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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.”



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Talia and Alex planned a picture-perfect fall themed wedding at the Manor by Peter and Paul’s. The elegant stone building was a perfect back-drop for their outdoor ceremony in the golden fall light.

They couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. We had so much time to take bridal party photos and the couple was extremely enthusiastic and laid-back to explore various locations. They found an old barn nearby where we took some of the best shots. Each one of their friends in the bridal party came and trudged through the long grasses and mud without a squeak. It was refreshing to have such a huge bridal party so relaxed about the photo taking time! They even serenaded Talia and Alex while they got their couple shots done. It was a lot of laughs.

The barn was left open so we had a gorgeous light leak scenario to play with inside. I could have spent days in this barn shooting but we had a pond and a corn field and many more spots to shoot in.

The cocktail hour and reception ensued indoors and the couple had clearly marked their personal touches with many DIY projects. Using Pinterest as inspiration and a creative flair from both of them, they embarked on many personal projects.

Alex designed their invites with an engagement shot and printed them at mpix. The seating chart was written out on an 8 pane old window from an antique market near Talia’s cottage.

Madlib’s were made for cocktail hour entertainment and as a keepsake of their wedding day. Taking inspiration from the internet, the couple made their own that was suited to them.

Alex really wanted to incorporate pumpkins into the decor so they decided to use them as table number charts, and painted the numbers directly onto them in white.

Talia and Alex came across the idea of using an antique luggage as the busta box and thought that this fit perfectly with their rustic theme. They got the old luggage from a family friend and made a sign saying “Thank You” out of construction paper and twine that they strung across the top.

The couple couldn’t find a guest book idea that they really loved, so they created their own using cedar planks. They put the planks together and decorated it with nails forming three hearts. Using orange yarn, they wove it around the nails to define the heart shape and left sharpies for guests to sign their names on the wood. This would be a great decorative piece to hang on the wall in their home.

For the head table decor, Talia and Alex made a sign that said “Mr and Mrs Bass” that they strung across the head table. They bought a burlap banner cut into triangles from Creative Bag and then painted a letter on each one. In front of the table, they had large wooden candle holders, as well as pumpkins for a splash of colour. They even made the candle holders out of logs that they found on the side of the road. They drilled tea-light sized holes in the tops of each.

For guest favours, the couple bought bread dippers from a Canadian company called Wildly Delicious and then wrapped them in burlap. They added thank you tags that they designed in Photoshop and tied them to each bottle with lace. Instead of adding the customary confetti candy, they tied small bags of Jelly Belly’s to each favour because they thought they better reflected Talia’s love of candy and the fact that they are children at heart.

Lastly for the ceremony decorations, Talia and Alex wanted to keep their ceremony decorations rustic, simple and non-distracting. They collected some feather reed grass from the side of the road near Talia’s house, cut the stalks down to size, and stuck them inside two planters that flanked them and the officiant during the ceremony.

Talia and Alex clearly put a lot of time and thought into their wedding day. They wanted their guests to have an experience to go home with – a day to be branded into their hearts and memories forever. I certainly did. Talia and Alex, you are kind and humble and young at heart and in years 😉 I wish you all the very best and brightest future together. You are clearly a strong and dedicated team.

xx- april

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RECEPTION LOCATION: The Manor by Peter and Paul’s

CEREMONY LOCATION: The Manor by Peter and Paul’s

COUPLE/BRIDAL PARTY LOCATION: Kleinberg and a private barn

OFFICIANT OR PRIEST: Richard Bristow from Enduring Promises


CATERING: The Manor by Peter and Paul’s

DRESS: Lara by Sottero and Midgley

TUX: BLACK by Vera Wang

SHOES: Nine West

ACCESSORIES: Headpiece: Nordstrom

FLOWERS: Da Vinci Flower Shop

MUSIC: S4 Entertainment and Audio/Visual

HAIR/MAKEUP: Hair – Hala at Cynthia’s Unisex Hair Design

Makeup – Gina Drougas

FAVOURS: Wildly Delicious Bread Dipper

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: Bridesmaids: Alfred Angelo

Groomsmen: Black by Vera Wang

BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS: Groomsmen – Seattle Seahawks Jerseys

Bridesmaids: Coach Double Zip Wristlet

INVITATIONS: We designed our own and printed them through http://www.mpix.com/

BUDGET: $30,000

DÉCOR: All of our décor was DIY by the bride and groom.


Q + A with Talia + Alex

Q: How did you meet?

A: “We met through a mutual friend at the University of Waterloo when we were both doing our undergrad there. We became great friends and our relationship blossomed from there”

Q: What was the most important factor when deciding on a photographer for your wedding day?

A “The main factor for us was that we liked the style of the photos in the photographer’s portfolio. We were looking for someone that could capture both epically composed as well as candid photos of us and our guests.”

Q: What was your favourite detail from the wedding day?

A: “Our favourite detail was our ceremony. We both loved that we could completely personalize it by choosing every aspect of it. Our officiant, Richard, was great and helped us through the whole process. We were able to write our own vows, as well as pick the readings and all other aspects of the ceremony. By doing this, we were able to create a ceremony that reflected us as a couple, which we think made it more intimate and meaningful.”

Q: What was your favourite moment?

A: Talia’s favourite moment was hearing Alex’s vows. Alex’s favourite moment was watching Talia walk down the aisle.

Q: What was your first dance song and why?

A: Our first dance song was “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. We’re not very mushy so we liked that it was about love but not in a cheesy way. Plus we’re both Jason Mraz fans.

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Geni and Scott wanted to create a rustic and unique outdoor wedding on a budget. Their goal was achieved with this beautiful location at a family friend’s barn in Cavan, Ontario. With both of their families dedication and mostly Geni’s creativity, hand-made craft projects were completed over months before the wedding date. These projects encompassed Geni and Scott’s favourite things such as scrabble, outdoor games, canoeing, popcorn and drinks! Acute attention to detail was considered for this day. Maple fudge candy wedding favours had hand written thank you’s to each guest. Scrabble letters spelled out nicknames of each person at the head-table. Geni even made the “cake toppers” replicating herself and Scott which sat next to the cupcakes.

This theme similarly was the theme of their most memorable vacation together, which was an 8-day canoe trip through Northern Ontario. A year after that, Scott canoed Geni back to that beautiful place and proposed. This laid-back, fun and uniquely personal wedding allowed the opportunity for guests to roam around the venue, chatting, playing games, dancing and drinking. A beautiful buffet style barbeque served chicken, burgers and veggies setting a mood so perfect for a hoe-down with style! The candid moments were endless with twinkle lights setting such a great and dreamy mood for imagery.  This wedding is a great example of something so personal without breaking the bank. It was my personal favourite of the summer!

Car: 1953 Buick Skylar provided by brides father
Décor: created by Geni and her family including table flower arrangements
Flowers: bouquets by Pammets Flowers, Peterborough
Suits: Tip Top Tailors
Cupcakes and Desserts: made by bride, mother of bride, and a few friends
DJ: friend of the families
Catering: Servents Heart Catering
Prop Rentals: Popcorn machine, dishes: Jack in the Box Party Rentals, Peterborough
Tables/Chairs: Lesters Party Rentals, Peterborough
Tavern the couple had their reveal at: Pigs Ear Tavern, Peterborough

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