Little Black Dress Gala 2017

I'm so proud of my friend Alpha. 7 years ago, when I was enjoying the downtown life, I used to see him sitting at the 24 hour Blenz coffee shops working on putting together a fundraising event. "I want to have a special night that everyone and anyone can dress up for and feel their best and have a great time and donate the money to help change my city" is what he would say to me. 

I photographed the first Little Black Dress Gala (LBD) 5 years ago so when I see how far the movement has come, it inspires me beyond words. This past event was extra special because Alpha's parents came all the way from Uganda. It was truly a dream come true. 

The President of Help Change My City, Christine Michelle is also a dear friend of mine. She is a true inspiration and an amazing example to many. Plus...I love seeing what she does with the images I capture from the events!

I love photographing the Little Black Dress Galas. I feel free to follow the light and create art which is truly my favorite way to capture an event. No need to pose for me! 

Find out more about Alpha and Help Change my City and feel free to get involved! The more the merrier!

Enjoy the photos and share away!

xox

Tristan & Alexa - Cancun Love

This gorgeous couple met in Cancun on a fun spring break adventure and decided to get married in the same spot 10 years later. It was an epic week of celebrating love being surrounded by family and a big group of best friends. 

We took some romantic photos the day before the guests arrived which made for an extra fun and relaxed wedding day. 

I love destination weddings!!

Ian & Tina's Taiwanese Engagement Ceremony

4 years ago these two beauties brought me on a life changing adventure to capture their formal engagement ceremony in Taiwan. 

I'll share their wedding day on the blog in the coming weeks but until then, enjoy seeing this gorgeous bride in all the pretty colourful dresses!

Love you Family. xx

Alyssa & Jordan

Alyssa is another best friend of mine. She is one of a kind and all who know her, know how truly special she is. Her wedding was at a beautiful church in Cape Cod and the reception was around the corner at The Red Lion Inn

Every moment of this day was special and I'm so thankful that I was asked to capture it and be by their side from start to finish. That's the beauty of photographing my best friend's wedding days...I don't miss a thing!

5 years later, these two are still going strong and being an amazing example of a married life full of love, laughter, travel and adventure.

Love you both. 
xoxx

Chris & Holly

What a picture perfect fairytale wedding this was! Set at the picturesque Hatley Castle on Vancouver Island, the entire day left me speechless. Holly's dress, the flowers, the setting, the music, the family and guests and did I mention flowers? Everything was absolutely stunning. 

Chris and Holly are simply smitten kittens and glow at the mention of the others name. Holly's Mother was emotional seeing her baby girl in her wedding gown. She gave one of the most touching speeches leading everyone to hold hands and send the young couple love and positive intentions for their lives. 

For the reception they had the Famous Players Band singing their hearts out keeping everyone happy on the starlit dance floor. Just when you thought it couldn't get any more amazing, Chris got up on stage to surprise his lovely bride with a special performance by her favorite band RAC. Yes...yes he did. 

Another bonus of this day was shooting side by side with my talented bestie Kristie Robin. We make a damn good wedding team if I do say so myself :)

A note from the bride:
"I have to pass on the compliment I kept getting from our guests- I had a few people tell me how lovely your energy was, and how easy it was to smile with you behind the camera! That's certainly part of the reason we wanted to work with you, but it was nice to hear that everyone else was feeling super comfortable as well. Thank you." ~Holly


Wedding Planner + Wedding Style & Design by- Spread Love Events
Getting Ready Location- Fairmont Empress
Wedding Venue- Hatley Castle
Truffles Catering
Hair by the incredible Jessica Stotts
Dress- Lennon Gown from @ruedeseinebridal purchased from Union Bridal
Wedding Florals- Celsia Florals
Cinematography- Jody Hill
Hair & MUA - Denise Elliott

Rebecca & Brian

Rebecca and I bumped heads in grade two gym class and have been best friends ever since. She's my BFF and has been my rock throughout the years. 

Growing up we always pictured having big elaborate celebrations but instead Rebecca lead the way with an intimate celebration with her closest family members and a handful of friends. They planned their big day in under two months and the food, music and wine were all on point. Perfectly intimate, classy yet casual and full of fun! 

Love you so much Rebeccaonovich. I'm so so so happy you've found your partner to enjoy your days with. Just let Brian know that we'll be backpacking again when our kids are out of the house!

Love Tarzan
XOXO

Make Up by Denise Elliott

Reception Venue Jules Casual French Bistro

Katie & David @ the Roundhill Resort

Katie is a best friend of mine from University. Her passion for life and beauty is contagious. She lights up the room with her warm personality and outbursts of laughter. She's known for style and grace and we all knew her wedding would be magical. Set at the stunning Round Hill Hotel & Villas outside of Montego Bay, she and David exchanged their vows surrounded by an intimate group of loved ones. 

Love you beauties!! xoxoxo

Hair by: Brennen Demelo
Make up by: Grace Lee
Dress by: Rita Vinieris

Wedding featured in Wedding Bells Magazine 

See the party in action in this video: It's Chaud Time

Follow Katie's adventures on instagram @stylepilgrim

 

Josh & Kayla

I had the pleasure of capturing my cousin's wedding this past September. These two beauties were made for each other and I'm so happy to see them so in love and committed. 

I always love photographing my family celebrations. You know it will be full of laughter and tears and most definitely a shirts off dance party to end the night. 

Make up by Jasmine Hoffman
Wedding Venue: Redwoods Golf Course

 

 

 

Jacquelyn & Brennen

Jacquelyn is one of my coolest friends. She's brilliant and beautiful and her wedding reflected her perfectly. Set at the picturesque Villas Hermosas in Costa Rica, she and Brennen exchanged their vows during a stunning sunset surrounded by an intimate group of loved ones. I was in heaven capturing the beauty of the moments. 

Arezou & Kenya

Arezou is one of my dearest soul sisters. Leading up to her wedding was so emotional but the day of was a pure blast. She and Kenya are such a fabulous team and the best party planners in the city. No one doubted that their celebration would be special. Packed with sparkles, drumming, strumming, back flips and knife dancing, it was nothing short of epic. 

I was asked to do a little speech at the reception...I almost drew a blank but this slideshow I put together of them and their relationship made up for my brain freeze: Arezou & Kenya

Awesome job to Brilliant Events for her expert wedding planning!

Wedding Wednesday with CBR

Every Wednesday I plan to share some of my favourite captures from recent weddings and older faves. 

Stay tuned for some gorgeous pictures!!!

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