Vanessa + Aaron :: Royal Botanical Gardens + Scottish Rite Wedding :: Hamilton, ON

I don’t even have words–I think the volume of photos kind of indicate the kind of day Vanessa & Aaron’s wedding was like!

Busy but fun, crowded but happy, colourful but coordinated, long but good.

Girls getting ready at the Ewen’s home in Ancaster:

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CEREMONY

At Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington

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Wedding Party Portraits

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So many nooks and crannies to have photos taken at the RBG!  Poor Aaron…all he wanted was a freaking sandwich.

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RECEPTION:

First dance was held in V’s favourite room at the Rite—the round room.  Although, I’m not sure that’s it’s technical name…

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Wedding Party Introductions–after a quick wardrobe & hairdo change by the sexy bride!

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Parent Dances–Vanessa and Mr. Ewen first followed by Aaron and his mom–who looked so petite in his arms.

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Congratulations Aaron & Vanessa–it was such a fun journey working with you two lovebirds!

You really know how to throw a party too :)

xoClaire

Ladies Hair: Jess DeCoste  at Hair N Sink
22 Buchanan Drive
Caledonia, Ontario N3W 1H1

Bride’s Bouquet: Cultivar

Fresh Flowers: Blooms and Blossoms

Bride’s Wedding Gown: Bridal Dream Dress

Bride’s Reception Gown: Mack Tak Mart

Ceremony Venue: Royal Botanical Gardens

Reception Venue: Scottish Rite

Decorator: Taylor Made Memories

Cake: Shirley O’Reilly

The Collaboration :: Vintage Wedding Dresses :: Hamilton Wedding Photographer

For those of you who have been watching the excitement on Facebook or Instagram a few weeks back a bunch of us got together and shot a vintage wedding dress shoot!

It was organized by me but after that I just let everyone do their thang, and these are the gorgeous results!

The only drawback was that there were TOO many photos…

 

Below are two installments of four dresses.  I’ll post the other half on Friday!  Stay tuned…

And check out what Jane & Hollie of White Elephant are saying about the shoot here at their blog.

 

And I want to show the credits here and below–so you don’t miss it!

Wardrobe + Accessories: White Elephantwhiteelephantvintage@gmail.com

Flowers:  i fiori by Beverly Zaruk

beverly@ifiori.ca

Hair & MU: Aimee Carreen Stricker

aimeecarreen@gmail.com

Event Styling: Bre of Breanna Black Event Planning + Designbre@breannablack.ca

Model Styling: White Elephant + Claire Dam Photography

Photography: Claire Dam Photography

info@clairedamphotography.com

Assistant: Maria Simmonds

And special thanks to Ashley, Frank & Bruce at 270 Sherman!

 

 

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Jewel tones of green are THE colour of 2013!

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Another adorable cocktail wedding dress with the sweetest little collar and metallic details in the fabric.

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Check out that hair-piece by Bev at i fiori!!!!!  Dying!

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A sweetheart neckline for a sweetheart.  Wedding dresses don’t have to be white.

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In case you missed it above–here are the members of ‘The Collaboration’

Wardrobe + Accessories: White Elephantwhiteelephantvintage@gmail.com

Flowers:  i fiori by Beverly Zaruk

beverly@ifiori.ca

Hair & MU: Aimee Carreen Stricker

aimeecarreen@gmail.com

Styling: White Elephant + Claire Dam Photography

Photography: Claire Dam Photography

info@clairedamphotography.com

Assistant: Maria Simmonds

Justin + Jen :: Steam Whistle Brewery :: Toronto Distillery District Wedding

I had only met Justin and Jen once before their wedding day–and it’s always a little unnerving to show up cold at a wedding without much of a relationship with the clients.  But with Justin and ‘Jenner’ and the entire wedding party I was instantly welcomed into the celebrations!

I only wished I’d had the opportunity to hang out with them before the wedding :)

GETTING READY!

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It was a party!   The girls got ready all in one room at the Residence Inn.

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I love how Jen is both unafraid to be a little goofy and just kinda gorgeous!   My favourite kind of lady.

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Final touches…

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CEREMONY:

St. Mary’s Parish on Bathurst

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PORTRAITS:

Liberty Village, Toronto

The girls were troopers!  It was about -17 C that day and those girls were so cooperative dropping their shoulders and not ‘huddling’…too much.

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Second stop–to warm our skin and our bellies!

The Brazen Head, Liberty Village

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RECEPTION:

Steam Whistle Brewery

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COCKTAILS + DINNER + DANCE

Jen and Justin started their reception off a little differently and I REALLY liked it!    After guests did a shot before entering the receiving line, they introduced the wedding party and went right into one big dance and invited up all the guests!

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THE DANCE!

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Congratulations Mr & Mrs Van–it was truly a pleasure working with you, your families and friends–however brief.

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 Make-up artist: Natasha Apostolidis from MAC

Hair: Bruna Mata

Flowers: Jo-Anne Sexton

 Dress: Paloma Blanca

Caterer: Food Dudes   (these guys were amazeballs by the way!   The servers will remember me as the photog stuffing her face with little burgers.)

Cupcakes: Prairie Girl Bakery  (also, SO yummy!  Loved the bride’s cupcake: vanilla cake + REAL strawberry icing.  SO GOOD!)

Jen & Dave :: WEDDING! :: Windsor, ON

It feels like FOREVER ago that Dave and Jen got married…oh wait…it WAS!    Since they got married a few days before Christmas there was a few weeks of holidays for me and then my husband and I bought a house and sold our house just in the last couple weeks.  Poor Jen & Dave have had to wait this long before seeing their full preview.  :(

But it’s here and it’s a HUGE preview!  (Can I post them any other way?)

GETTING READY:

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THE TWISTED APRON:

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RECEPTION:

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Congratulations Jen & Dave!

*Did you know you’re six times more likely to experience feelings of contentment by leaving a comment below?  It’s true.  The University of Be-Kind-Leave-A-Comment did a study recently and they’ve concluded that it’s nice, not only for you, but for the author of the blog, if you…

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BRIDE’S HAIR: Renata Spatafora from Rouge Salon and Spa (3090 Dougall Ave, Windsor, 519-962-3000),

BRIDE’S MAKE-UP: Freelance MUA – Mariane Roberto (marianeroberto@hotmail.com,  519-980-6672)

FLOWERS: Country Flowers and Gift Shoppe

CAKE/CUPCAKES:  Sweet Revenge

WEDDING GOWN: Elegance by Alfred Sung

RECEPTION VENUE: St. Angela Hall

RECEPTION DECOR:  It’s A Swanky Affair

Special Thanks to: THE TWISTED APRON

Alex & Karen :: TORONTO WEDDING :: Liberty Grand, Toronto

It’s been a while since I’ve been over this collection from Karen & Alex’s wedding–yes, this is a catch-up post from July.  Eh hem.    But these photos really made me chuckle–at the time they were taken, while I was editing them and again while I was preparing this blog.    Karen & Alex, and their families, are the most joyous, playful, fun-loving, dancing-singing crazies I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.   (See their Niagara engagements here: http://wp.me/p11Fk8-WC)

There were definitely some lovely, tender moments–but overall this wedding was such a celebration, on both sides, and this was evident by all the dancing, singing and laughing.  My cheeks are hurting.

Thank you to the Liberty Grand–such a lovely venue with outstanding staff.  And thank you to my assistant Rita and my 2nd shooter Hollie<3.

(If you were in charge of flowers, or the cake or the venue let me know and I’ll add you to this blog!)

*Please leave a note that you were here–I’d love to hear from you!*

The ceremony was held in the courtyard of the Grand Liberty just as the sun was starting angle in on its descent–so there was some unavoidable dappled shade here and there, but overall everything just glowed!

Everyone took their cue from the B&G and danced down the aisle at the end of the ceremony!   A very fitting way to end the ceremony and start the celebration!

But before we got into the reception there was a traditional Tea Ceremony for the B&G and their parents and grandparents.  This was my first Tea Ceremony–and it was lovely watching this tradition unfold.

 And before we launched into the portraits with the wedding party we snapped a few shots with the bride in her new gold jewelery–a traditional wedding gift from her new in-laws.

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The reception!

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Began with dancing, of course!

And singing…

And shockingly hilarious speeches…

And embarrassing speeches…

And more singing!

Finally, we ended with a romantic first-dance for the B&G followed by a lively parent-dance!

How cute are all these guys, hey?  It was as much as joy to photograph their entire family as it was to be part of the celebrations.

Congratulations again Karen & Alex.

I pray you’ll laugh that hard together every day!

Leave me a comment!!!  HI-YA!

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Bre & Josh’s Monstrous Teaser :: Norval & Hillsburgh Ontario :: GTA Wedding Photographer

Let me start off by saying yes, this teaser from Bre & Josh’s wedding is massive!   I just couldn’t help myself–there was too much goodness to cut out.  And you should see how many were cut!   I have a problem…

Anyway, this is Josh & Bre’s wedding from a couple weeks ago out in Noval & Hillsburgh (near Erin)–it was a gorgeous DIY country wedding held at Norval Presbyterian Church, home to the (very) late Lucy Maud Montgomery (authoress of such institutional Canadian classics as Anne of Green Gables), then it was off to Hillsburgh to the bride’s family home for lawn games, cocktails and eventually, the reception!

But let’s start with the gorgeous girls all getting ready–seriously, what a stunning wedding party!

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(The above shot is for your Dad, Bre.   Tell him if he ever wants to get rid of another one I’d gladly take it off his hands…)

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Next it was off to Norval where a moderately late ceremony kept the guests guessing (and sweating a little…).  But it was all worth it seeing Josh’s face as his bride walked down the aisle with a huge grin on her face.  Love that.


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Did I mention is was hot in there?  Un petit peu…   But the guys looked equally hot and cool in their grey wool suits.

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Yay!  They’re married!   And it’s cooler outside than inside–yay!


First stop–a glowing wheat field that was, until just hours before, blowing softly in the breeze.  What you can’t see is the huge red combine that I’ve strategically hidden behind Bre’s dress.   Too bad the field was harvested THAT morning, but still a gorgeous backdrop–I’m glad we chose to stick with the plan.

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A few shots in the field and we were off to the 2nd last location–a friend’s property close to the reception in Hillsburgh.   This property really had it all–a pond, cool old out-buildings, lots of greenery and the perfect field for a pillow fight…

Thanks again to the owners who were SO accommodating and helpful before, during and after our shoot there.  We couldn’t have created these stunning shots without your hard work!

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I love this group shot–I love the set up, I love the greenery creeping in at the sides, I love the upside down row boat, and I love their smiles most of all.   There were laughing at ME at the time, (and my fancy there’s-a-deerfly-up-my-skirt dance) but I’m willing to pay that price for genuine smiles.

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Finally the part of the shoot we’d most been looking forward to (or I had, at least): the pillow fight!     I read Bre’s mind when she asked if we could set up a bed for part of the session–and later while I was daydreaming about their shoot I thought a pillow fight would be super fun–especially with the sun coming in behind them like that.  Ah…golden hour.

Thanks again to Bre’s friend (I forget your name!) who did the staging for us!

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This is one of my favourite shots of the entire day–such contentment and love and playfulness.

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We had to spend a little time pulling most of the feathers from between the layers of Bre’s dress–but as I said then: if you’re going to have anything trapped inside your dress, falling out during the evening…you want it to be feathers.    And it was so worth it.

The reception was held in the lovely backyard of the Stevenson’s–and I know it took a lot of hands and many hours to turn it into a reception venue, but wow, did it ever glow!   You all really thought of everything and I know all of your guests (and some of your vendors) really appreciated and admired your hard work and vision.

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Even though it wasn’t technically dark enough for sparklers–it seemed fitting to try anyway seeing as Bre & Josh were going to make their getaway at the end of the evening through a shower of sparklers.  And since I wasn’t going to be there for their getaway I wanted to try and recreate it a little.

Finally–a little down time in a swing under a big ol’ tree.

You two were so much fun to work with–it really was a dream come true working with like-minded people who brought their own flair to the table while also wanting me to add my flair too!    And after all this editing I feel confident we achieved something really awesome.

Congratulations Bre & Josh!

Chris & Monika Say ‘I Do’ :: Balls Falls Ontario :: Niagara Wedding Photography

Chris and Monika’s wedding was about as much fun to shoot at as I had imagined.

We had had a great time doing their engagement session on James St N in Hamilton–you can see their engagement session here–so I was anticipating good things for the wedding day!

Their lovely escarpment home was a hub of happy activity as the girls and some relatives got ready there–at the same time their backyard was being transformed into a cheerful reception area!   Yet the mood was nice and laid-back (for most of us–I can’t speak for Monika’s dad :)

All the day-of coordinating was in the control of the very capable Hanna Sinclair of Belle Soiree Weddings which allowed Monika et al to really enjoy the process of getting ready–as you’ll see below.  Lots of big smiles!

The ceremony took place in the quaint little white chapel at Balls Falls Conservation Area in Grimsby with a familiar comedian/minister.   This is the second time I’ve worked with this guy and he is a hoot.

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After we did some family shots and a quick wedding party set-up we drove to my studio at 270 Sherman and completed the wedding party and B&G shots there.   The lot itself is full of character and provides lots of fabulous, rustic-urban backdrops.

Yeah…I’d want to marry her too.  Look at that smile!

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After shooting outside we moved into the century-old warehouse space at 270 Sherman.   It was steamy hot in there but everyone was 100% cooperative and patient all in the name of creating epic wedding photos.   I feel like we succeeded.

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We took refuge from the heat of the warehouse on the roof of the building.  You can’t get more industrial-looking than sitting on the edge of a historical warehouse roof with the smoke-stacks of East Hamilton in the background.  This is how we rock ‘n’ roll.

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Yeah, she wore those gorgeous kicks all day.  Feet of steel!   And they look incredible.

Even though the original lift wasn’t operational on the weekend we still managed to get some really moody, atmospheric shots.

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After wrapping up at the studio we busted it over to the reception–at Chris & Monika’s stunning home on the escarpment with a view of Lake Ontario in the distance.  (Thanks to my assistant Rita for getting most of the fish-eye shots!)

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Monika and Chris really were a perfect couple to work it–they had an eye for fashion and style and a desire to create some really beautiful, unique photography…not to mention they are both lovely people and really nice to look at.

Thanks for the pleasure of working with you both–congratulations Mr & Mrs!

Claire + Mark’s Sunny Ontario Wedding :: Toronto Wedding Photographer

Poor Claire and Mark–they had a heck of time having their engagement and wedding photography done!  On the day of their Ontario engagement session the weather was freezing cold and miserable :(   But we managed to get some really romantic and playful shots–see here.

Then their official wedding in Tofino, BC was rained out–heavily–all day!  Yet they came back with some really, REALLY stellar shots.   Then on the day of their Ontario wedding reception last weekend the weather was threatening but held-out and even gave us some really glorious golden sunshine at the end of our session together!

So, in conclusion, Claire and Mark look good no matter what.   They were such excellent clients in less than ideal circumstances–and you’ll see from their photos that rain or shine they make each photo glow.

Congratulations!!

We shot all of the family and B&G stuff at Adamson Estate in Mississauga.  Wow–what a gorgeous location!  It isn’t a secret that it’s gorgeous either–we were competing for spots with three other wedding parties!  But thankfully we were mostly on our own for most of our time there.   If you’re ever in the lakeshore area in Mississauga you must check out the Adamson Estate!   (Oh and be sure to investigate the Pet Cemetery there…creepy/adorbs.)


Finally we let poor Mark and Claire head back to their reception at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Mississauga where a huge 10-course feast awaiting them and their lucky guests!

And according to Chinese tradition–the couple made their way to each table to toast their guests–fortunately there were only 12 tables or so or else I would have had one drunk couple on my hands!

Finally we finished up with some classic sparkler and umbrella shots–I love shooting at night :)





JD + Jessica :: Hamilton & Niagara Wedding Photography

Yay!  Finally the blog post for JD & Jessica’s happy wedding day!

The entire week before the wedding the weather had been shockingly lovely–I personally found it creepy how warm it was, but I think I’m the only one–yet come Saturday, poor Jessica and JD had to endure a pretty bitterly cold afternoon.  Thankfully it was very sunny, so that kept us warm while we shot outside…except when I posed them in the shade.  I’m such a jerk.

1st CRC on Hess and Charleton was completely packed as Jessica walked down the aisle to a heavenly string quartet and met JD at the end with lots of grins.  (My personal favourite way to be at the end of the aisle, by the way.)

JD signs the marriage license as a candle in memory of his mother burns in the foreground.

After family photos there was an incident involving a firmly planted foot and Jessica’s train.  Fortunately women are industrious and it wasn’t long before the significant rip was being mended and Jessica was able to grab a drink and snack.

Then we make the short trip to Melrose United Church on Locke St. for some wedding party photos and bride & groom shots.   So thankful that my assistant Jeremy was able to join me–because even though the sun warmed us up, it also cast some nasty harsh light.  Poor Jeremy spent most of the time on a ladder with a gigantic diffuser blocking the sun.  Everyone needs a Jeremy.

What an elegant wedding party, hey?   Despite the chills this group held it together and their patience and cooperation paid off in a lot of great shots.



After a drive to from Hamilton to Copetown, we all warmed up a bit and were able to give a little more outside.  I had scouted out this beautiful old bridge in Copetown and knew from many other shoots in that area that we’d undoubtedly get catch some trains in our shots.  We also caught the golden glow of the sun bouncing off the rails–it was pretty spectacular.


Congratulations JD & Jessica!   You were patient in love and patient in picture-taking–and the fruit of that patience cannot be valued.

Amy & Harry :: Hart House Wedding : Toronto Wedding Photographer

Well, the day a lot of people have been waiting a life-time for finally arrived yesterday!  One of the only girls in a lineage of mostly boys tied the knot in an intimate and romantic ceremony much to the delight of the generations before and after who rarely have to ‘give a daughter away’.

Amy & Harry didn’t exactly say ‘I do’ in their traditional Greek ceremony, at least out loud, but their grins and eagerness to hold hands said it for them.

It was such a pleasure be a part of Amy & Harry’s wedding–it was thoughtfully simple, intimate and elegant.  Amy’s non-traditional soft-pink dress was definitely a highlight of the day–meeting somewhere between antique romance and modern elegance.   And her inclusion of mementos, family heirlooms and photographs was a special touch that successfully included those who had passed–recently and a long time ago–but who had a part in Amy & Harry’s lives and hearts.

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Congratulations you two!

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