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Sam and Frankie’s wedding was the first wedding of 2016 for Olive Studio. It was a gorgeous spring day and I was excited to document the union of this incredibly sweet two-some.

Sam and Frankie met in grade 9, dating for two weeks but because of their extreme shyness towards one another, they broke up. Two years later, the stars realigned and they have been together ever since. These high-school sweethearts truly adore each other. Sam is extremely sweet, enamouring and has a contagious laugh and smile that will cheer any dark mood. Frankie is fun, kind and quiet…..very quiet which is a great balance for his chatty counterpart. His deep dimpled smile does wonders too 😉

What I noticed very quickly, while documenting them was that they are both head-over-heels for one another. I was instantly charmed by the couple’s dynamic and knew that the photos would show how genuine their love is. I had a blast working with you and your kind family and friends.

All the best to you, Sam and Frankie in your new life chapter.

xx- april

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Words from the Bride

What was your favourite wedding moment

“My favourite moment of the day was the ceremony, watching Frankie be taken up in the moment listening to the officiant and listening to Frankie’s vows. It was amazing to look out to the crowd and see nothing but our closest family and friends there to support us and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. This day was literally the best day of our lives, so far!”

What was your first dance song?

“Brad Paisley – Then . Frankie actually picked this song which was surprising as he isn’t a country fan at all. It was perfect for us. Being together 11 years, it symbolized points in time each of us have looked back and had thought that in that moment that we knew it was going to him/her. Over the years we’ve realized that the best is yet to come.”




Hazelton Manor


Alexa Gilmour


Alexandra McNamara


Cool, Green and Shady




Under Wraps


Amy Beth Duclos @ Bespoke Beauty


Kleinfeld – Hayley Paige


Badgley Mishka


Michael Kors


Bill Levkof


Homeade Strawberry Jam


Mancrates + earrings + necklace












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Kelly and John Paul emphasized that they wanted a laid-back, simple yet elegant wedding celebration at a restaurant in the Distillery District; one of my favourite’s, Archeo.

Archeo has pleasant staff and delicious food with a cozy and modern backdrop. To me, I think it suits a cold winters night or a chilly spring as the golden glow that you get here is super sweet. I always enjoy getting ambient light photos here because the light is good in every direction. ( a nerdy observation from a photographer but a goodie)

Kelly and John Paul had the perfect amount of spring decor elements. The dried lavender sprigs along the candle holders was especially cute. What a simple yet beautiful idea! The couple wanted a no fuss reception which they got with much success. Previous to that, they went to get officially hitched at the City Hall with close family members. City Hall is nothing fancy or even romantic but it does save a lot of time and money and make the focus about the celebration!

All the best to you both!

xx – april

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May 2 couldn’t have been a nicer day. A spring wedding can be sometimes nerve-wracking as any Torontonian knows our springs aren’t very predictable. It turns out this day was perfect however and Christine and Bryan were getting hitched! It was the first Saturday of May and the Gardiner Expressway was closed. I was fearful of a mad traffic jam so I took the subway and ended up arriving at the Trump an hour before my start time. I couldn’t believe the luck of the day. 22 degrees, sun, a breakfast wrap and coffee and not a worry in the world about arriving on time. AHHH. A sigh of relief.

My day of work started with ample details at the Trump Hotel. It is one of my favourite hotel locations because of their service. The staff are beyond hospitable and have helped in a rainy jam one too many times. No to mention, the textures and colours of the bar behind the front desk are just dreamy. Most hotels in this city have revamped their look to a more modern and clinical feeling which is never fun for finding textures and colour for photography. Since Christine was getting ready at the hotel I knew that the colourful backdrops would suit the Berkeley textures and eclectic whimsy. We got gorgeous getting ready shots and headed to St.Paul’s Basilica for the ceremony.  The bride walked into the church to “Yellow” by Coldplay being played on cello and violin. It was a short and sweet ceremony, which allowed for plenty of time for the bridal party to take many pictures at Todmorden Mills and Berkeley Field House, and we even stopped by a nearby railroad to snap some couple photos.

The reception was a tremendous celebration with free-flowing alcohol, great food, touching speeches, a never empty dance floor, and most importantly so much love and happiness in the room. Christine and Bryan’s family and friends are warm and welcoming people and by the end of the night, I felt at home with them. What a lovely day to compliment a lovely couple. I know you both will do amazing things in your life together.


xx- april

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VENUE: Berkeley Fieldhouse 
CEREMONY LOCATION: St. Paul’s Basilica 
OFFICIANT OR PRIEST:  Father Frank McDevitt
HOTEL:Trump Hotel Toronto 


DRESS:Cher by Watters from Felichia Bridal
TUX:Michael Kors rented from Freeman Formals
BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: After Six from Saratinas Bridal Boutique 
WEDDING BANDS: Twain Designs 

CAKE: Andy’s Wedding Cakes 
CATERING:Berkeley Events 


FLOWERS:Art of Celebrations 


MUSIC:Duo Fiore (Ceremony)
 Indie Wedding DJ (Reception) 


HAIR/MAKEUP:Hair by Paulina Gorecki
 Makeup by Gina Frantzis 


INVITATIONS:Wedding Paper Divas 

BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS:Bread & Circus Fine Jewelry  


    "Reception stationary was obtained using free wedding templates online and printing them at MACH II Press in Toronto."

    "Flea markets, yard sales and second hand stores were visited for the year and a half leading up to the wedding to obtain décor items that 
fit the vintage inspired theme to be used for the receiving table and other décor for the reception – among our favourite pieces found- vintage 
tiered cake trays, small vintage vessels, a candelabra and antique books. A vintage Underwood typewriter was borrowed from one of the bridesmaids and
 became a focal point on the receiving table." 


Written by the Bride:

"The flowers and décor at our reception were my favourite details. The centerpieces consisted of an eclectic design of different jars, bottles, antique vessels colored 
in gold and brown with mixed flower heads/fillers/foliage. The head table was adorned with garland made of foliage and mixed flowers matching the centerpieces. The 
flowers were so gorgeous and romantic – fit our theme perfectly and really created the ambiance that we wanted." 

"My favourite moment was saying “I do!” in front of our closest family and friends at St. Paul’s Basilica"  

"We chose "You’re the One" – The Black Keys as our first song because its simple and a touching love song, by one of our favourite rock duos"

What was the most important factor when deciding on a wedding photographer?

"Finding someone that could document our love and the emotions of the day (experienced by us, our family and our guests) in a raw and natural way and with a shooting 
style that worked with our wedding theme and vision – we had a vintage/whimsical inspired wedding. Someone that would be able to piece together a story and 
document it by capturing the day as it happens. We also wanted a photographer that we got along with and who wasn’t afraid to take 
charge and “rein in the bridal party” when necessary (which turned out to be the case on our wedding day!)." 

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It has sadly been a very long time since I have blogged. Some things never change I guess. I say this every fall. My blog gets pushed to the side burner, and my life becomes a repetitive pattern of shooting and editing, shooting and editing. I can’t complain at all because I am loving my weddings more each year! My clients come to me for my work which is the best feeling ever! 🙂 I want my clients to find me because they appreciate my approach and style to wedding photography. I don’t want to shoot for someone that is blase about my work. Finding this mutual understanding and appreciation is the recipe for a smooth and successful wedding shoot. I want my clients to be wowed! If you are looking for a photographer and don’t feel 100% sure about his or her work, style or personality – move on!!! It will be a blessing for both parties. You need a mutual trusting relationship in order to get the end result that you both want. Every year I am finding that the couples I am shooting for trust me 100% and it truly gives me the ability to create beautiful candid imagery. I am back to the office and onto blogging the weddings of this year. I hope you all enjoy them and my apologies for the long wait!

Your support and kind words have kept me positive and excited to grow this business even bigger and better! Please check out my newly re-opened facebook page and olivestudiocanada instagram for some more updates!

This wedding dates back to May of this year. Patricia and Tuomas loved my candid approach to weddings and my new watercolour paged albums! We had a lovely warm and relaxed day with plenty of time to shoot. All day – they were surprised to see that we were ahead of schedule….. even asking in fear if my watch wasn’t working properly lol. Indeed, we were ahead of schedule and had time for Patricia and Tuomas to indulge in the quiet moments they had together as newly wed. The night brought some beautifully warm and heartfelt speeches followed by dancing the night away!

Congrats Patricia + Tuomas

xo- april


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On April 25th, I had the pleasure of photographing Tatum and Graham’s casual but classy affair at Toronto’s, Rosewater Room. The day started off quietly…so calm I wondered if I had gone to the wrong hotel room at first. Tatum and her family got ready together at the King Eddie and the moment we left, it began to rain.

I promised Tatum that it never rains where I go, but this was the day my lucky weather strike was over. It rained and rained for the rest of the day but that didn’t keep this lovely couple down at all.

After a beautiful wedding ceremony, we took photos outside the Rosewater streets. Tatum and Graham barely noticed it was wet. They shared an umbrella happily and relished in every moment they had as newly weds.

This wedding focused on family and friends and being a small venue, the couple had the chance to mingle and dance with everyone. The connection between these families was fierce and vibrated throughout the room. I can’t help but leave with a smile when a bunch of strangers have affected my soul.

Thank you for having me capture your beautiful rainy wedding celebration!

xx- april

Guests can see their photos from the reception here:



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