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We met Kamil, Patricia and their adorable little boy, Nick, at a Starbucks earlier this year. Nick was exhausted and slept through most of the consultation. We were so excited that they chose us to share in their special day and have truly enjoyed getting the opportunity to get to know them through this incredible event. We wish them and their lovely family all the best! Congratulations Kamil & Patricia!~ Paul + Melanie, Darlington Studios, Barrie
Kamil and Patricia were married at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Mississauga. This was our first time attending a Polish mass. Although, most of the service was in Polish (a language we do not speak, but now wish we could), we totally understood the sentiment of their emotional ceremony.
Out of the hundreds of submissions, every few days our editors select the photos that stand out and post them in a dedicated photo album on our Facebook page.
To vote, you, your friends and our Facebook fans & followers simply "like" their favourite photos.
So, right now we are collecting "FALL" photographs, taken in September, October & Novemeber 2011. Submit right away, start collecting votes! The deadline is January 31st. (submission instructions, below)
(*) Voting Deadlines: two weeks after the submission deadline (i.e. May 15th, Jul 15th, Oct 15th, Feb 15th), at midnight PST.
Our friends at Shopping Stand Inc, purveyors of all fine bridal party gifts, are sponsoring the contest: Each seasonal people's choice winner will receive:
Finally, in January 2012, our panel of judges will re-consider all the seasonal finalists, from which they will declare the Overall Winner of 2011. Our panel consists of the BRIDE.ca writers & editors, plus the publishers of our partner wedding magazines (Real Weddings, Calgary Bridal Guide & Elegant Wedding)EngagementPhotoAwards,EngagementPhotoAwards,EngagementPhotoAwards
We love these photos. (They're part of a much longer session, by Vancouver photographer John Heil, back in 2009) But what's so great about them is how they demostrate that you really need not stress about exotic photo locations, driving around for hours in the middle of your wedding day. All you really need is a quiet spot nearby, a talented photographer and (of course!) a relaxed, adventurous couple (i.e. you!). Brilliant! (click, for high-res images)
"Bright Pinks are a perfect colour pallet for a summer wedding! They add such a pop of excitement and elegance."..
Christina and Justin's outdoor wedding ceremony perfectly complemented the pink floral arrangements. Extra touches of pink were included with satin bows and the couple's monogram in their isle runner. Creative elements added extra personalization, with pink and purple tissue paper embellished initials of the Bride and Groom.
Erin Wallis Photography, Campbell River, BC
J + C Photography, Burnaby, BC
Shandro Photo, Edmonton, AB
Remember those stiff, "formal" wedding photos from the 80's? Families, posing lined up in the park?
Then, the 90's marked the first great evolution: candids and black & whites, brought emotion into your wedding memories, laughs and tears and movement - experiencing the moments through the eyes of your guests.
Now, another small revolution is taking place in wedding photography: depth! (if that is the right word for it) More and more, the environement is becoming part of the photo, the wind, the waves, the clouds.. more than ever, you look at these pictures and you feel like "you were there"..
Selected among almost a thousand submissions, these finalists best illustrate the best in wedding photography for 2010. Click each photo, for a larger image - the full experience!
I shot Jasleen & Vinay's engagement session on July 1st and we chose to incorporate as many of the Canada Day Festivities as possible. There was a small carnival nearby. The rides were an obvious opportunity for a dynamic shot. Luckily the attendant didn't see me bring my camera aboard!
Layton Reid is himself a fabulous documentary/wedding photographer, now based out of Halifax, NS. After 10 years together with Candace, they were getting married in September and, since I was home on the East Coast for my annual autumn trip, we got together to take some photos of them. We got halfway to our location and it started to pour, but when we arrived we lucked into the most beautiful light...as though the sun set three separate times just for us. I noticed a patch of weeds with dried seed pods, and thought they looked a bit like hearts floating in the distance, so I asked them to sit directly on the weeds. The were freezing and naturally started to snuggle, and that's when I took the photo. Layton and Candace are the real deal. It was our first time meeting, but they made me feel as though we were old friends. Together they're so full of life, fun, and are some of the warmest and most genuine folks I've met.
Beautiful High Park in Toronto, Ontario was the back drop for this photo of Anna and Stephen (they were married on 10/10/10!). The beauty of the "almost kiss" and the delicate light from a late June sun creates a certain magic for me.
So much talent, such little space.. We went through thousands of images, hundreds of shooters, hundreds of great couples; our editors short-listed and argued; our readers voted and "liked" on Facebook..
In the end, surprisingly (or perhaps not?) the top-3 (above) were unanimous: our staff, our panel and the popular vote, they all agreed (there is a first time for everything!).
Ranking the next seven was impossible though (sooo... close!); they are simply "top photos", all of them, each expressing the particular couple's personality and photographer's style & technique.
"Amazing Engagements" month continues on bride.ca (- if you haven't voted on the best engagement photographs of 2010 yet, you still can!)
Today, we have something truly special though.. if these photos do not inspire you, nothing ever will! Two brilliant shooters from Blushing Bride Studio and an incredible, daring and creative couple, giving new meanings to the expression "when life imitates art"..
We chose the movie The Notebook as inspiration for our engagement photo shoot for a few reasons. For one, Jean-Nicola's late grandparents had Alzheimer's disease and this movie touched close to home. Also, the chemistry of the young lovers in the movie was intense! And the era is very alluring to us - the fashion and way of life. We hope that our love endures all that life will throw at us, much like Noah and Allie. Oh, and we always fall asleep hand in hand (reference to the end of the movie)..