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Hava Nagila ~ Celebrating a Jewish Wedding for Amy & Ian ~ by Windsor Photographer Amy Britton of Britton Images
amy & ian
December 11, 2011
HOW THEY MET: Blind Date
WEDDING STYLE: Traditional Jewish Ceremony complimented with a contemporary “First Look”
“His mouth is full of sweetness. And he is wholly desirable
This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem” (Songs 5:16)
“I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me” (Songs 7:10)
Wedding Photography is so fulfilling to shoot because I get to share the most important day in a couple’s life & history. Each couple presents a different personality toward their event but all couples shine radiantly in their love for one another. With Amy & Ian there was a sweetness to their relationship where Ian genuinely took the role of protector to his beloved Amy.
My first thought when I saw Amy on her wedding day was how she reflected the classic & sophisticated style of thedress & shoes she chose to celebrate her day. The strapless pin pleated gown with a simple sash at the waist & a few daisy flowerettes scattered around the lower part of the skirt was stunning on her. And Ian didn’t miss a beat when it came to his stylish suit. Everything about the wedding was simple & elegant & they both beamed from ear to ear…so happy in love!!
These two were so much fun, so animated in their celebration…they really whooped it up!!! St. Clair Center for the Arts put on a great spread as you can see from the photos & everyone danced the night away. Amy & Ian, you guys really rock….I loved documenting your day & wish you many years of happiness & good fortune.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Amy Britton, Britton Images Photography
BRIDAL GOWN & SHOES: Vera Wang
IAN’S ATTIRE: J. Crew
VENUE/CATERING: St. Clair Center for the Arts
FLORIST: Flowers by Design
DECOR: Swanky Affair
DJ: Celebrity Music
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Tea for Two ~ Two for Tea
Me for You ~ You for Me
Oh How Happy We Will Be ……………………..When We Book Our Photographer!!!!
Wedding Shows in Windsor will be underway in a few days with brides & grooms being overwhelmed with wedding vendors looking for their business. It’s a place to go to get lots of ideas but not the best to meet the photographer you may be considering. Many brides have told me from previous years just how overwhelming it can be. Since I get so many referrals from previous weddings & calls from my online photo journal I would rather have some quality time meeting with the couples one on one in my comfy studio where we have a chance to better connect.
Whatever the bride & groom are dreaming of & expecting I will make it happen…full day – half day, album – no album, one photographer – or two, journalistic – traditional – conceptual – cultural & yes even fusion video is available. The finished product will be the result of my storytelling expertise!
Consultations are complimentary! So let’s meet. Just this last week alone I booked three weddings so I’m filling up fast…..already into 2013. So don’t wait – call the studio at 519.256.1977 for an appointment.
Looking Forward to Meeting All you Lovebirds 😉
amy & ian
Engaged & Will Marry in December 2011
“Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect & greet each other.”
RAINER MARIA RILKE
One of the best things about my photography career is meeting so many great new people. Amy & Ian, who are getting married in December wanted to spend some time with me first before the big day to feel comfortable. Well, as soon as I met these two I felt a strong connection so it wasn’t a surprise that I had an absolutely fantastic time. They were so happy – laughing & playing around…so much in love!! We walked casually around the Olde Walkerville area. The spectacular Fall colours of the leaves, old paint-chipped fences & the river backdrop all gave me lots of opportunity to take an abundance of photos. They loved them all ~ that’s the best part – making my couples smile 😀 I’m so excited to document their upcoming W day! Check back for more of this shoot to be posted on the blog.
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marguerite & jesse
October 1, 2011
BRIDE: Marguerite, 30, Correctional Officer
GROOM: Jesse, 30, Slot Tech, Casino Windsor
HOW THEY MET: Schoolmates
HOW LONG ENGAGED: 1 year
THEIR WEDDING STYLE: Modern with a hint of Tradition
Mixology can seem a hard art to master, but with dedication everyone
can become a msestro of love’s heartwarming cocktail. Take:
2 measures trust
1 measure commitment
1 measure friendship
3/4 measure understanding
2/3 measure patience
1 dash of laughter
1 teaspoon romance
Blend well together, pour out a generous glassful, and serve stirred,
not shaken. Sprinkle with kisses, and top with a slice
of passion fruit!
The wedding of Marguerite & Jesse was so much fun! I remember how she giggled a lot & how beautiful she looked with her long dark hair flowing down over her shoulders. She and her handsome husband were perfect together savoring all the joy & good-natured fun throughout the day. And even though wild & crazy winds visited Windsor that day they both took it in stride deciding to take a chance anyway to head to the Peace Fountain for some playful picture taking. Marguerite had to hold on tight to her veil but we managed to squeeze a few in before the wind had a chance to sweep us away.
Marguerite planned her day all herself & did a fantastic job, loving every minute. She chose a stunning strapless gown from Bridal Couture with a beautiful back reveal, a panel insert train with stunning embellishments that perfectly dressed up the loosely tiered front. Finishing off her look was a really feminine pair of ivory heels, an ivory bouquet, a finely embellished veil, a band bracelet, chandelier earrings & a delicate necklace just to add a little bling in the right spots.
Again I had the pleasure of feeling like family at this wedding & consider Marguerite as another friend I met while doing what I love to do. Congrats to you both Marguerite & Jesse. I have dedicated a poem to you both as I’m starting to do for all my couples. Enjoy!!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Amy Britton
CEREMONY SITE: Freed Orman Conference CenterOfficia
GOWN: Bridal Couture
WEDDING RINGS: Precision Jewellers
BRIDESMAID DRESSES: It’s Your Day
FORMAL WEAR: Monty’s
FLOWERS: Towne Florist
INVITATIONS: DIY Michael’s
RECEPTION SITE & CATERING: Riverside Inn
DECOR: Towne Florist
CAKE: The Cake Lady
TRANSPORTATION: Royal Limosine
HONEYMOON: Gulliver’s Travels ( Australia, Fiji, Hawaii)
karen & aaron
September 24, 2011
river deep, mountain high
Love bubbles up as a spring high in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
It streams over pebbles, translucent and showered with golden coins of sunlight falling through emerald leaves.
Little by little it is always widening, deepening, maturing; always following its star.
Karen & Aaron first met in grade school, lost touch when Karen moved away. Serendipity brought them together once more many years down the road when they began working for the same company. Aaron eventually moved to Toronto where he & Karen bought their first home. Could it be their union was in the stars? Somethings just fall into place don’t they.
Their wedding brought lots of friends & family from Windsor to share in their day. This couple is so much fun & so easy going!! They really are such a perfect match. I loved shooting this wedding because, of course, I love to travel & Toronto is my hometown but more importantly, Karen & Aaron have become friends since they first came to my studio last year.
Karen looked so beautiful & radiant alongside her handsome husband. And they thoroughly enjoyed every minute of their celebration as per all their beaming smiles. Congratulations to you both!! I am so honoured you chose me not only as your photographer but also as a friend.
OFFICIANT: Enduring Promises
GOWN: David’s Bridal
CAKE: Karen Richards
FAVORS: For the Love of Cake
DJ: Joell Yelle
PHOTO BOOTH: Pam Breese
angela & dean
September 10, 2011
WEDDING CEREMONY: Assumption Chapel
OFFICIANT: Joe Mc Parland by “Civil Marriage Celebrations”
LUNCHEON RECEPTION: Freed Orman Conference Center
CATERED LUNCH: Georgina Burns
HAIR: Salon Utopia
EVENING RECEPTION: Hilton
DECOR: Designs by Diane
A Sunday wedding was the choice for Kim & Rami’s fun-filled day with my favourte….middle eastern food, served at the elegant Windsor Club. Kim wore a light flowing gown with her dark hair tied softly in the back. She looked like a Greek goddess! Friends & family enjoyed a laid back evening with great food & live entertainment. It was a pleasure documenting their wedding. Congratulations to you both!
Natalie’s hometown of Leamington was the setting for her wedding to football coach Jamie on Friday, August 26th. Following the church ceremony the whole wedding party headed over to Natalie’s uncle’s house to take a few pictures. The scenery was absolutely beautiful with landscaping & view of the water to die for. These two were so much fun!!! At the Ciociaro Club they participated in “Jumping the Broom” a custom brought down from Jamie’s side of the family. Congratulations Nicole & Jamie! I was just thrilled to be a part of your wedding day.
Rebecca & Paul were married in the park on the beach in Jamaica surrounded by their family & friends on Sunday, July 31. Although it was a small & simple ceremony the energy was romantic & playful. We all had so much fun!!….& I was delighted to have lots of time to shoot at a number of locations. Capturing some of the island colour & atmosphere was an interesting change from the usual locations that are available in Windsor. And even though it was very hot Rebecca & Paul never once looked uncomfortable. Love was certainly in the air!! Congratulations to you both!!! And thank you for allowing me to document your beautiful day.
Val made a stunning bride on May 22 when she married her school sweetheart George in a traditional ceremony surrounded by friends & family. Even though the wedding party was huge (23) everyone had fun & the day went perfectly. There’s always lots to capture in these celebrations with dancing, singing & lots of food. We spent some time at the Art Gallery & later attended the reception at The Macedonian Center. Congratulations to you both Val & George. Thank you for choosing me to document your beautiful day!!
July 2 was the big wedding day celebration for Nathalie & Chad. These two are dog lovers just like me so we clicked right away. We started the day at their house, moving over to St. John Vianney, then to the Art Gallery & finally to the Ambassador Golf Club for the reception. What a happy couple!!! with a large number of family & friends coming from Europe to share their day. Congratulations on your very special day! May you share many years together of love, happiness & good fortune.
Thought I would shoot some dramatic photos for the fashion section of the Bridal Confidential Magazine. Caesars Windsor was the venue providing some interesting backgrounds. The beautiful gowns were provided by Bridal Couture, hair by Classic Recreations, bouquets by I&F Designs, makeup by Makeup by Klaudia & jewellery by G & G. Thanks to our models Madison & Nadya!!
What a wonderful couple & wonderful day for a white Windsor Wedding! We had so much fun, and really we couldn’t have asked for nicer weather. We first stopped at Reaume Park for wedding photos, we then headed over to Willistead Park to get even more great wedding images. Heather and Pierre assembled such a amazing wedding party! It really made the day that much more special. This is the forth wedding in the family I’ve shot and I was so looking forward to the fun day and crazy night, filled with great food at the Ciociaro Club, lots of laughs and good times, not to mention lots of “cake” dancing. Take a peak at the reception images below and you’ll see why I was looking forward to this fun filled day.
Heather, you looked absolutely stunning and Pierre, you looked pretty handsome yourself! Congrats to you both on a life filled with great times, many happy memories and lots of “cake”!! I’m honored to have been a part of your future together.
April 16th finally arrived for a determined Jennifer Darmon to walk down the aisle to her awaiting finance, Mike Belawetz. When the ceremony ended Mike whisked her off the floor to the joyful applause of everyone there.
Their first dance was just as touching!
Take a peak at their amazing memorable moments done by Brian of Green Gecko Photography: link below.
Words hardly come close to explaining the emotions of the day! As you can see, Jenn is just beaming from ear to ear. And what makes this event even more memorable is the fact that Jenn worked extremely hard, for quite some time now, to take those time honored steps down the aisle.
It was a privilege and honor to be chosen to document their day, as it is with all my couples.
Please enjoy their story.
Special thanks to Brian Stephens of Green Gecko Photography www.greengeckophotography.com as well as Jaymz van Hees of Jaymz Fotografie www.jaymz.ca for helping me to capture their eventful day. It wouldn’t have been the same with out you!
here’s a quote I found and wanted to share, ~ how fitting
Whatever setbacks you encounter, don’t give up on your hopes and dreams.
Imagination is stronger than knowledge…. dreams are more powerful than facts, and hope can triumph over experience.
April 16th finally arrived for a determined Jennifer Darmon to walk down the aisle to her awaiting finance, Mike Belawetz. Historical Mackenzie Hall in Olde Sandwich Town was packed with invited guests & media to watch this feisty woman overcome adversity & make her life-long dream of walking down the aisle on her wedding day come true. With twinkling eyes & a glowing smile she looked like an angel. The energy was electric as all eyes were on the beautiful bride. When the ceremony ended Mike whisked her off the floor to the joyful applause of everyone there. It was hard to keep a dry eye while witnessing this beautiful love story unfold knowing all they had both endured. May your marriage be blessed with much love, happiness & good fortune!!!!
Look for their story on Inside Edition today at 4:30 or check out their website.
Another post will follow with more photos of their day.
Jennifer Darmon was Person of the Week on Diane Sawyer’s ABC News, with their story appearing on several news sites including WXYZ with Carolyn Clifford, Inside Edition, CBS,The Morning Show & a video diary on you tube. Check them out.
Most video companies will send either a representative or camera crew to your ceremony site during the rehearsal to check out placement and entrances. They’ll then be able to determine the best equipment setup and how many cameras are needed. Remember, though, that this is a wedding ceremony, not a movie set; question suggestions of more than two to three cameras.
Generally you need at least two cameras for the ceremony — one in front and one in back. The second camera also can serve as backup to a failed camera.
Provide your videographer with a copy of any restrictions your clergy may have. You may even want to schedule a meeting during which you all can discuss the rules and any exceptions that may need to be made. Consider another venue if yours has too rigid limitations and find a different videographer if you sense tenseness or hostility.
Avoid conflicts all around with a specific written contract. Make sure you and your videographer agree in writing about what his duties are and what you’re expecting for your final tape.
The contract should cover all these issues related to the job:
- Schedule of coverage
- Depth of coverage
- Features of the finished product
- Payments and contingencies
The contract might also cover who the actual cameramen will be. There’s no such thing as a standard contract, and verbal agreements aren’t binding. Put everything down on paper so you won’t have any surprises on your wedding day or afterwards.
Next to my love for photography, I love travel so when Kevin contacted me to shoot his wedding in England, I was absolutely thrilled. He met the love of his life Betsy & had no second thoughts at leaving Canada to start a new life in England. They picked a beautiful spot outside London called the Kavali Royal Society International Center in Milton Keynes…..an absolutely breathtaking spot & a big change from what we have here in Windsor. These two were so much fun & so in love ….I truly enjoyed their company, the accommodation & the party. I’m so happy that you found each other & hope you share many, many years together. Love you both!!
Start interviewing photographers as soon as you’ve chosen your wedding date, ceremony and reception site. Your initial phone call should help you determine if the photographer deserves a personal visit. Get a general explanation of his services and prices and make sure he’s available on your wedding date, then schedule a meeting to nail down the specifics.
Be ready with the following list of questions when you interview your potential photographer:
- Can we see your portfolio?
- How long have you been photographing weddings?
- Do you work in color, black and white or both?
- What sort of lighting will you need? Do you use soft focus or diffused lighting?
- How long will you be able to stay at the wedding?
- Do you offer any packages?
- How far in advance should we reserve your services?
- What if a photograph doesn’t turn out?
- Do you require a deposit? How much is it and when is it due?
- When is the balance due?
- What if we need to postpone or cancel?
- How much do you charge for overtime?
A professional photographer will have all required licenses and business insurances, a clean, well-maintained studio, back-up equipment, and possibly a membership in a professional association like the Professional Photographers of America (PPOC) or Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI).
Mike will get the unbelievable gift of watching the love of his life, Jennifer …..walk down the isle to his waiting arms to exchange vows & share their wedding day with friends & family. I am so thrilled & honoured to have been chosen to document their day. Jennifer is such a beautiful person & role mode!! With incredible strength of determination & will she has worked faithfully, against all odds to walk down the aisle & dance with her husband at their celebration. And kudoos to Mike for setting such a strong example of what the words “through sickness & in health ” really mean. Their touching story appeared in the Windsor Star, February 14 so for those who missed it you can click on the following link:
True & lasting love is still wonderfully alive!!!! Look forward to your special day!!!
When you’re looking for the right photographer, you want a professional who’ll understand and work toward the outcome you envision. To hire the right person for the job, decide on your likes and dislikes and discuss them in detail with all prospective photographers.
Look for a photographer who you feel comfortable with among the crowd. Find one who you believe will have a good rapport with your friends and family; he/she must be a team player and willing to work with everyone involved. Any abrasiveness you sense at your meeting will be worse on your wedding day.
When inquiring about prices, don’t ask, ‘How much do you charge?’ Rather, because your expectations and individual needs influence the final cost, ask, ‘How much should I spend to get what I want?’
Insist on a full disclosure of prices for additional prints and albums so you won’t have any surprises. Inquire about ways you can save money, too. For example, if your wedding is smaller, consider getting professional portraits done during the week rather than on the weekend.
There are some differences to consider between a large studio and an independent photographer. Some couples are more comfortable dealing with a large photography studio, as they offer backup if your photographer gets sick. However, most large studios employ subcontractors who may be new at the trade or for whom photography is a source of supplemental income. You’ll receive more personal attention with a small studio or independent and likely will deal directly with your actual photographer at all times. Therefore your album will better reflect your wishes.
Whomever you choose, sign a contract before your wedding date. Make sure everyone involved understands and agrees upon the conditions outlined in the contract. Too often couples are disappointed with their results because they assumed their verbal, not written, instructions would be followed.
Above all else, find a photographer who acts professionally and interacts well with both of you as a couple. Hire someone who appreciates the importance of your day and is eager to capture it all.
You know your photographer will snap plenty of pictures of you posing, smiling and enjoying the attention. Why not get creative for some wedding photos to remember?
Try these great shots of the bride and groom for a wedding album you’ll treasure forever:
- Dressing for the ceremony
- Full length solo
- With mother, father or both
- With grandparents, and brothers and sisters
- For the bride, pictures with maid of honor, ring bearer, flower girl and attendants
- For the groom, pictures with the best man and groomsmen
- Putting on the garter
- For the bride, a picture with her father walking down aisle
Don’t forget about the different opportunities for photos of the bride and groom together. Imagine all the possibilities and ways to remember these treasured moments:
- Father giving bride’s hand to groom
- Exchanging vows
- Ring ceremony
- Formal bride and groom shot
- Newlyweds with parents and bridal party
- Bride and groom’s hands together
- Bride and groom cutting cake and feeding each other
- Newlyweds toasting each other and the first dance
- Newlyweds getting into limo
- Groom removing garter
Capture every little detail of the atmosphere of your wedding. Looking back, you’ll want your photos to help you remember the:
- Bridesmaids walking down aisle
- Ring bearer and flower girl
- Receiving line
- Cake table and cake
- Punch servers and musicians
- Guests dancing
- Toss of bouquet
- Guests throwing birdseed
- Post-reception party
Come up with ideas of your own, consider your options and then discuss your preferences with your photographer.
Check out my work as it appears in the September 16th issue of the Windsor Star.
Thanks to my recently wed couples, Pam & Rob, Angie & Jay and Caroline & Terry– you look beautiful!
Also thanks to my fabulous models Meagan, Liz and Julie and also, Pelee Island Winery.
More images to come!
Charlotte & Alex’s Wedding at Toronto’s The Old Mill– September 11, 2009 – Toronto Wedding Photographer
The Old Mill, located in Toronto, proved to be nothing short of a wedding photographer’s dream–multiple garden locations, stone staircases, serene waterfalls, a romantic terrace and of course, the rustic interior.
Charlotte and Alex had a lovely evening wedding in the chapel and celebrated late into the night, both on the dance floor and out on the terrace, under the stars. Congratulations, you two!