James & Diana'sRavine Winery WeddingWedding Prep at Woodbourne Inn

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Something I like to spend time writing about here for our wedding and engagement session posts is featuring wedding venues, and offering real wedding tips for wedding’s in Niagara. Today will be no different as we’ll be featuring Ravine Estate Winery as well as the Woodbourne Inn. Okay, so without a doubt Ravine Estate Winery is one of Niagara’s top wedding venues to host your wedding. It’s truly an all in one location in the heart of St. David’s. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is incredible, the staff is professional and friendly and it’s surrounded by some of the most beautiful Bed & Breakfasts in Niagara for any out of town guests (or for your lovely bridal prep). James and Diana hosted their vineyard wedding at Ravine and rented out the gorgeous Woodbourne Inn for their family and friends to stay from out of town. What an incredible way to celebrate together; with family and friends all getting ready under one big beautiful roof. I honestly can’t say enough about the Woodbourne Inn. It along with a few others make up the best prep locations in Niagara, especially from a wedding photographers perspective. If you’ve never experienced a wedding at Woodbourne Inn or even stayed a night there I would highly recommend it! (Check out this shoot that also took place at the Woodbourne Inn earlier if you want to see more). The Woodbourne is located just around the corner from Ravine and makes for the ultimate prep, rehearsal, or even honeymoon location for any Ravine Winery wedding.

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Speaking of sunsets, a Ravine Winery wedding is never complete without capitalizing on sunset photos during golden hour. Here’s a small set of images from our sunset photos with James & Diana.

To view more Winery Weddings check out this wedding, or click here. To see another Ravine Winery weddings click here.

Vendors: Prep & First Look: Woodbourne Inn, Ceremony, Reception, & Catering: Ravine Estate Winery, Florals: Lush Florals, Decor & Rentals: Simply Beautiful Decor, Hair & Makeup: Allure Hair & Makeup, Entertainment: Liquid Entertainment

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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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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A Film Workshop for Fine Art Wedding Photography

Fine Art Wedding Photography is a new branch of wedding photography that’s hard put your finger on yet so sought after by many industry professionals these days. The phrase coined by world renowned fine art film wedding photographer Jose Villa has taken the wedding photographer world by storm in just a few short years. Changing (and elevating) yet again the new norm for what wedding photography should strive to accomplish.

Fine Art Wedding Photography aims to take on more than simply documenting the wedding day. It strives to go above and beyond what even our bride’s and grooms are able to experience themselves on the day itself. The fine art approach tells the story in a way that soft, beautiful, truthful, and romantic. This new approach aims to create a cohesive collection of imagery that not only tells the story of the day but brings you back to that moment. It sounds cliche I know but it’s the truth.

So how does a your run of the mill digital photographer accomplish this? Here are a few quick tips for how any photographer can adjust their shooting style to fit the fine art wedding photography niche.

1. I believe that true fine art wedding photography must be (at least partially) captured on film. I’m not saying you can’t achieve a fine art look to your wedding photos while shooting digitally, but I am saying that the difference is real, and if your attempting to get that “look” without at least a few film shots as reference you’ll be in trouble. Film brings a life and colour to your images that digital just can’t deliver. The tones, the emotion, and the story it tells is a huge factor in “bringing you back to the moment captured”. Film is key to creating a fine art wedding photography look in your work.

2. I believe that the fine art wedding photographer has a changed mindset and approach to both his/her work and the way he/she tells the story in front of them. This is a little harder to put your finger on. One way in which this statement manifests is through posing & guiding your couples. Finding the right light and posing your couples to look their best in said light is completely necessary to creating the look you’re going for. Yes, there’s a new level of creating that usually needs to take place when transitioning to the fine art approach.

3. Thirdly I believe that a fine art wedding photographer needs to care about their work and their couples. I think most photographers care about their work and couples but transitioning to a fine art approach and applying steps 1 and 2 aren’t easy, or cheap. It’s very expensive to take on film and it’s a ton of work to learn how to fully grab hold of all that it offers. Diving into fine art weddings looks great in the end and the beauty definitely justifies the work in my opinion but it is work, a lot of it. Quite honestly, I still think I could be making more money shooting digital than film, and I’ve been doing this for a few years now. Putting your portfolio ahead of your businesses ultimate final dollar count is necessary for a transition to film. I don’t know many who haven’t had to pay out of pocket film costs to get to where they wanted to be. 

I hope that helps! If you’re a photographer reading this an you have a deep urning to see your portfolio grow closer to that of the fine art look, let me know! I’d love to chat with you and see if maybe a mentoring session or workshop (^^^) would be an awesome investment for you! Here’s a link to a previous workshop we ran earlier this year! If you’re a bride reading this, I hope you learned a little about what we do and why we do it!

A special thank you to all the vendors who made this Andrew Mark Workshop possible: