*Featured by BRIDES!*

I was pretty floored and honoured when BRIDES reached out last week to use one of my photographs on their website in a slideshow about reception chairs. The slideshow is now up! Kudos goes to Niveen for her vision while designing her and Rob’s big day, and to KJ and Co. for these sparkly gold ‘Mrs’ & ‘Mr’ signs that work so well with these dark wood reception chairs! Stunning florals by Coriander Girl.

Here’s the link to check out the slideshow: http://www.brides.com/wedding-ideas/2015/03/bride-and-groom-chair-decorations#slide=22

And here’s a preview of the photo used in the feature!
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Niveen & Rob’s Wedding – *Featured* on RuffledBlog!

Big news!
Niveen & Rob’s seriously stunning Winter garden wedding is featured today on RuffledBlog!
http://ruffledblog.com/winter-garden-wedding-in-toronto/
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You absolutely need to check out the incredible floral details that transformed their cold, grey winter day into a colourful, magical day of such unique beauty. They also had some other wonderful details that are sure to provide some great wedding/party inspiration!

Stay tuned for a full blog post from me as well!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful day!

Anastasia (Olive Photography)
info@olivephotography.ca

Miss F’s Boudoir Shoot – Appreciating Self

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Miss F (name withheld for anonymity) had been thinking about doing a boudoir session for herself for ages. She’s turning 40 soon (can you believe it?) and she finally decided to just jump right in and give it a go.

I was taking a plunge with this one too – it was my first time being asked to do a boudoir session, but I was more than happy to give it a shot – I loved the idea of celebrating yourself and being comfortable in your own skin.

Miss F found me through her sister who has seen some of my other work, and she connected the two of us. I’m so glad she did, because this was such a fun day.

F and I looked into hotels and decided on one for the shoot, and I brought on Makeup by Carmela to pamper and polish this already ravishing woman. We wanted sultry, relaxed, va-va-voom without overdoing it. She did a superb job on the hair and makeup!

On the day of the shoot we all relaxed, joked around, and just enjoyed each other’s company. The photo portion flowed really nicely, with Miss F being a phenomenal model taking creative direction but also *totally* turning the hotness up to 11. To be honest, it wasn’t hard considering she’s a knockout bombshell, but it was important for me that she *felt* comfortable and beautiful, since that’s inevitably what makes a person look their best.

In the end, I think the day went absolutely wonderfully. We had a really great time and the photos turned out just like I had envisioned: feminine, romantic, sultry, almost filmic. Classy, not trashy. I think that’s what a boudoir session celebrating yourself should be.

Thanks so much for a marvellous, memorable time, ladies!


Much love,
Anastasia
info@olivephotography.ca

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A Nice Surprise – 2015 Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Awards Winner – Neat!

Well this was a nice surprise to discover this evening!
Logged into my WeddingWire account and learned that I’ve been selected as a 2015 Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Awards Winner!

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What does this mean?

Here’s a bit about the award, as described by WeddingWire:

ABOUT THE COUPLES’ CHOICE AWARDS
The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognizes the top 5 percent of local Wedding Professionals from the WeddingWire Network throughout the United States, Canada and abroad that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 200,000 newlyweds. Awards are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2014 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency).”

Well, folks, I’ve gotta say, I’m so, so humbled and grateful to all of you who have taken the time to stop by my WeddingWire page to write kind words about your experience with me as your photographer. It truly means *so* much!

It’s always such a pleasure working with all of you.
It’s amazingly rewarding to make you happy (and capture your happiness!), and I feel incredibly lucky that I get to do that on a daily basis. ❤

Here’s to more wonderful memories (and great reviews from happy couples!) this year!

Love love love to all of you!

Anastasia

Behind the Scenes photos via @OlivePhotoTO on Instagram – Go follow!


P.S. If we’ve worked together and you’d like to add a review of your own but aren’t sure how, e-mail me and I’d be happy to send you a link! 

Anastasia Giaouris
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Laura & Zach’s Dreamy Niagara Vineyard Wedding

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Laura and Zach’s wedding was set against the most spectacular and romantic vineyard setting – the gorgeous green rows of grapes touched by the golden sun made us feel like we were in a dream.

Laura’s attention to detail brought the beauty inside the reception tent, as lovely mis-matched yet co-ordinating vessels held an unexpected and totally fresh array of florals, and each plate was adorned with an adorable burlap and lace pouch which housed home-made caramels as a ‘Thank You’ to guests.

The whole vibe of the day felt so beautiful – amongst the days I’m sure we’ll all remember fondly as one of those epic Summer memories that we’ll never want to let go.

There was so much happiness, warmth and love that day, and the gorgeous setting mirrored how we all felt.

Here’s a look at Laura and Zach’s beautiful wedding at Ravine VineyardAnd be sure to read some words about the big day from the couple themselves at the bottom of the post! 

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… And here are some words about these lovebirds and some of their advice to engaged couples:

 

Q: Tell us a bit about your love story?

A: We were originally introduced through friends during University. With both of us at different schools and living in different cities and with no physical introduction, we continued on our separate paths. It wasn’t until July 4th, 2010 on a random Sunday, that we decided to meet up in Toronto on a whim. For those that know us, this was out of character for both of us! We then spent the day exploring the city, opening up to each other about our lives, the difficulties we’ve overcome, hardships we’ve endured but perhaps most importantly, where we wanted to go in life. We joked, we laughed and we continued to just let it all happen! After an incredible 8 hour walk through the city, we sealed it with a kiss and have been best friends and soul mates since.

Q: What were your favourite wedding moments?

A: It is almost impossible to narrow down a favourite moment, the entire day was magical! From the moment we woke up to the time we fell asleep, the day was perfect.

Q: Any advice for engaged couples planning their wedding?

A: Enjoy the planning process, stay organized and stay on top of things! By doing this, you will be able to relax and enjoy the weeks leading up to the wedding. Don’t forget to think about the guests in your planning, the small things go a long way! Most importantly, it’s your wedding, so throw an extraordinary party to celebrate your love with family and friends!

Q: Any final thoughts about the day you’d like to share?

A: The day won’t go by quickly if you are relaxed and ready to enjoy!

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P.S. This wedding was featured by The Wedding Co.! Check out the feature here: http://www.theweddingco.com/olive-photo/ 

Niveen and Rob’s Nature and Sunbeam-Filled Engagement Session

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I had a blast photographing these two for their engagement session!

We got to frolic about amongst the gorgeous nature *just* before the leaves started falling off the trees. (Sidenote: It’s amazing how quickly that happens, isn’t it??)

These two are just so much fun and easy to get along with – we chatted, joked, and it even went for lunch while we waited for the ferry back. It felt like we were just hanging out – and we just happened to be snapping photos of their adorable looooove.

And, another awesome bonus to our time together was the unexpected visit of an adorable cat, who calmly strolled right into the middle of our shoot and showed himself off for the camera. Since all three of us have cats we of course had to take some time to properly say hello!

Thanks for a memorable, lovely time, guys!

Really looking forward to photographing your wedding this January 31st!

*Check out the bottom of this post for words from Niveen and Rob themselves about their love story!*
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And now for some words from the lovebirds themselves: 

A long long time ago…(more like 6 years ago) a boy with bright ginger hair walked into work for the first time. He was stopped by a nosey brunette who asked “Are you new?” He said “Yes”. She smiled and said “Welcome!”.  Music, and tech geekery brought us together. Our lunch room at work provided Rockband for staff to play and unwind. One afternoon, while Niveen was rocking out on the drums, Rob came by and asked if he could join her on guitar, soon their band formed and was called “What’s for lunch?”. After numerous awkward group work outings, Rob asked Niveen out for dinner, and the rest was history!

Even though we are complete opposites – she’s reckless, he’s patient  (Thankfully) – and come from very different backgrounds and walks of life, the relationship became a bridge. It bridged our families, our cultures and our lives. On a warm summer day, after both had taken the leap to buy a house, they had finally picked up the keys and were filled with anticipation. At the door step of their first home, Rob  “fumbled” and dropped the key on the floor, he then remained on his knee, and asked Niveen to make a home of their new house, together. And it was the best decision she ever made!

 

Christa & Jorden’s Fall Family Session

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I was so excited for this photo session!
Christa and Jorden were one of my first wedding couples back in the day (they’re the couple surrounded by greenery in the Facebook page cover photo!), and now they’ve got a 3 month old daughter! Amazing how time flies!

It was so wonderful to see them again and to spend time with their incredibly patient and good-spirited baby. Despite it being cold, rainy, and SO windy, Zoe was a champ. I mean it – At one point she had wind blowing so strong it was going up her and Christa’s noses, and she barely budged.
No tears from this happy-go-lucky baby at all, despite the crazy weather.
What a trooper!

It was wonderful to see Donna (Christa’s mom) again as well. Oh, how she dotes on her grand daughter. She emanates pure JOY being with her. So beautiful to behold.

Despite the crazy weather we managed to have a great time and take some lovely photographs. Thanks for a lovely time, you guys!

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Isabella & Lukas – Engaged!

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Well aren’t these two just cute as a button??

Isabella and Lukas mentioned they’re not usually comfortable in front of the camera, but I wouldn’t have known that if they hadn’t mentioned it – Isabella even thought she didn’t look good in photos… I beg to differ, miss!

Though they may not usually be comfortable around the camera it sure didn’t seem that way – maybe they’re just so comfortable being around each other, bringing the best out of one another. I’ve gotta say, these photos ooze comfort and coziness – Isabella and Lukas danced around, kept each other warm from the cold, gave the sweetest glances – they make me smile. It was super fun to be in the presence of such open hearts.

The day was definitely a bit brisk and the Fall air had a bite to it, but it was sweet to witness how Lukas held Isabella close to warm her up. Even sweeter to see the looks of pure smitten-ness in their faces and body language.

After some time outside we got to enjoy two beverages with each other. First, the two of them enjoyed a pint (Lukas joked that he should have had it at the start of the session since it warmed him up), then later we went to a nearby coffee shop to enjoy some hot tea and apple cider – mmm, like Autumn in a cup!

I had so much fun getting to know these two and I absolutely cannot wait to photograph their wedding Next October 17th!

(Be sure to check out some words from the couple themselves near the end of this post!)
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And now, some words from our lovebirds about their Love Story!

“Our love story was definitely not one of love at first sight. We met in middle school, where we found each other dorky and unappealing. A couple of years went by and a close friendship developed. At school we chose the same classes, would visit each other’s lockers, and laughed at each others jokes. We would phone each other nightly to discuss our latest crushes, often Isabella giving Lukas sage advice.  We saw each other through several brief and awkward relationships. Eventually we got tired of our friends interrogating us about our developing affections for one another and the inevitable happened. We weren’t sure if it would last past prom, but more than eight years later we are now planning a wedding.

Despite having no phone service, Lukas planned his big proposal while working at a hospital in the tiny northern town of Moose Factory, Ontario. He chose our favourite winery to stage a private dinner, featuring all of Isabella’s favourite foods and wines. He got down on one knee and an emotional Isabella nodded a yes.
Our relationship has been through long distance, three university degrees, many travels and a beautiful proposal. Nevertheless, our relationship remains much like it began – two friends who laugh at each other’s jokes.
We look forward to sharing our special day with our family, friends and with Olive Photography!”
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*Featured* by Weddingbells!

Hey y’all! This is just a super quick post to share some happy news:

Olive Photography has been featured by Weddingbells!
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Recognize those photos? They were posted a li’l while ago on the blog.

To see the feature on Weddingbells, click the link below!
http://www.weddingbells.ca/real-weddings/a-romantic-pink-wedding-in-toronto/

Stephanie & Brian had a super lovely wedding, and it’s an honour to see it shared in such a highly regarded place.

Thanks for inviting me to document your big day, guys, and thanks Weddingbells for making my day!
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