Merry nuptuals, sir!

Ok, brace yourself.   This was a 10-hour day, therefore it’s a big preview!

The day was hot, humid and sunny–but I was prepared this time!  Multiple ice packs and a cooler full of ice and water took up the back seat of my car, and the air-con was cranked.  But I really feel for the groom and groomsmen; although quite dapper, they were melting a bit in their black morning jackets and 100% wool top-hats.   Yikes!

But as you’ll see from the preview the heat wasn’t really an issue.  There were smiles all around and much laughter.  It was a lot of fun for everyone and the evening ended with a jumpin’ dance and good-luck rain shower.

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Congratulations Jack & Lynne!  Huzzah!


Stella & Alex

Stella & Alex came to me, via Tiffany at My Charmed Event, anxious to get some specific shots for their engagement and wedding photos.   Fortunately I was able to help and we had a lot of fun shooting their engagements at the beach between Hamilton and Burlington.   They were up for anything; even driving home with wet clothes after a romantic dip in Lake Ontario.  (Is that an oxymoron?  Romantic dip and Lake Ontario?)

Anyway, it was a lot of fun and felt great be able to help out these two lovebirds at the last minute.

See you guys in October!

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The McCleans & Ewings

Last year I had the honour of shooting Tiffany & Scott’s wedding, and the year before, their engagements here in Hamilton!    …and as I type this I’ve discovered that I NEVER did a blog post of their wedding photos!!!!  HOW is this possible?

Anyway–last weekend we all met up again, Tiffany’s family and Scott’s family, for a big extended family shoot!  Tiffany is an event planner by trade, so she brought lots of fun things for everyone to do, eat and enjoy.  She even remembered my big black umbrella that I left behind at her wedding last year!   But she’s also a lot of fun, as was everyone else, so it was a blast working with everyone again.    And how cool is it when two families are brought together like that?

Enjoy the preview everyone!

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These dogs days…

I always enjoy shooting at my clients’ house–it gives me some insight into them and their personalities…and their roommates!

I had a great time immortalizing Sarah & Steve’s vintage wallpaper in their new home, shooting in the 6′ tall grass behind their house and meeting Jackson, their adorable (and obedient!) little Boston Terrier…even if he did try to take off with the ring.

Congratulations guys–see you in October!

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Kate + Craig :: Hamilton Wedding Photography


What a gorgeous day on Saturday out in Old Dundas!  The location, the atmosphere, the decor, the sunshine and the newlyweds–so simple and yet so elegant!

It’s always a pleasure working with wedding planners–saves me the trouble of turning into the wedding planner AND photographer.  A big shout out to Hanna Sinclair from Belle Soiree Weddings (905) 979-1031 for doing such a fabulous job and being so chill all day!  Although I remember her telling me to ‘Run!’ a few times.






The intimate ceremony and reception were held at a friend’s house (eh, hem…estate?) in Greensville, Ontario–pretty much Dundas, ON.  Kate was driven down the long laneway in a vintage car belonging to the owner of the property–although don’t ask me what kind of car it was.   It was maroon.

With the front of the colonial house as the backdrop, Kate & Craig held a quick 10-minute ceremony witnessed by family and friends–some standing in the sunshine, some sitting on chairs or on blankets on the grass.




We had a hoot doing the family photos–know I understand where Kate & Craig get their awesome sense of humour.    And even though we were batting about 50% getting the nieces and nephews to cooperate, Kate managed to handle the chaos with humour and grace.




After the family photos we dashed away to the abandoned old grist mill in Crooks Hallow, Dundas, which, as luck would have it, was just seconds away.   Sadly, that is as far as Lady Luck was going to take us–we were only at the mill for a few minutes before a group of homeless teens showed up, sleeping bags, matches and beer in hand, ready for a wild night.

So we grabbed a few shots then had to take off…because it was weird.




Having not had the opportunity to work with Kate and Craig previously, I was happy to find we all worked together seamlessly and had a lot of fun.   And I was especially happy to do some ‘Awkward Family Photo’ genre shots at the couples’ request.  Oh happy day!  ( Can’t go wrong with peaking around a tree trunk, am I right?)


 

 



The ceremony was held in a large tent on the back lawn of the estate–close to the bustling chicken coop (until sundown, of course, when they went to roost), and near the barn that had been turned into a caterers kitchen for the evening.   It was a perfect marriage of the charm & simplicity of the country with the elegance of modern living.   Even the port-o-potty was elegant…and air-conditioned!






Just as the sun was about to set I grabbed Kate & Craig for a few more shots and they’re some of my favourites.  The dinner had begun, the pressures of the day were almost at an end and we were able to relax a little.




Congratulations Kate & Craig!


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