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{Dale & Danielle’s Wedding}

“When you realize that you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” – Nora Ephron


If someone had said to me that they were planning a wedding that was going to be elegant, rustic, charming, sophisticated, classy and fun all at the same time, I would be a little bit skeptical. Turns out, it was not only possible, it was amazing!


You might remember the blog for Dale & Danielle’s engagement photos a few months back; Machado Photography had a wonderful time at the Kaufman Flats, taking amazing pictures in the natural surroundings. That was a great warm up for their big day!


I joined the ladies at Andrea Villapiana Hair Lounge to document their transformation from lovely ladies into lovely ladies with fancy hair and elegant make-up! I always love this part of the wedding day; there are so many fun moments and great conversations! Afterwards, we headed to the groom’s parents home so that everyone could finish getting ready (and blow off any nerves with a good pillow fight!)


The gentlemen did their pre-wedding preparation at Kevin’s (Dale’s brother) house and then we all met up for the “First look”. Of course, the first pictures just wouldn’t be complete without including Danielle & Dale’s favourite furry friends who were decked out in fancy tuxes for the occasion…very handsome!


The couple provided Machado Photography with a complete scheduled list of the photos they wanted, as to make sure that we fit everything in and didn’t run out of time. At one of our earlier meetings they also brought a thorough list of interesting locations around Wellesley so that we could pre-pick their favourites for the best wedding day pictures…that was very helpful!


 It was pretty great to have a late-afternoon ceremony planned as that gave us oodles of time to get all of the pictures they wanted without a huge rush. Over the course of a few hours, we did photos with their TransAm and motorcycle, we travelled to the Wellesley Library (I love how the pictures on the fire escapes turned out! Unique and fun!), we went to Grandpa Stroh’s stately home and did some fun balcony pics, then back to Dale’s parents’ farm (the site of the wedding)for the family photos.


I hate to sound like I’m always bragging, but you may notice in the pictures that it’s a little overcast…which makes my job so much better; no squinting or glare or unwanted reflections. But then look at the photos from the ceremony: just as Danielle was about to walk down the outdoor aisle, out came the sun to warm everyone up and radiate a glow on the proceedings! Mother Nature & I continue to have an unspoken understanding about these things, I knew she wouldn’t let me down! Poor Mike, however, had to frantically adjust the settings on his camera super quickly…luckily he’s a professional and didn’t panic!


After a lovely ceremony in front of the arbour, the wedding celebrations continued with a BBQ dinner reception. There were so many wonderful homemade, rustic details to take in. Candles placed on mini “stump” holders, wood slices in the vases, very natural “wildflower” arrangements; even the bar was made from logs!


It was all very rustic…and elegant…and charming…and classic…and it was all very much in the spirit of Danielle & Dale’s personality.


Machado Photography would like to say a great big CONGRATULATIONS to the happy couple; thank you for choosing us to be a part of your amazing day!

{Sara & Brad’s Wedding}

Machado Photography is having a busy summer, so many happy couples getting married! I never get bored of doing wedding photography because every couple’s big day is unique and different…and FUN!


Sara & Brad’s wedding was like a destination wedding, right in Cambridge; how interesting is that?!  (They also did their engagement shoot in nearby Morriston, on a beautiful farm!)


In the hours before the ceremony, everyone got ready at the Cambridge hotel. Due to the space limitations of the suite, I was met with a slight challenge to overcome; there was no place to hang The Dress for the much coveted pre-wedding shot. I decided to leave the party (it was a party, check out the music playlist that was composed for the occasion!) and take the dress down to the lobby where there was more space. I was met with the very kind and accommodating hotel staff; a maintenance worker brought out a ladder and hung the dress waaaaaaay up in the window so that I could get the photo I needed. He even climbed back up again to turn the dress for me! People are so helpful!


Having taken the perfect dress shots, I returned to the suite where I joined the ladies in some giddy jumping-on-the-bed action! These girls were a riot and so much fun! I love my job; I get to meet so many wonderful folks!


Sara and Brad wanted to do a “first look”, and decided that the Galt Country Club (also the site of the reception) would be a gorgeous backdrop for their photos….and it was!


The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory was the location for the ceremony; it was like visiting a tropical jungle! Bride, groom and guests were surrounded by exotic flora and graceful butterflies, colourful birds and a beautiful waterfall; it all makes for a spectacular place to say “I do”, and a fantastic backdrop for photos, too!


As though a tropical ceremony wasn’t exotic enough, the reception was like a trip to New York! They Growing heart NY! Brad proposed to Sara in The Big Apple, so it was apt that they decorated the Galt Country Club using that as their theme; the tables were named and decorated after famous city landmarks including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and the Rainbow Room. The photobooth included the Statue of Liberty! Sara & Brad put everyone in a New York State of Mind!


A remarkable day for a tremendous occasion! Machado Photography would like to thank Brad & Sara for inviting us to be a part of their day, and we wish them all the best for their long and happy future as husband and wife!

{Ashley & James’ Wedding}

We at Machado Photography get to see all of the new wedding trends every year: décor, food, fashion, flowers….all of the nifty ideas that people are coming up with each wedding season. We’ve noticed a few interesting and lovely trends repeating themselves.
Firstly, weddings don’t have to be on a Saturday!
Machado Photography has shot two Sunday weddings this month. Summer is jam packed with things to do, it feels like everyone’s Saturdays are booked up from May through September, so why not make things simpler by not competing for those filled up days? Increasingly popular, the Sunday or Friday wedding often means that more of the guests can attend; the ceremony sites and reception halls are more readily available (and usually less expensive to use); officiants, photographers, florists, caterers and deejays are less likely to be booked up….it just makes good sense! Who says that weddings have to be on a Saturday?
Secondly, intimate, personal gatherings are gaining in popularity.
Don’t get me wrong, Machado Photography loves a nice big rowdy party (!) but there’s a lot of beauty and joy in having a small group of the closest family and friends to share one of the biggest days of a couple’s life together. Plus, the bride and groom might find it much easier to plan for a smaller gathering!
Ashley and James were on board with both of these awesome trends and Machado Photography was there! They planned a beautiful ceremony at the Homer Watson House & Gallery in Kitchener. The historical home and haven for artists is a perfect setting for an intimate  wedding, with a flourishing garden and the unique architecture.
With less than 50 guests (including Ashley and James and their 2 sons!), every moment was very personalized and cozy, from getting ready at Ashley’s parents’ to the ceremony itself to organizing group photos with every single guest and the dinner reception in a private room at the Charcoal. It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday! And I could definitely tell that Ashley and James weren’t experiencing the stress levels that some couples have to deal with on their wedding day.
So I learned that it’s a fantastic idea to think outside the box for a celebration! There’s no definitive way to do things, do what works for you! If you have your heart set on a venue and it’s not available when you want to get married, just switch to a Sunday or Friday… It’s your day, your way!
Congratulations, Ashley & James, on the many, many years of happiness your family has ahead!
And thank you to Ashley’s mom, who admired my photography when she was processing it and recommended me to the happy couple!Smiling face with smiling eyes


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August 26, 2014 2:18 am
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