Engagement photo journals: playing around Union Station

Kathryn & Duncan are getting married this weekend, I can’t believe how fast time goes by. They wanted to get an urban feel for their engagement photos, so I figured Union Station may be a great starting point for something like this. I thought of how beautifully the light falls in between the tall columns, while also keeping the nearby buildings in mind. But again, I was surprised with the little finds along the way. As we were moving around I noticed mirrors and shiny marble surfaces that sparked the imagination and playfulness. Guys, thank you for being so great, spontaneous and relaxed, I am sure your wedding day will simply be fantastic and fun filled! See you in a bit! Hug, Manuela

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Married at the Victoria College Chapel: Giselle and Anthony

After an amazing engagement photo shoot, I knew Giselle and Anthony’s wedding was not going to fall short in terms of fun, excitement and inspiration. The couple got married at the picturesque Victoria College Chapel. What I loved about this location was the abundance of great shooting spots, both inside and outside. The large windows allowing plenty of light to come in were fantastic, not to mention the outside old walls and beautiful arches with lots of character. We had time to play and I loved it. Following a great shoot we all headed to the Diamond Banquet Hall for the reception. There, after changing in their colourful Chinese outfits, Giselle and Anthony witnessed (and so did we all) an absolutely breathtaking traditional Chinese dragon dance, the kind I have not quite seen before, performed by true athletes who exceeded everyone’s expectations. They danced, jumped around and stood tall on each other’s shoulders to the crowd’s amazement. Fun to watch, even more fun to capture!

Giselle and Anthony, thank you again for allowing me such a creative opportunity while being there on your fantastic day!  Big hug, Manuela & Co

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A fun shoot with little Raphaelle & Olivier

For the past couple of years I have tried to give back by donating a family photo session to Dentonia nursery school in a silent auction. This is how I had the great pleasure to meet a lovely family of four: little Raphaelle -14 months old, her 4 years old brother Olivier and their lovely parents, Christine and Andrew. I got to spend a little bit of time with them and I truly hope I captured their personalities in a small collection of candid images. Many thanks for a fun time, enjoy the photos and hope to see you again soon! Yours, Manuela

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A beautiful wedding at the Paletta Mansion, Burlington

I was very flattered when Kimberly contacted me last year and told me she felt I was a good match for the kind of location she chose on her wedding day: the elegant Paletta Mansion in Burlington. She knew this place was going to inspire me to a great extent, given the way it is located right on the lake shore, surrounded by a great park, with quaint architectural elements and a beautiful reception room. I have to say, all this was extremely true and I was so very happy to be there for this great couple. The weather could have not been better, Kimberly and Chong literally had a constant glow on their faces. Which made my job a delight!

Thank you again for choosing me to capture these great moments in your lives, many great years ahead for you and your families! M

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A stylish wedding at the Art Gallery of Ontario

One of the many great things about this wedding was that it happened on a gorgeous May day. It is my favorite time of the year when everything around blooms coming back to life from the dormant weeks. The grass and leaves become a bright green and the spirit feels rejuvenated just by enjoying this show of freshness nature puts up. It was one of such days I had the privilege to photograph an intimate, elegant, soulful wedding event at the Art Gallery of Ontario. What an amazing choice! If you did not visit the new space redesigned in fantastic style by Frank Gehry, I recommend you do so. It represents an oasis of shapes, curvy staircases and of course, a lot of art. The kind of space natural light falls into in mysterious ways and offers a photographer a dream setting to work with. If I had the time, I would have photographed this lovely couple for hours and hours. The inspiration was simply flowing.

Thank you for a wonderful creative experience my dear friends, hope to see you both soon! Big hug, M

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Engagement photo journals: FUN, FUN, FUN!

I met Liz while shooting a lovely wedding a couple of years ago. She was one of the bridesmaids. I was very pleased when she contacted me asking if I would photograph her own event. I did not know exactly what to expect when she mentioned they would like to have their engagement photos taken in their own backyard. When I arrived I was blown away with the abundance of inspiring corners. We literally played around for a couple of hours. Their interaction was so dynamic, cheerful and lovely that it made it so very easy for me to capture all the images below. I think it is pretty obvious how everything went that day! I very much look forward to celebrating more with you guys! Hug, M

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