When we met with Laura and Mark in our initial consultation, we left the meeting thinking that they were about the sweetest, most down-to-earth couple we had ever met; and now, having worked with them on their wedding day, we know our initial impression was exactly right. When we arrived to begin photographing the day, Laura was relaxing on the balcony of her home in the sunshine with her family – just soaking in the beauty of her day, totally calm. In this time of consumerism and fast fixes, Laura and Mark are an anomaly. For example, who, in this day and age, takes the time to make and can their own spaghetti sauce? Laura and Mark do! (Their kitchen was stocked with jars and jars of it, as Laura’s father proudly pointed out). Their apartment is decorated quaintly with vintage items, and is also home to a fluffy lop-eared bunny named Gillian, (who quickly worked her way into our hearts). They are considerate and loving towards each other, and it is obvious that they treat everybody around them the same way they treat each other – with kindness and attention. Their penchant for home-made goods carried over to their wedding day, which was no surprise. All of the details, from the the jars of pesto, to the cake, to the patchwork place mats, and unique seating chart were all lovingly created by hand with help from their friends and family. Oh, and if you need any other reason to believe us when we say this girl is too sweet for words, Laura purchased her dress at the Bride’s Project, which accepts wedding dress donations, and then resells the dresses and donates all of the profit to the fight against cancer. It was the first we heard of this amazing organization, and we will be doing our utmost to convince all of our future brides to hand over their dresses to the cause! Laura and Mark got married on one of the most beautiful fall days this year at the quaint Doctor’s House chapel in Kleinburg, and the rest of the home-spun festivities followed there as well. It was a beautiful day in every respect, and we were grateful to be a part of it.