Sandra and Sean chose the Grand Palladium resort in Jamaica for their destination wedding. I was super excited to learn that I was going back to a place already so familiar and where I knew what worked fabulously in terms of photo taking.
Not to mention that I was received so well there and recognized a few of the staff members I met last year while staying at this great resort. Yes, I was slightly disappointed not to find ‘my’ read tree at Sunset Cove anymore and I learned it only blossoms from February to June. But still, the sunsets were amazing and I still very much enjoyed swimming into them. To the point where the beach guards told me one time :” You are brave, we do not like going in there when it gets dark!…”.
This was one of those great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this island some more. And I thank Sandra and Sean for having chose me to capture their wedding day.
Just a few days before our trip, I learned that Sandra was 5.5 months pregnant. I have to say, she looked absolutely stunning and glowing in her wedding gown. This made it all even more special and I am sure, more emotional and memorable for the parents to be.
Walking down the isle while pulling some cool dance moves, Sean was the soul of the party: fun, upbit, ready to have the time of his life with family and friends. And I got a fair share of that!
Sandra and Sean, thank you again for making me a part of your destination wedding celebrations, be very well and please keep me updated with your baby news! Best, Manuela
Almost same time last year, I finally got to meet Lindsay and Rob for a fall engagement shoot. Up to that point, we have been corresponding but never saw each other. We started spending time together and I knew this was going to work just fine between us and more so, we would enjoy the shared experiences to a high extent. The couple chose the quaint Inn on the Twenty in Jordan, Niagara for their wedding day and they clearly were so very inspired to do it. The day was glorious, with impeccable temperature, blue sky painted with a few puffy clouds here and there and of course, with that warm, golden afternoon fall light which makes everything glitter. The most amazing natural backdrop for a couple of people so in love with each other, continuing on their path of joining their lives in high commitment. Beautiful, just like their families they are coming from. Not only I was impressed with the two of them, but loved their parents, grandparents, siblings, everybody else they chose to surround themselves with and share such memorable moments in time. A pleasure to witness, an honor to create some visual records for years to come.
It truly was a joy to be there with them, among ripe grapes hanging heavily in vineyards, a symbol of such abundance which I hope will pave their future.
Be merry always! M
Jen and Mike celebrated their wedding over two bright and beautiful August days. It all began with a colourful and very detailed Hindu ceremony and continued on next day with a great party at Toronto’s St Andrew’s Club.
Easy going and laid back, the couple looked like they enjoyed every moment of their great events.
Jen and Mike, I would like to congratulate you one more time and wish you lifelong happiness and abundance on all levels. Sincerely, Manuela.
Last time I saw baby Ada, she was in her mommy’s belly. I had the chance to meet her and decided to put a few photos together quickly, given she just turned 2 months old today!
I wanted to take this opportunity to wish her many beautiful months and years ahead and congratulate her dear parents, Nupur and Mervin, for having brought such a healthy beauty into the world.
See you all soon, big hug! M
I am sure many of you can already tell…I am behing with blogging. Between my wedding clients and my most recent equine adventures, time is getting thinner…as much as I would love to keep on posting fun images, I simply can’t get to it…not sure about you, but I certainly feel the weeks are getting shorter
On a positive, happy note, Jennifer and Mike are getting married…on Friday. I am really happy to know them. A few weeks ago we had the chance to spend a few fun, relaxed hours on Toronto’s Centre Island. What a great time that was! Going to the islands is always refreshing. They provide the perfect escape from the city, while being so very close. Yet, once there, I always feel removed, on a different plane. We surely enjoyed this mini adventure.
Jen and Mike, I will see you very soon and this will continue. Hugs, Manuela
Needless to say how excited I was when Claudia contacted me saying that she was looking to do an engagement photo session with horses. Her and her beau, Deion, had a magnificent place already chosen: Horse Play Niagara. With the kind of weather we have had early this summer, I wondered what the Gods had in their cards for the day of our outing. We arranged for an early evening session. The light was superb, the couple had immense fun and the horses were a pleasure to deal with. Thanks to the fantastic staff at Horse Play everything went smoothly, we got to enjoy the lovely beach and I am sure, the horses had fun splashing in the water.
Claudia and Deion, congratulations on your engagement and I hope these images will always remind you of a spectacular day! M
‘Trash the dress’ or ‘post wedding’ photo shoots are some of my favorite creative projects. They are fun, adventurous, stylish. The bride gets the chance to enjoy her gown one more time in a relaxed, pressure free context. A nice contrast from the (sometimes) fast paced wedding day, when time matters.
I got excited when Laura contacted me and mentioned she was thinking of having her photos taken in Muskoka. One does not neeed to travel to exotic destinations in order to get some great images. I usually have a pretty good idea about where I am going and the type of feel I am after. This time around we were planning for some beach shots. A couple of nights before the shoot I was sitting by the beach in Toronto with a friend of mine. While enjoying the colours on the water at sunset, I noticed a lady doing standup paddle boarding. By herself, in the middle of the lake. The sight was surreal. I turned to my friend and said: ‘can you imagine how that would look if the woman was wearing a wedding dress’? Whenever something like this happens to me, I know I need to follow through…I just could not get that vision out of my head. I came home and emailed Laura. Against many odds, she told me she was familiar with standup paddle boarding as she has previously done it. After a bit of research, she found SUP Bala, a lovely and super friendly rental place. The rest is…what you will see below.
I have to add one more thing, which made it all even more fun: Laura was done with her paddle board and came out of the water. Just to find out that Carling, the beautiful Husky belonging to one of the SUP Bala owners, loved to go on the paddle board! I looked at Laura and asked her if she would go on the water once again…she gladly accepted and so did Carling…
I drove back to the city with a big smile on my face and with a feeling of joy at the thought of magic coming my way again…
Nupur is due in August. She is expecting a baby girl and I will have the great pleasure to meet and photograph her. By the time we took these images, mommy was 7 months pregnant. We seemed to have chosen a great time for the shoot, we lucked out on weather and we simply took a casual stroll through the downtown core while playing with the camera. Both Nupur and her husband, Mervin, were so much fun to be around.
I look forward to spending some great time with them in a little while, when their new addition decides to arrive. Keeping my fingers crossed! Manuela
Jean grew up at a beautiful farm. This is where she is going to marry her fiancé, Matt, in less than a couple of months.
It was a brilliant idea to spend some time with them on the gorgeous farm grounds and get to know each other better while taking their engagement photos. As many of my clients know already, pre wedding photo sessions are an excellent way to establish a high level of trust so indispensable on their wedding day. Not everyone is used to being in front of the lens. Every couple has their own way to interact with each other and it is very important that I get a very good feel for what they are comfortable with. Spending a couple of hours together helps by making it all feel easy and natural.
At the end of each session, with no exception, all I hear is how much fun it was!
I am now putting together a guest signing book for Jean and Matt’s wedding reception. They love their photos, particularly the one of the two of them walking into the sunbeams, which they may use as their wedding program cover.
I look forward to their beautiful farm wedding this summer! Manuela
As I look back at everything that happened before and during my trip to Jamaica, I can say it was synchronicity at play. Many things came together in a way that makes me think of magic.
I am sure it is, by now, pretty obvious that I love horses. And I travel the world to meet them in unique locations and write stories about them. This is how I stumbled upon a wonderful place close to Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica, the resort Jana and Darren got married at. Braco Stables is a beautiful equine operation offering horse back riding in the St Anne parish area. Under great management, the Braco horses are healthy, fantastic looking and sweet natured. Knowing I was going to spend time there, I asked Jana and Darren if they would be interested in a ‘trash the dress’ session at the stables. Luckily they both love horses and they responded to my suggestion with great excitement.
The rest is…what you see below. I do not quite have words that can do enough justice to the feeling of gratitude I experience every time I recall the hours spent together: us, the horses, the ocean.
I may have similar chances in the future. But this absolutely unique adventure will stay in my heart as a first of its kind.
Jana and Darren, thank you again for playing along with so much nonchalance, which made everything flow…enjoy these images and memories for a very long time. Hugs, Manuela.