Photos: Nirosha & Dave, a double wedding

This was a beautiful wedding to capture, and it was interesting because the bride and groom had two ceremonies in one day! One to honour Nirosha's family and the other to honour Dave's.

This was the first ceremony.

Photos: Erin & Taylor at Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm

A gorgeous intimate wedding at Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm. Despite the rain, everyone had a wonderful time!

THROWBACK: Offbeat Rainy Day Wedding

The new year is here and we're excited to photograph more beautiful couples and weddings this year. And while the dates are quickly adding up, we wanted to do a little throwback to a past wedding that was unique and may give those planning a wedding, a little relief. 

We love to shoot offbeat weddings. We never really know what to expect and there's a certain laid-back feel to them that we dig. This one in particular was a backyard wedding out in Limoges and didn't have a typical schedule set out. The bridal party photos were done first and almost an hour away from their wedding venue, the bride got "getting ready photos" after the bridal shoot, much of it was DIY, the dress was previously loved and our favourite part: they weren't officially getting married! All of it was done out of a love for a family member that had limited time to be with them. 

When you're thinking of putting together your wedding day, know one thing as a couple: there are no rules. Do it however you want to do it no matter what "they" say you're "supposed to do." 

If you're a new photographer: always be prepared for rain. 

PHOTOS: A winter engagement to celebrate their summer wedding

Nirosha and Dave were referred to me by an old friend and I was asked to be their photographer for their July wedding next year. To get to know the couple and introduce them to the feeling of being in front of the camera, engagement photos are always complimentary. Here are a few from this weekend. 

Bride's Tips:
Tell your photographer how you like to be photographed and share any concerns. 

A photographer who listens and understands will do their best to work with how you feel you are most comfortable being photographed.

What can you use engagement photos for?
The two have decided to add them to their invitations, as well as include them in their photo slideshow during their ceremony. 


THROWBACK: A destination wedding and choosing privacy

Last year in March we were asked to come along to Mexico to photograph a wedding alongside a wedding video specialist. In the slower moments, we'd also help to film. It was such an incredible time. Like most of our couples (due to personal choice or religion) these two really wanted their wedding to be private, so while we did capture their full wedding day, plus a second day where we joined them on a boat to La Isla Mujeres, our photos shared here only show a little of the details. 

We believe capturing the details are important, especially if you choose a destination wedding because often Bride's are so caught up in the excitement and the preparations that having photos to remember the room, the ambiance, the decor, the feel - make it special to look back on and couples can appreciate it from a different perspective. 

Bride's Tip:
If you don't want your private moments shared, let your photographer know.
Often photographers use images to market and showcase their work but will often compromise by only sharing the details and being creative with how they capture the moments. Keep in mind, that these 'other' images may be shared in private with clients, but will never be posted online especially if you've agreed to it in the contract. 

Hyatt Zilara
Cancun, Mexico

Photography: Mailyne B.