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Commitment

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A little wedding advice for couples planning a wedding from our photographer friend, Eva Derrick... 
it's wonderful if you can customize your wedding and have things over the top pretty with lots of details, ambience and atmosphere. celebrating it with the people we love, the people we've known the longest and the people we hope will be in our lives for many years to come.  underneath it all, a wedding is really about one thing: commitment. 


committing yourself to the one you love and the one that you want your forever to be with. they may come with a small or large family, perhaps none at all. they may have a big group of friends, a few acquaintances, or just close co-workers. the constant that remains from wedding to wedding, is the commitment you are making to each other.

 
being that it is a extremely large part of the rest of your lives it only makes sense to have those assisting you with wedding, be it, your officiant, florist, photographer, decorator, or whomever be just as committed as you are to one another... so to speak.
i was inspired to write about commitment based on some recent events that surrounded my industry, in specific, wedding photography.  sadly, in 2015 alone, i have heard more and more stories from bride's and grooms, friends or colleagues of couples hiring someone that has left them before the wedding day, than in my entire 9 years of being in business. they took a deposit and vanished; sometimes they would get the odd email in the beginning but after some time it was the same, they were unreachable.  
most of these circumstances the vendor was a part time vendor, with a lot of other commitments from their "real job".  


it truly breaks my heart to hear of these situations happening, again and again. in any industry this is completely unacceptable, since weddings often, only happen once it feels extra wrong here. i take my job very seriously, i have a ton of fun doing it, but i am very serious about what i do and how i do business day to day. i think this is something that people often overlook.  we are suppose to be running a business, and it needs to be treated as such. and since we are offering a service, your clients deserve to be treated with trust and respect.  
as a wedding photographer you should feel honoured and privileged to be chosen to document such a special occasion. i always say to myself, "they picked me". i am not the only photographer my clients meet with, they probably look at a number of websites, send a dozen emails, and meet a handful of photographers, and they picked me. they respect that i make a living off my art form, and are allowing me into their circle to document the beginning of their new family. how can you take that for granted?


these stories got me thinking about commitment. having vendors that are just as committed to the industry, to their craft, to their full time business, to your relationship together and your wedding day is just as important as committing to anything.

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > wedding vendor, wedding professionals, niagara wedding vendors

Heather + Brian Industrial Glamour

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!, Wedding Décor, Wedding Photography

These wedding photos... get me all fired up about the start of wedding season! And I'm even hoping for a little rain-the photos in the rain turned out to be a few of the couple's favourites! 

From the photographer: Heather and Brian worked in insurance for the same big company but never actually ran into each other in the building, partly because Brian at the time worked as an outside Rep and didn't come into the office frequently. They met each other out at a company sponsored event, after which point became inseparable.

The bride got ready at the beautiful Wythe Hotel with amazing floor-to-ceiling windows of the Manhattan skyline, and an interior staircase leading to a private terrace. Surrounded by the toile wallpaper, and beautiful exposed beams, she was in love with the space and felt completely calm and at ease getting ready with her beautiful bridesmaids.

For the ceremony, Heather wore a gorgeous lace mermaid gown which she found at The Bridal Garden, a not-for-profit bridal boutique in New York City in which all proceeds benefit education for disadvantaged children. "It was awesome to know my purchase went to such a terrific cause! I bought it off the rack and it fit me almost perfectly!" says the bride.

"The rabbi read our vows of why we wanted to marry each other, the touching vows Brian wrote brought me to tears and my favorite part during the ceremony was when Brian reached over to wipe my tears away," says Heather. "I am Jewish and Brian Protestant, so we decided to fuse our backgrounds by incorporating an Irish 'hand-fasting' and a stomping of the glass, both beautiful traditions and incredibly sentimental."

Brian gifted Heather a locket with a picture inside of her mom and her. Her mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago and was physically not able to attend the wedding and this was extremely difficult for the bride.

The couple fell in love with The Green Building for its effortlessly beautiful interior and the vintage flair. The Green Building was previously a brass foundry and has beautiful original brick walls, exposed beam ceilings, gold chandeliers, and even a back speakeasy room equipped with vintage decor and red velvet curtains. Their vendors helped create a warm and intimate setting. After the dinner, dancing, and cake we ended with a food truck by Wafels & Dinges which was a huge hit! Paying homage to the speakeasy theme, guests took home little bottles of whiskey.

Wedding tip of the week: Choose a wedding venue rich with character and a style that fits with your wedding vision.  This takes a little pressure of your self or the planner to have to bring things in to 'decorate'. 

Happy Planning! 

Vendor Love:
Photographer:  Zorz Studios//Calligrapher: Butler's Pantry Calligraphy//Dress Designer: Marchesa//Transportation:Supreme Valet Parking Inc.//Makeup Artist: Marlena Singh Makeup Artistry//Favors and Gifts: Pope Liquors//Hair Stylist: Pravana Hair Studio//Caterer: Purslane Catering//Location: Wythe Hotel//Floral Designer:Boos Floral Showcase//Equipment Rentals:Broadway Party Rentals//Bakery:CMNY Cakes//Linens and Coverings: For Your Party//Photo Booth Equipment:Good Times PB//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Hugo Boss//Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection//Cinema and Video: Kiss The Bride Films//Officiant:Michael Ehrlich//Shoes:Miu Miu//Event Planner: Parties N All LLC//Jewelry:Rent the Runway//DJ:Rhythm of the Night Entertainment//Groomsman Attire:The Black Tux//Dress Store: The Bridal Garden//Reception Venue: The Green Building//Cake Designer:Wafels and Dinges//Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas//

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > city, glam, rustic, industrial wedding, nyc wedding

Backyard Whimsy by Sugar Photo Studios

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Photography, Wedding Stationery

Jade and Finn’s ‘intimate backyard wedding’ inspiration came from the growing trend, and want, for a beautiful and unique wedding but with a more approachable setting and feel. It is intended for the couples who truly want to celebrate their love with their nearest and dearest, in a setting emphasizes their love. To create this, the team chose a forested backyard scene to display the whimsical altar, cigar bar, beverage station, candy buffet and reception. For the décor, they chose vibrant and fun colours that go hand-in-hand with the fun and upbeat feel of the wedding! 

The wedding takes place in a 3 acre 'backyard' in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada's famous wine country, during our warmer months. Pinks, Oranges and purple accented by gold adorn the scenery. The drool-worthy menu is made up of cute-sy and yummy food items, complete with a rice krispie wedding cake! The bride and groom are dressed to compliment the style of wedding, upscale yet casual. 


As a small and intimate wedding photographer, this is truly a wedding of my dreams! It is jaw-dropping-ly beautiful, it is unique and it is definitely inspirational! It is a fun, intimate, backyard wedding with over the top inspirational details. Please enjoy the photographs; It has been so exciting helping to plan and photograph this wedding and I truly hope inspires some beautiful, heartfelt ‘backyard’ weddings.

Vendor love:
Photography: Sugar Photo Studios Cake: Sweet Celebrations Caterer: Candy by Katie Makeup: Maria Delduca Hair and Makeup Artistry Dress Designer: Alfred Sung Groom’s Attire: Caswell's Menswear Prop/Furniture Rentals: Anne and Co Event Designer Flowers, Prop/Furniture Rentals: The Pepperberry Co Stationary- Anista Designs
 

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Niagara Wedding, Niagara Wedding Photography, Candy by Katie, Whimsical, Sugar Photo Studios, Intimate wedding, Cigar Bar, Backyard Wedding, Small wedding, Sweets table

John + Hilary   Wine + Roses

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!, Wedding Color Inspiration, Wedding Décor

A Gatsby inspired wedding with vintage details graces the blog this morning... complete with a sweet love story! 

From the Photographer, Julie Nicole Photography: Hillary had a sophisticated, classic, elegant, vintage style that I just adored.  She had her two sisters as her bridesmaids and it was very sweet and special.  John is one of the funniest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and he kept Hilary and all of us laughing the whole day. It was a beautiful, fun, stress-free day full of love.

John and I met and became friends while attending The University. After college we both moved back home, John to San Diego and myself to the Bay Area. We rekindled our friendship a little while later and decided to give long distance a try. After 3 years of long distance I convinced John to move to the bay. John and I got married exactly 1 year to the day of our engagement. We were married in the chapel on our college campus. It was very special to us to go back to the place where it all began. 

Vendor Love:

Photographer:  Julie Nicole Photography Event Venue: Wine and Roses Ceremony Location: Morris Chapel Shoes: Badgley Mischka Musicians: Elegance Harp & Flute DJ: Elite Entertainment Floral Designer: Flowers by Gerry Dress Designer: Sue Wong Dress Store: Glamour Closet Dress Designer: Peter Langner Cake Designer: Something Sweet Bakery 

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Vintage Weddings, Purple, Vintage, Roses, Gatsby Wedding, Niagara Wedding Inspiration, Winery Weddings

Jennie + Bastian with Hearts in their Eyes

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!, Wedding Décor, Wedding Planners + Designers

Their love story is enough to make you you weak in the knees. And when they speak of the quaint town where they met, climbed up a church steeple and first kissed in the moonlight... you wonder if this charming story was written for the screen. After living a few months apart from each other, Bastian in France and Jennie in Canada, he surprised her with a visit. On the day of their one year anniversary of meeting each other, he proposed. She said yes...they married... and they continue to live out their love story.

Celebrating their one year anniversary, Jennie and Bastian dressed in their wedding clothes and we created a memorable date for them. Choosing a location that not only looked but felt like Strausberg was going to be the key to making this shoot the swoony success it was. We knew the Hornbeam Pathway on the grounds of the Niagara Falls School of Horticulture would provide the perfect backdrop for this special couple -- perfectly lined trees, a formal parterre garden and a converted stone farm home housing the residences of the school made the choice a no-brainer.

Nataschia Wielink was able to photograph the whole scene as if plucked from Jennie and Bastian's very first date -- a lovely reminder the couple will cherish for a lifetime. Although it was frosty cold that evening, the florals from Fleurish Design Studio brought with them a warmth that was reminiscent of Jennie and Bastian's earlier days.

Each and every paper detail infused the session with romance and personality was created by Defining Moments Stationary. Amanda Cowley felt that styling with classic French details would help embrace Jennie & Bastian's story as a couple, and with the addition of cafe string lighting and bistro set, a picnic basket for two bursting with fresh cheeses, a crusty baguette and a bottle of local Niagara wine, the couple sat together and shared an evening under the stars with hearts in their eyes.

Wishing Jennie and Bastian many many years of love and happiness! 

Designer/Planner: Amanda Cowley Sweet Events Florist: Fleurish Design Studio Photographer: Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema Hair and Makeup: Allure Stationary: Defining Moments 

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Allure Hair and Makeup, Fleurish, Picnic, Parisian, Creative, Styled Session, Defining Moments Stationary, Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens

Vintage Hotels Show 2015

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!, Wedding Cakes + Pastries, Wedding Décor, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Photography, Wedding Planners + Designers, Wedding Stationery, Wedding Venues

It was the perfect winter afternoon for a drive into Niagara-on-the-lake for the annual Vintage Inns Wedding Show... a little romantic even! Beautiful florals, horse drawn carriage rides, wine and hors d'ouvres, and inspiration overload! Happy planning lovelies!

Vendors in order of appearance:
Vintage Hotels | Inviting Elegance | Simply Beautiful Decor | Bloom and Company | Savvy Sendables | JF Hannigan Photography | Defining Moments Stationary |  Candy by Katie | Gala Decor | Lush Florals | Sugar Photo Studios | Anne and Co. | Sweet Celebrations | Fleurish Design Studio | The Warehouse | Eva Derrick Photography | Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Vintage Hotels, Pillar and Post, Prince of Wales, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Vendors, Niagara Weddings, Queen's landing