On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 I married my best friend. Our wedding day (well, wedding week kind of, but I'll get to that) was the happiest time in my life. We were married in High Park in front of our closest friends, family and Lucy, our pup. It was more than anything I could have imagined.
I love open windows and loud music. I love the smell of rosemary, baked goods and lavender. I’m an excellent parallel parker and it takes me almost 6 hours to finish a cup of coffee. I am a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter, an artist, a woman, organized chaos, and I’m proud of the life I’ve built. I love deeply, I give my trust too freely (I’m working on that one), I love adventures and being at home with my husband and dog. I’m ordinary, but different. I’m kind, but I’m definitely a firecracker. I end most weddings at home in the bath with a whiskey on the rocks. I’m married to the most kind, weirdest and most handsome musician of a man and I get excited just coming home to see him. I dig creativity, laughter, honesty and just enough sarcasm. I admire people who aren't afraid to love, who kiss passionately and who open their hearts to the right people.
I think putting the things that you hope for into the universe is something that everyone should do. They say only those that believe in magic can see it. I think the same goes for those that wish, maybe those wishes just might come true. Here are some of the wishes I have and a few of the items off my Bucket List or 101 list.