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Carly + Lorence
{Streetsville Market Engagement Photography}

I first met this sweet couple at Amanda and Rob’s wedding and was so excited they asked me to document their day in VEGAS, baby!!!!

I met up with Carly and Lorence in Streetsville for their engagement session at the end of November, we decided to explore the Main Street and found some amazing spots on our adventure walk.  I love their fun and quirky personalities and am looking forward to photographing their wedding in Las Vegas TODAY!

- Niki {Destination Wedding Photographer}

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Tania + Dave
{Highland Country Club London Ontario Wedding Photography}

Tania & Dave had a wonderful wedding celebration! From the beautiful ceremony at St.Paul's Church to the fun filled reception! I loved that we snuck over to Westminster Ponds before we went to Highland Golf for some photos, it was such a beautiful place to stop on our way! Congrats to the lovely couple, we truly enjoyed capturing your day! 

-Niki {London Ontario Wedding Photographer}

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Melissa + Kevin
{Dan Patterson Conservation Area St. Thomas Ontario Wedding Photography}

This was my first time photographing at the beautiful grounds of Pond Valley Manor. What a gorgeous venue! Melissa & Kevin had the most perfect day: amazing weather paired with an amazing view at their venue! Everything about this day was great, even running into some mutual friends that we didn't know we had! The couple put so much hard work into the details and decor of their wedding and it sure paid off. Kevin made that beautiful LOVE sign featured in their reception, which made a great backdrop for their sweatheart table. I love that we got to sneak out a magic hour to capture some glowy sunkissed images! Congrats to Melissa & Kevin, we had such a great time capturing your day!

Describe the vision/theme you had for your wedding in 5 words or less: Rustic, vintage, DIY, floral wedding

What are your favorite memories of your wedding day?
Bride: walking back down the aisle with my new husband! And seeing our family and friends enjoying the small details that we worked on together.
Groom: At the First Look, turning around to see Mel for the first time. And the vows with my bride, I couldn't take my eyes off her.

Best wedding related decision: the venue, it was completely customizable and gorgeous. It was also a lot of work, so the second best decision was the wedding coordinator!

Favourite detail: the giant "Love" marquee letters, Kevin made them himself and they were the perfect backdrop.

Advice for future brides & grooms: for other DIY brides and grooms, plan and do as much as possible as far in advance as possible. And don't leave seating charts and place cards until the day before!
The last month sneaks up fast, though in the end everything comes together and is totally worth all the work!

Would you change anything if you could do it all over again? No, it was perfect, exactly as we had envisioned.

Best surprise of the day: Feeling all the love! We've heard people say their wedding is the best day but we didn't really believe it until our wedding day. It definitely was the best day of our lives so far, surrounded by love and laughter, having so much fun with our favourite people in the world!

Anything else you'd like to add:
DIY weddings are so much work, but we had lots of support from our families and also help from some experts. We spent months working together and while it was sometimes challenging, it was worth it to have a perfect day that reflected us as a couple, and to be able to share that with each other and with our friends and family.   

Ceremony Location: Pondvalley Manor | Cake/cupcakes: Denise Vyse, The Cupcake Lady | Macarons: Nicole Zavitz, Colie Cakes | Dress: Sottero and Midgley, Kleinfelds | Wedding Day-of Coordinator: Katie Watkowski, The Event Design Co. | Flowers/Decorator: Harris Flower Farm | Hair/Makeup: Wright Hair Co., AM Pro Makeup Artistry | Caterer: James Meadows | DJ: Ashley & Phil, DJ Alpha Productions | Rings/Jewelery: People's | Groom's Attire: Moore's | Bridesmaids dresses: David's Bridal | Signs: Daisy Sekerak, Maple Pine Design | Videography: Justin via Lovesprouts Photography | Bartender: Vera Unich, Here's to You Bartending | Guitarist: Guy Miskelly, The Wedding Guitarist

Processional: Pachelbel, Canon in D
Recessional: The Beatles, Blackbird
First Dance: Dave Matthews, Where are you Going?
Parent Dances: bride/father: Jasmine Thompson cover of Guns N Roses, Sweet Child O' Mine
groom/mother: cover of Coldplay, Yellow

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Erin + Darryl
{Backyard Wedding London Ontario Wedding Photography}

The love between these two is so adorable to witness - they are such a happy couple & grateful people to work with! Their first look was just the cutest, with kleenex handy for them both, because both of them knew they would not only cry, but giggle amidst their tears as well! This day was filled with complete happiness, all the smiles and this happy vibe was there all day with their wedding party and their familes. I'm looking forward to working with them again in the future!

Describe the vision/theme you had for your wedding in 5 words or less: Casual Backyard Fun

What are you favorite memories of your wedding day?
Bride: Having all of our loved ones together
Groom: Seeing my wife for the first time

Best wedding related decision: Renting a tent!

Advice for future brides & grooms: The day goes by so quickly, make sure to relax and enjoy it. Even if something goes wrong, the guests won't notice. Also, bring tissues!

Would you change anything if you could do it all over again? Not a thing. 

Best surprise of the day: My husband's surprise speech

Anything else you'd like to add: Niki was so awesome to work with! She made our day fun and extra special.

Officiant: Carol Browning | Cake (Cupcakes): Grandma's Oven in Aylmer | Dress: David's Bridal | Hair/Makeup Hair: Carmen Barbosa Makeup: Ashley Kaniuk | Caterer: Steel Grill Catering | Groom's Attire: RW & Co | Bridesmaids dresses: David's Bridal

Processional  Reflecting Light by Sam Phillips
First Dance Perfect by Ed Sheeran

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Samantha + Martel
{Windermere Manor London Ontario Wedding Photography}

What a fun day this was! Martel's whole family and many friends traveled from Bermuda to London, Ontario for this special day! Samantha & Martel have a whirlwind love story: they met in Bermuda and had a beautiful long distance relationship that turned into happily ever after! Samantha's love for Disney made its appearance throughout the wedding in small little touches from the decor, cake and her fairytale dress! Their wedding party was a fun bunch who made the day a blast to capture and the happy couple are so adorable - we couldn't be happier with the images and memories we captured for them!

Describe the vision/theme you had for your wedding in 5 words or less: Disney, fairytale, princess, castle, magical 

What are you favorite memories of your wedding day?
Bride: all the speeches made were amazing and the dance mash up with my dad was by far the best thing
Groom: My favourite part lol the look on her face when I went for the garter. I also really enjoyed the speeches. 

Best wedding related decision: we decided to go with paper florals for all the bouquets, boutonierres, and corsages as now they are all keepsakes for everyone 

Favourite detail: the beauty and the beast cake and cake topper 

Advice for future brides & grooms: Everything really does work out in the end the way it's supposed to so don't fret. Also, make sure to have someone, such as the coordinator, on top of the order and proceedings and that's the schedule is followed. We almost missed cutting our cake and when we did remember it was rushed and no one saw us cut it because our secondary coordinator was not around! 

Would you change anything if you could do it all over again? I would take some more time to spend with people at the wedding. I never got a chance to see everyone especially my own family, to stop and chat and just see how everyone is doing.

Best surprise of the day: Martel's garter removal dance 

Ceremony Location:  St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica | Reception Location: Windermere Manor | Limo: Dorchester Limo | Cake: Chick Boss Cake | Dress: Eddy K at Petrov | Flowers/Decorator: 2clvr Designs for paper florals and Patzees for all other decor | Hair/Makeup: Florencia Taylor | Caterer: Windermere Manor | DJ: Rob from Music Central | Rings/Jewelery: Vera Wang from People's for Bride and custom design from Poag's for Groom | Groom's Attire: Jacket from Men's USA & tux pants from Joseph's | Bridesmaids dresses: David's Bridal 

Processional: Theme from Canon in D
Entrance: Shake ya Tailfeather 
First Dance: Marry Me- Jason Derulo  
Father/Daughter Dance: Ray Allaire- A Song for my Daughter
Father/Daughter dance mash up - Despacito, Gangnam Style, Whip and Nae Nae, Say Shava Shava 
Groom's Mom sang a song to us: At last 

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