2018 Year In Review

36 Engagements. 54 Weddings.
About 20 Billion(ish) Photos.
Endless Awesomeness.

Alright, kiddos…hold on tight because we’re about to go on a whirlwind tour of our 2018 Wedding & Engagement season…complete with all 34 Engagement Sessions and 50 Weddings that we were blessed to be have been a part of as their (dare we say awesome) photographers (there’s 6 that we shot which aren’t included below for privacy reasons). It’s fair to say 2018 was busy, beautiful, and totally incredible! I won’t ramble on here, because this post is LONG.

Like, long-long. REALLY long. But sooooo very worth it.

We’ve travelled to all corners of Ontario, and met some of the most wonderful people, families, vendors and traditions along the way.

We wouldn’t change a thing.

Be sure to follow along on  Instagram @vandaeleandrussell

Be sure to follow along on Instagram @vandaeleandrussell

Everything below is just the very tiny tip of the iceberg for each shoot. The good stuff – those irreplaceable candid moments, fleeting glances, belly laughs and tears, the wedding details and decor, and the unique story of each couple and day – all of that can be found in the full gallery for each shoot, which you can get to by clicking the “See More on Facebook” button below the images. Teaser galleries on Facebook have about 100-200 images…whereas we chose maybe 10-20 for each post below!

You can check out every collage from this post in a Facebook album we’ve put together as well. CLICK HERE to visit the album!

We’ve put this 2018 Year In Review post together chronologically, starting with Kelly Rae & Martin’s engagement shoot in January, and wrapping up with Annette & Randy’s 30 Year Vow Renewal just a few weeks ago in December (could there be a better way to wrap up the season than with a celebration of love that is standing the test of time, 30 years strong!) The only one missing is Michelle & Matthew’s New Years Eve wedding which will be happening in 48 short hours from when I’m writing this, so you’ll need to pop over to our Facebook Page or Group (or both!) to catch those photos next week (and, there’s always Instagram, too!).

But first – A HUGE thank you to YOU.

Without each and every one of you, we also wouldn’t have been recognized and awarded The Knot’s 2019 “Best of Weddings” for Photography, either! In an industry so saturated with photographers – it’s an honour to be acknowledged for something we simply LOVE doing!

Thank you for following our work, for bringing us along for the ride, for sharing it with your friends, for commenting on our posts (the more you like and comment on facebook, the more our posts will actually show up in your newsfeed) and for just simply enjoying what we do! We hope our passion for photography – and magic, and romance, and whimsy and realness – carries through in each and every photo we take and share with you. xoxo

Happy New Year!
xoxo Shawn & Clint

PS: Where possible, we’ve listed the talented wedding vendors that helped the day come together, below the images for each couple. As well, there’s a direct link to the gallery for that couple on Facebook, where you can see a TONNE more images from their shoot, and where available, a review or testimonial that has been left for us on TheKnot.com or WeddingWire.ca (we blushed a LOT while putting this post together!)

If you’re looking for more information on vendors or items from any wedding or event below, just send us an email and we’ll do our best to help you out!

PSS: If you’re planning or getting ready to plan your own upcoming wedding – drop us a line and let’s chat!


WINTER

“Baby, it’s cold outside”

– Dean Martin


Kelly Rae & Martin

Purple Hill Country Hall, Thorndale

Oh, I remember this day so clearly! If there ever was a “perfect” winter day…this was it! We couldn’t have asked for better weather, a better couple, or a better location to kick off our 2018 season. Kelly Rae & Martin’s January engagement session at the (very cool) Purple Hill Country Hall in Thorndale was simple, sweet, wintry, rustic country romantic perfection!

Purple Hill Country Hall, Thorndale Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Purple Hill Country Hall, Thorndale Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

“My husband and I have never had photos professionally done so we weren’t sure how comfortable we would be in front of the camera. Shawn made the whole experience not just comfortable but FUN! He really is a great guy, and my whole wedding party commented on how easy he was to get along with. Even after we had changed our wedding plans from a 115 people wedding in London to a 20 people wedding in Niagaga Falls Shawn wasn’t fazed and went right along with us. Thank you so much Shawn for making the whole process so stress free and enjoyable. The photos are above and beyond what we wanted! I still look at them all the time and can’t believe it’s us and our day. Amazing & beyond happy. We’ve already said if we ever need a photographer again for something this is who we will hire.”

– Kelly Rae & Martin


Ivana & Peter

Scotsdale Farm, Georgetown

It was over coffee at Starbucks during our first meet and greet with Ivana & Peter when they shared their wish for super-wintery engagement photos…and it’s fair to say their wish came true! Be sure to check out their facebook gallery for lots more from their session at Scotsdale Farm – one of our favourite places to shoot for over a decade! Ironically…Ivana & Peter (and Duke!)’s shoot was the 2nd of the season…and their winter wedding was the 2nd last of 2018 It was almost as cold as their engagement session…but not quite!

Scotsdale Farm, Georgetown Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

Scotsdale Farm, Georgetown Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

“We can't tell you how much we love our engagement photos!! Thank you so much! They are incredible.”

– Ivana & Peter


Nora & Andrew

Eglinton Grand Theatre, Toronto

Nora & Andrew's February wedding at the Eglinton Grand in Toronto was one of the most charming, classy and romantic weddings ever! Their day was laid back and easy going – just like two of them!

Eglinton Grand Theatre wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell, Toronto Ontario

Eglinton Grand Theatre wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell, Toronto Ontario

“Clint was wonderful to work with! VanDaele & Russellwas recommended to me by a coworker who's sister worked with them and was very happy with the result. Not only were they able to work with our budget, but they created the most wonderful pictures I could hope for. We have been receiving constant compliments on our wedding pictures and have been asked so many times who our photographers were. Thank you so much Shawn and Clint!”

– Nora & Andrew

Wedding Vendors:
Weddings by Design - Wedding Planning & Event Design
Pulp Productions • Gatto Flowers • bb Blanc
Van Daele & Russell Photography


Carlyn, John & Doggos

ALL. THE. DOGS. PLEASE.

I’ve loved Carlyn & John and their fur family since the day I met them all – their love of dogs almost equalling ours (okay…maybe it’s a tie!). We’ve had the pleasure of working with this fab fam for their engagement photos, wedding photos, and now their fuzzy family photos! Carlyn said she wanted some classic, dramatic portraits of the pups…and it was an absolute blast delivering!

Baden, Ontario family & dog photography by VanDaele & Russell

Baden, Ontario family & dog photography by VanDaele & Russell


Cat & Josh

10Eighteen Coffee & Ozen Sushi, London

I had such an awesome morning with Cat & Josh at two of their fave spots in London – 10Eighteen Coffee Bar on Dundas Street East, and Ozen Sushi Restaurant on Richmond Row! You can’t ask for any more than a super fun couple that the camera loves, the city’s BEST pour over coffee, and a sampler of sushi to start your day! I couldn’t be happier with Cat & Josh’s engagement photos (and be sure check out the facebook gallery for lots more!). And…in a few short scrolls you’ll get to see their incredibly clean, funky & modern wedding at Design House London!

10 Eighteen Coffee Shop, Ozen and Downtown London, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

10 Eighteen Coffee Shop, Ozen and Downtown London, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

“OMGOSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! I really wish that we filmed Cat's and I's reactions to EVERY picture! We were going crazy like it was the Superbowl at her house! haha! We're so honoured to have you take our pictures! We love them SO much! You're out of this world, Shawn!”

– Josh & Cat


SPRING

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”

– Bern Williams


Kat & Eric

Hamilton Golf & Country Club, Ancaster

Kat & Eric's March wedding at Hamilton Golf & Country Club was simple, sweet and super awesome! We started in the afternoon and went straight into their portrait session, leading into their ceremony. The venue was spectacular and the lighting was PERFECT...we wouldn't have changed a thing!

Hamilton Golf & Country Club, Ancaster Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Hamilton Golf & Country Club, Ancaster Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

“OMG they are beautiful! You are amazing, I've said it before how much I hate getting my photo taken but you make it so much fun. Thank you for making our day that much more amazing.”

– Kat & Eric

Wedding Vendors:

Curly Willow Floral Boutique • Gem Limousine Inc. • Hamilton Golf & Country Club
The 905 Band • GTA Strings - String Quartet Toronto • Gala Decor • Kleinfeld Canada
Kleinfeld Bridal • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Stephanie & Andy

We had such a great time at Stephanie & Andy's engagement shoot – as they're both teachers, it only made sense to hang out at their school for some photos, and we're so glad we did! It doesn’t get any more fun than pretending like you’re a kid again!

Brookville Ontario Public School engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

Brookville Ontario Public School engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell


Lisa & Jesse

Kortright Centre for Conservation, Woodbridge

These two are seriously the nicest, sweetest, cutest, most down-to-earth, easy-going, soooooo in love couple ever! In the midst of tornado warning and toppled trees, power outages and having to shift their ceremony and reception locations indoors at the Kortright Centre for Conservation because of the crazy weather, they didn't bat and eye and we all made the most of it! Lisa & Jesse's May wedding was truly all about their love and everything else came second – and that's what it's all about! Be sure to check out the facebook gallery for seriously a TONNE more pics from their wedding!

Kortright Centre for Conservation wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell, Woodbridge Ontario

Kortright Centre for Conservation wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell, Woodbridge Ontario

“Shawn & Clint are truly incredible to work with! They are super creative, they are professional, they are easygoing, fun to be around and make a great team. From the moment that we saw their portfolio, we knew that we needed to have them capture our day. We are simply blown away with their work and LOVE all of the teasers that they've sent us. Stop your search now; there's no need to look any further. Go with Van Daele and Russell - you won't be disappointed!”

– Lisa & Jesse

Wedding Vendors:

Kortright Centre for Conservation • Jean's Flower Shop • Jessica Allossery
Van Daele & Russell Photography


Melissa & Matthew

Deer Creek Golf Club, Ajax

It was an absolute pleasure spending the day with Melissa & Matt at their wedding at Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility in May – and the sunset that evening was out of this world! Both M&M are so relaxed and laid back, it felt more like “hanging out with friends” all day – and all their guests would agree! The event was full of laughter and love, and a little bit of rain didn’t put a damper on ANYTHING! Thanks to both of you for being SO amazing to work with since day one!

Deer Creek Golf & Country Club, Ajax Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Deer Creek Golf & Country Club, Ajax Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility • Van Daele & Russell Photography
Thimbleberry Lane • One Love One Dream Bridal
Entertainment Source Company Inc. • BeautybySaveria


Naheel & Shaker

Scotsdale Farm, Georgetown

We love spring photo shoots, especially when you pair it with a romantic fun engagement session! These guys won me over with all the laughs and their connection with each other and the camera during their session at Scotsdale Farm in Georgetown. Thank you to both of you for such a fantastic day!

Scotsdale Farm, Halton Hills Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Scotsdale Farm, Halton Hills Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell


Jeanette & Dan

Kelso Conservation Area, Milton

Fun FUN FUN! From all the glorious colour right up to an amazing sunset. It’s unbelievable how this location (Kelso Conservation Area in Milton) always looks just a bit different every time we shoot there. It’s always nice when our couples bring something to the shoot that tells their story..and in this case, it was wine! Thank you Jeanette & Dan for being open to doing anything to get the shot!

Kelso Conservation Area, Milton Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

Kelso Conservation Area, Milton Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

“We just finished our engagement shoot with Clint yesterday and it was so fun! My fiancé and I are both on the shy side so we thought it'd be more awkward than it was - Clint is so down to earth and personable, so it turned out to be a very fun and relaxing evening, time just flew by! Our pictures look great - very creative yet natural! We had decided to go with VD&R because we knew couples who had gone with them and we loved their style of photography. We can't wait to work with them more on our wedding day! ❤️”

– Jeanette & Dan


Jessica & Calvin

Scotsdale Farm, Georgetown

When Jessica & Calvin contacted us for their sunset engagement shoot, they wanted a mix of magical, romantic and timelessly classic photos, with some twilight and backlit shots, and a little bit of cute & quirky, too – so, a little bit of everything! It was an absolute pleasure working with these two at Scotsdale Farm, and we’re super sad we weren’t available for their wedding, too!

Scotsdale Farm Engagement Photos by VanDaele and Russell, Halton Hills Ontario

Scotsdale Farm Engagement Photos by VanDaele and Russell, Halton Hills Ontario

“Van Daele & Russell are extremely talented at what they do. When I saw their work, I knew I had to get a photoshoot with them. Unfortunately, they were booked for my big day, so I did an engagement shoot with them instead. Both me and my fiance are somewhat awkward with cameras, but the photos that came from our shoot indicate otherwise. Shawn was able to make our engagement photos an impeccable work of art and it looked like a faiytale. Even the teaser images that he sent to us was enough to leave us in awe. He was able to take all the ideas and props we had and bring it up to the next level. He was a very enjoyable person to chat with and made both my fiance and I feel at ease in front of the camera. Even though it was a 2 hour photoshoot, the photos cover so much variety that it seemed much longer than that.”

– Jessica & Calvin


Brittany & Richard

Alton Mill Arts Centre, Alton

There was so much awesome at Britt & Rich's wedding last May, at the always gorgeous Alton Mill Arts Centre! From their adorable first look in the forest, to a tandem bike, Britt's Dad's vintage car, stone fired pizza for dinner, and their first dance under the strings of Edison bulbs on the Mill's beautiful stone patio...weI wouldn't change a thing!

Alton Mill, Alton Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Alton Mill, Alton Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

“Thank you so much, is not enough!! The photos are incredible!!!! 😍 We are absolutely in love with them! You did such an amazing job! Going to treasure these photos forever! Thank you again for making our big day so special, fun, and memorable! We will be definitely recommending you to anyone and everyone who asks! Thank you!! “

– Brittany & Richard

Wedding Vendors:

Alton Mill Arts Centre • Heirlooms Bridal Shoppe • Strauss Menswear • Those Pizza Guys • Espresso Bella Catering and Events • Marvelle Events • Karen's Flower Shop • Firefly Lighting • Van Daele & Russell Photography 


Lindsay & Chris

Fergus, Ontario

I had an awesome time just wandering the streets of Fergus with Lindsay and Chris at the end of May for their evening engagement session! We hit a few of their favourite landmarks around town and wrapped up with an adorable twilight shot in front of their (adorable) home! Can't wait for the wedding day at the new Elora Mill & Spa, in October 2019!

Fergus, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Fergus, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

“If you're recently engaged and you're NOT booking your wedding around Van Daele & Russell's availability, are you even wedding planning yet?! The best decision (other than your forever plus one) you will make during this process is booking Van Daele & Russell! When we set out on our wedding planning journey, my fiance and I decided that we weren't willing to compromise on two major things - our rings and our photographer. The way we see it is that once the day has come and gone, those are the things we will have forever (other than each other, of course!!).  Van Daele & Russell are WORTH. EVERY. PENNY. And then some.
We have the most beautiful engagement photos from Shawn and I had the absolute pleasure of working with him again as a bridesmaid in my cousin's wedding. You've already researched him on social media - his work speaks for itself - but what you don't know (yet) is how absolutely WONDERFUL and EASY he is to work with!! We CAN'T WAIT to work with him again on our wedding day!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!”

– Lindsay & Chris


Cat & Josh

Design House London, Ontario

Where do we ever begin? We had such an amazing time spending the day with Cat, Josh and all their friends & family at their wedding last June – and absolutely loved all the venues we shot at! From their ceremony at the London Convention Centre (Ontario, Canada), to their ultra clean and modern photo session in and around Studio Collective, to the stunning and almost industrial vibe at their reception at Design House London – it all came together together in a beautiful, crisp and candid collection of pics we couldn't be more proud of! There was no lack of laughs throughout the day, and we can't thank these guys enough for their kind words after we sent over their teaser gallery the morning after the wedding:

"I can’t believe HOW GOOD these are! How do you turnover so quick with such quality?!?!! What the heck?? People were asking how the day was and I said “Honestly, I didn’t realize how much the day of is comprised of hanging with your photographers. But I’m not mad about that! These guys are so much fun!” Thank you for making our day so special and our time being photographed feel so natural! You guys are the best and I’m so glad we have something we can be proud of to put on our walls the rest of our lives!!!"

– Cat & Josh

Huge thanks to both of you, and a massive shout out to their awesome vendors, listed below the photos.

Design House London, London Ontario, wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Design House London, London Ontario, wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

“Shawn you amaze me! These pics are out of this world. We seriously went crazy when we saw them. Thank you so so much for these!”

– Cat & Josh

Wedding Vendors:

Party Girl Co • Floral Temptations • Petrov Bridal • Joseph's Clothiers • Kosmos London • London Convention Centre (Ontario, Canada) • MAC Cosmetics • Marcello's Barber Shop • Studio Collective • Design House London • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Kailla & Richard

Lakeshore Convention Centre, Mississauga

Like the sign in their kitchen read: "You are the gin to my tonic" – and boy, do these two ever fit together perfectly! The whole day was seamless and perfect, and a tonne of fun (you'll see...there was no lack of laughs (and gorgeousness) throughout the day – so check out the full gallery on Facebook!). We couldn't be happier to have spent the day with Kailla & Richard, and their amazing family and friends, at their wedding at Lakeshore Convention Centre last June! I could go on forever telling you about the day...but the pictures tell it all! Enjoy!

Lakeshore Convention Centre, Mississauga Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Lakeshore Convention Centre, Mississauga Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

“Shawn, I love love love these photos! Can’t thank you both enough for capturing all the love on our day :). There’s some hilarious ones in there too! Love them all! I’m planning on writing you guys a stellar review because you deserve nothing less! “

– Kailla & Richard

Wedding Vendors:

White Tulip Floral • DJ Johnny Angel • Pearl Bridal House • Jen Evoy Makeup Studio • Caldense Bakery Maple & Bradford • Jealous Bridesmaids • Trade Sensation • Andrea Fry Films • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Kenzie & Darren

Western University & Grand Bend, Ontario

I wish we were available to shoot Kenzie & Darren's wedding in China! But since we weren't...we went out for an amazing double engagement session last June, on campus at Western University, then wrapping up with a gorgeous sunset session on the beach at Pinery Provincial Park! This colourful collection of teaser pics from their shoot makes us smile! Congrats and thank you, Kenzie & Darren!

Grand Bend, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

Grand Bend, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

“It has been a week from our engagement sessions and I'm still feeling the excitement every time I think of the experience with Shawn...WOW! Shawn has been a very enjoyable person to deal with from the beginning. We are not having our weddings in Canada but were looking for some brilliant photos here. Then we decided to go with a double sessions with Shawn as he recommended. He knows that the sunset photos would be my fantasy in my mind so he recommended we drive out the the beach at Pinery park. Shawn really cares about our opinions and knows what the most professional way to finish the work no matter the conditions. We're quite flexible on the actual shooting date and Shawn is kind enough to suggest the best day according to the weather in order to have the BEST results. I'm really surprise that Shawn is such a master behind the lenses. The scenes seem so normal but they turns out GORGEOUS in Shawn's artwork. Thank you Shawn!”

– Kenzie & Darren


Connie & David

New Hamburg, Ontario

Shot in their hometown of new Hamburg, Connie & David wanted to capture a literal overview of the town, so we broke a few rules here and climbed up high for that beautiful scenic shot (shhhhh don’t tell anyone), then zipped back down to shoot around town! During the shoot I remember David saying “I really want a a scenic shot that one day down the road our great great grandchildren can see how cool our town (and we) were!” So fun!

New Hamburg, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

New Hamburg, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell


Janet & Ammar

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, Ancaster

Guys! Seriously, prepare yourself for the cutest, most fun, HAPPIEST wedding gallery ever! I can't even begin to explain how FUN Janet & Ammar's 2 day wedding at Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum in Ancaster was – and how AWESOME these two are – and all their friends and family, too! I dare you to go through their (huge) teaser gallery on Facebook without smiling from ear to ear! From food trucks for dinner & dessert, lawn games, and a ukulele serenade from Janet to Ammar during their ceremony, to a now infamous Costco Wholesale Canada Rotisserie Chicken proposal...and a whole lot more...ENJOY!

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, Ancaster, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, Ancaster, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, Ancaster, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, Ancaster, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

“Shawn was by far our favourite vendor for our (two-part) wedding, and we could not have had a more positive experience with him! When we were searching for wedding photographers, we stumbled upon Shawn's work and were so excited by his portfolio - the whimsical and magical approach he brought to his work, and how it always appeared to be tailored to the personalities of the individuals that were getting married. All of our guests LOVED the photos too, evidenced by the many compliments we received. Many of them asked for a referral so they could work with Shawn for their own weddings! Before the wedding, Shawn was easily accessible by email or phone for all of our questions. When deciding on a package that would work for our two-day function, we really appreciated his flexibility with our requests. On the day of the wedding, he arrived earlier than expected to scope out the area for good photo opportunities. He was so easy to get along with, open, funny, professional, and down to earth. You could clearly tell he is someone who is passionate about his craft. Absolutely professional to a T! We would wholeheartedly highly recommend Shawn to anyone! We are so lucky and grateful to have such beautiful pictures to remember our special day for the rest of our lives. “

– Janet & Ammar

Wedding Vendors:

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum • Mississauga Convention Centre • TDotsNaansense • 6spicerack • Itty Bitty Pie Company • Something Blue Wedding & Event DJ • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Jessica & Nick

Le Tréport Banquet Hall & Adamson Estate, Mississauga

Where do we being? Lets start with AWESOME! The perfect day with perfect weather and a lot of LOVE! Jessica & Nick's connection from the way they look at each other to the way they love their family and friends comes through in each photo. We are honoured to have shot their wedding at LeTréport Banquet Hall in Mississauga last June, and capture the day and all its wonderful moments (such as the look on Nick's face when Jess walks down the aisle – every bride’s dream!)

Le Tréport Banquet Hall, Mississauga, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Le Tréport Banquet Hall, Mississauga, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

Le Tréport Banquet Hall • Adamson Estate • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Kathleen & Joel

Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London

We were (and still are) swooning over Kathleen & Joel's shoot at Fanshawe Conservation Area last June...from balloons to roses to a cotton candy sunset...this baby's got it all!

Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell


SUMMER

“Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars.”

– Ed Sheeran


Kathy & Kevin

Terrace on the Green, Brampton

In Kathy's own words when she received her teaser gallery (conveniently while at her Dad's birthday party!):

"This set just made me cry. They're exactly what I wanted.
Colourful, candid, creative. We cannot thank you enough.
My graphic designer cousin just said 'You're going to have to frame most of these'"

Well...we couldn't ask for any better than that!

Terrace on the Green, Brampton, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Terrace on the Green, Brampton, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

Flowers by Leanne George • Allure Limo & Services • Double AA DJ • Sweet Cheeks - Cakes & Cupcakes • Lingo Luxe Bespoke • Bella Mia • Sandra Caldwell Officiant • Terrace on the Green • Style With Sim Custom Rings • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Joanna & Christos

Port Credit, Ontario

From whiskey bars to waterfronts...J&C's engagement shoot last June in Port Credit blew our minds! These two definitely know how to work a camera…and the camera LOVES them! We were lucky enough to shoot at Port Credit’s ultra funky Door Fifty Five Bar + Kitchen, and were given some of the best backdrops we could ask for.

Door FiftyFive Pub & Restaurant, Port Credit, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Door FiftyFive Pub & Restaurant, Port Credit, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell


Jane & Mike

Earth To Table: The Farm, Burlington

We've got all the love for these 2...and now, 3! Jane & Michael's wedding last June at Hamilton’s Earth to Table: The Farm was classy, quirky, and wonderful...just like Jane & Mike! From a live jazz trio, coffee & espresso bar, ice pops and more, their wedding was memorable and delicious!

Earth to Table – The Farm, Burlington, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Earth to Table – The Farm, Burlington, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

Thuya Floral Arts • Consulate Limousine • DJ Sharp - Copeland • Tiffany Hanus Jazz Trio • Espresso Bella Catering and Events • Augie's Ice Pops • Earth to Table The Farm • VanDaele & Russell Photography


Yvonne & Sean

Grand Bend Beach, Ontario

These guys! This place! Everything about all of this! Yvonne & Sean's engagement shoot last July in Grand Bend was the perfect mix of romance, fun, sun, sand & surf…and wind and frigid temperatures! It was well worth braving the chilly winds off Lake Huron while we waited for the MOST. EPIC. SUNSET. EVER.

Grand Bend Beach, Ontario beach engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Grand Bend Beach, Ontario beach engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

“Shawn is amazing at his work! He makes you feel comfortable from the start especially since we've never done a photo shoot. His work and craft is amazing and captures true beauty and love in his photos. I would choose them for maternity or family photoshoot after my wedding because of how incredible our photos turned out! You can't go wrong with choosing him for your wedding or engagement photos!!! Thank you guys for everything including the experience and the memorable photos we have!!”

– Yvonne & Sean


Kelly Rae & Martin

Konzelmann Estate Winery, Niagara on the Lake

Kelly Rae + Martin's wedding last July was super sweet and simple, with just 16 people total, including themselves! Married on the 50th floor of the Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview (wait til you see Martin's reaction when he first sees Kelly Rae!) – we then zipped over to Konzelmann Estate Winery in Niagara for some pics while their friends and family enjoyed some wine, lakeside! Huge congrats to both of you Kelly Rae + Martin...and thanks for always being such beautiful people (inside AND out!)

Konzelmann Winery, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Konzelmann Winery, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

“Having Shawn shoot our wedding was one of the best choices we’ve made! We originally weren’t planing on having engagement photos done, but after seeing Van Daele & Russell’s photos online we decided to get them done - SO happy I did! Shawn photographed both our wedding and engagement session - I highly recommend him to anyone needing wedding etc photography.”

– Kelly Rae & Martin


Jessica & Brian

Toronto, Ontario

What's not to love about graffiti and some Toronto Harbourfront love?! What a wonderful evening of laughs and amazing shots with Jess & Brian last July during their engagement session! We captured a bit of everything in this session with lots more to see in their facebook gallery, and we are over the moon with how it turned out! 

Toronto Lakefront, Toronto Ontario skyline and grafitti engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Toronto Lakefront, Toronto Ontario skyline and grafitti engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell


Joyce & Kyle

Mill Race Park & Vicano Barn, Cambridge

What a day!! Joyce + Kyle's wedding last July was so very them, from their ceremony in the stunning stone ruins of Mill Race Park in Cambridge to their rustic reception at Vicano Barn! Though it drizzled all day with serious storm warnings everywhere around us – we evaded the rain and got the most magical sunset ever (lots more pics of the sunset at the end of their facebook gallery!). We started out with their first look in the Mill Race Ruins, then head off around the park (and into the river!) for photos before the ceremony. Wishing these two an amazing adventure on their cross-Canada honeymoon, kayaks in tow! Love you guys, all the best and many happily ever afters! 

Cambridge Mill & Vicano Barn, Cambridge, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Cambridge Mill & Vicano Barn, Cambridge, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

Imagine That Films • Flowers by Joyce's Mom & Sister! (I know, right?!) • The Great Fuss • Valentina Bridal & Couture • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Connie & Todd

Spencer’s at the Waterfront, Oakville

What's not to love about a gorgeous couple, gorgeous venues, gorgeous lakefront and a gorgeous wedding (with a sparkler send-off!) Check out Connie + Todd's wedding photos at Spencers at the Waterfront in Oakville from last July!

Spencers on the Waterfront, Burlington Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Spencers on the Waterfront, Burlington Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

Blossoms Of Burlington • JMG Media • Michelle My Belle Bridal Boutique • Axe Media Group • Presence Event Design and Decor • Waterfront Hotel - Downtown Burlington • VanDaele & Russell Photography


Brooke & Will

Courtice, Ontario

We love documenting love where it all began! And that's just what happened with Brooke & Will's engagement last July in Courtice, Ontario, when we took a trip to the school they both attended and started dating at! How cute!

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Courtice, Ontario engagement photos by Van Daele & Russell

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Courtice, Ontario engagement photos by Van Daele & Russell


Lauren & Matthew

The Cambridge Mill, Cambridge

Lauren & Matt's wedding last July at the Cambridge Mill was full of family love and sentimental touches! Huge congrats and thanks to both of you (and to her Mom Karen, my favourite pen pal!)

Cambridge Mill wedding photographer VanDaele & Russell, Cambridge, Ontario

Cambridge Mill wedding photographer VanDaele & Russell, Cambridge, Ontario

“I wanted to write a quick email to you to let you know how much we appreciated your photography services for Lauren and Matt (July 20). Your method of communicating and your interaction with the couple were both so positive. What I really noticed most when I saw the 117 teasers you sent - was that you have a unique way of capturing the story of the day. They ways that you were able to capture expressions of emotion and small details that helped to tell the story, were truly amazing. 

Clearly you know the kind of thing people are looking for in a wedding photographer, on such an emotionally charged day, and are able to deliver it exceptionally well! When I saw the first batch of photos, I was truly struck by just how well you delivered your product. 

We were dealing with some unrelated issues when your photos arrived. They absolutely made my day and reminded me of just how positive the day was and what a beautiful occasion it was!

I have worked with different photographers over the years, but you and your services are by far, head and shoulders above the rest!”

– Karen Peters

Wedding Vendors:

The Cambridge Mill • Pearle Weddings & Events • La Petite Fleur • Brentwood Limos • Copeland DJ & Productions • Ballett's Bridal • Hollywood Weddings • Cake Box • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Jenna & Christian

Graydon Hall Manor, Toronto

There's always something wonderful and incredibly flattering when a colleague in the wedding industry chooses you to document their special day! Jenna + Christian's (GORGEOUS) wedding at Graydon Hall Manor was classy, classic, cute and overflowing with perfect, authentic love (and balloons…and sparklers…and stunning florals!) It's incredible what can happen when two hearts in love and a team of talented vendors come together! Many thanks and millions of happily ever afters to you both!

Graydon Hall Manor, Toronto, Ontario wedding photos by Van Daele & Russell

Graydon Hall Manor, Toronto, Ontario wedding photos by Van Daele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

Graydon Hall Manor • Coquette Studios • DJ Floh Back Productions • The Beauty Team • Heirlooms Bridal Shoppe • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Kaitie & Kyle

The Cambridge Mill, Cambridge

What girl doesn't want the perfect fairytale wedding? Kaitie & Kyle's wedding last July at the Cambridge Mill (we shoot there a LOT!) was magical, wonderful, classy & relaxed – just like these guys! We had an absolute blast working with you (again!) and your families (again!) and would do it all over (again!) in a heartbeat. Wishing you both all the happily ever afters!

Cambridge Mill, Cambridge, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Cambridge Mill, Cambridge, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

“You can stop your search for a wedding photographer, you've found the best! We knew Clint & Shawn were the photographer for us when they photographed my sister's wedding 2 years ago. We had Clint as our main photographer and did most of the booking communication with Shawn. I can only speak highly of both of them. Their kindness and creativity are second to none. Clint immediately felt like part of our family, we adore him and felt privileged to have him be our wedding photographer. His photos are stunning and beautifully done, my now husband did not like being in front of the camera but with Clint and Gord (our second photographer) he was completely put at ease. Clint will capture moments that you didn't even know occurred during your day, and he's quick to capture surprise moments that you assume he wouldn't be able to catch. He takes all of your thoughts and hopes into account and provides MORE photos of your day than you could have ever dreamed of. We tried not to provide him with too much guidance as I felt he works best by allowing his creativity to flow naturally and we were not disappointed! I can't say enough great things about Clint and Shawn, you would be making a mistake by not choosing either of these wonderful photographers and more importantly great people! P.S. You get a TON of 'sneak peaks' a few short days after your wedding to tide you over while they edit the rest of your gallery, trust me, it is worth the wait!”

– Kaitie & Kyle

Wedding Vendors:

Cambridge Mill • Pearle Weddings & Events • Barbara Grace Weddings • From The Potting Shed • Brentwood Livery • 586 Event Group • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Victoria & Nicolas

Whistle Bear Golf Club, Cambridge

From beginning to end, Vic & Nic's wedding was classy, romantic, cute and relaxed, which suits them perfectly! We always LOVE shooting at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, and as always, were blown away by the rustic beauty of the venue, from the grounds to the reception hall (just wait til you see the detail pics from the reception!). HUGE congrats and THANK YOU to Victoria + Nicolas for being absolutely awesome from our very first coffee date (where we talked mostly about our dogs LOL).

Whistle Bear Golf Club, Cambridge, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Whistle Bear Golf Club, Cambridge, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

“Planning a wedding is stressful, and some vendors were not a breeze to work with. Shawn and his team on the other hand, were the total opposite! Nick and I were beyond grateful to have booked him. He made our day so much easier by being on time, he was professional from the moment he started, right until the end, and his photos....omg.... AMAZING!!!! Shawn and his team are so personable. Shawn was the first photographer, and last photographer I met. He was so easy going, we bonded on puppies and lattes and I was hooked...and a few days later I booked him. His quality of work is stunning, just look at his pictures. Words cannot express how grateful we are to have had Shawn and his team not only capture our day, but be part of it as well!”

– Victoria & Nicolas

Wedding Vendors:

Whistle Bear Golf Club • JodiLee • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Sarah & Andrew

Elora, Ontario

Sarah & Andrew’s engagement shoot in Elora was a blast! We started out at the amazing Elora Brewing Company (seriously – this place is awesome – and the perfect fit, since Andrew is an actual brewer!) then took a stroll down to the Elora Gorge (of course) and off to a friend's property some dreamy sunset pics! Their wedding in October took place at the Elora Mill (we’ll get to those pics shortly!) and was just as awesome (and beer themed!)

Elora, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

Elora, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

“Shawn was absolutely amazing from the moment we met him. He instantly made us feel comfortable and was able to capture photos and moments that were so genuine and candid. He is able to capture whatever you want and style which is so incredible. From glam, to vintage, to country he can do it all. His communication was excellent, always getting back to us shortly after. He always took the time to explain anything we had questions about. His work and professionalism is outstanding and we would highly recommend Shawn for photos! Thank you again Shawn. You captured some of our most treasured moments so beautifully.”

– Sarah & Andrew


Chrystal & Brainimir

Whistle Bear Golf Club, Cambridge

We absolutely LOVE shooting at Whistle Bear Golf Club, and Chrystal and Branimir's wedding last August as no different! The whole day was about LOVE and FAMILY, Brainimir not only putting a ring on Chrystal's finger during the ceremony, but also Chrystal's daughter, promising to take care of her and protect her and to always be her friend, too. (We admit...happy tears were shed – photographers included!). The whole day was fun and relaxed and full of wonderful surprises...like Branimir's surprise fireworks show for Chrystal later in the evening, in honour of her birthday the next day (happy belated, Chrystal!). Thanks again to all of you for letting us be part of celebrating your incredible family!

Whistle Bear Golf Club, Cambridge, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Whistle Bear Golf Club, Cambridge, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

Whistle Bear Golf Club • Van Daele & Russell


Hayley & Patrick

St.Mary’s Golf & Country Club, St.Mary’s

I wish I could write a novel about Hayley + Patrick and their wedding last August at the always incredible St. Marys Golf and Country Club! First, these two are the most laid back, easy going, GORGEOUS (inside AND out) people you could ever imagine (thank you both for being so awesome!). Next, their whole wedding was styled beautifully, from the dress to the suits to the decor and everything in between...it seriously all came together like a dream. The owners & staff at St. Marys Golf and Country Club are as good as it gets – down to earth, PASSIONATE, real, hard working and a tonne of fun – the care they put into events at the club, the grounds, and most importantly – the couple and guests – is impossible to miss. We always look forward to shooting there! I could go on and on...but I'll let the photos speak for themselves (check out the full gallery on Facebook!)

St. Mary’s Golf & Country Club, St. Mary’s, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

St. Mary’s Golf & Country Club, St. Mary’s, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

St. Mary’s Golf & Country Club, St. Mary’s, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

St. Mary’s Golf & Country Club, St. Mary’s, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

“As a bride I was a complete perfectionist and incredibly critical of how I was going to look on the day and appear in photos. I stressed over find the right photographer who would not only capture stunning photos but also put us at ease (my husband HATES having his picture taken). 
It’s hard to put into words what Shawn and his assistant Joel did for us. First off - the photos are ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. I mean, Pinterest perfect and that’s coming from someone who RARELY likes a photo of themselves. On top of that - Shawn literally did everything to make us feel comfortable and like ourselves. He met me for a meeting (that I called and in hindsight wasn’t necessary haha) to discuss my exact vision and wrote down every detail that I requested. The day of he showed up early, knew exactly what to do, was organized, kind & radiating positive energy all the while doing an outstanding job staying out of the way (not that he had to, you’ll want to be his best friend) while capturing every single detail. Our wedding was stunning - but somehow Shawn made it look even better digitally. 
I am VERY particular when it comes to photos and a bit of a control freak as well - Shawn EXCEEDED every expectation of what my wedding photos could look like and made us feel so at ease that I felt 100% confident just doing whatever he gently instructed us to do. 
Honestly brides, book him. Book him and never worry again about a single thing regarding your photos. Photos are the only thing we have to remember the day by when it’s all done - you want perfect photos and with Shawn you will get them (and have a freakin blast with him along the way). Seriously the best thing we did other than marrying each other was hiring Van Daele & Russell as our photographers.”

– Hayley & Patrick

Wedding Vendors:

St. Marys Golf and Country Club • Lyric Flowers • Downtown St. Marys, Ontario • Above & Beyond Event Design & Decor • Music Central Entertainment • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Whitney & Duane

Love’s Sugar Bush, Holstein

Whitney and Duane's wedding last August at Love's Sugarbush in Holstein seriously has a little bit of EVERYTHING, from classic gorgeousness to HARLEY's to a romantic, woodland ceremony, cornfield sunsets, quirky props, a vintage VW travel van and tonnes of sweet, rustic DIY travel decor... plus, I crawled into the middle of a river to get those bridge pics – and got a great pedicure from the fish while I was at it! We all had a serious BLAST despite the epic heat, and wishing these two all the happily ever afters imaginable...more than enough to stretch all the way back to Duane's home in New Zealand! Have a look!

Love’s Sugar Bush, Holstein Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Love’s Sugar Bush, Holstein Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

“We can not say enough about Shawn and his phenomenal work. From first making contact with him, he made the process seamless. He was so well organized and enthusiastic about his work that it made the process truly simple and enjoyable. Our wedding was August 4th and the heat was insane. Shawn powered through taking shot after shot and hiking through bush and rivers to capture the perfect moments. When my husband and I received the teasers shortly after our wedding we were blown away, as were many of our friends and family who made endless comments about how stunning the photos were. Shawn surpassed all our expectations and we could not be happier with his work. We would recommend and have, to all. We are truly grateful for the masterful work he did!”

– Whitney & Duane

Wedding Vendors:

Love's Sugar Bush • Holstein Ontario • Eckhardts' Floral Treasures • Temptations Bridal & Tux • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Connie & David

Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club, Hamilton

OK so we cannot even begin to start with how wonderful this day was! Connie and David's smiles and love for each other let alone their friends and family (including their GORGEOUS pups) was felt all day long. The day was perfect, we can still hear guests laughing and enjoying the view from Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club (which are fantastic people to work with, by the way!) We loved working with Connie & David – they were up for anything and made photos a priority (thank you!), and of course we finished up with great sunset and night shots! Thank you guys so much!

Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club, Hamilton, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club, Hamilton, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

Flamborough Hills Golf & Country Club • La Primavera Farms • Spunky Sapphire Events • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Shauna & Dylan

The Rose Chapel & Civic Gardens, London

Shauna & Dylan have been a DREAM to work with (I feel bad calling it work...it's more "hanging out" with these guys!) since day one! Their wedding last August at The Rose Chapel in London, followed by pics (and pics and more pics!) at Civic Gardens, and reception at IBEW Local 120 London was smooth, relaxed, and go with the flow...just like the two of them! Plus...there were individual Marble Slab Creamery London desserts for everyone (the way to my heart!). We snuck out for some dreamy sunset pics (don't miss them at the end of the gallery on Facebook!) and if I could, I'd do it all again! Thanks so much to both of you, and all your wonderful family & friends. Wishing you all the happily ever afters imaginable!

London Civic Gardens & The Rose Chapel, London, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

London Civic Gardens & The Rose Chapel, London, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

“One of our must haves for our wedding was a good photographer, as you only get to do this once! When I came across Van Daele & Russell on Instagram, I knew I had to have them. I was ecstatic when I found out they were available on our wedding date! Good photographer is an understatement with Shawn. He is absolutely THE BEST! No offence to other photographers but they literally do not come close to how incredible Shawn is! We had a wonderful engagement shoot and I knew our wedding photos would be even better (if that was even possible!) We have only received our teaser gallery and I am absolutely in love and cannot wait to see the rest. Shawn is so sweet and makes you feel at ease. Neither my hubby nor I love getting our photos taken and Shawn somehow made the camera love us! I could go on and on about how great Van Daele & Russell are. Do yourself a favour and book them for your wedding....NOW!!!!”

– Shauna & Dylan

Wedding Vendors:

Unmistakably You • Patzees Floral Scapes • The Rose Chapel • Grandeur limousine • Petrov Bridal • BBQ Feast Catering • Best Western Plus Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre • Van Daele & Russell Photography 


Shelley & Ryan

Viewpointe Estate Winery, Harrow

Love, wine & sunsets! The perfect combo for wedding photography! We can't say enough wonderful things about Shelly and Ryan and their wedding at Viewpointe Estate Winery in Windsor. Rarely do we see such a connection between two people they define what love is all about! Thank you S&R for the honour of shooting your wedding and working with you!

Viewpointe Estate Winery, Harrow, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Viewpointe Estate Winery, Harrow, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell


Jaclyn & Tyler

The Elora Mill & Spa, Elora

It's always an honour to work with family & friends on the most important day of their lives! So I was thrilled when Tyler's family asked me to work with them on his wedding day last August at the gorgeous new Elora Mill! It was a perfect fairytale wedding, in the perfect fairytale location. Wishing both of you (and Emmy!) all the happily ever afters! 

Elora Mill & Spa, Elora, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Elora Mill & Spa, Elora, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

“Shawn VanDaele is an amazing photographer. The photos he takes seem to capture the love between Tyler and Jaclyn and their families. He seems to get photos of you when you don’t even realize it and those photos make the best ones. The photos are beautiful. If you are looking for a photographer for your wedding or any occasion you should really get VanDaele and Russell to do your photos. You will be so thankful you did. Thank you so much Shawn for capturing the beauty and love of such a special day.”

– Tammy Blais (Tyler’s Mom!)

Wedding Vendors:

Elora Mill • Drimmie Florist • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Taylor & Kevin

Kelso Conservation Area, Milton

Here's a sneak peak of Taylor & Kevin’s engagement shoot last August at Kelso Conservation Area in Milton! These lucky ducks won a free engagement session by entering (and winning!) at the St. Mary’s Golf & Country Club Wedding Show (which, by the way, was AWESOME!). Sunsets, boardwalks and ladders in the water…this shoot has a bit of everything! We loved working with these guys so much!

Kelso Conservation Area, Milton, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Kelso Conservation Area, Milton, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell


Shannon & Billy

Fontana Primavera Event Centre, Vaughan

As they say, "A knot tied in the rain never comes undone" – and so it was with Shannon + Billy's wedding at the gorgeous Fontana Primavera Event Centre last summer! It was drizzly and rainy but it didn't stop the LOVE (or the sparklers!). It all comes down to FAMILY – and watching these guys join theirs together made my heart swell. Wishing you all the best, now and ever, and hope your honeymoon was a BLAST!

La Fontana Primavera, Vaughan, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

La Fontana Primavera, Vaughan, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

“The week before my wedding I was asked what I was most excited for & people were surprised to hear me say MY PHOTOGRAPHER! I came across Van Daele & Russell when I was searching for wedding venues & instantly fell in love with his photos. Every person in my bridal party expressed how impressed they were by his patience , direction & easy going attitude. He made everything so effortless. Once I received my sneak peek pictures, my husband & I were blown away. His pictures are timeless, romantic & beautiful. Whenever I show any one they are in awe of how great are. I have had brides tell me how they wished they had booked with him instead. I have had friends & Family asking me for his contact information. Friends whom I haven’t spoken to in ten years have reached out to me applauding his pictures. Even my own mother has friends & family who didn’t even attend the wedding, commenting on how beautiful the pictures are. All of this from just the sneak peek pictures from my wedding that was only 14 days ago! I had the BEST PHOTOGRAPHER EVER! Pictures last a lifetime & I am so happy that I love mine. Thank you so much for capturing these beautiful memories for us Shawn!  Hopefully our paths will cross again!”

– Shannon & Billy

Wedding Vendors:

Fontana Primavera Event Centre • Hillcrest Florists • Sunshine Sound • Wedding Dream Decor & Flowers LTD. • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Joanna & Aaron

Kortright Centre for Conservation, Vaughan

J+A's 2 day celebration, culminating with their intimate (and super fun) reception at Kortright Centre for Conservation was incredible! We couldn't have asked for better weather, locations or PEOPLE to have spent the weekend with! From tender one-on-one moments between Joanna & Aaron, to hilarious outtakes and candids, to smoke bombs and sunsets...we captured a little bit of everything and a whole lot of LOVE. Thanks to both of you, and your family & friends, for being so amazing, from the very first day we met! Many, many happily ever afters to both of you! Be sure to check out the full (ginormous) teaser gallery on Facebook for all the good stuff!

Kortright Centre for Conservation, Vaughan, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Kortright Centre for Conservation, Vaughan, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

“We cannot thank you enough for these photos! We are short of adjectives to describe your work...incredible, gorgeous, breath-taking, authentic, flawless, exquisite, stunning! Aaron noticed some of your subtle edits like elongating a shadow or changing the church backdrop from green to blue (me: I didn't notice at all!)...your photos are such beautiful captures that they've even polished my memory of our perfect day! You were a big reason why our wedding weekend went so smoothly. You always showed up on time (or earlier!), checked times and kept us on schedule (especially when my two assigned timekeepers were not with us!), made the most of our time by scouting your spots ahead of time, and made everyone feel happy and light. Aaron and I are left scratching our heads how you managed to get some shots of us from behind the head table. We swear there was no space to squeeze in behind us! 

Also, I just want to say I was blown away by all your detail shots. I just gave the rings, hairpiece, etc. to you and then went to eat breakfast in the kitchen. They are so so so beautiful! Aaron adds that he thought his getting ready photos would look hideous in his room, but they look great. Thank you!

We could go to great lengths thanking you for each photo... the veil shots, the wide shots and the up-close ones, the really happy silly ones and those raw emotional moments... but you gave us too many!”

– Joanna & Aaron

Wedding Vendors:

Kortright Centre for Conservation • Orchid Florist • JENLA Cake • Sweet Sammies Ice Cream Sandwich Co. • Valentina Bridal & Couture • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Bridget & Kurtis

Strathroy, Ontario

If there's something we love, it's a classic, rustic, classy elegant country barn wedding! Bridget & Kurtis's wedding last August in Strathroy, Ontario was picture perfect (we think literally!) from the location to the intimate family moments, and everything in between! In Bridget's own words after viewing their teaser gallery from a resort lobby in Mexico:

"Kurt and I are sitting in the lobby just loving every frame!
Thank you!! You literally have us in tears!"

…and we couldn't ask for a better reaction to your photos than that (is it wrong we like it when we make our couples cry?) We've loved working with the two of you since day one – huge thank you, and all the happily ever afters being sent your way!

Strathroy, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Strathroy, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Strathroy, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Strathroy, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

Selah Vie Weddings & Events • Petrov Bridal • Garber's Bridal • Moores • Esthetics By Selma • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Vivienne & Darren

Kortright Centre for Conservation, Vaughan

For Viv & Darren’s engagement shoot, we had a little mini session – 30 minutes – just to warm up for their wedding a few weeks later. We managed to capture so much in half an hour, I think we were all a little blown away…and just wait til you see their wedding!

Kortright Centre for Conservation, Vaughan, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Kortright Centre for Conservation, Vaughan, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell


Kattiann & Matthew

Fairmont Royal York, Toronto

Kattiann + Matthew's wedding day was magical! From the timeless elegance of Toronto’s historical Fairmont Royal York to their *STUNNING* details, everything came together beautifully and blew us away! These guys have hearts of gold and you can see it in just how many family and friends surrounded them on the most important day of their lives! Everything was perfect. We avoided the rain and finished it all off on the rooftop with some super fun sparklers (because…well…sparklers!) Thank you guys for making us feel at home. You are the best! Big love!

Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

“As soon as I saw Van Daele & Russell's Instagram I knew they were the photographers that I needed for my big day! I lovvvvved their work from the beginning. You could clearly see how unique and talented these guys were and I just had to have them. Clint and Gord showed up on my wedding day with such an energy, It was so comforting. You could tell that Clint loved his job and was just a joy to work with. He was with me for the whole day and Gord was with my husband. The 2 things that I loved the most about Clint was his personality and his sense of direction. He just took charge and he made you feel so relaxed while getting the most amazing shots. It was a long day and they never complained once. They were down to try any thing, they even went on the roof top of our hotel which was not easy. They were able to send me my teaser shots within two days of my wedding and I love them all. I am so glad that I chose to go with these guys. They captured so many great memories throughout the day. If you want beautiful, breathtaking photos choose Van Daele & Russell they will not disappoint!”

– Kattiann & Matthew

Wedding Vendors:

Fairmont Royal York Hotel • Johanna Leigh Weddings & Events • The Social Rose • Promises and Lace • All That's Lovely • Detailz Couture Event Rentals • Finer Events • Eventure event designers • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Aleksandra & Elias

Chateau Le Parc, Concord

I only have 3 words. HAPPIEST. BRIDE. EVER. Have a look at Aleks & Elias's wedding from August at the gorgeous Chateau LeParc! I was grinning ear to ear while editing these teasers...it was seriously the happiest celebration (and bride LOL) I think I've ever witnessed! SO MANY SMILES and laughs, and it was ALL about family & friends – exactly how it should be! The day was unscripted and go with the flow, and I couldn't be happier for these two. Thanks so much for letting us be part of your day, A&E!

Chateau LeParc Event Center, Concord, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Chateau LeParc Event Center, Concord, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

“Long before we got engaged, I found Van Daele & Russell on Facebook. I was in love with their photos, and I got super excited whenever they put up a new album. After getting engaged, the first photographer we contacted was them. They were very much out of our budget, so we kept looking. We looked for months and months, and honestly, nobody compared to them. Even though other places offered us lower quotes, I really could not justify paying any amount for a photographer whose photos did not impress me. 

Finally, I convinced my fiance to go with Van Daele & Russell. Shawn and Gord shot our wedding, and it was honestly the best decision we could have made. Not only were their photos fantastic (true art!), but the way they did their job just showed that they are true professionals. My husband who wanted a cheaper photographer at the beginning has thanked me multiple times for convincing him to go with Van Daele & Russell. 

You really cannot get a better photographer. Our guests are still talking about how much fun, and how professional the photographers are. They are truly the best!!”

– Aleksandra & Elias

Wedding Vendors:

Chateau LeParc • Ray Kwok Films • Elvira Santiago Foronda • Timeless Impressions Decor • Becker's Bridals • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Yvonne & Sean

Centennial Hall & Sifton Bog, London

Evan & Sean's wedding at Centennial Hall last September (Labour Day Weekend!) was classy, elegant, and full of sparkle (and mosquitoes...during their dreamy photos at Sifton Bog!) We couldn't be happier to have spent the day with these two and their friends and family! Though we were done for the day after their first dance, it's fair to say I know an amazing party was had that night, since it felt like a party all day long! Wishing you two all the happily ever afters possible – thanks for having us as part of your big day!

Centennial Hall & Sifton Bog, London, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Centennial Hall & Sifton Bog, London, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

“Shawn is amazing at his work! He makes you feel comfortable from the start especially since we've never done a photo shoot. His work and craft is amazing and captures true beauty and love in his photos. I would choose them for maternity or family photoshoot after my wedding because of how incredible our photos turned out! You can't go wrong with choosing him for your wedding or engagement photos!!! Thank you guys for everything including the experience and the memorable photos we have!”

– Yvonne & Sean

Wedding Vendors:

Sifton Bog • Jennette Ismail / Invenu Events • Centennial Hall • INAONATmedia • RL Designs • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Kathleen & Joel

St.Mary’s Golf & Country Club, St.Mary’s

This day was second to none! K&J were so much fun to work with! We always say it makes such a difference when couples allow you to do what you do best, and when they are up for anything! We loved, we laughed, and we cried at this wedding – everything was perfect. Be sure to check out their full teaser gallery on Facebook!

St. Mary’s Golf & Country Club, St. Mary’s, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

St. Mary’s Golf & Country Club, St. Mary’s, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

St.Mary’s Golf & Country Club • Lyric Flowers • VanDaele & Russell Photography


Kathryn & Dasa

Airship 37 & The Distillery District, Toronto

I only have one word (and I am NOT exaggerating) to describe Dasa & Kathryn's wedding last September: PERFECTION. It was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with these lovely ladies and their closest friends and family, on their wedding day at the incredible Airship37 in The Distillery Historic District, Toronto, Ontario. They planned the day seamlessly, getting ready in the same suite at the The Broadview Hotel (without seeing each other!), followed by a first look at Airship37, photos throughout the Distillery, a gorgeous ceremony, cocktails (with speeches throughout, so everyone's dinner wasn't interrupted) then some tear-jerking dances (I confess, I was sobbing during Kathryn's father/daughter dance!)...and of course, some awesome night photos in the neighbourhood (we stopped traffic on Parliament Street...but it was for a wicked sunset!) I can't thank you both enough for inviting me to be part of your INCREDIBLE day! Wishing you both all the happily ever afters imaginable. You deserve them!

Airship 37 & Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Airship 37 & Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Airship 37 & Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Airship 37 & Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

“What can we say about Shawn…Oh, ya! BOOK HIM NOW! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!? His website, Facebook page, Instagram account etc. all speak volumes to the creativity and skills that he has behind a camera! What you don’t know is that Shawn is so personable, kind, genuine, funny and AMAZING to work with. He makes you feel comfortable the moment you meet him and he starts snapping away! He stops traffic to capture the BEST photos, he lifts you up on ledges when you can’t reach… he will literally do anything (even if it means falling over something) to get EPIC pictures. Finding a photographer that we LOVED was very important to us, so we knew once we found Shawn that we NEEDED to book him ASAP. I suggest you do the same!!”

– Kathryn & Dasa

Wedding Vendors:

Airship37 • The Broadview Hotel • Van Daele & Russell Photography • Berkeley Events • Marianna's Flower Island • DYNAMIC VIBE ENTERTAINMENT • M2M Bespoke • MollyCake


Samantha & Marcus

Burlington Convention Centre, Burlington

Thank you S&M for such as wonderful day of love and laughs! From the Royal Botanical Gardens ceremony and photos to the EXCEPTIONAL decor (lemons! Lemon yellow coloured everything!) and their gorgeous reception at the Burlington Convention Centre. Check out the champagne tower/seating chart! WOAH! Thank you guys for a very memorable wedding day we LOVED it!

Burlington Convention Centre, Burlington, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Burlington Convention Centre, Burlington, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Burlington Convention Centre, Burlington, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Burlington Convention Centre, Burlington, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

“What an amazing photographer! We hired Clint to do our engagement and wedding photoshoot. We are not very photogenic and not the best at "acting natural" but Clint was so fun and hilarious he made it easy for us - and the photos turned out great! I love the colour and quality of the end result. Our wedding party absolutely loved Clint - he was so cool and easy to work with. I recommend VanDaele and Russell to any couple looking for an amazing photographer!”

– Samantha & Marcus

Wedding Vendors:

Royal Botanical Gardens - The Rock Garden • Burlap & Lace • Burlington Convention Centre • Susan Ettridge Decor • VanDaele & Russell Photography


Jeanette & Dan

Eagles Nest Golf Club, Maple

We love September weddings! J&D helped kick off the final days of the summer season for us with the perfect sunset at Eagles Nest Golf Club in Maple Ontario (such a great wedding venue!). We loved working with you both so much – thank you for being so fun and easy going, and for being up for anything and everything in order to help us create stunning photos! We loved every minute of it.

Eagles Nest Golf & Country Club, Maple Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Eagles Nest Golf & Country Club, Maple Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

Janice Leung Wedding Planning • James Ton Videography • Blooms Flower & Design • DJ H Pang (Harv) • Francesca Cakes


Vivenne & Darren

Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery, Niagara

Vivienne & Darren’s wedding at Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery was WINDY and WONDERFUL! Intimate, with just a handful of their closest family and friends in attendance, they chose to exchange private vows alone on the beach nearby…and I admit I got a little teary eyed documenting it (it was…and I use this word sparingly…EPIC). The wind, the lake breaking on the rocks, the brooding sky, and the nearly palpable love they have for each other…sigh.

Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Ontario

“So happy to have found Shawn for our big day! He is the best! We love his style of photography and how it captures all the emotions and keep it candid. Shawn was able to keep us at ease and comfortable the whole day. We had a relatively small wedding, and did not have a coordinator, so Shawn had to also take on that role and kept things moving and on-schedule. Most of our friends get their weddings pics months after, but we got 200+ shots as a sneak peak within a week!  Would 100% reco Shawn to all our friends”

– Viv & Darren


Kristy & Jesse

Port Credit, Ontario

I LOVE THESE GUYS! The backdrops in Port Credit are almost as nice as Kristy & Jesse...seriously two of the nicest, most easy going people you'll ever meet! We spent some time strolling the paths and parks along Port Credit's waterfront, right up until the sunset!

Port Credit, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Port Credit, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

“Best. Photographer. Ever. After seeing Shawn in action at our friend’s wedding we couldn’t wait to have him at ours. Having just finished the engagement shoot we are obsessed with the photos! Shawn is wonderful, he made us feel comfortable during the shoot and really listened to the types of shots and overall feel we were looking for. His passion is very evident and he’s willing and eager to go the extra mile for a great photo. He was even able to provide teaser photos the following day. Thanks Shawn! We can’t wait to see what comes next!”

– Kristy & Jesse


Kendra & Mike

The Rustic Ranch Event Venue, Chatham

Horses and corn fields and barns, oh my! Kendra & Mike's wedding at The Rustic Ranch Wedding and Event Barn was nothing short of a rustic country fairytale! And what's better than getting married...how about getting married by your Dad? It was an emotional day filled with all the people and things (and horses, and epic sunsets) closest to their hearts, and we're so happy to have been a part of it! Thank you so much to both of you (and Bailey!) – wishing you all the happily ever afters ever!

The Rustic Ranch Event Venue, Chatham, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

The Rustic Ranch Event Venue, Chatham, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

The Rustic Ranch Event Venue, Chatham, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

The Rustic Ranch Event Venue, Chatham, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

The Rustic Ranch Wedding and Event Barn • McKellar's Flowers & Gifts • TRAY'ELLE HAIR • Sophie's Gown Shoppe London • Burns Restaurant & Catering • Par-Tee Rentals • Captured Moments Studio Photography Photo Booth • Van Daele & Russell • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Sarina & Chris

Honsberger Estate Winery, Jordan

In Sarina’s own words after receiving their photos after their gorgeous wedding at Honsberger Estate Winery (we LOVE it there!):

“We got the teaser pictures and we are so in love with them! They are amazing! We want to thank you guys so much for capturing our day. There are no words to describe how much we enjoyed working with you and how comfortable you made us (and everyone else) feel! We will absolutely be giving you rave reviews on wedding wire, the knot and anywhere else we can!”

…and that’s about as good as it gets!

Honsberger Estates, Niagara, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Honsberger Estates, Niagara, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

“I found Van Daele and Russell while looking through pictures of past weddings at the venue I had recently booked. I immediately fell in love with their style and attention to detail. 
Clint and Gord were amazing! They were incredibly professional and fun! We laughed a lot that day! We recently received our pics and are in awe. They are so beautiful!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! By far our favourite vendor that we booked!”

– Sarina & Chris

Wedding Vendors:

Honsberger Estate Winery • Country Basket flower Boutique • Simply Beautiful Decor • AMV Weddings • Van Daele & Russell Photography


FALL

“Autumn. The year’s last, loveliest smile.”

– William Cullen Bryant


Rachel & Giuseppe

Doubletree by Hilton, London

Stunning! Thats the word for this wedding! From the details (be sure to check out their full facebook gallery for all the good stuff!) to the fantastic ceremony at St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica in London and reception at the Hilton – we wouldn’t have changed a thing. We shot at Old London Courthouse, and went back to Jack’s (how fun!) where these guys had their first date. We loved working you guys sooo much!

Doubletree by Hilton & The Old Courthouse, London, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Doubletree by Hilton & The Old Courthouse, London, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

“The best photographers hands down. We found Van Dale & Russell through seeing their photos online and fell in love instantly, it was one of the first vendors we booked. Clint was amazing throughout our engagement photos and our whole wedding day. He worked so well with us and was so accommodating to what we wanted as well as giving us his own creative and amazing ideas. Every single picture was perfect and captured every part of our wedding day in the style we wanted. So so creative and talented. We wouldn't have chosen anyone else to capture our day. Above all, their custom service and detail to attention was exceptional. We are beyond happy with everything. Wouldn't recommended anyone else!!”

– Rachel & Giuseppe

Wedding Vendors:

Flower Power, Burke Flowers • The DJ Emporium Decor • Rachel & Co. Wedding & Event Decor • David's Bridal • Esteem Hair • Bombshell Hair and Esthetics Studio • Angelo's Italian Market • DoubleTree by Hilton London 


Kiara & Mike

Caesar’s Event Space, Bolton

Kiara & Mike's wedding last September at Caesar's Centre took us from getting ready and a first look in Bolton, to a cute little "church" / pub (outside only as they were closed for a function) in Palgrave, Ontario, then to Bolton for their ceremony, reception, and some dreamy sunset photos! It was truly a family celebration with their little one Sabrina (who was SO REMARKABLY GOOD all day long!) even joining them for their first dance! It's been nothing but a pleasure working with these guys since the day we first chatted – Kiara's laugh is contagious and lights up a room! You'll see throughout the photos...just don't bring her near any crickets (though it is one of the funniest things to witness when one comes near her!) It was awesome that they celebrated Mike's parent's 45th wedding anniversary, with a dance dedicated just to them – Ed Sheeran & Pavarotti's "Perfect"...which was...perfect. All the congrats and happily ever afters to both of you, and Sabrina! 

Caesar’s Event Space, Bolton, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Caesar’s Event Space, Bolton, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

“Van Daele & Russell was the best decision we made for our wedding day. I can’t brag enough about how amazing Shawn was/has been to work with. From our engagement photos to our wedding photos, I’m completely blown away at the beauty and raw love he was able to capture for us!! Thank you Shawn and team for the INCREDIBLE, AMAZING, PERFECT pictures!!”

– Kiara & Mike

Wedding Vendors:

Caesar's Centre • Sunnidale Park • The Church Public Inn • Flowerchild Floral Art • bb Blanc • The Gown • The Wedding Decorators Inc. • Fabulous Cakes and Confections • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Kevlynn & Harlan

The Cambridge Mill & From The Potting Shed, Cambridge

We LOVE shooting wedding at the Cambridge Mill, and we LOVE Kevlynn & Harlan! They had an amazing team of vendors, and I absolutely fell in love with shooting at From The Potting Shed (florist's property – it's a one-stop dream location!). Be sure to check out their full facebook gallery, so you don’t miss the group sparkler shots during the reception, and dreamy sunset pics on the Juliet balcony at the Mill! Wishing you both a lifetime of happily ever afters and all the magic in your marriage that's possible!

Cambridge Mill & The Potting Shed, Cambridge, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Cambridge Mill & The Potting Shed, Cambridge, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Cambridge Mill & From The Potting Shed, Cambridge, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Cambridge Mill & From The Potting Shed, Cambridge, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

“BEST PHOTOGRAPHER EVER!!! Where do I even begin with Shawn! I am astonished and over the moon with everything he has done for us! From the first day I met with him, I knew I had to look no further for the perfect photographer! Shawn’s calm and warm personality made it a very easy decision - and his AMAZING photographs spoke for themselves, of course. Leading up to the wedding he was always there to answers any of my questions and put my worries and fears to rest! I am an absolute perfectionist which caused me to stress about lots of things - but when it came to the photography I was at complete ease, I knew I could trust Shawn to capture every moment throughout the day! I could go on and on! I am so glad I came across Shawn, and can’t wait to see all of our photos! A big thank you to Joel as well, although I didn’t get to spend as much time with you - I am confident that all the photos will be absolutely amazing, we enjoyed your company! I am happy knowing that I had the absolute best photographers on my wedding day! Thank you so much for joining us and capturing our special day!”

– Kevlynn & Harlan

Wedding Vendors:

Cambridge Mill • Cherry & Baker Events • DJ FYNN • Petrov Bridal • From The Potting Shed • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Tiara & Mario

Rockwood Conservation Area, Rockwood

We love these guys, and we love this location! Rockwood Conservation Area has seriously a bit of everything when it comes to backdrops, and this time of year it just keeps getting more beautiful! The custom jackets Tiara & Mario showed up with (and their adorable Frenchie!) make us smile – it's the little things (that are the big things!) that make engagement shoots personal and fun! Thanks for an awesome time T&M – and we'll be seeing you at St. Marys Golf and Country Club next August for your wedding – we can’t wait!

Rockwood Conservation Area, Rockwood, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Rockwood Conservation Area, Rockwood, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell


Sarah & Andrew

The Elora Mill & Spa, Elora

When asked to describe their wedding, Sarah & Andrew used the words "vintage, romantic, classic, fall & fun" – the perfect combination! Their wedding last October at the gorgeous Elora Mill a couple weekends ago was all of that and more – and I couldn't be happier to have spent the day with them and their (amazing) friends & family! Wishing these two a lifetime of happily ever afters – thanks so much for having me be part of your big day!

Elora Mill & Spa, Elora, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Elora Mill & Spa, Elora, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Elora Mill & Spa, Elora, Ontario by VanDaele & Russell

Elora Mill & Spa, Elora, Ontario by VanDaele & Russell

“Shawn was absolutely amazing from the moment we met him. He instantly made us feel comfortable and was able to capture photos and moments that were so genuine and candid. He is able to capture whatever you want and style which is so incredible. From glam, to vintage, to country he can do it all. His communication was excellent, always getting back to us shortly after. He always took the time to explain anything we had questions about. His work and professionalism is outstanding and we would highly recommend Shawn for photos! Thank you again Shawn. You captured some of our most treasured moments so beautifully.”

– Sarah & Andrew

Wedding Vendors:

Elora Mill • Pearle Weddings & Events • The Girl Floral • NITRO MUSIC • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Michelle & Matthew

Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area, Ayr

I had such a great time with M&M (and Rawly, and Victoria!) a couple months ago for their engagement shoot at Pinehurst Lake! The colours were just starting turn now, and our timing couldn't have been any better (including how we narrowly eluded the rain by about 2 minutes!). These guys are so down to earth, super fun, easy going, and DEFINITELY easy on the camera! Can't wait to work with these supermodels again on New Years Eve (two days from now, as I type this!) at the gorgeous Hacienda Sarria in Kitchener!

Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area, Ayr, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area, Ayr, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

“My fiancee and I just recently had our engagement shoot last weekend with Shawn. There is only one word to describe him... AMAZING!! I knew he was going to be good from seeing his photos on Facebook, Instagram etc, but he really exceeded my expectations. I have posted a few of our engagement photos on social media, and since then people have been going out of their way to tell me how amazing the photos are. Numerous people even said that they are the best engagement photos they have ever seen!!! We couldn't agree more and are SO happy with them. We can't wait for Shawn & Clint to photograph our wedding on NYE!!!”

– Michelle & Matthew


Diane & Charles

Scotsdale Farm, Georgetown

WOW this day! With the change of seasons, Diane & Charles in front of the camera, and the wonderful fall colours…Scotsdale Farm has never looked so good! D&C were up for anything and I loved working with them so much! Can’t wait to see what we come up with for your wedding! 

Scotsdale Farm, Halton Hills, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Scotsdale Farm, Halton Hills, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell


Ada & Brian

Crystal Fountain Event Venue, Markham

We wouldn't change a thing about Ada & Brian's wedding day in October ago at the beautiful Crystal Fountain Event Venue! It was clean, classic and a tonne of fun (as well as more than enough gorgeous fall colour!). We started off at Ada's home for some traditional (and hilarious!) door games, followed by a tea ceremony and then an outfit change – and a very cute first look with bride and groom portraits at a nearby park. Their reception was stunning with live music by Anchor Band – and classy decor by Art in Bloem Wedding and Event Design. The whole day pulled together seamlessly by the talented Carmen Tan Weddings & Events (she's seriously the bomb!) Thanks for an amazing day, guys! Be sure to check out their full (massive) teaser gallery on facebook, too!

Crystal Fountain Event Venue, Markham, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Crystal Fountain Event Venue, Markham, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

Provonias New YorK • Avenue 22 Bridal • Art in Bloem Wedding and Event Design • Crystal Fountain Event Venue • Carmen Tan Weddings & Events • Es Event Services • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Jessica & Brian

Paramount Event Space, Mississauga

OMG This day was perfect! Shot in Port Credit, we captured light houses, their favourite pub, park, and shoreline lookout, plus a whole lot of LOVE! Thank you guys for forgetting you had camera’s on you! You both just connected so easily…it was a pleasure to shoot! Plus…your reception at Paramount Event Space was s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g!

Port Credit & Paramont Event Space, Mississauga, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Port Credit & Paramont Event Space, Mississauga, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell


Teigan & Jester

Baden, Ontario

We had the pleasure of working with Teigan and her GORGEOUS horse Jester recently – one of the most patient, well trained & behaved horses ever! Love her! I feel in my gut a passion for equestrian photography stirring…so, if you happen to have a horse and need some photos – please get in touch!

Baden, Ontario equestrian photography by VanDaele & Russell

Baden, Ontario equestrian photography by VanDaele & Russell


Katarina & Josip

Belfountain Conservation Area, Belfountain

The only thing more beautiful than autumn in Ontario...is a gorgeous couple in photos during autumn in Ontario! After we fought our way through the tourist traffic in Belfountain (I swear, we barely made it out alive – it felt like a festival was going on!) we made our way through the trails and paths of Belfountain Conservation Area to the fountain and falls! Thanks again for an awesome time, K&J – can't wait for the big day in May!

Belfountain Conservation Area, Belfountain, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Belfountain Conservation Area, Belfountain, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

“We were lucky enough to have Van Daele and Russell recommended to us for our wedding day! From when we first began communication with Shawn and Clint - we had nothing but good feelings - SO enthusiastic , organized and passionate about their work!! Our engagement shoot with Clint was so much fun and fit our personalities perfectly! For two people who aren't so comfortable in front of the camera - we had a lot of laughs and a super fun afternoon! They are definitely making us even more excited for the big day! Can't wait to work with them again soon!! P.S. We loved the photos and are using them for so many special parts of the wedding day!!”

– Katarina & Josip


Jodi & Jordan

Coldstream Conservation Area, Middlesex Centre

Awesome couple...awesome locations...awesome weather...just overall awesome! J&J's engagement shoot in October ago at Coldstream Conservation Area was full of laughs, autumn leaves, the occasional smoke bomb, vintage couch, and a little champagne, too. What's not to love? We can't wait for the big day this July at St. Marys Golf and Country Club!

Coldstream Conservation Area, London, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Coldstream Conservation Area, London, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell


The Reid Family

Scotsdale Farm, Georgetown

We love this family so much, seeing everyone growing up and being able to document all the milestones along the way is always a pleasure. I won’t lie – this day was COLD and windy but we completely rocked it out together and laughed so much long the way! These kiddos are the cutest! It’s been a joy working with you guys since day one, and your engagement photos at this very location years ago! Where is the time going?!

Scotsdale Farm, Halton Hills, Ontario family & children photography by VanDaele & Russell

Scotsdale Farm, Halton Hills, Ontario family & children photography by VanDaele & Russell


Anja & Claude

Kelso Conservation Area, Milton

LOVED working with these guys! It was another COLD October day…but man they were troopers! It didn't prevent them from having fun and running around Kelso Conservation Area (perhaps to keep warm?) We laughed a LOT and created some fantastic images. Engagement sessions should be exactly that – FUN – and a way to get to know your photographer and get comfortable in front of the camera before the wedding day! THANK YOU GUYS so much! I'm so excited to see what amazing images we create on your wedding!

Kelso Conservation Area, Milton, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Kelso Conservation Area, Milton, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell


Allie & Steve

Arrowwood Farm, Melbourne

It may have been rainy and cold...but it didn't stop us or put a damper on Allie & Steve's engagement shoot at Arrowwood Farm, just outside of London! It's the same venue that they'll be getting married at in June – and I was blown away when I stepped foot onto the property! It's seriously a photographers dream (and the owners are SO nice!) – plus, Allie & Steve are probably THE most laid back, easy going, fun and awesome couple ever!

Arrowwood Farm, Melbourne, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell

Arrowwood Farm, Melbourne, Ontario engagement photos by VanDaele & Russell


Victoria & Phil

Scarboro Golf & Country Club, Scarborough

What do you get when you mix a super fun, easy-going couple, a couple of pugs, some epic fall foliage, and a gorgeous, love-filled wedding? A whole lot of AWESOME, that's what! Victoria & Phil's wedding at Scarboro Golf & Country Club in October was all of the above and more (and did I mention there were pugs? Violet & Cricket headlined the wedding as ring bearers (and rocked it!). Thanks so much V&P for such a great day and being so awesome (and for bringing your pups to the wedding!) Be sure to check out their full teaser gallery on Facebook!

Scarboro Golf & Country Club, Scarborough, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Scarboro Golf & Country Club, Scarborough, Ontario wedding photos by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

Scarboro Golf and Country Club • AMR: Amanda Reid Makeup • Sheila's Bridal Boutique • David's Bridal • Moores Clothing • Leash & Paws • Electric Blonde • Peachy Keen Pets • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Amy & Blake

Goderich, Ontario

There are days were everything just comes together, from the couple to the weather, to the location to the PUPPY!! This would be a fantastic example of that! Thank you to Amy’s mom who tagged along to watch Berkley while we ran around and shot this (newly discovered and totally awesome) area inside and out. A&B you are the best and I can’t wait to work with you on your wedding day! 

Goderich, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

Goderich, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

“We recently got our engagement photos done with Clint from Van Daele & Russell and we couldn't be happier with how the photos turned out! Clint was absolutely amazing to work with! He is so down to earth, friendly, funny and made us feel completely comfortable at the photo shoot. He even found a little gem of a location for the shoot! We are having such a hard time picking our favorites because they all turned out SO GOOD!  We can't wait to work with him again at our upcoming wedding in the summer!”

– Amy & Blake


Madison & Ryan

Thorndale, Ontario

We love shoots that have a little bit of everything! M&R's engagement a couple months back has everything from gorgeous fall colour, stunning sunsets, to hot cocoa, glitter & heel clicks! Plus, we shot at their family farm in Thorndale, and retraced their steps back to the site of their very first kiss, and where Ryan carved their initials into a tree (it's still there!) 5 years (or more?) ago! 

Thorndale, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

Thorndale, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell


Ling & Mark

Rattlesnake Point, Milton

This session makes me smile! We took a little hike up Rattlesnake Point in Milton, the woody earthy tones of these photos are wonderful and the rock face makes it feel like the edge of the world! Plus, getting to hang for a few hours with Ling and Mark while creating wonderful images was the best way to enjoy autumn in Ontario!

Rattlesnake Point, Milton, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

Rattlesnake Point, Milton, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell


Tayler & David

Scotsdale Farm, Georgetown

We had so many laughs during Tayler & David's engagement shoot recently at Scotsdale Farm! Piggybacks are hard! 😂I wouldn't change a thing about their session, from the gorgeous backdrops, the overcast sky, or the supermodels in front of the camera (or the hilarious outtakes). Thanks so much guys...seriously can't WAIT for the big day next August!

Scotsdale Farm, Halton Hills, Georgetown, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

Scotsdale Farm, Halton Hills, Georgetown, Ontario engagement photography by VanDaele & Russell

“Wow! Shawn is amazing!! He made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera during our engagement shoot, and he knew all of the perfect spots to take the most beautiful photos. We have had multiple people comment on how stunning our photos are and it is all thanks to Shawn. He was also extremely accommodating as we had to reschedule our photo shoot. We had the best day with him. We are so excited to do it all over again with him on our wedding day!”

– Tayler & David


Linh & Ravi

Son of a Peach Pizzeria, Burlington

If you were there with me during this shoot your belly would be sore from laughing. All shot on the beach in Burlington and wrapped it up at Son of a Peach Pizzeria – as soon as we started shooting, we lost track of time and before we knew it it was a few hours later! These guys are everyones best friends…probably the nicest couple I have every had a chance to work with! What a great way to wrap up the season!

Son of a Peach Pizzeria & Burlington, Ontario

Son of a Peach Pizzeria & Burlington, Ontario


Allison & Ed

Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London

Alli & Ed's wedding in October at Fanshawe Pioneer Village / Fanshawe Conservation Area may have been rainy but we wouldn't have changed a thing! Sometimes, a little rain on your wedding day is exactly what helps to get gorgeous photos in places we wouldn't normally have shot! Both Alli & Ed are so relaxed and didn't bat an eye at the weather – thank you to both of you for being awesome and so easy going! Many congrats to you and your beautiful family!

Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Wedding Vendors:

“Shawn & Clint were AMAZING to work with. They are so kind, not at all pushy or bossy, just awesome down to earth people. I’m the type of person who wants the perfect photos, but needs someone to tell me what to do and how to get them. These guys did it ALL. From telling us how to position, to capturing some great candid photos, to literally getting every single detail of our day- these are the memories that last a lifetime and I am SO glad to have chosen truly the best photographers for our wedding day. Thank you so much Shawn & Clint!!”

– Allison & Ed

Fanshawe Conservation Area • Fanshawe Pioneer Village • Lavish Events by Design - Wedding Decorator • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Olivia & Michael

The Doctor’s House, Kleinburg

O&M's wedding in November at The Doctor's House in Kleinburg was not only "pretty, candid and happy" (how Olivia described her vision for the day) – it was also really really COLD! Everyone was a trooper and braved the chill, and it was totally worth it! The ceremony in the adorable little chapel wrapped up minutes before sunset, so we were able to zip out for some photos (wait til you see the smoke bomb ones!) before running as quickly as humanly possible back to the heat indoors! We went out one last time for some (gorgeous and dreamy fairytale-esque!) night photos in front of the chapel, then came back to enjoy the dance floor that was PACKED! Thanks for an awesome day, Olivia & Michael – wishing you both all the happily ever afters...ever! 

The Doctor’s House, Kleinburg, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

The Doctor’s House, Kleinburg, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

“Shawn was absolutely wonderful! He was punctual, professional and very easy to work with. He exceeded our expectations by giving us photos that are absolutely stunning and perfect. The day was a breeze, he followed the shot-list and took our inspiration and brought it to life. I found his work on instagram and immediately loved the kind of photos he took. The whole process was an absolute breeze and it hasn't even been a week since we got married and we already have our teaser gallery with TONS of beautiful pics! Fantastic work!”

– Olivia & Matthew

Wedding Vendors:

The Doctor's House • Flower Workshop • Toronto Limo Rentals • The Fox Duo • Platinum Entertainment Solutions • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Ivana & Peter

Chateau LeJardin, Woodbridge

Baby...it was COLD outside! (Sorry, I couldn't resist!) Between the freezing weather and their surprise baby announcement during their reception, it seemed the perfect way to lead into the story of Ivana & Peter's wedding day at Chateau Le Jardin Event Venue in November! Ivana & Peter (and Duke!) you've been nothing but an absolute PLEASURE to work with since day one! Thank you to both of you and wishing you all the best, always! 

Chateau LeJardin, Woodbridge, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

Chateau LeJardin, Woodbridge, Ontario wedding photography by VanDaele & Russell

“WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We knew the pictures would be amazing but these (once again) surpassed every expectation. Our friends, family, and the two of us are blown away and we already can't decide which pictures to blow up for our home. You guys have done an incredible job with these...truly I have no words.”

– Ivana & Peter

Wedding Vendors:

Designs by Francesca • Kleinfeld Canada • Van Daele & Russell Photography


Annette & Randy

The Ancaster Mill, Ancaster

It's not news that we love weddings...but what we love even more is celebrating couples and marriages that have lasted 30 years and are still going strong! It was our absolutely pleasure working with Annette & Randy on their 30th wedding anniversary vow renewal at the Ancaster Mill just a few weeks ago – such a blessing to witness two people still so madly in love after 3 decades, a family, and I'm sure 10,000 stories! Not long ago we shot their son & daughter-in-law's wedding (Randall & Paige!) so it's always a compliment when we're invited back to document their family's milestones! Huge congrats A&R...look us up for your 40th, 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries, too!

Ancaster Mill, Ancaster, Ontario wedding & vow renewal photos by VanDaele & Russell

Ancaster Mill, Ancaster, Ontario wedding & vow renewal photos by VanDaele & Russell

“We celebrated our 30th anniversary with a vow renewal Dec 7th and knew we had to have them as our photographers because of the work they did with our son's wedding 2 years ago.
Clint was absolutely amazing with us. I cannot believe how relaxed he made us feel and we actually had fun doing the shots (and I hate my picture taken). When the teasers were sent to us a few days later, I cried because I could actually see the magic that we felt captured in the photos. I can hardly wait to see all the photos of that evening. These guys are the best, do yourself a favour and hire them!!”

– Annette & Randy

Wedding Vendors:

Ancaster Mill • Brantford Blooms Florist • Copeland Dj & Productions • Bridal Boutique and Formal Wear • The Creative Paige • Van Daele & Russell Photography


And…that’s a wrap!

If you’re one of the wonderful people who took the time to scroll through all 93 shoots above, the least we can say is THANK YOU! It’s been a wonderful whirlwind of a year, and we can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store (we also can’t wait for Michelle & Matt’s wedding on Monday…New Year’s Eve!).

If you don’t already, please follow like us on Facebook, join our Facebook Group, and follow along on Instagram! It’s where we post our work every week – and 2019 is looking to be as busy and inspiring as 2018.

xoxo Shawn & Clint

PS: Did you really think that was it? Here’s a little magic we whipped up along the way, for a couple special families! This is the magical stuff that makes our hearts flutter!

Peyton…and a Unicorn! Her Mom gave this to Peyton as a  huge  canvas for Christmas!

Peyton…and a Unicorn! Her Mom gave this to Peyton as a huge canvas for Christmas!

And, we couldn’t forget about David! His  obsession  with Dinosaurs (and knowledge of them) is incredible – so we wanted to give him a photo that showed both his love…and fearlessness!

And, we couldn’t forget about David! His obsession with Dinosaurs (and knowledge of them) is incredible – so we wanted to give him a photo that showed both his love…and fearlessness!

And finally (for real, this time) – a Mary Poppins inspired family photo for our dear friends in Newfoundland!

And finally (for real, this time) – a Mary Poppins inspired family photo for our dear friends in Newfoundland!

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.”

– Mary Poppins