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If you’re like me, flowers are a bit of a mystery. I can barely tell a ranunculus from an anemone from a hydrangea (I had to look up the spelling for all three). So instead, I turned to Cool Green and Shady to shed some sunlight on the flower world. Cool Green and Shady supplies […]

Beautiful spring bridal bouquet with greenery, blueberries and roses

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Should I do a first look? It’s one of the most frequent questions I get asked as a wedding photographer. There’s no right or wrong answer. Like so many decisions when it comes to your wedding, the answer is, “it depends”. There are lots of factors going into making this decision, so I’ll break it […]

Black and white photo of a couple sharing a first look on the balcony on the Kortright Centre

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When you’ve shot as many weddings as I have, you learn that one thing’s for sure: taste cannot be bought, and a tasteful wedding is a bit of an art form. Since most brides and grooms have never planned a wedding before, a little tasteful wedding advice is always helpful in the planing process, especially […]

Tasteful wedding advice from Kari Lywood

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Let me guess. Other than walking down the aisle and saying your vows, you CAN’T WAIT to get to the end of the night for the party to begin. But hold on. Here’s some insight on how a DJ can make or break your wedding. Not all wedding DJs are created equal. And no, it’s […]

Dancing bride at Steam Whistle Brewery

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You’re engaged! What an exciting, wonderful time in life. Next step: book your venue! It may seem a bit overwhelming at this point, but here are a few tips on how to navigate the venue scene, and my top picks for the best wedding venues in Toronto. I got engaged last spring, and was SO […]

Blush tables and gold accents at this beautiful summer wedding at RCM

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You’re engaged!!! What a wonderful, exciting time in life. There is so much involved in wedding planning, it can be a bit overwhelming. And while I can’t help you finalize your guest list or choose your meal options, I CAN help you make the best choice when it comes to your photographer. So whether you’re […]

flowers on stairs of Osgoode Hall

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I’ve had a complex around spending money my whole life. I’ve felt guilty doing it, like I didn’t deserve it, or like I was being waaaaay too extra. It’s only in recent years that I’ve realized spending money on myself is an act of reaffirming that I deserve nice things and experiences just as much […]

Black and white photo of bride and groom and their wedding party with sparklers at malaparte in Toronto

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Whenever we wedding photographers see a sign like the one above, we do a little happy dance. There’s nothing worse than an well-meaning but oblivious guest jumping in the middle of the aisle to get their shot, while completely ruining ours. That being said, we live in a digital age, where people not only expect […]

No photo sign at a a lively lake wedding ceremony in Muskoka

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The countdown is on! I have just less than a year until my wedding day. Doing what I do for a living, I’ve seen it all. I’ve witnessed so many great weddings days, with countless ideas, details, approaches, and traditions. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t, and I’ve been taking notes in the back […]

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