December 25, 2013Wedding Venues in Kingston Ontario | Spindle Tree GardensPosted in Weddings

Merry Christmas Morning!

Spindle Tree Gardens is an enchanted place. Walking its grounds gives you the feeling of being transported. I’ve visited these gardens many times. Each trip impresses fresh details into imagination, details I find myself recollecting when breathing life into a new book. It is an inspiring, and homey place. Not unlike what I imagine the Shire to be like. What better place to fall in love, or rather express your enduring love for your special someone? I can think of none better.

Merry Christmas,

The Violets

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Erika & Ryan Rowell This is a lovely set of images! Swoon! Since the last time we visited your site (which was quite some time ago) your work has really evolved, and is now on a completely other level. Bravo! what you are doing is fantastic. Keep up the beautiful work. {March 17, 2014, 06:50pm}

Wedding Venues in Kingston Ontario | Spindle Tree Gardens | December 25, 2013

December 24, 2013‘Twas the night before Christmas | Kingston Wedding PhotographersPosted in Let Them Eat Cake

‘Twas the night before Christmas,

And all through the house, not a creature was stirring . . . well maybe a rabbit? Here’s a little glimpse into WV Headquarter’s the night before Christmas. We are looking so forward to all the great couples that we will be working with this upcoming wedding season. We are hoping to make 2014 Winding Violets’s best yet. Congratulations to all of the couples that are getting, or have gotten, engaged over the Christmas season. We hope to hear from some of you soon!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight,

The Violets

 

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‘Twas the night before Christmas | Kingston Wedding Photographers | December 24, 2013

December 23, 2013Engagement Session in the Distillery District | Toronto, OntarioPosted in Uncategorized

Two more sleeps until Christmas,

. . . in the mean time check these two lovelies engagement session in the distillery district. And make special note of Joanna’s beautiful vintage Hudson’s Bay blanket . . . gorgeous, and totally on point! Did you know that the Hudson’s Bay Company has been undergoing a huge brand revitalization. That’s right fellow Canadian’s, one of the world’s oldest department stores, our very own Hudson’s Bay Company at 340 years old has become cool again.  You may notice, hat’s, scarves, blankets, etc. with the classic green, red, yellow, blue, print popping up more and more. Perhaps there is something from the Hudson’s Bay Company wrapped and waiting under the tree for you this Christmas?

Merry Christmas,

The Violets

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Noni Keilty We love our beautiful niece Joanna and handsome Alec in these wonderful photos. Joanna's sentimental choice to use her grandmother's blanket is perfect!! {December 24, 2013, 08:06am}

Engagement Session in the Distillery District | Toronto, Ontario | December 23, 2013

December 22, 2013Prince Edward County Engagement Session | Sand DunesPosted in Engagement

Good Morning,

Christmas is three days away; Kingston is covered in ice from roof top to sidewalk; our tree is casting it’s warm amber hue over the room; the fire is crackling; White Christmas is on the television; we are snuggled in for a long winter’s nap.

But before we nod off with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads, the third door of Winding Violets Advent Calendar must be opened. Behind door number three . . . nope not some amorphous chocolate figure unfortunately, but something just as sweet. A slight imaginative reprieve from the ice storm, a trip to Prince Edward County’s sprawling Sand Dunes. Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!

Merry Christmas,

The Violets

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Prince Edward County Engagement Session | Sand Dunes | December 22, 2013

December 21, 2013Ocean House & the Secret Beach | Watch Hill, Rhode IslandPosted in Let Them Eat Cake

Consider today’s entry a much needed postcard addressed to you from Watch Hill, RI. Watch Hill, Rhode Island, is home to many post card worth sights. Take for example Ocean House Hotel, woowzers! Ocean House’s extravagant rooms and breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean have been enjoyed by Henry Ford, Clark Gable, Conan O’Brien, and Hugh Jackman to name a few.

Other notable sights are the historic Watch Hill Yacht Club, many beautiful Victorian “cottages,”  and the oldest continuously operated carousel in the United States. The Flying Horse Carousel, sadly not pictured below…total fail I know, is set up right on the beach. Nothing like riding a carousel while enjoying an ocean view, huh?

The funniest thing about these photos, and much to our surprise, is that many of them were made less than 100 feet from Taylor Swift’s house. Just after coming across Ocean House, and still a little dazed, we spotted a discrete path that led to the Atlantic Ocean. We rambled down the stoney walk, through bushes, and long beach grass (braving the many tick warnings), eventually emerging onto a large beach that was nearly vacant.

Far out into the Ocean a large sailboat was barely visible over the white caps and crashing waves rolling a shore. The sound of waves rendered speech almost inaudible, but that vastness of the beach, ocean, and isolation, made it feel silent. Not a dissimilar sensation to standing still, at night, in a freshly fallen snow. You can hear your heartbeat.

When we got back to our hotel we consulted the All-Mighty-Goog and found that we were right behind Taylor Swifts home in Watch Hill. Nice choice girly. We hope you enjoy our little postcard from Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

From Watch Hill, RI with love,

The Violets

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Ocean House & the Secret Beach | Watch Hill, Rhode Island | December 21, 2013

December 20, 2013Watch Hill, Rhode Island | Bridal SessionPosted in Weddings

“I am constantly drawing inspiration from the places I travel, the people I meet, the movies I see, the heroes I admire. Growing up I was inspired by Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Mickey Mantle, FDR, and JFK. I still am.” – Ralph Lauren

Everyone needs a break from the scenery of daily life and its routines. We all want to be inspired. Whether that means escaping into a great novel, listening to a favorite record, perusing a great blog, or traveling somewhere new, these outlets whisper promises of something larger than ourselves. Our desire to be inspired speaks to the potential that lies dormant in each of us.

For Melissa and I that need is best fulfilled by travel. With my new found love for sailing, and all things “preppy,” New England proved just the ticket.

As creative professionals, our tanks run on high octane when it comes to inspiration. We are constantly glossing the internet, books, and the world around us for ideas. We are looking for things that inspire us and that will inspire you. The ideas we find in turn become the fuel we use to create the photographs you see right here on the Winding Violets blog.

We want to thank Michelle Pilon, from Lovebird Bridal, for contributing this beautiful Allure Romance gown and the Justin Alexander sash for this bridal shoot. We love Michelle and her beautiful boutique, nestled in the heart of downtown Kingston. Another big thanks to our beautiful model Alexa, and her friend Josh, for driving all the way out to Watch Hill with us for this shoot.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

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Watch Hill, Rhode Island | Bridal Session | December 20, 2013