Monthly archives: May 2017

Mother’s Day | Thank You Moms

I’ve always enjoyed watching parents as they watch their children get married.  It’s a beautiful rollercoaster ride of emotion: stress, joy, nostalgia, pride, and a myriad of others… as a storyteller this is the stuff I live for.  The role of a mother at a wedding isn’t always an easy one.  They often feel so much responsibility and pressure that it can become overwhelming.  Mothers are occasionally the ones who take the brunt of those “bridal meltdown” moments when things don’t go quite right.  They fix broken buttons, settle screaming babies, make sure Grandma’s been picked up, and still need to get themselves ready (among so many other things).  Sometimes the bride is a mama herself, as you can imagine this can bring added challenges to an already busy day.  It’s chaotic.  It’s love.  It’s motherhood.
Now that I’m a Mom myself wedding day moments resonate with me more than ever.  I’ve selected a few of my favourite Mom images from the past year (there were wayyyy too many) in honour of Mother’s Day.  Thank you to all the wonderful mothers (including mine) who have helped make your children’s wedding days the best day ever.  You’re wonderful and we’d be lost without you xo.

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Thompson Hotel Wedding | Cobourg Wedding | Muskoka Wedding | Kortrigth Centre Wedding

Gillian + Matt | Parkwood Estate

It’s so rare for me to photograph a wedding in the town where I ACTUALLY live – rare and exciting.  When Gillian got in touch to let me know their wedding would be right here in Oshawa at St. George’s Anglican Church with photos at Parkwood Estate my heart leapt for joy.  One of the most stunning properties in the GTA and only 5 minutes drive from my home???  YES PLEASE!
Location was only part of the reason I was so excited.  You see I’d met Gill a few years ago when she modelled for a styled bridal shoot I had done with Tanis Emmett Wedding Style.  A couple years later my incredibly talented hair stylist Natalie got hitched and Gillian just happens to be her sister in law.  When I heard that Gill and Matt were engaged I crossed all my fingers in hopes that she’d call me.  Clearly she did lol!

St. George Anglican Oshawa, Toronto wedding photographer, parkwood estates oshawa, bride details, wedding dressI love Gill & Matt’s story.  These two were friends in high school who wound up dating for a few years.  Eventually they parted ways but found their way back to each other another 6 years later (via Facebook).  One date was all it took for them to rekindle the spark and the rest is history.  In Gill’s words “I never stopped thinking he was the one.”  It was meant to be.  Gill is one of the most beautiful women I know – both inside and out.  Matt can get her laughing like nobody else can and he looks at her in a way that I can’t describe.  They are the perfect match and it was a true honour to be part of this magical day.

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Church: St. George Anglican Oshawa
Venue: Oshawa Golf Club
Photo Location: Parkwood Estate
Makeup: Rebecca Grech
Hair: Julie Duncan
Flowers: The Bride
Dress: Bliss Bridal Boutique

Vacation Family Session | Punta Cana

I recently had the opportunity to spend a week in Punta Cana, photographing Heather & Chris’s gorgeous destination wedding (more on that another day).  While we were there Heather & Chris chose to have me join their sweet family to do a vacation family session at the beach & pool.  I find so much inspiration in documenting candid moments of families at play and this crew certainly did not disappoint.  With 3 busy kiddos (2 of which are pretty small) let’s just say these two have their hands full!  Any parent knows that a vacation with little ones in tow is anything but relaxing lol.  Having said that it can also be a lot of fun.  I loved hanging out with these five and having the chance to experience the trip through their eyes – scroll to the bottom for more on this story.vacation session, family documentary photos, family photojournalist, travel family photographer, holiday family photos, vacation family photojournalism,

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Heather, Chris and the kids got up bright and early to meet me for our family photojournalism session at the beach… at least that was the plan!  Turns out the two littlest of the crew were not a fan of the big waves, oops.  The thing about documenting real life is that we can’t always predict how kids (or any adults) are going to react in different situations; to me that’s the best part.  Heather & Chris did their best to entertain the kids and get them comfortable near the sea but in the end we opted to head to the pool.
The kids had a blast splashing their parents, smothering them with kisses, and playing with their big brother in “safer” water lol!  It was so fun to be able to capture some special family time for these sweethearts!  I think everyone should have their vacation documented this way – I know that next time we travel hiring a family photojournalist will be on my vaca-prep check list!

Nicole + Tyler | Berkeley Church Wedding

Being a Toronto Wedding Photographer is pretty much the best gig ever!  2016 was a crazy year and I’m so thankful for the couples who chose us to document their biggest moments.  Our final wedding of the year was in early November on a BEAUTIFUL Saturday right in the heart of Toronto.  I’d been wanting to photograph a Berkeley Church wedding forever and I finally got the call!
Nicole & Tyler’s wedding was the perfect way to end the wedding season.  I can’t say enough about these two!!  So warm, welcoming, kind, and fun – it was one for the books.  N&T exchanged vows at the stunning Blessed Sacrament Parish after which we did a little tour of Toronto photo spots and wound up at the iconic Gooderham Building on Front Street.  It was perfectly Nicole & Tyler.
The evening’s festivities took place at Berkeley Church where emotional speeches and amazing food were followed by one of the best dance parties of the year.  Thank you so much for having us you guys!  Jacquie and I had the best time with you and we truly hope you’ll stay friends with us for a long, long time.
xoxo ~ Jen
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It takes a pretty significant team of amazing vendors to pull off a wedding day!  We worked with some of the best wedding professionals in Toronto for Nicole & Tyler’s fabulous event this past November.  If you’re a fan of these photos you should definitely take a minute and check out their fantastic work. I’ve included the links to their websites here for your viewing pleasure – enjoy!
Secondary Photographer | Jacquie Reimer of Oak & Olive
Venue | Berkeley Church
Flowers | Ken’s Flowers on Avenue
Cake | Phipps Bakery
Bridal Gown | Felichia Bridal
Groom’s Attire | Indochino
Bridesmaids Dresses | 3rd Floor Studio
Bride’s Hair & Makeup | Katie Bradley