Kew Gardens to Boxcar Social: Engagement Photos, Sunshine, Coffee
Kew Gardens Engagement Photos! I met Gacia and Alex on a gorgeous summer afternoon, and we were blessed with sunlight in the trees, and the most colourful flower garden. As we wandered through the gardens towards Beaches Park (in Toronto's fabulous Beach neighbourhood), the bride- and groom-to-be talked and laughed, reminiscing about all the adventures that led up to this day, and feeling excited about their marriage and life to come.
The engagement shoot is a great practice session for being in front of the camera, and getting to know your wedding photographer. But I like to do things a bit differently... For me, this is a time of reflection, connection, and togetherness. It's a wonderful time to forget about wedding planning, and spend some real, quality time together.
And that's what they did. This happy couple were laughing and looking at one another and having a lovely time. I'm totally excited to see what the wedding day has to offer!
We walked down to the boardwalk on the beach and looked out at Lake Ontario. The sun was setting, creating perfect, romantic, afternoon light.
Later on, we met up to make more pictures at Boxcar Social, a fantastic cafe in Summerhill. Not only is the coffee delicious (being a total coffee-snob, I can attest), the space and decor of the coffee shop is super cool.
I photographed Alex and Gacia enjoying cappuccinos on the backyard patio. We played some of the storytelling and word games I give to couples (especially in a public place, so they don't have to pose or feel self-conscious). ...I'm not sure what they ended up talking about, but it had them in stitches with laughter. A photographer couldn't ask for more!