Category Archives: Wedding

Joyce and James Engagement Shoot

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I have known Joyce for a long time and I was so delighted when I got to shoot her engagement shoot this summer. It is really lovely to capture special moments in special people’s lives. That is probably the joy of photography for me. I really had a blast with this photo shoot in the beautiful North York ravines. I felt it captured many facets of their personalities and relationship from the intimate moments at home, to enjoying the outdoors together, to a night on the town. I hope they enjoyed the day as much as I did.

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Melissa and Kyle’s Wedding, Vaughan, Ontario

 

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Melissa and Kyle somehow “found me on the internet” and since our very first meeting made it very clear that they wanted me and were excited about what I had to offer. We did the engagement shoot in the fall at a venue which was personal for them. I delivered the photos and their response was, “Your photography is impeccable! Thank you, we are so happy! We really appreciate all your hard work. The photos are wonderful, exactly what we wanted and we had so much faith in you!”

Then I photographed their wedding. It was a large Italian family on the bride’s side but it had a fairly relaxed personal feel throughout. I really enjoyed myself and felt part of the special day not just an outsider coming in to document it. After the wedding shoot they wrote me the most genuine and might I add jaw-dropping testimonial I have ever received. It is quite long so I cannot post it in its entirety but here is an excerpt: “Right until the very end of our working relationship she has proven herself to be far above the rest, both artistically and professionally. We have not stopped looking at our wedding photographs since they were delivered. Jamie Day Fleck has created a story for us, and each time we read our photographs we find something else that she wanted to remind us of. Her work is authentic, deep and communicative, and our photographs are candid and timeless. Jamie is a true artist.”

Thank you Melissa and Kyle, the pleasure was all mine. I am fairly certain I will not encounter another client quite like you two but I hope I do because it will make my life a lot more fun! 

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Sometimes the Second Time is Sweeter

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I was delighted to be chosen to shoot Jennifer and Robin’s wedding. It was a second wedding which thankfully lacked all the formalities of first weddings but lacked none of the joy, love or merrymaking. Robin had his proud son as his best man adding a certain poignancy to the ceremony. The ceremony took place at Christ Church Deer Park with its stunning wooded interior and high vaulted ceilings. Then the reception was at the Granite Club where the décor was brought in to give a comfortable lounge feel. Friends and family toasted the newlyweds with rounds of laughter and broad smiles.

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Mary and Paul’s wedding, Toronto, Canada

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Mary and Paul were the most delightful couple to collaborate with. They were obviously hopelessly in love making the event all the more easy to capture and enjoy.  When I first met Mary and Paul, I was struck by their ease and their elegance. They were genuinely good people with clear aesthetic sensibilities and fun-loving attitudes.

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It was held in Toronto at the University of Toronto Trinity College chapel which has a luminous and traditional quality while feeling intimate and comfortable. Then after a quick walk down Philosopher’s Walk conveying the charm of Toronto in a quaint old-world way, we all met at the Gardiner Museum (known for its ceramic collections) for the reception. Smiles and good cheer were everywhere and the admiration for this couple from their family and friends was palpable. I was delighted to be part of this special day in their lives, capturing both the style and the joviality.

For more info on weddings go to: www.jamiedayfleck.com

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Laura and Alexey’s Wedding – Toronto, Canada


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The year has been flying by and there have been many picture making sessions I have not released widely.

Here is the wedding of Laura and Alexey. It happened in September in Toronto at the idyllic Fantasy Farm on Pottery Road. Laura and Alexey managed to preserve their own cultural heritage and traditions in doing a Chinese and Jewish wedding. Beginning with the tradition of the father turning over his daughter with a red umbrella to the Chinese tea ceremony and then on to the Ketubah signing (Jewish marriage contract) and wedding service officiated by a cantor.

After all the formalities of the day, the party started. Laura has a background in ballroom dancing and this came out when they had a fully choreographed number with their entire bridal party followed by their show-stopping first dance. The whole room was invited to the dance floor for the hora prior to dinner even starting!

Following dinner, they celebrated the bride and groom with speeches and telltale trivia games and then danced the night away.

Love is in the Air

I am pleased to be able to offer engagement photographs and now wedding photo shoots to my clients. I find this area an exciting growing area of photography. I like it because I approach the shoot in very much the same way that I would do a magazine or other type of portraiture shoot.

I look at wedding photography as a mixture of event, fashion and portraiture so it helps when you are a photographer who is versed in all three areas.

I thoroughly enjoy watching a couple and figuring out how to best visualize their relationship. How are they different individually? What are their strengths as a couple? And then I am always pleased with the result because they look so in love and I feel that I am capturing them at a very important moment in their lives.

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