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MR. & MRS. ZORZIT

Remember this awesome duo?

Of course you do. Because nobody could ever forget a love like that.

After a year full of photographs and memories, I got to create some more (important) ones with Ryan & Rachelle - also known now as the Zorzit's.

Both of them have known me since I was starting my journey of my photography. Ryan and I went to high school together, so we saw each other through all phases of embarrassing. Rachelle remembered me from when I got my business started and photographed metal bands around the city (also embarrassing). When Rachelle mentioned my name to Ryan, without hesitation he said "she's hired."

Since then, the 3 of us have been on a whirlwind of awesome. Like I said before, my camera loves them, and loves the love they have for each other.

Some of my absolute favourite photographs are of these two, and their wedding day was no different.

We started the day back and forth from the bride and groom's family homes, then we met at Corpus Christi; a church the Zorzit's are proudly a part of. After a beautiful day in Jackson Park, with just the right amount of sunshine, we partied at Ciociaro Club where plum hues and sparkle gave the perfect nod to the end of summer.

They let me experiment with all of the little extras while they got dolled up, and the two still made me feel like a guest rather than help at their ceremony by flashing laughs and jokes my way from across the room.

These two are wonderful, and these photos are proof.

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Dress: It's Your Day
Suits: Freeds of Windsor
Floral: Gail's Flowers & Event Decor
Decorations: Gail's Flowers & Event Decor
Cake: Sugar Spoon Bakery
Locations: Corpus Christi Church, Jackson Park, Ciociaro Club

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MR. & MRS. BAY

About a year ago, Stephanie came into contact with me for her wedding. Since then, getting to know her was definitely getting to adore her, as her and I were both fellow Potterheads, and it seemed the stars aligned for us to work together. Jonathan on the other hand was still a mystery, because his busy bones were out in Saskatchewan being a hero, and we didn't get a chance to meet until only a few days before "I do."

Stephanie is joining Jonathan on the road to the West, followed by little Liana, who was the sweetest flower girl ever. I am so glad I got to celebrate their special moments together a few weeks ago, because everything was smiles and love between these two.

A small, quaint ceremony took place basking below the warm sun, under the trees in Olde Sandwich Towne, followed by a dinner overlooking the waterfront. The wedding for the Bay's was perfect for them - simple, with rustic charm.

Until we meet again, I'm sending many of happiest wishes their way from home, awaiting when they'll come back and let me capture them once more.

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Dress: Galina
Rings: People's Jewelers, EMBR
Floral: Eco Flower
Cake: Yummy Tummy
Locations: Mackenzie Hall, Jackson Park, Lilly Kazilly's
 

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LOLA & NORA

Every year in July or August I go states-side to see two of my favourite models. I've been photographing Lola since she was 2, and Nora since she was newborn. This duo have their birthdays just a few weeks apart from each other, and this photographer loves to see how much they grow every year.

And every year, they age another 5 years mentally, which makes them so incredibly fun to be around. The bonus? I get to call them FAMILY.

This year, I took the girls out for a spa day with mani/pedis, tacos and ice cream. To top it off, my little wild child's were ready to strike a pose; especially NJ who was wearing her big sister's dress from when she was the exact same age.

The Battaglia family are the reason I am where I am in my career. They took me on for every project, no matter the size of the task, and no matter the little of experience I had. Every year I get to try and compete with myself for them, and very few things put a greater smile on my face.

Happiest of birthdays to these darlings, your big cuz can't wait to hang with you again!

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ADRIAN & AMANDA

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting these two via our mutual friends. I had donated a session for a Stag and Doe back in April, and was thrilled when Amanda and Adrian showed up ready for action. They even brought me the cutest bottle of wine!

They shared with me that they got engaged two weeks prior to the event, and had no plans of doing photos together. But when they saw the option, all their door tickets went into my bag. I was absolutely flattered! And here we are.

The second my camera lifted, it loved them both. These two are the epitome of happiness; of total adoration. I kept making the joke that they look like the perfect Pinterest-esque couple, because it was so true!

I can't wait until these two tie the knot, because it will be all sorts of magical.

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BROWN FAMILY

Everyone has a second family; the best friends that grew up with your parents, the ones that are pregnant together, the ones that are like aunts, uncles and cousins. Lucky for me, I was blessed with all of this rolled into one.

My godparents, Cindy and Steve, have been in my parents lives forever. Their son, Stephen, was my womb-buddy (while our mothers were due within 3 months of each other), and their daughter, Rachel, will be standing by my side next August for my wedding.

To put a cherry on top of this story, Stephen and his girlfriend Amber were voted Cutest Couple on my Facebook fan page contest in February. While the Brown's were very much overdue for new family photos (I'm talking at least 10-15 years), I let S&A cuddle up for some adorable overload.

I wouldn't be the person I am if any of these individuals weren't in my life.

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TY & MIA

I remembered photographing these two darlings when they were a flower girl and ring bearer in a wedding 2 years ago – they both grew so much in the time passed, I barely recognized them!

I was glad Mama G got in touch so I could get them in front of the camera again. The first time they were really shy... this time Ty & Mia had no problem showing off their smiles and climbing abilities!

These two are going to break some hearts in a few years time.

 

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RYAN & RACHELLE

What's awesome when two people click is that they want to keep making magic together – in this instance, Ryan and Rachelle's love for each other is extraordinary, and the love my camera (and me) has for this duo is enchanting.

This was our third time together in just 8 months. This time, we took it indoors to the Foundry Pub where the rustic wood brought out every bit of warmth on that beautiful Saturday morning.

The next time I photograph these two, they'll be saying their "I Do's." Why not sneak in one last engagement shoot in together before then?

Once again, I give you the future Mr. & Mrs. Zorzit...

 

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CODY & TAYLOR

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CODY & TAYLOR

I met Taylor through one of our great mutual friends when we were just teenagers, and we are both godmamas to two cute sisters. When Cody came in to the picture, it was like every day together was filled with sunshine. We all knew he was 'the one.'

We had met up for a small bump session in the Winter of 2016, but these two were so adorable I needed more! I was so lucky Taylor reached out again before she is due. 

While discussing our plans with Taylor, Cody suddenly pops up online and says to keep him informed - because he wants to propose! I was absolutely ecstatic to be apart of this and knew it had to be unique, and absolutely special.

I let Cody know of the best spots, ones where I could still capture the moment but give them their special time together. Obviously, Taylor said hell yes.

So now we get to look forward to two amazing times in this duo's life; the birth of Baby Parker in May (or April, judging by the pop of that belly!), and now the union of the future of Mr & Mrs Blair.

Thanks for tolerating the mud and my obnoxious "aw's" - you are stellar kids.

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BECKY & MORGAN

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BECKY & MORGAN

I have known the Lachapelle family for many wonderful years. It seems I had become the go-to girl for all means family photos, so naturally, they made me feel like I was another sibling or daughter to them.

So when your family loses a loved one, your world is shook.

We lost the queen of the family, Rae, a few weeks ago unexpectedly. Morgan, after many messages of condolences, approached me about my love for the musical Rent. I had no idea it had been touring, as I had only seen it perform in Windsor. Morgan extended the invite, but with a twist.

Morgan and I were around 14 years old when we first met, but I have yet to see a smile on her face as big as when Becky is around. To my surprise, and my happiness, Morgan and Becky wanted to get engaged to each other, but had hesitated while grieving. Until just shortly ago,  under the gold and marble painted skies of the Fisher Theater, they exchanged rings. The most beautiful part of their story? Mama Rae was the only one who had seen them.

I'm blessed to know this family, and forever grateful to be their first call.

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JESSICA, LILAH & BABY GIRL BARRUS

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JESSICA, LILAH & BABY GIRL BARRUS

One amazing thing about being a photographer is that when everyday occurrences happen in your family, you're the first to know and capture it. So when my very protruding sister asked me to come visit on a quiet, snowy Wednesday, I packed up the Fiat and headed there without hesitation.

For those who don't know, my sister is my only sibling. She also lives an hour away in a fairytale castle with her beautiful family. So if I find the time, even if I only get to spend an hour or two with her, I will jump at the opportunity. Plus my 2-year-old niece is really damn cute.

This is my soon-to-be second niece in bump form. While Lilah seems to be more of a little spunkster (i.e. running around the house, headbutting pillows yelling "I'M SO HAPPY!"), something tells me this newbie will be a delicate little flower.

And I can't wait to meet her.

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SHEPHARD FAMILY

When I first met Meaghan, she was a Macpherson back in the same high school we attended together. Two years ago Meaghan approached me and said "I need you to be my wedding photographer!"

Meaghan had won a contest via our Facebook page, and suddenly a beautiful gift of life interrupted our potential of meeting up, and it had been postponed until recently.

It has been a long while since I saw Meaghan and Darryl be that much in love... until little miss Emma has joined them. The vibes that beam out of these two for this darling girl are simply lovely. And I got to capture it!

Enjoy the Shephard family, on one of our teasingly gorgeous February days.

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