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Ken and Katrina | Holland Marsh Winery Wedding

I’m busy catching up on blogging some beautiful 2017 weddings and boy is this one worth the wait. You can see their amazing cottage engagement session here.

Ken and Katrina were married at the beautiful Holland Marsh Wineries in Newmarket. Together they planned a lovely wedding that celebrated their relationship with each other and their friends and family. They are both very close with their families and it was evident throughout the whole day. Katrina wanted to make sure to have special moments with her grandmother and her father and they were some of the most emotional moments of the day.

The rain came and went that day and what came of it were bursts of light and some amazing storm clouds. They rode through it all and took full advantage of the beauty of changing weather. The big, beautiful sunflowers that were sprinkled throughout brought all the sunshine to the festivities. One of my most favourite moments was during their first look. Ken wasn’t sure that he would cry at all and Katrina had been teasing him about it leading up to the wedding. But when he first laid his eyes on her he was instantly overwhelmed and she couldn’t help but laugh at his sweet reaction. It was a true testament to their loving and playful relationship. This playfulness extended all the way through to their dances. Katrina with her dad and Ken with his mom bust out some serious dance moves that would make anyone envious.

This wedding was a joy to be a part of and I’m so excited to share it here today. Now as we enter 2019, these two are expecting twins! I know that their fun personalities will make them the most wonderful parents in the world.

Vendor Love

Flowers | Mid Valley Gardens

Bridal Wear | The Gown Newmarket

Bridesmaid | Bliss Bridal

Decorations | Posh Beyond

Venue | Holland Marsh Wineries

Catering | O’Malleys Catering

2018 Year in Review

During the process of going through all of my weddings and sessions for this year and compiling them into this slideshow, I was struck by the concept of love. There are so many people on this planet but each of us have our core group of people who make up our circle of love. Out of billions we connect with just a tiny portion of people above all others and that is so beautiful to me. Our people who make us feel safe and loved and supported.

2018 was one for the books. I was able to photograph so many people in love. There were intimate backyard weddings, campground festivities, hot Summer days and cool Fall rain and plenty of tears coming from my face. But most of all there were people who said I do to a life together.

This year was a leap of faith. It was the year I finally took my business full time and committed to putting my full time energy into my business. It was a year of change. We moved into our current home, adopted our beautiful cat Livy and I finally saw Wicked for the first time. (I know right, have I been living under a rock).

2019 will be another year of beautiful couples, families all together for maybe the first time in a long time. Two families becoming one. Of precious puppies walking their humans down the aisle, of dad’s tears as their daughters have grown. Proud mom’s as they dance with their sons. Another year of laughter, crazy groomsmen and happy tears. Bring it on.

An Introverts Guide to a Comfortable Wedding Day

Oh my fellow introverts. I feel you and I recognize you. I know you are so excited about your wedding but those feelings of exhaustion are already creeping up on you aren’t they? I mean a whole day surrounded by people, the centre of attention, everyone staring at you, having to talk in front of people. It makes you want to crawl up and become a blanket burrito doesn’t it.

Trust me I get it. I describe myself as a not shy introvert. I can bring it if I need to but Im going to be exhausted by too much human interaction. Don’t worry! There are a ton of ways to soothe your introverted soul and make sure that your wedding is organized to maximize your enjoyment. I am here to help with that.

One | Be honest with yourself, your partner, your family and your vendors about what your needs are and what you can realistically handle. You don’t have to have a wedding like everyone else. Letting your vendors know your limits allows them to cater to you in the best way possible. I know what its like to be introverted. We can break your photo times up so you don’t get overwhelmed or I can make sure that we get you away from the crowds for your photos.

Two | Plan buffer time in your timeline and organize breaks for your mental well being. It is really stressful and overwhelming to rush from one part of the day to the next. Talk about anxiety inducing. Talk to your planner and photographer about how to schedule in small breaks to get away from people and take a moment to breathe.

Three | Consider a first look to assuage any nerves. First looks are a great way to take a breather and be with your love before having to interact with all your guests. I know how much you love your guests but time to yourself is not something to apologize for. It may also allow you to be more vulnerable which will result in truly precious photos.

Four | You don’t have to make a long winded speech. It is always nice to thank the people who are a part of your life and your wedding journey but there are a lot of ways to do that. Your friends and family know you and know if speeches make you break out in a cold sweat. Lean on your partner if this is a strong suit for them. Or write out your thoughts on a printed card that can be left at each seat. Your guests can read your sentiments and have it with them as a lovely token of your appreciation. Or pre record your thoughts and play it on a screen on the day of. Your wedding your way.

Five | Plan the wedding you want to have. You don’t have to dance in front of everyone if you don’t want to. You don’t have to sit separately at a sweetheart table, you don’t have to have a receiving line. You can set up your ceremony any way you want or even get the legalities out of the way in advance and have no ceremony and just a reception. Rock it your way.

In the end being introverted is a part of who you are and your wedding is a reflection of who you are. Your wedding should not be something you dread but something that celebrates your love story. Whatever that looks like.

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Pam and Robin | Road Trip Engagement

I am back on the blogging train! Wedding season can be crazy but you know what makes it entirely 100% beyond worth it! Amazing couples like Pam and Robin. These two are just the sweetest. I never blogged their engagement session and I mean why not? They had the sweetest idea for their session. Something I always tell all my couples is that your engagement session will feel more personal and more comfortable if you choose an aspect that speaks to you and your relationship. With this in mind, Pam and Robin really wanted to incorporate their car into their session. 

They often went on drives together, hung out and ordered take out to eat in their car. When I heard that I LOVED it. There is nothing more real than that. So we headed off to Frenchman's Bay in Pickering to capture some really fun memories. You can really tell through their photos that this is exactly who they are. The two of them loving life together. It was a dream to photograph their love. 

Their wedding was also beyond amazing by the way. Check it out HERE

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Christine and Garrett | Portage Inn Huntsville Wedding

I have been so excited to share this particular wedding. Once you see it you will understand. Everything about Christine and Garrett's wedding at the Portage Inn in Muskoka was a total dream! Christine and Garrett first contacted me by sending me the best and longest inquiry email I've ever gotten that made me beam from ear to ear. It felt right away as if I already knew them. 

The first time they met was at a party. They were both on a semester abroad in Western France. She was Canadian, he American. Her first impression of him wasn't great. She totally thought he was the frat boy type. However, it wasn't until after they left to head home that they started to chat online and after a stint in Asia for her she stopped in his hometown of SanFrancisco on the way home and the rest as they say is history. 

Christine and Garrett knew that they wanted the focus of their wedding to be on their friends and family, so they chose a small intimate wedding in one of the most beautiful settings they could have possibly chosen. I mean will you take a look at those views! 

Speaking of family. Garrett and Christine have the most beautiful little bird named Levi. Having him be a part of their day was so important to them. He hung out with Christine while she got ready and was all too happy to participate in photos. Christine and Garrett, I couldn't have had a more fabulous time at your wedding and I wish you an infinity years of intense happiness. 

Flowers | Seasons in the Country 

Venue | Portage Inn

Dress | Morilee

Bridesmaid Dresses | Renz Rags

Grooms Attire | London Bespoke Club 

Catering | Cakewalk Catering

Rentals | Muskoka Party Rentals 

Arynn Photography | Toronto Wedding Photographer