Mary and Jason exchanged marriage vows at St. Joseph's Church in Douro, Ontario. This was a special place for them, since Mary's parents were married there 27 years ago. Following the ceremony, we went across the road and recreated a few of her parents' wedding portraits, and then also recreated the same portraits except with Mary and Jason.
We went to Mary's uncle's farm down the road in Douro for more of the wedding photography. The farm has been in her family for over 100 years! The wedding favours were made at this farm too, and nothing beats homemade pure maple syrup! I especially loved the rustic barn with a mason jar chandelier.
We went to Lakeview Park in Oshawa after that,and on the way it started raining. We took a few portraits in the rain with my clear umbrellas, and then we all headed into the Jubilee Pavilion for their wedding reception. The reception started off with a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony, where Mary poured tea for Jason's parents and Jason poured tea for Mary's parents. Jason's family is from Taiwan and they had about 14 guests travel from Taiwan for this special occasion. Following speeches and toasts, it was time for the parent dances and the first dance. For the father and daughter dance, Jason played guitar and sang. For the mother and son dance, Mary's uncle, mother, and grandfather played an Irish waltz on the violin. The band played for Mary and Jason's first dance.
The whole family was such a pleasure to work with and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this wedding. Thank you Mary and Jason for choosing me to be your wedding photographer!
Photography - Michelle Lewis Photography (shot by Michelle and Lyndsey)
Hair and Make-up - Katie Lynne Hair and Make-up
Florist - Catherine McPhee
Cake - Rachel Baksh from R-dot Baking Co.
DJ - DJ Kaii Dreams from Durham Wedding DJ's
Entertainment - "The Front Porch All-Stars" live band (family friends of the couple)
Rentals - Ooh La La Party Rentals
Reception Venue -The Jubilee Pavilion Banquet and Conference Center
Ceremony Venue - St. Joseph's Church (the name of the Priest was Father Sany)
Michelle & Mike got married at the Arta Gallery in the Distillery District of Toronto. Congratulations to you both! Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer!
Images captured by Michelle Lewis Photography (Photographed by Michelle and Trenell)
Lindsi and Phil have known each other for about 10 years, after they met while taking a course in the army. They both love fishing, so they chose to include that into their engagement session. I love when my clients show their personalities to make their engagement sessions unique and special to them. The brought their fishing gear, including hooks, which paired together to make a super cute heart. They chose Lynde Shores in Whitby for their engagement session location because they loved that there is water there, which is needed for the fishing theme, and also because they wanted to have the forest look as well. It was the perfect location to have both of these.
Lindsi and Phil are getting married next June at Trafalgar Castle and they're having a bonfire reception, complete with food trucks, at a friend's property. I'm so excited to capture their wedding! Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer, Lindsi and Phil.
Kim and Adam chose to have their wedding at the beautiful Skyloft Ski Resort. The lodge-style wedding venue is located in Uxbridge, at the top of a ski hill with stunning scenic views. September is beautiful there because the trees are all just starting to turn colours. Usually the temperature is perfect this time of year, however there have been extreme heat warnings in the weather forecast, stating that it feels like 40 degrees Celsius with the humidity. It sure was a hot one! Thank you to Kim and Adam, along with their wedding party, for braving the heat and sunshine to allow me to capture these wedding portraits.
Courtney and Chris met in a really unique way; in the drive thru at Tim Hortin's. Chris was a customer and they saw each other there every morning until Chris approached Courtney. After dating for years, they had their adorable daughter Skylar. It was so special that she got to be involved in her parents' wedding!
I did their engagement photography session, that also doubled up as a family portrait session, last October. You can view the blog post from that engagement session here.
They chose Rolling Acres in Bowmanville for their wedding venue because it was nice and homey, and made them feel comfortable. I loved the picturesque property, especially the pond. They had an outdoor ceremony that was officiated by Rev. Ray Cross from Bride's Choice Officiant.
Congratulations Courtney and Chris! Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer.
Photography - Michelle Lewis Photography (Shot by Michelle and Lyndsey)
Venue - Rolling Acres
Officiant - Bride's Choice Officiant (Reverend Ray Cross)
Makeup - cbbeauty (Cassandra)
Wedding Dress - David's Bridal
Bridesmaids Dress - Lulu's
Wedding rings - Graziella
Photo booth - MMWackypix
Disc Jockey - DJ Ouu / Ampd Entertainment
Limo - Lux Limo
I met Madison when we became friends back in high school. She is also a photographer, and she shot my wedding, so it was definitely exciting that she asked me to shoot hers as well. We hire each other for second shooter work quite often as well.
Madison and Kyle met through mutual friends 8 years ago, and they knew they were meant to be right away. They got engaged at age 19, but they knew it would be a long engagement. I captured their engagement portraits over 2 years ago (after they had already been engaged for years). Needless to say, this wedding has been such a long awaited day that they dreamed about for years, and now it has finally happened. They are now Mr and Mrs! It was such a perfect day and not a single thing went wrong. The forecast had been calling for rain on their wedding day, for almost a week, but on the day of the wedding the forecast had changed. Thankfully, they were able to have the beautiful outdoor ceremony that they wanted. The skies were bright and blue, and the sun was shining.
The wedding was held at The Briars Resort, where they stayed for the weekend. The picturesque property was so much fun to shoot on, because there were so many perfect sports for portraits. The theme was vintage with many music influences, such as music notes and quotes from their shared love of the Beatles.
Congratulations on your wedding, Madison and Kyle! It was such a privilege to provide wedding photography for you!
Photography - Michelle Lewis Photography (captured by Michelle and Melissa)
Video – Northern Diaries Art and Film (You can view their video here)
Flowers- Terra Cotta Home and Garden
Make Up- All Made Up
Hair – Bliss Beauty by Jen
Venue – The Briars
DJ- Durham DJ’s
Officiant – La Buick Officiants
Dress – Galina Signature
I first met Kirsten back in high school, and we have been friends ever since. When she messaged me, about a year and a half ago, telling me that she was going to propose to Nicole, I was so excited. I had never captured a proposal before and that was definitely on my photography bucket list. Shortly after that, they booked me as their wedding photographer.
Their wedding was so very special with so many personal touches and emotional moments. It all took place at the Casablanca Winery Inn in Grimsby. When I arrived with my second shooter, Melissa, the brides were getting ready in two different hotel rooms right across the hall from each other, along with the members of the wedding party. This made it so easy for Melissa and I to coordinate matching dress shots, etc. We ensured the brides were not in the hallway at the time, since they would be waiting until the ceremony to see each other for the first time in their wedding attire.
Nicole and Kirsten both added decals to their wedding shoes, which I loved. Nicole's said "I will love you every step of the way", and Kirsten's said "She's Mine". Kirsten's bouquet was gorgeous. It featured fabric roses with ornate broaches in it, along with a couple of pins in memory of her late father that said "I will always be your little girl" and "I loved her first". Also attached to her bouquet was a small blue keepsake with her father's ashes in it, so he could symbolically walk her down the aisle. The two of them had such a special relationship, and he loved Nicole as well. He was able to make it to their proposal last January and was glowing with happiness the whole time.
For the wedding ceremony, Nicole’s side of the wedding party walked down the aisle first, followed by Nicole who walked down the aisle with her brother. Next came Kirsten’s side of the wedding party and the flower girl, followed by Kirsten and her brother. Her Zaida lifted her veil. The two exchanged heartfelt vows with plenty of happy tears. Toward the end of the wedding ceremony, the two brides did the breaking of the glass, as seen in traditional Jewish wedding ceremonies, while the guests all shouted “Mazel Tov!” in celebration. Kirsten is part Jewish, and it was nice to see them include traditions from that.
We went to a nearby waterfront park for portraits and then came back for the reception. The brides made the centrepieces themselves and included many personal touches. After dinner and speeches, the two had their first dance, and then they each danced with their brothers before the dance floor opened up for everyone. There was cake cutting, and then they played the infamous ‘shoe game’. Following that there was a flash mob, where friends and members of their bridal party joined them on the dance floor to perform to ‘24k Magic’ and ‘Born This Way’. They tossed a bouquet together, and then Nicole removed Kirsten’s garter and tossed it.
Thank you both for choosing Michelle Lewis Photography as your wedding photographer! It was such a privilege to capture your wedding and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!
I first met Carys almost 7 years ago, on the day my father passed away. She lived across the street from him, and even though we did not know her, she invited us into her home where she served us tea and cookies and allowed my family to grieve there for the afternoon. She is one of the sweetest and most genuinely caring people you will ever meet, but she is also strong. She went on to battle, and conquer, stage 2 breast cancer.
She met Phil while training for a new job. The two became friends and were so compatible that coworkers began to assume they were already dating. Obviously the two of them did end up dating, and I was so excited when Carys messaged me about wedding photography, telling me they were engaged by sending a picture of her gorgeous engagement ring. I met Phil for the first time at their wedding consultation. He is the type of person who will befriend you right away, and between the two of them, our consultations were always filled with laughter (even if that laughter was at my expense from time to time. Thanks for that, Phil. Haha).
Once they officially booked me as their wedding photographer, we planned their engagement session. I captured their engagement portraits over the winter, where the two braved the cold weather.
Their wedding was inspired by a teal bow-tie with flowers on it, which you will see in the background of some of my detail shots. They chose a 1940's vintage theme. Carys and Phil chose Ganaraska Forest Centre as their perfect wedding venue, and spent the whole weekend up there as a nice quiet retreat with loved ones invited. Their ceremony was Sunday morning, followed by a brunch reception catered by Berry Hill Catering. There were a lot of vegan and gluten-free options for the wedding guests.
I had been checking the weather frequently in the week leading up to their wedding. Every time I checked, the weather network called for not only rain, but also thunderstorms. It was supposed to rain all morning and afternoon. Rainy weddings can be beautiful, but when the bride and groom are planning for an outdoor wedding ceremony, rain is not always wanted. The rain held off and we had plenty of sunshine. It wasn't until literally seconds before we walked into the reception hall after portraits that I felt the first few drops. The storm finally came during the reception, which was perfect timing and very lucky.
Their ceremony took place in the woods, and it was the perfect place for an intimate wedding ceremony. Guests watched as they exchanged vows filled with smiles and laughter. Phil's Uncle/godfather played the guitar before the ceremony.
The florals had a huge impact on the look of the wedding. The wedding florist that they chose was College Park Flowers, which is an award winning florist. They are my absolute favourite flower shop, and I had hired them to do the bouquets and boutonnieres from my own wedding in 2013 as well. At Carys and Phil's wedding, they did the bouquets, boutonnieres, garlands in the reception hall and ceremony arbour, the centrepieces, and the petals along the ceremony isle. I loved all of it! Carys' mother worked at College Park flowers, and was one of the three people who worked on Carys and Phil's wedding florals. Her mother is retiring from the shop, so Carys' wedding was her big finale. Carys also used to work at the flower shop. Carys' mom used some of the greenery from her own backyard for the wedding. The boutonnieres included an air plant, so that Phil had something he could keep from after the wedding.
The bride's makeup was done by a close family friend named Natalie, and her hair was done by Natalie's sister Christina. Carys knew them through their mother, who worked at College Park Flowers during during her battle with Myeloma. She approached the shop after she heard that Carys worked their during her cancer treatment. They ended up becoming very close, with Carys speaking at her funeral, and the families are still linked today.
The dress was designed and created by Carys and her mom. Carys dreamed of making a wedding dress from her mothers, so they chose lace that resembled her mother's wedding dress, and then chose fabrics from the garment district on Queen St in Toronto. They were able to include the only two remaining pieces of lace from her mother's dress on the waistband for both the removable skirt and the dress itself. The convertible dress was so beautiful and 100% unique to any other. The skirt could button up directly on top of the knee length dress, so that Carys could have the best of both worlds.
The suits were from RW&Co. Each groomsman had a different dress shirt, tie, and socks. Carys hand made each pocket square herself. Phil's tie clip featured the same stone as in Carys' engagement ring.
The bride's accessories were all so special as well. She decorated her hair piece with feathers from her friend's wedding and also emu feathers from a time when her and Phil went to the zoo. The pearl bracelet was a special 'welcome to the family' gift from Phil's parents. The flower bracelet was her 'something borrowed'. Their necklaces had their names on it with their matching Gemini constellation.
The Details and Decor
Carys is the ultimate DIY bride. Every single wedding detail was so well thought out and personal. She sewed all of the napkins at each place setting, which were all completely unique. She collected vintage plates, glassware, and flatware, that matched her theme. Most of the teacups and saucers were from Phil's mother's family. Most of the China and Silver was from Carys' grandmother, including a special plate that helped inspire the theme. That plate featured a Pheonix on a teal-edged dessert plate, which was used at Phil's place setting. Every setting looked different, and every table looked different with a unique centre piece. Carys even made the bunting banner in the reception hall herself. The linen and chair rentals were from Fantastik Trading. They chose a naked cake that was gluten-free with berries and jam on it, and cupcakes that were vegan. They were done by A1 Gluten-Free Gals - Oshawa. The alcoholic cider and non-alcoholic cider was done by Archibald Orchards.
During the brunch reception, Carys and Phil told personal stories about their relationship and how they met. There was a lot of laughter and jokes. The parents of the bride, and the parents of the groom gave speeches. After that, Carys surprised Phil by singing 'The Way I am' by Ingrid Michaelson, and Phil's uncle played guitar. It was so sweet! Following that, the two gave a speech, cut the cake, and did a champagne toast. It was so beautiful!
The Wedding Photographer
The photography was all done by Michelle Lewis Photography. The primary photographer was Michelle Lewis, and the second shooter was Madison. Michelle Lewis Photography specializes in wedding photography in the Greater Toronto Area and all of Durham Region.
Carys and Phil, thank you both so much for trusting me to capture one of the most important days of your lives. It was such an honour to be your wedding photographer! The two of you couldn't be more perfect for each other and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness, laughter, and love.
Usually when I go out with my family, I leave my professional camera at home, especially when we go somewhere messy like the local waterfront beach. The rare time, I do bring it, because I love having good quality portraits of my children that I can print. I am so glad I decided to bring it this time, because we got some special images that I will always cherish, even if I did have to bribe my kids in order to get the posed ones. My kids love this area, where we go on a regular basis. After all, childhood is all about getting messy sometimes! There is nothing I love more than quality time with my husband and our two daughters, all together doing something special.
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