Anymore, I find September to be the busiest month for weddings. This year proved it once again. With a greedy five Saturdays in September this year, I had the great fortune of photographing six weddings. It all started off over the lovely labour day weekend with Felicia in Jon in Mississauga. A wonderfully executed wedding with great geographical planning and great venues. The ceremony and reception were held at Le Treport Banquet Hall. As for formal photos, we went down to the water and the wonderful Adamson Estate. It should be pretty clear why Adamson Estate wedding photography is a no brainer. With the old barn, waterfront views and lovely gardens, it’s got a lot to offer. And with such a beautiful bridal party, it made for a perfect combination.
There have been a lot of great love stories amongst the 200+ weddings I’ve photographed, but few have been as charming and wonderful as Felicia and Jon. It’s a made for the big screen story line – big-city girl meets small-town boy while both on vacation in the Caribbean. Sure, that’s a great way to start a romance, but the love and commitment to continue the long distance, 500km apart, the eventual relocation and total lifestyle change with a happy ever after in marriage is what makes the story so fantastic. Someone at the wedding said it best, “They didn’t much care where they were going to be together, they just wanted to be together.”
And you can’t help but see why they so want to be together. Truly lovely people with beautiful souls. It was a pleasure to be around them and their lovely family and friends. This wedding really made me happy and I’m a big fan of Felicia and Jon!
It’s that time of year to book your fall family portrait Toronto! As wet and wonderful as the summer has been, September is just weeks away and the peak fall colours are not far behind. Weekend and weekday dates are available in September and October anywhere in the GTA. Book a fall session and get your photos in time for Christmas gifts and holiday cards or simply have this wonderful moment in time documented and cherished for years to come!
Plus, did we mention there is a sale!?!
Book a portrait shoot from now until the end of the year and save $100 off the full portrait package. The package includes a 1-2 hour shoot (within the GTA), high-resolution images of the best 100-200 images from the shoot and 5 prints (2 – 8×10 and 3 – 5×7). This can all be yours for only $450 + HST! That’s $100 off!
Big families, small families, newborns, maternity, engagement shoots or couple photos… we just want to make great photos of you and the ones you love!
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Remember, we only look older, rarely better, every year. Take the opportunity to get some great photos of you now so you can look back at how awesome and young you looked in 2017! You’ll appreciate it in 2027, let alone 2037. Ouch, I’ll be really old then. Heck, I’m going to get family photos this year as well!
Pregnant in the fall? What a great time to get fun photos to mark the upcoming addition!
We are excited to work with you on finding the best locations to document your family. For a small sample of places, take a look at my interactive map of the GTA for shooting locations. The green dots represent great spots for family photos. Some parks may need permits, but there is always a free one not that far away.
Contact Joseph Michael Photography today to book your Fall Family Portrait Toronto! Oh, and don’t forget the friends and family discount on top of the already amazing discount!
I’ve photographed at many great locations in the GTA, but I always look forward to learn about another hot spot, and when Katelyn and Jesse suggested a Hamilton Engagement Shoot Princess Point, I was all game. It turns out, Katelyn and Jesse introduced me to another gem. I love collecting location gems and consider it a part of my business, and having another one in my repertoire means I’m all that better a photographer. Thank you Katelyn and Jesse!
As for these two, it was about as easy a shoot as I’ve ever had. They were not only fun to hang out with, but they were so comfortable in their affection and love they made it easy for me to just pretty much put them in another awesome place and let them shine their love. It’s pretty evident in the photos. This was an awesome shoot.
If you can believe our luck, we actually found initials on a bridge at Princess Point with their exact same initials. I think it was fate!
For more great example of a great Hamilton Engagement Shoot, continue below.
Kariya Park in Mississauga is a hidden gem. Surrounded by loads of new condo construction and one of the busiest malls in the GTA (Square One), people are often surprised when I mention it as a great place to take photos. Truth is, Kariya Park Wedding Photos are fantastic, and I can’t recommend it enough. I mean, I shouldn’t really, because then everyone will be taking photos there, but I think the cat is out of the bag as it gets busier every time I return.
I’ve shot a lot of weddings at Kariya Park, so it was about time I actually did a blog post about it and I have Kevin and Diana and their lovely wedding party to thank for being such wonderful models on their wedding day! For an example of how lovely these models actually are, check out the photo below. Most people might think it’s easy to get a really natural and beautiful walking photo, but it’s not true. Some people find it hard to walk and smile at the same time, other people are just awkward looking at anyone else when they walk, even their newly married partner, but these two pulled it off incredibly! Happy in love AND photogenic in love! Love it!
Ducks make for decent additions to wonderful landscape photos.
Don’t forget, these modestly sized park features not one, but TWO waterfalls (only one pictured below). They aren’t massive, but they make for some nice zen background noise. It is a Japanese inspired park after all.
Bonus photos below! I might have fooled you, but this post isn’t just about Kevin and Diana and Kariya Park wedding photos, it’s also about traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony, St. Catherine of Siena wedding ceremony and Mississauga Grand reception photos! So much more!
Not all wedding days are going to be sunny and bright, and with a particularly wet spring this year, it’s be a challenging season for weddings. It didn’t make a bit of difference for Stephanie and Zak. Sure, the beach they were going to have the ceremony was entirely gone due to the high levels of Lake Ontario, and sure, they could’t take full advantage of the beautiful surroundings of Prince Edward County, but with an eclectically cool venue like Drake Devonshire, the rain didn’t ruin anything. What makes a Drake Devonshire wedding so memorable is the ambiance and intimacy, perfect for their 50 guests to eat, drink and dance the night away.
If you’ve been to the Drake in Toronto, you know it’s a cool place to be. It’s exactly the same at the Drake Devonshire Inn in Prince Edward County. While we were pretty much stuck inside for the photos, there were so many great nooks, art, colours, and plenty of light spread throughout the hotel, including a vintage photo booth, great wall paper, a beautiful glass room and lots of yellow accents. Noting the yellow accents throughout the hotel, our bride Stephanie had her nails painted a bright yellow, making her the greatest accent of the hotels accents.
In addition to everything else, Stephanie and Zak had a super fun wedding party and super fun guests. This can be easily demonstrated. For the kissing game, instead of clinking glasses or singing or showing the bride and groom how to kiss to get them to kiss, they had an open mike for anyone to come up and tell a joke. There had to be 30-35 jokes told, and the crowd loved it. So did I! Want an example? What do you call a chicken looking at lettuce? Chicken Caesar Salad. Maybe you had to be there, but man, I loved it.
One of the highlights of a Drake Devonshire wedding is the bridal suite on the second floor. The floor to ceiling windows overlook Lake Ontario, and while we didn’t get to use the deck, it’s a stunning room with perfect lighting.
More great photos of the ceremony and reception below: Read More
There are a number of historic hotels in Toronto, but none match the charm and character of Queen Street’s Gladstone Hotel. Emily and Malachy chose wisely in bringing their friends and family to the core of Toronto, to showcase not only their love, but their love of the city. And what better place to capture the city than from their suite’s balcony overlooking the skyline, or from the front steps of the hotel watching the iconic Queen streetcar passing by. A Gladstone Hotel Wedding is an embrace not only of a gorgeous venue, but the liveliness of the city itself.
As far as wedding couples go, these two were an absolute charm to work with. Their easy going personality was 100% responsible for that. It helped that they also used an exceptional wedding planner, Planned With Grace, who saved the day a couple of times. Things are bound to go wrong at some point during the day, but with calm and experienced people around you, it’s easy to circumvent most challenges. For example, on this day, the flower bouquets were left at home (easier said than done, we actually did that on my wedding day too!). Grace was able to make a new set of bouquets that looked just as good as the real things. It was impressive.
Check out more great photos from the Gladstone Hotel wedding below.
Barn weddings are hot right now. The rustic backdrop provides a great canvas for gorgeous ceremonies and beautiful parties. There are a lot of rural venues providing similar environments in and around the GTA, but I think I found a new favourite, Sequel Inn Creemore. For one, the property provides a great inn for the wedding parties and family to sleep in the night before and of the wedding. The inn accommodations looked amazing and it can’t be anymore convenient. Waking up at the very location you’re going to get married is pretty much ideal. In addition, the environment provides the full rural experience, far from the maddening crowds of the GTA, a beautiful oasis appropriately located on Garden of Eden Road in Creemore, less than two hours away from the city. The food was great, the space was gorgeous and the staff was super friendly…There are multiple reasons a Sequel Inn Creemore wedding is ahead of the crowd.
Speaking of friendly, Magda and Alireza were amazing! Calm and cool and sophisticated, they floated through the day soaking in the joy of their union, playing amazing hosts to their friends and family. The two combined traditional Polish and Persian elements into the day seamlessly and made even the most casual wedding guest comfortable. Let’s be honest, it’s hard not to feel comfortable with a venue as gorgeous as below:
Below is the inn used by the wedding party and family the night before the wedding. It’s featured in many of the photos below, and both the bride and groom were able to get ready on different floors in the inn, keeping the bride and her wedding party away from the groom and his wedding party.
Many more great photos below, click the continue reading link below for additional photos and information.
As I’ve never been to a butterfly conservatory, I didn’t entirely know what to expect, but was pretty excited about shooting a wedding at one. My excitement was well founded, it turns out a Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory wedding is a thoroughly fantastic experience.
When I pictured a butterfly conservatory I was expecting a greenhouse with a couple butterflies floating around and you would be lucky to see one. I was wrong. The place was filled with them and the bride even had a chance to hang out with one! Turns out she hung out with this butterfly for a very long time, the butterfly didn’t want to let go!
Working with Mercedes and Simon was a pure joy. Their love shines through with unabashed smiles and playfulness. It didn’t even matter that nature surrounded them, the birds and the butterflies rejoiced, they were going to be happy no matter what… it was just a bonus their venue was so awesome.
I love first looks so much, it’s one of the highlights of my job!
Many more great photos from the wedding including full shots of the ceremony below.
I’ve been wanting to post these photos since the moment I took them, but alas, this 2015 wedding will finally get it’s day in the bright light of 2017! What a beautiful wedding this was to shoot! It didn’t seem to matter what was going on, the incredibly photogenic bride and groom couldn’t seem to stop beaming the most wonderful smiles the entire day. You couldn’t tell from the bright blue skies in the photos below, but there was some pretty significant precipitation right in the middle of the formal photos. They say that’s good luck, plus, when you got two people who love each other and just so happy to get married, nothing really matters! Can’t rain on their parade! You get my point. The stunning church for the ceremony is Merciful Redeemer in Mississauga. Formal photos were taken at Coronation Park in Oakville, a beautiful location with old trees, some interesting structures and a waterfront. While it usually has plenty of parking, on a busy weekend in the summer it can be a tough place to find a spot. Finally, the reception was held at the Bellagio Boutique Event Venue byPeterandPauls in Vaughan. As you can imagine, a Bellagio Boutique wedding is a pretty glamorous experience, fitting for such a lovely bride and groom!
This was definitely a party! Great energy at the Bellagio and it seemed like the entire room was on the dance floor! More great photos at the bottom of the post.
This is by far the longest veil I’ve ever shot on a bride and it was simply stunning! The great thing about veils is that you can just take them off when they are bothering you or not needed anymore, and you’ll see Kristyn swapped it out for a small white garland flower crown later in the day. If that’s not what it’s called, I apologize, but I did a little bit of research online, and I think that’s pretty close.
I don’t usually share personal photos on my blog, but my wife and I had such an amazing experience participating in the Women’s March on Washington this weekend, I couldn’t help but share some of them. The size and scope of the march was impressive, and I was mesmerized by the sea of colours and miles of humorous posters. I’ve never done anything like this before, and so glad I did!
The above video is actually a panoramic photo I took on my phone, but it can be turned into a video, which is pretty cool. It gives you a 360 perspective of the mall at approximately noon. See if you can spot Kathy and a surprise thumbs up at the end!
I didn’t go to the event to photograph it professionally, but I went to support my wife and take over the national mall a day after the inauguration. It was inspiring and I was proud to be an American. Also, very happy to be a Canadian.
Love this poster: “I can’t believe we’re still protesting this $hit”
Another cool panoramic photo turned video. Kathy makes another appearance, but no thumb this time.
Of all the really fun posters from the march, this was one of our favourites. As my wife is from New Jersey, once we spotted this poster, we hunted it down to get a photo with it.
Love this poster: “I’m a gay christian and I make America great”
Love this poster!
Many more photos below but be aware that a couple of the posters are a little more NSFW below.
There are many advantages to having a wedding at a golf and country club, especially for photography. The greatest advantage for photography is the opportunity for grand vistas and clear horizons for sunsets. As this was my first Sleepy Hollow Wedding, I didn’t entirely know what to expect. On top of that, the extremely photogenic bride and groom had asked for some grand wide shots and I didn’t want to disappoint. I wish I could take some of the credit, but Krista and Eric were amazing models and Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Stouffville, ON provided a stunning backdrop. I lucked out getting some truly beautiful photos.
This beautiful couple conveniently had a beautiful wedding party that included six flower girls and one ring bearer.
To show the strength and history of the friendship between the groom and his groomsmen, I must point out that they all share the same tattoo. You can see it on their shoulder, calf, shoulder in the photo on the left. Now that’s brotherhood!
Someone wasn’t too eager to give the groom his tie…
… but they made up just fine afterwards.
More great photos below of an outdoor ceremony, more great vistas and some pretty adorable dancing.
A Kortright Centre wedding is beautiful any time of year, but at the peak of fall colours, it’s truly breathtaking. Anymore, with fall arriving later and later into the year, it’s getting harder and harder to plan the peak weekend, but Laura and Lucas could not have picked a better weekend for a wedding.
Outdoor ceremonies are amazing, but so many things can force it inside. Not this wedding! Keep in mind, as beautiful as everything was, it was actually really cold, and a few snowflakes graced their ceremony. Now this sounds corny, but what doesn’t involving both truth and love, their love kept Laura and Lucas warm as there was no debate, the ceremony was going to be outside! Such a good decision, it was a glorious ceremony!
Above and below you’ll see the bride and groom bringing their personality into the wedding. We entirely encourage couples to bring props and ideas that will make the wedding pictures even more special and applicable for them. Like reading book? Check out Laura reading and showing off her old school classic collection. Love watching and playing sports with your bros? Brings golf clubs and some baseball gloves and let’s see what happens. Anyway, you get the idea.
For more fall colours at a Kortight Centre for Conservation wedding, the link below.
In anticipation of the new Star Wars movie coming out this weekend, I thought it was appropriate to finally post this Star Wars Themed Wedding from this summer. As a science fiction fan myself, encompassing all things geek, this was about as fun a themed wedding as I could have hoped for.
I’ve seen a lot of partially themed weddings with a couple references to something the couple might like, but Mike and Lori went above and beyond, fully committed to their Star Wars theme. The highlights are many, not just the lightsabres and lego figurings, but how about the bouquet handles, cupcakes and wedding cake. It was a cornucopia of nerdness and I loved it.
Of course the venue alone would have been fantastic enough as the Grand Victorian and Reif Estates Winery supply and incredible background for any wedding.
Look at these cupcakes! Just amazing! Look at the attention to detail in those Wookiee cupcakes!
Many more great Star Wars Themed Wedding images below, click continue reading to see them all.
A smiling bride is my favourite kind of bride. Few smile brighter than Aimee. It wasn’t shocking then when I looked through my favourite photos from the wedding and I couldn’t help but notice how many had her beautiful smile shining bright. I get the sneaking suspicion that marrying her sweetheart Joe had something to do with it! And thanks to a beautiful sunset and a perfectly placed balcony, they look like movie stars! On top of a beautiful bridge a groom, the location certainly helped! While it had been a while since I shot a wedding at Cambridge Mill, I knew a Cambridge Mill Wedding was a thoroughly classy experience.
Weddings at Cambridge Mill are run with military precision. On a busy weekend, they cater to multiple weddings, there were four on this day, and rotate the wedding parties and guest through the expansive groups efficiently and exactly. We were escorted to no less than five different locations, including the park across the street, and we never saw another wedding party or guest. To add to the experience, I hadn’t shot a wedding at Cambridge Mill since they built their new ceremony space, and I have to say, it’s gorgeous. Surrounded by windows and overlooking the water, it’s a gorgeous place to get married.
Great party with super fun guests and a kick ass wedding party, it was a joy to be a part of Aimee and Joe’s wedding. Second Joe I’ve photographed this year, I kind of dig it!
When I shoot a wedding, there are two things I love to capture – happiness and colour. Joe and Steph made my job really easy. There is no hiding the fact that these two absolutely love hanging out with each other and making each other laugh. Their infectious charm and spirit are what makes me feel so lucky to do what I do. Certainly, it didn’t hurt being at Kortright Centre for the ceremony and photos, didn’t hurt that the rainy day stayed away, didn’t hurt that the reception and party rocked, but really, it all begins with the love of a bride and groom. It’s for couples like Joe and Steph that I am honoured to do what I do for a living!
While the morning was rainy and the ceremony had to be inside, the rain stayed away in the afternoon and the overcast light made for some great photos. What made things even easier, the ladies all brought their rain boots to hike around the expansive Kortright Centre, there are just so many great places to take photos there!
One cool thing about Joe, other than his great name, is that he is really quite crafty. He made dozens of things for the wedding, including this ring box below, the card box and centre piece stands and numbers for the tables. Pretty impressive to say the least and it really added to the character of the wedding.