Evelyn & Josh'sAnniversary Session in NiagaraNiagara, Ontario

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ANNIVERSARY SESSION

Let’s talk about Anniversary Sessions for a minute. A session that’s much like a beautiful engagement session but rather than celebrating your engagement your session is now back with a celebration of the year(s) you’ve been married and madly in love. A session that celebrates your marriage, your commitment beyond the “big day” and reminds us of the continuing story of your daily life after “I do”. It’s so beautiful when you look at it that way. It makes me wonder how Anniversary Sessions are second only to weddings! I myself was guilty of this for some years. Emma and I were married for 5 years before we had someone other than us photograph us and that was simply because we were expecting our little Zoe.

As life goes on, as our marriages grow in years and couples become families, let’s not forget that photos are the memories of those stages. Our kids won’t remember what we don’t photograph for them, and our adult memories are never as good as we think they are. Emma and I have now committed to documenting our lives and growing family on a minimum 3 year basis with a professional photographer. Meaning every 3 years we celebrate our Anniversary with a professional photo session not shot by me! We want to remember our lives well, we want to remember our kids lives well, and we want our children and grandchildren to know the life stages we lived together. I’m talking about creating images that mean something and will stand the test of time. Not images that live and die on you cell phone, social media account, or hard drive. Pictures that are viewed, loved, and remembered.

Evelyn & Josh are these people. Evelyn is a phenomenal film photographer herself and knows the value of my rant above. Here’s a little insight into our time together in Niagara last year.

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If you yourself have been putting off doing an anniversary session or it’s simply been 5 or more years since you’ve really created portraits of you relationship or family, I urge you to consider doing something about that! The future you will regret not investing in these moments. You’ll never look back on your 25th wedding anniversary and say to each other: “you know what was a bad investment… that anniversary session we did for our 5 year and those family photos we got of the kids”. Never. Almost everything you buy in life is temporary, images are forever. Think about that now, so the future you doesn’t need to regret the passed years.

James & Karen'sGrand Victorian Wedding with Reif Estate WineryAs Seen on Vineyard Bride

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Grand Victorian Wedding

Welcome to the mini insights of James & Karen’s stunning Grand Victorian Wedding day! Honestly, this has to be one of our favourite weddings in Niagara to date. I know it seems that all weddings in Niagara lead to incredible wedding photos but this wedding had something special to it! Not only were James & Karen the most kind groom and amazing bride but the entire atmosphere created by the Grand Victorian in Niagara on the Lake perfectly lined up with who they were as a couple. It’s hard to even start. I think a lot of brides have their own dream and vision of perfection for their day, but often it’s tough for bride’s to channel that into the full execution of creating that perfect day. I think it’s safe to say that Karen & James did a pretty good job, so let’s use their wedding to lay out a few tips for every bride to beautifully execute their dream vision for their wedding day. Let’s start with the venue. A Grand Victorian wedding is for couples looking for the perfect combination of an elegant wedding design combined with that down to earth friendly cocktail hour vibe. It carries all the beauty and grandeur that a wedding day demands without any of the arrogance. For me a wedding a couple looking for this harmony can’t go wrong with the Grand Victorian on the Niagara Parkway. Let’s also talk about the florals. K&J didn’t skimp on their wedding flowers, and it paid off. I feel like flowers are often the untapped x-factor that many couples miss out on. Do yourself a favour and meet with a quality wedding florist and let me consult you on what they see for your wedding. Shout out to my girl Melanie from Lush Florals who totally killed it at K&J’s Grand Victorian Wedding. Thirdly, light. If you want great photos to remember the day by I’d really recommend choosing a location where natural light is an option. Good light, good photos.

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Cocktail Hour Oysters – Tide & Vine  |  Florist –  Lush Florals  |  Venue – Grand Victorian  |  Dinner – Robin Howe Catering  |   Rentals- Southern Charm Vintage Rentals – Entertainment –  Mashed  | Late Night Food: Jonny Blonde | Entertainment – St. Royal Entertainment – | Makeup: Lucky Bromhead – Hair – Justin Rousseau

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Audrey & Jonathan's Dundurn Castle EngagementA historically modern Hamilton engagement

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Dundurn Castle Engagement

Audrey & Jonathan’s Dundurn Castle Engagement session in Hamilton really changed my perspective of this location! I’ve heard many photographers don’t really like Dundurn Castle as a photo location but I’m here to say I think it’s one of the not-so-hidden gems of Hamilton for engagement and wedding photos! As with most shoots we do (spoiler alert) the weather isn’t always as nice as it seems in the photos. We had a blistering hot day and poor Jon was in some slick looking attire that was definitely too warm for the comfortable smile he had on! Honestly, for engagement and wedding photos in southern Ontario, you always have to be prepared for some intense weather! This should be a comfort to know though that many of the engaged or married couples on our blog here didn’t have the “perfect day” for their wedding or engagement photos. In fact, most of them didn’t have ideal weather, but with the right attitudes approaching less than desirable weather and temperatures any couple can get incredible images from their engagement session. After all, engagement photos themselves aren’t hot or cold themselves!

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Sarkis & Louci'sIntimate Flamborough Hills WeddingA creative with heart

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Sarkis and Louci’s Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club wedding elopement was an absolute pleasure to photograph. Everything was designed by wedding planner Anna of Spunky Saphire Events and we were honoured to be chosen as the fine art wedding photographers to capture the beauty this amazing team put together! Anna had her own wedding at Flamborough Hills which may have had something to do with the incredible wedding venue being chosen for this event. The remarkable floral arbour was designed by Fleurish Design Studio, a Niagara based wedding floral studio that’s definitely worth checking out. The harvest style reception table was set by Warehouse 84 as well as our good friends at Simply Beautiful Decor. Also both awesome Niagara based wedding rental companies. The wedding invitations and stationery were designed by Deandra of Simply Sealed, and the makeup and hair were done by Love Me Makeup. And the 3 tiered wedding cakes were made by no other than Hamilton’s own Marcia of The Dessert Room.

If you enjoyed this shoot you may also enjoy the wedding flowers of our latest fine art wedding photography workshop, also done by Niagara florist Jessica of Fleurish Design Studio.

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