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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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.




More wedding party portraits:

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Just a little more of the handsome bride and groom.   Romance……….DSC_7619-EditDSC_7658-Edit DSC_7636-Edit DSC_7646  DSC_7808-Edit


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…






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




  V’s brothers sing grace…it was very solemn.   ;)  DSC_8363 DSC_8387 DSC_8402 DSC_8446 DSC_8460 DSC_8510

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

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Uh oh…the DJ gets everyone going.   The groom was digging it.DSC_8733 DSC_8737 DSC_8741 DSC_8742 DSC_8759 DSC_8590

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

You really know how to throw a party too :)


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


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:

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!)

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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.











The reception!


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!

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