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Alicia Thurston Photography https://www.aliciathurston.com Toronto Photographer Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:12:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 22558988 Industry Experts Share Favourite Vendors https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/weddings-2/industry-experts-share-favourite-vendors/ https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/weddings-2/industry-experts-share-favourite-vendors/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:12:24 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=13269 Everyone wants the best of the best, who better to ask than those who witness and experience weddings every weekend through wedding season. I asked leading industry experts to share their favourite vendors in a specific category (or at least a few of them, so many of us have a wonderful network of people that ...

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Everyone wants the best of the best, who better to ask than those who witness and experience weddings every weekend through wedding season. I asked leading industry experts to share their favourite vendors in a specific category (or at least a few of them, so many of us have a wonderful network of people that it’s hard to narrow it down). Of course the people I asked are some of my favourite people to work with and I’ve added a few others at the bottom! Hopefully this curated list helps you get a start on finding the perfect cake, gorgeous floral arrangements, a first class wedding planner, an exquisite venue, on trend make-up artists, an exceptional videographer and of course photographer!
Feel free to leave a comment below if you have your own favourite vendors, other couples would love to have your recommendations.

We asked Coquette Studios who her favourite photographers are;

Alicia Thurston Photography
Jessilynn Wong
Avenue Photo

We asked August in Bloom who their favourite floral designers are;

Ooh La La Designs
Opening Night Flowers
Delight Floral + Design

We asked Ooh La La Designs who her favourite planners are, here’s what she had to say;

In no particular order
Toronto
Megan Wappel Designs
August In Bloom
Rainbow Chan
Lexington and Co
Glaze and John
Laura and Co Events

Niagara
KJ and Co
Shaw Events
Ugh! I am so sorry but they are all epic!

We asked Judy Lim who her favourite videographers are;

One Heart Films
SDE Weddings
About Us Films
Origami Heart

We asked Leann Weston what her favourite venues are;

McLean House
Airship 37
Hart House
I’ve always been treated well at these venues, plus, there’s so many possibilities for photo ops.

We asked SDE Weddings who their favourite MUA’s are;

Shirley Wu
Fancy Face
Windy Chiu

We asked BLoved Events who their favourite floral designers are;

Coquette Studios
Pink Twig
Wild North Flowers

We asked Designed Dream who their favourite cake artists are;

Sweet Regards by Daniela
Patricia Cakes
Amanda Foong Cakes
Fine Cakes by Zehra
Fruitilicious Cakes

And here are a few more amazing people or places that will help create everything you want for your beautiful wedding day!
The Social Rose
So Pretty in Print
Event Graffiti
Southern Charm Vintage Rentals
Tara Fava Jewellery
The Loved One
Lea-Ann Belter
Vincent Andres
Mona Lisa Bridal Gallery
District 28
The Food Dudes
Sweet Olenkas
Truffle Cake and Pastry
Divine Furniture Rental
The Fifth

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The Unchained CEO: Commercial Branding Photographer https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/corporate/the-unchained-ceo-commercial-branding-photographer/ https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/corporate/the-unchained-ceo-commercial-branding-photographer/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:04:34 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=13233 I had such an amazing time getting to know Sarah while we did some branding photography for her new website. We asked her a few questions to share with you. Go and check her out, she’s a very cool chick! 1. What is your company’s name and how can we find you? My company’s called ...

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I had such an amazing time getting to know Sarah while we did some branding photography for her new website. We asked her a few questions to share with you. Go and check her out, she’s a very cool chick!

1. What is your company’s name and how can we find you?

My company’s called The Unchained CEO
You can find us on all social platforms @theunchainedceo

2. What is the primary focus of your business?

To inspire and empower women to discover their purpose, pursue it like a boss and be all God created us to be.

3. Why do you think branding is important for your business?

Branding is key to making sure that our message and image are consistent and that our audience knows what to expect from our brand.

4. Do you have one piece of advice you would like to offer to women looking to pursue their purpose?

Despite your insecurities, doubts and fears, show up! Your purpose will accommodate you, just show up!!

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Steph + Aaron: Toronto Newborn Photographer https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/newborn/steph-aaron-toronto-newborn-photographer/ Mon, 05 Feb 2018 21:14:36 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=13177 Watching families grow is the best! I have photographed all three of Steph and Aaron’s babies as newborns and it’s been an incredible honour and pleasure. We have managed to get their sweet dog, Tonka in a shot with each baby and this time he was prepped and ready for his close-up. Take a peek ...

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Watching families grow is the best! I have photographed all three of Steph and Aaron’s babies as newborns and it’s been an incredible honour and pleasure. We have managed to get their sweet dog, Tonka in a shot with each baby and this time he was prepped and ready for his close-up. Take a peek at a few of my favourites from their baby boy’s newborn session.

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Jen + Mike: Toronto Newborn Photographer https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/newborn/jen-mike-toronto-newborn-photographer/ Thu, 04 Jan 2018 18:09:42 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=13077 What an amazing way to kick off 2018! This newborn session was the sweetest, most heart warming shoot. An adorable big sister with sass and spunk and a beautiful, sleeping baby girl, both ready for their moment to shine! Jen and Mike first came to me for a mini session with Jen’s sisters last year ...

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What an amazing way to kick off 2018! This newborn session was the sweetest, most heart warming shoot. An adorable big sister with sass and spunk and a beautiful, sleeping baby girl, both ready for their moment to shine! Jen and Mike first came to me for a mini session with Jen’s sisters last year and it was during this first session that they surprised their sisters with the announcement that Jen was expecting a second baby! I had no idea and was pleasantly surprised to be capturing the amazing reactions of some pretty excited people. Up next was their gorgeous maternity session at the Scarborough Bluffs before the holidays. Their sweet baby girl was an early Christmas present and I was happy to start off a new, wonderful year of shooting with this awesome family! I can’t wait to see them later in the year for another extended family session. It’s truly an honour to be able to see families grow and document so many memories and connections.
Here’s to a great year ahead!

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Alex + Greg: District 28 NYE Wedding https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/weddings-2/alex-greg-district-28-nye-wedding/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 03:08:12 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=13022 New Years Eve weddings are always a good time. Of course no one expected the cold snap we’ve had so we had to come up with some inventive ways to do the creative portraits. With a venue like District 28 and being able to pop over to East Room, we had lots of awesome options. ...

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New Years Eve weddings are always a good time. Of course no one expected the cold snap we’ve had so we had to come up with some inventive ways to do the creative portraits. With a venue like District 28 and being able to pop over to East Room, we had lots of awesome options.
Alex and Greg are such a fun couple, everything they planned for their day was unique and beautiful.
Here is what the new husband and wife had to say about their day;

We wanted everything to focus on good food and fun; a night that was one part wedding, one part New Year’s party. We couldn’t imagine a better way to ring in 2018 surrounded by everyone we love

The details of the wedding were exceptional, no surprise with Alex being an event planner, she had a vision and knew exactly what she wanted. From what I gathered, Greg had a bit of input as well, though maybe more on the James Bond like video he created as an entrance to their ceremony, a video months in the making and something I have never seen in all my years capturing weddings. True entertainment!
The food was exceptional, Food Dudes always impresses with their delicious dishes, I’m dreaming of that risotto cake!
Congrats to Alex and Greg! It was such an honour to be a part of your day, from helping with Greg’s bow tie to shaking the champagne on the dance floor, every minute was awesome!

More vendor love;

Photography – Alicia Thurston Photography
Venue – District 28
Floral Design – Flowers by Mira
Food – Food Dudes
Video – Hour Media
DJ – Magen Boys

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Rethink Breast Cancer: East Room Head Shots https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/portraits-portfolio/rethink-breast-cancer-east-room-head-shots/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:55:50 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=12964 EXCITING NEWS ALERT!!! I made a big decision this month. It’s time for something different. I’m closing the doors to my studio and moving to the East Room. East Room is such a cool space with so many opportunities to meet creative professionals and other small businesses. What this will mean for my business… I’ll ...

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EXCITING NEWS ALERT!!! I made a big decision this month. It’s time for something different. I’m closing the doors to my studio and moving to the East Room. East Room is such a cool space with so many opportunities to meet creative professionals and other small businesses.
What this will mean for my business… I’ll have an even more convenient space to meet with clients, right at the bottom of the DVP in Riverside. Though I won’t be offering in studio mini family sessions anymore, I have a completely new, industrial, modern space to utilize for head shots. If you like coffee and me, let’s hang out at the East Room, I can’t wait for some of you to see what this space has to offer. I also have the opportunity to rent entire spaces in the building for larger photoshoots looking for something inside with exceptional light, this would be great for commercial or fashion shoots, extended family sessions, dance studio portraits and more. *additional fees apply, please inquire.
I can’t wait to see what’s to come. One door closing and another one opening, a new adventure with unlimited potential.
These head shots for Rethink Breast Cancer were taken at the East Room, they are one of the fabulous small businesses that occupy an office there. I’m honoured to work with such a great group of ladies and happy to pay it forward to such a wonderful charity.

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Kathryn + Jay: Toronto Engagement https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/engagements/kathryn-jay-toronto-engagement/ Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:19:09 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=12911 I asked Kathryn for the one thing she was most looking forward to on her wedding day. I have to say one thing I am most looking forward to is seeing my little girl as a flower girl and walking down the aisle with my dad as he had been very sick several years ago ...

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I asked Kathryn for the one thing she was most looking forward to on her wedding day.

I have to say one thing I am most looking forward to is seeing my little girl as a flower girl and walking down the aisle with my dad as he had been very sick several years ago and I didn’t know I would ever get to share this experience with him. Very grateful!

I loved working with Kathryn and Jay, their energy is incredible. Feeling that connection with your wedding photographer is super important. You are going to spend one of the most memorable days of your life with your photographer, ya better like ’em. At their engagement session, Jay told me that going forward whenever they need a photographer, I’m their girl, that kind of compliment is the highest form but it truly comes down to having a connection with my couples.

When you’re in the process of booking your wedding vendors, start with their portfolio be it on Instagram, Facebook, Website and probably all of the above, if you like what you see the next step is booking a consultation. During your consultation have a list of questions you feel are pertinent but more importantly, take that opportunity to get to know who you might be working with and see if they seem like your kind of people. Being surrounded by good people on your wedding day will be key to enjoying every single moment!

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Em & Lex: A Mai Tilson Video https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/personal/em-lex-mai-tilson-video/ Sat, 28 Oct 2017 01:57:01 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=12905 EmLex vimeo from Mai Tilson on Vimeo. I’m so inspired by Mai’s work. We’ve been Facebook friends for a long time and it was such a pleasure to finally meet her. I was drawn to the video’s she has posted on her instagram because it’s something I’ve wanted to tap into for a while now. ...

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EmLex vimeo from Mai Tilson on Vimeo.

I’m so inspired by Mai’s work. We’ve been Facebook friends for a long time and it was such a pleasure to finally meet her. I was drawn to the video’s she has posted on her instagram because it’s something I’ve wanted to tap into for a while now. So I turned to her for some expertise and of course to get this beautiful video of my kids. I’m thrilled with how she captured Em and Lex and their relationship, it’s got me in awe.
Video will be my next journey, wish me luck as I unfold this new world. I can’t wait to get my toes wet.
Thank you so much Mai, I couldn’t be more grateful for such a stunning piece of work. xo
Check out her amazing talent at the various links below.
https://www.maitilson.com
https://www.instagram.com/maitilson/
https://www.facebook.com/mai.tilson/

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Holiday Cards: Toronto Lifestyle Photography https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/family-2/holiday-cards-toronto-lifestyle-photography/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:17:17 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=12890 Here is our selection of holiday cards this year! These will compliment any session from your holiday mini session to something you may have done with me earlier in the year. Pricing for holiday cards; First set of 25 cards is $95 Each additional set is $55 Orders must be placed by November 24th, pick ...

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Here is our selection of holiday cards this year! These will compliment any session from your holiday mini session to something you may have done with me earlier in the year.

Pricing for holiday cards;
First set of 25 cards is $95
Each additional set is $55

Orders must be placed by November 24th, pick up is standard but delivery is an option for $20.

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Brooke + Neil: Muskoka Wedding https://www.aliciathurston.com/blog/weddings-2/brooke-neil-muskoka-wedding/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:51:47 +0000 https://www.aliciathurston.com/?p=12808 Brooke and Neil’s Muskoka Wedding did not disappoint. I’ve been excited about this one all year, a wedding on the water is about as close to perfect as I can dream up. I was also fortunate enough to get to stay at the resort for the night with my hubby and kids, if you follow ...

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Brooke and Neil’s Muskoka Wedding did not disappoint. I’ve been excited about this one all year, a wedding on the water is about as close to perfect as I can dream up. I was also fortunate enough to get to stay at the resort for the night with my hubby and kids, if you follow along on instastories you may have caught some of the shenanigans and canoeing on Lake Rosseau. When I finished capturing their wedding on Saturday night, I came straight back to my room to tell my husband all about the highlights, there were so many! The first thing I said was that this wedding is why I love what I do. Brooke and Neil are such a wonderful couple, they are so generous and caring, relaxed and fun to be around. Their group of friends and their family were equally so, the entire day was such a joy. With exceptional weather, the Clevelands House was a gorgeous setting for such a beautiful couple.
Plus, who doesn’t love caramel apples as a favour, yes please! And the DJ twist, can’t forget that, I sat with Jason and chatted about Muskoka weddings, all the while completely unaware that he would break out with awesome vocal talent later that night.
This one won’t be forgotten. Many warm wishes to Brooke and Neil as they relax on their honeymoon in cottage country this weekend. Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your day, it was a true pleasure!

Vendor Love:

Venue – Clevelands House
Florist – Seasons in the Country
DJ – Muskoka Touring Company/ Jason Stanton
MUA and Hair – Covet & Co
Cake – Sweet Confections

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