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
On September 8, 2017, we had the opportunity to document the classiest and most elegant Disney-themed wedding at Pine Knot Golf & Country Club in Dorchester, Ontario! I LOOOOOVE Disney, so you can imagine how giddy I was over every single detail that Silken & Connor carefully curated for their wedding day. It was a truly special day filled with so much love from their friends & family, Mariana’s Trench lyrics (in their vows + their first dance), heartfelt speeches, and lots of laughter and tears. I asked Silken to send me her thoughts about having a Disney-themed wedding. This is what she said:
Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think these decorations are sweet?
When someone says “Disney wedding” you immediately think “wow tacky”. Well let me see if I can change your mind.
For as long as I can remember, Disney has been a huge part of my life. That being said, I never planned on having a Disney themed wedding. It’s not like I’ve been saying since I was 5 that I wanted to have Disney princesses at my wedding, or that my dress had to look just like Cinderella’s. It just worked out that way. The story of how my husband and I came together has always been described as a fairytale by our friends and family so I supposed a fairytale wedding was only fitting!
Before we get into WHY we opted for a Disney wedding, we must first delve into some back story.
Once upon a time….
There lived a boy from Spokane, Washington who left his family to serve god and country far from home in a land known as Maryland, USA. Miles away there lived a girl from a small town in Ontario, Canada chasing knowledge with a fierce independence. No one assumed their worlds would ever collide…
When I met Connor, it truly was love at first sight. I was walking down the aisle at the wedding where we met and because I’m me, I of course tripped. As I gathered my dress and stood back up, there he was. I had never seen a more attractive man in my life. My first look at this man hit me like the force of a great typhoon and my heart literally skipped a beat (trust me I thought that was just in the stories as well but here it was, happening to me). I’m awkward by nature and meeting my husband was no different. If you’ve seen frozen, imagine Anna times 15 and you’ve got me trying to communicate with the most gorgeous man I’ve ever met..
Throughout the night he made several attempts to try and talk to me all of which resulted in me nervously running away without the courtesy of even leaving my shoe behind.
Somehow with faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust, this man still thought I was attractive. After running away from him several times, he finally got me alone and asked me to dance. We laughed, quoted movies and started to bond over our mutually profound love for Disney.
By the end of the night we were both well on our way to falling in love. All I wanted was to be part of his world.
As the days passed we used Skype to stay in nearly constant contact. Seriously, we Skyped for 70 hours straight once. On top of that, this man was a true hero and would travel 10 hours after working a 12 hour shift just to come spend a weekend with me! He thought every mile was worth the while, he didn’t care how far, he could go the distance. Then one visit he got down on one knee, pulled out a ring pop from the wedding we met at and asked me to be his girlfriend. Of course I said yes and it wasn’t long before it became clear we only wanted each other for the rest of our lives.
Then one day, February 16th 2017 to be exact, we were walking through the mall as we had many times before and Connor suddenly wanted to go to the Disney store. Of course I would never deny a trip to the Disney store, so in we went. After being in there a short few minutes the sales associate asked us if we wanted to do a sing-a-long in the store! Together we sang “Love is an Open Door” from Frozen and as Hans/Connor said “can I say something crazy? Will you marry me” this man got down on one knee with a diamond ring in his hand. Through tears of incandescent joy I said yes!
As we planned our wedding we kept coming back to Disney. Disney invitations requesting our friends and family to be our guests to the most important moment in our lives! Every table was decorated after a famous Disney movie or couple. The first red rose Connor ever got me was carefully encased in a glass dome and placed on our “Beauty and the Beast” table reserved for our family. Snow White’s wishing well stood tall, ready to receive cards. Our cake decorated with the Disney castle and our date as a topper. A glass slipper amid silver pumpkins, a medal carefully placed between Grecian columns and a rose bush in the shape of a certain mouse’s head were just a few tables on display. My wedding was the most magical 24 hours of my life and I’m grateful every day to see the small delicate reminders of September 8th 2017 each in their own special place around our house.
And so our wedding was Disney themed.
I married my Prince Charming and we went on to honeymoon in Disneyland. The tradition of Disney still lives on in our family as it always will, and not to spoil the ending or anything but….
We truly did live happily ever after.
How friggin’ beautiful is their love story and how perfect are they for each other!?
With that, here is their magical Disney-themed wedding! Try and guess which movie each of the tables represent!
Photographer: Ariana del Mundo Photography
Hair: Hair by Natalie
Makeup: Cara Johnston from Alycat Makeup and Hair Artistry
Wedding dress & bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal
April 17, 2019