Category Archives: Fash The Dress

Beachy Bohemian Chic Bridal Session

What an amazing, incredible, unbelievable few months we have had. We’ve been very busy photographing heaps of weddings and engagement shoots in Toronto and globetrotting to exotic destinations shooting some pretty unreal weddings (coming soon!) But that’s not all… We have also been photographing some fabulous styled shoots and our work has been published on such blogs as WedLuxe, Style Me Pretty and now Australia’s go to wedding blog for Aussie brides, Polka Dot Bride. Since we split our time between our Toronto, Canada and Perth, Australia studios we have the awesome opportunity to share our international work with our readers from both sides.

We loved working with Wedding Planner extraordinaire Crystal Adair-Benning from Distinct Occasions on this shoot. She is an amazing talent that dreamed up the concept for the photo shoot. Like us, Crystal divides her time between Toronto, Canada and Perth, Australia catering to the wedding seasons in both countries.

I have to say that this bridal session was a lot of hard work but equally as fun. The shoot was so inspirational! When we saw the concept come together it was some serious eye candy for us photographers.

The rugged Australian terrain was so beautiful to photograph. I love the way the trees twist and curl in the background. Perth’s landscapes are just phenomenal! We feel so blessed to get to live in such a beautiful place.

Crystal flew over to Bali and found these amazing little pieces in Ubud for the shoot. The Balinese umbrellas are so detailed and gorgeous and the little baskets and bowls were an amazing find. It makes me want to do a little shopping trip of my own 🙂

Acscents Floral’s did the wedding flowers for this bridal session. They are absolutely amazing and this is why Dave and I chose them to do our flowers for our wedding last February at Cottesloe Civic Centre!! Val, the florist, has such a creative eye. She creates interesting designs, more like floral works of art. I love the design she created for this shoot. Gorgeous floral’s trailing out of this unique nautilus shell.

Isn’t the light in Perth, W.A. out of control! I love breezy, glowing images like this.

I love this Kuste VW Kombi we had the pleasure to photograph during the bridal session. Why not get creative with you wedding and drive your crew around in style in this sweet ride.

For it’s age, it was amazing that this vintage Kombi was so immaculate. It was like new and an amazing detail for our shoot. Sooo beachy chick. Doesn’t it just make you want to load it up with friends and have a bbq on the beach.

Thanks to all of our Perth wedding vendors that took part in this day full of fun, you guys are the best. A special thanks to Rosin from Alpha Models for our stunning model Anique.

One Haute Engagement Session

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Wow, this was one smokin’ hot shoot! And what a stunning couple, meet Simon & Noel! While planning their engagement session, they mentioned that they’d love to have a high fashion vibe to the shoot to really give their images drama and elegance. With three wardrobe changes and some of the most beautiful gowns I’ve ever seen you can see how putting that little extra into styling the engagement shoot really does wonders! Honestly, with the gorgeous and style savvy couples who hire us, Dave and I should really open up a modeling agency ;).

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Many of our recent couples have asked to shoot at the Berkeley Church. I guess they’ve been checking out our blog and all of the great wedding photography workshop photos we’ve taken there. Like us, they think it’s one of Toronto’s best photography locations! As you can see from this shoot we managed to get a totally different look to the shoot from Sara & Hami’s engagement pictures. There are just so many options… My goodness, I do love the Berkeley Church :).

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These guys were so fierce, the pic above could easily be used in a Chanel ad! What a dress. Noel, I must know where you got that turquoise number, absolutely stunning!

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Oh, how awesome are Noel’s shoes, all of you shoe addicts out there know what I’m taking about… Christian Louboutin… Helllloooo!!! I am totally hitting up the Louboutin boutique when we go to Paris next week! Louboutin shoes, with their trademark red sole, are as desirable as they come. I’m pretty sure it’s an essential destination for any fashionista in Paris. I don’t know if Dave will actually let me through the doors with my credit card but looking is free, right!?!

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Wow, another jaw-dropper! Love this one below, it’s just fabulous. You can tell Simon loves Noel sooo much I couldn’t believe how he proposed. Talk about popping the question… Simon and Noel had their first date down by the docks on Polson st, here in Toronto. When he asked Noel to be his wife he wanted to bring an element of their first date into the proposal. Simon arranged for a Helicopter to drop them at the helipad at the end of Polson street and a limo drive to a private table he had arranged on the beach. Awaiting their arrival was a 5 star chef with a fabulous meal for the occasion. Oh no, wait, it gets better! After the private dinner for two on the beach, Simon took Noel home for a surprise engagement party with all of their friends and loved ones waiting to celebrate the next chapter of their lives together! Wowza, good work Simon, now that’s a proposal!!!

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Our high fashion engagement shoot wrapped over a cup of coffee in Toronto’s Distillery District. Thanks guys for another fab shoot at the Berkeley Church! Congrats to you both, you make an amazing couple!

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Natasha & Kester’s Wedding in Paradise

We’re back in Toronto now after a fabulous time away in the tropical paradise of Barbados. We have had sooooo many shoots since we’ve arrived home we have had absolutely NO time to do what we LOVE to do so much… blog about all our adventures! ~ sniff sniff. btw, thanks for your facebook messages and we will try to stay on top of our blogging duties everyone (p.s. Yes, we have workshop deets coming soon. November’s workshop is gonna be off the hook!!)

So back to the Barbados fun! As predicted we had an unbelievably awesome time with Natasha & Kester. They’re the sweetest, most romantic, fun and charming couple ever! It was such a breeze to work with these two because every shot just works, and neither of them have a single bad angle!! As soon as we hit the airport asphalt, we knew we had a couple of supermodels on our hands!

They really are the hottest couple, we called them Brangelina but soon re-named them “Kash” as they deserved there own hybrid Hollywood nick-name. Natasha was an absolute dream to work with. She’s taken dance all of her life and it shows. She’s so elegant and graceful she just floats like a cloud when she moves. Kester on the other hand is always looking cool and charming and kept us all laughing which is why they just made the best models ever!!

When we arrived to the resort we were blown away by it’s beauty. Aquamarine waves lapped upon the shore and Barbados is of course known for soft white sand beaches that feel nothing short of baby powder between your toes. They were kind enough to book us in a stunning ocean view suite with all the amenities and luxuries of home. Geez guys, thanks again, you never cease to amaze us 🙂

Not only did they make all of the arrangements for their destination wedding from Canada, (with help of their wedding planner of course) but they did not miss a single detail. From the ‘how’d they do that’ wedding invitations, to the out-of-this-world floral design, the personalized wedding website to the phenomenal clifftop ceremony complete with shoe string palm trees swaying in the sun and a custom built deck for the guests comfort and enjoyment.  The evening ended with an opulent reception at the exclusive Wispers on the Bay Restaurant… Aaahhhh, just thinking about takes me back.

Another great thing about getting away with these guys were all of the exciting adventures we got in to. We went on a glass bottom boat ride, swimming with sea turtles (heeyy dude), toured the Mount Gay Rum factory and experienced the breathtaking natural wonders of the Harrison caves (out of this world and a must see.) We ended it all with a tour of the island and made our way to Bathesheba or small community commonly known as surfers paradise.

We knew we’d have the time of our lives shooting “Kash’s” perfect wedding in paradise. We’re planning 5 dream albums together from the engagement to wedding and everything in between!! Documenting one of the most important times of their lives was such an amazing experience for us and a pure joy to be a part of. Thanks so much guys, can’t wait until we shoot your one year anniversary in beautiful Barbados!!

Alyssa’s Expression Session!

Last week I was chatting with a good friend of mine, who’s wedding I photographed back in 2005. I was telling her about the Expression Sessions I’m doing with brides (and grooms) after their wedding. Alyssa jumped right onto the idea and thought it was an awesome idea and a really good excuse to play dress ups!

So we got together last night and did a shoot in downtown Hamilton – which I might say provides some pretty awesome shooting opportunities. Two of Alyssa’s bridesmaids wanted to come out and have some fun too. Both Lindsay and Emily are gorgeous, so it certainly made for some very cool shots.

Let me know what you think of them!

Stephanie & Dave’s Expression Session

There have been several photographer friends of mine across North America suggesting to their brides and grooms to head out with them and have one last hurrah in their wedding gear before it goes into the wardrobe… I think it’s an amazing idea! I’m calling it an Expression Session!

After suggesting it to some friends of mine who recently tied the knot, we got together today and created some truly beautiful images… Here are my favourites.

Enjoy!