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I was so excited to be Nick and Kaitlyn’s Burlington Wedding Photographer!  This was the second time I was able to photograph the couple!  The first session was their adorable engagement shoot at the pumpkin patch in October. Click HERE to check out that fun session!

It was so much fun to see these two tie the knot on January 20, 2018.  They were wed at Wellspring Church in Burlington, with a reception to follow at the Burlington Convention Centre.  All food was catered by the venue itself and the the wedding cake for the reception was homemade.  The couple used Jumpstart DJ Services for the music at the reception.  Kaitlyn chose to forgo hiring a wedding planner and work out the big and little details of their special day completely on her own.  She purchased her ceremony reception dress from a local Facebook group (Ontario Wedding Swap & Sell) and the reception dress from Opportunity Bride.  She used Jeans Flower Shop in Hamilton for the gorgeous floral arrangements.

The bride’s favourite moment was saying ‘I do’ to her “forever man”.  She expressed that “The ceremony was the best part of the day and the reception at the church following.  Anytime I got to kiss him was a favourite moment.”  She admits she was a little nervous the day of and said “I was terrified to be giving my life to another person.” but despite the nerves, love and excitement was so evident on her face.

She described her wedding day as “Classic.  It was a warm winter day with beautiful sunshine.  The day was a whirlwind of love and support coming from all different directions.” and went on to share, “I was surrounded by the people who I love and who love me.  I had very high expectations and it was better than I imagined!”

The couple chose to see each other before the wedding, sharing their first looks at Kaitlyn’s home. “I’m not superstitious; I wanted to get pictures when everyone was looking their best before the ceremony.  It was something my parents did and I wanted to continue the tradition.”  She encourages other couples who will be tying the knot to invest in pictures and videos and stated that “the day is 24 hours, but the memories are most important because they last forever.” She shared a tip on how to prepare the bridal party for photos on the big day:  “Make a list of the poses you want because when you are in the moment you forget you only have one chance to get them.”  Thank you both for allowing me to share in your special day; it was magical!

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I’ve known Kaitlyn for many years, so I was thrilled when she asked me to be her Waterdown Engagement Photographer!  This couple’s fun pumpkin patch photoshoot took place at Parkside Farms on a cool and sunny afternoon in October. Nick and Kaitlyn decided on this location because they hadn’t been pumpkin picking together and it was on their list of things to do as a couple – Nick loves pumpkin picking!

This lovely couple initially met online, but talked on the phone for the majority of the time before they actually met in person, for a skating date, at Gage Park in Brampton. Skating is one of Kaitlyn’s favorite things to do and it gave Nick the perfect opportunity to grab her hand!

Nick proposed to Kaitlyn at the zoo. Kaitlyn has a real love for polar bears, and an obsession with bears in
general! She was ecstatic about being able to see polar bears in person. Nick insisted on being at the
polar bear feeding and they ended up seeing these amazing bears twice. Kaitlyn wanted to see them
without a crowd, before the people came for the feeding. After the zoo keeper was finished giving a speech about polar bears, she was about to answer questions from the audience, but suddenly made a special announcement. “Is Kaitlyn Van Helden here?”, she announced.

Kaitlyn admits that she was hesitant in raising her hand, but she said she was ‘freaking out’ thinking about
the chance to feed a polar bear. To her surprise, a huge sign was raised that said, “Kaitlyn Van Helden, I
love you. Will you marry me? – Nicholas Radder” She turned around and Nick was on one knee. She
expressed that she was “so happy and so speechless” and all she could do was nod “YES”. Her heart
was screaming it, but nothing came out! Nick also adopted a polar bear in Kaitlyn’s name (talk about
sweet!) and they ended the special proposal with a private zoo tour.

I asked the bride-to-be what she was most excited about for her wedding day and she responded with, “I am most excited about promising myself to Nick, to walk down the aisle to him and to say our vows. If all goes wrong, I will still be married to him at the end of the day. That’s all that matters to me!” What heartwarming words!

The couple’s wedding ceremony will take place at Wellspring Church because it has been Kaitlyn’s home church for over a year. The people there are very important to her. She commented that, “it’s not about the building,but about having my church family there supporting me.”

They have also chosen the Burlington Convention Centre  for the reception because it was very close for them and looked grande! These two had such a fantastic time during their engagement session and I know their wedding day will be no different.

Their advice for other couples about to have their own engagement session is to “pick a photographer that you are comfortable around so that you can be your best self in the pictures that are going to be around forever”.

I’m so happy you both were comfortable during your session and it shows in the photos. The bride-to-be said her experience was “Great! I can’t wait to be with Jen on my wedding day! I am so comfortable with her and I know that she will make my day so much better, with great pictures to boot!”

Thanks so much Kaitlyn; the feeling is mutual and I look forward to be able to be a part of such a special day in your lives!

Jennifer Blaak is a wedding and engagement photographer located in Hamilton, Ontario. Jennifer Blaak Photography serves all of Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Brantford, Ancaster, Niagara, and the GTA.

To book your wedding with Jennifer Blaak Photography please use the contact tab at the top of the page or contact me directly at hello@jenniferblaakphotography.ca

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When Christina and Spencer asked me to be their Dundas wedding photographer I was so excited!  Not only were they a super cool couple, but their wedding was just outside my backyard at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club. I was really looking forward to capturing their wedding with the incredible Fun Weddings and the day did not disappoint!

The day started out with the ladies getting their hair and make up done at Studio 136 .  The salon did an incredible job!  The guys had a great morning at the grooms home enjoying a few drinks and games!

The couple decided not to see each other on the day of the wedding until her entrance at the venue. When Christina came down the aisle with her dad, there was not a dry eye in the room!

I’m so glad I got to share in this wonderful day with you, Christina & Spencer, and wish you a lifetime of happiness ahead.

Enjoy a few images from their gorgeous Dundas wedding!

Curious what an entire “real wedding” looks like?  Hop on over to the Wedding Page to see some examples!

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This is Andy and Erin.  They are the sweetest couple and I’m so glad they chose me when looking for a Dundas maternity photographer! Erin is due in just a couple of weeks, but that did not stop her from hiking the trails with us! Seriously, this girl is so impressive!

We decided to do the session at the Dundas Conservation Area. We were so lucky with beautiful weather!  The freshly fallen snow, sunshine, and gorgeous shadows cast from the tall trees made for the perfect backdrop! I feel so lucky I was able to capture these moments!

If you’re looking for a Dundas maternity photographer – I would love to talk about how to create your own gorgeous session!

Jennifer Blaak Photography is a lifestyle family and wedding photographer.  She is located in Hamilton, Ontario in the heart of Dundas. Jennifer is a newborn, baby, maternity, family, engagement, and wedding photographer serving Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Brantford, Ancaster, Niagara, and the GTA.

To book your own session with Jennifer Blaak Photography please use the contact tab at the top of the page or contact me directly at hello@jenniferblaakphotography.ca

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Meet Emily.  She is one of the kindest people I know!  I was so honoured that she chose me when looking for a Dundas maternity photographer! Emily is due very soon with her first – a boy!  We were both so excited when the day for her maternity session arrived!

Emily decided to have the session in my Dundas studio as she was looking for a blend of lifestyle and glam images.  (This mama opted for the same type of session within her own home!)

We had so much fun and I can’t wait to meet her little guy when he arrives!

If you’re looking for a Dundas maternity photographer, I would love to talk!

Jennifer Blaak Photography is a lifestyle newborn photographer and wedding photographer located in Hamilton, Ontario in the heart of Dundas. Jennifer is a newborn, baby, maternity, family, engagement, and wedding photographer serving Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Brantford, Ancaster, Niagara, and the GTA.

To book your own session with Jennifer Blaak Photography please use the contact tab at the top of the page or contact me directly at hello@jenniferblaakphotography.ca

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After meeting Nina and Dan at our initial consultation, I was stoked when they chose me when looking for a Dundas engagement photographer.

I truly think Nina and Dan are the perfect couple. Not only do they look so great together, but they are so down to earth and fun! I think all I probably need to say about Nina and Dan is best depicted in the second photo… That’s right, we started the  engagement session at Wendy’s!! How awesome is that!?

Even though it was raining and foggy, we had an awesome time eating frosty’s and french fries and exploring nearby trails and waterfalls. I cannot wait for their gorgeous wedding which will be at The Edgewater Manor. For now enjoy just a few photos from their engagement session!

If you’re looking for your own Dundas engagement photographer, drop me a line!

Jennifer Blaak Photography is a lifestyle family and wedding photographer.  She is located in Hamilton, Ontario in the heart of Dundas. Jennifer is a newborn, baby, maternity, family, engagement, and wedding photographer serving Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Brantford, Ancaster, Niagara, and the GTA.

To book your own session with Jennifer..

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Remember this sweet family?  If you haven’t already, hope over here and read about their in home lifestyle maternity session!  Rita wasted no time, texting me from the hospital, letting me know little L had made his debut! She couldn’t wait to book her session and I was equally as excited to play the role of their Dundas newborn photographer!

The session was full of love as everyone took turns snuggling little L (including me!). Big brother and big sister are absolutely smitten with their new little brother!  It was so much fun being able to spend time with this family again and I can’t wait to see them for their next session!

If you’re looking for a Dundas newborn photographer, I would love to talk!

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I’d like to introduce Rita and her super spunky family!  I was over the moon excited when she invited me into her home to capture some lifestyle and documentary images of her family! What a pleasure to be chosen as her Dundas maternity photographer!  Rita is due very soon with her third – a boy!

Rita decided to have the session in her home as she was looking for a blend of lifestyle and documentary images.  A morning of  bacon, stories in bed, dance parties, dress up with the dogs, and swinging in the  hammock. This morning was filled with endless giggles and precious memories (click here to view another newborn blog with just as many giggly siblings!)

We had so much fun and I can’t wait to meet her little guy when he arrives!

If you’re looking for a Dundas maternity photographer, I would love to talk!

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June 30th, 2017 was a fabulous day for a surprise wedding in Vaughn, Ontario. Peter & Nalini told their guests that they planned to get married at the courthouse in a private ceremony and that they were invited to celebrate with them at the wedding reception on June 30th at the hall.

I met these two a few months earlier for their engagement session.  Click here to take a look at their gorgeous engagement session!

These two were wed at Paradise Banquet Hall and it was a breathtaking venue for their special big day. Lush greenery and stunning architecture was the perfect outdoor backdrop for capturing the love these two felt for eachother. The white pillars and romantic archways created photos full of light and love. It was an honour to photograph this couple as they held hands and shared candid moments behind the lens.

These two had such fun together all day long, along with their family and friends. It was a full-on celebration as their wedding guests enjoyed the delicious catering (provided by the venue), dancing, and striking silly poses in a photo booth full of playful props ( Fun Booths )! The Wedding House Inc. did all the flowers for the event and they did a fantastic job with gorgeous white arrangements.

The couple were anxious about how the surprise wedding would go, but were thrilled that the day was “perfect and magical”. In keeping with the surprise theme, Peter & Nalini chose to keep their wedding outfits a secret from one another until their big day. Such fun!

Nalini purchased her wedding gown from The One Bridal. She knew it was “the one” because it “felt and looked right” to her. She had tried on a handful of dresses before making her final decision and tells future brides to be “prepared to try on several dresses before you find the right one for you.”

After planning such a big wedding celebration, these two know a thing or two about what it takes to pull off a successful big day! The couple recommends “start the planning way in advance and work together on the details”. Their planning paid off, and their day was truly magical and perfect, just as they had wanted. It was an honour to share such special day with you both!

Here are a few of my favorite images!

Jennifer Blaak is a wedding photographer located in Hamilton, Ontario. Jennifer Blaak Photography serves all of Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Brantford, Ancaster, Niagara, and the GTA.

To book your wedding with Jennifer Blaak Photography please use the contact tab at the top of the page or contact me directly at hello@jenniferblaakphotography.ca

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It was such an honour to meet with C & J tophotograph this incredible time in their life! Their first born is due to make his or her entry any day now and we are all waiting with such excitement!  In the meantime, enjoy these images from their in home maternity session!

Jennifer Blaak Photography is a lifestyle newborn photographer and wedding photographer located in Hamilton, Ontario in the heart of Dundas. Jennifer is a newborn, baby, maternity, family, engagement, and wedding photographer serving Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Brantford, Ancaster, Niagara, and the GTA.

To book your own session with Jennifer Blaak Photography please use the contact tab at the top of the page or contact me directly at hello@jenniferblaakphotography.ca

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