Martha and Vainatey’s wedding at the Willistead Manor in Windsor was a delight to capture. For so many reasons. It truly felt like a dinner party with family members and friends, where everybody gathered to share in the couple’s loving energy, enjoy great conversations, watch a perfectly crafted magic show and laugh lots. I was particularly touched with a couple of details: Martha wore her grandmother’s dancing shoes and, last but not least, the couple made each other’s wedding ring! The wedding ceremony was quite unique and filled with great humour.
I had a fantastic time and I hope the photo collection below radiates the colours of such a splendid late October day.
M&V: wishing you much happiness in your new life together, thank you for having made me a part of your day! Best, Manuela.
Many times I feel that my camera is an extension of my soul. Emotions may often be a bit hard to convey. The lens gives me the chance to paint the world I see in my own colours. This also allows for connecting to others on a different level. It is always such a privilege!
I cherish all the opportunities my craft is offering me. I have clients turned friends and I am humble for the chance to tell their stories through images. Especially whenever I know they will be shared for generations. I photograph weddings, then the same couples with their babies, so I become part of their families.
Mona and Emon’s story is exactly this, I was fortunate to be called upon to capture their wedding down South back in 2011. We have enjoyed some wonderful moments together since. Now, their life together is even more rich due to the presence of a little,wonderful person: their daughter Layla.
She just turned 2 in August, I simply love this stage and I am honored to capture her growing up.
Enjoy these colourful fall photos we recently took in the ever picturesque High Park. I loved watching Lyla enjoy the world around her…playing with leaves, feeding ducks…ever little new detail made her giggle
Last month I had the pleasure to photograph a beautiful wedding in Niagara on the Lake. It was truly emotional for me to be there for Adina and John’s Romanian Orthodox wedding ceremony, held at the quaint Pillar and Post. It offered me the creative opportunity to capture beautiful elements so very familiar to our culture. The couple chose to hold their reception on the iconic Prince of Wales hotel‘s premises. Even though rain was in the forecast that day, we still had some incredible sunny breaks and enjoyed ourselves out in the field. Fun couple and entourage!
Adina and John, hope you will enjoy this photo montage, may it remind you of a gorgeous day spent together.
Big Congratulations and may your married life be nothing short of joyous!
Karmen and Saro are extraordinary people and their connection is inspiring. They decided to celebrate their love with an elopement at Casa Loma in Toronto. Witnessed by their parents only, they were married at this gorgeous venue, where photo taking is simply bliss. I could not get enough of the setting, we explored the castle inside and out and made full use of its unique architecture and surrounding gardens.
Karmen and Saro, know that being there with you was an absolute pleasure and I wish you all the very best in your life together!
Martha and Vainatey are a lot of fun. They are to be married in a month and I look forward to it.
Enjoy this series of colourful engagement photos taken in the always lovely Churchill Park, an oasis of green and secret pathways.
M+V, I look forward to seeing you again soon! Manuela
Not only she bred the Havanese, but she had stunning Bernese mountain dogs and even three Gypsy Vanner horses on her property!
Needless to say, my trip up and our visit a while back were a true delight! I had the pleasure to hang out with Pieternella’s animals, learn about her amazing work, while getting to know her as a person. It was simply rejuvenating and inspiring to meet a wonderful, passionate, dedicated and humble human being who loves her furry friends from the bottom of her heart.
And their connection made many of the images below.
After having bred a few golden retrievers, Pieternella’s daughter introduced her to the wonderful Bernese mountain dogs about 15 years ago. Pieternella fell in love with them and decided to focus on this breed. Bernese dogs are prone to many health issues. Passionate and knowledgeable, Pieternella had searched worldwide for lines to help reduce some of the problems and to achieve a look closest to the original: strong, stocky, thick boned. So she went all the way to Europe!
It is not a big surprise to see Pieternella today surrounded by all her animals. Encouraged by her daughter and following her own inquisitive spirit, Pieternella decided to try breeding Gypsy Vanner horses. After a trip to Europe, where she had attended specialized fairs and learned about the gypsies and their horses, she brought back three beautiful ones who have been with her for the past eight years: Jella, the stunning stallion and two beautiful, kind and gentle mares: Dream and Shireen. Even though they are not bred any longer, these three hang out happily and freely in the pasture, enjoying their lives.
Back to Toronto’s majestic Hart House, this time for Anita and John’s wedding. What a delight!
They celebrated with a lovely luncheon and, as I expected, they could not stop laughing throughout their day. They even giggled during their ceremony, which was so much fun to see! Their exuberance said it all: deeply in love with each other, they could not wait to share their joy with the people dearest to both of them. At the end, we accompanied them along the Philosopher’s Walk, leading to the Intercontinental Hotel, where the newly weds got to relax, and enjoy the beginning of a new, exciting chapter in their lives.
Anita & John, may your joy remain intact for years to come, have fun together and just keep on loving life! Manuela & Co
Photographing expecting women is truly very special and humbling. There is a particular energy around a first time mother, a sense of initiation into the realm of a different kind of love. The body is wrapped in so much mystery, anticipation, excitement, emotion.
Even though I did not have the pleasure to meet her until the shoot, Sherry is no stranger. I have photographed her husband’s brother’s wedding and growing family and was very pleased when she contacted me. We connected easily while sharing such an amazing moment in time. Due very soon, she looked gorgeous and glowing.
Sherry and Richard, I look forward to meeting your baby girl, big congratulations and all the very best!
Meeting Annie was truly serendipitous. We had a very good initial connection and later she introduced me to her husband to be, Doug, so we can all have a chat about their day. I simply loved their energy together, I felt as if I was talking to friends I have not seen in a while. Their decision to work with me on their day brought joy to my heart, given their event very much appealed on many levels. The couple had planned for a beautiful, elegant and low key wedding luncheon downtown Toronto, one of my most favorite areas for weddings.
Their choice of the Park Hyatt as a venue was brilliant on all levels, convenience included, as the couple had to only cross the street after their church ceremony.
I really enjoyed being there and recall walking home feeling light, cheerful and energized by a group of people with so much zest for life, good humour and a good party in good company.
Annie + Doug: wishing you all the very best, I hope you will enjoy some fantastic laughs for years to come!
Big Congratulations to a lovely couple: Mitra and Bilal, having brought two very rich cultures together during their rich celebrations.
They got married on a cold, rainy Sunday in May but that truly did not matter. Their smiley faces in the photos below stand as proof for the great time these two have shared with everyone around.
Umbrellas out, jackets in between shots, we made it work. Mitra was such a trooper, it surely was not easy to face the weather adversities in that lovely gown, yet one can’t really tell the cold was slowly getting to her. What a day!
M+B: wishing you only joy and many wonderful moments shared from now until the end of time! Hugs, M.