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Wedding Photography Fusion in Barrie, ON | Zophie + John

Zophie + John | Barrie Wedding Photography Fusion

You may remember Zophie + John from their May Long Weekend engagement session. We had such an amazing time that day and an equally awesome time capturing their wedding day! Zophie + John exchanged rings on July 16, 2011 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Barrie, ON. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon service. We met Zophie at her parent’s home, as she donned her gown for the day. She looked like a princess.

Their reception was held at one of Barrie’s premiere locations, the Barrie Country Club. One of our favorite local venues. There, they dined, shared stories and danced the night away with a brilliant choreographed waltz. It was truly a fairy tale wedding… and they lived happily ever after.

Church: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Venue: Barrie Country Club
Florist: Bradford Greenhouses
Cake: Holly’s Sweets & Eats
DJ: Keep Them Dancing

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Wedding at Horseshoe Resort in Barrie, ON

Shelley + Ian | Barrie Wedding Photography + Video

Shelley may look familiar to some of you. She was a featured speaker on a film we produced earlier this year. The wedding of Jen + Darren. Jen is Shelley’s best friend and was her matron of honor on this special day.

Shelley + Ian were married at Horseshoe Resort in Barrie, ON, last Friday. It was a beautiful day! The sun shone brightly and the weather was perfect! We loved this wedding for many reasons, but most especially because Shelley chose a Tiffany & Co. themed wedding! From the mens’ ivory-toned suits to the ladies’ lovely blue dresses, to the hanging decorations, the shoes and the desired Tiffany & Co. boxes; brilliant Tiffany & Co. blue and white colours were everywhere!

We started the day with Ian, a few minutes away from the resort, to take a few photos and capture some footage of him preparing for the big day. We, then, traveled to Horseshoe to join Shelley. Everyone was so relaxed and in great spirits as they waited for the couple to say their vows. It was a short and sweet ceremony, filled with love and laughter.

Their creative session was a blast! We had so much fun driving around the property in golf carts capturing tender moments between Shelley + Ian.

Their day ran like clockwork. It was seriously the most organized and punctual wedding we’ve ever attended from start to finish. Perhaps because of Shelley’s notorious ability to plan spectacular events and her “Shell-dule” (pronounced English-style “schedule”). Shelley + Ian are such a fun-loving couple and we can’t even put into words how much of a great time we had! We are so happy to have shared this day with them and we wish them all the best life has to offer!

Venue: Horseshoe Resort
Florist: Bradford Greenhouses
DJ: Music Of Our Times

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Wedding at Forest Hill United Church in Kitchener, ON

Julie + Will Highlight Film

Julie + Will exchanged rings last Saturday in Kitchener, ON. Julie is one of the kindest people we’ve ever met. Every time we would get on the phone, we would chat forever like old friends. Julie + Will met at a Toronto Maple Leafs v. Ottawa Senators game at the ACC in Toronto, ON eight years ago (Leafs won!). Will was completely smitten by Julie at first sight, and even missed the train back to Oshawa in order to perchance meet her. Well, it all worked out! He met her that evening and they have been together ever since. A couple of Leafs fans in love!

Washington Irving once said ““There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.” Well, it was obvious that the unspeakable love of Julie + Will profoundly effected their loved ones as they all wept sweet tears of joy throughout the day.

We began our day with the guys at the newly renovated Holiday Inn in Kitchener, ON. They just got back from an exciting game of golf and hurriedly dressed for the ceremony, while Derek Jeter played on the television in the background. Jeter’s milestone 3000th hit was a home run that day!

Shortly thereafter, we traveled over to Julie’s grandmother’s home to meet the ladies. They were all in great spirits, as they prepped for the day. Then, we were off to Forest Hill United Church where Julie + Will said their vows in front of their family and friends. After their beautiful ceremony, they headed off to their photo shoot with Angela Smith and Hilary Camilleri from Angela Smith Photography. We were so excited to finally get the opportunity to work Angela Smith because we are huge fans of her work.

After their creative session, we headed back to the Holiday Inn for dinner, heartfelt toasts including very touching musical numbers by her talented sister and father, and dancing. It was an incredible event!

Layla, their little puppy, couldn’t make it to the wedding. She had an appointment at the spa, but we’re sure she is plenty proud of her parents’ union. It was an amazing day and we are so honored to have been a part of it. Congratulations Julie + Will!

Chruch: Forest Hill United Church
Venue: Holiday Inn
Photography: Angela Smith Photography
Florist: Gifted Floral
Cake: Donna Munro
DJ: Complete Music

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Wedding Photography Fusion in Toronto, ON

Wedding Photography Fusion | Dmitri + Aliaksandra

Dmitri + Aliaksandra were married on Friday, June 10, 2011 in Toronto, ON. My knowledge of Russian, having studied this beautiful language for six years, helped us to understand a good deal of the traditions and sentiments that were expressed throughout this wondrous day.

We love referrals! It gives us the opportunity to make new friends with people that are an integral part of our previous couple’s lives. Last year, we were fortunate enough to photograph and video the wedding of Michelle + Rob, an amazing couple! Aliaksandra works with Michelle, so when she saw Michelle’s wedding album and received a recommendation, she chose our studio to capture her special day.

Originally, Dmitri + Aliaksandra chose our photography only collection; however, after watching the Fusion film we created for Laura + Dusan, they upgraded to our Fusion Collection. Fusion is the marriage of photography and cinematic elements to create a compelling visual story of the day.

Their day started at her parent’s home where, according to tradition, Dmitri had to “purchase” his bride. His friends were right by his side, vouching for his character and influencing the trade-off. He presented chocolates and money (even keys to his car!) to his future mother-in-law, in hopes of securing the heart of his beautiful bride. Eventually, she agreed to his request and he was invited to take her hand in marriage.

Their ceremony was held at the Russian Trinity Church, in the heart of downtown Toronto, ON. After the service, we headed off to a gorgeous park by the lake and got some incredible shots of the couple with the city of Toronto in the background.

Our next stop, was the Crystal Grand Banquet Hall on the edge of Mississauga, ON. The family played games, made heart-felt toasts in Russian and English, and encouraged the couple to kiss often by shouting “Gorka!” repeatedly. I believe that “Gorka! means bitter, so when the bride and groom kiss it makes life sweeter. Everyone had an amazing time, all the way up to the sparkler display and helium balloon launch at the end of the evening. It was a joyous occasion!


Church: Russian Trinity Church
Reception Venue: Crystal Grand Banquet Hall
Cake: Anton

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Wedding at Craigleith Ski Club in Blue Mountains, ON

Blue Mountains Wedding | Abby + Ryan Highlight Edit

Abby + Ryan exchanged vows on June 11, 2011. It was a perfect wedding! Each bridal party started their preparations at two separate, lovely cottages in Blue Mountain, ON. The guys hung out playing foosball and billiards. The ladies relaxed, while sipping on champagne and singing happy songs to the bride. The maid of honor couldn’t make it because she was going into labour (Congratulations Alia!), but they made a point of including her in the day through a speakerphone champagne toast before heading off to the church.

After their ceremony, Abby + Ryan drove off in a chauffeured, blue vintage car to their photo shoot. We all had a blast! The creative session took place at the Grain Elevators in Collingwood, ON located next to the Georgian Bay. They took their family and bridal party photos, then busted out their cool shades and cracked each other up with silly poses.

The reception was held at Craigleigh Ski Club in Blue Mountains, ON. It’s a great spot for a wedding, and a perfect place for a video guest book. Abby + Ryan wanted to hear words of wisdom from their loved ones, so we set up a space for people to express themselves. Their guests certainly had some incredible, and hilarious advice for the newlyweds! We can’t wait until they see it!

Abby + Ryan live near Ottawa, so we didn’t get the opportunity to meet them in person until the day of the wedding. But, through our many emails and phone conversations with the family on speakerphone, we grew to know more about them and their love story.

We were first introduced to Abby + Ryan through Abby’s mom, Kathy. Abby was in the middle of finals in university (which she aced!), so Kathy was kind enough to help her with the initial stages of wedding planning. We could already tell that we were going to really enjoy spending the day with this incredible family! There is a kindness, respect and adoration between them that is a beautiful sight to witness.

Abby + Ryan are such an easy-going, fun-loving couple and we feel so blessed to know them and their endearing family. We were so happy to film this day! Congratulations Abby + Ryan!


Photography: Aaron Rodericks
Church: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Craigleith Ski Club
DJ: Greg Campbell
Florist: The Petal Pushers

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Panache Design Works

Last November, I attended Posh, a workshop and retreat for female filmmakers. There, I received invaluable education and guidance from other women in the industry. One seminar, in particular, focused on the significance of the inspiration shoot. Three remarkable women, Dawn Kelly, Brea McDonald, and Meghan Simone, expounded on this idea through their short film creation for Style Me Pretty. This project emphasized the importance of seeking others whom you admire and working together to produce an inspiring piece. Immediately, I thought of Cathy Lane.

Cathy Lane is the founder and design extraordinaire of Panache Design Works located in Collingwood, Ontario. She was the creative vision behind one of our favourite Blue Mountain Resort weddings Brittany + David. We were blown away by her talent and awe-inspiring decor!

Last Saturday, we were fortunate enough to spend an afternoon with Cathy and her team as they prepared for a wedding at Lora Bay Golf Club. It was captivating to watch them work tirelessly as they transformed the room. Her attention to detail is astounding! From the centerpieces, to the overhead treatments, her brilliance speaks for itself. We learned so much and have gained even more respect for designers and the incredibly gorgeous work they can create.

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Laura + Dusan | Fusion

Laura + Dusan are special to us, not only because they are a remarkable couple, but because they are the first to experience the newest addition to our wedding photo collections. We are excited to announce a new concept we are introducing. Fusion.

Fusion is the artistic union of photographic and cinematic video images to create a compelling story of a couple’s wedding day. It’s similar to a photo slideshow; however, it incorporates video, audio, and a modern soundtrack to bring the still images to life.

Photographs are paramount. It is important to hire a skilled professional to capture all those special moments of your wedding day. Cinematic video footage and audio are equally as significant. Imagine, not only having those beautiful, treasured images of such a monumental day, but having the honor of hearing your vows or the speeches of loved ones. To, not only, have a snapshot of your relatives dancing, but to be able to watch them move and groove onscreen. Priceless.

If you are interested in learning more about this essential collection, please contact us. We’d love to talk to you!

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Patricia + Kamil | Bride.ca

We are so privileged to be featured this week in the Bridal Network sponsored blog Bride.ca. The wedding they chose to spotlight was the union of Patricia + Kamil, one of our favourite couples of 2010. They were married on a stunning Saturday in mid-October. They were an amazing couple to film and photograph. It was an incredible day! The photo session took place at the Riverwood Conservancy Chapel Gardens, a hidden gem in the heart of Toronto. The reception celebration was held at the elegant Le Jardin in Mississauga, Ontario. The flowers were provided by Flower Parade. Thanks Bride.ca for the the post!

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Laura + Dusan | April 2 2011

Laura and Dusan said their vows on a beautiful, blustery Saturday in Spring. The weather report predicted rain, but when we arose that morning, the sun shone brightly. What a great start to a wedding day!

The ceremony was held at the newly renovated St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Barrie. This is the first of four wedding we get the honor of capturing at the church this Summer. We couldn’t be happier.

We had an amazing photo session! They are such a fun couple! You could tell we were going to have a good time simply by Laura’s wedding shoe selection – her very own blue suede shoes! Elvis would be so proud! Laura and the ladies in her wedding party were incredible! They handled the chilly gusts of wind in their strapless gowns like professionals. Fortunately, they hired a stretch limousine to warm up in between shots.

They held their reception at Innisbrook Golf Course in Innisfil. We discovered that Laura’s grandparents will be celebrating their 65th anniversary this month! What a remarkable testament to true love and marriage! It was such a pleasure to be a part of their family’s celebration!

We have a surprise coming next week for Laura and Dusan. Stay tuned…

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Jen + Darren: Feb 26 2011

Even in the middle of winter, they’ve go their love to keep them warm!

We met Jen last year at the Timpano Bridal Show and were thrilled when she chose us to film this important day in her and Darren’s life.

We loved their winter wedding! The scene was so picturesque, in fact, that the serene snowflakes falling gently in the background provided the inspiration for the cake design. Truly a brilliant concept!

The burnt orange and olive colour scheme of the decorative accents were a brilliant contrast to the winter weather. Jen + Darren had one of the largest bridal parties we’ve ever had the great pleasure to work with. There were six bridesmaids, six groomsmen, a maid of honour, a best man, a dapper little ring bearer, an adorable flower girl, and of course, the lovely couple. It was quite an impressive group!

What an amazing time! What an exciting day! Congratulations to you both! We had a blast!

The soundtrack for this piece is “White Dress” by the incredibly talented Ben Rector. Click here to purchase the song.