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Chipmunk in Studio

She’s pretty darn comfy in front of the camera, sometimes a little bit of warm up is required, but that’s just how it is with anyone.  She brightens my day with her charm, smarts and curiosity.  I’ve known this little one her whole life, and I’ve photographed her since the beginning.  Amazing how quickly their minds develop, and features change.  I’m happy that i’m able to document her growth!.  :-)

Ricki & Matt

The day they first met was three summers ago. Ricki travelled from Toronto to visit her girlfriend in Calgary, who happened to work with Matt. There, they went to an event called the Buck’n Breakfast. It was a huge, full day stampede party to support the boys and girls club of Calgary. They ended up spending the entire day together.

July 23rd, we drove up to Keswick Ontario. It was a bright and sunny Saturday, perfect weather to celebrate a Wedding by the water. I dropped off Danielle, my second shooter at Ricki’s family cottage first, to photograph Matt and his groomsmen getting ready.

It was there, on July 4th, 2015, that Matt proposed to Ricki while lying in bed on that Saturday morning. They had gone up for the weekend with their friends Kenney and Mary. (Kenney was amongst four bridesmen in Ricki’s party).
It was very important to them to get married by the water, in the very area that they were engaged. And so, they had their reception on the land of the a beautiful Century home belonging to Jim Kinnear.

There was so munch hustle and bustle inside the home when I got there. Full with smiling faces, bridesmen sporting womens wigs (and bras), dogs running around and music playing throughout the house. It was a warm and inviting atmosphere all around. Ricki was getting her hair done, while friends were sitting and chatting. Her Boston Terriers, Gord and Guiness were getting plenty of attention, being passed around for cuddles.

They were married on the rooftop of the boathouse, with 90 guests, overlooking Lake Simcoe. Matt and his groomsmen wore traditional Scottish dress. Matt with his ancient weir tartan and his groomsmen wore black watch tartan. Rev. Barbara Takeda performed the Celtic Hand Fasting Ceremony, to honor Matt’s heritage.
Everyone then headed back to the venue grounds across the road and enjoyed cocktails, hor d’oeuvres and conversation.

Guests travelled from the GTA, Alberta, Scotland, Vancouver, and Australia to help them celebrate. Matt and Ricki travelled from Alberta.

Second shooter/Assistant – Danielle Roach

A few little details:

Florist :: Audrey’s Flowers (in Scarborough) Cheryl

Caterers:: Both highly recommended by the bride “fantastic to deal with and amazing food”

Rodney’s Oyster House – cocktail hour including oyster bar and the pass around hor d’oeuvres

Little Red Catering – Donna Olding, seated dinner and late night fish and chips out of the food truck!

Ricki’s dresses:: Maggie Sottero

Ricki’s shoes:: Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik

Ricki’s Jewelry:: Her mom’s tennis bracelet, hand chain and head chain from Anice (in Toronto)

Make up:: Sam Lee Makeup

Hair:: Tracy Silkstone from Redken Specialist Cabella Salon in Calgary

Rings:: Edwards and Davies Jewelers (Toronto/ Danforth)

Men’s outfits: Highland Scottish Gift Shoppe in Calgary

Band:: Marc Joseph Band (Toronto) 

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