Jennifer See Studios- Elopement & Wedding Photographer
I aim to be invested in you just as much as you in me. this means by the time the wedding day rolls in, we’ve spent time together, chatted about all the magic that is going to unfold and we’ve created more than just a photographer-client connection. we truly are friends.
2017 presented some incredible opportunities to travel the world and document amazing love stories along the way. I feel incredibly grateful and humbled to have shared so many these travel experiences with some crazy adventurous couples (some of which I call my good friends now!). I thought I would throw together a compilation of images from this year’s travels as I look forward to some amazing adventures being set up for 2018. If you’ll be tying the knot in a corner of the world and would like to adventure and document, (and I promise some good chats and laughs) then I am your gal!
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – Sarah + Zack
What an incredible day! To be surrounded by so much love (literally, their last name is Love!) with this family for the third time! I am so humbled to have photographed Maggie and Geordie’s wedding this summer. After photographing both Geordie’s sister’s weddings over the last 2 years, it has really felt like I have been welcomed into the family.
The intimate wedding took place on cloudy August day on a private property in Newcastle, ON where the Love family has spent many summers together. The day began with Geordie and his best guys getting ready in the small stone cottage owned by his uncle across the small road. The guys all wore matching socks and had fun showing off their patterned and personalized boxers for the day! I later met Maggie and her girls at a nearby Bed and Breakfast owned by the kindest couple, who were happy to oblige the girls getting their dresses on and organized for the day. As Maggie and I drove back down the road to the cottage to meet up with Geordie, she mentioned just how excited she was to see Geordie, no nerves at all! Maggie looked like a princess straight out of a fairy tale as she walked through the grass to give Geordie a big hug, the two were all smiles for the rest of our session!
Part way through our photo session, the skies opened and it began to downpour! I’m talking don’t even move under the umbrella kinda of rain! The bridal party, Alex and I all huddled under a few umbrellas and stood frozen as we weighed our options of staying put or making a run for it. Maggie and Geordie didn’t even bat an eye as we finally decided to head back to the cottage, taking photos and smiling as we went. Once protected from the rain we dried off inside and the we all sat around to play charades and other games while enjoying a few drinks.
Geordie watched the weather on his phone and decided to push the ceremony back by only a few minutes as it looked like the skies were going to clear. And just like that, it did, and they were married under a sunny sky in front of their family and closest friends! A beautiful champagne toast was made in honour of the couple before heading into the tent for an intimate wedding reception. Guests laughed and cheered as Maggie and Geordie played a few fun wedding games during an incredible dinner catered by Daniel et Daniel.
Katie and Alex planned an intimate and intentional marriage celebration on the island where Katie and her family grew up on Muskoka Lake. 29 of their closest friends and family members boated over to the island to celebrate with them in what might have been the rainiest Saturday of the summer! The rain didn’t bother Katie one bit, she calmly just said “everyone is already here enjoying drinks, we’ll just push the ceremony back half an hour and hope it clears a little”. Meanwhile, on the neighbouring & powerless island, Alex was getting suited up and hanging out with his groomsmen and best friends surrounded by oil lamps and 60 years of family memories.
When it came time for their first look, Alex and I boated back to the main island and walked to the point where Katie would meet us. It was raining slightly but Alex informed me that the dark, moody and grey skies was his favourite weather (!! every photographer’s favourite too Alex!). Katie climbed up the mossy and birch tree lined path to greet Alex, the two bursted out laughing and when Alex saw Katie in her favourite moccasins, he casually said “that’s so you! I wouldn’t have imagined you in anything else”. We took our time during their first look and chatting about their mornings getting ready and that it looked as though the skies were starting to clear up. The island’s previous owner’s daughter was a painter and her old painter’s cottage down by the water was the perfect backdrop for some photos. One ‘must have’ photo that Katie had mentioned to me in our first meeting was her in the water surrounded by ferns. A bride straight out of my own heart <3
Guests began making their way down to the dock just as the clouds began to part, and the most brilliant warm sun shined down on their ‘I do’s’. Following the ceremony the couple jumped in the most gorgeous wooden row boat to make their way around to the other side of the island. I particularly love when couples take a few minutes directly after their ceremony to soak it all in. To have a moment alone together to slow down and let the “OMGs” settle in! And I mean, that sky? that wooden row boat? Photo gold people!
Cocktails and toasting were held on the lawn in front of the cottage where they had strung adorable lights, set up a bar and had a beautiful charcuterie boards set up. Guests mingled while the sun set behind the island and we were able to continue with photos. Seeing the way Katie thanked each and every guest, and teared up each time was so heart warming! The evening continued in the stunning boat house, with impromptu speeches that popped up through the dinner service, while a childhood friend played guitar. What followed dinner was one of the most epic dance parties I’ve seen at a wedding! The deck of the cottage was turned into a dance floor with a self serve bar, large speakers and Katie’s Dad even brought out a table for dancing on! With a somewhat small dance floor, and every guest from the wedding on it, it felt like a packed bar! I proceeded to shoot, dance, lose track of time and completely forget that I was on an island with no way back to my car. Katie and Alex and some their friends convinced me to stay and enjoy the party!
I feel as though I have known Katie and Alex and their families forever. It really is a great feeling, and one that I definitely cherish, that work doesn’t feel like work. That is the goal! It brings me joy being around like minded people, and I am so thankful to connect with so many incredible couples.
So to recap: a groom that likes moody skies, a bride in moccasins, a wooden row boat and the dance party of the season?! Safe to say this wedding was by far one of my favourites to date! Thank you Katie and Alex and to your friends and family for welcoming me into your party and not letting me leave until the next morning!
Trying something new and posting a slideshow of the images from the wedding!
Some of you may know that I co own and run a creative studio space called Kindred Loft. With it’s beautiful window light and trendy brick walls, I knew I wanted to shoot some creative sessions.
I’ve said it before with other sessions that I have posted, but I love relationship sessions. A photo session just for the two of you, to remind you that every day together is important and special! You don’t need an occasion, or to be celebrating a certain moment in time for photos. How about just documenting life and a relationship, right here as it is, in this moment.
Ally and Nick are good friends of mine and also are talented wedding photographers in the Niagara region. I was so excited when they agreed to come hang out at Kindred Loft for the afternoon, and have me photograph them. (side note: photographing other photographers is SO great, and such a breeze!) They did their own thing, snuggled, laughed and loved on each other. It was a pleasure to document it all for them just before their first wedding anniversary!
Thanks for sharing your love with me guys! <3
I met Matt at the gym that we both go to, we started chatting about his upcoming marriage to Ashton, so the 3 of us decided to grab a glass of wine and go over details (the best way to have a meeting!). The morning of the wedding we watched the weather forecast which looked like it might rain, but we kept our fingers crossed that things would blow over as they had planned to have their ceremony outside at Steam Whistle. The morning started at the Delta hotel downtown Toronto, I laughed alongside Matt & Ashton and their awesome bridal party while we got everyone ready for the day. Of course the guys had to dawn their Steam Whistle socks and have a couple cold beers before the day started. The girls all ooed and ahhed over the stunning flowers by Coriander Girl while sipping rose from their personalized glasses! Since the weather was holding up so far we tempted the clouds and had their first look outside, one of my favourite first looks to date! No nerves, just excitement and a few tears from Matt!
Friends and family members watch them tie the knot under pops of gorgeous florals in the outdoor space of Steam Whistle, the event popped against that large black wall! The ceremony itself was so heartfelt, with more tears from the groomsmen and Ashton’s Dad. I think Matt even shed a couple more during Ashton’s 6 year old brother’s speech! Both her younger brothers were included in the ceremony by saying a few words, and of course matching Matt and the groomsmen. A good friend of theirs performed their ceremony and they read their own vows to one another.
The reception followed cocktail hour and was filled with hilarious speeches and lots of toasting the new couple. Guests enjoyed brewery tours and the best’s man’s father as the DJ for the evening!
Jamaica held a special place in Lisa and Dan’s hearts, so it was only fitting that they brought 20 of their closest family members and friends from the UK to celebrate their Jamaica wedding. I was fortunate enough to head down to Royalton Blue Waters in Montego Bay for 3 days to capture their wedding celebration! Lisa and Dan really wanted to maximize their time on the wedding day and spend as much of it celebrating with their families that they decided to do a morning after sunrise session! Although I thought getting up at 5am to catch the perfect sky before sunrise was going to be torture – I am NOT a morning person- man oh man was it worth it! The air was warm, but not too hot, there was a good breeze and not a person on the beach to compete with! Lisa and Dan wandered the quiet shoreline chatting about last night’s fun, acquired a few friendly dogs and released a lantern with a love quote. Just as I love first look photo sessions, where there feels like no stress and the couple takes a moment together to reflect, share excitement and get their nerves out, this was even better! The wedding day had already passed and this photo session time seemed to be a perfect moment to really reflect and take in all that had happened over the course of the last few days in pulling together everything for their Jamaica wedding.
Just a couple of weeks before Crystal and Rich had their Prince Edward County wedding they bought a new home nearby in the county! What a better way to celebrate your new marriage then with a new home in the same town! The day started off really chill with Rich and guys hanging out at the new house (which was still quite empty – but made for awesome photos!) and began getting ready for the wedding. The bridesmaids joined Crystal in getting ready at the cozy Mill House in Picton where the wedding reception would be held.
Crystal & Rich opted for the more traditional day, in that they would not see one another until Crystal and her father were walking down the aisle at the Little White Chapel. If you haven’t seen this little chapel – you MUST! It’s quite possibly the cutest places I’ve ever photographed a ceremony! Family and friends filled the chapel even filing up into the balcony, with blankets on all the pews everyone cozied in from the October wind. I’ve heard some couples say they want a ceremony that is “short and sweet”, but the ceremony, the actual marrying part is the whole reason why everyone has gathered for the day. Crystal and Rich took their time, had beautiful readings, great musicians and heartfelt vows. In the photos you can see Rich taking every opportunity to look over with a big smile at his new wife! So I say we stop with the short and sweet, and go with a ceremony that is as long as it needs to be, where everything has been said, promises made and of course lots of smooching at the end!
After the ceremony Crystal and Rich greeted all their family members and friends and then we headed back to the Mill House for cocktails and some bridal party photos on the grounds. Meanwhile Jess from Bisous Events had transformed the large barn into an intimate and cozy reception with long harvest tables dawned with lots of florals from Coriander Girl. The reception included lots of dancing, homemade desserts and speeches from close friends and family. This wedding gave me all the feels (I know, lame to say) but I also fell in love with venues and the area, so I’m looking to shoot some more Prince Edward County weddings!
that wallpaper in the house tho! gah I want it in my own home!
If you’re looking to have a Prince Edward County wedding, the Little White Chapel is a MUST!
Sarah + Zack were married 3 years ago in the Toronto area. Shortly after, they began travelling and then settled in Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand to teach English. Now fast forward 2 years.
In March I was travelling Northern Thailand for 3 weeks and along the way met up with my good friend and fellow photographer Tara of Tara Lilly Photography. Tara and I were growing tired of photographing one another (but not really!) and wanted to photograph a couple while travelling through Chiang Mai. Now don’t get lost, because this story takes a bit to tell… Tara’s childhood friend was living nearby, and they were heading out on a 1 night camping trip, so we decided to crash their party and join in. This 24 hour trip included a quick stop at a Tesco station for snacks and to fill our cooler with drinks, and then a long wait to convince a songthaew (also known as a “red truck”, or for Canadians as just a flat bed truck with 2 benches in the back!) to drive us an hour up the mountain to our campsite. When Tara and I finally arrived, long after everyone sped up there on their motorbikes, it was dark, and the camp ground officer pointed us in the direction of our friends (somehow he knew). We followed the path down to the lookout platform where we could hear voices and laughing, now with us there, the group consisted of 10 Canadians + 1 American, it felt just like home! I had to remind myself, that no I wasn’t camping in Muskoka or Algonquin, I was on top of Doi Suthep mountain in Chiang Mai, Thailand!
Now this is where Sarah and Zack make an appearance, as they were part of our camping group. I instantly connected with Sarah chatting about art and her love of travel photography, and how she is using her images, (more on that later). She listened as I told her my plans for the studio space I was opening when I returned home to Ontario, and we bonded through our dreams for connecting artists together. Zack then mentioned that their teaching contract was almost over and that they’d be moving back to the Toronto area in only a couple of months. The next morning over coffee (still on the mountain) Tara and I both said how much we’d love to photograph Sarah and Zack and that it would be really unique to shoot other Canadians while travelling abroad. So we waltzed over to their tent where they were both sitting in the sun and just mentioned how we’d love to document their relationship together and with Chiang Mai. They both accepted and we set a time for the following afternoon to meet them at The Square Cafe.
Along with photographing Sarah and Zack and documenting this time in their relationship and their connection for the past 2 years with Chiang Mai, Tara and I were also doing an Instagram takeover of the Ladies Behind the Lens account! We wanted to walk the viewers through a photo session with us, which proved to be a little difficult when you’re used to just shooting and interacting with the couple. We had to also interact with our viewers and everyone watching. But side by side we managed to pull it off, narrating each other’s posing and filling everyone in on what we were seeing through the lens. You can have a look at the collection of images Tara and I put together for the LBL blog here.
I am thankful to you Sarah and Zack, for your openness in front of my camera, getting to know you and for your thirst to travel and see the world. Thank you for letting me document this milestone in your relationship and I can’t wait to see you both back in Toronto! Thank you for having me as your Thailand photographer.
I’m forever thankful for the opportunity to travel and experience new places, and more importantly to meet new people. To gain an insight into the way other people view the world, how they live their lives and what they strive for. If you’re in a relationship and travelling the world, I want to meet up with you & document you in these new surroundings. If you’re on your honeymoon and want to document this after your wedding, I’m your girl. If you and your partner are escaping the rat race to elopement and or have an intimate ceremony together with just your closest, then I want to be there to capture and preserve it all.
As I mentioned Sarah is a talented travel photographer and is using her images to create handmade books and calendars, check out her website.