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Engagement Shoot at Fanshawe Conservation Area

Engagement Shoot at Fanshawe Conservation Area

Ah, Mikaela and Luke.  An adorable and head-over-heels in love with each other couple who I got to photograph when the weather was many degrees higher. Mikaela is also a photographer out in London so when they decided to have me shoot their wedding I was, of course, super flattered. When I actually met up with them at Fanshawe Coonservation Area I quickly realizde what a perfect match  it was. These two lovebirds are full of life and love as well as creativity and I was super stoked at how into the photos they were. Mikaela actually has a pretty sweet collection of couples shots she has taken herself of the duo too! This session was honestly so fun to do and I cannot wait to see these guys again soon !!! So today I wanted to share a bit of their engagement photo shoot wiith you all here on the blog! Enjoy.

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Aren’t they just the cutest?

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The evening hit us so we stopped by the dock and lit some candles and took some cute photos there too =)

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And lastly I will share one of my favourites from their engagement shoot. Thanks for checking out the blog today!




Top 30 Under 30 Canadian Wedding Photographer

Top 30 Under 30 Canadian Wedding Photographer

Wowza! Yes, that’s my word. Pretty rad, right? Well you know what is even more rad than that? Big news for me in 2016 that I completely FAILED to blog about. Yes, one of the highlights from my year… the announcement that made me literally dance and leap across my house and make my husband think I am a maniac…ready for it? Ok, well the title says it all now doesn’t it? Canada Photo Convention named me as one of the top 30 under 30 photographers! Yes, for REAL! Being up there with so many amazing people that actually inspire me and who have created images that I swoon over constantly was such an incredible honour and surprise. Stoked doesn’t begin to even explain my feelings. Well as we start 2017 I figure I had better make this announcement on the blog. I did announce it on social media last April but still! I mean , I could always be 91 and decide that I want to share the news via some crazy futuristic and new-world blogging sphere but today at about 3 am seems to be the magic time! You can check out the feature here and see the other wedding photographers who have been so lucky to share the title as well! Eek!


Above is a cell phone picture. It’s the one I gave them that they used on my page so I decided to put it here. Plus I have my cool overalls on. Unfortunately those bad boys are history. *sigh* Grey wall, So professional. 😉

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Thanks again so much !

  • Melissa
January 25, 2017 - 10:08 am

Heather Neilson - Congratulations Melissa and well deserved! Your wedding photography is beautiful!

January 25, 2017 - 10:08 am

Charlotte - This is awesome information!

January 25, 2017 - 3:06 pm

Rachel - Congratulations!

January 26, 2017 - 1:19 am

Kelly L - Wow that’s awesome congrats!

January 26, 2017 - 4:33 am

Emma - Congratulations, that is amazing! Your work is seriously beautiful!

January 26, 2017 - 6:45 pm

Gonzalo Verdeja - Congratulation. You are a very talented photographer Melissa!!

February 6, 2017 - 7:28 pm

Shawna - Congratulations!!!!! From these images I can absolutely see why!!!!!! Breathtaking.

February 16, 2017 - 6:14 pm

tracy - That’s so amazing! Congratulations!

Wedding at Sunnybrook Estates Toronto

Wedding at Sunnybrook Estates Toronto

Sarah and Chris had a super beautiful wedding at the gorgeous Vaughan Estate at Sunnybrook Estates in Toronto. Sarah looked like a fairytale princess and Chris was sharp as ever with the sun was shining beautifully and the bride and groom surrounded by the people they love most, this day was truly unforgettable! I loved all of the sweet moments and unique details of the wedding day. I am stoked to share their wedding highlights with you guys here on the blog today!


I am 110% in love with these Kate Spade KEDS that Sarah our bride wore!


And the wedding dress!!!


  • Like a fairytale princess!
  • I absolutely love the bridal suite here.. Actually I just love this entire wedding venue. That pink though!
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  • And it was official!
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  • Ah this wedding reception was so full of love, laughter and beautiful details. I love looking back at their photos because I really remember how amazing it was being there! One thing that I thought was incredibly heart-warming was when Chris ( the groom ) brought out a candle-lit cupcake for his Dad’s birthday. When it was his special day, he still took the time to celebrate the important man in his life too. And sorry, but I may have teared up a little. 🙂
  • This is one of my favourite cut the wedding cake shots. This is basically Sarah making sure she doesn’t get a face full of cake. Aaaand, she didn’t!toronto award winning wedding photographer
  • Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today to check out Sarah+Chris’ beautiful bicycle themed Sunnybrook Estates wedding! Cheers!
  • Melissa
January 24, 2017 - 2:11 pm

A Taste for Travel - I love the way your photos captured the happiness of their very special wedding day. The light is incredible too. looks as though the air is glowing.

January 26, 2017 - 8:30 pm

michelle - Those wedding shoes are the best! Beautiful photos, Sunnybrook Estates looks like a gorgeous location!

January 28, 2017 - 7:34 pm

Rebecca - These photos are so beautiful! I feel like I am THERE! Keep up the excellent work!

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February 2, 2017 - 1:37 am

tracy - gorgeous photos! sunnybrook estates looks like a gorgeous place for a wedding!

February 2, 2017 - 6:04 pm

Elise - Beautiful!

February 3, 2017 - 2:54 am

Lindsay - Beautiful!!

February 3, 2017 - 3:27 am

Mandi H Mitchell - Love the Kate Spade Keds! I had a bride with the white ones this year as well! 🙂

February 6, 2017 - 9:14 pm

Esther - What a gorgeous couple, and beautifully photographed wedding. That dress is so dreamy!!

February 15, 2017 - 11:04 pm

Mandi Mitchell - Great reception pictures! 🙂

February 16, 2017 - 5:27 pm

Lindsay - Simply stunning. Fantastic work.

February 17, 2017 - 9:01 pm

Doru - Beautiful wedding photos! Clean and crisp as allways!

Toronto Island Engagement Shoot

 Yes! These two are absolute gems. I met them this year for their engagement session in Toronto on a beautiful day this summer. They brought along their sweet dog, super cool personalities and an idea for the perfect location which was a place I have NEVER been before. It was really fun to go downtown as I don’t live in the city and I love the opportunity to go to Toronto. The ferry ride over was fun and we enjoyed walking around Centre Island and creating images.  It’s fun to see so many different places and feel like you are kind of away from the big city. I definitely have to go back here when the weather warms up for a leisure trip ! So today I wanted to share the highlights from their engagement shoot! BRB with the wedding share soon too !

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  • This beach is really beautiful especially at sunset! I SO loved going to Toronto Islands and I am so happy to share this engagement shoot with you guys today. Last but not least is one of my faves from their love shoot.
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January 11, 2017 - 5:39 pm

C. Poly (@CPoly69) - Aww! These are so cute. I love how you included your pupper. And the two of you look so happy!

January 15, 2017 - 9:28 pm

michelle b - beautiful engagement photos, the location is awesome. I love that they included their dog in the photo shoot!

January 16, 2017 - 4:26 am

Doru - So many beautiful images! Love the ones with Toronto in background!

Royal Botanical Gardens Wedding

Royal Botanical Gardens Wedding

Alisha & Roland’s wedding day was full of love, faith, amazing weather and … ice cream! Yes! Who doesn’t love a cold treat on a super hot day? Married in church with the reception celebration at the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens complete with a vintage ice cream shop across the street. Wow! One of the sweetest couples I have had the pleasure of meeting and today I will finally share the highlights of their wedding with you here on the blog! I absolutely love going through these images again. It was such a fun day and who doesn’t love to look at sunshine and the gorgeous gardens when you are hiding inside of your house form the cold of winter? Ha!

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  • When I was creating this peek-a-boo detail shot of the bride’s shoes, I couldn’t help but make an image that also showed off the detailing on her lovely wedding dress! I love me a side by side. WEDDING SHOESweddings at rbgWEDDING PICTURESweddings at rbgweddings at rbgweddings at rbgweddings at rbgwedding detail shotswedding detail shotswedding detail shotswedding detail shotsgroombrideweddingsweddingsweddingsweddings2017-01-05_00042017-01-05_0005royal botanical gardens weddingroyal botanical gardens weddingburlington-wedding-photographersburlington-wedding-photographersburlington-wedding-photographersburlington-wedding-photographersburlington-wedding-photographersroyal botanical gardens pictures weddingroyal botanical gardens pictures weddingroyal botanical wedding photosroyal botanical wedding photosroyal botanical wedding photosroyal botanical wedding photosrbg wedding picturesrbg wedding picturesrbg wedding picturesrbg wedding pictureswedding photographerswedding photographerswedding flowerswedding flowerswedding flowersgroom holding-brides-bouquetweddings at the royal botanical gardensweddings at the royal botanical gardensweddings at the royal botanical gardensweddings at the royal botanical gardensweddings at the royal botanical gardensweddings at the royal botanical gardensweddings at the royal botanical gardensweddings at the royal botanical gardensweddings at the royal botanical gardensweddings at the royal botanical gardens
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  • I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with these two and shoot their beautiful RBG wedding! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog to check it out today!
  • – Melissa
January 6, 2017 - 2:37 am

Mandi - love it! So cute! The ice cream shop pictures are the cutest!

January 6, 2017 - 5:55 pm

Hailey Sanders - What a beautiful wedding and stunning couple!

January 6, 2017 - 5:57 pm

Laura Thomas - beautiful wedding! you did a wonderful job capturing the day!

January 6, 2017 - 9:14 pm

Jessica - Beautiful images! Everyone looks so happy. <3 Great job capturing the moments.

January 10, 2017 - 9:42 am

Esther - Beautifully captured! So much joy.