Crystal & Mathew's Wedding

Arlington Hotel Wedding | Ema Wedding Co.

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Crystal first came across my work on Instagram…and as it turned out, I already knew her fiancee Mathew from many years ago when we collaborated on a film project together!  So, it was a small world moment for them when Mathew saw that she was checking out my work on IG.

I was thrilled with Crystal and Mathew chose to hire me for their wedding day.  We had some serious laughs during their spring engagement session, and I knew that we would be the perfect fit for their upcoming wedding day!

Wedding days tend to appear suddenly out of nowhere – even when last you checked it was about a year away – and such was the case with Crystal and Mathew…all of a sudden, it was TIME!  I was so excited to spend the day with these two.

My assistant Meris and I split our time with me photographing Crystal’s preparation, and she with Mathew.  We then convened on the bridge across from the historic Arlington Hotel in Paris for their first look.  I loved how as Crystal was approaching, Mathew made gestures towards her direction for the camera, while Crystal danced around behind him in her dress – it was hilarious and a perfect example of the dynamic between these two!

After the first look, we met up with the bridal party for photos at the nearby Penmarvian, a beautiful historic retirement home that Crystal had found during her research for photography spots. I would have never thought to check out a retirement home, but in her resourcefulness Crystal did – and wow am I glad! The beautiful green grounds, old growth trees, and the historic exterior of the home were perfect for photographs.

The ceremony and reception both took place across from the Arlington at the Dominion Telegraph Events Centre – another beautiful historic building, this time with gorgeous exposed brick walls in the interior. This was the space for their gorgeous reception as well!

It was truly an incredible day and I am so honoured to have been by Crystal and Mathew’s side to capture it!


Calligraphy and Signage: CC Calligraphy Co.
Lighting and sweets table setup (decor): Bird and Bee Vintage
Jewelry: Olive + Piper

“Even if you’ve never met her before, by the end of your wedding, Ema is one of those people that will likely be as much a guest as your photographer.  If you want someone who’s warm, professional, and will have just as much fun as you do, Ema’s your person.  Oh, did we mention that the photos are also exceptional!?  Ema truly captured the true love and genuine emotion that Mathew and I express to each other daily and made our photos so easy to take, it just felt like any other day – just, a lot prettier!” – Crystal

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