I first met Mel & Beth over Skype, their lives a blur of thesis statements and wedding plans, left no time for consultations.
So we met for the first time in the comfort of our own homes, face to face by iPad video cameras.
Even though there was distance, I didn’t feel any of the distance.
I grabbed a cup of coffee and curled up on my coach and we shared stories about each other like we were old friends sitting in eachother’s home.
Mel & Beth weren’t really fancy people. They didn’t like a lot of attention (even though that was kinda inevitable on their wedding day!). They’re laid back. They’re friendly. They’re relaxed. And that was what they wanted their wedding to be like; a giant party. No big to-do. Just friends and family getting together.
They decorated with family photos, fun sayings, oragami storks, and jenga blocks as their guest book so in the future they could play a game that would remind them of the support of their friends and family.
It was a chilly, snowy November day when we met at the George Brown House in Toronto Ontario.
There was a little bit of snow on the ground and a little in the air, but that didn’t stop these two from playing inside and outside the beautiful grounds.
When we last left Michelle and Sonia`s gorgeous Toronto Ontario wedding, they had just had their very first look at each other! Now it was time to relax and have some fun with their wedding party, treasured friends and relatives that were there to share in their day with them…
The wedding party gathered together, ready for the big day…
But they were nothing but smiling faces when that moment came.
I’m incredibly lucky in what I do.
I get to meet fun, enthusiastic, awesome couples and help them celebrate one of the best days of their lives (so far!) together.
I capture the photos of them holding back the tears while they say ‘I do’, laughing hysterically while they trek through a forest in heels (or dress shoes), and slow dancing the night away. I get to be the fly on the wall; an observer of real, amazing people falling in love.
I first met Michelle and Sonia in February at their home in Toronto. We sat around their Kitchen table for a good hour and a half sipping espressos (I had two) and talking about what made them, them.
Other than the extreme caffeine high I got, I got the chance to learn about them.
Sonia is the outgoing, independent, thrill seeker of this duo. She is the one who would invite you to go white water rafting, and even if you were terrified of water, you’d say yes in spite of yourself because she is just too nice to say no too.
Michelle is the… calmer one of the two. She is the friendly, creative spirit who was born to write.
Together they make one of the nicest, most genuine couples I have had the pleasure of meeting. So I was ecstatic when they picked me as their photographer.
Even more so when I found out (closer to the day) that they would be having a masquerade theme at their wedding!
A MASQUERADE THEME!!!!
Below, they prepared for the Masquerade Reception.
…or pick out some of the candy…
I just LOVE the masks they chose!
We managed to get both brides back to back without seeing each other. (It was a feat in itself!)
And slowly they reached backwards and joined hands… waiting for the moment when they’d see each other for the first time…
I have had the pleasure of attending a lot of Weddings over the years. There are a few that stand out in my memory: Masquerade wedding? Super cool. Backyard weddings. So fun.
But I’m pretty sure Shannon and Mandy’s Wedding has now topped the list.
These two devious brides got engaged in secret and then planned their wedding quietly for years waiting for just the right opportunity. It finally presented itself for Mandy’s 40th birthday party.
Friends and family were told that they were showing up for a Surprise Birthday Party for Mandy, but when Mandy showed up to the hall, it was the friends and family that got the shock of their life… There was Shannon and Mandy dressed in full wedding attire with a sign that read… “Surprise, we’re getting married.”
No Birthday party.
A Surprise Wedding.
Oh how they cried.
But they were so happy for them. Faces beamed through the tears everywhere.
And in the midst of it all, these two gorgeous, slightly mischievous, amazing brides pledged to love each other forever.
Their family and friends cried from happiness, a little shock, and from laughing so hard that their sides hurt. They laughed along with these two amazing brides and then they had an amazing party to celebrate two women who just pledged to love each other for the rest of their lives in front of them. And it was absolutely perfect.
I just love a good June Wedding, and M&M’s wedding at the beautiful Old Mill Inn in Toronto Ontario was the absolute pinnacle of beautiful.
Two people, falling in love all over again, on a backdrop of old rustic buildings, gorgeous trees newly in full bloom and a gorgeously lit running waterfall.