Winter Downtown Hamilton Cafe Engagement Photography | Steve + Sue = Engaged! | Cannon Coffee Co and Café Oranje
Winter Downtown Hamilton Cafe Engagement Photography… I am pleased to introduce you to my brother, Steve, and his awesome fiancé, Sue! Jimmy went out with these two for some fun winter portraits in celebration of their recent engagement. Incorporating a few of Hamilton’s downtown districts, they went to some of their favourite spots to forever capture Hamilton’s architecture, art scene and diversity in their portraits. Hamilton is special to them; it’s where they met, where they live, and where they are surrounded by a close community of friends. The session began at Ottawa Street South‘s Cannon Coffee Co., co-owned by a close friend. From there, they explored the Textile District, ducking into some alleys and finding murals before making their way over to Steve’s workplace, Café Oranje, the Dutch inspired café of Hamilton‘s International Village. Steve and Sue cozied up in the window of the quiet café, one of their favourite hang out spots, taking a much needed break from the cold. They wrapped up their portrait session at James Street North, using the Armoury and a grand vintage Coke ad that still remains on the side of a building. We are so excited for these two, we just couldn’t wait to post their session! And I wanted this post to coincide with their “Save the Dates” that have just gone out… this summer is going to be the best!
Wintry Burlington Spencer Smith Park Engagement Photography | Ashley + Jamie = Engaged! | Whimsical Snowy Urban Engagement Session
Wintry Burlington Spencer Smith Park Engagement Photography… The morning that we met Ashley and Jamie for coffee and a mini engagement session was the epitome of a blustery day, as well as the first snowfall of the winter season! After warming up in the cozy cafe, we ventured outside and made our way to Burlington‘s waterfront and boardwalk at Spencer Smith Park. The strong and frigid wind kept Ashley and Jamie huddled close as they walked briskly along the beach and down the Brant Street Pier. We headed back toward the park when it started to snow; we’ve always loved the weeping willows at this park. The large fluffy snowflakes were absolutely magical as we began walking back to the cafe along Brant Street! We ducked into an alley to capture the flakes softly blowing around, making for a perfect winter scene. I had been hoping for snow like this, it was a pleasant surprise and so awesome to capture in camera!
Congrats on your engagement, Ashley and Jamie! We are so looking forward to your upcoming wedding;)
DIY Hamilton Autumn Dundurn Castle Wedding Photography | Vince + Brianne = Married! | The Hair Saloon and The Lakeview Wedding Portraits
DIY Hamilton Autumn Dundurn Castle Wedding Photography! Meet Vince and Brianne – two of the sweetest, most genuine people one could ever meet. Their wedding took place near the end of the fall season, when typically the vibrant autumn leaves would have already left the trees. This year, however, the leaves remained much longer, making for a gorgeous Canadian fall setting at their historic Hamilton venue. While Bri prepared for the day at her parents’ home, surrounded by her closest friends and family, Vince and the guys were getting pampered at Burlington’s Hair Saloon with straight shaves, manicures and, of course, beer! Vince and Bri’s wedding was a true DIY project. Over the course of at least a year, Bri along with her mother, sister and Vince handmade all of their wedding decor, incorporating alternative elements that tied in their style and love for music. For example, the bouquets and other accessories contained silver skull and crossbones, a snare drum was made into a card box, and a B.C. Rich electric guitar was used in place of a guest signing book! Their ceremony took place in Dundurn Castle’s indoor venue, The Coach House, with their cocktail hour and reception following soon after at The Lakeview along Hamilton’s waterfront at Confederation Park.
In case you missed it, check out their winter engagement session here!
Their vendors: Bride’s sister, Hillary Macdonald (Makeup Artist); Tina Lolli at Magda European Hair Design in Stoney Creek (Bride’s Hair Stylist); The Hair Saloon in Burlington (Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Barber); Bride’s dress from Angie’s Bridal Boutique in Waterdown; Bridal accessories from People’s Jewellers and Laura; Nine West Bride’s shoes (from DSW in Buffalo); various Bridesmaid’s dresses from Angie’s Bridal; Bridesmaid’s accessories from People’s Jewellers; Groom’s and Groomsmen’s attire from Ralph Lauren at Moores; Groom’s and Groomsmen’s shoes from Moores; Bridal Party gifts from People’s Jewellers and Things Engraved; Officiate from Heritage Weddings; all floral arrangements by Mother of the Bride, Barbara Macdonald; Carmen’s Banquet Centre (Catering); Wedding cake and cupcakes by Sharleen Walton of Sweet Celebrations; DJ Doug Gordon of Royal Disc Jockey Services; Mermaid Limo (Transportation); The Waterfront Hotel in Burlington (Groom’s accommodations); Dundurn Castle in Hamilton (ceremony venue and portrait location); The Lakeview (reception venue); DIY wedding planning and event decorating by Bride and Mother of the Bride.
Other DIY elements by Bride, Groom, Mother of the Bride and the Bride’s sister include: personalised jars of homemade grape jelly as wedding guest favours, garter, table centrepieces, table number signs, seating chart, place setting cards, snare drum card box, and guest signing electric guitar.