Dallas and Brian met at a house party 7 years ago. In the day and age of swiping left or right, I absolutely heart their story. Passing by each other in the hallway - bumping into one another - secretly thinking that the other one is cute - and voila the rest is history. Sugar Beach was the perfect location to meet up with them and be introduced to Scar (short for Scarlett) and get to know them in front of the lens. I can't WAIT for their Toronto Island wedding this summer - as we are all crossing our fingers for no floods lol Otherwise it could be swim trunks and bathing cap attire ;)
I just love people who are just as much of a romantic as I am. Shreya and John were totally up to meet for 5:00am at Scarbrough Bluffs Beach to catch the first light of the sunrise. When the light started to peek out and the morning mist laced the cove of the beach, I felt we were transported to the west coast - who knew that we were right on the shores of Lake Ontario?! What took place over the next hour was just the most magical light to compliment one of the most adorable couples. I am so excited for their wedding next month!
Ok - can we talk about how much I LOVE baptisms??? Especially orthodox ones since being not only being married in a Greek Orthodox church myself but also having my two sons blessed at the same church in such a beautiful tradition at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox. I can't decide which is my most favourite part, the smearing of the olive oil or the dunking of the little one in the blessed bath lol I was so thrilled when Anca called to ask me to capture Luca's Macedonian Orthodox ceremony here in Toronto which was held at St timothy's Anglican Church. It was a beautiful summer day - the light breeze dancing through the trees - the family gathering around the pews waiting for the ceremony to start (a double one which was a first for me but truly felt like a community coming together to bless these little ones), the gorgeous natural light coming in from the stain glass windows; the smell of aged wood and books in the air (deep inhale...ahhhhh). I have always thought of myself as a contemporary woman who loves modern design and unconventional ways but there is just something about deeply rooted traditions that bring family and friends together in celebration that I absolutely adore. Thank you so much for having me be apart of such a special day.
I LOVE meeting soon-to-be new mommy's and daddy's - or mommies and mommies - or daddies and daddies. The excitement and wonder that comes along with this journey you are ALL about to embark on - the great unknown of PARENTHOOD. We might talk about the story of how a name has been chosen (or not) lol, what gender you hope it will be (or not as you keep it a surprise for yourselves) or just how much advice you have been given from just about everyone you know who has gone before you - but just know this - it will be your GREATEST adventure yet!
Yotta and Matthew came as a referral through an old high school friend, Sophie, Yotta's sister. Completely honoured. These two - total melt and could they be any more adorable ?!?!?! They live across the pond in the UK but wanted to have their nuptials back in Yotta's hometown of Toronto. On one of their visits back, we scheduled their engagement session lakeside at Harbourfront (which is a perfect location summer or fall) and then enjoyed getting to know one another over some bevies. I love hearing about everyone's love story - each one is so unique. I especially love it when each of them have a slightly different version as they tell it. lol The giggles, the "Oh YA! Totally forgot about that!", the light tap on the arm or picking your battles and letting the other tell the entire story all the while grinning from ear to ear because you've heard this story a million times and love hearing it on the millionth and one time. That's marriage. That's partnership. That's love.