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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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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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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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