Winter wedding at the Old Mill, Ancaster

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

 

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A creative winter photo shoot with beautiful Alice

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.

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Winter wedding at Queen’s Landing, Niagara

I love winter weddings, there is a lot of charm and a certain festive feel to them. I was, therefore, super excited to return to the very unique Queen’s Landing hotel in Niagara on the Lake. They always do such a fantastic job with their winter decorations. Photographing a wedding there during the Holidays is true creative bliss!
I met lovely Kristina and Alfonso for the first time right on their wedding day this December. Months ago, they connected with me all the way from London UK and decided to have me capture their celebrations. While driving towards Niagara that day, I recall wondering how this couple was going to be in person. I already had a very good vibe from our email exchange, but…one never knows. Well, I have to say, I could have not asked for better energy to finish this working year with: there is so much fun around these two and their families, they were cracking each other up constantly, even during the ceremony. Somehow, they managed to find an officiant who was brilliant and so very humorous. Jokingly, I asked them if they did a Google search for “corky man” and they said Yes! Well…you can imagine how their party was!
I trust the image selection below will give a decent sense for this couple’s wonderful time.

Kristina and Alfonso: may you laugh away through your life together. Hope you keep on traveling and enjoying each second of everything you will share from now on. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Sincerely, Manuela.

 

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Elegant fall wedding at Doctor’s House in Kleinburg

Irina and George were married this month during a candle lit ceremony at the Doctor’s House in Kleinburg. Warm and charming. They decided to see each other prior and orchestrated a romantic meeting in the same small chapel.
They were joined by the fun wedding party and together, we explored the lovely grounds. Hope the images below give you a good sense of how well put together, minutely thought through and elegant this celebration was.

Irina & George: congratulations to you, may you live only joyous moments together and thank you for having made us a big part of your day! Sincerely, Manuela & Co.

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Toronto elegant wedding at Sassfraz in Yorkville

There are so many things that I absolutely loved about Lisa and Jeremy’s wedding…I do not even know which one to mention first. I recall the great feeling I had while walking back home that warm September night (yes, isn’t that great!) and not being able to identify the slightest sign of fatigue after having worked all day. Because it did not feel like that. Contrary, all moments have unfolded in a light, almost refreshing manner, as they should. Looking back, I know it was all in the energy surrounding this amazing couple.
They could not have chosen a better setting for their day. The urban atmosphere was the best fit for their style and personalities. Their wedding was intimate, shared with family members and very close friends. The ceremony & reception location was absolutely splendid: Yorkville’s Sassafraz, a delightful venue I love returning to. This gem amazes me with its simple elegance and the professionalism of a warm, welcoming and dedicated event organizing team.

I hope the images below give you a taste of a fabulous day spent with two of the loveliest people to be around.
Lisa & Jeremy, I am wishing you all the very best in your new life! Sincerely, Manuela

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Proposal at the Scarborough Bluffs

People are destined to meet each other for sure…and some stories stand out. It is Sura and Saif’s case. Originally from Iraq, she lives in Toronto and he lives in London UK. For now.
A couple of years ago, they both went to NYC for different reasons. And crossed paths. And then parted ways again. But kept in touch as friends for a while…until the conversations became more serious. And Saif hopped on a plane to visit Sura in Toronto. It all unfolded beautifully from there.
This past August he decided to visit again with a new intention: to propose! So here they are at the lovely Scarborough Bluffs. Saif meticulously arranged everything and surprised his lovely lady on all levels. It was fabulous to share their precious experience!

Sura and Saifd, thank you for making me a part of such an important moment in your lives. All the best to both of you! Sincerely, Manuela.

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Elegant wedding at the Hart House, Toronto

Weddings at the Hart House in Toronto are always a delight to capture. I am so taken with this historic venue’s stunning, charming architecture, the unlimited creative possibilities, the light coming through magnificent, stained glass windows.
A place of great elegance and a photographer’s dream.
Needless to say I am thrilled for every chance I have to go back to this true downtown Toronto landmark and see what else is there to discover, what new corner I have left unexplored. Every single experience is unique.

I was, therefore, very happy to learn that Madeleine and Dagomar chose this location for their celebrations. Everything took place under one roof, which made for a very relaxed day. The weather has also been impeccable.

One more time, I was taken with the talent of the Hart House’s wedding organizing team. I also have to mention the creative kitchen staff and the in house chef, who always surprise me with their culinary art. Beautiful!

M+D: may this perfect day be just the beginning of many more joyous ones spent together. Congratulations and it will be my pleasure to see you again in the future to create more family memories! Yours, Manuela.

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Caitlin and Dale’s lovely winter wedding

As I have traveled quite a bit lately, this blog is a little overdue…lovely couple, beautiful day…will write more soon!

Big Congrats to you, Caitlin and Dale! M

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A festive winter wedding

Jessica and Jeff traveled all the way from Western Canada to be with family and friends and celebrate their nuptials together.
The couple chose to get married at the Hockley Valley resort last year, right before Christmas. To everyone’s delight, the resort was decorated beautifully, making for a truly festive atmosphere.
Jeff called me a few days prior to the event to tell me that he was planning to surprise his future wife with something very special: fireworks!
He told me Jessica really loved them and he was hoping to persuade everyone to come outside at a precise time without giving anything away.
I was very touched by the groom’s intentions and his dedication to turning such a beautiful idea into reality.
I have to say, it was a thrilling moment for everyone. Nobody had the slightest guess and they were all left speechless. Including Jessica, whose reaction was amazing and I am sure, the best and most memorable reward for the man who surely loves her so very much. She confessed later that she had always wished for fireworks on her big day!
The show of colours and light was truly fabulous and we all watched it in awe. What a night!

Congratulations to a wonderful couple! Jessica and Jeff, may you enjoy every single second together and live a life full of many wanders!

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Destination wedding at the Grand Palladium, Jamaica

 

Sandra and Sean chose the Grand Palladium resort in Jamaica for their destination wedding. I was super excited to learn that I was going back to a place already so familiar and where I knew what worked fabulously in terms of photo taking.
Not to mention that I was received so well there and recognized a few of the staff members I met last year while staying at this great resort. Yes, I was slightly disappointed not to find ‘my’ read tree at Sunset Cove anymore and I learned it only blossoms from February to June. But still, the sunsets were amazing and I still very much enjoyed swimming into them. To the point where the beach guards told me one time :” You are brave, we do not like going in there when it gets dark!…”.

This was one of those great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this island some more. And I thank Sandra and Sean for having chose me to capture their wedding day.

Just a few days before our trip, I learned that Sandra was 5.5 months pregnant. I have to say, she looked absolutely stunning and glowing in her wedding gown. This made it all even more special and I am sure, more emotional and memorable for the parents to be.

Walking down the isle while pulling some cool dance moves, Sean was the soul of the party: fun, upbit, ready to have the time of his life with family and friends. And I got a fair share of that!

Sandra and Sean, thank you again for making me a part of your destination wedding celebrations, be very well and please keep me updated with your baby news! Best, Manuela

 

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