Amy + Lucas | Guelph Arboretum Wedding

Lucas + Amy were married on a sunny evening in July, at the glorious Guelph Arboretum.  They had planned for a small, meaningful and intimate ceremony, an exchange of vows in front of their very nearest and dearest.  She rocked a cool bustier pantsuit and he looked classic in a tailored blue suit and they were ready to seal it with rings and a kiss.

After they completed the formalities, the champagne was popped and a toast was made, and then Grandma started offering sips to the kids - god love a feisty Grandma! We took a few images of them with their family and kiddos before finding patches of sunshine and greenery for them to bask in while we captured some of just the two of them.

I love a good elopement/intimate ceremony this one was certainly not a disappointment. I love being able to get right in the middle of the action and weddings like this allow me to do just that.  Sometimes I'm literally in the middle of the toast circle, champagne in one hand, camera in the other!

Thank you Amy + Lucas for welcoming into your circle for the evening.

M xo

Hannah + Charles | Waterloo Backyard Wedding

Hannah + Charles had one of those weddings where it felt incredibly unique and intimate and small and yet they had so many people there to celebrate their love.  That is my kinda day!

Hannah is a very talented photographer (and a friend) so I was determined to document her day they way it happened and to give her images that would not only frame the key moments of the day, but would let her see all of the little things that are easily missed when you are a busy bride. 

We started at her parents' home in Waterloo, behind which sat the lovely park where the ceremony would be happening.  Charles and his guys were across the road at the neighbour's, and everyone was getting ready in a flurry of hairspray and makeup and dresses and ties and boutonierres and so many shoes.  Even with eight attendants on each side of the wedding party though, there was a calmness and relaxed vibe that carried through the day.

After everyone was ready and a quick downpour of rain had ended, they were all dispatched to another nearby park for the first look.  This was one of the sweetest, most emotional first looks I have seen - so. many. tissues. After a round of tearful hugs from the gang, we set off to take portraits of the group and of just the two of them. 

The sun was in a mood, not sure if she was going to come out from behind the clouds, but she eventually graced us with just enough gorgeous patches of light to have some fun. 

We made our way back to the house to get ready for the ceremony, where the bride's sister and brother-in-law, one of the bridesmaids and some friends warmed up for their music during the ceremony and the guests got seated after the chairs were dried.

The ceremony itself was very special and personal, with the father-of-the-bride and -groom both having roles to play, and so many beautiful words were spoken.  After they made it official and were lauded by their friends and family, the champagne was popped in one of my favourite moments of the day. Cheers were made and the bubbly flowed and everyone was just so darn happy. 

Then everyone made their way to the backyard of the Yoon house, to eat, celebrate and just enjoy a beautiful August afternoon before heading off to the reception.  The perfect way to wrap up such a heartfelt wedding.

Thank you to my second photographer Dana Lauder for her contribution to the story of their day.

And a huge thank you to Charles + Hannah for trusting me to photograph your rad wedding.  It was truly an honour.

M xo