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Sunny Wedding in Collingwood

Jennifer & Nuno’s Sunny Wedding in Collingwood

 Jennifer & Nuno are a dream couple. When I first met them I was in awe of their sweet gazes towards each other and the way they walked holding hands and smiling at each other.  Whenever I asked them to tell me how they met or anything to do with their life together they would both give me a huge smile and excitedly tell me the story. I knew then that these two were made for each other. Fast forward to Collingwood and as I expected they showed me once again that they were head over heels for each other. The wedding was full of love from friends and family and Jennifer was sure to keep everyone entertained with sarcastic and confident remarks throughout the day. It was truly great. I am so thrilled to share the highlights from their Bear Estate wedding with you all today! Happy scrolling!

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I really love all of the Willow Trees at this wedding venue. They are so beautiful and it really helped to be in that spot with all of the crazy light pouring through!collingwood wedding

Aren’t these two the sweetest ever? 🙂weddings-in-collingwoodphtoowedding reception decorationslindor at weddingdecor

There were so many beautiful details and memorable moments and Jennifer and Nuno’s wedding. It’s hard to not overshare!

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I absolutely adore their wedding cake! The pink flowers were so pretty.


And we snuck out for a couple of sunset photos after that 🙂

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May 23, 2016 - 12:07 pm

Mandi M - What a great job on this wedding! Those flower girl pictures are adorable, and I love the sunset pictures! 🙂

A Cambridge Mill Wedding

A Cambridge Mill Wedding

Amy & John are an amazing couple. The way they smile at each other and the joy on their faces when surrrounded by their family put me in a happy place while spending their wedding day with them this past fall at Cambridge Mill. I knew from my chats with Amy that she was super sweet and it turned out that both her and John were equally sweet and a lot of fun too. I really enjoyed every part of their wedding. I absolutely loved our bride’s hair and dress which looked both classic and glam at the same time. And our groom was looking super sharp so when they were paired hand in hand you would have thought they were a Hollywood couple. Bonus for me was that everyone at their wedding was so friendly and sweet and I got to hang out with a very cool and adorable toddler who just happened to be the son of our couple featured on the blog today. So let’s get right into the highlights of their wedding , shall we?

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Gotta love a baby in wedding attire 😉 Cute bow tie, cuter boy. bow-tie-for-toddler-wedding

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My favourite thing at weddings are those little moments…When a child is observing, the groom sheds a tear…the brides heart filled laugh. Those are the best things.

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And the sweetest kiss, ever.kiss-at-weddingwalking outside of wedding

I think Amy & John make a beautiful couple. Here’s some of the bride and groom portraits we created!

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And no wedding day is complete without a little silliness. Amy was sure to bring the fun and sass! ha!


And… another fun and cute shot of our bride!


The reception was beautiful, delicious and fun. Amy even brought out her Highland dancing moves for everyone!

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The colours in the sky that night were absolutely unreal too and it was lovely to see the fair in the background too!cambridge mill fairdancing at the wedding

There is so much more I could share and it is so hard to choose but I hope the highlights I shared today were enjoyed. It was an incredible wedding. Thanks again A+J!

Final share… one of my favourite photos from the day.


April 26, 2016 - 12:40 am

Jamie Wiebe - Beautiful shots,I love those little airplane suspenders!

April 26, 2016 - 1:41 am

Kristina - Lovely!! Great job and it looks like she was a fun bride to work with!

April 27, 2016 - 3:42 pm

Open Shutters Photography - These images are just so graceful and classic. Love the fun and tenderness that comes out of the couple. Beautiful work as always Melissa!

April 30, 2016 - 7:05 pm

michelle - beautiful wedding photos, i love the bride’s dress…it’s gorgeous!

May 5, 2016 - 2:03 pm

Mandi Mitchell - Beautiful portraits! I LOVE the pictures of them in front of the water!

GTA Imaging print test

GTA Imaging print test


So I have been thinking about trying out a print lab in Ontario called GTA Imaging for quite awhile now but I have been happy with my current lab ( WHCC – White House Custom Colour ) I needed a lovely stack of prints to put into my gorgeous new presentation boxes ( I’ll tell you guys about those another day. I seriously searched the Earth for these and they are DIVINE! ) And so I figured I would print out some from GTA. It literally took 2 days to print and arrive at in my mailbox, safely secured and packaged , ready for me to swoon over.

A couple of things that motivated me to try GTA IMAGING are

  • I have had other photographer friends mentioning them numerous times 😉
  • LOCAL ! This one is a really big deal for me. And they are like, very local. As in TORONTO. Yeah, buddy! Although I will go elsewhere for the best, if I can find something I love and support local businesses then I am a happy woman. *smiling*
  • Curiosity! I was simply curious to see how they compared to WHCC

Overall I would say that the quality is of GTA Imaging and Whitehouse are pretty similar. I am super picky about prints being true to the colours of my images as I work pretty hard on creating the style that I present…it would be a real and true bummer to have the images printed and they look completely different than they do on the computer. That is a common problem with retails labs such as Walmart and Zehrs etc and it can really be hit or miss ( sometimes its fine, sometimes its a nightmare  ) when you print through them. If you’ve put a lot of work or money into creating professional images or having a professional photographer create them for you then it’s really important to be getting beautiful and high quality prints back that reflect that. Otherwise you are paying beautiful portraits and the lab gives you alien green baby skin and contrasty purple bridal portraits.. or whatever. You can always check in with a local pro for suggestions on where to print and there are actually some decent consumer labs out there too! Anyways…I will definitely be printing through GTA Imaging again.

So as you cansee I have added couple of photos. I am big on white borders for proofs AND prints. There is just something that looks so gorgeous about a small white border. Love, love and a lovetty loveeeeeeeee. Yeah, that. #weirdoalert

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April 13, 2016 - 10:21 pm

Kelly loeffler - It’s always great to see images in print form especially from a recommended lab added bonus that they happen to be local. Thanks for the share.

April 14, 2016 - 2:51 am

Lyndsey Thomas - I made the exact switch a couple months ago and have been so happy with GTA. I’m loving the deep matte paper!

April 14, 2016 - 3:11 am

Melissa Avey - I’ll have to try that paper!

April 14, 2016 - 2:29 pm

David + Kara - They look great Melissa! I’ve always wondered how GTA compared to the big boys, but we do so few paper prints that I haven’t bothered to find out on my own. Next social that we have you’ll have to bring them for everyone to fawn over. 🙂

April 14, 2016 - 8:38 pm

Donna Beck - Thanks for sharing about GTA, totally going to check it out!

April 15, 2016 - 3:15 pm

Chantal - Printing photos is so important so it’s so nice to find a print company that does good work!!

Hacienda Sarria Wedding

Hacienda Sarria Wedding

Look at me catching up still, in no particular order 😉 I am thrilled to share C+S’s stunning summer wedding at The Hacienda Sarria in Kitchener, Ontario. I was over the moon excited when the bride contacted me about being their photographer because A) she came across as super sweet which only proved to be true 10 fold and B) they were getting married at one of my dream venues in our region. Hooray! It was an absolute pleasure sharing their wedding day with them and being able to create these images. Our beautiful bride wore not one, but TWO gorgeous wedding downs and her groom looked as sharp as ever! The day was full of beauty, love, laughs, friendship, family and even some tears and I am so honoured that I was able to document that for them. So today I will share the highlights from their summer wedding here in on the blog!

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I really loved the details and decor of this wedding but the truth is Hacienda on it’s own is absolutely incredible to look at!
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One of her beautiful wedding dresses and those gorgeous sparkling bridal shoes

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It was so sweet when our bride let her little friend try on her shoes and dress too!

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Our stunning groom!

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I loved how we were able to go back and forth so often to the various rooms at Hacienda. One thing that was very special was this photo idea that our bride and groom had where they would hold hands at the door but not actually see each other before their wedding ceremony. LOVED it.

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I loved this truck and this is one of my favourite family shots from the wedding.

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Some black and whites are always a good idea! 😉

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I still can’t get over how amazing this location is for a wedding.

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It was super fun to get all of the wedding guests outside for a big group portait! I shot this from above on the balcony at the venue.

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All of the details .. so amazing. From the delicious food to the incredible architecture at Hacienda Sarria. I was in wedding photographers glory.

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There were so many beautiful and fun moments throughout the night.

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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today to check out C+S’s stunning Hacienda Sarria wedding. Have a good day everyone.

  • Melissa
April 11, 2016 - 5:31 pm

Audrey Martin - Beautiful work!

April 11, 2016 - 6:26 pm

Erika Kao - What beautiful wedding photos! You captured such special moments for them.

April 11, 2016 - 6:49 pm

Katie - Gorgeous detail shots! The wedding looks like so much fun!

April 11, 2016 - 8:13 pm

Kelly Loeffler - what a stunning location for a wedding. I love all the simply elegant details you captured throughout their day. your images are so light airy and romantic its wonderful.

April 11, 2016 - 11:31 pm

Lecy | A Simpler Grace - What a beautiful wedding! I thought the little touches you captured (like the groom’s cuff links) were just perfect. Well done!

April 17, 2016 - 7:15 pm

Sandie - A beautiful series of wedding images, and what a gorgeous location Hacienda Sarria is for a weddnig. Stunning.

April 19, 2016 - 3:25 pm

Melissa - Absolutely stunning. You can tell you are passionate about your work. True Love.