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ALL THE THINGS

Real life is this beautiful.

 

2018 Year In Review
 
 

2018 was a magical year.

I witnessed the beginning of life, and the end.

I documented happy tears, sad tears, a 3 year-old’s accidentally-bit-my-own-finger tears.

I witnessed motherhood in the deep, quiet content of bonding during baby feeding, the it’s-not-quite-working very newborn breastfeeding, and the tumultuous toddlers doing yoga while eating feeding.

I observed dads kissing-better said bitten finger, and various other upsets. And granddads. And grandmothers!

I photographed best friends getting married, not getting married, making out, not making out, supporting one another, scream-laughing, chugging, doing the limbo, crying together, and just being present.

I could go on.

But instead, here are some photographs I made.

 
 

I can’t wait to post each of these sessions in full, but in the meantime please contact me if you want to see more.

It’s been a while since I posted a Year in Review, but here are some old ones, if you want to see:
2014 - the year of San Francisco
2013 - the year I started Sweetheart Empire!

And Happy New Year!

- Kate
xo

 
 
Elizabeth & Tom's Leslie Spit Engagement Photos (Tommy Thompson Park)
 

When Elizabeth and Tom suggested Leslie Spit for engagement photos, I was thrilled. Have you been there? If not, go immediately! FYI this is also known as Tommy Thompson Park, and there’s a light house, and you may or may not be able to make a camp fire (*ahem, not endorsing illegal activities, just saying). Any time of year, this reclaimed land on Toronto’s east-side waterfront is home serene, natural beauty – including a bird sanctuary, wild flowers, and biking, walking, and jogging for miles. We went at sunset (obviously!) and couldn’t have asked for a more magical setting.

…But actually we could have asked for more, and we did! You see, Tom and Elizabeth are a very special pair.

These are two of the most interesting and talented humans you’ll meet.

I first met Elizabeth when she had recently finished blogging 52 weeks of DIY projects. Yes, I said fifty-two. And this is also how I met the inimitable Shannon Lee Simmons (who later became my accountant). Some people’s awesomeness is hard to do justice in words, so just scroll down to the juggling photos, to get an understanding of why these two hold a special place in my heart.

 
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Thank you, Tom & Elizabeth for putting your trust in me to do your engagement and wedding photos. It has been an unending pleasure!

 
Ashley & Dave's Aberfoyle Mill Wedding
 

Ashley and Dave had got married on the beautiful grounds of the Aberfoyle Mill. Surrounded by weeping willows swaying in the breeze, it was truly a perfect summer day. 

There were so many moments that made Ashley & Dave's wedding special and unique, starting with Ashley's dress. Worn by both her mother and grandmother, Ashley had the dress shortened and altered to fit her perfectly. 

 
 

One of my favourite things about watching the bride and her mother get ready, was seeing just how close these two women are. The easy going support and fondness touched my heart, because I also consider my mother one of my best friends. 

 
 

Over at the groom's getting ready, Ashley & Dave's adorable little corgi – Millie – was all dressed up for the festivities. 

 
Groom putting on his tie; Aberfoyle Mill Wedding
 

Ashley & Dave had a really sweet first look – they were so excited to see each other, and once they did, they could finally relax and enjoy a few moments together before the ceremony. 

 
Bride and groom kiss; Aberfoyle Mill Wedding
Bride and groom holding hands; Aberfoyle Mill Wedding
Bride and groom holding hands and walking together; Aberfoyle Mill Wedding
Bride and groom walking together outside; Aberfoyle Mill Wedding
 

Under blue skies, Dave and Ashley stated their promises to one another, and set a golden lantern floating down the pond, in memory of Ashley's father. Hearts were overflowing. 

 
 

The ceremony was followed by an evening of celebration that lasted long into the summer night. 

 
Guest having a good time during reception; Aberfoyle Mill Wedding
Guests mingling during reception; Aberfoyle Mill Wedding
 

Congratulations Dave and Ashley – I wish you and your families a lifetime of happiness! 

To check out similar weddings, click here...
Vanessa & Mark's Oakville Golf Club Wedding
Charlie & Charlie's Garden Party Wedding
J
essie & Allan's Cottage Wedding

Photographers: Kate O'Connor & Jenny Blair

Thank you to the creative team: 
Cake: Laura Becker
DJ: Wing Night/ Matt Jameson
Dress Alterations: Isa Romero
Event Planner: Liv Chic Events
Hair: Savija Ellis
Flowers: Patti's Flower Boutique
Makeup: Meghan Barbour
Officiant: Norma White (bride's aunt)
Rings: Bride's mother, groom's grandfather
Venue: Aberfoyle Mill

 
Grace & Ervin's Wedding at the Bayview Golf & Country Club
 

After so many lovely encounters with Grace and Ervin, I couldn't wait for the wedding day. We had a beautiful engagement session at Victoria College, U of T. We met for tacos and ice cream one summer night and discussed wedding, life, love, and food. And finally the big day came. Later I photographed this gorgeous couple's maternity photos. 

Continuing this long term relationship, I am so happy to wish Ervin & Grace a happy wedding anniversary, and wanted to share a snapshot with you, from the most beautiful days of their life. Congratulations, my lovely friends. 

Bride and groom laughing together, Bayview Golf & Country Club Wedding

After a relaxed and fun bridal session at U of T (Victoria College), Grace & Ervin held their wedding at the Bayview Golf & Country Club. It was a dreamy June afternoon and Grace came prepared to stroll the grounds in the cutest Marc Jacobs flip-flops. Practical and fashionable!

Flower girl & ring bearer walking down the aisle, Bayview Golf & Country Club Wedding
Bride walking down the aisle with her parents, Bayview Golf & Country Club Wedding

This is the very moment. When Grace's parents walked her down the short aisle, and two families became one. 

Bride and groom holding hands and looking at their wedding rings, Bayview Golf and Country Club Wedding

Honestly, I can't decide which outfit I liked best... Black and white, white and white, or traditional Chinese wedding garments. I think I'll go with the red and gold for the win.

Bride and groom wearing traditional Chinese wedding clothes, Bayview Golf and Country Club Wedding
Lovely bride wearing traditional Chinese wedding dress, Bayview Golf and Country Club Wedding

Check out Grace & Ervin's University of Toronto engagement photos, or check out a few more golf club weddings, right here: 
Gacia & Alex at Eagle's Nest Golf Club
Vanessa & Mark at the Oakville Golf Club

Photography by Kate O'Connor and Lelania Little

Thank you to the creative team: 
Cake: Ruleo Patisserie
DJ: 3 Owls Entertainment
Flowers: Blooms Floral & Design
Hair & Makeup: Jennifer, Schulz Beauty
Jewelry: Swarovski
Venue: Bayview Golf & Country Club

 
Mika & Paul's McMaster University Engagement Session
 

For Mika & Paul's engagement photos, we returned to McMaster University, where they spent their undergrad together. Not only was this a walk down memory lane, but it was just a romantic, beautiful, quiet day for them to connect and celebrate their love, just the two of them... (and me)

 
McMaster University Engagement Session
McMaster University Engagement Session
 

Congratulations on your engagement, Paul & Mika! I'm so excited for your wedding day! xo