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Blue Wall 2 ways pt. 2

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Niagara-On-The-Lake Engagement Photography

Our last entry featured an engagement session with Linda and Tony.  Soon we will be flying off to Aruba to photograph their wedding, but before that I thought I would post one more engagement session that we photographed in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Farah and Abdel are getting married in Dubai next year so while he was visiting Farah last week we photographed their engagement session.  We started out on the beautiful and colourful grounds of the School of Horticulture and Butterfly Conservatory.  Then we headed into town for some more great fun inside BeauChapeau Hat Shop at 42 Queen Street.  While there, Farah and Abdel had a great experience shopping for hats, flirting with each other and being in Love.  As we quietly recorded this romantic moment you can’t help but witness the strong bond they have.

From there we headed down to the water to do some portraits.  Farah loves the water.

After that location we headed to our favourite wall at Southbrook Vineyard.  We took a different approach to the wall this time and as the title of this blog post suggest, this is part 2 of the blue wall series.  Check out the first here.

Hope you like this session.  If you do, please do all or some of;

1. leave a comment
2.”like” our post
3. contact us for your engagement session
4. click on the +1 (at top of post)

Thanks,

Trevor and Trish

Ps. Since hats are becoming a big sensation for weddings, we highly recommend buying your next hat at BeauChapeau Hat shop at 42 Queen Street, Niagara on the Lake, ON. 1.877.YOURHAT (968.7428)

The staff are highly educated and can help you find the perfect Fascinator, Saucer or Pillbox.

It’s so worth the drive to Niagara and you can always stop into the great wineries along the way like Southbrook Vineyards.

581 Niagara Stone Road, RR4
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0 Canada

Telephone: 905.641.2548
Toll Free: 1.888.581.1581

Blue Wall 2 ways pt. 1

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Niagara on the Lake Engagement session

This story started half way around the world on a very “Happy Island” named Aruba.  If you follow our blog you know Trish and I were commissioned to photograph a wedding in Aruba last year, Tabitha and Adam.  You will also know that during their couture dress session a couple days after the wedding we visited the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins.  While there a couple noticed the work we were doing and in their words, “Love(d) our attention to detail and style”.  At that point we had not met.  Two days later we were on the other side of the island on the beach at another resort shooting a Honeymoon / couture dress session with Michelle and Jeff, London wedding clients that we happen to have photographed their wedding the day before we left for Aruba. While photographing in the water a sun-seeker with a gentle smile approached me and asked me for my card.  I said, “I’m not from Aruba.”  He replied, “That’s OK.  Either are we, but we just got engaged and like what you are doing.  Did we see you at the Gold Mine ruins two days ago?”  Well I was surprised he recognized us, we talked for a bit and gave him our card.

A few month later back at the studio I received an email from Tony and Linda.  I honestly didn’t think we would hear from them but that is just the way our trip to Aruba went (Remember we also photographed an extra wedding while there too.  That’s another story).  Needless to say we are shooting their wedding in Aruba the same week this year (July 4, 2011).  Be sure to follow the fun on facebook.  But before the wedding fun we had to do an engagement session.  Tony and Linda are from North Carolina.  During a conversation we learned that, like us, they are food and wine lovers and have been to Niagara on the Lake and loved it.  So we suggested they fly up here for and engagement session back in Niagara.  We planned this last October and I assured them that the first week of May would be perfect for all the fruit trees popping with colourful Spring blossoms.  As you know, this was a terrible spring with everything being behind schedule.  Needless to say we found one orchard on the second day of shooting that was filled with white flowers.  I’ll start the gallery with that shot.  It’s also one of Trish’s favourites.

Ravine Vineyard is a new winery to us so we had to stop in.  What do you know?  Along with some great wines and a summer kitchen that had an incredible grilled vegtable sandwich, we found this great old truck.  I have to thank Ravine Vineyard for letting us photograph on the property.  So please do not abuse Ravine and for sure buy wine if you do use their property.  Between Tony and Linda and us we bought four bottles.  Make sure to try their Petrus like wine.

This image we could not resist.  It was shortly after Will and Kate’s wedding and BeauChapeau Hat Shop in downtown Niagara on the Lake had the perfect wedding themed window dressing.  We noticed it when we drove in Friday night  and that we wanted to do something with that window.  So with our belts a little loosened from our incredible dinner (see below).  We set up some flash and produced this image.  Thank you BeauChapeau for having the perfect window for our night shot, the Tux and Gown are perfect.

Our last shot on Sunday was at Southbrook Vineyard.  Every time Trish and I head to Niagara their long blue wall always catches our eye.  We thought this is where we would do our night shot because it is always lit up at night, but then found the hat shop.  As luck would have it.  Tony had brought some traditional engagement attire that he had made while doing work in Vietnam.  As soon as we saw them we knew the wall would be the perfect backdrop.  I love the colours from the grass and dandelions to the fuchsia in Linda’s outfit.

Also, I have to thank Southbrook Vineyard for letting us photograph on the property too.  They were extremely gracious.  Not all wineries are this co operative.  I understand that they don’t want bus loads of weddings crashing their Saturday’s when they are selling lots of wines.  So please do not abuse Southbrook and for sure buy wine if you do use their property.  Between Tony and Linda and us we bought three.

I’m going to sound like a snob here.. but I am a foodie.  And if you are too, then I don’t have to tell you quite possibly the best place to dine in Niagara on the Lake is Rest…Stone Road Grille.  This my third visit to Heidi and Perry Johnson’s restaurant and I’m always blown away.  They truly have served me the best appetizers in my whole life.  This time was no exception.  I could not get enough of their FOIE GRAS POUTINE… To die for!  Of course everything else was amazing  but their appetizers always surprise.

Wondering about the blog title.  Yesterday we did another engagement session at the Blue wall.  Different look and you will see it very soon.

Hope you enjoyed what you read and saw,

~Trish and Trevor

Ps.  We don’t normally spend two days with a couple doing an engagement session.  But when someone flies all the way up from NC, and are flying us to Aruba, we are not going to spend our usual 1.5 to 2 hours with them.

PPs.Tony and Linda, thank you for renting a two bedroom cottage for us all.  We had a great time with you and can’t wait for the wedding.  How about that dinner and those wineries we visited?  Maybe we should do it again next year.  It was a great Birthday for Trish and I.

PPPs. Tony and Linda both work in the fashion industry so it was no surprise they brought long the biggest wardrobe for an engagement session ever (Loved it).  Tony is the fashionista in the house and loves his name brands.  Reminds me of my friend Lawrence Chan.  Although Tony wears Omega he travels with Coach.  Perhaps we will do another blog post to show more images; there were lots.

PPPPs.  To our American readers…No, Coulourful and Favourite are not spelled wrong, it’s just how we do it up here. :) Of course WordPress keeps telling me I’m wrong.

If you really liked what you saw and are getting engaged or married (or know someone) we would love to be part of it.  Give us a call by following the link below.

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Great Nash Diamond Dash wrap up.

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The Great Nash Diamond Dash

Just under a month ago we had an amazing day covering the Great Nash Diamond Dash.  In the last blog post we highlighted the winners Brooke and Mitch with a video that concentrated on them along with pictures of the whole event.  Now we have the video ready that covers the whole event.

Are you in it?

Congratulation again to Mitch & Brooke!

Everyone else, enjoy the video and we will see you next year.

Trish and Trevor

$14,000 Diamond found in London.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The Great Nash Diamond Dash

Could Saturday, April 9th, 2011 have been a better day to get engaged?

Ask Brooke and she’ll say, “No!”.

After out-playing 299 other couples Brooke and Mitch scored highest in the challenges during the scavenger hunt put on by Nash Jewellers.

I have to say, Trish and I had so much fun Saturday running around downtown London.  Couples in Diamond Dash blue shirts were scurrying all over downtown London looking for answers to text message clues they would receive on their cell phones.  As we followed them around, to document the fun as the game unfolded, we found ourselves in the ballroom at the Delta Armouries, running around the statue in Victoria Park, drooling over the Rolexes and Lazare diamonds at Nash Jewellers, starring at paintings and graffiti for answers, watching participants fish pennies out of stockings at Libro, peering through the periscope at Novacks and enjoying an after game drink at Jim Bob Ray’s.  It was here we all gathered to find out who the winners were.

The excitement grew as the first three prizes were given away.  Great prizes from Novacks and Steam Whitsle.  Then the last three.  Diamond Earrings, a Diamond Pendant and the finally, the $14000.00 1 kt. Lazare diamond ring from Nash Jewellers.  The crowd was silent as they called the winners cell phone, instead of saying their name, and from the side of the stage there was the most excited scream as Brooke’s cell phone rang in her hand.

The next few minutes were a blur for us and I’m sure for Brooke and Mitch as before any one could finish cheering for the lucky winners, Mitch was down on one knee doing something I’m sure he never thought he would be doing that day in front of hundreds of people.  As the crowd calmed down Mitch quickly said the magical words, “Will you marry Me?”  with the most beautiful diamond ring in his hands.  Of course we all know Brooke said, “Yes” and the rest is history.

Thank you Colin Nash for including us in the coverage for this fun event.  We can’t wait for next year.

We interviewed a few of the 300 couples that attended during registration.  As luck had it, we interviewed Brooke and Mitch before the Dash started.  Here is a rough cut of their day.  The amazing thing about being a photographer is knowing that we have captured history in the making as a family starts.  Brooke and Mitch’s kids are going to love watching this.  How many kids can say they saw Dad propose to Mom and see their first kiss as an engaged couple.

Good luck in the future Brooke and Mitch.



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Wintry Windermere Manor Engagement Session

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Windermere Manor Engagement Photography London Ontario

When we first sat down with Michelle and Jeff to discuss their engagement session we had grand plans to photograph them in the fall at their cottage on Lake Huron.  But schedules and weather changed that for us.  So then they said, “we want to do something different.”  Ok, well in the winter is different.  How many engagement sessions to you see photographed in the snow?  I know it’s not as sexy as on the beach at sunset but it’s different and it was lots of fun.  Looking back at the images I also feel a sense of maturity that truly represents Michelle and Jeff.

Here are their wintry engagement photos.

~Trish

Arrowwood Farms Engagement Session gets washed out. Continues on the side of the road!

Monday, January 31st, 2011

London Ontario engagement photography

When we originally made plans to photograph Rachelle and Chad’s engagement session they thought it would be a great idea to do them at the unique location that they were getting married.   Great idea!  It gave us a chance to see this location since we had never photographed a wedding there.

The day came to meet them at The Harvest Table at Arrowwood Farm just west of London, On.  We drove out despite the weather to meet Chad and Rachelle there with Chad’s Harley Davidson.  When we exited the car not only was it raining but unseasonably cold, very cold.  They were smart and didn’t ride Chad’s bike so we did take some time to look around and do some rainy day engagement photos.  Despite the rain and cold and some messy hair we managed a few nice images.  We made plans to meet again for nicer weather and the bike.  They are below too.

~Trish

Not too long after, we met up with Chad and Rachelle for the engagement session pt.II.  Beautiful weather and a shiny Harley Davidson.