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 have spent time together, chatted about all the magic that is going to unfold and we have created more than just a photographer-client connection. we truly are friends.
April and Mike’s classy winter wedding was a dream to shoot! Just a couple of months prior to their wedding, we met downtown Toronto for a coffee. We wanted to get to know one another a little more, chat details of the wedding, and snap a few “engagement photos”, they were both so laid back, that I think I only took about 50 images of them enjoying their post work coffees. They filled me in that the Love by Lynzie team was helping them to create a classy, winter wedding with pops of teal, gold (check Mike’s shoes!!) and lots of black. They’d be bringing together 225 of their best and closest to celebrate their marriage in a gorgeous church downtown Toronto before shredding up the dance floor all evening!
I met April at her parent’s condo where she laughed through the whole morning while getting ready with her bridal party and family. I think she picked out my favourite bridesmaid dresses to date! They’re black with gold sequinned sides, like C’MON, I think I need one of those dresses haha! While I was drooling all over the girls’ dresses, Alex was over with Mike and his groomsmen who had a great time hanging with their family at Mike’s parent’s beautifully designed home (the family has too many architects to count!). With a December wedding we had to be mindful of not only the chilly weather but also the amount of daylight we would have to work with for their photos. April and Mike opted not to do a first look and instead saw each other as April walked down the aisle linked arms with her Dad. Luckily we were able to work quickly through group photos so everyone could get back inside for some mulled wine and cozy by the fire. We only had about 15 minutes left of daylight with the couple, but Alex and I worked quickly, capturing them snuggling together for warmth (and cuteness!). It goes to show that photos on your wedding day don’t need to last for hours and take up all your day. As long as we’ve got some nice light to work with and a couple willing to trust us, then we can make just about anything work! Every wedding day we’re surprised with different conditions, time frames and landscapes. I love that it keeps me on my toes and my creativity sharp!
What were your top 3 most important things while planning the wedding?
1. We really wanted our wedding to reflect us. We trusted our instincts on a lot of decisions, even when it meant going against the grain.
2. Making sure our guests would have a great time!
3. We always made sure to check in with each other and set aside quality time together during the craziness of planning the wedding, so that we would not lose sight of why we were doing this.
What was your favourite part of the day?!
April – “Running down the church steps with my new husband and our wedding party, while the church bells rang and cars honked their horns!”
Mike – “Tearing up the dance floor til 2 in the morning with our closest friends and family! Dancing closely with April to Hey Jude while everyone formed a circle around us!”
Second Shooter – Alex Mattie
Planning and Design – Nagham of Love by Lynzie
Videography – QT Films
Florals – Tanya List Designs
Makeup – Makeup Lady
Venue and Catering – Palais Royals
Band – Stereo Flavour
Hand Lettering – Catherine Cachia
Lighting – All Cargos
Bride’s dress designer – Rosa Clará
Bride’s Shoes – Manolo Blahnik
Groom’s suit? – Zegna
Groom’s shoes(!!) – Paul Smith
Nagham from Love by Lynzie described their design inspiration for April and Mike’s wedding; “We wanted it to feel as warm and romantic as possible. That included lots of candle light, keeping the colour palette simple, but also adding that pop of teal as a feature. The couple loves Christmas time and were so excited to share the season with their friends and family. We wanted to pay homage to that special time with touches of traditional decor but reimagined with a timeless and creative spin. This lead to the gorgeous ornaments that guests got to take home and hopefully treasure for years as a memory. I love when the decor has such a strong impact on guests as they walk into a venue and that includes details like how the space smells, so we had Tanya incorporate evergreens to make you really feel that winter wonderland spirit everywhere!”
Tubi and Wayne know how to gather all the best people together and how to throw a damn good party! They brought all their closest family and friends down to Cancun, Mexico for their party filled, beach wedding weekend! They are both extremely outgoing and personable, it was easy to connect with them at a wedding in the past. Where we quickly started chatting about travelling and our next destinations. When they reached out 6 months later and said they were planning their wedding at the Royalton in Cancun I jumped on the chance to join them and document their special day! Tubi and Wayne are currently hiking and swimming their way around New Zealand for their honeymoon! Can’t wait to see where life takes these two kind souls next!
How did you and Wayne decide on Cancun, Mexico? We’ve always loved to travel and knew we wanted a relatively small wedding so we decided to have a destination wedding! We got engaged on a beach and have always loved the sun, sand and sea so we decided it would be fitting to have a beach wedding as well. We decided on Mexico because of it’s beautiful resorts, tourist attractions for guests and mostly logistics for our guests flying in from Asia!
A little about your and Wayne’s love story? We both swiped right on Tinder and finally decided to meet up one Halloween, and from there we steadily fell and continue to fall in love with each other more and more everyday. We’re very opposite people, Wayne’s grounded and predictable, while I’m a ball of nerves and crave new adventurous so we encourage and balance each other out in a lot of ways. At the end of the day, our core values are the same and that’s what really matters!
What were the top 3 most important things to you both when planning?
Really the 3 most important things to us were our friends and family being there especially family from Asia. The location – we wanted sun, nature and string lights! Food, we’re both foodies so food was important to us even though there was very little control at the hotel.
Dress Designers – I had no clue what I was looking for when I started looking for dresses. I originally wanted a boho dress that was flowy and lacy and somehow I ended up in a princess dress and a fit and flare dress which were both opposites of what I had started out looking for! My ceremony dress was from Avenue 22 and my reception from Jealous Bridesmaids. Both my dresses ended up being from designer Sottero and Midgley which I didn’t even know until now!
Suit – Wayne wanted something that would be light and airy since Mexico was bound to be hot. He got it from Indochino and Tip Top
Shoes – I was looking for something classically bridal and white but something I could wear again. My dream pair of shoes were the classic Manolo Blahniks but I was concerned with the sand and water elements. I ended up finding my dream shoes 2 weeks before the wedding, they were the one and only pair so I figured it was meant to be!
Jewellery or other accessories – were all florally and dreamy!
Where to even start with Alex and Bill and their beautiful downtown NYC wedding! I met them both while I was travelling and shooting in Nicaragua last year. Bill was living in the city of San Juan del Sur and Alex was in the process of moving there to be with him. I became fast friends with them both and their pup, Butcher. We decided to set up a little sunset beach couple’s session, which would later turn out to be their pseudo engagement session! Political unrest broke out across Nicaragua shortly after my return to the country and soon everyone was leaving and heading back to their former homes. For Alex and Bill this meant choosing between NYC and Vancouver. While they were in the midst of sorting out their lives, Bill secretly flew to Vancouver for a surprise visit with Alex, where he got down on one knee and asked her to share her life with him forever! She of course said yes!! She reached out shortly after and we joked that we had already done their engagement session, but quickly started planning for their downtown NYC wedding to be held in early January! Being a part of Alex and Bill’s day as their photographer and as a guest was a complete honour. To know them living barefoot in the jungle with daily beach hangs to meeting them in downtown NYC was a complete change, but the change looks good on them!
I’m so excited for you guys to start this next chapter of your lives together, sharing new experiences in a new city!
What were the top 3 most important things to you both when planning?
We only had four months to plan our wedding ( I was travelling for work for about two of them) and we are both pretty low maintenance so we approached it very simply.
1. Great People- we had a smaller ceremony and dinner with 60 people and then for cocktails and dancing we had about 70 more
2. Great Food- The Beekman and Crafted Hospitality created the perfect menu and wine pairing that was refined yet approachable
3. Great Music- Our friends Blu Detiger and Nick Brown dj’d. Blu played bass while she dj’d and it was epic!
Why you chose The Beekman and NYC to get married?
We were looking for an intimate wedding venue for winter in NYC. The Beekman was built in the 1800’s and was Manhattan’s original skyscraper. It was redone only a few years ago and they kept so many original elements, in particular the gorgeous atrium in the center of the building. It was the perfect mix of glamour and art with a cozy New York feel.
A little about your and Bill’s love story?
We met in Nicaragua in 2016. Bill was running a boutique hotel called Maderas Village and I was sent there by Lululemon to lead a yoga retreat. A few days in we sat across from each other at dinner and I swear it was love at first sight. We spent two years long distance from Vancouver and Nicaragua and eventually ended up in NYC in June of 2018. We would plan trips all over the world just to see each other for a few days. The long stretches were incredibly hard but we were serious about each other and both knew that this was something to make work. We have been through a lot together including having to leave Nicaragua two weeks after I officially moved there do to the civil unrest going on in the country.
Dress Designer- Flora Bridal from Rituals of Love
Caterer- The Beekman Hotel and Crafted Hospitality
Tara and Justin dreamed of having a Muskoka wedding at the cottage where they spend a lot of their time together. But they knew there would be some logistics to work out. Tara explained to me that the scariest part of planning was in the beginning – making those BIG decisions. “Could we really pull off a cottage wedding? What about the weather? Where would relatives stay? And what about the septic tank?” haha. She went on to say that once they had a date, and guest list, the rest was fun and that the cottage would be the perfect place to host their friends and family and make promises to one another! Justin’s favourite part of planning was choosing the music for the ceremony! Tara’s favourite part of planning was dress shopping, and the couple days before the wedding when all their closest friends and family were working together to set up the lights and decorations around the cottage.
While Tara and Justin are not boating at the cottage or walking their pup Colbie, they can be found at home with movies and board games just enjoying each other’s company.
Erin and Dan contacted me early on in their wedding planning and we quickly got together over coffee to chat about all the details they were putting in place. As fellow coffee addicts they determined that Propeller Coffee would be the perfect space downtown for their wedding to gather with their closest while they made life long promises to one another!
When deciding on what to do for engagement sessions, I always suggest to couples to simply go on a date. Do something you normally do together. Then I just get to third wheel haha! Erin and Dan decided to swap out the coffee for beer for their session and head to one of their (and my) favourite breweries in the city, Bandit Brewery. With the adorable logo, string lights and a fantastic atmosphere, it made for the perfect spot to end our session! (side note: more sessions here please! Or even a wedding!! Or any brewery for that matter!).
With Erin and Dan’s coffee shop wedding quickly approaching, we planned for their portrait session and first look to take place across from their house. It would be convenient provided a bit of green space in the middle of downtown Toronto and happened to be at the cutest lawn bowling club, with a super friendly owner who offered it up to them. On their day, I walked over with Dan and his best man, they brought a couple beers to give to the owner of the club as a thank you and we waited as Erin hopped out of the uber to meet her groom! Along with each of their best friends as their bridal party, Erin and Dan proceeded to spend the next hour laughing their way through lawn bowling! They also received a quick lesson from the owner which was super kind and also adorable of him! We did all their portraits and family photos here, just across the street from where they live. It was super special as their home together is in the background of all their wedding photos!
After all the portraits we headed to Propellor Coffee shop where the rest of the evening would be filled with good beer (and coffee of course), their vows, some live music, dancing and funny speeches! Erin and Dan planned the most relaxed wedding day I’ve been a part of in a long time. Everything seemed effortless and almost just like an ordinary day for them, hanging out, laughing with friends and enjoying every moment of being together! I’m looking forward to more relaxed days like this where I get to capture 2 people just doing them, and the whole getting married at a coffee shop was also amazing!
Rosa and Alex had an incredibly unique wedding at the Berkley Church in Toronto that was inspired by their Peruvian heritage! They met at work and immediately bonded over their shared family’s background of Peru. So this was of course their wedding planners at Love by Lynzie’s jumping off point as inspiration for their fun filled day.
During Rosa and Alex’s engagement session they shared some of their plans for the wedding with me, and said that they would have LOVED to llamas at the wedding (because their Rosa’s favourite, and also they’re adorable!) but they explained that it would be difficult with the venue and where do you even find llamas anyways?!
A few days before the wedding, their wedding planner Jess (from Love by Lynzie) emailed me to say that they had in fact found 3 alpacas and were going to be surprising Rosa and Alex at the wedding! Needless to say the morning of the wedding was I ready to burst at any moment. After putting on her dress Rosa slipped on llama sneakers I just about spilled the beans!
The couple had an adorable first look where they each brought a hand written card to give to one another, filled with words of love and excitement as they embark on a new life together. We had a blast cooling down from the hot summer weather while taking their photos down by the lake before heading to Berkeley Church to get these two married! Following the ceremony, they walked outside and around the corner, and to their surprise there were 3 alpacas waiting to be the first to greet them as a married couple!! The bridal party joined with laughter and I think there were even some over joyed tears at the cuteness of the youngest alpaca, being only a few months old. We were able pet them and of course take photos and the odd selfie with these 3, before they moved into cocktail hour to surprise the rest of the guests.
To say the reception decor was epic would be an understatement! Rosa and Alex saw it for the first time just before walking in, their jaws dropped at the detail. The whole room was the colour of a Peruvian sunset! Alex’s Mom had brought back heaps of textiles from Peru which were used across all of the tables. There were endless unique and colourful flowers surrounding handmade Peruvian table numbers, an adorable string art llama backdrop and who could miss the 25ft balloon installation that hing from the balcony! The speeches were heartfelt and funny as family and friends told old stories and made wishes for the couple. Their dance took place under the string lights and they were surrounded by their favourite people!
Rosa and Alex’s wedding was one I won’t easily forget! I am thankful to have been a part of their incredibly unique day and am so honoured to be invited into people lives and to capture what will be one of their favourite days!
When Matt and Petra first reached out to me back in March about their wedding at Evergreen Brickworks, Matt’s email included a few fun facts about them and their relationship. I fell in love with them right away, before we had even met. I appreciated that they had taken the time to tell me a little bit about themselves as a huge part of my process circles around really connected with each couple.
Apart from the details of the wedding; which they wanted to have an outdoor wedding to include the natural beauty around Evergreen Brickworks, additionally Matt wrote:
1) Petra asked Matt out on a date (for tea) in the year 2000 when she was in 2nd year Kinesiology and he was her TA (in a course called “Love and its Myths,” no less). Matt agreed.
2) Petra and Matt were fortunate enough to be able to travel the world as graduate students (MA and PhD), presenting at conferences, living in the Netherlands and France, and filling their CVs in the hopes of landing academic careers. Matt found one (luckily), while Petra — always on the lookout for new challenges — decided on becoming a doctor of medicine as well.
3) Petra and Matt love skiing, swimming, mountain biking, photography, art-making, travelling, friends, and family.
Right off the bat…. The year 2000!?!? These two have been together for 18 years! I was intrigued. It was clear that they were two extremely accomplished and academic individuals; each with a multitude of degrees, diplomas and certificates.
Fast forward 6 months, and we’re only weeks away from the wedding. Petra asks if we can meet at the Evergreen Brickworks to go over a few things. After we caught up over tea in the cafe, she pulled out her laptop and my wedding planning guide which she had printed and made notes on throughout. She proceeded to tell me that they had been following it and taking into account what I had recommended in the guide to get the best photos. I was ecstatic that they were considering how things would be represented and captured through my camera. (I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised coming from 2 people with backgrounds in the arts!).
So why after 18 years together were they now getting married? They told me that they really just wanted to celebrate all the people in their lives that have helped them through their years together and throughout difficult career paths. They had been to many of their friend’s weddings as a couple years ago, and now they wanted to throw a big party to have everyone together again. (Ugh HOW ADORABLE?!)
I asked them what their favourite part of the planning was and also the scariest? “Our favourite part about planning the wedding was choosing the venue, Evergreen Brick Works, taste-testing the food and wine: meeting with the photographer, DJ, cellist, and other professionals who supported our vision for the wedding; and working to create an event that allowed all of our friends and communities to relax, celebrate, and have a great time together. The scariest part of the wedding planning was dealing with all the little details that surprise you along the way!”
What were the top 3 most important things to you both when planning? “We wanted a unique and ideally very natural setting for the wedding, we wanted to thank and celebrate everyone who has supported us along the way, and we wanted the mood, food, and tone of the wedding to reflect who we are and what we value (friends, nature, community, etc.)”
What did you find in my gallery that made you want to book with me? “We wanted to work with Jennifer See Studios because they create photographs that look so natural, have gorgeous tones and luscious colours, and they focus on capturing moments and details from the event that are unique and special!”
Petra and Matt definitely achieved a day filled with personal touches. Their ceremony was definitely my favourite part! It was packed with meaning, the couple walked into together, they each chose a love poem for one another to be read by a close friend and their friends’ daughters beautifully sang and played guitar. The whole thing was officiated by another friend and nothing felt rushed. They weren’t going for the “short and sweet”. I appreciated that they really wanted to take in each moment of this part of the day. The ceremony really is the whole point a wedding isn’t it? There were happy tears from family members as they watched these celebrate their lives thus far together and celebrate the unknown future they are stepping into. The reception was a huge hit as well, Cafe Belong catered the event with the most amazing dinner, family members gave emotional speeches and they had their favourite gelato cart at the end of the evening! I think they pulled off a celebration that their guests won’t soon forget. Petra and Matt, thank you SO much for inviting me into your lives from the beginning and trusting in me to capture such an important day in your lives after all these years!
A huge shout out to the incredible Angie Choi for second shooting with me on this one, while being 6 months pregnant!
It was a complete honour to have documented Liz and Steph’s wedding at Balls Falls Conservation area! To see two people so supportive and in sync with one another, it’s no question that they should be joined in life.
Liz and Steph were married at Balls Falls Conservation area, immersed in the forest and with all their favourite people while they said their “I do’s”. When it was calling for heavy rain on their wedding day, they didn’t even bat an eye (I might precursor that we shot their engagement session during a windy rain storm on a beach). Each of them joked with me on the morning of their wedding day, “It’s okay, we know how to deal with that now”! Both of these bride’s embodied the laid back, go with the flow vibes that I dream of for all my couples on their wedding day! They each got ready with their separate bridal parties before seeing each other. Their first look in front of the old carriage house was ADORABLE! Scroll down to see their reactions!
These two ladies were all set to make their promises to one another outside surrounded by lush green trees and under a beautiful macrame arch. But when it did start raining, it meant that they would have to move their ceremony indoors or simply wait it out. I could tell how heart broken Liz was, but Steph calming and lovingly spoke to Liz about the 2 options, and together they made the final call to move everything indoors. I told them both not to worry and that after the ceremony if it had stopped raining, even for a moment, or even under an umbrella we would get out there and take some photos with that arch! Thankfully, shortly after the ceremony, the rain had stopped and we were able to get those shots I know she was looking for!
Their day was filled with fantastic speeches, supportive family, huge smiles (I don’t think Steph could’ve have wiped that smile off even if she tried!) and 2 ladies madly in love! I am so thankful to have celebrated and captured their love! A big thanks to my associate Alex for second shooting with me on this one!
Dress: Jealous Bridesmaids – https://www.jealousbridesmaids.com/
Jumpsuit: The Wedding Shoppe by Bari Jay – https://m.weddingshoppeinc.com/
Hair: Melissa Mottola
Makeup: Irene Kyranis – Irenekyranis.com
Flowers: Pink Twig – www.pinktwig.ca
Coordinator: Hana Karimi madebyhanaevents.com
Caterer: Robin Howe – www.robinhowecatering.com
As much as I am a Toronto wedding photographer, I do get asked to travel all over Southern Ontario and abroad, but when Jenny and Chris asked me to photograph their Distillery District wedding in downtown Toronto I was over the moon! The Distillery District offers so much in terms of backdrops for a wedding and of course lots of charm with the old cobblestone walkways.
Part of my process when booking couples to meet with them in person, sit down, get to know one another and bond over a few things to ensure that we are a good fit to work together. I first met Jenny at one of my favourite breweries in Toronto, Blood Brothers. We immediately bonded over the beer and our love for dogs (her and Chris have 3!). Jenny did not stop beaming as she shared her and Chris’s long love story! We chatted logistics of the wedding and all the romantic details she had planned so far; they would be saying their I do’s at the old Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District, surrounded by a ton of friends and family. She explained that on the day she wanted to enjoy every moment of marrying her best friend. I was hooked, they sounded like my dream couple, and I knew I had to capture their day!
Then came the actual wedding day, everything went off without a hitch. Willow and Stems was on hand with their flower bar to ensure that all guests felt special and had a boutonnière or a flower hair pin! Solar Band ensured that there was lots of dancing with their incredible music! These two sure knew how to throw a party, and a party it was!
As Jenny wrote after the wedding “it was a serendipitous fluke” that I was available for their Toronto wedding as it was one of my final dates available. It’s couples like Jenny and Chris who are madly in love, all trusting and incredibly thankful that remind me that what I’m fortunate enough to do for a living is the absolute best!
I’ve known Britt for a long time, we used to work together at a camp as teenagers, she’s mad cool and I always remembered her marching to her own beat. So when I saw her message come through that she was getting married to the love of her life, Luke, at Century Barn, and that she HAD to have me as her photographer, I couldn’t say no!
Everything about their wedding was amazing, full of laughter and the place was over flowing with love for these two and the life they are embarking on together!
The photo we created of them without seeing each other before the ceremony (scroll down for that b&w goodness)
Britt works at Bistro 67 and they catered everything, the food was off the hook!
There were a lot of our old “camp crew” in attendance, so it was amazing to catch up with everyone (many of which are married and with kids now!)
Their nephews were all on Ring Security duty, they took it seriously and were ADORABLE!
Britt’s brother-in-law started a coffee company, Sly and Sons and if you know me you know I can’t live without coffee. It was brewing all day, and was fantastic!
Their first dance was to the Beach Boys!
Century Barn is fantastic and the owner is a dream to work with! (If you’re getting married here I’d love to be a part of your day)
These two are kindred spirits, together and I found that in them. They had 100% trust in me to document and preserve their memories from this day and I can’t express how much that means to a photographer!
Congratulations Britt & Luke, capturing your wedding day was a highlight this season for sure! <3