I’ve been photographing Sheri’s sweet family for the past several years now.  She’s fun, creative and always comes up with awesome plans for our sessions.  Her girls are the sweetest things, and it’s been such a treat to watch them grow through their high school and university days.  This time though, Sheri wanted to celebrate her anniversary milestone, and planned the family session as usual with one little twist – she made arrangements for renewing her wedding vows, without telling anyone she did it.  So we planned the session to give her time to tell her girls and ask them to be their ‘daughter of honour’.  And then she popped the question to her husband Mike – under the same tree where they had first had photos taken on their wedding day.

After happy tears and surprised looks, the two of them renewed their vows at the lakefront gazebo in the same park that means so much to both of them.

Love – love – love surprises!!!

Here’s a look at their sunny and fun morning in Centennial Park in downtown Oakville.


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I absolutely loved spending time with Kathy and Herb on their sunny wedding day.  These two share so many things in common and love to spend so much time together.  Their intimate wedding at the Burlington Golf and Country Club was so friendly and inviting.  Along with closest family and good friends whom both have shared for so long, they had a wonderful late afternoon first look and ceremony, then on to cocktails and a laughter filled dinner evening.  It was a perfect fit for them.  And what a beautiful night to be along Lake Ontario and Hamilton Harbor!


Wedding Photographer: Judy Jakusz Photography

Officiant:  Anne Blinch of White Orchid Wedding Officiants

Venue:  Burlington Golf and Country Club


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Even at their engagement session, Denise said the she had always imagined a wedding along the water.  She got her wish with a bright and beautiful late afternoon wedding in the sun along Lake Ontario.

Their casual and personal patio wedding was held on the patio at Bronte Harbour Banquet and Conference Centre.  After the ceremony, everyone gathered for a fun and casual cocktail reception at the Compass Patio Bar.  With the huge window views, natural light, and simple, modern decor its a room that looked beautiful with Denise’s choices of pink and fuschia flowers, and outdoor lanterns.


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We’re now into February, and it’s safe to say this winter has been the mildest we’ve had since moving to Toronto.  Instead of spending it inside wishing that the weather would be better and dreaming of Spring for outdoor sessions, I’ve been loving the idea of taking my family sessions outdoors.  No need to worry about being so bundled up no one can move!

Having Marcie’s beautiful family maternity session outdoors was just a treat!.  We tried several dates before Christmas, and through none of those dates did Toronto have the amount of snow we both wanted.  With her due date getting closer, there was no way we could go on much longer, and the dreams of a dusting of snow were quickly going out the window for this maternity session.  Then wonder of wonders — snow — in just the right amount, and a warm enough day that coats weren’t required!

Love this beautiful maternity session so much!!  And can’t wait to meet your beautiful new little girl!

xx’s and oo’s



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New Year’s Day – a time to celebrate change and look forward to what’s coming in the next 365 days.

What better way to celebrate than to ask someone to marry you?  I personally think that’s pretty romantic, but throw in the fact the proposal is taking place at the annual Oakville Polar Bear Dip, a Canadian guy is asking a Florida girl, and that girl has never experienced winter in Canada – let alone decided to brave heading into a freezing Lake Ontario….. well, you’ve just upped the adventure factor exponentially, and created a perfect photography scenario.

That’s exactly what I thought when Matt’s inquiry came to my inbox a few weeks before Christmas.  He had all the details planned, he had the plan down, and he knew she’d say yes — after I knew all this, how could I refuse!

Mind you – this was my first time out at this annual event too. ( The closest this Cali girl has come to a polar bear dip is to watch the evening news reports.)  Fortunately, this winter has probably been the best of any since I’ve arrived here to spend an afternoon at the lakefront.

Matt and I had worked out all the details about meeting, so I tried to blend in with all the other photographers and locals at Coronation Park that afternoon.  I didn’t want Andrea to get too suspicious as to why I kept taking photos of them, so I kept my distance, which was great because it was so fun to document the two of them together just having fun.


Matt had told me they were entering the costume contest, in case you don’t remember or haven’t see the movie Castaway – think Tom Hanks and ‘Wilson’.

There was some tough and creative completion out there.  Cute kids, the New Years ball, Star Wars movie characters, the Oakville Piggy, and the Santa Gang including their pug.




But in the end Matt and Andrea WON! …  And were surrounded by even more paparazzi who wanted to get their photos and story.  This afternoon was getting even better…

Afterwards, it was time to get into the water, and it was announced that the mild weather had brought out over 800 people to take the dip…

Yes Andrea – you really went into Lake Ontario, and I don’t even want to know how cold that water was!

Finally, it was time to get dried off and changed, and then time for the real reason I was there.


Loved so much that Matt did it all perfectly as big flakes of snow started to fall…

He got down on one knee, told Andrea how much he loved her, and asked her to marry him!  Which took her completely by surprise.

And he had a photographer there to document it all (yaay!) – exactly what he knew Andrea had wanted.

She said yes — but of course we knew she would  😉

So that’s the story of one very happy New Year’s Day 2016 ….

Thanks so much Matt and Andrea for letting me be there to shadow you and capture this moment in time for you.  And if your wedding plans include a big adventure – you know I’m your girl!  🙂

xx’s and oo’s










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  • January 10, 2016 - 8:10 pm

    Mike Hopkins - This make me very happy for Andrea & Matt.

    Good stuff recorded and posted on this site.ReplyCancel

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