Sometimes you just meet a couple and you immediately think "OMG I LOVE YOU" – and that's what happened when I met Jude and Mark at their engagement session in August...then again at their amazing wedding last Sunday at Liuna Gardens in Stoney Creek! They're both so real and relaxed – and the camera loves them!
It was a first for me, shooting at Liuna Gardens...and I absolutely LOVED IT. So many incredible vantage points and photo ops within a few steps! No travelling to off-site locations for photos and the hall was flooded with gorgeous natural light. A photographers DREAM. Plus, there's a rope swing. Because who doesn't looooove rope swings?
The thing I love most about shooting near the water are the clean, incredibly open backdrops – and we found the perfect secret spot just a few feet away for some dramatic and epic shots with nothing but endless sky behind them!
I'm not sure if you've experienced Michael from The DJ Emporium before – he rocks a violin in ways you've never heard or seen before. Seriously, my jaw drops and my heart flutters every time I watch him perform and serenade at weddings. It was no different at Jude & Mark's as he played her down the aisle, and put on an incredible show at the reception. When a violinist can fill a dance floor, you KNOW he's pretty incredible!
Plus I need to give a nod to the cutest little people ever in a wedding. They were so well behaved, adorable, and rocked that VERY long aisle at Liuna Gardens!
And...there was that moment when Jude stopped the party and gave the most heart-touching, tear-jerking ode to her mother, and asked if she could "have this dance". I teared up. And I wasn't the only one! So beautiful.
So without further ado I'll let you take a trip through Jude & Mark's wedding day at Liuna Gardens! But not before I share one of our fave wedding night photos ever – that stone gazebo (?) at Liuna is the most epic piece of architecture that was just asking to be lit up! Wishing Jude & Mark all the happily ever afters...as they depart today for their honeymoon in Italy (won't lie, a little jealous). Be sure to scroll down after the gallery for a little bonus post!
Click any image in the grid below to open up a big slideshow to swipe through! And scroll to the bottom for a little extra something. xoxo S&C
Soooooo there's a million options for first dance songs. What did Jude & Mark pick? "Unforgettable" by Sia – from Finding Dory. It was so beautiful and I had to message them afterward to get the deets so I could keep it playing on repeat ever since their wedding last Sunday!
Have a listen. It will steal your heart. #Unforgettable.
Vendor Love: Liuna Gardens | Lulabelle's Floral Studio | The DJ Emporium | Van Daele & Russell Photography