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.

Miranda and Dave | Scarborough Bluffs Engagement

Sometimes I am just so blown away by the beautiful locations that I get to shoot. This engagement session was a prime example of this. Miranda and Dave chose the most amazing spots for their engagement session. The Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto are a popular spot for photographers and you can definitely see why. Not only did we utilize this beautiful spot but nearby we found an enchanted forest filled with wildflowers. I KNOW! It was crazy stunning. As soon as I arrived I immediately had a heart attack it was so amazing. Plus the light was so dreamy I could hardly stand it.

Miranda and Dave are two of the sweetest people you will ever meet and they are so in love! They met at a church young adults function. It was total fate as Miranda wasn’t even planning on going that night. But destiny is destiny and after sitting at the same table that night there was no going back. This dreamy summer sunset engagement shoot at Scarborough bluffs was the perfect way to showcase their love and they just melted into each other all evening. Miranda was like a long haired mermaid that stumbled upon her waiting prince on the beach.

Arynn Photography | Toronto Wedding Photographer

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

Arynn Photography | Toronto Wedding Photographer 

Zehra and Aasif | Osgoode Hall Engagement

I have never shot an engagement session like this one before. Zehra and Aasif assured me that they were awkward in front of the camera. So many people say this and I have yet to experience that. They were pure naturals. So in love and dancing around Osgoode Hall like a couple of kids. 

Little did I know that Aasif had a little surprise up his sleeve for Zehra. When Aasif had originally proposed, Zehra was just about to leave for Pakistan. He so badly wanted to be engaged before she left. So he gave her a promise ring with the additional promise that an engagement ring was coming. During their session I was told that Aasif wanted  a photo pretending to propose. Little did I or Zehra know, he would pull out that promised engagement ring and present it to her. These are real photos of her surprise! I LOVE IT! 

This shoot was something special and I am so excited for their wedding which is just around the corner. Congratulations Zehra and Aasif. 

Arynn Photography | Toronto Wedding Photographer