The wedding took place on a Tuesday because on that date exactly is when they celebrated seven years together.
50 friends and family members flew in from all over for an early afternoon lunch and celebration in their condo building.
They married on the rooftop, then had roasted pig (as per Chinese tradition), the bride serenaded everyone, and they had a raffle.
They are talented designers, and so I kept that in mind when composing their photographs in their venue. I utilized lines, shapes and shadows to reflect how I imagine they must see things with their designer brains. :)
Photographing Viola & Carlos perfectly illustrates how I love to photograph couples. If you are curious about our approach on the wedding day here is a little blurb:
If you ever wonder why I like to mention what film camera I use, feel free to ask me sometime.
“We could not stop scrolling through your blog post since you sent it (basically 2 hours and counting, still oogling). You really knew how to frame the moments we sought after. It really shows through your photographs that every shot was taken with creative intentions, but at the same time you allowed your subjects to be in their natural, undisturbed state so that nothing was staged - exactly why we love your style and approach!! We especially love how you played with the mirrors at the venue where you somehow captured several interactions in a single shot... Freaking. Mind-blowing.
So glad you were there to help us document our special day exactly the way it happened, and not dressing anything up to capture what it isn't. Any time our friends are in need of a photographer, you are definitely the one we will highly recommend. I would love more people to be exposed to your style and approach to wedding photography (I really think most people just didn't think there could be anything else but what social media feeds them... people just another perspective imo), and have a more genuine approach to their special day - as it should be =]
Cannot wait to see the rest!!! XD We are so happy we came across your website when we did!! #noregrets”
- Viola & Carlos
Officiant: Young Hip and Married
Carlos' Blazer: Banana Republic
Viola's Dress: Le Chateau
Carlos' and Viola's footwear: Converse
Rings: Blue Nile
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Bouquet - handmade (using a template from this DIY website): Lia Griffith
Decorations/Materials - handmade: Michaels, Home Depot, Cricut Maker machine
Venezuelan Food: Lola's
Chinese Food: Congee Queen
Printing: The Printing House
Guitar: Simon and Patrick
Digital Piano: Roland
They hung out by the venue, some took phone calls during photos, the girls went for ice cream, Meghan played with a pup. They had fun and we photographed it.
This is some of the most fun I’ve had doing wedding party photos. I waited while everyone moved themselves while conversing and laughing. When things played out in a composed way, I would take a picture.
I love that they naturally created “levels” with themselves which always makes for interesting pictures. (A couple of people stood at the top of the stairs while talking to others at the bottom.) When scenes like that played out I would take the bride and groom and place them beside their friends, while they were carrying on their conversation.
I always love when groups of people are doing separate things in one frame.
“We are obsessed! You caught so many special moments like the ones of the family, and everyone in the audience at the ceremony. Can't! Thank you so so so so so much. We can never ever get over it.”
Venue: The Saguaro Hotel, Palm Springs
Hair: Krysten Ashley
Dress: Stylish Bride Accs
Shoes: Just Fab
Suit: Nordstrom Rack
My favorite time to photograph people is when they’re tired. There exists zero inhibitions.
It’s a modern love
In the dead of winter, to feel alive, I’ll take photos around the house.
Photographed on Leica M6 with Kodak TMAX 400.
It’s not often I get to photograph the week leading up to a wedding day, let alone join a couple on their honeymoon. But in November, we did all that.
After photographing our friend’s wedding we drove to Las Vegas together.
Photographed with a Leica M (typ240)
Her bouquet was a collection of roses from around the house, everything was purchased from a local second hand shop (dress included), and everything took place in their backyard.
It was a world of its own.
“We love them all! So much emotion looking through them. Thank you so much! So many unbelievable moments captured with my parents and sister and grandma. The black and white reception ones feel so timeless. There are wedding photos that have a more aesthetically stunning setting, but the couple is posing. What I love about ours is that you captured all of the emotion that was actually happening where it was happening.”
La valse de vieux os
The black and white ones were photographed with a Leica M6 and Kodak TMAX400 film.
Venue: Gibraltar Artscape
"Nick and I cannot thank you two enough for the wonderful photos you took at our engagement shoot and wedding. You made us feel so comfortable and we really appreciated your direction during the shoots. All the photos turned out so natural, not over posed or cheesy, and truly captured our essence as a couple. The photos are so artistic and unique! I absolutely love them and will treasure them forever."
It’s not often I get to photograph the week leading up to the wedding day. But I had the opportunity in November, 2018 and hope to continually do so for couples next year.
The week leading up to the wedding included dress fittings, the bride recording a song for their first dance, night time phone calls to the groom in a parking lot, binge watching a TV show, picking up the dress, setting up the backyard for the wedding, and quiet evenings at home.
You can see what they said about their photos here.
This Toronto engagement photo shoot inspired by the lyrics from Yellow Magic Orchestra’s song, “Wild Ambitions.”
Often times I will listen to a song prior to a shoot and I find it helps stir up some ideas and how I want to approach this shoot.
After talking to Natalia & Nick I chose a point and shoot film camera, and a film (Kodak Gold 400) that I thought fit their style. Our approach was a little more hands off and we kept it candid and relaxed. We just walked along the Lakeshore in Toronto, watched birds, looked at flowers and climbed rocks.
I’m obsessed with the grain on this film!
I'm on my way
To where you are
I'm running through the wild lands
You can't tell
Left from right
I'm running through the wild lands
They walked through the streets downtown, had a coffee, and got married.
The last photo was taken right before I left. I always like to take one last portrait of the bride and groom because any nervousness from the day has subsided. It was taken with a point and shoot film camera because I imagined it as one of those heirloom photos in an album.
Here are a few of my personal favorites.
“THESE ARE INCREDIBLE!! How on earth did you make us look good?!?! You have such an eye for location and art. These are blowing my mind! Everything looks amazing. Absolutely in LOVE with all the photos and the film shots! Oh and your thumb drive is 🙌🏻. Thank you for everything you did for us on our wedding day - including your laid-back photography approach, as well as helping with the planning and keeping everything under control! You're very talented and we're so happy we had you. Thanks so much!”
“Oh my gosh! I haven’t gotten any work done today after receiving our photos! You captured the day SO perfectly. We love them all. They are SO amazing! I am in love! All the feels are coming back from the day.”
Sometimes when you have a busy day with kids you just have to buy McDonald’s for dinner :)
Photographed with a Contax TVS iii and Kodak Gold 200 film. I chose this set-up so I could get snapshot style photographs that resemble photos found in family albums.
I chose to photograph Lucy and Joe with a point and shoot film camera with expired Kodak Gold 200 because it suit them best. They’re laid-back, minimal, real. I also based the location on this. They can take a location that’s not over the top and make it cool.
Annie and Spenser met at an airport on the way home from the same music festival when their flights got delayed <3 That idea somehow inspired me to use my film camera with flash for a few of the detail photos.
The photos of Annie framed in the door reminds me of some 80’s electronic music - all angular and geometric.
Here are a few of my personal favorites.
Home is where I want to be
Pick me up and turn me around
I feel numb, born with a weak heart
I guess I must be having fun
“We love all of the photos! You captured just as we hoped. Love the candid ones in particular. Thank you so much!”
I had the privilege of photographing their engagement, their wedding day, and after a few years - their kid!
We took some photos around their home, then headed to the park to play on the swings, and went for a little walk down some side streets.
These were taken with a point and shoot film camera. I dig the grain.
“The photos are absolutely amazing, as usual! We just can’t stop looking at them. Love them so much. Thank you!!!! The packaging is also so nice. We can’t thank you enough, we are so lucky to have these memories of Fionn as a baby.”
“We’ve looked through our photos quite a few times and we are so incredibly happy with every single one. We couldn’t believe how many wicked moments you captured. We honestly felt like we were able to relive the day. Thank you so much for what you do! You captured everything I could have imagined and details and moments that I missed. We can’t thank you enough!”
“You really captured us. So many photos to choose from. And the way you use light and shadows! These are more than just photos, they are memories. Thanks again!”
“Thank you so much! Everyone loved our photos, and we love them! They are amazing. Everyone looks so good. I absolutely love the photos.”
Our day will come
And our day will last
A few hours borrowed, never returned
Yuki & Regan.
We went to my favorite spot on the Lakeshore in Etobicoke (Toronto). It’s a path, lined with willow trees, that leads to rocks you can sit on and view the lake.
These were photographed on 35mm film because I wanted the pictures to look like how being young and in love in the summer time feels.
I couldn’t have hoped for the light leak to be in a better spot in the first photo.
You can't resist her
She's in your bones
She is your marrow
And your ride home
A proposal story that took place in my backyard in the middle of winter. This was a special one because that’s my nephew you see :)
They had just bought a car together after a very stressful experience of buying a different car, then having to return it. So, Hayden created some sort of loud noise while pretending to pull out of the driveway. We were sitting in the house, and Emily was scared the car had broke down. Before she ran out, I gave her a ridiculous, big coat of mine. And well… you can see the rest.
Photographed with a Contax TVS iii and Kodak TMAX400. I chose this set-up because I wanted to give them photos that resembled photographs in a family album.
“It is so nice to re-live the day and to see events that we were not a part of (e.g. cocktail hour, each other's pre ceremony events). We are SO impressed with your work and SO grateful to have you document our wedding in a way that only you two could do.
The gift box, your card and the USB are also beautiful. They all will be cherished. We are keeping them in our family room.”
A couple of architects.
These photos were inspired by your family photo albums.
Taken only with film, only with vintage cameras.
This is one particular package we offer; all film.
As you may notice there is a different kind of shooting style that comes along with photographing a wedding with only film.
We photographed this wedding with the same kind of film the bride’s parent’s wedding was photographed on. The bride’s shoes was worn by her mother on her wedding day. Lots of sentimentality in the little details.
This one’s for the nostalgia lovers.