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.



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!


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.




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.



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.


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!)






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!


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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