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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


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Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of photographing Kate and Matt’s golf course wedding. The theme was rustic elegance inspired by the venue and where their family heritage was rooted; in France and the UK. Matt is a superintendent of a golf course, so it only seemed fitting that they choose one of the most gorgeous courses they knew, Wooden Sticks Golf Club.

One of the specialties of this course, is that there are cabins where the bridal party can get ready and sleep in the night of the wedding. It is almost like a more elegant camp and logistically it works well! Kate and Matt wanted their guests to feel as if they were on a journey to the outdoors yet still maintaining a luxury or feeling of elegance like that of a garden party.

The day was gorgeous. The sun was shining and the heat was perfect. Kate and Matt are so laid-back and always up for any suggestion. Their love for photography makes my job easy and much more fun because I know that they are always up for making beautiful photographs! When a couple loves doing this, I can extend my efforts that much more and take them out for sunset shots or even some night captures. We had great fun together and once everything was said and done, I feel like I gained two new friends.

Kate and Matt thought through every detail of their wedding day and it showed. The couple chose summery colours of berry, grey, cream and pops of lime green. Being the first day of summer, and to create the garden party feeling, they incorporated lots of flowers. Their inspiration came mostly from Pinterest. In particular, Kate came across a photo of an aisle lined with gorgeous stumps with vases of wild flowers on them and immediately Kate knew that aisle was for them. Their good friend is an arborist and was able to make the couple the beautiful stumps that lined the walkway. Kate describes “We also had many lengthy conversations with our florist Grace, about the exact vision for the flowers. We really don’t like the traditional singular vase, tall arrangements and because our wedding was slightly more casual, we knew it wouldn’t work. I found these beautiful vintage milk glass vases on Etsy and some photos of trios of vases on Pinterest so we decided to go with one milk glass vase, one mercury glass and one mason jar for the centerpieces filled with wild flowers, succulents and green moss.”

The bridal bouquet was inspired by Blake Lively’s bouquet (featured on the cover of Martha Stewart at the time) and incorporated roses, peonies and succulents for a more organic, earthy feel. Kate’s favourite flowers are calla lilies, so they used mini versions for the boutonnieres. The archway was again, inspired by a Pinterest photo. Needing to stick within a clear budget, Grace suggested branches and hydrangeas to create a beautiful yet affordable back-drop.

To continue the garden party theme, Kate and Matt thought games would be a fun addition to the cocktail hour. Their friends and family are big into games and regularly host game nights so it was fitting. They had a bean bag toss, Frisbees, bocce ball, Kerplunk and Connect Four (just some of their favourites!). An Arnold Palmer punch (lemonade and iced tea) was served during the cocktail hour which added to the golf theme and as Matt’s favourite.

Kate didn’t want to have a traditional guestbook because she knew they’d never look at it, so she found this fun one made of Jenga pieces on Etsy. The signing table also had photos of their parents and grandparents on their wedding days in honour of them. The LOVE scrabble sign was borrowed from Kate’s bridesmaid, Ashlee. Kate’s mom wrote the couple a poem but was not comfortable reading it in front of a large group of people so they chose to have it printed and displayed on the signing table for the guests to read at their convenience. Instead of escort cards (which usually just end up getting thrown out) Kate used a big picture frame and listed the table numbers. The couple plans to use the frame for photos of the wedding afterward.

Kate and Matt fully thought through the theme of their wedding and it carried seamlessly from beginning to end. There were many a DIY projects conceived by Kate but mostly executed by the artistic groom and some friends. Matt hand stenciled the directional signage – another Pinterest inspiration. The “Just Married” sign was a chalkboard (sourced from Creative Bag) with cans that they had spray painted attached with twine.

Kate and Matt both love camping and making s’mores and so with some more inspiration from Pinterest, had some friends help them hand-make each favour. The tag cleaverly said “Want s’more love?”

The couple’s friend Shawna is a graphic designer and volunteered to help create the invites as a wedding gift. Matt came up with the concept of adding twine to give them a rustic feel and it really set the tone for the day. Kate and Matt spent hours hand gluing all of the pieces together but they looked amazing!
During the reception if you wanted the couple to kiss, guests had to putt on a mini putting green. Again, following with the golf/games theme.
Matt’s family is notorious for their dessert recipes which were a tradition of his late grandmother. They wanted to share that with everyone so his aunts, stepmother and cousin made some of the family favourites – “lemon cheese”, short bread, Fredericton Specials and sucre a la crème (maple fudge). Since Matt’s family also loves candy, they thought it would be a nice touch to incorporate a candy bar.

All in all, this wedding was a fun, laid-back and a family-oriented day. I really got a sense of great admiration and connection towards each of Kate and Matt’s family members and that is always the best for taking candids! Kate and Matt; you were a dream to photograph and get to know through this whole process. I wish you and your families many more years of game playing, love and laughter.

xx- april


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Wooden Sticks Golf Club

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

Brandy-Rose McIlmoyle
All Seasons Weddings

Simply Em’s

Sottero & Midgley from Becker’s Bridals

S Cohen from Tom’s Place

Bride – Nine West
Groom – Winner’s

Groom’s tie, pocket square, belt, socks and cuff links all from Hudson’s Bay
Bride’s earrings and hair pin from Aldo Accessories
Bride’s pearl bracelet – borrowed from a friend
Bride’s great grandmother’s ring tied around bouquet
Veil from Etsy store BridalStar

Grace Lewicki Events & Weddings

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Markham

String trio – Wellington Music
DJ – Impact DJ

Hair – Andrea Saccoccia
Make Up – Monica Kalra

DIY s’mores

Bridesmaids – Jim Hjelm from Ritche Bridal
Groomsmen – S Cohen from Tom’s Place
Junior Bridesmaid – dress from The Children’s Place

Bridesmaids – earrings from Swarovski & DIY bridesmaid survival kits
Groomsmen – money clips from Etsy shop With Love, H

Shawna Yvonne Interactive
Friend of the bride & groom

Ceremony/reception décor (stumps and cake stand) –
ACE Tree Care
Anthony Weinczok

Seamstress – Pearl Seto
Tailor – Magic Tailor

Jenga guestbook from Etsy store thepaperynook

CHAIRS: Chiavari


The couple’s favourite detail:
Centrepieces – “We wanted to do something along with the garden theme but outside of the traditional wedding flower box. We decided to go with three vases (one milk glass, one mercury glass and one mason jar) and the flowers were mixed wild flowers, peonies, roses and succulents. They looked absolutely gorgeous!”

Your favourite moment:
“All of the speeches were incredible but Matt’s dad gave a particularly touching speech and then presented us with the Davidson family heirloom silverware, which has now been passed down four generations. That was really special.”

Your first dance song: why?
“Northern Wind” by City & Colour. We both looooove City & Colour (Dallas Green lives in our neighbourhood!) and we wanted a unique song that really spoke to our feelings about each other, but wasn’t too cheesy.”

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