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Toronto Wedding: Liza + Andrew

It was a rainy day in pizza-ville...

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:

a beautiful wedding invitation shot by Toronto Wedding Photographer Travis Allison

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.

a beautiful bride's makeup by Toronto Wedding Photographer Travis Allison a palette of makeup set up for a bride The father of the bride holds a small dog while the bride is getting her make up done The mother of the bride gets her bracelet done up by one of the bridesmaids a beautiful wedding dress hangs in a window surrounded by Christmas decorations beautiful black bridal shoes outside with boughs and red Christmas balls A large engagement ring hangs from a pine bough above a red Christmas ball A beautiful bride poses by a brick wall in her dress and white mink shawl a black and white full-length picture of a beautiful bride in her long dress and white mink shawl a bridesmaid poses outside in winter in her beautiful black dress and fuchsia shawl a bridesmaid at a wedding poses outdoors in her fuchsia shawl and black dress a bride and her sister, the maid of honour, pose with their heads together in a backyard in Toronto

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!

A bride and groom pose together in a window of the University of Toronto's Hart House A bride and groom pose together in a window of the University of Toronto's Hart House A bride and groom pose together in a stairwell of the University of Toronto's Hart House A bride and groom pose together in a stairway under a light at the University of Toronto's Hart House A bride leans against the rail of a stairway at the University of Toronto's Hart House A bride and groom pose together in front of a fireplace at the University of Toronto's Hart House A wedding party with bride and groom pose in front of a fireplace at the University of Toronto's Hart House Handsome best-man in front of a fireplace at the University of Toronto's Hart House  a handsome groomsman in front of the fireplace at the University of Toronto's Hart House a groom smiles while standing in front of the fireplace at the University of Toronto's Hart House The bride, groom and their bridal party pose on chairs at the end of the fireplace room at the University of Toronto's Hart House A groom, leaning on a grand piano, and groomsmen pose together in a window of the University of Toronto's Hart House

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 groom, surrounded by his groomsmen and holding his daughter, watch the bride coming down the aisle at Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Café The bride and her parents come down the aisle during an evening wedding at Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Café The bride and groom exchange their vows in front of a Christmas tree in this evening wedding at  Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Café The groom wells up during the exchange of bridal vows at Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Café a bride and groom stand in front of a giant Christmas tree exchanging their vows in Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Café the bride and groom have their first kiss in front of a giant Christmas tree in Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Café The bride and groom have their first kiss in front of a Christmas tree in this evening wedding at Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Café

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!

former Subtlevox photography bride, Allison, at the evening wedding at the Gardiner Museum

The groom's grandfather after asking the blessing for the meal at the Gardiner Museum The groom poses with friends at an evening wedding at Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Café the groom's siblings gave them at road trip care page during their wedding speech at Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Café a smiling bride and groom laughing at speeches at Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Café the groom's sister holds up his Cub Scout shirt covered in badges at Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Café The bride and groom's first dance at their wedding at the Gardiner museum The bride and groom dancing in front of their wedding guests at Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Café a little girl in a pink dress dances with her parents in Jamie Kennedy's Gardiner Café

Thanks to Liza and Andrew (and wee Maeve) for a wonderful wedding.

Bright Wedding: Lisa + Paul

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.

Printable Wedding Budget Worksheet

Wedding Budget budgeting worksheet to help plan for a wedding

My friends at WeddingFavours.ca (you should see their Ingersoll show room!) have just posted a printable wedding budget worksheet on their blog.  Click here to download it for free.

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:

  1. the one you wake beside
  2. the ring on your finger, and...
  3. the pictures

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?

Woodstock Engagement : Lisa + Paul

It is great being a Woodstock wedding photographer. This town is full of old parks with lots of trees (and the shade necessary for a mid-day shoot) and some brilliant old Victorian architecture.

I just saw Lisa's picture from their honeymoon in Italy and that reminded me that I hadn't yet posted these picture from their engagement session.

Enjoy!

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Cambridge Engagement : Jennie + Keenan

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!).

London Wedding : Colleen + Dave

Our good friend (and former summer camp nurse), Colleen, got married at the Idlewyld Inn on the first of May. It was really nice to get to meet Dave after hearing about him for so long!

It was a great spring day (not too hot) and everything was VERY green - a great backdrop for wedding photos.

What do you think? Let me know your favourite picture in the comments.

I must say, I really enjoyed the Idlewyld and the back courtyard was a great place for a small wedding. Thanks for having us over, Christine!

Rural Woodstock Engagement Photoshoot - Meagan & Scott

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 travis@subtlevox.com. Enjoy the pictures!a couple walks through a cornfield outside of Woodstock, Ontario.

a young couple kissing on a country lane outside of Woodstock,  Ontario. This is their engagement photoshoot.

A young couple having their picture taken for their wedding engagement. Walking through a cornfield outside of Woodstock, Ontario. Pictures by Subtlevox Photography by Travis Allison

A young couple having their picture taken for their wedding engagement. Walking through a cornfield outside of Woodstock, Ontario. Pictures by Subtlevox Photography by Travis Allison

A young couple having their picture taken for their wedding engagement, inside an old barn, outside of Woodstock, Ontario. Pictures by Subtlevox Photography by Travis Allison

A silhouette of a young couple kissing in an old barn for their wedding engagement, outside of Woodstock, Ontario. Pictures by Subtlevox Photography by Travis Allison

Alicia & Conor's Wedding

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.

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Vendors -  Some of the other folks involved in making this wedding so amazing:

Flower Design - Pauline Vanderkuip from My Bouquet Floral Design

Officiant - Rev. Derek Rymarchuk from Abba Ministries of Canada

On a personal note...

Thank you all for your patience - I am starting to feel much better these days.   Very happy to pick up a camera again!

Angela & James' Wedding

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.

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