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Feb 262018


Georgina Wedding Photographer | Georgina ROC Chalet Wedding Photos

Golden Dinosaurs | The Simpsons

Emily & Bill

“Dinosaurs are the best, so just calm down.”

Emily and Bill’s Georgina ROC Chalet wedding had very elegant decor with a “light sprinkling” of golden dinosaurs (yes, golden dinosaurs), and was accented with elements from The Simpsons. Most of the guests were wondering “What’s up with the golden dinosaurs?” and they all had to wait for the bride and groom’s speech to find out the answer – the answer was the quote above 😉

How They Met

Originally, Emily and Bill met on the internet. When they met in-person, they actually met outside a subway station in Toronto (because Emily was running late. ha). On their first date, they went to a pub, and they talked for hours. Bill got tipsy and was a super gentleman and insisted on escorting Emily home on the subway, bus, then subway, then to her car. Then, Emily drove him home because she was sober. They dated for 18 months before getting engaged!

The Proposal

Bill woke Emily up before my night-shift with coffee and a ring, and asked “So… you wanna get hitched?” Apparently this was a great way to wake up, because Emily said yes!

The Wedding

As I mentioned earlier, there were elements of The Simpsons TV show here and there. (The golden dinosaurs I’ll get into more when I get to the Reception part of the blog.) One of those was Bill’s cufflinks – which are replicas of the cufflinks from the Simpsons episode of Lisa’s wedding!

Georgina ROC Chalet wedding Simpsons cufflinks from Lisa's wedding. Photos by @filemanager

The Newlyweds!

Emily and Bill did a First Look (most people will tap the groom on the shoulder or poke them or something, Emily went with the always popular, ass-grab.), and all their bride & groom photos before the ceremony, so they could mingle with guests right after the ceremony.

Georgina ROC Chalet wedding first look photos by @filemanager

Georgina ROC Chalet wedding photos by @filemanager

Georgina ROC Chalet wedding photos by @filemanager

The Ceremony

The ceremony was held indoors, because despite it being September, it was crazy hot outside! (It was something like 32*C)
Georgina ROC Chalet wedding photos by @filemanager

The Reception

Georgina ROC Chalet wedding photos by @filemanager

Here’s where the golden dinosaurs come in!
Georgina ROC Chalet wedding photos by @filemanager

Georgina ROC Chalet wedding photos by @filemanager

Someone (not Emily), added to the golden dinosaur cake toppers, by dressing them with a tiny bouquet, and floral bow-tie!
Georgina ROC Chalet wedding cake and cupcake photos by @filemanager

The first dance was done in the same area as the ceremony, but the arch was moved away.
Georgina ROC Chalet wedding reception photos by @filemanager

Congrats Emily & Bill!! I never thought about it until afterwards, but I left before you guys brought out the pinatas! D’oh!
Georgina ROC Chalet wedding reception photos by @filemanager

Wedding vendors:
Venue: The ROC Chalet
Wedding coordinator: Carey D. (friend)
Florist: Mid-Valley Gardens
Caterer: O’Malley’s Catering
Cake: Maggie O. (friend)
Cupcakes: Sugar City Cupcakes
DJ: Carlo Y. (friend)
Makeup Artist: Jenni Lin Studios
Hair: Crystal Lamers Hair Salon
Wedding dress store: Torrid
Bridesmaids’ dresses: RW & Co.
Groom’s suit: Moores
Groomsmens’ pants: Old Navy
Groomsmens’ accessories: Etsy & Winners
Bride’s rings: Spence Diamonds
Groom’s ring: Costco
Officiant: Richard Moore
Invitations: Splash of Silver
Golden dinosaurs: DIY by Emily
Georgina wedding photographer: Jennifer Newberry Photography

Are you getting married? Looking for a Georgina wedding photographer? Get in touch to have me, Jennifer Newberry Photography, capture your wedding, whether it’s in Georgina, Sutton, Keswick, Bradford, Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Toronto, Barrie, Waterloo, Hamilton, London, Muskoka, or beyond! I’d love to chat about your wedding plans!

Oct 022017


The ROC Wedding Photographer | Georgina Wedding Photographer

Emily & Bill’s Sneak Peeks

Emily and Bill held their ROC wedding on an unusually blazing hot day at the end of September. It was somewhere around 35*C! Besides the unusual heat, everything went absolutely perfectly!
The ROC wedding photos by Georgina wedding photographer @filemanager

Emily and Bill had very elegant decor with a “light sprinkling” of golden dinosaurs – yes, golden dinosaurs. A lot of people were asking “What’s up with the golden dinosaurs?” and they all had to wait for the bride and groom’s speech to find out the answer. I believe Emily’s exact words were “Dinosaurs are the best, so just calm down.” hahaha!

The ROC wedding photos by Georgina wedding photographer @filemanager

Congrats Emily & Bill! I hope you are having an amazing time on your honeymoon!

Are you getting married? Looking for an Georgina wedding photographer? Get in touch to have me, Jennifer Newberry Photography, capture your wedding, whether it’s in Georgina, Sutton, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Toronto, Barrie, Waterloo, Hamilton, London, Muskoka, or beyond! I’d love to chat about your wedding plans!

Jan 162012

The 2012 wedding season starting, so I thought I would talk about something that I discuss with couples about their big day. Every wedding is different, and because of that, I like to talk to clients about what they envision their wedding day will be like. More and more couples are realizing how important wedding photos are, and how important it is to allow enough time for these photos.

What is a First Look?

Text below is from Wedding Market News

Traditionally, the bride and groom do not see each other before their ceremony. A lot of couples have been breaking this tradition, as so many people are realizing how important time management is in regards to their wedding. It’s always been common practice to take family formals immediately after the ceremony, then move right into the most important part of the day, the portraits. The portraits are the most important part of the day because these are the photos that you are going to be hanging on your wall, putting in your wedding album, sending to friends, uploading to Facebook and setting as your desktop wallpaper. What usually ends up happening is the portraits get rushed because they are taken during the 60 minute cocktail hour and have to be taken after the family photos. Understandably, the family wants to congratulate the newly married couple, which eats into the time allotted and giving the photographer even less time to spend with the couple.

Taking photos before the ceremony changes all of that and in my opinion, gives our clients even higher quality photographs. I always suggest starting photos before the ceremony with a First Look session. This is 10-15 minutes that we can spend with the couple as they lay eyes on each other for the first time on their big day. After the first look is completed, we suggest doing some group photos with all the bridal party. Getting the bridal party shots done frees up more time for us to spend with the couple, and keeps the bridal party from getting bored! The time set aside for bridal portraits is when we get to become really creative with the couple and our surroundings and not having to rush to get to a reception helps us get you the photos you want. Having the portraits taken before allows us to only have to take the family photos during your cocktail hour, and since most family photos can be done in 20-30 minutes, you’ll be left with plenty of time to relax, mingle with guests or even bustle up your dress.

If you’re still unsure about a first look photo session, here’s some pros and cons we’ve come up with that will hopefully help you in your decision:


  • You will be able to really take in the excitement of seeing each other for the first time and enjoy some quiet moments alone with each other. You’ll be able to smile, laugh, cry, dance, etc
  • Most women cry when they see their fiance at the end of the aisle, giving them less-than-perfect makeup for all the photos taken during the ceremony
  • Amazing photographs full of genuine emotion shared by you and your soon-to-be spouse will be captured
  • You’ll have more time for mingling at your cocktail hour/reception
  • You and your spouse won’t be rushed
  • Your wedding photographers won’t be rushed


  • A first look session could take away the suspense and anticipation when you first see each other down the aisle
  • If your family is very traditional, seeing your fiancee pre-ceremony may upset them

With so many modern brides taking their fiances with to do dress shopping, it’s not uncommon for a couple to also opt to do photos before the ceremony.

A first look I did this past August.
first look

From a Bride’s Point-of-View

A fellow-photographer I know recently got married, and I asked her about her decision to do the First Look. Here is what she said.

“My name is Sarah and I am a Calgary-based wedding photographer. I am also a newlywed. Choosing to do the “first look” at my own wedding wasn’t a difficult decision. You see, I have been lucky enough to base my decision on first hand research. During my consults with potential clients, the “first look” option is quite the hot topic. I am adamant against being pushy on this subject as I have found that couples have very strong opinions about it on both sides of the spectrum. But since this is my story I am going to be completely honest. For me, the “moment” was paramount: that moment being the one where my future husband would see me for the first time. And so I needed this moment in history documented to it’s greatest ability. I needed this moment to be intimate and special. I needed it to be shared with him, alone. Just the two of us. I wanted to hug him, kiss him, hold his hand, look into his eyes, tell him how much I love him, tell him how good he looks and I wanted to relieve his nervousness by being together. I needed the moment to last as long as I wanted. In other words, I wanted our moment spent together, photographed beautifully to last forever, on our own terms: certainly not determined by the ceremony or the officiant. In addition to the documentation aspect, I also knew how nervous and anxious my fiancé gets in front of people. Looking at our first glance series, seeing the expression on our faces, our pure joy/relief/excitement, I can say with 100% certainty that those feelings would not have translated to that extent, if left to coming down the aisle. The expression would have been subdued and downplayed due to the magnitude of the event, the long build up and being surrounded by our guests. The moment would be fleeting, quickly and abruptly ended and replaced with the start of the ceremony.

Aside from the “moment” and its importance to us, we also wanted our day to flow. We wanted to be with our guests as long as possible, after all, most had traveled to be there with us, as our wedding was in Scotland. The first glance and creatives prior to the ceremony afforded us a lot of time to get the shots we needed without worrying about a long break in between the ceremony and reception. In fact, one of the best parts of the day (besides of course marrying the love of my life) was sipping champagne on the lawn after the ceremony with all our guests and hugging each and every person in attendance.

I will never push my clients toward or away from the first glance as there are pros and cons to every situation and as mentioned before, some couples do not even want to hear about it. I would be remiss on this issue if I didn’t mention the cons: I was much much more cautious and anxious about my hair, makeup and dress. If there is bad weather on your day, there is more potential for someone to get dirty, thus upping the stress factor. I find that when the creatives are done after the ceremony, there is a definite relief about appearance and I do see a little more relaxation from everyone. However, with planning ahead and leaving buffer time for touch ups of hair/makeup, stress can be alienated quite substantially.

If tradition is important to you, steer clear of the First Look. However, if you dream of the “moment” and can’t wait to see the look on his face when he sees you, I urge you to consider the magic and intimacy that is the First Look.”

Sarah, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experience! 🙂

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