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Winnie + Jason | Ancaster Old Mill | Toronto Wedding

Been very excited about sharing these images from Winnie and Jason’s wedding for a while now. These two lovebirds both went to Queen’s University, and eventually met at Telus in Toronto (hence why we did their engagement session there). Now, four years and one Bermuda proposal later, they’ve finally tied the knot! :)

Full-of-life, fun-and-quirky, food-loving Winnie and Jason’s  beautiful wedding day took place at the Old Mill in Ancaster, with a stint at Tiffany Falls for some couple photos. Together with Marek, I had a wonderful time photographing their special day, one that was filled with beautiful sunlight, candid moments, and a whole lot of yellow – seriously, check out those groomsmen socks and yellow ‘bridal’ boots!

Hope you enjoy the images as much as we enjoyed shooting them! :)

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Ceremony and reception: Ancaster Old Mill (http://www.ancastermill.ca)

Couple’s photo shoot: Tiffany Falls (http://www.cityofwaterfalls.ca/tiffany_falls.html)

Makeup & hair: Maggie N - https://www.facebook.com/mstudiolife (she’s awesome and we love her!)

Entertainment: Ken de los Santos, Tenor/Pianist - ken.delossantos@gmail.com (good friend of Christian’s, and an amazing guy!)



Toronto Wedding Photography | Samantha+Michael | Woodbridge, Vaughan | Bellvue Manor

Samantha and Michael were an absolute pleasure to photograph. It was only two weeks before their wedding that we did the engagement session so the engagement and wedding felt like one big awesome shoot.

The groomsmen got ready at Michael’s parents house up in Bolton and Samantha got ready at her parents’ house in Stouffville. So I split up the team as usual and sent Christian to capture the guys getting ready as I concentrated on Samantha and her family. Both Samantha and Michael looked absolutely stunning and were glowing with love and happiness for one another.

The ceremony took place at the St. Patrick’s Church in Brampton, a church that is especially dear to Michael’s family since they have been attending it for years.

After the ceremony we headed over to Michael’s parents gorgeous home for a wonderful catered lunch. We also had a chance to take some fantastic shots at the residence before heading to Bellvue Manor in Vaughan.

During the evening, guests were entertained not once but twice by the stunning girls of Samba Brasil Entertainment. I too found this part to be very entertaining :-)

The evening wrapped out with a cake cutting and, off course, the bouquet and garter toss.

Samantha and Michael: Both of us had an absolutely wonderful time capturing your wedding and thank you for allowing us to share this day with the both of you. Once again congratulations and wish you all the best!

Church: St. Patrick’s in Brampton
Venue: Bellvue Manor Special Event Venue in Vaughan
Entertainment: Samba Brasil Entertainment
Wedding Planner: Chrystal Salvino from Beautiful Day

Francine+Nick | North York Wedding | Montecassino Hotel & Event Venue

Francine and Nick’s wedding was a blast to shoot. Yes, it was rainy, and yes it was humid, but that didn’t stop anyone from having a lot of fun. Both Francine and Nick embraced the weather and came fully prepared for a tarantula downpour (that luckily didn’t happen) They had matching umbrellas, rain boots and most importantly lots of laughs and energy.

One amazing thing was that the priest, Father Paul, who’s been conducting the sacrament of marriage for over 27 years, said that it has never rained during or 30 minutes after any of his ceremonies. He even reassured both Nick and Francine by opening the church’s side doors during the ceremony :-).

We chose Dempsey Park to do our “photo shoot”. The park is located adjacent to St. Edwards Church in North York. Francine lives really close to that park and has walked through it’s paths on a number of occasions, so it made perfect sense to use it as our backdrop. Another nice thing that the park offered besides the grass and trees was an old brick house with a fantastic green porch surrounding it. The porch came in hand because of the rain, but it also allowed us to take some “urban” photography giving Francine and Nick a great variety of images.

The reception was held at the fabulous Montecassino Hotel & Event Venue in Downsview. I loved the large hardwood dance floor, beautiful high ceilings and ample space for the 300 guests in attendance. The veal chop, salads, and various pastries were all absolutely fantastic as well.

A big congratulations to the both of you Francine and Nick. Thank You for allowing us to share this day with you.

Hope you enjoy…. don’t be shy, leave a comment and share with your friends :-)

Church: St. Edward’s Church, North York
Venue: Montecassino Hotel & Event Venue
DJ: DJ Floh Back Productions

Audi Magazine | Editorial Portrait Session | Toronto

As an active editorial photographer I have the privilege and honour of working with and meeting some fantastic and fascinating people. Recently I did two portrait sessions with some of Audi Canada’s executives. Brad Beckett, Director of Sales, photographed at Real Sports Bar and Grill and Mike Briscoe, Director of Marketing and Product Management photographed at Hotel Le Germain at the Maple Leaf Square. The interview and candid photography are part of the “Why Here?” section of the quarterly Audi Magazine. It’s a place that the interviewee chooses as one of their favourite spots or places they enjoy, and it’s the first question of the interview. The objective for the imagery is to capture the interviewee in  a candid, natural fashion and not staged or posed.

In order to capture both Brad and Mike in a natural pose I photographed both of these sessions during the interview. I also chose not to use any artificial lights such as flashes or strobes instead I opted to use the ambient and available lighting. This allowed me to do two things. One, I was able to freely walk around the subject and photograph from multiple angles and positions and two, I didn’t interrupt the interview which allowed for the natural expressions to shine.

On top of the portrait photographs, the story calls for some atmosphere shots of the location that the interview takes place in. I also chose to shoot both the Real Sports Bar and Grill and Hotel Le Garmain with available lighting. As both of these locations had such wonderful atmospheres.

Here is the interview with Brad Beckett (4/2010): view PDF


Here is the interview with Mike Briscoe (1/2011): view PDF


Featured on theringbearer.ca

I was very excited to see an interview I did with theringbearer.ca for their wedding inspiration series that features a Toronto wedding photographer featured on the home page :-)

Amidst the last minute to-do’s and stomach-stirring anticipation of his wedding day, Andrew paces around his Collingwood home. Sunlight streams through the enormous windows and illuminates the room. Soon Andrew’s groomsmen will arrive and he will begin getting ready to make memories on his big day, and capture them on film for decades to come. But even before he slips on his tuxedo, adorns his lapel with a boutonniere, or even changes out of his t-shirt, a lifelong relationship is instantly captured on film.

As Andrew’s mom is about to leave to get ready, she is overcome with emotion and a tear rolls down her cheek. Immediately she wraps her arms around her son’s neck and embraces him. Arms entwined, cheeks pressed up against one another, Andrew and his mom share a loving embrace. When Toronto wedding photographer Paul Koziorowski of one² photography sees it unfold, he doesn’t hesitate. Quickly, he raises his camera shoots. And in that same instant, the lifelong bond between a son and his mom is recorded…. Click here to read the full article.

NOTE: It mentions in the interview “captured on film” I just want to clarify that it was meant in a metaphorical way as I shoot all of my weddings using only digital equipment.