Nikki and Andrew met at the start of their university careers, at the University of Guelph. Both of them didn’t know what the future had in store for them, and they became really great friends throughout their undergrad. Back then … Continue reading
Lindsay and Adam are two of the sweetest, most kind people I have ever met. I truly mean that. They have such big hearts and are the type of people who genuinely open themselves up to you and let you … Continue reading
Lesley and Peter are big sports fans – They particularly enjoy watching Raptors basketball and Maple Leafs hockey games. They also like going to concerts. With that in mind, since I love photographing couples in environments that reflect their unique story, it just made sense to photograph part of their engagement session at the Air Canada Centre. This was a unique location that was a lot of fun to shoot! I asked Lesley and Peter to bring a basketball to their session to incorporate as a cheeky little prop – and I just adore how cutely it showcased this couple’s super cute height difference when we had Lesley stand on it to reach Peter for a kiss!
After the ACC we headed on over the High Park, a location that’s been so popular this month thanks to the Sakura blooms. But, this couple was super happy to explore the park to check out the various totally awesome, unique areas it has to offer. And I *love* exploring, so this was a tonne of fun for me as well! That’s pretty much how I like to work anyway – We pick a spot, go for a walk and chat, and I get all excited when I see some amazing light or a wicked cool backdrop to use.
And now for some words from the lovebirds themselves!
“The past 4 years have been quite the journey! From traveling the world, sharing in our love for the Toronto Raptors/Maple Leafs, experimenting with cooking to enjoying the nature around us, these have been the solid foundations of our relationship.
We wanted the locations of our engagement shoot to represent a part of who we are as a couple. We spend a lot of time at the ACC cheering on the Raptors and Leafs and seeing our favourite bands in concert so we knew it had to be our first stop!
We are both very excited to begin a new chapter in our lives together and look forward to everything that will come our way on this great adventure!”
Thanks so much for sharing your story, guys! And thanks for the opportunity to photograph your beautiful love ❤
Susan and Ike got married at Rosewater Room in downtown Toronto – I love a full-on city wedding – lots of fun and totally interesting locations for photos!
Susan and Ike have a love that is without pretension, is youthful and jovial, joyful and free – They care about each other with a confident and beautiful abandon – two individual souls who can exist and support one another in the most admiring way.I was really touched watching how magnetically drawn to each other they are, seeming completely elated to be in each other’s arms, yet also how totally happy they are watching each other enjoy themselves in the crowd of loved ones from afar – What I’m trying to say is, this couple has a bond that goes deep, and it was an honour to photograph their wedding at Rosewater on Saturday.
Their speeches included words to each other that had this photographer teary-eyed and completely smitten being in the presence of this amazing love. The love was also echoed all around by every single one of their guests who was so impassionately excited to be there. Susan and Ike’s crew is tight. I photographed their friends Eini and Celso’s wedding last year and this large, rambunctious and completely fun group was all there – it’s so cool and inspiring to see such a large group of friends and family be so gosh-darned close.
Susan and Ike’s wedding day had a number of personalized touches. Their cakes were made by a friend, and the groom’s cake was a surprise, made to look like a DJ mixing board since Ike loves to DJ. It even lit up! All the flowers, including bouquets, boutonnieres and centrepieces, were made by an incredibly talented friend/bridesmaid. They had a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to honour their family background. And, perhaps coolest of all, all their wedding day events took place within a few city blocks of where they live! Rosewater, where they got married, is so close to their home, and and we chose to walk around the neighbourhood with their wedding party, shining some new light on the locations they go by on a daily basis – love how personal that was to them!
Now some words from the newlyweds!
– What were your favourite wedding day moments (each of you, or one of you)? The first time we saw each other on our wedding day and walking down the aisle. Him: walking through our neighbourhood and capturing us in the area we live in. – Were there any noteworthy challenges to planning your wedding?Trying to maintain your patience and remaining calm:) If you can work through that, you can work through anything!– Now that you’re wedding planning pros & newlyweds, do you have advice for engaged couples planning their wedding?Know that all that planning and preparation will culminate in a single day that will go by all too quickly, so savour every moment of that day.Vendor Details:– Photography: Olive Photography– Dress Designer: David’s Bridal Galina Signature – Suit: Freeman’s Formal – Cake: Eini & Co– Flowers: Bridesmaid– Makeup: Iris Liu– Hair: Davis Lau – Studio 39
Decades ago, Alex’s parents had their wedding photos taken at High Park, and since Alex’s parents are no longer with us, honouring them in this way meant a lot to them.
There is a bridge in the middle of High Park that Alex particularly wanted to take a picture on since they have a photograph of his parents standing on it – so amazing to think that back in time, his parents stood on the very same spot.
It was also really special to learn that Catherine’s engagement ring used to belong to Alex’s mother. Such a meaningful heirloom.
Here are some photographs from our time together, and be sure to read their love and family story at the bottom of the post, eloquently written by the couple themselves ❤
P.S. They also brought along their super adorable Pug Frank – he has such a cutie patootie face!
And now, their love story, written by the lovebirds themselves:
“We met a couple of years ago at a Halloween party that was thrown by mutual friends. Alex was dressed as a 1980s tennis player, and I was dressed as “blackmail”. It was definitely like at first site. Alex was pretty charming and I couldn’t resist spending more time with him.
They met in Taipei, then, as though living in a movie, they met up in many cities around the world before finally deciding to settle in together where he lived, in Toronto.
From the couple themselves:
“Our story is very simple, with just a tiny bit of a modern twist. We were both working too hard and didn’t have the time nor the luck to find the other half. Then we met online and everything just clicked so well and so soon. After meeting for the first time in Taipei (4 months into knowing each other), we knew we found our better halves. Over the course of the following year, we made plans to meet each other in different cities of the world since we both traveled a lot at work anyways. And by the 20th month or so we were engaged and I left my job, my family and my country behind and moved to the other hemisphere to start our new life together with him. As for why we wanted the cherry blossoms for our engagement session, it’s even simpler. Just like how we found each other, the Sakura photo is also a simple timing thing. Such a gorgeous bloom, so rare and precious, and just as luck would have it, it’s in season just around the same time as we were looking for engagement photos. So we figured, why not? This coincidence/timing is just like us, a sort of meant-to-be thing.”
Thank you for inviting me into your lives to document this special time, lovebirds. Though I am already booked on your wedding day, it was an honour to still spend time in the presence of your love and photograph your full-on, smile-inducing joy ❤
Today I went out and photographed during many photographers’ nightmare: Mid-Day Sun. (Eek!) If you’ve ever booked a session with a photographer chances are they’ve tried to schedule the session during sunset, sunrise, or some time other than noon or 1pm. There’s good reason for this – With the sun high up in the sky during mid afternoon it’s usually super bright, causing subjects to squint and creating harsh ‘hot spots’/bright spots to appear on faces and clothes, and generally the light can be quite strong and unforgiving. So, many photographers understandably avoid shooting during this time altogether. But, as much as other times may be favourable, we can’t always choose when a photo session will happen, and so it’s important to be equipped with techniques that make you adaptable in all sorts of situations. So, though I already have some techniques up my sleeve, I wanted to learn more, and I spent some time with another awesome Toronto photographer named Hugh Whitaker who had some awesome pointers – thanks again, Hugh! It was super fun taking some time to go out and shoot for fun – bonus that I got to hang out with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while on a beautiful day. (Shoutout to Monika and Dave for being such awesome models today – thanks, guys! And happy almost 3 year anniversary!) Though Mister Sun didn’t come out to play too much, I experimented with some new techniques I definitely plan to continue using. Anywho, thought I’d share a couple of photos from today’s Professional Development/fun shoot – it’s always nice learning and trying out new stuff! Mid-day Summer sun, maybe we can be friends? 😛
Why is a wedding day itinerary important?
Your wedding day is such a whirlwind of events, and it’s easy to get lost in the flow of it all – And that’s totally ok! It’s super important for you to be able to relax and be present, truly enjoying your day without a worry.
But, in order to be able to do that, some planning before your big day is so critical. For example, it’s amazingly helpful to have a detailed itinerary for your wedding day planned out. With so many events going on, it’s so beneficial to have a guideline as to how much time there is for the different parts of the day.
You spend seemingly endless hours planning out the many aspects of your big day, and it’s important to allot enough time to properly document them, as well as for them to actually happen!
Now, having a detailed itinerary may sound rather rigid, and isn’t good wedding photography about being relaxed and capturing real moments as they happen? The answer is YES! Trust me, having a realistic timeline in place does not mean the actual day can’t be documented organically, full of candid and wonderful moments. The itinerary just means enough time has been given for each part of your day, allowing us all to be more relaxed and letting those moments flow without a quickly ticking clock and a feeling of being rushed. (Who wants to feel rushed on their wedding day?… I’m guessing not you!)
When couples book with me, I e-mail them a sample itinerary I created with one of my past brides, along with suggested times for certain parts of the day to help ensure we get the shots we need – And couples really appreciate this! Having a plan with allotted times (including enough ‘cushion time’ since wedding days to often veer off schedule a bit) really helps ensure the day goes smoothly.
Big bonus: The time we spend planning out your itinerary before your big day means you can rest easy and truly be present on your wedding day, knowing all the key things have been accounted for.
And a relaxed couple means much more natural and happy photographs, and an overall better wedding experience.
Cheers to that!
Photos in this post are from Jodi & Brad’s big day – FULL POST HERE!
With so much love,
The Toronto Island is one of my favourite places to hang out, so I’m always excited to shoot there – any excuse to spend time there and I’m in! Even in the Winter… It’s just magical.
It was neat that we could actually see Ike and Susan’s building from the island – as the sun set it was pretty incredible to see the warm glow of the sun radiating not just over the skyline, but also through all the condo/office windows! Like our very own real life shadow box.
Thanks so much for a wonderful first visit of the season to the island, guys! And I cannot wait for your wedding super soon! 2 more weeks!! ❤ ❤
I love this engagement session so much. These high school sweethearts are just that… sweethearts.
Kelsey & Nico are *featured* on The Wedding Co.today – These two make me swoon big time. ❤
Check out the feature here: http://www.theweddingco.com/engagement-shoot-by-olive-photography/