Langdon Hall is one unique wedding venue in Cambridge Ontario. It’s a manageable 90 minutes drive from downtown Toronto and it comes with onsite accommodations. Cambridge itself is a lovely town situated by the Grand River in southern Ontario. All in all, Langdon Hall is a beautiful hidden gem ideal for a romantic wedding weekend getaway. This wedding of Cecilia and Henry’s highlights Langdon Hall’s photogenic indoor and outdoor spaces for pictures and its intimate vibe for a wedding celebration.
There are a lot of tips out there on choosing the best wedding photographer for your important day. From the plentiful photography styles to abundant lists of questions to ask your photographer, the resourceful internet makes it seem difficult to find the right wedding photographer. While most of the guidelines are valid, we think the first step on choosing a basket of candidates should be less complicated and more intuitive. Try to look at enough portfolios, be it on the web or on social network platform such as Instagram, to figure out what kind of images speak to you the most. A picture is a thousand words. You don’t need a friend or the internet to tell you the kind of “style” that resonates with you personally. You might even be surprised of the photographs you ended up liking the most. Some cheerful couples are moved by moody and intimate images. Others growing up knowing only posed wedding portraits discover candid moments dearest to their hearts. Browse through enough images so you are not caught up by presumptions or eye-catching styles.
Here we assume you already had a list of your favourite photographers based on their images and we share the 5 factors we believe you should look at before hiring that one best wedding photographer.
Wedding photographers in Toronto charge an average of $3000 to $4500 per 8 to 10 hours of coverage, as of 2019. Within this range, it is a photographer’s personal choice as of how many weddings to take on each year, hence the variation in price per wedding; and the desired perceived value of their work, think luxury versus intimate weddings. If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Some charge less to make up for the lack of experience and skills. We all have to start somewhere to build a portfolio. While there’s nothing wrong to hire an inexperienced photographer, just be aware that the quality of work is less consistent. Quality consistency is crucial because there’s no take two when it comes to wedding photography.We will take a deeper look at a wedding photographer’s experience in the next point. Lastly, don’t get hung up with all the extra goodies in a package. Costs of albums and prints vary dramatically depending on the print and paper quality and the source of supply. If a photographer includes a free album in a $2000 package, it’s probably not professional quality. It’s not cheap to get quality prints. This is especially true in Canada. If you want the most budget friendly prints, consider doing it yourself or consult with your photographer. Spend your photography budget on a good photographer instead of a mediocre all-inclusive package.
Experience matters. If you can, get a wedding photographer with over 3 years of full time experience. Wedding photography is very demanding and quite different from other genres of photography. One can only learn from experience. More is not always better. But a minimum of 20 to 30 weddings per year for at least 3 to 5 years give a photographer the fundamental skills for photographing a wedding under different circumstances (think tricky lighting, tight timeline, difficult guests etc.) and dealing with all the possible situations. A wedding day can be unpredictable and stressful. An experienced photographer puts you at ease while capturing memorable images without you knowing. Lastly, give more credit to an independent full time wedding photographer. All else equal, a full time wedding photographer and one who’s independent (versus who’s employed by a studio) is more reliable because more is at stake for the individual.
You can find the best wedding photo portfolio possible from a photographer but you will never be the same person as the couples in those pictures. That’s why it’s important that the photographer’s approach can bring out the best in you. If you’re not comfortable in front of the camera, look for a photographer who has experience with the same type of clients. Don’t be fooled by style shoots. While they are inspiring, they’re 1) often produced in a very organized environment with lots of help from other vendors, 2) styled with professional models and 3) taken in a generous time frame under less stress than a real wedding. Don’t get obsessed with awards. Simply put, an awarded photographer is often someone who actively submits their work to publications. While that’s great for their exposure, it has little correlation with the type of work that speaks to you. A photographer’s approach is essentially what you will experience on your wedding day and something that’ll directly affect how you look in your wedding photos.
The best way to validate the above mentioned experience and approach of a wedding photographer is not to give them a questionnaire to fill out. Reviews from past clients give you the most objective insights. Google is a good place to start. Look for at least 20 authentic reviews, old and recent. The older reviews prove the years of good experience. The recent reviews indicate the consistency of quality work over time. Anyone can buy likes and reviews on the internet nowadays. Authentic reviews are often on the lengthier side and each has a different tone to it. The reviews should validate all things important to you - be it a relaxed and intimate approach, a stressless experience, the ability to put you at east and capture real moments, quality of images or flexibility to accommodate.
After all the homework you’ve done for your few selected candidates, the final step is to meet the qualifying photographers (online or in person) before making a decision. Some couple swear by working with a photographer of similar personality. From experience, what’s more important is that the photographer is professional, confident, easy-going and patient. Those are easily among the top qualities of a wedding photographer which will bring out the best in most couples on a busy wedding day. A photographer who can crack a joke when you’re stressed makes all the difference in the final images. Equally important it’s a photographer’s ability to stay unobtrusive in the background to capture those subtle emotions. Reviewing a photographer’s real wedding portfolio, reading client reviews and finally meeting the selected few photographers is time well invested in finding the best wedding photographer for your special day. Look for the traits which set a wedding photographer apart and more importantly make you feel comfortable.
Congratulations on finding the best fit! Now it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy your wedding day after all the planning! Trust your wedding photographer of choice will make those beautiful moments into memorable images.
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This is a unique vintage engagement session inspired by the couple’s love for the 70’s style.
She’s a teacher by day and he’s a graphic designer. She spends her free time on painting and he plays the bass in a Toronto indie band. Mel and Hiu are a couple who dare to dream. It’s not so much that they try to be different but they’re honest with who they are and are attracted to each other’s uniqueness. When we first sit down to discuss some engagement photo ideas, the couple have something quite different than a vintage styled engagement session in mind. But as we chat more about their 70’s inspired vintage wedding, the more the couple is intrigued by the idea of having an engagement session that’d be a prequel of their themed wedding. The 70’s is a peaceful era that celebrates free spirits, over-the-top fashion and evolutionary music. It’s no coincidence that these are just a few things which Mel and Hiu hold very dear to their hearts.
We wish these unique engagement photos will remind you of the glorious 70’s and inspire you to throw a wedding that’s uniquely you!
Special thanks to Mr.s Robinson for letting us shot in their cool restaurant.
The best flower decoration transforms your wedding reception into the ideal space you are after. Good floral arrangements and centrepieces do not only enhance a space but makes a wedding unique to you. The texture and smell of real flowers are incomparable. This Archeo wedding decorated by Toronto florist Tellie Hunt expresses just the right moody and warm feeling for a modern winter wedding the couple wished for. The talented florist makes it seem so easy with impressive centrepieces and matching flower decorations throughout the restaurant.
We know how expensive a wedding can be. But there are simple and practical ideas that can make a perfect rustic fall wedding yet won’t break the bank. See images below of the 10 ideas that have been easily pulled off by a real fall wedding.
1 & 2. Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses and Dried Flower Bouquet
Mismatched bridesmaid dresses have been in trend for good reasons. The result looks stylish while it greatly simplifies the bridesmaid dress shopping process. Each bridesmaid gets to be more creative with their own dress choice and pick a dress that works better for their figure and skin colour. For your fall wedding, simply limit the colour choices to those beautiful, rich fall colours.
Dried flower bouquet is less expensive than fresh flowers if you know where to get them from. You can also make you own ones. They are perfect match for a fall wedding.
3. Matching Dried Flower Boutonnieres
The secret of designing a beautiful fall wedding on budget is in the detail. Use matching dried flower boutonnieres to tie the fall dress code for your wedding party together.
4. Up the Shoe Game
If you (the bride-to-be) aren’t already set on that dream pair of high heels, consider wearing somewhat matching shoes that go with the Fall theme. Think boots, loafers. Comfort is the extra benefit.
5. Get Outdoor
Get outdoor and capture that unique fall colour if you can. Even if it’s just a 20 minutes portrait session, trust your photographer to make those memorable images which will remind you of what a beautiful fall wedding you had.
6. DIY Decorations
Incorporate DIY decorations to make the wedding uniquely you (in this case - craft beer lovers).
7. Enjoy Some Pies
What’s a better sweet table idea than pies for a fall wedding?
8. Play a Game
Games are free. Games are also the perfect ice breaking activity which can warm up your guests for a great wedding night.
9. Have Fun
It sounds straight forward and it should be. Don’t forget to enjoy yourselves and the company of your loved ones. Make some silly pictures if you want to.
10. Sunset Wedding Photos
Take a 10-minute break from your guests and soak up the last bit of sun in one another’s arms. Whisper all the I-love-you's that you might have forgotten to say during a typical busy wedding day. Fall is all about romance, isn’t it.
Lisa and John’s Markham wedding starts early in the morning with the traditional tea ceremony typical in a Chinese wedding. It follows by Lisa’s dress change into her white wedding dress and an indoor first look. It is a winter wedding so we decide to have an indoor first look at the house. It turns out to be a wise call as the outdoor portrait session is challenged by the weather. Nevertheless, Lisa and John brave out the cold and we manage to make some beautiful winter wedding portraits at Markham Museum. Winter weddings can be risky because we never know in advance how cold it gets on a particular day. As I’m writing this blog, for instance, there’s an extreme cold alert effective with a feel-like temperature of -40 degree celsius. But Toronto winter weddings are rewarding. Winter wedding photos are unique and romantic. The cold air adds an extra layer of intimacy to the images. The snow covers up the most typical looking place and turns it into a winter wonderland. Markham Museum is not one of those typical looking place. It is photogenic to begin with and comes the winter it becomes a distinctive location and one of its kind in Markham for wedding photography. The day ended with Lisa and John’s wedding ceremony at St Justin Martyr Church and a relaxed cocktail reception at Smash Kitchen & Bar in Markham Unionville.