January 26, 2012Thanksgiving Day Wedding | Kingston Wedding PhotographersPosted in Weddings

Hello everyone,

We’re back from our brief blogging hiatus and hope your holiday’s were full of friends, family, and love…with a few great presents sprinkled in of course. Congratulations to all the ladies that got engaged over the holidays; what an exciting way to start the New Year!  Melissa and I got engaged over Christmas ourselves (2007). We went skating at Bryant Park, in New York City, and I proposed to her in front of a big, beautiful, sparkling Christmas tree. The next night we took a horse drawn carriage ride through The Park (Central). One of my most memorable Christmases.

I always buy myself a few books over the Christmas holiday’s and this year was no exception. I read Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink,” Julian Barnes’ “Sense of an Ending,” and Sarah Bakewell’s “How to Live: A Life of Montaigne.” Michel Montaigne is credited with the invention of “the essay.” In its early form the essay resembled something more akin to, what we would recognize, as stream of consciousness: basically, mapping the minds path in its exploration of a particular topic. Montaigne was more occupied with how the mind worked than solving the questions his writings were exploring. Really interesting stuff, but I digress ; )

This morning we have a beauty to share with you. A wedding from this past Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving never fails to be one of the nicest days of the year, hands down. The light is warm and golden, the temperature is unseasonably warm, and there is barely a cloudy in the sky. The ceremony and reception were both held in The Radisson’s, Harbour Shadows room, over looking the harbour at Confederation Park on scenic Lake Ontario. We hope everyone enjoys looking through the photographs as much as we did taking them. Congratulations Valerie and Luke!

 

Bon Appétit,

 

The Violets

 

 

FIN

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Naomi Claire STUNNING work as always!! It was worth the wait :) I am drooling over those detail shots! {January 26, 2012, 01:16pm}
TheViolets Thank you Naomi, you are too sweet :) We always appreciate your kind words. - Lucas {January 26, 2012, 08:24pm}
Sam Shepherd These are all lovely... great work! What an elegant bride {January 27, 2012, 04:33pm}
Ethan Garrity The close-up pearls and the "almost" kiss... amazing! {May 17, 2012, 10:17pm}
TheViolets Thanks your lovely and encouraging comment Ethan. {May 18, 2012, 10:03am}

Thanksgiving Day Wedding | Kingston Wedding Photographers | January 26, 2012

November 15, 2011Breanne & Fraser | Rural Wedding | Kingston Wedding PhotographersPosted in Weddings

Hello,

This week has been so exciting! We had the amazing opportunity of shooting a “surprise wedding.” A surprise wedding is a wedding that poses as an engagement party. Robbie and Kim invited all their friends to celebrate their engagement, under the guise of getting married in a remote location. Half way through the event, Kim walked in dressed in a beautiful wedding gown and married to Robbie in front of all their close friends…surprise! The best part of all is that Robbie was my best friend from grade 5 until the end of high school. I loved playing such an important part of his day…and just being there was an honour. Can’t wait to share that with you all.

This Tuesday we have a stunner in store for you. Breanne and Fraser put so much emphasis and energy into styling their day, it was an absolute pleasure to photograph. There were tonnes of DIY touches, far too many to share in a single post! I’ll let the images speak for themselves, but I will say one more thing: best garter ever, so pretty! Congrats Breanne and Fraser, your wedding was more than lovely…I look so forward to becoming closer friends with you as the years pass. Congratulations!

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

FIN

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Fraser Johnson Amazing photos! I feel this may be my favorite blog post ever. {November 15, 2011, 09:17am}
Donna Bell Love, love, love them. The details are dramatic and you captured them brilliantly. {November 17, 2011, 09:27am}
Chelo These are DROP DEAD INCREDIBLE. :)) xo {January 06, 2012, 05:02pm}

Breanne & Fraser | Rural Wedding | Kingston Wedding Photographers | November 15, 2011

November 8, 2011Chrissy & Mike | Adolphustown, Ontario | Kingston Wedding PhotographersPosted in Weddings

Hello,

Yesterday an amazing day, we had the opportunity to photograph a designer gown by Nadya Toto. We have been so fortunate with the weather, we spent most of the afternoon out in the fresh air roaming through open spaces and enjoying our vitamin D fix. The photographs came out airy and bright, the light was golden and rich, you’d swear it was September. Can’t wait to share…hopefully soon.

This Tuesday, we have a lovely cottage wedding to share with you. Chrissy and Mike decided to have a small wedding at her family’s cottage, a place where she grew up and one that holds many fond memories. Now she can add one more, marrying the love of her life. Congratulations you two, it was a pleasure photographing your lovely August wedding.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

FIN

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Naomi Claire stunning images once again! you two never disappoint :) i would like to get married again (to the same person) just so you can photograph it! {November 08, 2011, 06:15pm}
Donna Bell These images are breath taking. You guys are so phenomenally talented. {November 08, 2011, 07:45pm}

Chrissy & Mike | Adolphustown, Ontario | Kingston Wedding Photographers | November 8, 2011

November 1, 2011Ashley & Mike | Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto | Toronto Wedding PhotographersPosted in Weddings

Hello,

We hope everyone had a fun, spooky, and safe Halloween. Unfortunately our front door is around the back of our home, so we didn’t get enjoy all the cute costumes; but we could hear all the little trick or treaters having lots of fun collecting their, “candy!, candy!, candy!” to quote Garfield.

This Tuesday we have a beautiful Toronto wedding to share with you. Ashley & Mike were married at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Black Creek is an authentic 19th century country village , replete with wooden plank side walks, dirt roads, and a 5 story mill powered entirely by a large overshot waterwheel. They were married in a quaint little period church, the Fisherville Church (1856). The village itself made for a gorgeous backdrop. Congratulations Ashley & Mike, and thank you for making us a part of your beautiful day.

Bon Appétit,

-The Violets

FIN

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Jenny Simply Gorgeous!!! Beautiful work you two!!! {November 01, 2011, 09:07am}
Misty What a BEAUTIFUL couple! DIVINE PICTURES! Gave me chills all over again! Can't wait to see the rest! {November 01, 2011, 09:24am}
Naomi Claire Absolutely stunning work, once again. I could stare at your detail shots all day :) {November 01, 2011, 01:38pm}
Kim Ashley and Mike, It was a pleasure to be your wedding coordinator! This was a gorgeous wedding, and you have some fabulous pictures to prove it! {November 01, 2011, 03:04pm}
Sam Shepherd Beautiful work as always {November 01, 2011, 09:02pm}
Amanda lovely! You should send SJP the pic of the perfume;) {November 01, 2011, 09:09pm}
Pam Melissa and Lucas - you two just keep getting better and better and better... LOVE these photographs! {November 01, 2011, 10:30pm}

Ashley & Mike | Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto | Toronto Wedding Photographers | November 1, 2011

October 25, 2011one moment, one frame, one idea | Kingston Wedding PhotographersPosted in Weddings

Good morning everyone,

This Tuesday were going to share just one solitary image. With all the visual stimulous we all take in everyday, we thought it would be nice to take a moment and just meditate on one moment, one frame, & one idea.

This particular image was taken just minutes before the ceremony during a first look. The couple wanted to pause and enjoy a few reflective moments alone in each other’s company before the traditional motions of their wedding day took over.  What is really moving about this particular image is the combination of motion and emotion. Her windblown strands of hair lie perfectly eskew across her face, suggesting a candour and careless grace that we would associate with an Impressionist painting by Degas or Caillebotte.

Impressionism  arrests my attention more than another movement in visual arts, and I have always sought to infuse my work with a similar aesthetic. Impressionists sought to marry two conflicting ideas: they wanted to capture real fleeting moments in time, but with paint brushes. Obviously painting a beautiful portrait takes much longer than a fleeting moment, so these artist would have to draw from their memories, sketches, impressions…hence Impressionism. They didn’t see this as a limitation, but rather a chance to articulate that any visual representation of “reality” is never entirely objective, but is of necessity always subject to interpretation. The better the painter, or photographer for that matter, the more beautiful the impression.

In this way, Impressionism shares a bond with wedding photography. A wedding is a highly contrived day. Brides seek to create a beautiful backdrop against which their wedding will take place. It is the job of the photographer to interpret the movements of the day against this backdrop to create a genuine wedding story in still frames. Take this moment, the setting in which they enjoyed their first look was chosen specifically for it’s aesthetic value: it was light, airy, and the lamp post gave the setting a distinctly Parisian feel. However, the moment itself couldn’t be more genuine. The result is a beautiful impression of a rich romance being shared between two people on their wedding day.

We would love to hear your impressions of this image. What do you like about it, what sort of feeling does it give you, does this sort of approach to wedding photography appeal to your sensibilities?

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

FIN

The Gananoque Inn

Dress by J.Crew

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Erin I think there is no better compliment to a couple or a photographer than, "I want it to be me in that moment." Beautiful. {October 25, 2011, 11:28pm}

one moment, one frame, one idea | Kingston Wedding Photographers | October 25, 2011

October 18, 2011Alison & Mike | East Lake | Prince Edward County Wedding PhotographersPosted in Weddings

Happy Tuesday,

I had an extremely exciting weekend, I had the pleasure of shooting a wedding amidst the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains. I arrived early Friday afternoon and spent the evening exploring the restaurants, pubs, and shops that make up the quaint village of Lake Placid. Saturday morning was filled with rapids, unbelievable autumn colours, and views from 2,300 ft above sea level…magnificent! Can’t wait to share Kate and Dylan’s beautiful Lake Placid wedding with all of you.

In the mean time we have a very pretty wedding we are excited to share. We love photographing weddings in Prince Edward County and this wedding was no exception; East Lake is a lovely little area just south of Picton – clover filled fields for miles! Needless to say, Alison and Mike’s country wedding provided us with some breathtaking backdrops, lush natural hues, and of course their day was bathed in golden sunlight – perfection! Alison got ready in the cutest little country home you’ve ever seen. The farm, on which the wedding took place, was formerly used for harvesting apples. Alison, Mike, and their lovely friends and family helped transform the barn into a little church for the ceremony: something they coined as “The Apple Chapel”…so cute! Their wedding had great style, a beautiful location, and lots of personality. Congratulations Alison and Mike, your wedding was an absolute pleasure to photograph.

Bon Appétit,

– The Violets

FIN

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Sam Shepherd Wow, beautiful images, well done! {October 18, 2011, 12:31pm}
Erin McQuaig Wowza...fantastic!!! I always love reading the updated Violet blog! {October 18, 2011, 07:19pm}
Caitlin den Boer Wicked as always! {October 18, 2011, 09:02pm}
Elisa Simply spectacular! Some of the most beautiful wedding photos I have ever seen! {October 20, 2011, 11:56pm}
TheViolets Elisa, goodness gracious! Thank you so much for your kind words, they really mean a lot to us. Keep it coming :) {October 21, 2011, 12:14pm}
TheViolets Oh Erin, you always have such nice things to say. Thank you for your continued support :) Just so you know, Tuesday is blogpost day from now on. So, keep your ear to the street and your eye on the interwebs! {October 21, 2011, 12:18pm}
TheViolets Sam & Caitlin, you are both too kind. Always nice to get support from industry folk! And Sam, Melissa and I still need to come see that lovely home of yours. As soon as things slow down a bit over here I'm coming over...county ho! {October 21, 2011, 12:20pm}

Alison & Mike | East Lake | Prince Edward County Wedding Photographers | October 18, 2011

October 4, 2011Kelly & Andrew | Treasure Island | Kingston Wedding PhotographersPosted in Weddings

Good Morning,

It’s Tuesday again, that means for another beautiful blog post chalk full of wedding goodness. Thanksgiving weekend is quickly approaching, and I am about to cook my first full Thanksgiving meal for my family…yikes! Today I’m going to do my best to reserve a fresh local Turkey for Sunday, and finalize my meal. I am thinking a butternut squash soup to start, followed by fresh garden salad , Turkey and roast potatoes, and for dessert a beautiful apple pie…yay apple picking. So along with your lovely comment, if you could leave a link to a great thanksgiving recipe that would be fabulous! Anything from Turkey to Apple Pie, share your favourites…I need all the help I can get.

As for this weeks wedding, what a beauty. Kelly and Andrew’s celebration took place at her family’s home in their beautiful backyard on Treasure Island. Backyard weddings are perfect for creating intimacy; not only are you surrounded by good friends and loved ones, but you are surrounded by familiar things. Now that Kelly is living with Andrew in London, England, I am sure that intimacy was a top priority for her wedding and greatly enjoyed. Congratulations Kelly and Andrew, we had so much fun photographing your beautiful wedding day and it’s been a pleasure  getting to know you both. Without further ado…

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

 

FIN

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Kelly & Andrew | Treasure Island | Kingston Wedding Photographers | October 4, 2011

September 1, 2011Christina & Tommy Downtown, Kingston | Kingston Wedding PhotographersPosted in Weddings

Hello,

Last week we celebrated our 3rd anniversary in Montreal…I can’t believe it’s been three years, wow! We spent the day shopping and the evening strolling the cobbled narrow streets and alleys of Old Montreal. Old Montreal is so well maintained and full of architecture and cultural charm you could swear you’ve been transported to a small Parisian village for the day: love it!  For the past two years Melissa and I have had dinner at Barroco, a beautiful and romantic little bistro on  Rue St. Paul West. We had lobster and paella over fine french wine and candle light. For a peek at Barocco, just click on this sentence.

With out further ado, this morning I have a lovely wedding to share with you. Christina & Tommy are truly excellent people and a dream to work with. They have it all going on, they are beautiful, generous, active in the community, smart, and great to be around….and boy are they fun! I’m not sure how many couples would walk down the main street of a city, stopping traffic, for a handful of great photographs? Needless to say, we attracted a lot of attention in downtown Kingston: some people thought we were making a movie, a number of people asked if Christina & Tommy were a “real” couple, and the honking…my goodness all the honking!  Congratulations you two, I loved working with you, we loved being your wedding photographers, and look forward to becoming closer friends.

Christina & Tommy are very active in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization here in Kingston. It played a large role in their wedding, and I know this cause is near and dear to their hearts. For those who aren’t familiar with the great work that Big Brothers Big Sisters does click here to check it out. I think Christina & Tommy would agree that the experience can be just as rewarding to you as your potential Little Brother or Sister.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

FIN

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Caitlin den Boer I swear with each post, you guys seem to grow in leaps and bounds!! {September 01, 2011, 11:27am}
Christina Guzzo A big thank-you to Lucas and Melissa for their hard work! These photos really make it possible for us to re-live the moments of our day, that, at the time, just whizzed right by. Now they really are memories to last a lifetime, and hopefully, beyond our own lifetime :) {September 01, 2011, 11:35am}
Kaylynn Absolutely beautiful photos. {September 01, 2011, 12:21pm}
Julie Haugh What a special collection of photos. The photos say it all.......love is the most powerful emotion! I will enjoy re-visitng that special day every time I look at these pictures. {September 01, 2011, 03:04pm}
Sam Shepherd Beautiful work as always :) {September 02, 2011, 12:49pm}

Christina & Tommy Downtown, Kingston | Kingston Wedding Photographers | September 1, 2011

August 12, 2011Mary-Kathryn & Steve | Kingston Wedding PhotographersPosted in Weddings

It’s Friday and it’s beautiful out!

Long time no see. Believe us though, it’s not for lack of lovely things to share with you, but rather having so much to work with and work on that preceded our brief blogging hiatus. So here we are, right smack dab in the middle of this terrific wedding season, and this is just one of the many lovely weddings we’ve shot this year. I kept the photos airy and high key to compliment the beautiful ivory washed silk organza dress Mary-Kathryn chose to wear – I just love the way light wraps around big beautiful flowing dresses that have volume…so pretty! For all those brides-to-be out there, check out the Watters Bridal Collections. Watters gowns are made from natural fabrics (silks) and they are so stylish!  I hope you enjoy. We have many more weddings to come, so stay tuned : )

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

FIN

Flowers: LSP Designs

Cake: Cakes by Krista

Dress: Watters

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Alex These photos are stunning and the dress is beautiful! Amazing job as always, guys! {August 12, 2011, 01:53pm}
TheViolets Oh Alex, you are always so full of encouraging things to say. Thank you :) {August 12, 2011, 02:16pm}
Rosie These are absolutely stunning! {August 15, 2011, 03:37pm}
TheViolets Thank you Rosie. So very nice of you to say :) Lot's more to come! {August 16, 2011, 12:47pm}

Mary-Kathryn & Steve | Kingston Wedding Photographers | August 12, 2011

June 28, 2011Tenay & Tony | Kingston, OntarioPosted in Weddings

Bonjour mes amis,

Here is the first Winding Violets wedding of the season! Tenay & Tony were absolutely amazing to work with, as I am sure you’ll be able to see in the photographs. We couldn’t have asked for two better people to open our 2011 summer wedding season with, thank you both. I believe we were also lucky, in that this was the first sun-kissed Saturday of the summer…oy the rain! Tenay and Tony’s wedding day neared perfection, but for one slight hiccup…the fire department crashed the reception. Tony, being a professional DJ with Red Roche, wanted to start the party off right: loud music, lights, and yes smoke machines. About 30 seconds into the first dance the fire alarm was ringing and the fire department came crashing through the back door of the Ambassador. Thank god we didn’t have to vacate, all 450 of us! Anything but a blight on the day, the visit from the Kingston Fire Department added some great colour to such a harmonious day.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets


FIN

Tenay Thank you guys so much for the absolutely beautiful pictures, you are both so amazing to work with! We are so happy with all your pictures and seeing them again just reminds us of your amazing talents! You made our day what it was! Tenay and Tony {June 28, 2011, 12:51pm}
Mary Incredible photos that will last a lifetime and truly remind you of your special day. Congratulations and your wedding was absolutely STUNNING as the pictures show! {June 28, 2011, 01:27pm}
Amanda As always absolutely stunning photos!! Of course it helps with a beautiful bride. You look gorgeous Tenay! {June 28, 2011, 04:00pm}
Stavros Your wedding so was much fun and the photos are really cool. Enjoy the honeymoon Tony and Tenay. {June 28, 2011, 08:34pm}
Jenny D Beautiful as always! Great work! {June 28, 2011, 09:22pm}
Johnny Great photos :) {July 03, 2011, 11:27pm}
Colleen The pictures are gorgeous! :) {July 04, 2011, 08:16pm}
Donna Breath taking as usual. Another Winding Violets Wedding Season! I'm excited! {July 05, 2011, 02:39am}

Tenay & Tony | Kingston, Ontario | June 28, 2011