Pickering Village Museum Wedding

Wyndance Golf Club wedding

 

Pickering Village Museum wedding: Check out the sneak peeks for Catherine & Kevin because they are ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE! Kevin’s face is just priceless when he seeing Catherine coming down the aisle for the first time. The best!

 

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About Wyndance Golf Club:

“One of the most unique and popular courses of ClubLink, Wyndance Golf Club is enjoyable to play and visually stunning.

The first course in Canada designed by Greg Norman, Wyndance has been meticulously shaped to take advantage of the existing terrain and sandy rock faces of the reclaimed gravel pit site upon which it was built. Large waste bunkers, loose rock outcroppings, and fairways lined with fescue convey the aura of playing golf in the American Southwest, a feeling reinforced by the architecture of the clubhouse. The clubhouse patio and banquet facility offer panoramic views of the course.

Forgiving off the tee, Wyndance is a second-shot course requiring exacting approach shots into greens that are heavily guarded by run-off areas and pot bunkers. The back nine skirts the gravel pit and offers impressive vistas of the property on holes 12, 16, and 18. The 18th is an exceptionally strong finishing hole, requiring a forced carry over the quarry pit from most tees.

Wyndance also features a first-class practice facility including a 2.75 acre range, 18,000 square-foot putting green and a 7,600 square-foot chipping green with a practice bunker and apron. The ‘Down Under’ Academy course is a short nine-hole facility built into the middle of the quarry pit and provides a challenge for high-and-low handicappers alike.”

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Royal Ashburn wedding photographer

Royal Ashburn wedding photographer:

It was an absolutely stunning late September day for Sarah & Mike to tie the knot at the Royal Ashburn Gold Club in Whitby, Ontario.

Here are some of the sneak peeks from their beautiful day.

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About The Royal Ashburn Golf Club:

“In the spring of 1962, The Royal Ashburn Golf Club opened as an 18-hole facility, and has since developed into a world-class facility, ranked among the Top 50 public golf courses in Canada. Originally opening under the name Whitby Golf Club, the name was quickly changed to Thunderbird Golf Club, as it was known for many years. In the spring of 2000 we changed the name one final time to The Royal Ashburn Golf Club. The name was changed to commemorate our visit from His Royal Highness Prince Andrew the Duke of York in September of 1999 and to tie us into the community of Ashburn, who in the year 2000, were celebrating their 150th anniversary. Hence the name, The Royal Ashburn Golf Club, which is much more suitable to the first-class facility we are today. In September of 1999, The Royal Ashburn Golf Club was the privileged host of His Royal Highness Prince Andrew Duke of York. Prince Andrew visited our facility to attend the Grove Golf Tournament of Lakefield College School, where Prince Andrew was once a student and continues as a trustee. The Prince started the golf tournament and launched the millennium bursary for Lakefield College.”

Sourced from: https://royalashburngolfclub.com/about-us/

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Uxbridge wedding photographer

Uxbridge, Ontario

 

Uxbridge wedding photographer: They say a picture says 1000 words, so I will let Alyson and Marc’s wedding photos do the talking for me. There was SO. MUCH. JOY on their wedding day and I was absolutely honoured to capture it.

 

 

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I absolutely love the Uxbridge area and do a lot of work in that region. Here is a bit of additional information on what there is to see and do there.

 

“In 2009 Uxbridge Township received federal designation by Industry Canada as The Trail Capital of Canada, resulting from the over 220 kilometers of managed trails on over 8,000 acres (32 km2) of protected greenspace within its borders. Uxbridge trails run through and alongside historic villages, mixed forests, meadows, ponds, streams, and wetlands. A number of major trail systems run through the Township, including the Oak Ridges Trail and the Trans-Canada Trail.

The Uxbridge-Scott Museum and Archives possesses a number of artifacts, mostly related to the township’s agricultural heritage and the genealogy of its residents. The Museum also includes nine heritage buildings as well as heritage herb and flower gardens. During the annual Heritage Days festival, the museum grounds are host to the “Steam Show” featuring steam-engines and steam-based agricultural machinery, among other attractions.[11]

There are also a number of attractions related to the history of the area. Uxbridge’s Elgin Park, named after Lord Elgin, was the site of a picnic held by 19th century Prime Minister John A. Macdonald in a re-election bid. In addition, the Thomas Foster Memorial Temple, erected in 1935-36 by the former mayor of Toronto, is situated a short distance north of town. Inspired by Foster’s visit to India, the Temple was designed by architects J.H. Craig (1889–1954) and H.H. Madrill (1889–1998). Finally, the former home of famed author Lucy Maud Montgomery of Anne of Green Gables fame is situated in Leaskdale. Montgomery lived in the area from 1911 to 1926, and wrote half of her books at what is now the site of the Leaskdale Manse Museum.

Since 1995, the Lions Club has hosted Art in the Park, held the second week in August. Also known as Summerfest, this juried art show attracts artists from across the province.

Starting in 1886, the Uxbridge Fall Fair has been held annually and in 2014 will be celebrating its 150th anniversary the weekend after Labour Day in Elgin Park. Attractions include home craft, vegetable and flower exhibits, cattle, goat, sheep, poultry and rabbit shows, the midway, tractor pull, demolition derby, heavy horse pull and barnyard rodeo.

The Uxbridge Studio Tour and Sale is also held in September, giving visitors an opportunity to meet with local artists in their studios and explore the creative process.

Since 1988, Uxbridge has hosted an annual Heritage Christmas Craft Show, held the second Saturday in November. A Santa Claus Parade is also held annually in late November.

Since 2008 there has been an annual Uxbridge Ribfest, usually during a middle weekend of July. It was run by the town branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 170) [12] But since 2015, has been organized by the Bonner Boys, a local community group.

The York Durham Heritage Railway, opened in 1996, is a tourist train operating between Stouffville and Uxbridge. The train is pulled by first generation diesel locomotives which directly replaced the steam locomotives. They have recently purchase 5 Budd RDC railcars from the now defunct Guelph Junction Express.

Throughout the year, a number of theatrical and musical productions are held at the Music Hall. Movies are shown at a local unique movie theatre, named The Roxy.[13]

The Highlands of Durham Games are held in Elgin Park near the end of July. These games focus on Celtic traditions and offer a variety of entertainments.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uxbridge,_Ontario

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Ajax maternity photographer: we had SUCH a beautiful late summer evening taking Lindsey’s maternity photos. Cannot wait for their little bundle to arrive this fall.

Here is a bit of information about the location:

 

“Greenwood offers residents and visitors alike a chance to escape to nature along the banks of Duffins Creek. Hiking trails allow you to explore the forest or the steep-sided river valley, and picnic tables are available throughout the area for your use. The park offers some of the best fishing, with the opening of the trout season in the spring. The cold, clear-running creek, is a perfect home for rainbow trout and other species of fish.

In the fall, Greenwood turns bright with the hues of autumn. Scouting/Guiding and youth groups can take advantage of any one of the number of group campsites available throughout the year. School groups are also encouraged to take advantage of the natural environment for educational purposes.

Bring your family for an afternoon picnic or reserve a picnic site for your company or social club. Picnic shelters and seasonal washroom facilities are available. Washrooms are unavailable during permitted functions. Please note: No site rental for a picnic or overnight camping is allowed without a permit (see Permit Fees table below).”

Source: https://www.ajax.ca/en/exploreoutdoors/greenwoodconservationarea.asp

 

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Muskoka wedding photographer, Huntsville engagement session

 

 

 

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“The area was first settled and founded in 1869 by George Hunt, who built a small agricultural centre there. In 1870, a post office was built and the area was named Huntsville after Hunt, who became the first postmaster. Huntsville’s economic development was stimulated by the engineering of a navigable water route north from Port Sydney to Huntsville which opened in 1877. A railway route from Gravenhurst was built by the Northern and Pacific Junction Railway in 1885, which encouraged development and resulted in Huntsville becoming officially incorporated in 1886.[4]

In the following year, the Muskoka Colonization Road reached this area. The central Ontario community became an important industrial area in the late 19th century and had several saw, planing and shingle mills, as well as a tannery. Today, the many lakes and hills in the area, combined with the town’s proximity to both Algonquin Park and Toronto, make Huntsville and the Muskoka region a major tourist destination.

On October 8, 2009 Huntsville lost one of its valued landmarks, the Empire Hotel. The first building erected at the site of the Empire Hotel was Jacob’s Hotel, built around 1875 by James W. Jacobs. He later renamed it Dominion Hotel. Jacobs died in 1890 leaving behind his wife & eldest daughter, who both were named Emma. It is unknown which of the women married a McLaughlin man, but the McLaughlin family renovated the building after the horrible Main Street fire of 1894. A July 26, 1906 issue of the Huntsville Forester reported the sale of the hotel to Robert T. McNairney and D. Kehoe, who demolished it so as to expand it three stories. By 1922 the Dominion was owned by Bruce Simmons. Organized in 1933, the town’s rotary club began to meet at the hotel, and would for many years. In 1945, the hotel was bought Louis Mascioli of Timmins. In 1947-1948, the Mascioli brothers renovated and expanded the facility, removing the porches, adding street level retail units and erecting the adjoining four-story red brick building. They also renamed it the Empire hotel. The first shops were a barbershop, a jewelry store and also a shoe store. Beilhartz shoes remained in business in the Empire Block until 1985. In the mid-80’s, Jim Tumber, who acquired the building along with Gary Macklaim, obtained a grant from the Government of Ontario to help convert the now derelict building from a hotel into an apartment building. Dave Keay, the building’s last owner, bought the Empire in 1999. Over the next 10 years he refurbished the basement bar and the 52 apartments, doing most of the work personally. The day the fire happened was the day that Keay had just finished the outside painting. The fire was believed to be caused by an electrical problem but the exact determination is still unclear. As of August, 2014, the lot is empty.”

Sourced from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntsville,_Ontario

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Ajax maternity photographer: we had SUCH a beautiful late summer evening taking Lindsey’s maternity photos. Cannot wait for their little bundle to arrive this fall.

Here is a bit of information about the location:

 

“Greenwood offers residents and visitors alike a chance to escape to nature along the banks of Duffins Creek. Hiking trails allow you to explore the forest or the steep-sided river valley, and picnic tables are available throughout the area for your use. The park offers some of the best fishing, with the opening of the trout season in the spring. The cold, clear-running creek, is a perfect home for rainbow trout and other species of fish.

In the fall, Greenwood turns bright with the hues of autumn. Scouting/Guiding and youth groups can take advantage of any one of the number of group campsites available throughout the year. School groups are also encouraged to take advantage of the natural environment for educational purposes.

Bring your family for an afternoon picnic or reserve a picnic site for your company or social club. Picnic shelters and seasonal washroom facilities are available. Washrooms are unavailable during permitted functions. Please note: No site rental for a picnic or overnight camping is allowed without a permit (see Permit Fees table below).”

Source: https://www.ajax.ca/en/exploreoutdoors/greenwoodconservationarea.asp

 

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Gravenhurst Wharf

Muskoka wedding photographer: we were so lucky to get this beautiful sunset at the Gravenhurst Wharf after an incredibly rainy summer. It is absolutely amazing how much the wharf has changed since I was a kid. I remember walking down by the steamships when it was undeveloped and somewhat desolate. Nowadays, you can stop for dinner and watch the sunset over sundowners. Really looking forward to Katie and Jeremy’s vineyard wedding in the Holland Marsh this coming fall because let’s be honest, I really like Katie, Jeremy & wine.

Here is a bit of information about the Gravenhurst Wharf:

“he Muskoka Wharf is located in the town of Gravenhurst, Ontario on the southern edge of Muskoka Bay on Lake Muskoka. The Muskoka Wharf is the home port of the RMS Segwun, the oldest operating steamship in North America and the last surviving original steamship from the fleet of several dozen that served the county of Muskoka, Ontario in the late 19th century and early 20th century, and the Wenonah II, a modern replica of an early 20th-century steamship.[1] The Muskoka Wharf, once a vibrant hub of economic activity at the union of a major railroad terminus and steamship port, fell into decline as roads and automobiles were introduced to the region, but has experienced a major economic resurgence since the creation of a heritage-based development area in 2005.”

Taken from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muskoka_Wharf

 

 

 

 

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Uxbridge Family Photographer

Uxbridge Fall Photos

As an Uxbridge Family Photographer, I have to say that this was one of my favourite fall sessions; the kids were an absolute dream to work with (their mom did an AMAZING job styling their outfits) and the lighting was absolutely PERFECT on this crisp fall day. What more can a photographer ask for? I will tell you, nothing.

Uxbridge is a beautiful area just north of the Durham region, full of sprawling farmland and stunning vistas. Here is a bit of history on Uxbridge, taken from Wikipedia:

“It was named for UxbridgeEngland, a name which was originally derived from “Wixan’s Bridge”.[3] The Wixan were a 7th-century Saxon tribe from Lincolnshirewho also began to settle in what became Middlesex.[4] Anglo-Saxons began to settle and farm in the area of Uxbridge, England in the 5th century, clearing the dense woodland and remaining there for around 500 years.[4] Uxbridge, UK became part of the Elthorne Hundred with other villages in the area. The town later appears in records from 1107 as “Woxbrigge”.[5]

The first settlers in the area were Quakers who started arriving in 1806 from the Catawissa area of Pennsylvania. The community’s oldest building, the Uxbridge Friends Meeting House, was built in 1820 and overlooks the town from Quaker Hill, a kilometre to the west.

The township was incorporated as a municipality in 1850 and became part of the newly formed Ontario County two years later.

The first passenger-carrying narrow-gauge railway in North America, the Toronto and Nipissing Railway arrived in Uxbridge in June 1871, and for over a decade Uxbridge was the headquarters of the railway. In 1872, the Village of Uxbridge was separated from the Township and incorporated as a separate entity.

With the creation of the Regional Municipality of Durham in 1974, Uxbridge Township was amalgamated with the Town of Uxbridge and Scott Township to create an expanded Township of Uxbridge.”

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uxbridge,_Ontario#History

 

 

 

 

 

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Ajax engagement session

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We got the most AMAZING weather for this Ajax engagement session on this late summer’s evening in September…absolutely stunning. Vicki & Raaj wanted a location with tall pines to shoot their engagement session and I was lucky enough to find this spot just 15 mins away from where I live.  The couple loves spending time outside and traveling and accordingly they wanted a location that was rustic within the GTA…the Durham area is absolutely perfect for these sessions.

Here’s a fun fact about Ajax taken from Wikipedia:

The town is named for HMS Ajax, a Royal Navy cruiser that served in World War II.

Before the Second World War, the territory in which Ajax is situated was a rural part of the township of Pickering. The town itself was first established in 1941 when a Defence Industries Limited (D.I.L.) shell plant was constructed and a townsite grew around the plant. By 1945 the plant had filled 40 million shells; employed over 9,000 people at peak production; boasted of its own water and sewage treatment plants; a school population of over 600; 50 km (31 mi) of railroad and 50 km (31 mi) of roads. The entire D.I.L. plant site included some 12 km2 (5 sq mi). People came from all over Canada to work at D.I.L.

The burgeoning community received its name in honour of the first significant British naval victory of the war. From December 13 to December 19, 1939, a flotilla of British warships — HMS AjaxHMS Exeter and HMS Achilles — commanded by Commodore Henry Harwood — engaged and routed the powerful German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee at the Battle of the River Plate, near the Uruguayan port of Montevideo in South America. Ajax was chosen as the name of this war-born community.

 

And for more photographs of this beautiful couple, check out their stunning Indian-fusion wedding in Muskoka at The Portage Inn in Huntsville, ON – http://laurelleafphotography.ca/portage-inn-wedding/

 

 

 

 

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Muskoka family photographer: We were lucky to get a beautiful summer day for this family’s photography session at their cottage on Lake Muskoka in Bracebridge, Ontario. And I must say that after a wet and rainy summer, this weather was welcomed with open arms as quite a few of my shoots had to be postponed this summer.  Accordingly, when I was contacted by this family to capture their family reunion, I couldn’t have thought of a better place than at the cottage. as they had come together from all Ontario, the US &  Switzerland. I absolutely love Muskoka cottage sessions as our family cottage in Muskoka is my favourite place in the world; it is my happy place. Here is a little bit of trivia about Lake Muskoka, as the historian in me just loves the history surrounding Muskoka’s most famous lake.

“The steamship era

Lake Muskoka, 2005.

Alexander Cockburn, sometimes called the Father of Muskoka,[2] began placing steamers on the lake.[3] Starting with the Wenonah, Ojibwa for first daughter, in 1866 Cockburn pressed the government to open the entire Muskoka lake system to navigation by installing locks in Port Carling and opening a cut between Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph at Port Sanfield. The government was eager to reinforce development in light of the faltering agricultural plan, and built the locks in Port Carling in 1871. Now Cockburn’s steamers had access to the entire lake system. Through the years he added more ships and when he died in 1905, his Muskoka Navigation Company was the largest of its kind in Canada.[2]

In 1860 two young men, John Campbell and James Bain Jr made a journey that marked them as perhaps the first tourists in the region.[4] Taking the Northern Railway to lake Simcoe, they took the steamer Emily May up the lake to Orillia, rowed across Lake Couchiching, and walked up the Colonization Road to Gravenhurst where they vacationed. They liked what they saw and repeated the journey every year bringing friends and relatives. These early tourist pioneers increased demand for transport services in the region, drawn by excellent fishing, natural beauty, and an air completely free of ragweed providing relief for hay fever sufferers (reference needed). Early tourists built camps, but were joined by others desiring better accommodations. Farmers who were barely scratching a living from the rocky soil soon found demand for overnight accommodations, resulting in the first boarding houses and hotels. The first wilderness hotel was built at the head of Lake Rosseau in 1870, called Rosseau House. It was owned by New Yorker W.H. Pratt. The idea caught on and tourists came establishing the tourist industry as the up-and-coming money earner in the 1880s.

The steamship era gave rise to the area’s great hotels; Rosseau, Royal Muskoka, Windemere, and Beaumaris. The area grew rapidly when the railroad reached Gravenhurst in 1875. Indeed, travel from Toronto, Pittsburgh, and New York became less a matter of endurance than expenditure. Trains regularly made the run from Toronto to Gravenhurst where travelers and their luggage were transferred to the great steamers of the Muskoka Navigation Co. such as the Sagamo. Making regular stops up the lakes, including Bracebridge, Beaumaris, and Port Carling, tourists there could transfer to smaller ships such as the Islander which could enter smaller ports. Vacationers often remained in the region weeks or even months in the summer. As families became seasonally established, they began building cottages near the hotels. At first simple affairs replicating the rustic environment of the early camps, but later grander including in some cases housing for significant staff. Initially cottagers relied on rowboats and canoes for daily transport and would sometimes row substantial distances. Eventually the era of the steam and gasoline launch came and people relied less on muscle power and more on motors. With the boats came the boathouses, often elaborate structures in their own right mimicking in many cases the look and feel of the main cottage.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Muskoka#The_steamship_era

 

 

 

 

 

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Markham Museum wedding

Markham Photographer

 

We had a perfect summer day for this Markham Museum wedding. Temperatures in the mid-20s, sun and all sorts of love. Carli and Matt were an absolute blast to work with, with non-stop jokes and a lot of laughing. Markham Museum has so many gorgeous spots for photographers to capture, I could have continued shooting the bride and groom all throughout dinner but alas I had to share them with their guests. Sigh. If you aren’t familiar with Markham Museum, it is definitely worth checking out if you are into historical architecture. According to Wikipedia, “It is dedicated to the preservation of old buildings and artefacts from Markham’s past, especially as a rural village has become an urban centre. The site features nearly 30 buildings: houses, barns, sheds, a train station, a school, a general store, a church, a blacksmith, a harness shop, a saw mill, a cider mill, and many more. One of the oldest buildings is the Hoover House, built in 1824 by a Mennonite family who were originally from Pennsylvania.”

 

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Venue: http://www.museumsontario.ca/museum/Markham-Museum
Flowers & decor: http://www.junebloomevents.com/
Hair: http://www.bridalhairtoronto.com/
Makeup: http://www.schulzbeauty.ca/
DJ: http://thedjdash.com/
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Portage Inn Wedding

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TAKE ME BACK to this STUNNING Portage Inn Wedding.  OH MY GOODNESS! The South East Asian-Muskoka fusion theme of Vicki & Raaj’s wedding brought together the rich traditions of Raaj’s Indian roots along with the majestic vistas and atmosphere that Muskoka is renowned for. The day was absolutely flawless from start to finish; from the stunning panoramic lake view from The Portage Inn, to the vibrant and elegant gold & jewel toned decor, as well as the delicious Indian food and the PACKED dance floor (where all the guests were taught some key Bollywood dance moves and danced the night away until 1am). And of course we can’t leave out the radiant bride and groom in their their custom-made outfits that were designed & purchased while the bride and groom were traveling in India. I had such a blast capturing the love that Vicki and Raaj share and cannot WAIT for my next Indian wedding. Honestly, I have such a soft spot for butter chicken and “screwing in the lightbulb” dance moves…I couldn’t help but join in and try out a couple of moves myself while I was photographing the reception.

Wishing Vicki & Raaj a lifetime of happiness together, they are off to a great start!

Warm wishes,

Laurel

Link to slideshow: https://animoto.com/play/EiUggCukjFtL0gtbAsy6Kg

 

 

Venue: Portage Inn – https://sites.google.com/site/portageinnhuntsvilleopenhouse/

Flowers & decor: Tanya List Design – http://www.tanyalist.ca/index2.php#!/home

DJ: Nikhel Solanki – Planet Otnorot – http://www.planetotnorot.com

 

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Jones Falls Engagement Session

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Owen Sound Wedding Photographer

Jones Falls, Owen Sound: Another tough day at the office; hiking to water falls and photographing beautiful people at this Jones Falls Engagement Session. ;o)
Sarah and Mike chose to have their engagement photos taken at Jones Falls in Owen Sound as this spot had special meaning to them. This was one of the first water falls the couple visited together early in their relationship and subsequently the couple made “waterfalling” their “thing” together, seeing over 200+ waterfalls together. First off, I had no idea there were this many water falls in Ontario, second I’m pretty sure that Niagara Falls is the only other one I have visited. So when Sarah and Mike suggested Jones Falls in Owen Sound, the 3 hour drive from Ajax did seem a bit daunting at first but after a few minutes I thought “what the heck, let’s make this into a bit of an adventure a check it out.” And P.S. – driving along the Nottawasaga Bay on Georgian Bay at sunset is absolutely stunning (I should have stopped to take some photos but just enjoyed the view while listening to the radio). We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful spring evening and the bugs seemed to leave us along until the end when Sarah got bit right on her forehead (fortunately Photoshop was able to remove that bite). Thanks so much for encouraging me to visit Owen Sound Sarah & Mike, I’m so glad I said “yes” (lol, that is a bit of wedding photographer humour right there folks).
Really looking forward to their fall wedding at The Royal Ashburn Golf Club, always a wonderful spot to get married.
Life is beautiful. Capture it.
Laurel

 

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Ajax Newborn Photographer:

This gorgeous little lady was in my Ajax, Ontario studio last week with her big brothers and she received soooo many kisses…especially from her eldest brother (he kept asking when it was his turn to hold her again). I love being able to capture all that love.

Life is beautiful. Capture it.

Laurel

 

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Laurel is an award winning photographer with an Honours B.A. in Fine Art History from the University of Toronto. She also studied photography and art/design while living in Paris, France, the Czeck Republic, Montreal and Dubai. Laurel has a love for travel and has been fortunate enough to do some globe-trotting on personal trips and while on business; she toured Africa, Europe and China on personal trips and visited numerous other countries working as a flight attendant for Emirates Airlines. Laurel met and married her love and fellow Canadian while living in Dubai and together they have 2 beautiful children. In the rare moments that Laurel does not have a camera in hand, she loves spending as much time as she can outdoors at her family cottage in Muskoka, wakeboarding (how she met her husband), skiing, reading historical fiction (do not get me started on my love of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series) and refinishing vintage furniture.

 

Laurel Leaf Photography is a registered business in Ontario, with a studio based out of Ajax, Ontario. Laurel shoots primarily in Southern Ontario and Muskoka regions of Ontario, however, seeing as she loves to travel, she also works internationally from time to time. She returns to Dubai periodically to photograph her clients there and has shot destination weddings in Jamaica. Laurel has also photographed actors such as Tara Spencer-Nairn (Corner Gas), Stefanie Drummond (Mean Girls) & Kate Spurgeon (Fuller House writer) and was the photographer for the Chef de Mission Delegates Conference for the 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games.

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Casa Loma Wedding

Old Mill Wedding Reception

Toronto Wedding Photographer

We were blessed with such a beautiful spring day for this Casa Loma wedding in Toronto, Ontario. Sagari was absolutely breathtaking in her strapless lace gown designed by Allure Bridals from Ferre Sposa in Toronto. I absolutely loved the pale mint and pink palette she chose for her bridesmaids dresses and flowers. The muted tones gave such a look of classic elegance to the day which was complemented by the timeless backdrop of Casa Loma. This was my second time shooting a wedding at Casa Loma and it never fails to impress me with its architectural elements which provide numerous opportunities for stunning photos…especially when you consider that I studied its architecture in my undergrad at The University of Toronto. Here is a small blurb from Wikipedia on the architecture of Casa Loma.

Casa Loma (Spanish for Hill House) is a Gothic Revival style house and gardens in midtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that is now a museum and landmark. It was built as a residence for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Casa Loma was constructed from 1911 to 1914. The architect was E. J. Lennox,[1] who designed several other city landmarks.

In 1903, financier Henry Pellatt purchased 25 lots from developers Kertland and Rolf. Pellatt commissioned architect E. J. Lennox to design Casa Loma with construction beginning in 1911, starting with the massive stables, potting shed and Hunting Lodge (a.k.a. coach-house) a few hundred feet north of the main building. The Hunting Lodge is a two-story 4,380-square-foot (407 m2) house with servants’ quarters. As soon as the stable complex was completed, Sir Henry sold his summer house in Scarborough to his son and moved to the Hunting Lodge. The stables were used as a construction site for the castle (and also served as the quarters for the male servants), with some of the machinery still remaining in the rooms under the stables.” Taken from – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_Loma#History

Here is a sneak peek from Sagari and Chris’ May wedding. Wishing this beautiful couple a lifetime of happiness together, it was such an honour to capture your special day.

 

Life is beautiful. Capture it.

Laurel

 

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Ajax Family Photographer

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Ajax family photographer: Mother Nature has been a bit uncooperative with us this spring with cooler than normal temperatures. So on this chilly spring night in April, this lovely family brought their A game for this Ajax waterfront session and did not disappoint…in spite of the chilly temps.  Loren wanted a mix of candid and posed shots, really capturing the essense of her family and their relationship together (which is exactly how I like to capture my family sessions). Thank you so much for making my job incredibly easy, such a beautiful and fun family to photograph.

Laurel

 

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Laurel Leaf Photography is a registered business in Ontario, with a studio based out of Ajax, Ontario. Laurel shoots primarily in Southern Ontario and Muskoka regions of Ontario, however, seeing as she loves to travel, she also works internationally from time to time. She returns to Dubai periodically to photograph her clients there and has shot destination weddings in Jamaica. Laurel has also photographed actors such as Tara Spencer-Nairn (Corner Gas), Stefanie Drummond (Mean Girls) & Kate Spurgeon (Fuller House writer) and was the photographer for the Chef de Mission Delegates Conference for the 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games.

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