For those wanting an out-of-city escape for their wedding day, the Madsen’s Greenhouse in Newmarket is an easy consideration. Summer and botanical themes seem to go hand in hand. Christelle & Dan were such a sweet couple when I first met them 3 years ago. When I found out their wedding venue was Madsen’s Greenhouse, I hesitated.
Madsen’s Greenhouse is my Achilles heel. It is a stunning venue during the day, no doubt about that. Great indoor/options no matter what the weather conditions. However, once the sun sets and the ambient lighting reduces to string lights. Meaning it’s dark… and green. Even researching other photographer’s work online I noticed a similar pattern. Once it got dark, the blog just ended with no late-night photos to show. The few who did include evening photos had overly saturated skin tones which makes people of colour look really yellow. At least it was reassuring to know that I wasn’t the only one having difficulty with this venue at night.
With that in mind, I still love a challenge. The reason why I’ve been a professional wedding photographer for so long, is that I’m constantly challenging myself to become better. Each wedding I do is a learning experience. Even the ones that don’t go according to plan. So I brought in a few of my own lights to compensate for the darker venue. Huge improvement from my first time, but I still want to show it better. Madsen’s Greenhouse is stunning in real life and it deserves to be the same in your memories.
Saint Mark’s Roman Catholic Church
Saint Mark’s Roman Catholic Church is a community of believers united in the Catholic Faith. Hence they hosted Christelle & Dan’s Filipino Catholic Wedding ceremony today with some cultural traditions sewn in.
The Filipino wedding ceremony was my favorite part of the entire day. They brought the Candle, Cord, and Veil to pay respect to their culture. I love this tradition because each element has a strong meaning behind it. It’s also a nice way to involve important loved ones into your ceremony. Traditionally the ceremony is very religious. So the Candle, Cord, and Veil are no different. For this wedding, they had a Catholic ceremony and asked their officiant to customize it to the occasion. Obviously he was happy to oblige. And as a result, the guests loved it. The Arras ceremonial coins were a unique touch. The groom gave these to the bride to symbolize his commitment to the family.
The veiling ceremony bonds the bride and groom together so they are recognized as one. The veil lays over the bride’s head and the other side over the groom’s shoulder as a symbol of unity. This also represents a wish for good health and protection during their life as husband and wife. Similar to The Veil Ceremony, the Yugal or infinity shaped cord represents the couple’s bond and union. Finally, their sponsors will place the Yugal on top of the veil as the couple receives their blessing.
This is a relatively new service I offer. It gives you the benefit of two photographers for your morning prep/portrait sessions. You get photo/video coverage of the ceremony and reception. And a photo booth is available for your guests once the dance floor opens. It a little bit of everything, but only requires 2 shooters throughout the day. I am a trained on photographer and videographer. This just allows me to transition between the two throughout the day. Video coverage of this event is at the bottom of the page. It includes a full runthrough of the wedding ceremony and the scheduled highlights of the evening wedding reception. All speeches and vows are uncut so you remember every word