Friday, April 30, 2010

Victoria & Jon - April 24, 2010

This past weekend, Kelly and I had the privilege of working with Victoria and Jon at their Appleby College Wedding. We had previously worked with Victoria's family last October for her sister's wedding. It was great to reunite with their family and be apart of their special day.

As an alumni of Appleby College, Victoria felt very strongly about returning there one day to get married. On April 24, 2010 she did just that! In one of the most beautiful and historic chapels we've seen, a picture perfect wedding was captured by Austin Sagala of Sagala Photography. Victoria's old Chaplin married them, student musicians played for guests during cocktails and the school dinning hall was shut down and converted into Victoria and Jon's yellow and black themed reception. Thanks to the help of all of the staff at Appleby College, Pat's Party Rentals, Just Temptations Cakes and With All My Heart Decor, Victoria and Jon had their visions brought to life.

Congrats again Jon & Victoria!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wedding Cakes - The Knot's Top Picks

More and more, wedding cakes are becoming a greater part of an event's overall decor. While the taste should be delicious, the design can also be great eye candy for your guests. Check out's reccent selection of their favourite wedding cakes to get inspired!

LKWD Website Updates

Over the past few weeks, Kelly and I have been working to update some of the content on our website. The changes are almost complete and the site will be re-launched shortly. In connection to this, we also had the privilege of working with Marie Murray of Memories by Marie to take some new head shots for our About Us Page! Thanks again Marie:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Memories By Marie

What is it that make a wedding photographer stand out? For Kelly and I, the answer is two very key things: A genuine and sincere personality & talent that surpasses creativity.

If you have not already heard of the name "Memories by Marie" let us introduce you to one of the industries best: Marie Murray!

Kelly and I have had the privilege of working with Marie not only on weddings, but also her portraiture services. We can not say enough about her work. She has the ability to take a photograph and transition it into a masterpiece. If a picture does indeed say a thousand words, then Marie's say millions.

Above are pictures from our most reccent Memories by Marie wedding!

Wedding Party Gifts

It seems with every couple we work with, sooner or later we always get the same question: What do we get our bridal party members as a gift?

Some even start a few steps back with, "Are we suppose to get gifts for our bridal party?"

So here is our thoughts on the Bridal Party Gifts:

Is it a must? - No
Should you do it? - Yes

The idea behind offering your bridal party members a gift closer to the wedding (usually on the night of the rehearsal dinner) is to show your gratitude for all of their help in planning, organizing and participating in your wedding. Often groomsmen and bridesmaids have contributed to the planning of Wedding Showers, Bachelorette and Bachelor Parties and/or Jack & Jills. They often help you and your fiance with some of the wedding "To Do's" and are a pillar of support throughout the process. The idea of the bridal party gift is a small way to say "Thanks!"

Who is usually given a gift?
- Often everyone in the bridal party including Flower Girls and Ring Boys. Many couples also choose to include Parents, especially when they are financially contributing to the wedding.

Here are just some of the common and not so common ideas we've seen over the years:

- Wedding jewellery for the bridesmaids to wear on the day of the wedding
- Shawls/pashminas for the bridesmaids to wear on the day of the wedding
- Cuff links for the groomsmen to wear on the day of the wedding
- Day of Gift Bags for the bridesmaids with items such as: Flip Flops, Sun Glasses, Lip Gloss, Kleenex, favourite perfume etc.
- Gift Cards for the Bridal Party; it's a practical gift that everyone can use! Examples: La Senza, Best Buy, Future Shop, LCBO, Restaurants, or any store you know your friends/family love!
- Personalized Clothing: Custom Jerseys or Caps for the sports lovers - Custom T-Shirts for the fashionistas!
- Treat them to an Activity: Golf, Cigar Rolling Workshops, Day at the Spa, Yoga Workshops, Cooking Classes, Wine Tasting Tours
- Get each member a subscription to their favourite magazine
- Personally Yours/Things Engraved: You can always find the traditional items here! Examples: Flasks, business card holders, pens, lighters, pocket watches, compact mirrors, mugs, Swiss Army knives
- Tickets to a show, concert, or sports event to enjoy after the wedding

The amount of money you choose to spend is up to you. The act of giving a gift isn't about how much you spend, it's about the thought you put into it!

~ Laura