Because of all my recent travels I am a little bit behind with my blogging, but I am working on getting up to date
This past Saturday I photographed Cayley and Ian’s wonderful wedding. I will write about this later.
When we first started discussing their wedding package, Ian suggested we took their engagement photos up in Collingwood where his parents own a gorgeous cottage. So off we went on a very cold November day. The drive up was simply magic! (in a few days I will share some of the images I took on the occasion).
Even though Cayley and Ian almost froze in the end, we had so much fun together and took full advantage of the light and the unique decor.
The photos we took that day ended up in a beautiful guest signing book at their wedding reception which marveled many of their guests.
Will be back with more on this beautiful couple’s union journey. M
Daniela and Mike did something quite special: decided to get married on New Year’s eve and celebrate at the Copper Creek Golf Club in Kleinburg. How romantic is that? From now on, the entire world will party with them every year on December 31st with champagne and fireworks!! Their wedding was infused with old Hollywood style and elegance. Wonderful details like Daniela’s Aruna Seth shoes, her stunning Jenny Packham gown and unique jewel bouquet made by Daniela’s super talented sister in law have shone throughout the day.
Everything has unfolded perfectly on their day: the temperature was unusually high so we could freely take some nice pictures outside. After the ceremony, even though we lost a bit of the daylight, we found the most amazing spot for photos: the old train station in Kleinburg. We managed to play with the available light and create a certain mood around the two of them to match their style to perfection. We ended up with a collection of very special images with a timeless feel to them.
Needless to mention how much fun the party has been. I have not seen a bunch more willing to dance the night away than their guests. From the moment they got into the beautifully decorated room, the dance floor got filled with a vibrant crowd that has not stopped from getting into the groove for quite a few hours.
Daniela and Mike, hope you had a fantastic honeymoon in Hawaii. I am wishing you lots of happiness for many years to come and I will raise a glass of champagne for you every year on December 31st! Best, Manuela
After a splendid wedding day at the Riu Palace, Reyhaneh and Will decided to continue their adventures with a ‘trash the dress’ photo shoot. But the photo taking was just a part of the journey the three of us have embarked on that day. We made a first stop in Cabo San Lucas, the little town just 10 minutes away from the resort. What I recall as a dominant feeling throughout the day was our willingness to live through things as they came. Not a lot of planning ahead, with just a general time frame guiding us, welcoming each moment as it presented itself, we soon found ourselves floating away in a little boat taking us to the Lovers’ Beach, our next stop. I guess our Mexican friend somehow managed to tap into the way we were that day, so he decided to give us a little ‘tour’ before dropping us off on the beach. We drove around on choppy waters, getting extremely close to birds and sea lions, smelling the ocean, feeling slightly frightened at times but being immediately comforted by the calm on our Mexican friend’s face. Once on the beach, I felt it was really hard to take all that unusual beauty in. We needed a while to get over the initial amazement which literally left us speechless. The images below are just glimpses into the wild pure beauty of the place. Even though the surroundings were absolutely stunning, I am certain the photos would have not turned out the same if it wasn’t for the way Reyhaneh and Will are. Simply put, a dream to be around and photograph.
After a couple of hours spent on the beach, our friend came to pick us up and offered to drive us back to the resort in his boat. The tide was really high though and I recall one moment when, still in the boat and literally on top of a massive wave, I looked down at the shore and thought: we are stranded. We had to find another more calm spot and rush out of the little water taxi the moment it was pushed close to the beach for one fraction of a second. Once all safe on the shore, we watched the boat driving away and I still recall Reyhaneh’s words: ‘this feels like a movie: the boat vanishing into the sunset’…
Indeed, it all seems like a dream now. Yet, there are clear proofs of the fact that we have been there. Every time I look at the photos we took my heart fills up with joy and gratitude. Thank you again dear friends!
It is a bit difficult to find the right words that would best describe the experience I have lived through while in Los Cabos this past October. After a thorough research, Reyhaneh and Will picked the stunning Riu Palace resort for their destination wedding. More used to the Mayan Riviera, this was my very first time on the Pacific coast of Mexico. After a beautiful ride from the airport, with mountains on one side and spectacular coast lines on the other, I arrived at the breathtaking resort. I was right away taken by the scenery, the fantastic views over Cabo San Lucas, the rocks at Lovers’ Beach and have experienced the first sunset at Riu while sipping cocktails on the terrace in great company. But I still had no idea what was waiting for me there. And probably, I was not the only one. What I have lived over the next couple of days might as well be the subject of a small film. We have spent some beautifully intense moments, we bonded, my inspiration got ignited in unexpected ways. The result is a stunning collection of images and of course, a friendship that was born in the midst of this unique adventure that has nurtured our souls.
I will soon post more images from the day after when we participated in creatively trashing beautiful Reyhaneh’s dress
Dear amigos R + W, first of all I would like to thank you one more time for the unique time spent together and for allowing me to witness and capture the emotion around the effervescent moments you have lived while in Cabos. I want to always see your big smiles, may your life together be filled with joyous moments and new adventures. Lots of love, Manuela