“Well… once upon a time my sister-in-law posted some pictures on Facebook of myself (Leo) and my niece Carmela . Annalisa saw those pictures and clicked like to them. So my sister-in-law Toula mentioned it to my brother and he was like tell Leo about it! So she did and I decided to add her as a friend. So I started chatting with her a little and asked out to coffee. She said no, so I waited a bit and asked again. She said no. Being very persistent, I asked one last time and she said YES! And the rest is history!!”
“I had the night all planned out….
I had asked her to check her schedule and make sure she had the Saturday (August 8/2015)off. Then I made reservations at Tuscana Restaurant. I had spoken to Jordan the manager there and explained to him that I was going to propose to my girlfriend and told him how I wanted the night to go. Now normally when we go out to dinner we never make it to desert because were to full, so that night I made sure to tell her to save room for desert because I wanted to get something. After we ordered drinks , I got up to use the bathroom and gave Jordon the Ring. We had dinner and everything was going great, drinks were flowing….desert was ordered. Jordon brought out the desert himself with the ring on the plate, I slipped out of my chair, dropped to one knee and proposed. The whole restaurant cheered for us !! it was awesome!!”
As the story goes – Ryan surprised Ida with a romantic private dinner overlooking the ocean in Dominican Republic. The setting was beautiful with the letters L.O.V.E lit up and rose petals scattered everywhere. The plan was for Ryan to propose after the meal and right before dessert but when Ida saw what dessert entailed, she had to have a bite or two and Ryan had to wait a bit longer…poor guy! Ryan finally got down on one knee and asked Ida to marry him. It was a very emotional moment and after Ryan proposed, he loosened his tie and drank his champagne! #therealbestwedding
“We were on a trip in Niagara Falls, and we went on a Ferris Wheel to overlook the falls. At the top of the Ferris Wheel the Beatles song “In My Life” started playing (a happy accident) – and Jim asked me to marry him!”
I love first looks. Gillian and Andrew decided to do a first look at Fort Malden in the quaint town of Amherstburg, ON. If you haven’t been to Fort Malden I do highly recommend a visit. This place was perfect for a first look. We arrived with plenty of time for me to set Andrew in a great spot for Gillian to walk up, touch his shoulder. It was a great moment that they will never forget. The rain held off for us till after we left for the reception at Sprucewood Shores Winery. With luck on our side the sun poked out 5 minutes before sun down. Couldn’t have asked for a better day.
A little story on Gillian and Andrew’s proposal…Andrew proposed on Christopher’s Cove in Newfoundland. Christopher’s Cove is a small piece of land that Andrew’s family has owned for many years. We were visiting Newfoundland for a family reunion. Andrew took Gillian down to the beach on a sunny day and proposed. We then got to share the news with the 50+ relatives who were waiting back at the cottage.
This was the word of the day for Christine and Derek’s wedding. If someone wasn’t having fun, then I’m not sure how anyone could! From the moment I got to Derek’s parent’s place in Tecumseh the laughter never stopped. Their wedding though almost didn’t happen…without going into details a crazy few emails and letters almost kibosh’d the entire day…but like water on a ducks back they took it in stride and kept smiling. No detail left unturned including the possibility of bad weather the newly renovated Restaurant 14 was booked for photos. Beautiful spot and if you want diner with a view – be sure to check it out! With time to spare and the weather on our side we went to Jackson park to continue with some creative photos. No Pokemon were spotted thankfully! The reception was down the street at the famous Caboto club; dinner was good as always. The timeline went so smoothly that DJ PJ got the dance floor rocking by 8pm till the wee hours of the morning I’m sure! ‘
“Derek had been planning to propose for a really long time and had an elaborate scheme that included a photographer and a walk down by the water. Since I didn’t know anything about this, I kept on scheduling things over his plans. Eventually he had to get my mom involved so that he could have a night where it was just the two of us. We went to The Keg, had a great meal, and when the waitress was gone to find a dessert menu, he got down on one knee in the restaurant. I was very happy and our waitress was so thrilled I thought she was going to cry. The rest of the night was spent visiting and calling family and friends.”
Andrew set up the proposal as a complete surprise…
Steph had absolutely no idea – she didn’t even paint her nails! Steph met him downtown in January at the Campus Martius ice rink for some laps. They went skating, and as the zamboni was waiting to come out and the ice was clearing Andrew made her do an extra lap as Steph insisted “they told us to get off the ice!” Then he got down on one knee and asked. There were two secret photographers and a videographer that captured the moment. Afterwards, Steph wanted to call her parents and Andrew said, “Call and tell them, but they are meeting us and my parents for dinner tonight at 7.” To which she responded “But I’m in a tshirt and jeans…” Andrew had a dress, shoes, and jewelry ready for her downtown.
Yvette and Derek knew each other from back in the day so they never really had a first date so she admits.
Having an intimate ceremony at the Art Galley of Windsor was the perfect location for who they hoped would join them on their special day. The day was beautiful, sun shining, little breeze. Tug boat races on the river for Freedom Fest. Couldn’t have asked for a better day. Though there were a couple funny mishaps at the ceremony which you’ll have to ask them the details of.
All was enjoyed at Spago’s where their reception went off without a hitch. Laughter, good music, better food and dancing the night away. Perfect.
Here are some of those great moments throughout Yvette and Derek’s wedding day. Enjoy
Bobby proposed on Aug 30, 2014 while we were on a spontaneous trip to Chicago (now I know why it was spontaneous!). We were walking through Millennium Park and Bobby was bound and determined to find the “Married with Children” fountain. Once we found it, he suddenly exclaimed “wow there are a lot of people over there, lets go over here…” a bit of a tip off LOL. He led me down under a tree right by Lake Michigan and asked me if I could do one thing…take his last name! Then he got down on one knee and presented me with a beautiful ring!
“Ben proposed to me at home in our kitchen. Our kitchen is the place we spend the majority of our time together, so it the setting was perfect. He completely surprised me, especially since I was under the weather on that particular November evening.” Elana.
“Igor and I took our dog for a walk in Ganatchio trail like we always do and as we were watching him swim in the pond igor turned me around and showed me that he had carved “Leigha will you marry me?” Into the tree. And then he had brought a knife so that I could carve yes into the tree.”
Congrats to you Leigh and Igor on such a fun filled day!
2015 was a year to remember. My daughter Charleigh was in the 2 year of her life, enjoying learning, laughing and waving at everyone from cars passing by to the airplanes in the sky. My boy Quinn turned 11 and is the typical boy of that age, loving gaming, hockey, YouTube and his baby sister.
Well enough of the chit chat, lets get down to why you are on my blog – to see some of my favourite wedding (and some engagement) images from 2015.
Sit back, grab a glass on your favourite vino and enjoy some images from the best clients a wedding photographer could ask for!
Jenn and Steve’s wedding day was filled with smiles and laughter. A very joyous occasion as any wedding would be filled with close friends and family. I’ve had the distinct honour to have worked for Steven’s dad, Reggie at his Tecumseh based photo studio; St. Louis Studio many moons ago. So I was even more honored when Steven and Jenn liked my work enough to have me photograph their wedding.
Here are some favourites of mine from their joyous day. I hope these and all the other photos will bring them the memories of how fun this day was from start to finish. I mention this because one of Steven’s Aunts pass away the next day. I learn this from Steven asking if I had taken any photos of her at anytime throughout the day.
My heart sunk for him, Jenn and their entire family. Going through my photos I noticed I didn’t get anything of her that day but I had photography her family months back for a family portrait session and sent them one.
Photography is a very powerful and wonderful thing. The feelings, the memories, the emotion that a single picture can convey. This is why I love what I get to do for a living and why I will continue to do it for as long as I can.
For Jenn and Steven, looking back on your wedding, that feeling, that emotion; will be joyous, love filled. I know in time those feelings will outshine that sadness of that following day.
When Brianne contacted me and asked if we could photography their engagement session in Detroit, my creative thoughts started flowing. I love shooting in downtown Detroit as there are so many little locations to choose from and ones waiting to be discovered. And this is what happened a week before their session. I discovered the Z Lot parking garage close to all the favourite hot spots downtown Detroit. Its now my favourite by far. From the parking garage, its a small walk to Greektown where there is always a buzz and lots lof little hidden spots to get some great images.
I finally had the opportunity to get back to one of Canada’s most iconic locations of this great giant nation. In my mind THE most iconic. Peggys Cove! Just south east of Halifax, the drive takes about 45-50 min down a very picturesque road.
I flew to Halifax on my way to Cape Breton for a wedding a few days later and decided to jump on the chance to see my favourite lighthouse. Arriving to the tiny community around 3 in the afternoon where the lighthouse sits majestically on top of some giant barren exposed rocks I found my parking spot for the day and grabbed my camera. My plan was to spend the afternoon photographing the lighthouse and her community, enjoy some fresh mussels for dinner and catch the sunset. Thankfully the weather was absolutely amazing for it all to come together.
While sitting down about to enjoy those fresh mussels an old friend from Windsor saw on facebook I was there and mentioned he now lives 30 min away with his wife and family. Calum (McPhee) was flying home from his work out west and graciously offer me to stay there instead of me driving to Cape Breton that evening. I jumped at the offer as the thought of driving 3.5 hours on the trans-Canada at night wasn’t really appealing compared to 30 min up the road.
By the time the sun was almost on the horizon the amount of people had tripled along with the amount of tripods. I found my location(s) where I thought was the best angle, just due west of the lighthouse on a low outcropping of exposed rocks. Thankfully there wasn’t the amount of people like there was on the main rocks as myself and just one other photographer from the UK enjoyed this pristine spot.
That other photographer did take a huge chance venturing onto some of the (not so safe) black rocks to grab another angle. Which you can see in one of my photos. Shaking my head my thoughts went back to a young fellow from my home town of Smiths Falls, ON how just a few months prior got hit by a rogue wave while on some of these black rocks and was swept away. Very sad. Even worse is that he was never found. There are warning signs saying not to go onto these black rocks for the potential of getting swept away by one of these waves is good. Yet all day I saw people from all walks of life, all age groups doing just that and taking that huge risk.
It was a beautiful day, beautiful location, beautiful sunset. If you ever have the chance to see this part of our great country of Canada, don’t hesitate. Go see it! And I recommend the fresh mussels!