It’s that time of year we get to reflect on all the amazing things that have happened in the past year. Typically, when we do our “Best of” year round-up, Weddings & Engagements get put into one post. However, we did 16 engagement sessions in 2019 so we thought they deserved their own post! Engagement sessions are one of our favourites to photograph because it is such a joyous season of our couples lives. From Guelph to Cambridge to Woodstock to Toronto and more, in every season of the year, here are some of our favourites from all of our 2019 engagements!
December 29, 2019
One year ago today, on Saturday September 15th, Cody & Dylan got married at Pondvalley Manor in St. Thomas, Ontario! They had a vintage boho outdoor ceremony with florals that were beautifully created with rich autumn tones. Their reception had all the rustic vibes in the part-tent, part-barn dining area, and the cocktail patio space looked over the pond(valley) and golden corn field.
Cody and Dylan are one talented duo! Cody has her own calligraphy business and did all their wedding signs and name cards herself! They are also both talented singers and their emcees paid tribute to that by asking guests come up and sing a love song to Cody & Dylan in order for them to kiss! It was so fun to hear all their musically talented friends come up and perform for them.
The emcees and both of Cody and Dylan’s parents said such wonderful words about the newlyweds. It was so evident in the speeches how much Cody & Dylan are loved and cherished. And it’s because they love. They are kind, they are caring, and there is no shortage of their love for each other and for those who are blessed with their friendship. It wasn’t hard to see where they got it from either. Both families had an essence of love and acceptance that filled the room. It was beautiful to witness two become one. Not just Cody and Dylan, but their families as well.
Our ADM Couples are the best in the world because of their love, kindness, and hearts of gold. Cody & Dylan are no exception to that. We’re truly blessed to have witnessed so much love in so many ways on their wedding day!
Happy Anniversary, Cody & Dylan! We hope you had the best weekend celebrating. Here’s to many more years to come!
Lots of love,
Ariana & Alex
September 16, 2019
I still remember how amazing their day turned out. It was raining all day and we were all 99% sure the ceremony was going to be moved indoors. But the rain died down to a drizzle shortly before the ceremony started, so outdoors it was. Steve and his groomsmen hustled hard to bring the chairs back outside for the ceremony right before Amy got there. He knew how much it meant to Amy to have the wedding outside, so the first opportunity they got to do it outdoors, he went for it.
As if the lessened rain wasn’t a miracle enough, the moment everyone started walking down the aisle, the rain completely stopped. The ceremony was so perfect. The reception… holy smokes, it was a PARTAYYYYY.
Instead of clinking glasses for a kiss, there was double dutch!
Instead of cake, they cut a tiered pizza!
Instead of sunset photos, we did firework photos!
Instead of your typical sweet speeches, the sweet speeches were accompanied with hilarious things as an ode to some of Amy’s life decisions.
Her maid of honour brought a funnel for Amy & Steve to use to chug in front of their guests — an ode to that one time Amy brought a funnel to a party they went to. Amy’s older brothers made them toast with warm apple juice — something Amy used to love when she was a kid.
The whole wedding was such a hoot and definitely one we’ll never forget!
Now here we are at their one year wedding anniversary. It has been an absolute joy and pleasure to watch them continue to grow in love. They welcomed the cutest baby boy to their family a couple months ago.
Our #ADMCouples are the definition of kind, down to earth, hardworking human beings who have fun, laugh loud, know how to party, put each other first, and live to make a difference. Amy and Steve are exactly that. We serve the best human beings ever!
August 25, 2019
Brooke is from Ontario, Jason is from Texas. Over 2371 kilometres away from each other and yet their paths still crossed. They met while attending school at Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho.
Being “married in the temple” is what you might commonly hear from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Temple wedding ceremonies are not like regular wedding day ceremonies. The sacred ceremony is held inside the temple, typically no more than 20 people. LDS members believe that when they are married, or “sealed“, in the temple, they are married/sealed together for time and all eternity, not just “till death do you part”.
Brooke & Jason promised forever to each other. It’s an incredibly beautiful thing.
They decided to get married in Ontario before the next semester started for them, charging into the school year as a newly married couple. It was an intimate gathering of the ones they loved. Despite growing up in two different countries, their closest family members were present to celebrate them. This was the first temple wedding we photographed that was purely just the closest family awaiting them to exit the temple. No bridesmaids and groomsmen either. Just the two of them were enough. The pure joy that lit up their faces says it all.
Happy Anniversary, Brooke & Jason!!
We hope you had an amazing year learning and growing together. We wish you so many more to come.
Lots of love, Ariana & Alex
August 4, 2019
“We don’t just get to grow old together, we get to grow up together – and that’s the real adventure”.
My favourite quote, the one that truly embodies our relationship, for my favourite day of the year. Happy 4th year anniversary to us!
If you know our story, you know we didn’t know each other for very long before we decided to get married. Sometimes I can’t believe we’ve only known each other for a little over 4 years. But at the same time it feels like we’ve known each other forever. Because we only knew each other for a short period of time, there were a lot of things I never could have imagined would blossom into our lives since being together.
I never imagined that I, the one who wanted to be a teacher since the 2nd grade, would be running a business with my husband where we are constantly looking for ways to innovate and improve ourselves, our business, and the experience we provide out clients.
I never imagined that I, the girl who grew up in Toronto and is a city girl through and through, would be living in Guelph while my husband attends the local university – a city we both absolutely adore and a university where we’ve made cherished friends and met so many other amazing students because of our job.
I never imagined that this guy, the one who had his sights on computer programming, would fall in love with photography and change his major to studio art.
I never imagined that this guy, the one who hates dancing and married himself into a dancing-loving family, would be the one to start showing me dance moves we both try to attempt in the silliest ways.
I never imagined that this guy, the one who cautioned me while we were dating, “I’m very sarcastic and not sensitive”, would be such a charming sweetheart who is very intuitive to my feelings.
I never imagined that we, the ones who had a low-budget wedding because we were only engaged for 3 months, now invest in anniversary sessions every year to capture how we’ve changed and grown over the years.
Forever grateful for my partner in all things. Happy 4 years to us, Bebeko. Thank you for being you. I love you, lover!
Keep scrolling for some of our favourites from our anniversary session with Jess Imrie!
Read last year’s anniversary post: Anniversary Session at Dundurn Castle | Happy 3 Years to Us
August 1, 2019