Sunset Engagement at Scarborough Bluffs

 

Sometimes, I get so caught up in what is happening next that I forget to reflect on and share what's already happened. This warm August evening was filled with magical light and two fun-loving human beings. It's a year later and their wedding is just around the corner. Looking back at these photos, and the memories that are attached to them, I can't help but be so excited for what their wedding will bring. Watching Rebecca and Nic feed off each other's energy was both contagious and inspiring. They are the reason that these photos are what they are. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect evening engagement session at the Bluffs and I am so glad these two put their trust in me.  We had a rainbow make an appearance during our shoot, and if you make it to the end of this blog post, there may be a pot of gold waiting for you.

Looking forward to spending more time with them in September when they get married on the rooftop of the beautiful Thompson Hotel in downtown Toronto.

 
 

 

Lakeside Family Wedding in Haliburton

 

This wedding is one near and dear to my heart. Being close friends with the bride's sister, Lauren, I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with their wonderful family and be a part of this intimate and beautiful celebration. Christine and Tommy first met several years ago in the month of May.  Tommy's parents played matchmaker in getting them to go on their first date together, so it was only fitting that they said their vows on a rainy May weekend in front of their closest family and friends up at the very same cottages where their love story first began. Christine is one of the most positive, fun, upbeat people that you will ever meet. I absolutely loved how you couldn't catch her without a grin on her face throughout the entire day. Her first look with her Dad was an emotional moment for the whole family, and when Christine found out she was going to get her outdoor ceremony after a bit of a weather scare, the tears of happiness didn't stop. Although the weather wasn't perfect, Christine was still elated to be marrying the love of her life in a place that was so important to her, and to their union.

It was amazing to see all the hard work that the families put it to make it all come together. The couple said their vows at Tommy's family cottage and the reception was held at Christine's family cottage. Christine's close family and friends DIY'ed the bouquets, the boutonnières, as well as the centrepieces, and the entire reception space. Lauren and her handy husband (who own their own woodworking shop Mountain Ridge Farms) made the floor (yes, the floor) of the reception as well as the "Mrs & Mr" signs. I even caught Lauren's husband fixing the stairs in the cottage at one point during the reception.

These two fun-loving families came together and put on a beautiful celebration for these two deserving people. It was a joyous and emotional day and I am so grateful I was there to witness it. A big thank you to the Ebenhardt's for being such gracious hosts and to the Wylie's as well for the amazing work they put into the day.  

 
 
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Burleigh Falls Adventure Engagement

 

I think one of my favourite parts of my work is being able to explore new places. Even though I've lived in Toronto for 5 years they're still many parts of Ontario that are unknown to me. Kristen and Shane took me to one of Shane's favourite childhood hang outs, Burleigh Falls. He had so many memories and hilarious stories to share with us as we explored the falls, not to mention that this is where he brought Kristen on their first date. Having the opportunity to peek into peoples' lives and document part of it,  is the reason I do what I do. Kristen and Shane were so open and easy-going it was fun to sit back and capture their relationship and their energy. 

 
 
 

Intimate Wedding at Bru Oakville

 

Although February weddings aren't that common, for Alexis and Manuel it was a no brainer because the date fell on their anniversary. Everything finally lined up for these high school sweethearts to say their vows. After a casual and fun engagement session at U of T (check it out here), Alexis and Manuel said their I do's at Mississauga City Hall.

I am always so excited to work with a couple that decides to do their wedding their own way, without conforming to traditional norms. Alexis and Manuel are are two super cool and unique people who had a wonderful, intimate, and alternative wedding. We started at an AirBnB in downtown Mississauga where they got ready together (taking some of my favourite shots of the day) with the highlight being Alexis' stunning Needle & Thread wedding dress, it's beauty and uniqueness truly reflected that of her own. We then walked across the street to Mississauga City Hall for a short but sweet ceremony.

After the intimate ceremony, Alexis and Manuel braved the cold for some portraits outside the Living Arts Centre, and then we headed to Bru for delicious food, beers, and some hilarious dance moves. 

I hope you enjoy the story of their day as much as I did.

 
 

VENDORS
Second Shooter - Brian Batista Bettencourt (3B Photography)
Stylist - ArrowBow Beauty
Wedding Dress - Needle & Thread
Groom's Suit - Indochino
Florist - Flower Deco
Wedding Cake - Dufflet
Venue - Bru
Invitations - Vistaprint

 

Anica & Joe at South Pond Farms

 

Anica and Joe had a perfect, intimate wedding. Having been together over 10 years, they knew they wanted something small and special. It was such an honour to be there when they finally said their vows to each other with beautiful forest backdrop. South Pond Farms made for the ideal rustic, vintage vibe for this low key (and lots of fun!) wedding. I loved being able to explore the farm throughout the day and capture the two of them soaking it all in. I am excited to share these photos, and the story of their lovely day.

 
 
 
 
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VENDORS
Stylist - Salon Zufan 
Dress -  Beckers Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses - Bridal Desires
Suit - Indochino
Florist - Rylea Bloom
Venue/Catering - South Pond Farms
Invitations - Minted

 

Sara & Kurt Layflat Album Design

 

There is something about designing things for print that just resonates with me. Being able to experiment with layout design and tell other peoples' stories is a meaningful process. It feels great to be able to hand couples a tangible gift from their day, where they can relive their memories of those important moments. 

This album was for a fellow photographer and friend, Sara (and her husband Kurt) designed for 3B Photography . These two had a perfect intimate wedding, it was so exciting to be able to relive their day through the images and use them to tell the narrative. The whole layout is up on my design work portfolio. 

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Janette

 

I will start by saying I am grateful I know this woman. I have known Janette since I was three years old, we are best friends. When I was visiting home over the holidays we got together one afternoon to create these. This series explores who she is in this moment, through her form and expression. Film photos were shot on Kodak Portra 400 and Tri-X with Brian's Hasselblad.

 
 
 
 
 

Zoe and Kip at Allen's

 

I am not even sure where to begin, really. If you can imagine the most eclectic wedding you've ever been to, this one probably tops that. I think I should start with letting you know that Kip planned out their first look. He knew very early that he wanted to bike up to Zoe in front of a mural in the east end of Toronto that they both loved. Needlessly to say, he set me up to take some emotional and meaningful photos. From there we headed to Allen's, a bar on the Danforth, where they held their traditional Irish ceremony with ceremonial ribbon tying and all. There was bellydancing, burgers, and a Star Wars cake (made by Zoe herself). Not to mention they had customized Guinness inspired coasters with cartoon versions of themselves on them, a storm trooper helmet, and a Holga for guests to take photos with. Oh and on top of it all Zoe and Kip are an amazingly kind and generous pair. Their priority was to have a special day with their friends and family, doing things they loved - and they achieved just that. I am so grateful I got to be a part of this joyous day and to become friends with these two people. Every little detail throughout the day was carefully crafted and held so much meaning to Zoe and Kip, as well as their family and friends. The way they approached the day was a great reminder that a wedding is a celebration and you should create an environment that makes you happy.

 
 
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We're Headed Out West

 

I have an exciting announcement! 3B and I are headed out west for a whole month. We are looking for couples to shoot, photographers to hang out with, and beautiful places to go. If you are interested in a session or just want to get a coffee, get in touch. I am looking forward to showing 3B my home and I would love to share it with a few others too! 

If you are interested in booking a session email me at ryanne@3bphoto.ca or visit my contact page

 
 
 
 
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Alexis and Manuel at the Hart House

 

I met Alexis and Manuel for the first time at their engagement session, which is unusual for me. I meet almost all my clients before they book me, I will take them out for drinks or coffee and we really get to know each other. Even though I didn't get to meet Alexis and Manuel before we decided to work together, they were so easy-going and comfortable with me that it felt like we had already gotten to know one another. We spent an early Sunday morning walking around the University of Toronto, where they both went to school. I always like it when couples choose meaningful places to do their engagement sessions. We wandered the Hart House, grabbed coffee, and really just had a fun time talking and taking photos. 

 
 
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