joyce + chang | toronto engagement session at the pie shack


We loved this shoot!  Joyce and Chang asked us to shoot their engagement photos in a quaint little café in the Beach called “The Pie Shack,” a place where they had one of their first dates, and they have continued to frequent ever since…so cute! We were also charmed by this place as soon as we walked through the door.  It has a very cozy, eclectic vibe to it, where locals come to lounge, play cards, and of course eat pie!  The owner Tim was so sweet to let us have free reign of the shop, while he walked his dog, Campbell, who offers daily words of wisdom on the Pie Shack website. Joyce and Chang enjoyed some pie and ice cream, and then snuggled up on the sofa for some really sweet photos.  We wanted to thank you two for introducing us to this quaint  little spot, and we look forward to photographing your wedding in the September!

m + k

July 28, 2011 - 9:43 pm

Michelle - I think this is my favorite engagement shoot ever!

July 29, 2011 - 8:20 am

Jacquie - I love these! This place looks so cute!

July 29, 2011 - 12:53 pm

Padma - LOVE it!! Such a different location for engagement photos. Beautiful shots.

July 29, 2011 - 4:47 pm

Joyce and Chang - Mel and Kris, we love the pictures!! Thanks for the fun session.

July 30, 2011 - 10:05 am

Willow Bond - “The Pie Shack”…really….so adorable. Love L O V E the photo’s…want to see that cute little place and taste their pie of course:)

August 2, 2011 - 7:42 am

Daniella - I LOVE everything about this shoot! The couple is so cute, and the location is amazing. I just came across your blog, and find that your photos seem to capture the chemistry of each couple, and spirit of the locations as well.

amy + harvey | distillery district engagement


How are we so lucky to be blessed with the best clients?  We had so much fun with Amy + Harvey on their engagement shoot in the Distillery District, doing a little walking, a little talking, and taking a few photographs.  They were so easy to spend time with – relaxed and comfortable with each other,  and their chemistry with one another shone through the lens.  They just fell into sync with one another – we barely had to direct them.  It also helps that they are gorgeous – I swear in all of the photographs we took of them that day there were no duds!  No goofy looks, no bloopers, just all gorgeousness all of the time.  We are so excited to spend another few days with these two lovebirds in the early spring in Mexico, with their bare feet in the warm sand as they say “i do”on the beach in a very small intimate ceremony….surrounded by palm trees and crystal blue water….bliss.  We will kindly have a margarita or two for you.


July 27, 2011 - 6:55 am

Amy :) - OMG Ladies, I am in love with them!!! So worth the wait, and I cannot wait for the Spring either!!! Thank you soooooo much, you’re my photographers for life 🙂 muah.

atee + pendar | toronto board of trade

What a gorgeous summer day it turned out to be for Atee and Pendar’s super cute vintage-themed Persian wedding (interesting combination, we know).  Both Atee and Pendar have a background in graphic design, and so we knew that the wedding would be infused with many artistic elements (you can see some of Pendar’s creative talents here:  We had our fingers crossed for clear skies so that we could take photographs of Atee and Pendar on their cherry red Vespa, which they use to scoot around Toronto together…adorable! It also acted as the inspiration for their invitations, which were designed by Pendar.  Lucky for us the weather held out, and we were able to photograph the couple driving their scooter at The Evergreen Brickworks.  Atee’s dress was simply stunning, and we loved, loved, loved the fascinator she chose to go with her birdcage veil.  Pendar was also stylin’ with his cute polka dot socks that matched the colour scheme of their wedding  (which Atee picked out for him and he gallantly agreed to wear) – we couldn’t let the day pass without a photograph of them.  Their Persian ceremony was held at the Toronto Board of Trade, where their reception followed shortly after.  A vintage corner was set up with some nostalgic paraphernalia where guests could type the newlyweds a message on an old typewriter… and there were some interesting messages!  Once Atee and Pendar made their entrance into the reception room they had a slow and charming first dance, which was immediately followed by dance floor pandemonium!   Just about everyone was on the dance floor and the party was in full swing before dinner was even served.

Congrats Atee and Pendar.  The love and laughs you shared together was contagious and it was a pleasure to capture that magic through the lens.

m + k

Ceremony Location: Toronto Board of Trade

Reception Venue: Toronto Board of Trade

Florist/Decorator: Grower’s Flower Market

Cake Designer: Chocolada

Invitations/Stationary: Pendar

DJ: Dynamite

Dress Designer/Boutique: Watters & Wtoo

Hair Styist/Make up Artist/Salon: Mas’oud Houshmand

July 12, 2011 - 6:16 pm

Babak - You guys are simply amazing!
What a beautiful set… and what a beautiful wedding.

July 13, 2011 - 3:40 pm

Jennifer - What a stunning bride! Love the vespa and and photos at the Brickworks. Wish I was at that party! Looks like a blast.

July 13, 2011 - 9:15 pm

Willow Bond - I am speechless….the color, the uniqueness, the laughter, what fun…what amazingly beautiful photo’s.

July 13, 2011 - 11:30 pm

Jessica - Amazing! Gorgeous pics, people and looks like quite the reception!

July 14, 2011 - 12:37 am

Ashleigh Britton - This wedding is beautiful!!!Amazing job!!!

July 16, 2011 - 9:50 am

Padma - This couple looks like they are having so much fun together – beautiful photos! Also – I LOVE her shoes – do you know where she bought them?

July 16, 2011 - 10:03 am

Atee - Yes, i bought them at Nine West 🙂

July 19, 2011 - 12:19 am

Elizabeth Kaye - Amazing! amazing! amazing! I am your biggest fan 🙂 xoxox

karen + adam | maternity

Nearly 2 years after I photographed their wedding, I received a phone call from Adam and Karen letting me know they were expecting! I couldn’t be happier for them, and I was excited to document this extraordinary moment in their lives together.  Having just had my own baby 10 weeks ago, I could totally relate to everything Karen and Adam were experiencing, and I really wanted to capture the beauty of their pregnancy.

Both Karen and Adam were beaming with the excitement of the arrival of their little bean, and it was really special for me to be there to witness and encapsulate that energy through the lens.  Karen looked absolutely radiant and beautiful and Adam stood sideline with supportive and encouraging comments…so cute!

Karen and Adam, I’m so happy for you two and I can’t wait to meet and photograph your new addition in the weeks to come.  Good luck with your delivery and perhaps we can celebrate his/her arrival with a celebratory Nutella sandwich!


June 10, 2011 - 10:00 am

Karen - LOVE THEM!!!!! Awesome job Mel!

June 10, 2011 - 12:05 pm

Lina Bigioni - Absolutely beautiful pictures! As the grandmother to be, I will cherish them forever. Thank you!

June 10, 2011 - 3:24 pm

Anna D. - Absolutely radiant mom-to-be and proud papa! Congratulations Karen and Adam, these are beautiful photos, thanks for sharing!

June 15, 2011 - 9:12 am

Oxberry/Sciortino Family - Beautiful Pictures! We love them 🙂 We are so excited for you both!! xoxoxo

Baby Bijou | Toronto Baby Photography

My precious baby girl has finally arrived!!!  Nearly two weeks overdue, Bijou (french for “jewel”) Cecille Chen joined our family on March 28th, at 11:37pm weighing 7lbs 9 ounces.  She has an angelic face, sparkling blue eyes, and we are TOTALLY mesmerized by her.  I know more photos of my beautiful daughter will grace the blog soon!

A shout out has to go to our Doula, Bianca Sprague of Bebo Mia, and our hypnobirthing coach Amanda Burke (also of Bebo Mia) for their  support throughout the pregnancy and for prepping us to have the most amazing birth experience.  Another special thank you to all our family, friends and clients for the warm wishes and notes of congratulations over the past few weeks.

Welcome little Bumble Bij to the Verve Photo Co family!


April 26, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Janette - Congrats again Melanie! And welcome Bijou! You are even more beautiful than your name 🙂

May 5, 2011 - 8:58 pm

Willow Bond - Oh my… beautiful is she….so much love to all~

May 9, 2011 - 9:15 pm

auntie kathy - Oh Mel and Karen: She is sooooo precious!! You’ve both come such a long way since Glen Road. I am vey happy for both of you. Bijou, you are very special and next to my MOther, you have the best Mommies in the world. Love , Auntie Kathy.XOXO

June 9, 2011 - 7:17 am

Michelle & Sandro - Congratulations!! We are so happy for you:) She is beautiful…love her name:) Wishing you all the Best-xoxo