When Brenna from Wild Honey Weddings asked me to be the photographer for her “Winter is Coming” styled shoot (inspired by the TV show, Game of Thrones), I couldn’t say no! Game of Thrones was one of my favourite TV shows (before the last season though, let’s be honest)! Brenna says,
“This shoot, titled Winter is Coming was designed to celebrate the coming launch of the newest Game of Thrones season. We wanted to show brides that it is possible to incorporate a theme into your wedding without sacrificing the sophistication and class of your event. To achieve this, we decided to avoid emulating the aesthetic of the popular tv show, but rather make subtle references to the storyline to maintain an elegant atmosphere.
Perhaps the most obvious of these references was the quote from Game of Thrones weddings “from this day, until the end of my days” which adorned both the banner above the fireplace and bands of the stationary. We also utilized glass chalices, protea, and glassware resembling dragon eggs, regal jewellery, a custom gown, and an icy blue palate. Reference was made to the theme song of the series by adding burning fire to the background of the bridal portraits.
What really gave the shoot it’s edge though, in my opinion, was the importance of strong posing. By using regal body language, our model was able to portray and embody the strong female characters in Game of Thrones.”
I loved Brenna’s vision for this shoot. I’ve seen so many GOT-inspired editorials, but never anything so classy and bright! Check out the feature on Dear Bride, which was posted on the weekend of the series finale!
The amazing vendor team:
Styling + Co-Planner: Wild Honey Weddings | Co-Planner: Maguire Events & Co. | Photography: Ariana del Mundo Photography | Videography: Beau Films | Stationery: Red Bicycle Paper Co. | Calligraphy: Lettering by Mehak | Hair: Sara-Lise Jaworski | Makeup: Makeup by Elisha | Gown: Lilac Bridal | Jewellery: luxe.zen | Model: Cacie Carroll | Venue: Cellar 52 | Cake: Flour Petal | Florals: Thuya Floral Arts
February 10, 2020
2019 was a fabulous year. You have seen all the amazing ADM Couples we get to work with, featured on our Best of Engagements and Best of Weddings blog posts. What you don’t see is all the fun we have behind the scenes! Behind all the pretty and romantic photographs, you don’t see the stuff we do to “get the shot”, you don’t see the way we interact with our clients, you don’t see US. So! Here are some of our most fun, awkward, and silly behind the scene photos of 2019!
Before we begin, let’s get this important question out of the way. Who squatted better? Alex…
Our job description consists of a lot of things. Sometimes it requires that Alex act like the bride…
And sometimes it requires Ariana to be standing up at the front, alone, with the sun in her eyes…
With all these test shots, you’d think we were pros at striking a pose for each other…
Sometimes, not so much…
Occasionally it makes for great Instagram content (part of the job is acting like models. lol jk)…
But most of the time, it’s awko-taco! We tend to catch each other off guard…
Other times, the struggle is remembering that we don’t need to come up with a different pose for each test shot…
Especially when done in front of a bunch of people…
“Stop the paparazzi, please!”
We work hard to help our ADM Couples look their best!
Along with all their friends and family, too!
To make life easier, we’ll bring our handy cart along to carry all the things…
And if your session is in Toronto, you’ll occasionally see one of Ariana’s sisters lending a hand as well!
We’re basically directors. And being a director often means a lot of weird hand movements captured. Ariana always looks like she’s directing a choir…
And Alex tends to channel his inner CIA agent.
This is what I’m actually doing though lol!
From teaching our couples how to shake champagne bottles to collecting your wedding party’s phones to avoid pocket bulges, we’ve got your back!
We’ll do anything to get the right angles for you! We’ll go high…
And even attempt to climb large objects just to get the shot!
We’ll test all types of light and make sure you get the best one…
We believe teamwork makes the dream work! Shoutout to the videographers who gameplan with us for the best footage from all cameras present!
They even help us make sure every detail is perfect!
And shoutout to your pups for keeping us company 😉
You’ll most likely catch us dancing while we work…
It’s no secret we love what we do…
It’s because of all of you!!! #ADMCouples #ADMCouplesSelfie #DelMundoSandwich
Thank you for such an amazing 2019!! We love you all!
Much love, Ariana & Alex
January 31, 2020
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