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Bailey and Tom had an intimate tented wedding celebration on Bailey’s family farm in Stouffville. They wanted the wedding to reflect who they are; fun and casual, so the family farm was a perfect fit. The farm kept it rustic and elegant and together with the couple’s family and friends, they were able to do everything themselves. Not only did this save money, but left an impression of the couple, their style, and their life ambitions together.

Everything was scheduled on site which made the day relaxed and all about the party! Guests were invited to camp out on the property and a cozy seating area dotted around a campfire circle waiting in anticipation for marshmallow roasting. The couple’s fun touches were the “Dance Floor Rules Sign” as well as two of their favourite drinks as Signature Drinks. Bailey’s family collects classic cars, so they incorporated some of the cars into the décor as well as the pictures. Bailey’s mom and aunt did the planter arrangements, and Bailey’s family friend Patty Yake did the head table decor, dessert and gift table as well as the flowers for the arch. Another friend named Patti Skelton was a huge support for the family from beginning to end and was in charge of purchasing decor, and the runner for last minute errands on the wedding day. All in all, the couple had a huge support system that they can’t thank enough!

Bailey loves horses, so she wanted to arrive in a horse and carriage as a surprise to everyone except her mom. All décor and details were collected, donated, or bought by the wedding party and parents of the bride and groom. Hay bales were covered with burlap as ceremony seating, and a fake flower arch was the focal point for the ceremony. I had never seen a fake flower arch but I was impressed at how real it looked. It is a brilliant idea to prepare if you plan on doing your own flowers ahead of time! The bridesmaids and moms helped make all the guest favour home-made jams and the set-up of the reception was a full family effort. Overall, the decor was simple and elegant with a country rustic flair.

Bailey included a portion of her mom’s dress in her dress, as well as a picture of her dad on her bouquet as he had passed away – even though her stepdad walked her down the aisle, she still had a piece of both her mom and dad with her. Tom first met Bailey in Toronto, so his cuff-links were a map of the city (which also happened to show Stouffville, the location of the wedding).

You could feel the love on this gorgeous wedding day, understanding that family and friendship means the world to Bailey and Tom. The afternoon ceremony was tearful and heartfelt as the couple pronounced their affectionate vows to each other. There wasn’t a dry eye in the field.

I couldn’t be more honoured to be there to capture the day. Bailey and Tom; you have something truly special. I hope you remind yourselves everyday of the love, friendship and admiration you had for one another the moment you said “I will”.

All the best to you both!

xx – april

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“Our homemade jam favours, as the bridesmaids and moms made it together. It took an entire day of prepping the jars, making the actual jam, and tying on the burlap tops with the perfect bow.”


BAILEY: “After the ceremony was over, walking back up the aisle hand in hand with Tom to everyone clapping and cheering – it hit me that we were officially married and could now celebrate! Also the bridal party entrance to the reception – we all got to have a lot of fun with that and set the tone for the rest of the night. “

TOM: “First seeing Bailey as she arrived in the horse drawn carriage and walked down the aisle.”


“Our first dance was “10,000 Emerald Pools” by Borns. We both love this song and Borns, so the acoustic version of this song seemed like the perfect fit for our first dance. Also as sappy as it may sound, the lyrics capture the way we feel about each other – at the end of the day all we need is the other person.”



Bailey’s family farm in Stouffville


Leslie Sedore


Walla Music


Bob Hawkins


Lionel’s Farm


Affair Rentals


Stouffville Florist


Katie Assinck


Rhonda Cox


David’s Bridal


Project Elegance


Newman’s Menswear


Bill Levkoff


Bridesmaids: robe, champagne glass, embroidered maeup bag, Kate Spade Bracelet

Groomsmen: Cufflinks, bottle of liquor, tickets to Jays game


Debbie LeBuffe


John Leadbetter


Home-ade Jam














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Vania’s brother and Frank collect hockey cards and when Vania and her brother bought a house together, they started “Bbq Wednesday’s” where Frank made frequent appearances. Soon after that, Frank was a house staple for not just hockey cards.

Vania and Frank are laid back and a ton of fun! They wanted their photos to be relaxed and candid and in the heart of their neighbourhood which is also my neighbourhood; the Junction. We had a blast shooting with the full bridal party, wandering around in back alleys, the local ice cream joint and even No Frills. This no fuss group enjoyed every moment and even Frank, who doesn’t enjoy being photographed, lasted a patient 2 hours! I was impressed.

Documenting Vania and Frank was easy. Frank makes Vania laugh out loud every minute. Sometimes with a dry joke, and other times he barely utters a word. She is clearly head over heels for this genuinely sweet man.

Often times shy or photographically challenged couples approach me with worry about their wedding day but I always encourage them that a candid approach works….and well. Sometimes, these shy couples even work wonders for the camera, because they are just truly themselves. This is why Frank turned out to be an easy subject. He didn’t act for the camera, he just was himself. Shooting candidly does require finesse. I still make directions, choose my composition and areas where light is of the utmost importance. After all that is chosen, I then get couples to interact with one another in a real way. This in my opinion beats shooting something purely docu-style because I still want the shot to be void of any ugliness in the background, bad direction of light or people blocking one another.

Overall this day was really enjoyable for everyone involved. Vania and Frank wanted the day to be about family and friendship, going with the notion that less is more.

You were both a pleasure.

xx – april




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“When I saw Frank and all my nerves went away..”


“Pearl Jam…Frank wanted to pick the song since he doesn’t dance. He regretted it when we were dancing. lol”


“When April said “show me your dimple”… It floored me how she had been there for 5 minutes and noticed it right away. It isn’t always noticeable.


Table seating, table numbers, vases for bouquets, table menus, guest book


“Simple. Less is more. Everything went just right with the right people as a part of our day. Pinterest is a girls best friend. “



Presidente Banquet Hall


Kettle Creek Weddings


The bride, Vania


Dazzle Me Cakes


Heavenly Creations


Cristina Di Carlo and Marisa Ferreira


Jealous Bridesmaids


Tip Top Tailors


Lulus for the girls, guys whatever they had at home that was black


Donations to heart and stroke foundation


Hats, shoes, ties for guys.

Swarvoski crystal bracelets with day of emergency kits for ladies




Digital Entertainment Group


Between 20-30k








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Erica and Luke are a fierce and funny duo and here is the layered back story of how they met:

“In 2009, Luke and his friends were randomly put on a Sail Croatia boat with two of Erica’s friends (one of them, Kayla, was a bridesmaid) for a week-long sailing trip.

Fast forward to 2011, Kayla was visiting Erica, who lived in Vancouver, and Luke was living in Whistler to do a snowboarding season with Richard ( a groomsman). Kayla, who had Luke on Facebook still, said “I met this guy a few years ago, I don’t really know him, but he was cool and he would probably let us stay on his couch for free if we want to go snowboarding”. And so Kayla and Erica went up to Luke’s. Kayla ended up deciding to stay in Whistler for a few months, so Erica would go up every weekend (between studying her masters degree) to hang out with Kayla, Luke and their friends.  Within a month, Erica & Luke were dating (but they pretty much got together after about 5 days knowing each other!). The rest is history!”

This story seems like perfect fate. I love to hear how couple’s meet and especially love circumstances so looming on chance.

Since Erica is a fellow Canadian and Luke is an Aussie, but both are living in Australia, the couple concluded that they would need to have two weddings in order to properly celebrate with all the people they love so dearly.

The Canadian wedding was chosen to be as casual and backyard bbq style as possible. 40 people flew in from overseas and they wanted to make sure that the wedding was focused on their guests and the party. Since neither Erica or Luke are very serious people, they wanted it to be fun and laid back!

A pig roast was the inspiration with lots of lawn games and outdoor seating to encourage guests to mingle and get to know one another. Since people were flying from all over the world for this wedding, Erica and Luke wanted to make sure that they could spend tons of time with each friend and family member.

Since the couple lives overseas, most of the planning and coordination was done by Erica’s extraordinary mom and Aunt Debbie. Aunt D made all of the chocolate favours, which were Canadian themed (loonies, maple leaves etc) and a campfire with feature smores were part of the Canadian integration. Since most Aussie’s have never heard of smores and are banned from making campfires, this was especially entertaining.

As for decor, Lesley Lebel, the owner of the stunning venue Sagewood Farms, handled all of that with her personal collection of vintage dishware, furniture, and more!

Even though I only knew you two for a day, I feel like I’ve known you for years. You make an obvious loveable pair, evident by the outpouring of love and admiration from your family and friends from around the globe. Wherever your adventure together goes, go with all of your heart.

xx- april


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“The popcorn bar! We wanted an affordable way to provide food/snacks to everyone at the end of the night after all the shots, and the popcorn bar was a hit! Also, the cupcakes – Erica LOVES baking them at home, so they were a perfect touch, and the caterers did a BEYOND BEAUTIFUL job decorating all of them and our cake… just gorgeous. Luke’s was the beer cans!! The Molson Canadian beer cans were a bit retro and also very Canadian, and they just fit the scene perfectly (and the Aussies loved them… haha!)”


“My favourite moment was reaching the base of the aisle with my dad; everyone under that big beautiful tree, and my husband-to-be looking like a stud at the other end of the walkway.”


“My favourite moment was at the end of the night, with a sparkler send-off to the Canadiana camping tent where we spent our first night together as man and wife.”


“Island in the Sun by Weezer – It’s been my favourite song since forever, and when we got together, Luke really got into them as well. We even saw them live at a festival in Squamish BC, where the lead singer sang the song while walking beside us in the crowd! The band has always held a special place for us, signing along to their songs on road trips, seeing them live in Melbourne, and the song was perfectly upbeat, laid back, and very paradise-y (with a bit of a rock-y chorus), perfect for our day.”


“Number 1 important factor, is that the photography was non-cheesy, candid and natural photography, which you don’t just nail in 80% of your portfolio; you nail it every time. So that was a major factor. But we also fell in love with your stuff the moment we read how you try to take lots of photos of the guests so that we can remember that too – obviously, with everyone flying in, that was a big thing for us. And finally, the finishing and editing of your photos is just so natural but with that light, pink-y kind of finish that makes it look like a fantasy (which it was). It’s just enough editing to make it beautiful but still totally imperfect like the subjects are. And to be honest, I totally think you could charge more than you do. The only other photographer that we considered other than you was $4,500 for one photographer. That was super expensive, but I thought you were a total bargain for what we got, and now that we’ve seen the result… like, we legit won the lottery.”



Sagewood Farms


Rob Brouwer


Feast Your Eyes Catering


Feast Your Eyes Catering


Mint Floral Co


Brooklyn Salon+ Spa


Maggie Sottero


Tip Top Tailor


Klub Nico


Homeade Chocolates


Coordinates bracelets from Etsy + Etsy Robes


Custom designed by family friend


Spotify playlist


Between 30-35k







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Leslie and Jason are the perfect compliment for one another. Leslie is outgoing and talkative and Jason, quiet and sweet. They have a mutual love for travel, the outdoors, sport and are certainly the go-getter types.

It was a pleasure to travel to Guelph for the wedding – a new atmosphere for my creative shots! It also helped that the weather was absolutely gorgeous! We had tons of time for bridal party shots on this day which makes it especially nice for the couple I think. We were never in a rush and had ample architectural and natural backdrops to work with. This certainly helps make my life easier too…and I have more time to “fix” the couple along the way. Not all weddings can be this drawn out but when you can afford the extra time, I certainly recommend it.

Once we finished shooting near the river, we got some shots on Guelph university campus. What a lovely spot! Guests started filtering onto the patio of Creelman Hall for cocktail hour where Leslie and Jason had arranged some fun games. Hors D’oeuvres were passed around and we even made it back in time for Leslie and Jason to enjoy some of their cocktail hour.

The hall itself was done up with many DIY’s created by the couple. My favourite one was the cake station, as there were a few blank canvased cakes waiting for guests to decorate! There was candy, icing and all sorts of decorations to encourage friends and family to make it “theirs”. What a sweet idea!

The night of course ensued with dinner and dancing and my favourite part of the night was Leslie’s dance with her dad. As the voyeur for the day I certainly felt their connection and I loved the shots I got showing their sheer delight in one another.

Thank you for a wonderful day Leslie and Jason! You and all your pleasant friends and family made the day go by smoothly. It is days like these that remind me how much I love my job!

xx – april

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Wedding Planner:

Christine Zulauf and Quinn Dam


St.George’s Anglican Church


Ralph Blackman


Creelman Hall, University of Guelph


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I met Celine when I was 3 years old at our local Nursery School and since then we have always kept in touch. We were never “besties” but we had fond shared memories and always enjoyed catching up on one another’s lives when had our annual run-ins.

After I started traveling, I didn’t see Celine for maybe 6 years until I returned home and joined my gym spin class and she was the instructor! We laughed and chatted for a long time after she destroyed me on the bike! Since then, we saw each other regularly either in our new Toronto hood or at the gym.

Torsten, a very tall and handsome German man frequented Celine’s Monday night spins. Soon enough I learned that he was her other half. After months and months of Monday night spins and after workout chats, Torsten hired me to photograph his condo which was up for sale. From there, our friendships blossomed and soon enough I had the true pleasure of being asked to photograph their wedding day! I was so excited for Celine!!! After many years of us talking about life and relationships – she was getting hitched to both of our surprise! She never thought of herself as the marrying or “do it in sequence” type and here she was – planning her wedding! We find ourselves laughing at life’s surprises and embracing the change.

Celine did an excellent job of making a casual lunch wedding. Firstly, the couple decided that having the wedding on a Sunday would set the pretense that this event would not be a huge dinner or party. They looked all over the city for a venue and to their surprise fell in love with the newly renovated Holcim Waterfront Estate in Mississauga. It feels like a lakeside retreat but it is only minutes from the city and from where Celine grew up. It was perfect for an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. The couple added vintage touches around the grounds such as their welcome drink station. Wine barrels acted as table legs, holding “his” and “hers” flavoured lemonade. Crates were stacked alongside, showcasing photos of the couple. A gorgeous gold framed mirror finished off the whole look. Seating was also a lovely feature that sat around the pond and scattered in pretty groupings.

The ceremony was quite special as Celine and Torsten were merging two families and two cultures. Their friend was their officiant which made the ceremony that much more intimate. Other friends took turns doing readings and when Celine and Torsten went to sign their registry, they locked a bottle of champagne in a box. This box had two keys with each of their names on one. Each gave their key to a friend that they cherish and this friend would guard the key until Celine and Torsten would celebrate an anniversary.  These friends were not only the key keepers, but also represented guidance and support for each Celine and Torsten, when their marriage faces hardship. Another very sweet touch that was added was the flag ceremony. The couple had a Canadian and German flag sewn together. At the joining of their marriage, they each cut a side of the flag into a heart shape and met their scissors in the middle.

Celine, I am truly honoured that you chose me to be part of your small and intimate Sunday lunch wedding. The day had “YOU” written all over it; from the casual but elegant setting to the vintage details and unique ceremony procession. I am elated that you found the man who makes you happy, keeps you on your toes and keeps you real. Torsten, thank you for making my photos even more heart-felt with your crying spells! lol. You are a caring and charming man who has many friends that care deeply for you in return. That says a lot about your kind character.

I wish you both all the best in your future endeavours together. Whether it be more spontaneous travel weekends, new fitness goals or even a sweet mixed baby (I’m sorry I can’t help it Celine ;)) – I am excited to witness you doing it together.

xx – april





Holcim Waterfront Estate, Mississauga


Cheryl Eidt


Mike VanSlingerland


The Creative Occasion



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Rory came to Toronto on a year holiday visa from Ireland and tagged along for a weekend trip to London, Ontario with his cousin, Jennifer. Justine is Jennifer’s best friend and had been told that she and Rory were “musical soul mates.” It turns out she was right! The rest was history!

Justine and Rory haven’t been apart since and have lived together in both Canada and Ireland and have been to more concerts than she can count! Ironically, Rory’s cousin Jennifer eventually met Rory’s best friend and now they too are married.

Rory planned to pop the question to Justine after a Friday night dinner at one of their favorite neighborhood restaurants. Unbeknownst to Justine he intended to propose on the walk home. Justine however, ruined his plan, (like many an engagement story) insisting on hurrying back to the house. As she was rushing around trying to get ready for a big family barbeque they were having the next day, he stopped her and in the middle of their hallway got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Spending the rest of the weekend celebrating with family and friends is something they’ll always remember.

The twosome got married at the gorgeous Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s Distillery District and almost all of Rory’s family from Ireland was there! They tried to blend classic and formal elements, mostly a black-­and-­white color scheme, with more laid back contemporary touches to keep it from feeling stuffy.

You guys were a blast to photograph and I had fun trying to understand the entire families Irish accent and “pretend” that I understood! lol

xx – april




Number of guests:

Wedding song/explain choice:
“Palaces of Montezuma” by Grinderman. Nick Cave is one of our favorite musicians and
we felt that this song, written for his wife, was a beautiful and upbeat choice.

Puerto Rico followed by a Caribbean cruise

Ceremony location:
St. Basil’s Church

Reception location:
Fermenting Cellar

Bridal gown designer/boutique:
Le Spose di Gio from Dina Alonzi Bridal

Bride’s veil from Dina Alonzi Bridal
Bride’s shoes from Kate Spade

Monique Lhuillier from Dina Alonzi Bridal
Jewelry from Stella and Dot

Groom’s Suit:
Custom from P.J. Newman’s Menswear, Ireland

Wedding planner:
Day-­of coordination by Michelle Kavanagh of Bespoke By Michelle.K

Traditional Irish music by Alana Cline
DJ services by Maren Hancock of Dialed In DJs

Makai Salon, Streetsville

Fiona Man

Blush & Bloom

Bella Figura

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In just 4 months, Lilia and Andrew planned and executed their wedding at Steamwhistle in Toronto. A few months after getting engaged on Christmas morning 2014, the couple started looking for venues. They wanted the venue to be a reflection of them both – down to earth and casual, yet modern, elegant and romantic. They saw countless venues including countryside outdoor spots and wineries, but came across Steamwhistle as they had been there many times to sample beer before a Jay’s game. It also happened to be one of Andrew’s favourite beers so it seemed fitting as their first choice! When they had come to the decision they were quickly disappointed as the venue was fully booked for the next year on every Saturday! Since they had been together for 13 years, they didn’t want to wait a whole year before tying the knot. They had waited long enough! The Steamwhistle had one Friday opening on September 12th and so the couple put their name down to hold the spot. A week later, they realized that it was the same weekend that their friends were getting married and so disappointed, they took their names off the hold. 2 weeks later, the Steamwhistle called and told them that there was a cancellation for July 4th 2015! They looked at each-other and said “Is it possible to plan a wedding in 4 months?” And simultaneously they said “Of course!” The rest was history.

Andrew and Lilia had been to over 40 weddings in their time as a couple so they had a lot of inspiration from their family and friends to draw from. Lilia had a huge network of newly wed friends with recommended vendors and before she knew it, she had chosen them all based on referral and loved them! Lilia really speaks strongly of finding a personal connection with the vendors she chose. Once she was able to do that, she knew that she could trust in them to give her the result that she was looking for. Becky, from “Blush and Bloom” was the first vendor that made Lilia’s “heart melt”. She was able to articulate Lilia’s flower vision perfectly in real life. They were exactly what she had envisioned; whimsical, elegant and eclectic. Lilia had also asked for an arbour with greenery around it and some flowers on the corners, but when she saw the arbour on the day of the wedding, she was floored! The blooms were so beautiful and plentiful, sitting gorgeously along the entire side of the arch. It was above and beyond Lilia’s expectations.

Another detail that made Lilia awstruck was the stationery.  She had a vision in her mind of what she wanted, and with the help of a colleague of hers, she made those small details come to life from the personalized menus to the hashtag / candy bar tags to the invitations that were super unique. Another key factor in bringing the décor of the wedding together, was the decision to go with Farmhouse Chairs. They were well worth the extra investment and tied in the overall ambiance of the room.

With the help of wedding planner, Alexandra McNamara from Blush and Bowties, the day came together with the incredible vision that Lilia and Andrew had sought for. All in all, with a little help from your friends and putting trust in some key vendors, the day resulted in a gorgeous summer wedding in the city.

I really enjoyed getting to know you both and photographing your beautiful day. You can do whatever you put your mind to – and it can look as incredible as you make it!

Congrats to you both Lilia and Andrew!

xx- april

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RECEPTION LOCATION: Steamwhistle Brewing, Roundhouse 

CEREMONY LOCATION: Steamwhistle Brewing, Roundhouse patio 

OFFICIANT OR PRIEST: Alexa Gilmour – officiant

WEDDING PLANNER: Alex McNamarra from Blush & Bowties 

WEDDING STYLIST: Lilia!  Blush and Bowties executed day of

CAKE: The Wedding Cake Shoppe

CATERING: Food Dudes 

DRESS: Monique Lhuillier 

TUX: Andrew’s Formals –  Michael kors 

SHOES: Andrew’s Formals

ACCESSORIES: Kate Spade earrings and Kate Spade sparkly navy blue Shoes

FLOWERS: Blush & Bloom 

HOTEL: Delta Toronto – across from Steamwhistle

MUSIC: DJ Maren from Dialedn Dj

HAIR/MAKEUP: Hair – Dee Dahgher & makeup by Janine Holmes

FAVOURS: Soma chocolatier and a donation to the SPCA & Humane Society

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: Monique Lhuillier 


Guys – Villeroy & Bosch Scotch Glass, Amazeballs for Scotch, Floor Play Socks,  Rental Tuxes.

Girls – Pearl necklaces, Flowered Robes, Special tea cup, personalized bracelet, hair and makeup

INVITATIONS: Rena Bronstein Designs 

CHAIRS: Contemporary Furniture rental – Farmhouse chair

RENTALS: Exclusive Rentals


DIY:  Signing table (we had old vintage radios, clocks etc that we used to decorate the signing table)


Your favourite detail:

“Our invitations which tied into our menus, candy bar and reserved signs to the lotto ticket under the napkin to win the centerpieces to the beautiful florals by Blush and Bloom, they were extraordinary, especially the gorgeous arbour, it blew us away. “

 Your favourite moment:

“We can’t say that there is just one favourite moment, the entire day was so unbelievably special, the best day of our lives!  From both of us spending time with our guys and girls during the day leading up to the ceremony, to the ceremony where we finally got to see eachother, to the most amazing, heartfelt and hilarious speeches from our family and friends to the architecturally beautiful space at the Steamwhistle to the incredible dance party that had everyone on the dance floor until after the lights came on at 2am.  Every moment of the entire day was memorable and will forever be in our hearts and mind. “

Your first dance song:

 “Warm Love by Van Morrison.  Andrew and I love Van Morrison, it was so hard to choose between Crazy Love and Into the Mystic, but we settled on Warm Love as we love the lyrics and love dancing to this song together.  We played the instrumental version of  Crazy Love when Andrew walked down the aisle. Lilia walked down the aisle and played Into the Mystic for one of our slow songs at the wedding! So we managed to include all of them into our day. “

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