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
Almost same time last year, I finally got to meet Lindsay and Rob for a fall engagement shoot. Up to that point, we have been corresponding but never saw each other. We started spending time together and I knew this was going to work just fine between us and more so, we would enjoy the shared experiences to a high extent. The couple chose the quaint Inn on the Twenty in Jordan, Niagara for their wedding day and they clearly were so very inspired to do it. The day was glorious, with impeccable temperature, blue sky painted with a few puffy clouds here and there and of course, with that warm, golden afternoon fall light which makes everything glitter. The most amazing natural backdrop for a couple of people so in love with each other, continuing on their path of joining their lives in high commitment. Beautiful, just like their families they are coming from. Not only I was impressed with the two of them, but loved their parents, grandparents, siblings, everybody else they chose to surround themselves with and share such memorable moments in time. A pleasure to witness, an honor to create some visual records for years to come.
It truly was a joy to be there with them, among ripe grapes hanging heavily in vineyards, a symbol of such abundance which I hope will pave their future.
Be merry always! M
Jen and Mike celebrated their wedding over two bright and beautiful August days. It all began with a colourful and very detailed Hindu ceremony and continued on next day with a great party at Toronto’s St Andrew’s Club.
Easy going and laid back, the couple looked like they enjoyed every moment of their great events.
Jen and Mike, I would like to congratulate you one more time and wish you lifelong happiness and abundance on all levels. Sincerely, Manuela.
From the Canadian West Coast all the way to Jamaica for their wedding…I am sure Jana and Darren feel it was the best decision they could have made. So do their family members and great friends.
I do not even know what I can personally say about how Jamaica was for me this time around…a week full of sunshine, sunset swims, culinary delights, warm breeze, astounding adventures with people, horses and combined.
I have been back in the city for a while yet I am not fully here. Plus, looking at all these amazing photos does not help…with the nostalgia. Well, I can only hope I can return for more, I never quite thought I would become so fond of this island where nothing is a problem….hmmm. Way to go, Jamaica!
The wedding….felt like a party with friends. I met some amazing people and my life is now enriched with new, lasting connections. I am fortunate.
Jana and Darren: I hope you will always enjoy life to its fullest and laugh with each other, always remembering the lightness and nonchalance we have all experienced by the ocean.
Dan and Perry are planning to have a bigger family reunion and celebrate their wedding in Bali this fall. They decided to get united in a small civil ceremony held at their condo building in Toronto.
Sweet, intimate, joyous. Not only family and friends were in attendance, but their little dog Mango seemed to be very excited as well. We enjoyed an afternoon of beautiful weather and soft light.
Dan and Perry, big Congrats to you, it was a lot of fun to capture these colourful images. Best, Manuela.
This past October Donya and Richard had their wonderful intimate wedding at the elegant Sassafraz restaurant downtown Toronto.
They saw each other for the first time that day in the lobby of the lovely Victoria hotel downtown and then we headed to Sassafraz for the ceremony.
It rained that day but they did not seem to mind. We still had a few photos taken outside around Yorkville and then decided to hop on a cab and go to the Novotel hotel for more fun. People there were extremely accommodating and allowed us to shoot inside. We took advantage of their modern interior and incorporated a lot of colour into our collection. We had lots of laughs and simply played around. On the way back I left my hat in a Beck cab and the kind driver came to my home next day to give it back to me. It feels so good whenever one comes across good deeds. Makes the heart expand
This is the kind of day we had together. I also really enjoyed myself with the kitchen staff at Sassafraz (have to say, everybody there is so professional and friendly!) and took photos while they were plating their wonderful, super tasty dishes.
I should also mention the couple’s guests: what a nice crowd! Friendly, caring, entertaining and more!
Donya and Richard, hope your fantastic honeymoon in Argentina is fabulous and can’t wait to hear your stories! Congratulations and may you enjoy lots and lots of travels!
Iranian weddings are intricate and rich in meaning. I have always been fascinated with the Sofreh (the display used during the Iranian ceremony) which holds together items that symbolize love, abundance, a sweet life, fertility. It is a beautiful way for the couple to be wished well and sent off on their new journey.
Yasmine and Reza have minutely and elaborately chosen the details for their big day. Starting with the colourful rooms at the Park Hyatt for their getting ready photos and ending with the reception held at the quaint Arta Gallery located in the Distillery District. All in all, the day has been colourful, eventful, emotional. And filled with a lot of high energy.
Their guests greeted the couple with a lot of clapping and singing which made the ceremony feel even more festive. The rhythms were truly exhilarating.
The reception that followed was lots of fun, with nice surprises the couple had reserved for their guests. A joy to witness!
Yasmine and Reza, congratulations to you and may your new life together be nothing short of sweet and abundant!
This past summer I had the great pleasure to photograph a beautiful wedding at Toronto’s Miller Lash House.
Georgia and Gabe are one of the coolest couples I have ever met. Relaxed and laid back by nature, there was nothing on their day that could prevent them from thoroughly enjoying themselves on their big day. Just the way it should be.
They decided to host all the events in one spot and chose the quaint Miller Lash House. Surrounded by a fair number of family members and friends, they celebrated with joy, laughter and a lot of dancing! Once the Jewish Hora started, the crowd was drawn into a vortex of high energy and this has not stopped for quite a while. Hard to keep up at times! There were so many things happening on so many levels and everybody seemed to constantly come up with extremely creative ways to entertain the couple and each other. A riot!
Picking a few shots to depict the atmosphere was quite tough, there are so many more in there that did not make it for the blog, but at least the couple will be able to enjoy a visual series that will surely bring them back to those fun moments.
Georgia and Gabe, big Congrats to you, keep the fun going and thank you for having us witness such an amazing day!
Best, Manuela & Co.
Claudia and Thomas’s wedding at the Old Mill in Toronto was nothing short of fun, elegant, laid back, emotion filled. A beautiful celebration with friends and family wrapped in high energy. Simply a delight to capture.
We connected really well from the moment we sat down for the initial consultation. I really enjoyed chatting with them and hearing everything they had to share about their vision of the wedding day. It is always a great pleasure for me to work with such great people and to be there with and for them while they experience some of the most memorable moments of their lives.
Claudia and Thomas, hope you are enjoying your last days in Europe. May these images help you relive your day and always remind you of the joy you have shared.
Congratulations! Manuela & Co.
While sitting in front of my computer and looking at Shivani and Nimesh’s wedding photos, a song popped into my head:
Shirley Bassey’s “Where do I begin”…
This is exactly how I felt while looking at the images that vividly brought back the amazing experience I have had while at the Grand Palladium in Jamaica: a story about love, sea, dreamy beaches with red trees and a gorgeous couple that got united in marriage through the most incredible Hindu ceremony I have witnessed. Considering we were miles away from home and everything had to be flown down, I truly admired the dedication for having had all the symbolic elements essential to such a rich ritual in place.
The space looked almost like a temple with its white columns washed by the great light coming through. In spite of the heat, the humidity and I am sure, the difficulty to wear such intricate outfits, everything took place flawlessly and was a joy to watch.
While wishing for some afternoon clouds (which seemed to come in every day almost at the same time) and luckily not having any rain, the wedding party and I went to the beach and waited for the sun to hide. And it did. Almost at command.
After a nice little break we all met again at the reception. The chosen restaurant, with a beautiful sea and sky view, has demonstrated one more time how skilled the Jamaican cooks really are: they came up with a beautiful series of Indian dishes deliciously flavored.
The super entertaining DJs played some great tunes and the bartenders poured drinks while displaying impressive moves themselves.
All in all, after getting into the groove, the happy crowd rocked the venue. Ya Man!
Dear Shivani and Nimesh, thank you for making me a part of a very unique experience that will stay in my memory for a long time and big Congrats to you!