Martha and Vainatey’s 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.
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!
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!
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
Meeting Annie was truly serendipitous. We had a very good initial connection and later she introduced me to her husband to be, Doug, so we can all have a chat about their day. I simply loved their energy together, I felt as if I was talking to friends I have not seen in a while. Their decision to work with me on their day brought joy to my heart, given their event very much appealed on many levels. The couple had planned for a beautiful, elegant and low key wedding luncheon downtown Toronto, one of my most favorite areas for weddings.
Their choice of the Park Hyatt as a venue was brilliant on all levels, convenience included, as the couple had to only cross the street after their church ceremony.
I really enjoyed being there and recall walking home feeling light, cheerful and energized by a group of people with so much zest for life, good humour and a good party in good company.
Annie + Doug: wishing you all the very best, I hope you will enjoy some fantastic laughs for years to come!
Big Congratulations to a lovely couple: Mitra and Bilal, having brought two very rich cultures together during their rich celebrations.
They got married on a cold, rainy Sunday in May but that truly did not matter. Their smiley faces in the photos below stand as proof for the great time these two have shared with everyone around.
Umbrellas out, jackets in between shots, we made it work. Mitra was such a trooper, it surely was not easy to face the weather adversities in that lovely gown, yet one can’t really tell the cold was slowly getting to her. What a day!
M+B: wishing you only joy and many wonderful moments shared from now until the end of time! Hugs, M.
April 25th was not just any other day: beautiful Jenia celebrated her union in marriage to her beloved BJ and…her Birthday! How lovely is that?
Surrounded by family members and close friends, they both seemed to enjoy every second of their precious day.
There was music, laughter, fabulous company, fantastic food (provided by the same talented team at the Hart House in Toronto). A spectacular venue, always offering the very best, plus an absolute joy to capture on camera.
Regardless of how many times I go back, I am always in awe when I look around, while new layers of architectural beauty unravel before my eyes. There is so much character to this historical place that it truly is impossible for the artistic imagination to be still…always a great choice!
Jenia + BJ: may this perfect double celebration be the start of a long row of occasions for shared happiness. It was a real pleasure to be there with you on such a memorable day! Wishing you the best in your new life!
Yours, Manuela & Co.
I first met Holly almost 5 years ago, while photographing her brother’s gorgeous farm wedding outside of Toronto.
With great joy and enthusiasm, I learned that she was planning a destination wedding in Jamaica and she chose to have me capture her preparations, culminating with the big day.
As far as I am concerned, this was a double bill: I was going to see some of my most favorite clients and their families again and, I was going to revisit an island so very dear to me. One combination that filled my heart with joy.
The week we have spent at the Riu Ocho Rios, Jamaica was filled with capricious weather: we had seen a lot of rain during the first few days to the point where the wedding planning team came up with a ‘Plan B’ for a ceremony in a covered area. Quite different from the original beach arrangements.
Of course one needs to adjust and accept what is in the moment…but I have to say, I would have been disappointed, and I am sure I would have not been alone.
But…there was no need for such feelings to be experienced, as the skies magically opened on the 4th day and the sun shone beautifully. My heart skipped a few beats that morning and I am certain, everybody else in the party must have been thrilled!
Holly and Robby received the most magical gift: the opportunity to live their dream of a wedding day spent entirely on the beach. They danced the night away on the sand and their joy was truly contagious!
I hope the images below were able to capture some of the fantastic energy surrounding an amazing group of people.
H+R: may your new life together be all about sunshine, joy and much love! Yours, Manuela
Winter weddings can be a lot of fun, especially when the temperature is forgiving and of course, when there is snow to add some life to the grey landscape.
Sakura and Henry married at the beginning of March at the Old Mill in Ancaster, just a couple of days after some of the lowest temperatures this year.
Luck? Possibly so, but I am sure it also had something to do with who these two are: fun, kind, generous, laid back. So, the Gods decided to ‘order’ a mild, beautiful day to match their lovely spirits. And the party could have not been better!
Glowing in her mother’s wedding dress, Sakura was a charm to photograph. Together with her new handsome and smartly dressed husband, they were very easy on the lens, with their personalities shining through in each and every image. Fun times!
S+K: wishing you only the very best in your married life, do not let your beautiful smiles ever leave your faces Sincerely, Manuela
Alice came to Toronto to study English. Originally from Brazil, this beautiful young woman will be here for a few more months.
She has played cello since childhood and she wanted to incorporate this part of herself into the photos, while using the wintery landscape as backdrop (something she does not experience back home).
Meeting Alice and working together was a true delight on all levels. We went on a little adventure together and, in spite of the cold, we both enjoyed it thoroughly. The sun surely helped!
Alice, I hope these photos will always make you remember Toronto and bring a smile on your gorgeous face! Hugs, M.