lauren + jeff, wedding

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[two_thirds_column last=”true” no_top_spacing=”false” no_side_spacing=”false” hover=”false” empty=”false” animation=”” delay=”” url=”” ]Not too long ago we had an engagement shoot with Lauren and Jeff. They had heard about us through the web instead of our usual referrals from previous couples we’ve worked with in the past! They they connected with our style and imagery and we also had a similar vision and approach when it came to their wedding photography. After all, Jeff is a graphic designer by trade. Lauren and Jeff are from Miami but Jeff grew up in Toronto. They met a few years back on a cruise and now they’ve come back to have their wedding in Toronto.[/two_thirds_column]
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[etf uppercase=”false” format=”block” tablet_sf=”” mobile_sf=”60″ font=”body_font” font_size=”52″ lheight=”68″ lspacing=”” color=”” ]The day had finally come for Lauren and Jeff to get married. Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over![/etf]

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We arrived early to Kortright Center to scout out locations and spaces that we could use to photograph Jeff and Lauren’s preparation shots separately. For Jeff, we used an area on second floor that had a large window. There was natural light coming from the window and also a white wall. Around the corner, we also found a space that had some open light coming from the large window that created some stark contrasting shadows on the white wall. This was an opportunity to sneak in some creative portraits of Lauren on top of our usual repertoire.

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[etf uppercase=”false” format=”block” tablet_sf=”” mobile_sf=”60″ font=”body_font” font_size=”52″ lheight=”68″ lspacing=”” color=”” ]One of the most beautiful moments that we witnessed between Lauren and Jeff was The Reveal.[/etf]


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All morning everyone made sure that Jeff didn’t see Lauren until this moment. There was a 2nd story balcony that had a wonderful view of all the trees and forest area surrounding the building. It was an L-shaped balcony where Lauren was on one end and Jeff on the other. He walked on the wooden steps towards Lauren with his eyes closed and informed us adorably, “Okay! I’m coming and I have my eyes closed!” When he approached her and opened his eyes, he looked like he was just completely in awe of Lauren and all of who she is.

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[etf uppercase=”false” format=”block” tablet_sf=”” mobile_sf=”45″ font=”body_font” font_size=”37″ lheight=”53″ lspacing=”” color=”” ]It was one of the most beautiful moments from The Reveal that we had the privilege of capturing.[/etf]

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[two_thirds_column last=”true” no_top_spacing=”false” no_side_spacing=”false” hover=”false” empty=”false” animation=”” delay=”” url=”” ]Afterwards, the beautiful couple and their wedding party came together among the forest area for some group shots. We had a variety of shots utilizing the trees and also the wooded exterior of the Kortright Center. We got some shots of Lauren with her brother, Alex, and brides maids. Jeff and his groomsmen took some group shots together as well and then with everyone together! There was laughing, walking, and talking. It was a good time.

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[two_thirds_column last=”true” no_top_spacing=”false” no_side_spacing=”false” hover=”false” empty=”false” animation=”” delay=”” url=”” ]Even though we were a little tight on time due to the ceremony starting soon, we still managed to squeeze in a variety of different shots of just Lauren and Jeff. We continued to utilize Kortright’s gorgeous landscape to take photos for this set. Then we headed back to the wooden balcony where The Reveal to shoot other photos with a different look. One of the best things about Lauren and Jeff was how incredibly easy-going they were. After the session on the balcony, Jeff had noticed that the back of Lauren’s dress had a slight malfunction where the clasp holding two strings together had broken off. Lauren just shrugged it off like it was nothing and continued on effortlessly. It potentially could have been an extremely dramatic event but even the slightest dress malfunction didn’t phase Lauren one bit. It was wonderful to be around a calm and collected bride. [/two_thirds_column]

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[two_thirds_column last=”true” no_top_spacing=”false” no_side_spacing=”false” hover=”false” empty=”false” animation=”” delay=”” url=”” ]The ceremony took place outdoors in the wooded area of Kortright and we’re so glad that the entire day’s weather held up perfectly! While the size of their wedding was more on the intimate side, you could definitely feel the anticipation and joy emanating from the whole group as they waited for the big moment to unfold. As it was completely fitting to Lauren and Jeff, the ceremony was short, sweet and meaningful, peppered with moments of laughter and sincerity.

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[two_thirds_column last=”true” no_top_spacing=”false” no_side_spacing=”false” hover=”false” empty=”false” animation=”” delay=”” url=”” ]The celebration continued throughout the cocktail hour while Portraits on White were going on leading into dinner! Since their reception was more like an open concept where guests could wander from the glass structure to the outdoors there were huge propane lamps that warmed the entire space. Outside, guests were invited to the fire pit where they roast some smores! Delicious. In between the delicious courses, speeches and other “formalities” (if you could even call it that!) there were outdoor games going on like life-sized Jenga and bean bag ski ball.[/two_thirds_column]

 

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[two_thirds_column last=”true” no_top_spacing=”false” no_side_spacing=”false” hover=”false” empty=”false” animation=”” delay=”” url=”” ]The evening concluded with Jeff and Lauren’s first dance. It was a really beautiful thing to witness. You couldn’t really help but just smile about how great they were together. After that, the dance floor opened up for the rest of Lauren and Jeff’s family and friends who whip out their best dance moves to up beat music. And let us tell you, Lauren’s mom had some mad moves on the dance floor![/two_thirds_column]

Check out some of the Portraits On White highlights from Lauren and Jeff’s wedding! 

Congratulations, Lauren and Jeff! We wish you love birds all the best.

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