Each year I have the pleasure of designing gorgeous wedding albums for our couples and it’s a process I really do love. Selecting approximately 65 of the very best and most favourite images is probably the biggest challenge, but once those images are picked it’s truly magical to watch the album all come together. We love when couples come into the studio and get a chance to flip through these hand crafted albums in person. They feel beautiful in your hands and you can feel the workmanship and quality that has gone into each one. These are not flimsy books that are slapped together. Our albums are individually made by the album masters at Vision Art. We love the look and feel of these albums and they really do last forever! The thick pages are protected from finger prints and dust, the lay flat flushmount design means you don’t lose any of your photographs in the seam and they open nicely allowing you to see the entire image or images. We can’t imagine not having a wedding album… it truly is the storybook of of your wedding day and is a keepsake to cherish for a lifetime. Our couples are still telling us many years later how much they love their album and how they love looking through it with their children and their grandparents… over and over again. You chose us to capture your wedding story, why not let us design an album for you to truly showcase those moments and memories! Sure you can do it yourself and upload your images into an online template if you wish, but hands down I have never seen an album with the same quality, durability and breathtaking beauty as our Vision Art wedding albums.
Here is a sneak peek of Joanna and Dennis’ wedding album – we just had to make a studio sample for ourselves to share with all our 2015/16 couples that are coming in… we are in love with it’s elegance and beauty!
This gorgeous canvas carry pouch comes in several colours and patterns and protects your album when taking it around it to show friends and family or work colleagues; it also looks stylish on display in your own home.
the inside of the pouch is velvety smooth and soft so it won’t scratch your album cover
you can either choose a beautiful photo wrap cover like this one or we have a variety of genuine soft leather choices in several popular colours
you can see how thick the album is in this image – it’s sturdy and so well made – it also feels nice in your hands with it’s silky smooth matte or gloss finish
designing the full 24″ wide spreads is so fun for me – I love using a variety of page layouts to really showcase each gorgeous wedding image – this bouquet definitely needed to be shown as it’s own large single image; it was one of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen
I love including a couple of pages of black & white images in each album… of course it’s a personal preference, but some images really do look better and more dramatic in b/w (in my opinion)
this macro photo really shows an upclose look at the page thickness…. similar to a small child’s board book… these durable pages are built to last and can be turned many hundreds and thousands of times over generations and still look amazing – the clear coating protects your images from finger prints and dust as well
choosing the day’s most romantic or memorable moments is sometimes tough… but there are always a few that just stand out from the rest to me, like this moment when Dennis leaned in and whispered in Jo’s ear… that smile on her face… THAT moment needs to be remembered for always
the details are always an essential element of the day and need to be showcased on their own page… you have spent so much time (and money) choosing each and every one… when they all come together at the reception it’s simply gorgeous and you’ll want to remember them. Jo and Dennis chose a couture cake from The Luvvly Cake Co and their design details and inspiration in whites and creams with lots of sparkle were the work of Jackie Penner Events – stunningly beautiful for sure
Here you can see again how thick and durable the album is by the spine
and finally the back cover… just as beautiful as the front
Just like no two weddings are the same, nor are two albums. Each one is individually designed and then hand crafted. This album was designed in the 9×12 style but square options as large as 12×12 are also available.
It’s always an honour to be featured on other wedding blogs, especially ones that we really, truly LOVE! We have been fans of Style Me Pretty for years and it’s the only place we choose to pay for advertising for Love Madly because we believe that their Little Black Book of preferred/favourite vendors along with all of their local wedding blogs provide couples with beautiful and inspirational ideas to plan their perfect wedding.
A couple of weeks ago they featured the incredible and romantic wedding story of one of our couples, Linda + Mike, that we captured last summer along with Claudia Hung. It is still one of our all-time favourite wedding stories. This couple came all the way ‘home’ from California to say I do in a lakeside ceremony at Palais Royale in Toronto. You can check it out here:
On July 6th, 2013 we’ll be capturing Jennifer and Matt’s wedding story. We love this super cute, super fun Save the Date short clip we created for them to send out to all their friends and family! What a fun way to get everyone excited about your big day! We love the vintage concept and all the props they incorporated – thanks to Krista from KJ and Co for making everything truly perfect and for bringing their vision to life!
Sunshine by James Peel
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Alicia and Matt were married yesterday! Over the past year we have become great friends with these two beautiful people and we were so looking forward to capturing their wedding story. Alicia looked fabulous thanks to Monika from Makeup Worx and her hairstylist Serena from Studio 440. Her Alita Graham gown was breathtaking and was complimented by her sparkling Jimmy Choo shoes. I love that she wore her hair down all day and then had it up for the reception – two completely different looks for our stunning bride! It was an emotional day and we knew that Mattie wouldn’t be able to hold back the tears when he saw Alicia for the first time as she was escorted down the isle by her dad. Their love for each other is obvious to all those who spend even half an hour with them and from our very first meeting we knew that yesterday would be extra special. When Mattie came over to our table just before 8 pm to make sure we were all doing okay, that we had got a chance to eat, and to let us know that if we needed anything at all to just let him know, it was just another indication of how much these two take care of everyone in their lives. Their families treated us like family and their bridal party was super fun to be around the entire day! Liuna Station was beyond elegant with all the details and little touches that Alicia and her wedding planner Melissa from One Fine Day Event Planning and Design had put together. We were so impressed with the audio from DJ Emporium (which makes such a difference when we show our same day edits) and honestly, this has to be one of our favourite Same Day Edits – a true reflection of their magical wedding story… enjoy!
Sky’s Still Blue by Andrew Belle
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Jo and Aaron were married on June 9th in beautiful Port Carling, Ontario. We were so looking forward to our very first Muskoka wedding and it didn’t disappoint. When we arrived at the JW Marriott and checked in on the Friday afternoon we were already in love with the rustic nature that surrounded us. We headed over to The Rock where Aaron and his groomsmen were playing a round of golf and were able to follow them in our own cart on a couple of holes. The morning of the wedding day Jo’s mom Patty came to pick us up at the marina in one of the family boats and it was just starting to rain. As the clouds rolled in and the skies opened up we all wondered if it would clear up in time for the photo session and ceremony. Aaron had sent over a series of clues for his bride to try and figure out where they were going to be heading for their honeymoon. She started with a crossword and then a word scramble and a few others to keep her and her bridesmaids guessing all morning long. When the rain stopped just after noon we were all crossing our fingers that we had seen the last of it. After a very special first look on the family dock the bridal party and families headed out for the photo session at a nearby cottage where the grounds were breathtaking. The ceremony and reception were held at the country club in a large room that extended right out over the water and had beautiful windows all around. Everything was gorgeous and there was evidence of Jo and Aaron’s personalities in many of the details (many of which were put together by Patty herself). We were all thoroughly entertained by Signal Hill as they performed many classic hits and kept everyone dancing late into the night. With a few more Muskoka weddings coming up this summer we are excited to return to the north and we are equally excited to share the highlights from Jo and Aaron’s amazing, romantic, oh-so-beautiful wedding story!
I Grew Up Here by Kerry Muzzey
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Up Side Down Umbrella by Us and our Daughters
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Beautiful storytelling begins with a beautiful couple and their heart warming story …. our couples truly inspire us… thank you for loving each other madly and for choosing us to capture your story! Featured on Style me Pretty
Hold Onto Hope Love by Amy Stroup
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Yesterday we were honoured to capture and be a part of Marta and Brock’s wedding story. This was a day I had waited 15 months for and knew from our very first meeting that their celebration would be filled (infact, overflowing) with personal touches and details that were important to them. With just 78 guests in attendance each and every one that was there was someone very significant in their lives. The venue they chose was EastDell Estates Winery and the way they described the intimacy of the location we all knew it would fit their personalities perfectly – and it did!
The backstory ~ for those who haven’t been following our blog since before Marta and Brock’s engagement session I’ll just say that it started at Woof Stock in Toronto. The four of them (yes, their Puggles Henry and Buf came too) met me there and then we went to High Park for a picnic. The boys, as Marta and Brock refer to them, are adorable and such a huge part of their lives and of their wedding story. I couldn’t imagine their wedding day without them there. Marta and Brock are fitness and health fanatics – they produce weekly episodes for many viewers on Fitfortwo.tv. It was important to them to ensure that many of the elements of their day were organic, locally sourced and environmentally friendly.
The story ~ Marta and Brock both knew they had to go for a run on the morning of their wedding day. Staying in two nearby hotels in St. Catharines they each went out separately at sunrise to run. Marta ran in a local park and Brock took to the service road. Around noon the rain started to fall ever so lightly. We were already at the vineyard checking out the cabin and outdoor ceremony location. The rains would get heavier at times and then seem to almost stop before starting again. Brock asked me what we thought would be best – to move the ceremony indoors or continue with the outdoor grove location? I knew that they had envisioned their outdoor wedding with sunshine, but most of their guests had umbrellas and even in the rain it would be beautiful, so we continued with plan A. The rains fell, their best man Rob stood behind Marta the entire time holding an umbrella over her and we did our best to keep our cameras dry and lenses free of rain drops. The reading “Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog” was so completely perfect – just like so many other details that were thought out and put into place. Their personalized vows made me teary. Their entire wedding day story is beyond amazing. I could literally write paragraphs here… but their SDE and photos will do a much better job so please enjoy!
The music: About a month ago we first listened to a song by Holley Maher, an artist from New Jersey, now living and recording in Nashville. Immediately we fell in love with her voice. When we found a small excerpt from her song Always Be I knew instantly that it would be the perfect song for Marta and Brock’s SDE. I contacted Holley directly and was sad to find out that the song hadn’t been recorded yet. She was planning on recording it in the coming weeks though as she was finalizing her debut album. I explained to her that we had this amazing couple and told her all about them and their wedding story and she said she’d do her best to get us a copy of the song for Oct. 2nd. On Oct. 1st at 1 pm the song arrived in our inbox. We were ecstatic. We can’t thank Holley enough for doing this for us – it speaks volumes to her personality and we hope you’ll all have a listen to her music. Holley, we adore you and thank you with all our hearts – this SDE would not have been what it is without your amazing song.