Written and photographed by Davina Palik
I’ve been anticipating the wedding of Marie-Eve and Mike all summer. I spent hours talking over the details with Meve and our friend Kate (quite voluntarily, by the way) and I was really excited to see everything come together. As expected, I was ridiculously emotional all day, and I have to admit that I was quite nervous about fulfilling the role of friend/guest as well as photographer! To top it off, I was the sole photographer and Marie-Eve and Mike, as well as their friends and families, had such high expectations from me… so the pressure was on!
Meve is the amazing lady behind Lake Jane, so it’s no surprise that her wedding was filled with creative details. Her grandfather and brother made the arch under which they were married, using birch branches from their family cottage; her mother created the burlap photobooth backdrop; and Meve collected Mason jars which she filled with wild flowers to serve as centerpieces. I’m sure she’ll be filling her readers in on all the details very shortly, so check out her blog for more on that.
This is the grand debut of these much anticipated photos, so I’d be lying if I said my heart was not pounding pretty fiercely at the moment. Meve, Mike, I hope I did justice to your amazing day, and to you! I love you both!
Written by Davina Palik, Photographed by Daniel Kudish and Jeremy Glover
There were so many amazing details at this wedding, that we knew we wanted to present it differently on the blog in order to share them all with you. With a bride who works in advertising, and a groom who is an art director, it comes to no surprise that creativity was just oozing out all over the place! From the mini poutines they served to their bride/groom fans, everything was a reflection of them. Plus they had Ben & Jerry’s ice cream served at the end of the night. How could you go wrong with that! I was shooting another wedding that day, but Daniel and Jeremy’s photos certainly made me quite envious!
Here are a few of our favorites from that day:
Written by Davina Palik, Photographed by Davina Palik and Marlon Kuhnreich
I know we’re a little slow on getting these blog posts out, but as you can see, we’ve been pretty busy around here! While Daniel and Chris were shooting Kathleen and Jerome last weekend, Marlon and I were at the beautiful wedding of Michelle and Trevor, held at a vineyard just outside the city.
I knew this was going to be a great wedding from the moment we met this couple, about a year and a half ago. Michelle has the most infectious smile and I know this sounds cliche, but the way these two look at each other… it’s a feat to not smile around them! Michelle and I emailed each other quite a bit in the weeks before her wedding and by the time her wedding day came around, I had this nervous feeling that I only get if I’m photographing a friend.
As I had expected, the day was just beautiful. Sunshine, a rare occurrence for us this summer, decided to grace us with its presence, and the vineyard served as the perfect backdrop for their outdoor ceremony. Every detail – from the cork place card holders, to the spread of pies which replaced the wedding cake – fit the venue to perfection and was the result of much handcrafted work (Michelle even made the bouquets!). Nothing, not even a serious illness in the year prior to the wedding, or a fever on the wedding day, could bring these two down.
Michelle, Trevor, I know you had so much faith in me and I really hope I lived up to your very high expectations! Hope you’re enjoying Hawaii!
Written by Davina Palik
Drum roll, please… congrats to Vera Devera and Fred Boette, the winners of our free photography contest!
They are getting married next fall just across the bridge from San Francisco and we can’t wait to be there! What sold us about this entry were the key words they used: “romantic glam and crafty chic,” zooey deschanel, “retro-pop whimsy,” vintage white milk glass compotes, guitar pick boutonnieres… but what really sold us was their vision for a carnival-themed cocktail hour, “complete with mini corndogs, a gourmet mustard bar, a kissing booth, a ring toss, vintage photo booth, and caramel apples.” This is exactly what we had in mind when we decided to hold this contest; to get a fun, very different wedding, with a couple who we wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to photograph due to budget reasons and/or location.
Vera blogs about her wedding planning on My $10,000 Wedding so make sure to check that out for some inspiration! Check out the inspiration board they submitted:I can’t stress how challenging it was to select just one winner. We had some great entries, from all over the place: Montreal, Toronto, Wisconsin, South Carolina, New York… We also had so many deserving couples with great stories and great visions for their big day. I truly wish we could have picked all of them. But then we’d have to move into a cardboard box and that wouldn’t be the best to run a business out of… Anyway, we had a very close runner-up who has been notified and offered a compensation package, so-to-speak . Here was her inspiration board:All in all, I’d say this contest was a big success and I can’t wait to hold it again next year! Now if you don’t mind, we have to get back to working for money. You know, to avoid the whole cardboard box situation.
Hi there! Do you recognize us? It’s us, Davina and Daniel! We’ve had a little make-over, starting with our name and our look, but it’s still us!
This whole thing has been in the works for the last few months and we’ve been working our butts off but we’re very pleased with how it’s turned out. We have to thank our wedding client/graphic designer extraordinaire, Marc Kandalaft, for designing our logo and serving as a valuable soundboard off of which to bounce our ideas.
First order of business for davina + daniel, announcing our free photography contest winner… which will have to wait until tomorrow!