Winter engagement photos shoot in High Park

When beautiful Madhu and her beau Charles showed up for their shoot last month, all dressed up in gorgeous Indian attire, I skipped a heart beat or two! They were so stunning and regal, what a joy to capture them on camera. It was simply effortless! For a few minutes, I felt like I was in the middle of a model shoot! Many of their shots could be on a magazine cover, don’t you think?

What an interesting couple they are: looking smashing in his Indian attire, Charles is actually Nigerian. He will marry Madhu in a Hindu ceremony in March. I am thrilled for their beautiful relationship coming full circle. And I am sure, so are they!

Hard to believe these photos were taken in January…they have a fall look almost, until one scrolls all the way down to the frozen lake image series. I was slightly nervous when I suggested they stepped on the ice, but then there were kids playing hockey nonchalantly, so I figured the danger was, luckily,  only imagined :)

Dear Madhu + Charles, thank you for a delightful Sunday afternoon spent together, hope these images will make you smile!

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Intimate wedding at the City Hall in Toronto

Alex and Andrew’s City Hall wedding in Toronto took place on a very mild winter day at the end of last year.
Attended by a select number of family members and friends, this intimate event precedes bigger celebrations to follow in about a year.
Congratulations to a lovely couple! A+A: I hope this small selection of images will make you smile.

Wishing you all the very best,


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Christmas family photos with little Kiaan & Co

I have known Kiaan since he was about 1 yr old. I was delighted when his lovely parents called me up for a Christmas shoot. Kiaan is a cheerful, energetic boy who adores his Shitzhu doggy, Mika. The two of them are a real team and feed off each other’s playfulness.
Kiaan seems to take his dog walking job very seriously and, if it wasn’t for the cold, he would have kept on running with his little buddy. Very cute to watch.
Mary + Denny: thank you for allowing me another glmpse into your family life, I look forward to returning for some more tales around the fire :)

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Fall wedding photography at the Willistead Manor

Martha and Vainatey’s fall 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.

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Family photos in Toronto’s High Park

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 :)

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Elegant wedding in Niagara on the Lake

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!
Sincerely, Manuela


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Wedding at Casa Loma: a fun elopement

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!
Yours, Manuela.

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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

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Bernese mountain dogs, Havanese puppies and Gypsy Vanner horses

A couple of months ago I started playing with the idea of getting a puppy. I did not know much about breeds, so I researched a few, with a preference for small, non shedding dogs.  I stumbled upon the Havanese: a fluffy, extremely cute and friendly breed originating from Havana, Cuba and known to entertain the local aristocracy in the old days. Did they have them in Ontario, I wondered? The Internet search returned a few results and one of them caught my eye: Pieternella Moor’s farm.
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.

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Pieternella walking Jacqueena (right) and cuddling with Jacqueena’s puppies (left)

“As a child I had a passion for all animals, I always enjoyed spending time with them. I would often find stray or injured dogs, birds, cats, wild rabbits, etc and  bring them home…these where my best friends. I often begged my mom to allow me to keep them. She would always say no…”

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Even though little Pieternella was not allowed to keep any of the animals she was bringing in, she did not stop trying… One day, a neighbour suggested to her mom that allowing Pieternella to have a furry friend of her own may put an end to her constant attempts to save them all… As a result, a dog named Happy came into Pieternella’s life when she was 9 yrs old and they have been together for 16 years. They became best buddies and, whenever Pieternella was not assisting with house chores, she and Happy would be off helping the local farmers milk cows, playing with the goats, hiking through the farmers’ fields or catching tadpoles and frogs.

Bernese mountain dog and puppies

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!

“My R. N. skills help me look after my dogs with the greatest care. I get a lot of joy out of making so many families happy by offering them a loyal, loving, protecting, powerful and of course, absolutely stunning dog. These animals are therapeutic!”

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As a vet technologist, Pieternella’s daughter Sherry (a passionate dog breeder herself) had the chance to learn about the Havanese dogs and suggested this breed to her mother. After researching it for about a year, Pieternella concluded the Havanese had many of the Bernese qualities, just in a smaller body. Excited about this discovery, she decided to try them out. And I have to say, with amazing results. These puppies are nothing short of deliciously sweet! Even with a very busy schedule, I may not be able to stay away from getting one myself!

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“Havanese dogs have an amazing personality: they are sweet, loveable, and thrive on human interaction. They love to cuddle in people’s laps but also have lots of energy to run in the yard at full speed. They love children, are playful, can do amazing flips. They will also warn their owner whenever a stranger is outside their door… The Havanese can be well placed in families with younger children as well as with retirees ( where the Bernese breed is not suited)”.

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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.

Gypsy Vanner stallion photographyJella, Pieternella’s gorgeous Gypsy Vanner stallion, brought from the Netherlands at 6 months old

Pieternella Moor with Gypsy Vanner horse
Currently retired, the once breeding stallion is now enjoying a peaceful, horsey life in the pasture, with Pieternella’s visits

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Gypsy Vanner horse photosPieternella with her lovely Gypsy Vanner mares: Dream (left, imported from England) and Shireen (right, imported from Germany)

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If you want to get a lovely, carefully bred, big or smaller dog from a true expert, go see what Pieternella has to offer. Enjoy some wonderful images of the Bernese and Havanese on her dedicated websites:
If you find your beloved puppy as a result of reading this story, please mention it to Pieternella. She will be delighted!



Toronto summer wedding at the Hart House

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

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