JOANIE + CASSIE | Montreal, QC

I’ve known Cassie my entire life. She is my cousin, but also one of my best friends, and she works for Daniel and I at our post-production business, The Image Salon. A few years ago, she stood in our kitchen as I poured her a glass of wine and said, “I’m seeing someone new… and it’s a woman.” We were surprised, for about a minute, and then we weren’t. Cassie’s an open minded person, and she fell in love with someone who happened to have the same gender as her. Big deal. What was a big deal, however, was how incredibly happy she was in her new relationship. I had never seen her this way, happy, but also just her best self. When we met Joanie and saw the look on her face as she looked lovingly at my dear cousin, we knew this was the real deal.

About a year later I was walking to the subway (I actually remember exactly what street corner I was standing on) when I got a call from Cassie. She wanted to tell me something she hadn’t told anyone yet… she wanted to propose to Joanie. It took almost another year before she did it (she wanted to do it right!) but when she did, it was perfect and of course Joanie said yes. In fact, a few months later, she proposed right back.

Shortly after the proposals, wedding planning was put on hold for a very important reason. The government was about to change the law on in vitro fertilization so the baby they had planned on having after the wedding couldn’t wait (or they would have to pay out of pocket for the procedure as the government would no longer cover it). So in what felt like a flash, Joanie and Cassie selected a donor, started hormone therapies, had Joanie’s eggs extracted, fertilized, and implanted into Cassie. Just like that, or almost, there was a baby on the way! It wasn’t the way they planned on getting married, with a 6 month pregnant bride, but it was perfect.

I was bestowed the honour of mutual bridesmaid (sporting my own 6 month baby belly!) and Daniel was uncharacteristically nervous to be their solo photographer (even though, I may have picked up a camera a few times…). They hosted both the ceremony and reception at the Lion D’Or theatre – a venue that I had told Cassie about 7 years earlier when I photographed a wedding there and thought would be perfect for her if and when she ever decided to get married. Their dog Vienna got tangled in Cassie’s veil, whined loudly a few times, and then sat and observed attentively as her moms exchanged rings and vows. There was a perfect mix of laughter and tears, and it was one of the most effortless, natural, wedding ceremonies I’ve ever had the privilege of witnessing. Our dads’ band Minuit reunited once again to play at the reception and an epic dance party ensued – not bad for a bunch of old guys, as our dads said!

A few weeks ago we had a date planned to share their photos with them for the first time, but on that day, Nova Clark Gregoire decided to show up 5 weeks ahead of schedule! She is healthy, and so beautiful, and both moms are doing great. We payed them a visit at the hospital where they cuddled up in Cassie’s hospital bed and viewed their wedding slideshow for the first time on our laptop. Things don’t always go according to plan, especially for Joanie and Cassie, but they somehow happen exactly as they are meant to… and the surprise can be even better.

{6 Comments}

  1. Jennifer Palik

    Beautiful love story ! Congratulations Cassie !

  2. magali

    You couldn’t have told this story more perfectly Davina! I love it and I love the pictures and I love everyone involved in this story!

  3. Joanie

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. Yvonne

    Lovely, so touching!

RINA + ANTHONY | Koh Samui, Thailand

Whenever we have the immense privilege of photographing other wedding photographers’ getting hitched, we know it’s going to be good. And not just good, but different,  because let’s face it, they’ve seen hundreds of weddings first hand and when it’s their turn, they want to do it their way!

Rina and Anthony, wedding photographers out of Edmonton, Alberta, thought long and hard about how they were going to make their wedding special. They knew they wanted a very intimate, destination wedding, where they could relax and enjoy with their guests. When they couldn’t find the perfect venue in Hawaii, they searched the island of Koh Samui, Thailand and found exactly what they were looking for: a modern house with stunning views and room for everyone.

So in early November, just as it was getting cold in Canada, we all headed way East and way South to the beautiful island of Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. We met up with Rina, Anthony, and a dozen of their closest friends for a week of fresh fish, Pad Thais, snorkelling, walks on the beach, massages, and a boat trip of course.

On the wedding day, the men went through a series of challenges and traditional Chinese games hosted by the women before both sides went their separate ways to get ready. Following a first look, for which Rina wore a casual dress to save her wedding dress for the ceremony, guests gathered for cocktails and speeches by the pool. Every single guest in attendance got up to say something about the couple which resulted in a lot of laughs and a surprising amount of tears (Rina didn’t think Anton would cry!). The testimonials pointed out many traits we had witnessed ourselves over the last few days: Rina’s infectious, bubbly personality (she actually physically bounces around when she’s excited!) and the couple’s generous and giving spirits. A touching twilight ceremony on the beach officiated by their best friend as well as the release of balloons and Chinese lanterns perfectly wrapped up the emotional part of the day and set the stage for their colourful and lively dance party reception back at the house. A packed dance floor is hard to achieve at any event, yet this guest list of merely a dozen managed to accomplish this daunting task! The night ended with a much anticipated, refreshing swim in the pool.

Rina and Anthony placed a lot of trust in us, including choosing their ceremony location, and when we suggested a visit to an elephant farm for some portraits, they didn’t even bat an eye. The elephant proved to be much more unpredictable and messy than any of us had anticipated, but Rina and Anthony laughed their way through everything. We had a blast documenting this fun week in paradise and we thank Rina and Anthony for taking us along for the ride!

 

{20 Comments}

  1. Víctor

    Congratulations!. great job!
    Love it!

  2. Rina

    AWWWWWWWWWW. Love you both. I’m crying with your beautiful words as well . You both are truly awesome!!!!!!! Love you

  3. Lanny Mann

    Holy crap! Insanely good work, you guys.

  4. Beena Tohani

    Wow!!! Every single image is stunning!

  5. Jason

    I held my breath all the way to the end. Wow! Just amazing.

  6. Andreas

    wow, really beautiful. Love it

  7. Connie

    Awesome job the way you captured Rina and Anthony’s relationship. The pictures brought tears to my eyes

  8. Helena

    Beautiful pictures for a beautiful couple! Amazing!

  9. Erin Chrisman

    REALLY love this one!! Beautiful emotion, pure, original photographs. And I can tell how hard you guys worked every scene. Fantastic job.

  10. Rahul

    WHAT! Amazing, amazing, amazing work! Jaw dropping!

  11. Arnau

    Wow! Great great job! Congrats!

  12. Lanty

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! So powerful and stunning!

  13. Adams

    Beautiful and creative, amazing work! Congratulations!

  14. Patryk

    Amazing photos! Its a beautiful wedding story!

  15. Boutonnet

    Guys it is good to see your pictures! As always, really beautiful and inspiring. I especially love the one in the shower with the blue tones, magic.

  16. Vancouver Wedding Photographer

    Thanks for sharing these. Found you from the SLR Lounge top 100. Nice to see your work and get some inspiration!

  17. Jay Hoque

    Just went through your 3 of your most recent posts and I’m speechless. Truly inspiring work. 🙂

MARIANNA + ALFONSO | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Some weddings just have it all. Stunning couple, electric energy, affectionate families, unique location… And some weddings have all of this PLUS traditional giant puppets, an eclectic collection of Mexican folk art, pyrotechnics, and colorful, multi-costumed performers.

Marianna and Alfonso live in Monterey, Mexico, but they chose to have their wedding around San Miguel de Allende so they could have their ceremony at the Sanctuario de Atotonilco, a jaw-dropping Unesco World Heritage church. The crowd of over 500 guests overflowed into the church’s side chapels and out into the street below while cardinals performed a traditional Catholic marriage ceremony and opera singers’ voices echoed against the 300 year old walls. Despite the large guest count, Marianna and Alfonso were in their own little love bubble; exchanging glances, clutching each other’s hands, Marianna affectionately resting her head on Alfonso’s shoulder. It was as though they were alone and this ceremony was just for the two of them. Behind them their families shed tears of joy for these two who are just so obviously in absolute adoration of one another. It was a ceremony that brought goosebumps to my arms and tears to my eyes and one that I will never forget.

Just down the road from the church, the largest tent we’d ever seen was erected in a field, covered in flowers, and filled with 500 dressed-to-the-nines, ready-to-party people! And party they did. All. Night. Long. Glowsticks, props, and even Cassandra, their headless mannequin friend, made an appearance on the dance floor. It was completely and utterly epic.

The next day we took Marianna and Alfonso around the historic town of San Miguel for a few portraits in some of our favorite spots. They trekked along the cobblestone streets like pros, up for absolutely anything we asked of them. Crowds cheered and cars honked in celebration as they passed and it was as though the party continued to follow them wherever they went.

Mexico is our favorite place in the whole world and our weekend celebrating Marianna and Alfonso made us fall in love with it even more. We are so grateful to Marianna’s sister Priscilla (a wedding photographer) for encouraging her sister to get in touch with us and we are so honored to have had the privilege to document their incredible wedding weekend.

 

{16 Comments}

  1. Ben Chrisman

    It’s always a treat to see what you two do at a wedding. Such great seeing here.

  2. Priscilla Falcon

    Absolutely breathtaking !!!!! Thank you guys so much, for your kind hearts and amazing art !!!! We love you 😘✨🙌

  3. Veronica

    stunning shots, as usual!

  4. Daniel

    Absolutely next level photography.

  5. Lorena Moeller

    Gracias por estar y ser parte de nuestra alegría. Y captar todos estos momentos que harán que siempre los revivíamos en nuestros corazones 😘😘😘

  6. Elle

    So beautiful! In love with your work

  7. Christina

    Wow!!! Blown away (not that I’m surprised)… the light, the emotions and the creativity. Just gorgeous!

  8. Patryk Stanisz

    Wow! great wedding and photos! You have captured lots of beautiful emotions!

  9. Mandy

    Love! The moments captured are amazing!