Wherever you go, whatever you do, be in love.
Remember Robyn & James from their engagement shoot, not too long ago? They’re the wonderful couple who gave me beer and homemade gourmet pizza at their engagement shoot…pretty memorable! Well, now they are a Mr. & Mrs!
Their wedding day started with Robyn and her girls getting ready at her parents’ home and James and his fellas getting ready at his & Robyn’s apartment. I always love watching the interactions between the bride and her family and her bride’s maids on this emotional day. Sometimes advice is given, sometimes tears are shed but there’s always laughter! Machado Photography always manages to capture some wonderful memories on these pre-wedding mornings.
Once Robyn and the ladies were ready, we had a few spare minutes to take some photos in the backyard, as well as some using her Dad’s vintage mustang as a pretty amazing prop. (And speaking of pretty amazing, Robyn’s Dad made some fantastic chicken noodle soup for us! I like these people; they’re always feeding me!)
The ceremony and reception were held at the Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener; the venue is a photographer’s dream! The “first look” pictures turned out wonderfully against a background of weathered barn board in the Doon Village area. Also to our advantage were the heritage buildings, the farm animals….all made for interesting backdrops! We used the opportunity to take photos for their Thank You cards as well.
After the outdoor ceremony (with a train engine in the background!), Machado Photography incorporated as many of the Museum’s architectural features as possible to make the most of the wedding photos. The modern, colourful facade of the building and the train station were favourites!
Guests enjoyed the hors d’oeuvres, including oysters, hummus and sliders, then hit the dance floor to show off their moves. The groom’s brother was a fantastic swing dancer, so DJ Hank accommodated! DJ Hank, of Hank Stone Productions (www.hypnotisthankstone.com) was a blast to work with; he clearly loves his job and knows what the people want!
To all you future Brides & Grooms: take note of Robyn & James’ choice of venue. If you would like a variety of backdrops for your wedding pictures, choose a location that offers interesting choices. Another consideration is that by having their ceremony and reception in one place, we had extra “bonus time” to take photos. It’s not always possible to have both at the same location, but I’ve been a guest at weddings where the venues were 30 minutes apart…Machado Photography can take manywonderful pictures in 30 minutes! Plus, less traveling time on your big day means more time to enjoy the festivities!
Machado Photography would like to wish Robyn & James all the best in their long and happy future together! Thank you for inviting Mike & I to be part of your day!
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Machado Photography has always had a little unwritten agreement with Mother Nature, and so far Mather Nature has been pretty good about keeping her word. But then I woke up in the early morning hours of Friday, June 13th to the rumbling of thunder and the sound of rain hammering on my window. My first thought was “Uh oh, that was not in the forecast.” My second thought was “Woohoo!”
Sounds strange, I know, but it was the morning of Monica & Jeff’s outdoor wedding and as much as most brides & grooms dread a rainy wedding day, I knew that Monica and Jeff would not be devastated by a little rainstorm, so I was allowed to be a bit excited! As a photographer I know that the creative possibilities in the rain are limitless and believe it or not, it’s not that often that it rains during one of my shoots. Instantly my brain was whirring through ideas and plans of what we would need to do for perfect rain photos…no matter what the weather brought, we were ready for it!
As it turned out, the rain stopped and the clouds rolled on by and soon you wouldn’t have even known that it had rained! The rain plans were shelved and the umbrellas were put away and the beautiful outdoor ceremony at Victoria Park went exactly as planned.
While I photographed the ladies getting ready at their hotel, my partner Mike met up with the fellas and got great photos of them preparing for the big day. Looking at the pictures we took, clearly no one was at all nervous; everyone was so at ease and stress-free!
After a lovely ceremony at the Bandstand at Victoria Park, we took advantage of the location to do the photos. All of that morning rain made everything that was green even greener, resulting in stunning nature shots. Monica & Jeff were brave enough to get close to some geese and their babies (if you’ve ever gotten too close to a goose, you know they were taking their lives in their hands!!!) which made for some adorable images. After they voluntarily risked their lives for those pics, I knew that they were game for anything so we had some fun with different ideas!
Monica & Jeff planned a unique wedding with a few twists on the traditional that reflected their personalities perfectly. I heard many guests say that the wedding was “so Jeff & Monica”! The gown, the flowers, having the ceremony in the park, the chocolate fountain and donut bar at the reception, the wonderful speeches, “forcing” their family and friends to write poems for them, the handcrafted centerpieces…”so Monica & Jeff”! And I was thrilled to see that they had framed dozens of the photos from their engagement session and displayed them throughout the reception!
If you’re planning your occasion, take note: no matter what you want, whether it meets with “tradition” or not, go for it! It’s your day, make it your own! Make it unique, make it a day you and your guests will remember! Above all else, if it makes you happy, go for it!
To see more of Monica and Jeff, check out their engagement photos
too! This couple is way too cute not to!!
What a wonderful day, what an amazing reception…thank you both so much for inviting Machado Photography to join you in celebrating your day!
True love doesn’t have a happy ending;
True love has no ending.
As a business owner, the greatest form of advertising is referrals from happy clients, friends and fans. As a photographer, I try to let my work do the advertising for me. A prime example of both of these coming together is my latest engagement session with Stephanie & Pat. They didn’t see my name advertised in a newspaper or magazine, they were a referral from their friends, Matt & Lindsay. So it’s true what they say about a picture speaking a thousand words! I’m truly blessed to have amazing fans like you guys! I appreciate and love all your support!!
So onto the important part…this is all about Stephanie & Pat! I packed up my picnic blanket in my favourite vintage suitcase (perfect props!) and we headed over to St. Jacob’s Millrace to take advantage of the gorgeous weather.
If you aren’t familiar with the Millrace Trail, it’s a great little walking trail that follows along the Conestogo River for about 2km. It’s also a nice biking trail, which was part of the reason that it made an ideal location for avid bikers Stephanie & Pat. I thought it was a fantastic idea to incorporate their bikes into the photo shoot; I love to have a couple’s pictures be about them, to include elements that make their pictures more personal. Having them ride their bikes and even use the tire as a prop for the “ring shot” accomplishes that very well!
Another unique feature for their photos happened by accident; we were taking photos next to the railroad tracks when the train came along and low and behold, we had an instant audience! The conductors waved and smiled and posed in the background as they came by. Makes for some fun pictures and a neat story!
Congratulations on your engagement, Stephanie & Pat! Machado Photography is looking forward to the wedding!