It was, but it was still great day for Liza & Andrew's wedding at the Gardiner Museum. I had a great time being a Toronto Wedding photographer for the day. When you shoot the wedding of two architects you spend the day around cool buildings. I was in heaven.
Letter-pressed and stamped invitations made by hand:
First stop Liza's parents for getting ready pictures. Liza and the bridesmaids did their own flowers and the make up was done by Al Fortier from A List Beauty.
Second stop (after a little short moment of the small towners getting turned around in the big city...) Hart House at U of T - an amazing space to shoot!
And lastly the Gardiner ceramic museum for the ceremony and food. The ceremony was held in (and catered by) the Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Cafe. The food was brilliant! The turtle tarts put me in chocolate heaven.
The ever beautiful Allison - her wedding was the first professional wedding I ever shot and some of those pictures are still on my business cards to this day. Allison and Ian are getting ready for baby #2!
Thanks to Liza and Andrew (and wee Maeve) for a wonderful wedding.
Beth and I travelled to Bright, Ontario to shoot Lisa and Paul's wedding at their farm. It was a very funny day weather-wise - super hot plus rainy but it was awesome how friendly and welcoming everyone was to us.
I always feel honoured when I get chosen as someone's wedding photographer but it's a bit nicer when your client is a great photographer in her own right.
Thanks to Lisa and Paul and their families for such great day!
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Unrelated Side Note: Bright always reminds me of younger days: Our bus route to Innerkip Public School took us all the way out to Bright and Sarah Jane took figure skating lessons in Plattsville and I used to drive through Bright to pick her up on cold winter nights.
It's a great resource for budget planning - and making sure that you don't forget anything.
How Much Should We Budget for Photography?
Clients often ask the "should" questions - and they are great questions. The thing with weddings is.... (surprise!) they are expensive. It is incredibly important that a bride and groom (or bride and bride, groom and groom) set a firm budget and stick to it. Not only will this relieve some after-matrimony stress from looking at credit card bills but it will cut back on money arguments during your preparations.
Obviously, your total budget is a discussion for the two of you. The best I can offer is a look at what percent of your budget "should" go to photography. Within a tight budget it is often tempting to de-value photography.
Now my bias is pretty obvious, but I firmly believe that photography should be one of your most thoughtful considerations. When you wake up the day after your wedding you will have three things by which to remember the day that you spent so much time preparing and getting absolutely perfect:
the one you wake beside
the ring on your finger, and...
After your wedding day you won't have the flowers or the meal but you will have your photos.
Should the pictures, therefore, be worth as much or more?
On a super hot night in July I became a Cambridge wedding photographer for Jennie & Keenan. We had a hilarious night shooting at the park and by a great old factory in their neighbourhood (call me old fashioned... I LOVE the new Grain available in Lightroom 3!).
Meagan & Scott invited me out to Meagan's family farm outside of Woodstock for fall engagement photo shoot. It was a beautiful day and I always love a change to get back to a farm - such an important influence on my life.
Meagan's dad is a long-time family friend (although I didn't meet her until last year) so that added another really nice element to the shoot. I hope you enjoy them!
If you have an idea for a non-traditional photoshoot for your wedding, engagement or family photo, please contact me. That is the stuff that I LOVE to do. Travis: 519.532.7366 firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy the pictures!
I am so happy to finally put up some pictures of Alicia and Conor's November wedding at the Queen's Landing on Niagara-on-the-Lake. As I said before Alicia is an old friend and canoe-tripping buddy of mine and it was amazing that we were able to be at her beautiful day.
If you look closely you'll see some familiar faces in the shots!
Maybe the easiest way to see the pictures is through the video.
Vendors - Some of the other folks involved in making this wedding so amazing:
I've been on the road a bit this week so I'm sorry that I didn't get this out sooner.
Last Saturday was Angela & James' wedding in Beachville. Angela's mom and dad (Hi Harry & Nancy!) had been working to make their backyard amazing for the outdoor wedding. It was an awesome sunny day. Beth got her first sunburn in a few years.