It’s been a whirlwind summer for this wonderful couple!  Katie and Tony planned a seaside wedding in Italy celebrating his family heritage, and a beautifully intimate reception in a place where their relationship first began.

Katie was so lucky to be able to put on her wedding dress for a second time!  And the two of them together couldn’t stop sending loving looks each other’s way every time they were in the same room.  We had a beautiful late afternoon in the gardens doing couples and family photos, and then moved on to the reception where their guests were treated to a video and photo presentation of their week in Italy and highlights of their wedding day.

Don’t they make a fabulous couple?

xx’s and oo’s

Judy

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Planning your wedding locally can be a stressful process, but my couples who plan from a distance always have even more stress I’m sure.  I can’t imagine what it must be like selecting vendors and trying to make plans without being there personal to oversee everything.

When Zoe and Pete contacted me about photographing their Royal Botanical Gardens wedding, it was all the way from Australia! They had wanted to share their day with immediate family here in Southern Ontario, and Zoe had chosen the secluded Laking Garden to hold their ceremony.  I was so excited to be a part of their intimate wedding day filled with bright sunshine.

Zoe incorporated many English/Australian traditions into her day, including carrying horseshoes for good luck along with her bouquet, and having children as her bridesmaids, including their adorable daughter, who couldn’t give her mom and dad enough hugs and kisses as they celebrated.

While Pete kept his eye on the time, Zoe and her little girls enjoyed being barefoot on the garden grass.

 

xx’s and oo’s

Judy

 

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The bride has an infections smile and laugh.  The groom is an artist and DIY pro who designed and freehand created almost all of the wedding decor.  Together, they’re a selfless couple that gave their time and talents every day to help others.

It was no surprise then that they chose one of Toronto’s most hidden away small wedding venues – tucked between busy Queen Street and the Grange Park area behind the AGO.  St. George the Martyr Church was filled with vintage florals, linens, and babies breath.  Their family style BBQ reception was filled with toast and speeches from their friends and loved ones.

Because of their involvement in the L’ARCHE community, Hannah and Matt opened their wedding o making sure their community friends were included in all parts f the day, from the interpretive dance at their wedding ceremony, to leading out dancing to “The Hustle”

Hannah and Matt asked several of their LARCH community family to do an interpretive dance to poetry during their ceremony.

After the vows, Hannah and Matt showed their devotion by washing each other’s feet at the altar.

St. George the Martyr borders along Grange Park, just behind the AGO.  We started wedding party photos first, and then wandered down alleyways right across from the church.

Loved this impromptu version of ” I Want to Grow Old With You” from the movie The Wedding Singer.

xx’s and oo’s

Judy

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Sometimes are the most beautiful wedding days don’t have a lot of sun, but the threatening skies didn’t stop Michelle and Michael’s wedding day at the Royal Botanical Gardens here in Burlington from being full of family traditions and wedding party fun.

The day started at Michelle’s home in Burlington where her family shared traditions with her parents, sister and grandmother.

 

Before we left for the ceremony, Michelle’s family performed a traditional Polish wedding blessing for their daughter.  It was simple and sweet, and there were lots of happy tears.

Michael and his guys shared lots of funny moments at RBG for their photos!

Michelle and Michael chose Hamilton’s St. Stanislaus Catholic Church for their traditional Polish wedding mass.  St. Stanislaus is one of Hamilton’s oldest churches, and the inside is filled with Eastern European style and tradition.

After their ceremony it was off to Royal Botanical Gardens for family and wedding party photos.

Michelle was a stunning bride!

Showers never stop romantic wedding day moments!

xx’s and oo’s

Judy

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Summer in Northern Ontario is the perfect time for a wedding, and being asked to travel to Iroquois Falls, Ontario to capture a small town Ontario wedding first-hand was an honor I won’t soon forget.

The day started bright and sunny, and absolutely perfect for Jen and Joey.  I loved the fact that they wanted to take care of all their photos before the ceremony.  Being so far north, they knew that there would be little sun time left after their late afternoon mass at Sainte Anne’s Catholic Church.  After their first look outside of the bride’s home, we moved on to family photos at Anson Memorial Park.  From there we toured around the quiet downtown streets finding wedding party photo opportunities, and a fabulous little secluded place for a quiet bride and groom photo moment.

Jen and Joey, it was such a treat to be able to join you and your families for a taste of small town Ontario hospitality, to learn about northern Ontario wedding traditions, and to be there for your beautiful day.

xo

Judy

 

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