Cayley & Ian’s beautiful winter wedding at the Capitol Theatre

Cayley and Ian love winter. They got married at Toronto’s unique Capitol Theater this January on a beautiful, snowy day. It is a brave decision that, with a bit of luck, can be rewarded plenty. And this is exactly what happened with this lovely couple. Their celebrations were beautiful, picturesque and topped up with big snow flakes slowly dancing down from the sky and making for a dreamy, romantic setting.
I loved the fact that the two of them decided to see each other before the ceremony and take full advantage of day light for photos. Ian waited for his lovely future wife at the Knox College on the U of T campus. This is where they saw each other for the first time and I got goose bumps witnessing this deeply emotional part of their day. What a blessing to be around such lovely people while capturing their shared intimate, love filled moments…

Cayley and Ian, I hope you had a beautiful honeymoon away in Europe. I would like to thank you again for allowing me to be there with you on a truly special day I will remember for quite a few reasons. Congratulations and all the very best to you! Hugs, Manuela & Co.

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A lovely destination wedding in Punta Cana

Mona and Emon decided to get married at the beautiful Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana resort, surrounded by loving family members and great friends. Needless to say I was ecstatic to fly down and join them for the week. There is no better time to do this than January and take a nice break in a sunny destination by crystal clear waters.
Infused with both traditional and modern flavors, their celebration was a blend of colourful and visually appealing symbols. Creatively put together under the gazebo, the Sofreh (traditional Persian table covered by items rich in meaning) was beautiful and a perfect match to the beach atmosphere.
Below are just a few photographic details of the many symbolic elements, like: wallnuts = fertility, honey = sweet life, apples = divine creation of mankind, coins = wealth and prosperity.
The reception was held at the fantastic Jellyfish restaurant half an hour away from the resort. This place is a must see! It is spectacular, located right by the ocean and offers an unexpected experience on all levels: visual, culinary, service excellence. Needless to say the fun group hit the dance floor (setup right on the sand) and barely stopped for breaks throughout the night.
The party continued on the bus back to the resort and would have probably gone on til sunrise if we did not have to extend our adventure together with a ‘trash the dress’ photo shoot the next day. But about this a bit later.

I would like to particularly mention lovely Rebecca Elias from Luxe Destination Weddings for her great help throughout the day. She is simply a pleasure to work with and has a very special way of subtly making sure everything goes on smoothly. Plus, her suggestion for the reception to be held at the Jellyfish restaurant was fantastic! Rebecca, thank you for everything and particularly for pulling Mona, Emon and I out of the imminent storm!! :)

Mona and Emon, thank you for having made me a part of your wonderful celebrations, I trust your life together will always taste like the honey you fed each other during your wedding ceremony! Hugs, Manuela

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On the way to Collingwood

On the occasion of posting Cayley and Ian’s beautiful engagement photos we took in Collingwood, I mentioned I would share some of the great images I was lucky enough to capture while driving there and back. On the way to Toronto I somehow managed to lose Highway 26 which proved to be a blessing in the end as I stumbled across some superb landscape under moody skies. But my best treat was finding some horse farms and getting close to these animals so dear to me. I simply love their grace and high intelligence.
Enjoy! M

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