Zekar Photography, Wedding Photographer, Photojournalist.: Blog http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Zekar Photography Inc. 2018 (Zekar Photography, Wedding Photographer, Photojournalist.) Thu, 03 May 2018 01:53:00 GMT Thu, 03 May 2018 01:53:00 GMT http://www.zekarphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u873508866-o160101251-50.jpg Zekar Photography, Wedding Photographer, Photojournalist.: Blog http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog 120 120 Natalie & Nathan's Magical Winter Wedding at The Spice Factory, Hamilton, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2018/4/natalie-nathans-magical-winter-wedding-at-the-spice-factory-hamilton-ontario All pictures taken by Kamila Kuzmicka for Zekar Photography.

Natalie & Nathan were married on a magical December day in Hamilton, Ontario. These two best friends have been together for 7 years and you can really see their solid and deep connection to eachother in every thing they do - the small looks across the room, the way they subconsciously turn their bodies towards each other and the genuine belly laughs that filled their whole beautiful day. Even though these two are quite the globe trotters, they decided to get married at The Spice Factory, one of our favourite venues here in Hamilton. 

Usually the calmest, most reserved part of our day is the very beginning when we get the groom getting ready. But not Nathan and his hilarious group of close friends. These dudes took their duties as groomsmen to heart and made sure they fawned and primped and preened their friend as much as possible, and it was all laughs the whole time. I can't think of a better way to send your buddy off into official married life than rib the heck out of him as he gets ready to meet his bride.


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Natalie and her girls got ready in the bridal suite at The Spice Factory. Her hair and makeup was done by the talented ladies at Beyoutiful Brides from Niagara Falls. The soft curls and laid-back side braid that Natalie chose is the perfect compliment to her gorgeous dress which you'll see in a minute. 


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I adore the beautiful shade of blue of the bridesmaid dresses, nothing suits a winter wedding more than jewel tones and they were the perfect choice from Azazie.

This picture makes me laugh, I mean, that's what friends are for right? These girls always have Natalie's back. And her teeth :)  blue bridesmaid dresses

Natalie's seriously gorgeous wedding dress was by a British designer, Needle & Thread. I honestly can't think of a much more perfect gown to wear to a cocktail style wedding - sexy open back, easy flowing skirt but still completely elegant with all that stunning beadwork on the sleeves and bodice. 

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Natalie's unique style really shines with these amazing velveteen shoes from Lord and Taylor. Don't they just look like they are begging to be danced in? Such a cool mix of femininity and edgy style, I just love them.  velvet shoes velvet bow shoes

We've been seeing these really cool bouquets popping up lately and I think they are such a great idea. Especially for off-season weddings when local flower selections aren't always the best, earth-friendly options like the ones that EcoFlower does are a great option. If you're the bouquet-keeping type, these beauties keep forever or if you're a crafty sort, you can deconstruct and make a new memory from your bridal bouquet. 


One last sweet little detail before we get on to the rest of the day: this stunning aquamarine beauty. Natalie's mom had been given a set of aquamarine earrings from her Aunt, but since she didn't wear them too much because they were so heavy, she had the brilliant idea to have them made into two rings. One for Natalie and one for her sister, to be given on their wedding day. Isn't that the sweetest? And the perfect 'something old, something blue' accessory as well! 


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As I mentioned earlier, Natalie and Nathan are quite the globe trotting couple. There are people who say they love to travel but spend most of their time travelling on Pinterest, and then there are people who actually do it in real life. Natalie and Nathan have travelled to nearly 50 countries together and have even lived in South Korea and England for a couple years to make it easier to get to all the cool little countries near by. One of their favourite things to do is explore new cultures and foods together.

I think its amazing when people choose to live a life that makes them live their dreams - not everyone has to be stuck in a 9-5 the minute they graduate. After being with Mike  for nearly 13 years now, I've learned a couple things about marriage and one of them is, if you can travel together, you're definitely going to stay together. And I'd say these two love birds have had lots of practice! 

But even though they've travelled so much, their super sweet proposal story surprised me a bit and made my little homebody heart so happy. The two of them had been staying in a whole bunch of low-key places while they were backpacking around Indonesia. They decided to splurge on a bungalow for a couple nights and chose a place in Gili Meno. And oh my goodness if you have a chance, Google that place - it's what dreams are literally made of!

The fact that their prosal happened as they were travelling was no surprise, but I love that Nathan chose to ask Natalie to marry him first thing one morning as they had been laying in bed together, enjoying the tropical sun pouring into their room. Is that not the coziest, sweetest thing ever? And then he had breakfast delivered (definitely a good move!) and they spent the day just enjoying being together and planning and dreaming by the sounds of the ocean. Paradise! 

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The perfect pine boughs around the trellis was provided by Natalie's Aunt's tree farm, Benjamin Tree Farm in Waterloo.

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One of the best things about The Spice Factory is its proximity to all sorts of cool urban spots to take pictures in. Hamilton is full of them, but this awesome graffiti wall is within walking distance and we loved the bright colours - perfect for this fun loving couple!  fun bridal party fun bridal party

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I always smile at super fun, super happy Daddy-daughter dances :) You know the tears are there, but the laughter and fun of the day pours out and it's just really fun to be dancing with your Daddy on your wedding day! 

As much as the Dad's can usually hold it together for most of the day, it's another thing for the Moms. I'm kind of glad that my daughters won't be doing a mommy-daughter dance at their weddings because I would need a truckload of tissues. Nathan's mom could not hold all her beautiful tears in and they had one of the most emotional mother son dances we've seen. 

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As their friends and family watched on, faces filled with loving smiles and laughter, Natalie & Nathan danced their way into married life to the beautiful and haunting tones of Bon Iver.

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Before I show you guys the incredible night-time shots that Kamila captured for these two, I have to share this epic dance face that Natalie's super cute mom has - Natalie's parents are seriously great dancers and they mean business! 

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During all of her weddings, Kamila and her assistant keep a close eye on whats happening with the weather outside. During rain or epic sunsets, some of our best pictures come from just being aware of every surrounding. We couldn't have asked for a more magical thing to happen during this December wedding then this delicate dusting of the first snow of the season. 

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As the world rushes around them, Natalie and Nathan stand still and quiet and peaceful together. With the memories of the first time they were introduced back at Brock U, to their worldy adventures, to their beautiful vows and the incredible future towards them, they sealed their night with a tender kiss.  night time photography hamilton ontario


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And p.s If you're looking for an amazing caterer, Natalie highly recommends City Farm Catering!

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Nicole & Joey's Intimately Elegant Wedding at Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2018/3/nicole-joeys-intimately-elegant-wedding-at-casa-loma-toronto-ontario All pictures featured in this blog were taken by Mike Tigchelaar and Kamila Kuzmicka from Zekar Photography Studio Inc. 

Before I get into the gorgeous details of Nicole & Joey's wedding this past November, let's start off with a few snapshots from their engagement shoot we did earlier in the year. 

Mike started off their shoot with a walk around the beautiful country property that we were lucky enough to shoot on, but at the end of the session they (or rather Joey) decided that it would be a good idea to jump off the dock.

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Like 10 ft up in the air.

It took some convincing, but Nicole was up for it, and these two besties jumped right in and made the best engagement pictures we got all year. 


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Isn't that the best?! 

Okay, fast forward to the wedding day. It was a lot colder, and a lot windier, but 1000% absolutely perfect. Starting off with the guys getting ready - Joey's mom is so cute, she looks like a mom from a sitcom or something, bustling around tying the ties, pinning the pins, loving on everyone. 


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You know what, I'm pretty sure Nicole was supposed to get the first kiss of the day...:) 


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Before we get into part one of Nicole's getting ready, I'll give a shout out to her incredible makeup artist, Rhonda from the incredible team at Makeupworx. Every time we do a wedding that has had a Makeupworx professional do the makeup, the girls always look flawless. I love Nicole's old-hollywood shout out with her perfectly set waves, done by the talented Sasha, also from Makeupworx. The gold and blush accents in her eyeshadow make her blue eyes even more stunning, absolute perfection! 


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After Nicole's makeup was done, we headed on out to Casa Loma. It's a pretty amazing place, full of everything you would expect from an early 1900's mansion. Gorgeous deep walnut panelled walls, luxurious silk covered chairs, epic chandeliers and soaring ceilings which make the ambience of the place perfectly regal. The bridal suite that Nicole and her girls got ready in is to die for - the way the late autumn light was pouring in just bathed everything in the most painterly way. And honestly, Nicole is so gorgeous, it really kind of made our job easy :) 

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Could these bridesmaid dresses be anymore perfect? Gold brocade with a modern twist, it fits so perfectly with the elegance of the day.  This is Nicole's stunning sister, putting the finishing touches on. Literally all of Nicole's bridesmaids legitimately look like she cut them straight out of a bridal magazine or something. So beautiful!   beautiful bridesmaid


Nicole's beautiful wedding dress is by Casablanca Bridal and her shoes are Manolo Blahnik.

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Before I show you guys the adorable first reveal, let me tell you a bit about Nicole & Joey. They first met at a Blue Jays game and bonded over beer and sticky stadium seats and the satisfying crack of that ball on the bat. 

They'd been together 6 years before Joey popped the question and the way he did it is so simple and romantic and perfect. Each year the two of them hold a big Christmas party with all of their friends and loved ones, so naturally the most perfect place to pop the question would be when everyone was in one room. So many guys plan (or stress out about planning) epic proposal adventures, but honestly, the only thing a girl really wants is to be able to shriek and hug everyone all at once. It saves her thumbs a lot of pain from not having to text a million people. So their Christmas party turned into a beautiful engagement party and it was the perfect start to a new chapter in their lives. 



Joey has the best laugh and such an infectious smile, I can't help but smile as I'm typing this out! 

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We popped outside for a few photos but um...it was a little windy. :D 

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I adore this ceremony set up. Not only does it come pre-decorated, the intricate gothic windows are absolutely the most perfect backdrop.

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Big smiles from these two as they are finally, finally married! High-fives all around as everyone cheered and clapped and the joy rose up to surround the newest Mr & Mrs! 

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I love this tablescape  - it's so elegant and fresh. All of the gorgeous flowers at Nicole & Joey's wedding were done by the talented Sue Bober at Blossoms in Burlington.  The masculine feel of the library juxtaposed with the feminine delicacy of the flowers makes my artists heart so happy. 

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Nicole is not only super gorgeous, she's also a super smart and succesful #bossbabe. She owns the iconic Brown Dog Cafe , located on Hamilton's own Locke Street South. I can just imagine little baby Nicoles and little baby Joey's running around the cafe, the smell of Nicoles uber famous hot apple fritters wafting through the air, Joey's laughter ringing through the air...ahh.  wedding reception

These two picked their favourite love song,  Stay With You by John Legend. 

"And in the end I know that we'll find Love so beautiful and divine

We'll be lovers for a lifetime, yeah

And I'll stay with you "

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At the end of the night, Mike and Kamila popped outside to do some night time shots by the castle and the Toronto Skyline. It was starting to snow a bit, but it just gave another reason for these two lovebirds to snuggle. 

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Sarah & Rob's Fun Loving Romantic Wedding at The Spice Factory, Hamilton, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2018/2/sarah-robs-fun-loving-romantic-wedding-at-the-spice-factory-hamilton-ontario All pictures were taken by Mike Tigchelaar and Jordan Browne for Zekar Photography. 


So, full disclosure here - I think I cried like three times when I was going through Sarah and Rob's amazing wedding we did for them this past October. It's one of those ones where the romance between the couple is so real and true it's almost palpable.  These two have the kind of love story that you read about in only the best kinds of love stories.


But before I get into the sweet way these two met, let's start with Rob getting ready - and here comes the first set of tears. See that dog tag? That's Rob's dad's handwriting. He's going to be walking down the aisle with his Dad right close to his heart, exactly where all the beautiful memories of such a special man live now that he's not here on Earth to be with Rob on such a special day. 



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Next, Mike and Jordan headed off to the couples amazing Victorian home where they live with their 3 gorgeous kids.  I love the handkerchief idea, it really gives you a sense of how fun loving this couple is, and also about how hard it is to keep your tears looking graceful ;) 


Let me tell you a little story about that gorgeous amethyst ring that you see there. The two of them were shopping for antiques on Ottawa St North, and this ring caught Sarah's eye. Even though she had explicitly told Rob that if they were ever going to get married, she didn't want an engagement ring and instead wanted to pick out wedding bands together. Well. Rob had a different plan, and he snuck back to the store a few weeks later and proposed with the ring she had fallen in love with! And one of the coolest parts? It's Rob's birthstone too :) 

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We've been seeing a lot of flower crowns lately, and I think they are so sweet. Everyone feels like a princess when they are wearing a flower crown! 

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When Sarah was shopping around for her gown, she had one thing on her mind - cathedral bridal veil. I adore a long, gorgeous veil and I'm glad they seem to be coming back in style. It's just the epitome of the quintessential bride and Sarah is true royalty in her customized gown from David's Bridal. She added the gorgeous flowers herself and had a last-minute snip-snip to get rid of the straps, an excellent decision for sure. The thing that makes Sarah's look complete though, is the diamond hair piece. I adore it - its so simple and elegant and fits so perfectly with the rest of her jewelery.

Sarah's hair was done by one of her close friends Kristin and the bridesmaids hair was done by Jody Roshko.  Makeup expertly applied by Emily Beveridge @beyoutifulbyemilynicole. bridal gown bridal gown bridal gown

So here's another instance of tears from me, your overemotional bridal blog writer. Sarah's reveal to her friends and family. Just look at the expressions on everyone's faces - every single person in this shot is so amazingly happy for her and full of love and can't you just hear the squeals of delight? Love it! 

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Okay so before we get into the ceremony photos, let me give you a little background in this sweet couples love story. The two of them have known each other since Sarah was 9 years old.  Their families were friends and when Sarah's family moved to Hamilton, they moved close to Rob's family as there were lots of kids in that area. One night the families got together for dinner, and Rob was in charge of wrangling all of the little kids. With kids climbing all over him he asked Sarah how she was and if she was liking her new home and all sorts of really thoughtful questions that 9 year old boys don't generally ask other little girls.  It kind of freaked her out and she remembers pretty much just not answering :) 

 They went to school together, were in the same circles of friends, but never dated. I love this because it reminds me of how Mike and I met - we went to the same school, and I knew of him (he was too scary and 'bad' so I would have been way too afraid of him to even look at him) but we passed each other every day, not knowing we were actually soulmates. And that's the same as Sarah and Rob, knowing of each other but having to go through a whole lot of life before realizing that they were actually the loves of each others lives! Isn't it romantic?!

So how did they actually meet up again? Years later, Sarah ran into Rob's sister and cousin in Shoppers drug mart. And isn't it the way when you run into old friends, she's holding a copy of 50 Shades and a Cosmo magazine. Haha! Anyways, word got back to Rob and they ended up chatting on Facebook and one thing led to another and these two fitness buffs turned a quick jog into a hike that lasted 3 hours. You know you've got a good thing going on when you literally never get tired of talking to eachother.  

Fast forward to 2017 and Sarah's getting ready to walk down the aisle towards Rob, who, if you can't tell, is over the moon seeing this seriously gorgeous babe walk towards him, ready to be his wife. 

Before we start - Sarah's beautiful flowers were done by Roger at Grayton Designs 905-774-1398. 

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Some dainty crying going on here! :) 

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The reception took place at one of our favourite new venues in the city, The Spice Factory. It's the perfect place to have a casual and relaxed atmosphere with a healthy dose of industrial chic.  One of the best parts about it is that there are all sorts of cool spots to have your bridal party and portraiture pictures taken, our favourite is James Street North. Always something going on and the cool buildings make a great backdrop. 

Sarah and Rob had a ton of fun together during the bridal portraits and thats the way we like it best. When you're having fun and laughing, you always look gorgeous. 

I love the gaggle of random Hamiltonian's in the background. Street photography combined with wedding photography is our favourite! 

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Do not look at the next picture of you are hungry. Seriously, you will want to lick your computer screen. That'd be weird though, so maybe just give the talented folks at Jonny Blonde a call to do your catering like Sarah and Rob did. We've done quite a few weddings with these guys as the caterers, and in Mikes words - "best food I've had, hands down." He gets so excited when he knows Jonny is there cause everyone just dies over how good the food is! 

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These two had their perfect first dance to the most perfect song. Perfect because Tupelo Honey is Sarah's very favourite Van Morrison song, perfect because (unbeknownst to her) it was Rob's dad's favourite song. Perfect because she and his dad actually share a birthday. So it was a combination of every beautiful thing, combined into one most beautiful start to their lives together.  An angel to the first degree, I can certainly agree to that!

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So that's Sarah's man of honour right there, her amazing big bro. She's acting out how he basically man-posed to her, asking if he could be her man of honour, something they'd talked about since they were kids. It's so cute I can't even handle it!  cute bride cute bride

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The kids kicked off an epic night of dancing with a little tribute to their parents, isn't that the best ever? 

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So what'd you guys think? Honestly one of my favourites of the year for sure. Such a fun, gorgeously emotional and perfect day for these two and we were so happy to be there to capture all the incredible moments. If you loved this wedding as much as I do and are interested in having our team come out to shoot your special day, give me a shout! 


p.s I had to add this. Because, life is so beautiful and because marriage so beautiful. This picture is just a snapshot - no fancy lighting, no crazy angles. But it is everything to Rob and Sarah and that's the kind of thing that makes our job so special. Rob's Grandma passed away on Christmas Eve, just a few short months after this picture was taken. She got to see her handsome grandson marry the love of his life and she was ready to go join her husband in heaven for Christmas. They had been married for 70 years and he'd passed away just 6 months earlier. Mike and I will probably never be married for 70 years - I'd have to live to 99 and he'd have to live to 102.  But my goodness you guys, what a beautiful testament of how marriage intertwines our souls!

Okay, the end. Take a breath and take a tissue and go back and enjoy these pictures again :) 

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Kayla & Taylor's Stunning 2nd Floor Events Toronto Wedding http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2018/1/kayla-taylors-stunning-2nd-floor-events-toronto-wedding All of the pictures in this blog post are taken by Kamila Kuzmicka for Zekar Photography. 

Kayla and Taylor's wedding took place this past September, downtown Toronto. These two lovebirds created a wedding style that was all their own - laid back, fun loving, but with a thread of sophistication and class woven throughout the day. With a first-look that took place within the iconic eyes of the CN Tower and a cocktail reception that was held at 2nd Floor Events, this is one wedding you guys will definitely want to take a look at. 

When Kamila arrived at Taylor's suite at the Hyatt Regency, he was just slipping on his elegantly tailored (pun intended) suit that he'd picked up at Nordstrom's. I seriously love the navy blue and black details with subtle brocade design of this suit - its so classic and yet has that edge of style that seems to be a hallmark of this handsome groom.  

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A over in the bridal suite, the elegant Kayla was also putting on the finishing touches. Her cocktail style wedding dress was the perfect fit - fun and sophisticated all at once. 

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converse I love this sweet little flower girl. Kids on wedding days are always the best, especially little girls. It's like all of a sudden this person they knew and loved, turns into a princess for the day and it's just so magical for them. 

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As Kayla steps into the elevator on her way up to see Taylor for the first time, I love how this bridesmaid is all like 'HEY-OOOO!' haha! 



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Kayla & Taylor's first look took place on top of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Toronto. One of the cooler first look locations we've done by far! I'm imagining how many people might have looked out their windows and saw this sweet couple embracing for the first time :) 

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Now how's that for romantic?! 



After the reveal, the entire bridal party took a walk around the neighbourhood to do a few more shots before the reception. The ambiance of one of the coolest cities, mixed with the elegant attire of the bridal party, mixed with the fun and laughter and love of everyone involved, made this part of the day a lot of fun to shoot.  I love how the bridesmaids are all in unique black gowns, something they can wear not just on the wedding day but to any formal function. Each one is unique, yet everyone ties into each other. Kind of like how each bridesmaid has a unique relationship with Kayla, but they are all tied in with their love of this beautiful bride. 

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This kind of shot almost always happens when we are doing wedding street photography. We love it!  bridal party downtown toronto bridal party downtown toronto

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Kayla & Taylor's small, intimate wedding ceremony took place at 2nd Floor Events in Toronto. A funky, industrially inspired event location that was perfect for this laid back couple.  wedding vows 2nd floor events wedding vows 2nd floor events

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After dinner, it was time for cocktails and congratulations. Everyone was having a lot of fun with each other and the joy of the day was just bubbling over into laughter and happy conversations. 

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Guys - Taylor actually wrote a rap for his beloved Kayla! It was the best ever, and so much fun. How many lucky brides can say they've had a song written for them?? 

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Lindsay & Karthik - Amazing Dyment's Farm Wedding, Dundas, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2017/12/lindsay-karthik---beautiful-dyments-farm-wedding-dundas-ontario Lindsay & Karthik's romance started way back in 2009 when they were both working at Boston Pizza. I'm imagining their eyes locking over a heart shaped pizza and the moon hitting their eyes like a big pizza-pie...but it was more like they'd been working there together for a long time and just struck up an amazing friendship ;) Except the thing about this amazing friendship, is when one of the friends moves far away for work as Karthik did, it became a little more amazing every time they talked to each other. And suddenly, the friendship was a long distance relationship, and the relationship was also really amazing and fast forward to 2017 and these two are meeting each other at the altar. I just love it when two souls are separated and can't live without each other and then a romance starts - it's like the formula for every romantic movie, except these two lucky lovebirds get to live it real life! 

The wedding took place this past September, with Lindsay getting ready at the beautiful Osler House B & B in Dundas, Ontario.  For all of you brides who are getting married in Dundas or the surrounding area, this is one gorgeous little gem to check out. Close to everything and makes an incredible backdrop for getting ready photos too - I mean, look at that grammaphone! Hair and Makeup was done by the talented ladies at Honor Beauty. And Lindsay's Maggie Sottero dress just fit her like a glove, talk about gorgeous!  Lindsay's flowers were done by the talented Petal 2 The Metal Mobile Flower Shop. I adore the use of all the different textures in these bouquets, its so fresh and interesting and perfect for an early September wedding.


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The ceremony was held at one of our favourite farm venue's in the area, Dyment's Farm. If you're looking for a fun, laid back wedding where you have the whole place to yourself, Dyment's is definitely worth checking out. I love the fact that Lindsay & Karthik said their vows while overlooking the gorgeous views of the Dundas escarpment. The whole month of their wedding was expertly coordinated by the lovely Jennifer at The Wedding Pixie - a sweeter and more friendly coordinator would be hard to find! 

The most interesting aspect of Lindsay & Karthik's wedding, was the infusion of each of their family cultures. Lindsay's dad is Scottish, so of course there were kilts and a bagpiper (Doug Wickham) and then Karthik's family hails from South India. So we've got a beautiful Scottish bride with the gorgeous Mehndi designs on her hands from the celebration night before. I just love it! 

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Before we continue, I have to give a shout out to the hilarious officiant, Reverend Michael Bittle - you guys, this guy is such a character! He added so much fun to an often nerve-wracking part of the wedding day, I just love it. 


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Ugh. THESE TWO! So beautiful :) 

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After the bridal portraits - which miraculously did not get rained on - it was time for the reception party. These two have so much love surrounding them, that's for sure. You can see it in the happy tears and joyful smiles and applause as these two are toasted and celebrated and adored. 

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It doesn't matter that we've been doing weddings for over 7 years now - I still choke up at Daddy daughter dances. Maybe it's because I'm already crying at the thought of Mike dancing with our daughters on their wedding days (and they are both under the age of 4, so I have lots of time to get myself together!) but I just love them. It's so special. And Lindsay's emotion here, is just beautiful!  daddy daughter adnce bridal portrait

One of the best parts about getting married at Dyment's Farm - the campfire! 



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Was that a gorgeous wedding or what? I hope you guys loved it as much as I do :) If you are interested in having us come out to capture your special day, give me a shout! You can also follow me on Instagram @zekar_photography_studio to see what we've been up to lately. 

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Annamarie & Martin's Joyful, Traditional Country Wedding, Brantford, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2017/11/annamarie-martins-joyful-traditional-country-wedding-brantford-ontario All of the pictures in this blog post were taken by Kamila Kuzmicka for Zekar Photography. 

Just a heads up on Annamarie & Martin's beautiful country wedding - your cheeks are probably going to hurt from smiling back at all of that happiness that surrounded these two on their special day. I'm not even kidding, these two lovebirds are literally beaming at each other in every shot, it's so perfect! Also, for anyone who loves horses, we have a couple of characters to show you in the bridal portraits. 

Annamarie & Martin's wedding was a short and sweet time for us photogs, but Kamila captured so many beautiful moments, I just had to share it. These two had more of a traditional day and there was something so special about how they kept their day sacred. Weddings aren't just about having a big party extravaganza, it really is the start of the most important covenant between two people and that's what makes it so beautiful.  

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Annamarie's amazing hair was done by the talented folks at Dolce Divas / Teased Bridal  We've been seeing a lot of loose, flowing hair with very feminine accessories like flowers and ribbons lately. It's really beautiful and kind of reminds me of Rapunzel in Tangled a little bit :) 

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For anyone who is planning on having a Wedding Day Emergency kit - scissors are always, always a good idea. :) 

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Oh hay. You smell nice :D 

Have you guys been drooling over this super gorgeous bouquet like this little bee and I have? Such a pretty colour combo! I'd give credit but Annamarie is lucky enough to have this talented floral designer as a friend who only does custom private orders. Such beautiful work and inspiration though! 


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I'm so happy to see that bridal veils are making a big comeback. You can put a beautiful dress on any old time, but when you top it off when a gorgeous veil, that's when you feel like a true bride!  veil

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Wasn't that just the sweetest and happiest wedding ever? Let me know what you think! Give me a shout if you'd like our Kamila Kuzmicka and our team to capture your special day and don't forget to follow us on Instagram @kamila_zekarstudio and @zekar_photography_studio .

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Carlyn & Rob - Beautiful Farm Wedding at Dyments Farm, Dundas, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2017/9/carlyn-rob---beautiful-farm-wedding-at-dyments-farm-dundas-ontario Carlyn and Rob had the most romantic wedding this past June. These two have been in love since they were 19 years old and I can just imagine the excitement and anticipation they were both feeling as this special day finally, finally arrived. After 7 years of being wedding photographers, there is one thing we notice - that couples that have been together since they were young, often have big, beautiful families who are also very close. This is exactly what Carlyn and Rob's families are like - close and loving and full of laughter and love and happy tears for these two gorgeous lovebirds.

As part of their wedding ceremony, they both poured sand from each beach that their cottages are on - from the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay - as a symbol of their unity. And their variation of a guest book was so unique and personal - everyone signed a custom cut piece of wood and they used it as their coffee table. Isn't that the best idea ever?! Plus one of their guests gave them a gift of customized canoe paddles...you really can't get cuter or anymore Canadian than that! I just love it. :) 

The wedding took place at one of our favourite venues, Dyments Farm. I remember going on field trips there as a little kid and I'm so glad they opened up their beautiful facility as a wedding venue. It's so fresh and relaxed, with all the guests gathering on the patio for drinks and appetizers before the ceremony. And lets not forget the epic first look location - a gorgeous view of the town of Dundas, right at the edge of the Niagara escarpment. 

I love how Rob is cool as a cucumber throughout most of the day - except when he sees his drop-dead gorgeous wife, in her incredible two piece wedding dress, for the first time. These two truly do have one of the best first-look reveals that we've done in awhile! And the emotion and laughter and fun that happens during the speeches, this one is really one of my favourites of the year so far! 

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Guys - their nighties say NAP. Haha! :D  bridesmaids

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Cute Daddy-Daughter moment coming up!! :D 

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It rained, but no surprise, it was a pretty rainy summer here in Southern Ontario!  rain

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Shane & Amy - Beautiful & Unique Wedding at The Warplane Heritage Museum, Hamilton http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2017/8/shane-amy---beautiful-unique-wedding-at-the-warplane-heritage-museum-hamilton Attention all you aviation geeks and airplane enthusiasts, this is one wedding you will not want to miss!  Shane & Amy were married on a rainy fall day last year at the Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario.  Even though it was rainy and foggy during the day, everything cleared right up and there was an incredible sunset at the end of the night.

These two lovebirds are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet - when Shane found out that Mike would be working on my birthday, he remembered to give me a shout out at the reception. Super sweet! You can tell that these two are so in love too, they have a lot of fun together and seriously had such a blast at on their big day. This was our first wedding at the Museum and we were pretty excited to be amongst all the rich history and amazing aircraft. 

I love how Amy's dress has the perfect vintage feel that goes perfectly with the theme of the day. Shane is an avid aviator and also a professional videographer, so he travels a ton across Canada and back again. Most likely in tiny planes I'd never set foot in in a million years :) 


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Instead of blowing bubbles or throwing rice, Shane & Amy had their guests toss paper airplanes at them in celebration of their marriage :) 

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Every time it's raining out, Mike always keeps one eye on what is happening inside and one eye on what's happening outside. Which is a good thing, because the sky that night was unreal! 

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How's this for a super unique, super romantic dance? :)  first dance among the airplane warplane heritage museum

Did you love this wedding as much as I did? I can't get over how lovely Shane & Amy are and how the aircraft were such a perfect backdrop for these two! If you're interested in having Mike and our team capture your special day, give me a shout! In the meantime you can check out our latest work @kate_zekarphoto on Instagram. 

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Kristel & Ryan - Gorgeous Wedding at Crosswinds Golf & Country Club http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2017/7/kristel-ryan---gorgeous-wedding-at-crosswinds-golf-country-club It took me way too long to post Kristel & Ryan's incredible wedding at Crosswinds Golf & Country Club, but boy am I super excited to share it with you now. They got married last September and their wedding was one of my favourites of the year. Which you can probably tell, as I included way too many pictures in this post - but there were just so many amazing moments, I couldn't leave anything out.

Kristel is one of those super sweet, really thoughtful kind of girls, evidenced by the absolutely perfect gift she gave Ryan on the morning of their big day. She knew how hard it was that Ryan's dad was looking down on him from Heaven on such an important day in a man's life. So she did the best thing she could think of and had special cufflinks made with a picture of his dad on them, so he'd be walking along with Ryan the whole day. I still tear up at Ryan's reaction, even all of these months later!  

This wedding is one of the best examples of why we love our job so much, capturing the best parts of peoples lives - the love, the laughter and the happy tears - all on one day :)  groomsmen shaving groom tie

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I love kids at weddings so much, they always crack me up with their hilarious facial expressions! 

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I always love the very first photos of the brand new Mr & Mrs - the look on our couples faces as the relief of the ceremony pressure is now off, and they can enjoy the rest of the day as husband and wife is the best. But before Kristel & Ryan headed off to do their photos, they had one stop to make at a very special lady's house. I can't tell you how happy it makes me that they surprised their dear friend with a visit, and she just happened to be making a batch of home made perogies! 

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During the reception, Mike always has an eye on the weather outside. Some of our very best pictures are taken at night or during sunset. He noticed that there was the clearest sky, full of stars and had Kristel and Ryan take a quick breather for this beautiful shot. As luck would have it, there is actually a shooting star making its way clear across the sky. I think Ryan's dad may have had something to do with that :) 

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I'm going to end this post with some hilarious garter toss shots. It was such a fun, emotional and beautiful day, I just love being able to enjoy it through these incredible photos!  garter toss garter toss garter toss

Do you love this wedding as much as I do? If you'd like Mike and our team to be part of your special day, give me a shout!  You can also follow us on Instagram to see what we've been up to lately @kate_zekarphoto. 

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Willa & Matthew - Romantic Wedding at Vineland Estates, Vineland Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2017/4/willa-matthew---romantic-wedding-at-vineland-estates-vineland-ontario Willa & Matthew were married at the beautiful Vineland Estates Winery this past October. With all the crazy rain and weather we had this fall, we weren't sure what the day would bring - but it brought beautiful sunny skies and an incredible sunset that made one of our favourite pictures of the year.  Vineland estates always offers a magical backdrop to any of the events we do there, but for Willa and Matthew there just seemed to be something extra special. 

Willa and Matthew are the sweetest couple, they were both so excited to celebrate their special day with all of their amazing friends and family. One of the best things about these two is how they come alive when they are in each others company - the way Matthew just wraps his arms around his lovely Willa makes my heart so happy. 

Take a look at some of my favourites from this happy day! 

"You are my greatest adventure"  

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Criselda & Vimal - Stunning Rainy Day Wedding at Honsberger Estate, Lincoln, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2017/3/criselda-vimal---stunning-rainy-day-wedding-at-honsberger-estate-lincoln-ontario After I finished sorting through Cris & Vim's photos for this blog, I realised something: I had way too many favourites. It's a good problem to have, and as you'll see below, nobody can blame me. Their wedding was one of those ones that had so much magic in it throughout the entire day that its hard to find the moment that made it the most special. From the pure love that Cris & Vim have written all over their faces, to the seriously beautiful daddy-daughter moments, to the absolutely gorgeous venue at Honsberger Estate Winery - everything was simply perfect.

One of the best things about their wedding day was one that most couples worry about - the weather. The weather that day was pretty awful - it was raining and incredibly windy. Those two things combined make for a pretty challenging experience for photographers, but if there is one thing that Mike loves, and thrives in, it's a challenge. And the pictures couldn't have turned out any better because of it. 

Take a look below and just bask in the beauty of the love these two have for eachother!

"And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more"


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Okay, get your tissues out. When I see images like this, I get all teary thinking about how Mike is going to react when our daughters get married one day. (In a million years of course!)   dad waiting for bride bride seeing dad bride and dad seeing eachother for first time dad love groom waiting bride seeing groom happiness i love you bride groom kissing loving

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You know you've got great friends when they'll stand out in the middle of the pouring rain with you, waving sparklers and pouring love on you!  night party

Surprisingly, it only took a few shots to get this one :) 
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Mark & Sandy - Stunning Wedding at Cathedral Basilica of Christ The King, Hamilton, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2016/12/mark-sandy---wedding-at-cathedral-basilica-of-christ-the-king-hamilton-ontario Mark and Sandy's wedding was such a beautiful event that it was hard to pick just a few favourites. It was a gorgeous summer day this past July and when we arrived at Mark's hotel room, there was a certain kind excitement in the air that can only mean it's going to be a perfect day.  

Sandy's getting ready shoot is one of my favourites of the whole year. Not only does it demonstrate the importance of having the perfect bridesman, the reactions of her friends when they see her in her dress is amazing. And who can blame them really, her dress is like something straight out of a fairy tale - classic but with the perfect length to add a little bit of flirty fun with those perfect shoes.  

This was the first time we had ever done a wedding at Cathedral Basilica of Christ The King, an iconic cathedral here in Hamilton, so we were pretty excited to get the chance to photograph this beautiful couple in such a stunning atmosphere.  After the ceremony we headed over to one of our favourite spots to get great urban wedding photos, James Street North in Hamilton. I always love the contrast of the soft romance of our couples in love and the gritty backdrops of our city. 

Take a look at my favourites from the day, I know you'll love this one as much as I do! 

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Melanie & Jeff - Wedding at Earth to Table Farm, Flamborough http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2016/12/melanie-jeff---wedding-at-earth-to-table-farm-flamborough Melanie and Jeff's wedding day was an exact reflection of the kind of people these two are - really fun, really relaxed and totally head over heels for each other. The wedding had a country rustic vibe, which was perfect for these to country kids.  I love all of the special looks that Mike captured between the two of them, I bet if we looked really closely you could see how Jeff's pupils actually turn into heart-shapes when he looks at his stunning bride Melanie. Melanie's smile lights up his whole world and you can tell that these two are in it for keeps. The wedding took place at one of our favourite rustic venues, Earth To Table Farm. The whole reception was full of a lot of laughs from their hilarious and talented friends. Everyone was committed to making sure Melanie and Jeff had the time of their lives, and by the looks of things, they sure did. Take a look at some of my favourite images from the day! 

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Doesn't this wedding look like it was a blast? If you'd like Mike to capture all of the fun at your wedding, contact us today! And be sure to check us out on Instagram by following me @kate_zekarphoto to see all of our latest work. 

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Alex & Lisa - Gorgeous Liuna Station Wedding, Hamilton, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2016/11/alex-lisa---gorgeous-liuna-station-wedding-hamilton-ontario Alex and Lisa got married on a  day this past June. The ceremony was held at St Ann's Parish and the reception was at the grand Liuna Station in Hamilton. It was such a beautiful wedding, filled with personal touches that really reflected the personalities of this sweet couple. I adore Lisa's delicate lace wedding dress - and those buttons up the back, with her beautiful vintage hair piece? Couldn't have been more perfect. 

Alex and Lisa have the most incredible way of looking at each other - the picture where Alex is putting the ring on Lisa's finger? Be still my heart! Everything about this wedding seemed so intimate and romantic to me - the quiet moments that these two shared throughout the day was really special. Take a look at my favourites from the day! 

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Krista & Steve - Married at Earth To Table, Flamborough, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2016/10/krista-steve---married-at-earth-to-table-flamborough-ontario One of the best things about doing wedding photography is seeing how much love their is in family. Krista and Steve are so lucky to have had such wonderful people surrounding them on their special day, they have such a strong foundation to start out on.  Krista and Steve decided to do a first look session, something that always makes for really special moments. A lot of our couples opt for first look sessions because it takes some of the tension and anticipation away from the ceremony, plus things are always better when you experience more of the moments together. 

The wedding took place at Earth to Table, one of our new favourite local venues. Everything was expertly coordinated by the fabulous Liana at Birch & Lace. Take a look at my favourite moments from the day - even though it rained a little during the evening, it only added to the magic that Steve & Krista create when they are together. 

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Andrea & Bill - Knollwood Golf Course & Marquis Gardens, Ancaster, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2016/8/andrea-bill---knollwood-golf-course-marquis-gardens-ancaster-ontario Andrea and Bill had a sweet, country themed wedding at Knollwood Golf Club in Ancaster.  It was a perfect Spring day and there was much excitement and joking in the air as the girls got ready for the day. The groomsmen were ready in no time of course, so they had lots of time to hang out in the barn and be, goofing around as only country boys can do. I love the adorable first look Andrea and Bill shared, you can totally feel the happiness just radiating from the two of them. And I adore the way that Andrea's dad has the perfect Father of the Bride look - serious, but also kind of misty eyed too. 

The reception was held at the lovely Marquis Gardens, also in Ancaster.  These two had the cutest game to get things going, it was the "shoe game", pretty much like the Newlywed Game. They did really well, considering they'd only been married a couple of hours - badump-ching! 

Take a look at this happy couple on their special day. And hey if you like what you see here and want to see what else we've been up to lately, you can follow me on Instagram @kate_zekarphoto! 

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Anna & Rad - Grand Olympia Ballroom, Hamilton, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2016/8/anna-rad---grand-olympia-ballroom-hamilton-ontario It was a lovelySpring day on the day of Anna & Rad's wedding. These two travelled all the way back to Hamilton from Ottawa so they could be closer to their roots while they celebrate this new chapter in their lives.  I love Anna's simply elegant style with the splash of colour with her fuschia pumps - so fun! As soon as these two saw eachother for the first time, they could not stop smiling. After their first look,  they headed over to one of our favourite photography spots in the city - James St North, and then over to the ceremony which was held at the gorgeous St. Stanislaus Parish, in Hamilton, Ontario. These two have been best friends and partners for a long time and I can definitely relate to how good it feels to finally make it official.

After the ceremony, we headed over to another popular photography spot for us, the Hamilton Waterfront. There is something about the urban industrial grittiness of these spots combined with the beauty and elegance of a wedding party that just makes my heart pitter patter.  The reception was held at the lovely Grand Olympia Ballroom, one of Hamilton's classic wedding venues. 

Take a look at the beautiful day these two had!


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Lauren, Ewan & Baby L - Lifestyle Family Photoshoot, Hamilton, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2016/7/lauren-ewan-baby-l---lifestyle-family-photoshoot-hamilton-ontario Get ready for a little super cute on this sunny Saturday morning! 

You know what makes me really happy? When our past clients contact us to document the extra special early months of their new addition. It's so awesome to be able to witness the growing family of Lauren & Ewan, whom we photographed at their fabulous wedding back in 2013. Baby L is pretty much the cutest baby ever, which goes without saying as you'll see below. With his incredibly adorable rolls and his sparkly blue eyes, I could literally just eat this guy right up. And the pride and love on Lauren & Ewan's face is just so beautiful, made me tear up a little that's for sure! 

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Katie & Jordan - Earth To Table Farm Wedding, Hamilton, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2016/6/katie-jordan---earth-to-table-farm-wedding-hamilton-ontario Sometimes the sun goes round the moon. Sometimes the snow comes down in...April. 

Yep, it snowed a bit on Katie & Jordan's spring wedding day, but it actually made the pictures even better than they would have been if it had been a sunny day.

Know what else made Katie & Jordan's wedding so awesome? How totally in love these two are. How much fun they had with their super awesome family and friends. How the little details that they incorporated into their day made it extra personal - especially the absolutely adorable announcement they had at their signing table. Plus the wooden sign they had for their guests to write well-wishes on was pretty awesome too.  I love weddings at Earth To Table Farm, those guys are true pro's and the food is always incredible. 

I love how Jordan had gifts for each of his parents on his wedding day, and I especially love that he picked out a bracelet for his mom to wear that day. I love the contrast of the soft, pretty wedding details on the harsh, industrial background and grey weather. I love the look in Katie's eyes as she looks up at her gentleman. 

Take a look at some of my favourites from the day!

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Did you guys love this wedding like I loved it? Tell me about it on Instagram @kate_zekarphoto or contact us today! 

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Surprise Marriage Proposal, Albion Falls, Hamilton, Ontario http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2016/6/surprise-marriage-proposal-albion-falls-hamilton-ontario A couple of weeks ago we got a call from a very excited and nervous guy who was planning to propose to his girlfriend. Ben & Jen had planned to come to Hamilton from Kingston to go concert on the weekend but decided to come a day earlier to check out some of the waterfalls in our beautiful hometown. 

Ben called Mike to see if he would be willing to document the surprise and of course Mike was super excited and helped Ben set out the perfect plan.  See fig a. and fig. b for evidence of the perfect plan. 


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Fig. B

On the day of the proposal it was absolutely gorgeous down at Albion Falls. When Mike and Kamila got there to set up, they found that there were about 30 people down at the falls enjoying the day. Since Ben and Jenn hadn't arrived, he and Kamila went around to each person to tell them what was going to be happening and if they could just subtly move off to the side so he could catch the moments. Everyone was very excited and some of the people who were about to leave decided to stay and watch. When Ben and Jenn arrived, and Ben saw Mike giving him the special signal, it was all up to Ben after that...

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And it was perfect.

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After Jenn recovered from the happy shock of not only being proposed to but having 30 strangers clapping and cheering - along with a crowd that was gathering on the edges above- she was so happy and so excited. She was extra surprised when she realized Mike & Kamila had been secretly taking pictures the whole time. Ben had even asked her dad beforehand, which I just love

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What a beautiful way to start the next stage of their lives together! 


(Zekar Photography, Wedding Photographer, Photojournalist.) engagement marriage proposal surprise waterfalls http://www.zekarphotography.com/blog/2016/6/surprise-marriage-proposal-albion-falls-hamilton-ontario Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:45:42 GMT