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Chantal and Mike’s Guelph Wedding Adventure

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As soon as I walked into Chantal’s room at the Guelph Delta Hotel  and noticed a mug that read “Best Day Ever”, right then and there I knew Chantal and Mike’s Guelph Wedding Adventure was going to be a blast.

Not too often you get an opportunity to photograph the guys as they make the pilgrimage from where they got ready to the ceremony.   It was only fitting to capture the moments as the guys head down Arthur Street and across the foot bridge to the ceremony location at St.Georges Church.

Located on the banks of the Speed River is the beautiful old St. George’s Church.   St. Georges is one of the oldest and largest churches in Guelph, and I love photographing at this church.   Rev. Canon Ralph and Sexton Ron are really great people and fantastic to work with.   Chantal surprised Mike by walking down the isle to a live performance by her Glee Club students.  It was a beautiful ceremony with poems in both French and Italian as well as more entertainment by the Glee Club.   We photographed the Family photos in St.Georges then the wedding party boarded Brentwood Livery’s Limobus to the Albion Hotel for a few beverages and photos.

After leaving downtown Guelph, we headed towards Cambridge and Whistle Bear Golf Club for the awesome reception.   After taking a few chilly sunset photos, we sat down for an awesome meal,  listened to Jazz music and enjoyed Chantal and Mike’s Great Gatsby themed wedding reception party.

It really was one of the Best Days Ever.

Enjoy :)

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Would you change anything: nothing, it was perfect!!!

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A Two Tone Favourite: Chantal’s beautiful brooch bouquet completed with her grandmother’s insect jewel.

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Advice for future couples: Marry your best friend and laugh during the rough spots

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The images in this slideshow were viewed and enjoyed by Chantal and Mike’s guest at their wedding reception. Each Same Day slideshow is selected and edited at the reception during the dinner, and will contain many more images.   We begin the process by downloading our cards then browsing and selecting our favourites.   From there  we  quickly edit each selected image for viewing – there are no special filters, no photoshop, nothing crazy just the images in their purest form. For a better quality show click on the  settings button gearimages  and select 720p quality.  Sit back and Enjoy

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Any Surprises: Chantal teaches French and Music and had her Glee club (show choir) come and sing her down the aisle and during the signing of the marriage license.

Mike had no idea!

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Favourite Memories of the Day:

Chantal: Dancing the night away!

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Favourite Detail: Our guest book was a pair of old wood skis from Chantal’s grandfather. Mike burnt in their wedding date in Roman numerals and guests signed away.

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Favourite Memories of the Day:

Mike: hanging out with friends and family

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Wedding details…….

wedding date: February 27, 2016
weather: Windy winter weather with not enough snow!
Two Tone photographer: Kurt
wedding venues: Ceremony –  St. Georges Church Guelph, Reception – Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Photos at Albion Hotel in Guelph

First Dance –  acoustic version of  “Always On Time” – Ja Rule

Additional wedding vendors:  Brentwood Livery, K-Toss DJ

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“Kurt was an absolutely amazing photographer to work with. We had a previous photographer that had left us hanging. Kurt settled all of our previous misconceptions and made us excited for our day. Mike, myself, and our wedding party were veterans with wedding photography and Kurt was by far the best. He was creative, energetic, and kept the day moving. During the reception, Kurt had the brilliant idea of showing the days photos on his mini slideshow. We received so many compliments from this aspects and the untouched images looked absolutely amazing. Thank you so much Kurt for being a memorable part of our big day!”

~ Chantal and Mike

Thank-you Chantal and Mike for allowing us the opportunity to capture your awesome wedding celebration.

Cheers, Kurt

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Bob Maclean ~ Wedding Vendor Feature with Bob

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We love going to weddings and hearing the live music performances of very talented individuals.  Often it is a family member or friend, however there are very few who are as talented and experienced as Bob Maclean.    Bob and I first met at the Ariss Valley Golf and Country’s Wedding Show where his music was simply amazing and was enjoyed by all who attended.   The true talent can be heard on his many sample videos on youtube, however to get an appreciation of his work it is best to attend a live public performance which are listed on his website.   We had the opportunity to photograph Bob for his new promotional images, and sit down to learn a little more behind the Music of Bob Maclean.

Enjoy, Kurt

To start off here is Bob’s event and wedding sampler.  To hear more of Bob’s work please check out his Youtube Channel.

Who are you? Tell us alittle back story.

I am Bob MacLean – Event Guitarist covering South Central Ontario and have been playing music for special events for years. My music can have a roots inspired feel to it, drawing on traditional/blues/celtic influences in addition to pop and classical styles. When people watch me play, they have no doubt about my passion and enjoyment for what I do.

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What is your favorite musical song and album?

Well…. Where to begin… expect the obscure I guess. Martin Simpson is probably my favourite player – his 1989 album “Leaves Of Life” still does if for me.  I am also a big fan of Ennio Morricone’s music from  “The Mission”.

What keeps you inspired?  Being able to create more magic with just 6 strings.

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How did you get your start in the wedding industry?  Its more like the industry is finding me.  I’ve done weddings for years, driven by “word of mouth” marketing.  Now, as I make music my fulltime occupation, I want to do more because it really is an opportunity to make an impact on a special day. This motivates me.

Why are you in the wedding industry? Weddings allow me the chance to play the music I want to play!  That may sound odd but, with almost every wedding, there is a request for a song, a tune, even just a brief riff of a tune that the couple wish to hear. I am a quick study in situations like this and I love the challenge. It usually amounts to a new song/tune in my repertoire.  My arrangement of Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird” came out of just such a situation.

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What is your most memorable wedding moment?  Being asked to play two brand new selections that the bride REALLY wanted and coming up with arrangements that delighted the couple!

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What trends do you see in the wedding industry?  Social media is clearly playing a role in marketing and gaining exposure – getting noticed to begin with.  Technology is also making it easier for others to hear my music in ways other than “live” in their living room.   However, in the end, it’s the quality of the performance that I deliver that will make the memories

What is awesome about your company? And what do you offer?   I take pride in a number of things:

~ ability to listen to clients and meet their needs
~My music engages people every time.
~ I can arrange a solo guitar version of most any song or tune

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Why do you think brides choose you for their wedding? Reputation. Experience. Good listening.

What advice do you have for future wedding couples?  Well, to put my business hat on…..consider live music for both a ceremony and reception. The cost of me playing guitar for ceremony/reception is not an investment in music and ambiance – its an investment in creating memories.

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Gillian and Mikey’s Awesome Wedding {Guelph, ON}

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I love photographing small intimate weddings, and Gillian & Mikey’s Guelph wedding celebration was no exception.     Gillian and Mikey are so relaxed and fantastic to work with.  After a year engagement, they picked their date and started planning for the wedding only 2 months ago during this past Christmas, and it was fantastic.

We started off with photographing their ceremony at the Guelph City Hall, and the first thing I noticed was Gillian’s AWESOME Green shoes.

After the Ceremony we photographed the family photos in front of the City Hall’s famous living wall.   Where with the help of technology we included Gillian’s Maid of honour and sister Elizabeth who was not able to make it to the wedding.

All dressed for the -24 freezing weather we heading from the warmth and comfort of the city hall to our first of many photo locations.   Spending around 20 minutes at each location then we would hop in the cars to warm up and travel to the next destination.  Even with this warm up period my one camera froze and stopped working, which is why we always carry backups of our back up equipment, but you know its cold when……..

After getting some fantastic winter photos, we headed over to La Cucina restaurant for the reception and to unthaw.    One of the coolest thing was their give aways for the guests.   We each received a Mason Jar full of amazing coffee from Grizzly Coffee in Guelph which was a special blend made especially for Gillian and Mikey’s wedding.

After the 3 hour”Mangia Mangia” marathon of the best Italian food I have ever had (would recommend La Cucina to everyone), as a group we played a quick game of  “Telestrations” before heading out to finish off the evening with some snowing street photos downtown Guelph.

Please enjoy a few of my favourite moments and photos from the day.

Cheers,
Kurt

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Favourite Memories of the Day  ~ Mikey:  Seeing Gilly walk into the room.

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Favourite Memories of the Day  ~ Gill:  Skyping with family around the world before the ceremony…and then seeing Mikey looking dapper!

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Any Surprises:  The weather  -24 c before wind chill was not anticipated!

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Advice for future couples:  Do whatever you want! ..but also if you have an outdoor photoshoot on the coldest day of winter, don’t forget your boots!

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Favourite Detail: Loved the restaurant – they went out of their way to make it spectacular.

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Best Wedding Related Decision:    Keeping it small and intimate

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Would you change anything:  Nothing!

The rest of the wedding details…….

wedding date:  Friday February 13th, 2015
weather: Overcast and -24 Freezing cold with flurries, snow, then a blizzard.
wedding venues: Guelph City Hall, Guelph Covered Bridge, Arboretum,  La Cucina
Two Tone photographer: Kurt
wedding First Dance Song: Our House – CSNY
Other Vendors: Lyric Flowers in Stratford, Grizzly Coffee in Guelph

In Their Words: 

“We loved working with Kurt. One of the reasons we settled on him as a photographer instead of the countless other wedding photographers was his personality (as well as his photographs!). As we were having a small (around 25 people) wedding, we really wanted someone who could interact with our guests and make them feel at ease. Kurt came recommended to us by Andrew Goodwin, and the quality of his photographs alone stand for themselves. I would highly recommend Kurt to others and appreciated his candour on one of the big days in our lives. Thank you, Gill and Mikey”

Thank-you Gillian and Mikey for allowing us to be apart and capture your awesome wedding celebrations.

Cheers, Kurt

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Lena and Damian’s Awesome Wedding Adventure {Guelph, ON}

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The images in this slideshow were viewed and enjoyed by Lena and Damian’s guest at their wedding reception. Each Same Day slideshow is selected and edited at the reception during the dinner.   We begin the process by downloading our cards then browsing and selecting our favourites.   From there  we  quickly edit each selected image for viewing – there are no special filters, no photoshop, nothing crazy just the images in their purest form. For a better quality show click on the  settings button gearimages  and select 720p quality.  Sit back and Enjoy

Wedding details…….

wedding date: December 27, 2014
weather: we asked for  hot, clear skies with lots of  sun….. it was the direct opposite cold, overcast and no sun or snow.
Two Tone photographer: Kurt, Mark
wedding venues: YRK – York Road Kitchen and Chocolate Bar,  Photos in the dark along York Rd and at the OR

Additional wedding vendors: #thedreamteam – Barb from A Piece of Cake, Mark from DJ Charlie Clean, Robyn from Blooms & Flora, Angie from Jacha Mineral (makeup artist),  and Don Perron from Weddings by Don

Thank-you Lena and Damian  for allowing us to be apart and to capture your awesome wedding celebration.

Cheers, Kurt & Mark

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Melissa and Hugh’s Same Day Slideshow {Guelph, ON}

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The images in this slideshow were viewed and enjoyed by Melissa and Hugh’s guest at their wedding reception. Each Same Day slideshow is selected and edited at the reception during the dinner.   We begin the process by downloading our cards then browsing and selecting our favourites.   From there  we  quickly edit each selected image for viewing – there are no special filters, no photoshop, nothing crazy just the images in their purest form. For a better quality show click on the  settings button gearimages  and select 720p quality.  Sit back and Enjoy

Wedding details…….

wedding date: August 30th, 2014
weather: Overcast, Rain, Rain, Rain
Two Tone photographer: Kurt, Kris
wedding venues: The Cutten Club 

Thank-you Melissa and Hugh for allowing us to be apart and capture your awesome wedding celebrations.

Cheers, Kurt & Kris

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PPOC Recreating Lost Wedding Memories

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On Saturday, August 24, 2013, when Shannon Moore and Adam Snook, of Scarborough, celebrated their love with the wedding of their dreams. Planned down to the smallest detail, they hired a professional photographer to capture their special day. Unfortunately, their photographer was the victim of a theft shortly after and Shannon and Adam’s wedding images were lost, with the exception of a few family snapshots.

Upon hearing about their misfortune, the volunteers of the Professional Photographers of Canada – Ontario Western Ontario Branch decided to recreate part of their wedding day and replace at least some of their special memories. Putting it out to the wedding community, additional wedding services – including florists, bakers and stylists – have also volunteered to make the day as genuine as possible.

Western Ontario Branch would like to thank the following individual’s and businesses for their generous support in helping to replace our young couple’s wedding memories:

Melanie Richards from Melanie Richards Hair and Make Up Artistry (London)
Mallory Antone of Beauty by Mallory (London)
Luca Ragogna of PicFoundry (Barrie)
Mary Faustino of The Cake Engineer (Guelph)
Mark Caravaggio of DJ Charlie Clean ~ Custom Events (Guelph)

Katherine Seiggel & Sarah Tomlin of A Petal or Two Floral Design (Guelph)
Reverend Micol Cottrell of Allenford and Park Head United Churches

The Event even got a little press from the Guelph Mercury which is pretty exciting:

 

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For the Full Newspaper Story Please Click Here. 

I am so excited to be a part of this Great Event, PPOC, and the great community of wedding vendors we have in this area.   Without everyone involved we could not help this couple create some lasting memories from a tragic situation.  

Cheers,
Kurt

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Ashley and Andrew’s Awesome Engagement Adventure {Rockwood,Ontario}

Located between Acton and Guelph Ontario lays the little community of Rockwood.     When we learnt that Andrew had proposed to Ashley at the Rotary Park along side the Eromosa River, there was no question we had to incorporate Rockwood into their engagement session.

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We started the session at the location where Andrew first proposed ,  and after a few photos we made our way across the street and found this cool area where the smoke from a backyard fire filled the air.  We took advantage of this manmade smoke machine, and got some really fun photos.

 

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Of course no trip to Rockwood would be complete without visiting the awesome Mill and Rockwood Conservation area.

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As the sun set in the sky we made our way over to visit Ashley’s horse at a local Stable.  It was a perfect way to end the day with such a great couple (minus the ridicules amount of mosquitoes :) ).

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I had so much fun photographing Ashley and Andrew’s Engagement session, and I am really looking forward to their Awesome Wedding.

Cheers and Enjoy the Photos,
Kurt

Please contact info@2tonestudios.ca for more information and pricing for turning your Engagement session into a Fun Adventure.

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Smiling Eyes Featured Photographer

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I am honoured and excited to be June’s Featured Smiling Eyes Photographer.    Smiling eyes is a fantastic organization and group of photographers who donate their time to capture memories for families affected by cancer. For the full Blog feature please go to the Smiling Eye’s Website.

Looking forward to creating a lot more memories for awesome Families through Smiling Eyes.

Thank-you, Kurt

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2014 PPOC National Image Salon Images

Once a year PPOC hosts Canada’s Largest Image competition. Each accredited member of the PPOC has a chance to enter up to 4 of their favorite images which are then judged by a panel of 5 Judges for awards.

This was my first year entering the competition and I am excited and honoured to have had 3 out of 4 images accepted into the Salon. For an image to be accepted it has to score a mark of 80% or higher.

Thank-you to all the Judges and people involved to make this National Salon a great and memorable one.

Cheers,
Kurt

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Published in Spring/Summer Wedding Ring Magazine

Looking over the recent blog posts, It came noted that I never actually blogged about the Latest and greatest publication in The Wedding Ring Magazine.     We are excited that Candace and Luke’s wedding was chosen as a Reality wedding in the Spring/Summer issue of The Wedding Ring Magazine.     I am also excited that one of my Favourite images – The overhead photo of Candace and Luke walking out of the church was added to the publication.     This photo was taken by my Awesome second Photographer Jason Cremasco.    

For more of the Story and additional information about Candace and Luke’s Wedding please go to the Wedding Ring website:

http://www.theweddingring.ca/guelph-reality-wedding-stories/reality-wedding-story-guelph-couple-looks-local-for-ultimate-style-candace-a-luke

You can find this issue at Local Chapters Stores.

Cheers,
Kurt

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